17 Best Sniper Movies you need to watch in 2022

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Finding the best sniper movie is a daunting task. If you ask anyone in your social group to recommend a sniper movie, they are likely to have different opinions. The good part of making this article is that there are several great films about snipers that you can watch with your family or anybody who enjoys watching movies.

If you are a movie buff, I won’t be surprised if you know some of these movies. If you are not, well…..then it would be wise to check this article out.

Let’s get started…….

17. The Wall

  • Year: 2017
  • IMDB Rating: 6.2/10
  • Director: Doug Liman
  • Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena
  • Runtime: 1hr 28m

Two U.S. soldiers Allan “Ize” Isaac and Shane Matthews investigate a site in the desert of postwar Iraq. Then a sniper traps them, and gunshots erupt, leaving Shane badly injured and a bullet hit in Allan’s leg. They are forced to take cover behind an unsteady stone wall, and now Isaac finds himself fighting for survival against an unseen sniper.

16. The American

  • Year: 2010
  • IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
  • Director: Anton Corbijn
  • Starring: George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli
  • Runtime: 1hr 45m

Jack is a master assassin who is given the assignment to design a high-end sniper rifle for an assassination. However, he doesn’t know that a secret assassin from Sweden is monitoring all his actions. When his assignment ends badly then he moves to the Italian countryside to remain anonymous. There he befriends a priest and pursues romance with a pretty woman.

15. The Jackal

  • Year: 1997
  • IMDB Rating: 6.4/10
  • Director: Michael Caton-Jones
  • Starring: Bruce Willis, Diane Venora, J.K. Simmons, Jack Black
  • Runtime: 2hr 4m

When the brother of Russian gangster Terek Murad is killed during an FBI raid on a Moscow nightclub, then Murad hires an anonymous assassin Jackal to take revenge by killing FBI Chief Carter Preston. Declan Mulqueen, the imprisoned IRA sniper is released from prison after finding that he is the only one who knows the Jackal. He is forced to help in the special task of hunting down the hit man.

14. Thank You for Your Service

  • Year: 2017
  • IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
  • Director: Jason Hall
  • Starring: Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Scott Haze
  • Runtime: 1hr 49m

Sergeant Adam Schumann returns home to readjust to a civilian lifestyle after a 15-month war in Iraq. His fellow soldiers also face several troubles including Tausolo Aeiti dealing with a traumatic brain injury, Will Waller searching for normalcy after surviving many explosions, and Michael Emory facing the consequences of a sniper’s bullet to his head. The soldiers try to adjust to civilian life while the memories of the battlefield are still harrowing.

13. 12 Strong

  • Year: 2018
  • IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
  • Director: Nicolai Fuglsig
  • Starring: Austin Hebert, Austin Stowell, Ben O’Toole, Chris Hemsworth
  • Runtime: 2hr 10m

Captain Mitch Nelson leads a US Special Forces team on a dangerous mission in Afghanistan to fight the Taliban. The soldiers use the aid of the Northern Alliance to hit the Taliban and its al-Qaida allies. Nelson and his forces face many troubles and the situation becomes more complicated.

12. Wanted

  • Year: 2008
  • IMDB Rating: 6.7/10
  • Director: Timur Bekmambetov
  • Starring: Angelina Jolie, Common, Dato Bakhtadze, David OHara
  • Runtime: 1hr 50m

A young officer worker Wesley Gibson learns that his estranged father is an assassin. When his father is murdered, he meets Fox, who recruits him into his father’s secret organization named Fraternity. Sloan, the Fraternity’s leader, and Fox train him to wake up his dormant powers. However, he enjoys his newfound abilities, but he suspects that there is more to the organization than he knows.

11. Jarhead

  • Year: 2005
  • IMDB Rating: 7/10
  • Director: Sam Mendes
  • Starring: Brian Geraghty, Chris Cooper, Dennis Haysbert, Evan Jones
  • Runtime: 2hr 2m

Anthony Swofford is a trained US sniper who narrates his time spent with his friend Alan Troy and their experiences of the odd days spent in Kuwait and Iraq during ‘Operation Desert Strom’. When the US becomes involved in the war, Swofford and Alan are shipped out. The soldiers try to maintain self-restraint while facing uncertainty about the war and home.

10. Jack Reacher

  • Year: 2012
  • IMDB Rating: 7/10
  • Director: Christopher McQuarrie
  • Starring: David Oyelowo, Jai Courtney, Joseph Sikora, Richard Jenkins
  • Runtime: 2hr 10m

In a town, five people are shot dead in a random attack. James Barr, a former US Army sniper is accused of killing those people. Jack Reacher, a mysterious ex-military Police officer, takes the charge to investigate the case. During the investigation, Jack suspects that someone is framing James. Then Jack and Alex Rodin, James’ lawyer try to find out the culprit.

9. Three Kings

  • Year: 1999
  • IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
  • Director: David O. Russell
  • Starring: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze 
  • Runtime: 1hr 55m

After the end of the Persian Gulf War, four American soldiers get information about a huge cache of Saddam Hussein’s gold hidden near their base. They decide to steal gold but their discoveries turn the adventurous journey into a mission when Sgt. Troy Barlow is captured by Iraqi intelligence, and the other three soldiers are rescued by Iraqi rebels. The soldiers agree to fight for rebels against Saddam’s Elite Guard in return for help rescuing Troy.

8. Phone Booth

Phone Booth
  • Year: 2002
  • IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
  • Director: Joel Schumacher
  • Starring: Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, Radha Mitchell
  • Runtime: 1hr 21m

An anonymous sniper calls a phone booth in a busy New York street, and when Stuart Shepard, a young publicist inside answers the ringing phone, he quickly finds his life under threat. The sniper tells him that he will be shot dead if he cuts the call. The caller gives him a choice – tell the truth of his affair with Pamela McFadden to his wife Kelly or leave the phone and be shot. Now he is in a dilemma – what to do and what not.

7. Shooter

  • Year: 2007
  • IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
  • Director: Antoine Fuqua
  • Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Danny Glover, Kate Mara
  • Runtime: 2hr 5m

Force Recon sniper Sgt. Bob Lee Swagger and his spotter Corporal Donnie Fenn are renounced by their CIA team while on a mission in Ethiopia. It resulted in Fenn’s death and Swagger lives alone in the mountains of Wyoming. He is approached by a retired U.S. Army colonel, Isaac Johnson, and other government officials. They convince him to help them in thwarting a plot against the President of the United States. Soon, he realizes that he has been betrayed and he confronts the most powerful and corrupt leaders.

6. American Sniper

  • Year: 2014
  • IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
  • Director: Clint Eastwood
  • Starring: Ben Reed, Bradley Cooper, Cole Konis, Cory Hardrict
  • Runtime: 2hr 12m

Chris Kyle, a U.S. Navy SEAL, becomes one of the most fatal snipers in American military history. His pinpoint accuracy saves innumerable lives but it makes him a chief target of insurgents. Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq during the war, and later earns the nickname “Legend” for his many kills and military successes, but it affects his personal and family life. When he finally returns home, he realizes that he cannot leave the war behind.

5. The Hurt Locker

  • Year: 2008
  • IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
  • Director: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Starring: Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Christian Camargo, David Morse
  • Runtime: 2hr 10m

The film focuses on a U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team unit in the Iraq War who are targeted by insurgents. When Staff Sergeant Matthew Thompson was killed by an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, then William James is tasked as the new team leader of the unit in the Iraq War. His team includes Sergeant J. T. Sanborn and Specialist Owen Eldridge but his ideologies generate conflicts with his subordinates.

4. Enemy At The Gates

  • Year: 2001
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
  • Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
  • Starring: Bob Hoskins, Ed Harris, Eva Mattes, Gabriel Thomson
  • Runtime: 2hr 11m

Vasily Zaitsev is a young Russian sharpshooter in the Red Army who is sent to the front line of the Battle of Stalingrad. He becomes a legend when Danilov, a senior lieutenant, makes him the hero of his propaganda campaign. They become friends but their friendship is threatened when both men fall in love with Tania Chernova, a female soldier. Vasily faces the ultimate challenge when Major Konig, the most elite marksman in Germany is tasked to take revenge and kill him.

3. Black Hawk Down

  • Year: 2001
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Starring: Brendan Sexton III, Charlie Hofheimer, Danny Hoch, Eric Bana
  • Runtime: 2hr 24m

The film focuses on the U.S. sending special forces team of US Army Rangers into Somalia led by Captain Mike Steele. The team sets out on a mission to destabilize the government and bring food and aid to the starving population. The forces use Black Hawk helicopters to land the soldiers on the ground but an attack by Somalian forces brings two of them down immediately. Since then the U.S. soldiers struggle to regain their balance.

2. The Deer Hunter

  • Year: 1978
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
  • Director: Michael Cimino 
  • Starring: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, Meryl Streep,
  • Runtime: 3hr 3m

Michael, Nick, and Steven are Slavic-American steelworkers and lifelong friends who live in Pennsylvania, a working-class town. They hunt for deer with their co-workers Axel and Stan, and friend John. The three friends join the army to fight in Vietnam and are later captured by the enemy forces. Somehow they manage to escape but are soon imprisoned again and tortured by enemy forces.

1. Saving Private Ryan

  • Year: 1998
  • IMDB Rating: 8.6/10
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Starring: Adam Goldberg, Barry Pepper, Dennis Farina, Dylan Bruno
  • Runtime: 2hr 49m

The film is set during the Normandy invasion of World War II, Captain John H. Miller and his squad are assigned the task of searching for Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have already been killed in the war and he is the last surviving brother of four. While searching for Ryan each soldier sets out on a journey to discover the fierce realities of war and their strength to win over uncertain situations.

Wrapping Up:

We hope that this list was helpful to you in selecting the best one for you! Now you can enjoy a good sniper movie without worrying about other criteria. Of course, there are plenty of other great sniper movies available that we didn’t mention in the above list, too-but the 17 above are a solid starting point. If we miss any of your favorite sniper movies do let us know in the comment below!

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