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List: Best Movie Hitmen (and Hitwomen)

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the release of the Coen brothers’ “No Country for Old Men,” Entertainment Weekly created a list of the greatest hired killer characters in movies. As with all lists, it’s a conversation-starter, not ender. Some good choices, of course, especially Jean Reno in “The Professional” and Travolta and Jackson in Pulp Fiction. The choices are classic, I suppose, but a little obvious. Some of the lesser-known movie hitmen who are well worth a look include William H. Macy in Panic and Lee Marvin’s Oscar-winning performance in Cat Ballou.



  • Christian Toto

    So glad “The Matador” got picked. Wish that film got more love in general. Visually, it’s pure dynamite and it let Pierce Brosnan show just how good he can be when he’s not bogged down by Bond-level dialogue. (Congrats on the new site … one-stop shopping for all things Movie Mom!)

  • iorek

    This is a terrible list by Entertainment Weekly. Brangelina can’t possibly compare with the hired kidnapper killers from Fargo. Now those were great killers!

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks for the kind words, Christian! And Iorek, those guys in “Fargo” were not, strictly speaking, hitmen, just free-lance jacks-of-all-bad-trades. But you’re right — they were unforgettable!

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