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The 7 Best Long-Range Shots From Hollywood

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Gunplay in Hollywood rarely hits the mark. According to most action-movie directors, bullets on the silver screen never drop, machine guns don't recoil, silencers magically eliminate all noise from projectiles traveling at supersonic speeds, and aiming (for the hero, at any rate) is optional–even if your target is a mile distant. After watching countless movies featuring long-range shots, we found these to be not only stylistically titillating but, for lack of a better word, accurate.
#1 – Saving Private Ryan
Nazi payback This scene earns the top spot for a couple of reasons. First off, a German sniper shoots Pvt. Adrian Caparzo (Vin Diesel–silent applause appropriate). While Caparzo is writhing in pain, mumbling something about getting a letter to his father, Pvt. Daniel Jackson (Barry Pepper) pulls off one of the greatest sniper shots in Hollywood history. "Oh, my God, I trust in thee. Let me not be ashamed. Let not my enemies try and fool me," he prays, just before putting a .30-caliber bullet through the scope (and eye socket) of his German rival. Amen.
#2 – The Hurt Locker
Modern warfare Featuring the most realistic shot on this list, Sgt. JT Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) shoulders an M107 to take out an enemy sniper. Then he drinks a juice box.
#3 – Quigley Down Under
Iconic Selleck You have to include the movie where the star is a Shiloh Sharps 1874 Long Range Rifle. Tom Selleck was pretty good, too, as Matthew Quigley.
#4 – Enemy at the Gates
Sniper showdown Major Konig (Ed Harris) shoots an enemy soldier (through the cranium) as he was jumping through the gap of a damaged building. Landing was a perfect 10.
#5 – Shooter
Pure swagger The bad guy screams, "You got no shot!" while hiding behind Bob Lee Swagger's (Mark Wahlberg) girlfriend, just before his hand is blown off from a mountain away.
#6 – True Grit (2010)
Fill your hand The Sharps 1874 shows up again, this time as a Cavalry grade. LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) proved to be highly inaccurate until his 400-yard shot on Ned Pepper (Barry Pepper).
#7 – Smokin' Aces
Collecting booty There's just something about a hot girl (Taraji P. Henson) with an eye patch who snipes from a couple of buildings distant. She's a pirate of the carbine, if you will.

Long-range shooting is usually laughable on the Silver Screen, but every now and then a director gets it right. Here’s our 7 favorite Hollywood hits when it comes to rifle marksmanship.