My very first Phenomenal 5 looked at movie hitmen. Looking back on it I decided it needed a reboot. First there were a few slight changes to be made but it also got no traffic whatsoever. Hey, I was just starting, ok? Well today we are looking back at that topic. Now the job of hitman has been a popular motion picture occupation for years so it’s worth checking out some of the best. I want this to be a pretty diverse list so I had to leave off some REALLY good one. Considering that I won’t be calling this the definitive list. But there’s no denying that these five movie hitmen are most certainly phenomenal.
#5 – MICHAEL SULLIVAN, SR (“Road to Perdition”)
I never really envisioned Tom Hanks as a mob hitman/enforcer. That was before 2002’s “Road to Perdition”. He nails the role of Michael Sullivan, Sr. who, with young son in hand, goes on a revenge-fueled mission to pay back those who killed his wife and younger son. Hanks melds perfectly into the Depression-era setting and he’s one tommy gun-toting father that I wouldn’t want after me. It may not sound like the perfect mix on paper, but Hanks was a phenomenal choice.
#4 – T-800 (“Terminator”, “T2”, “T3”)
Arnold Schwarzenegger has several big-time action roles under his belt but none are as memorable as the robotic hitman sent back in time to kill the mother of John Connor. Of course in later movies he would serve as protector. He may be a cyborg of few words (and in Schwarzenegger’s case that’s a good thing) but he won’t quit his mission until either it or he is done. Whether he’s riding a Harley to George Thorogood’s “Bad to the Bone” or wiping out an entire police station, the T-800 means business.
#3 – JASON BOURNE (“The Bourne Trilogy”)
While Jason Bourne is a man searching for his true identity, we learn really, really quick that he has some serious skills. This one time CIA killing machine turned into their ultimate nightmare once he went “off the grid”. Bourne showed off through jaw-crushing fight scenes, intense car chases, and his amazing ability to fly under the radar. Bourne isn’t to be messed with. Just look at the trail of broken noses, snapped necks, and wrecked cars if you need proof. He has to be on this list.
#2 -LEON (“The Professional”)
How can you not love Jean Reno’s low-key but deadly Leon in 1994’s “The Professional”. We get to see just how well he knows his unique craft through some fantastic action sequences. But what makes Leon so endearing is his relationship with 12-year-old Mathilda played by Natalie Portman in her motion picture debut. Leon has all the tools to make him a phenomenal movie hitman but it’s that tender heart and his appreciation for a good glass of milk that sets him apart.
#1 – ANTON CHIGURH (“No Country for Old Men”)
Even though he sports one of the worst haircuts in motion picture history, Javier Bardem’s Anton Chigurh is brutal and terrifying . But he’s also an enthralling character and is involved in all of “No Country for Old Men’s” best scenes. The Coen brothers’ signature dark humor make Chigurh even more fascinating to watch. Bardem won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance and once you see the movie it’s easy to see why Anton Chigurh is at the top of this list.
So there are my picks for phenomenal movie hitmen. Clearly there are some great ones not on the list. Agree or disagree? Who did I miss? Leave your comments below and share who you would have included.