The Ten Greatest Hit Jobs in Movie History


With both the mob epic Gomorrah and the cat-and-mouse thriller The International opening this week, moviegoers will be treated to a feast of hit jobs. (We count six between the two films.) Which got us thinking about cinema’s long history of hits and hit men: Yeah, the movies do ordinary killing pretty well, too, but something about a guy killing another guy at the behest of another guy sets filmmakers’ imaginations racing in a way that few other narrative devices can. We found it hard to cap our list at ten, and you will no doubt find some of your favorites excluded. (We apologize in advance to one Mr. Luc Besson.) But anyway, here are our ten favorite hit jobs in movie history.