In Honor Of Sgt. York: The Five Guys With The Best Aim In The Movies
It was 91 years ago that Sgt. Alvin York, a corporal in the U.S. 328th Infantry Regiment, single-handedly killed 28 German soldiers during a battle in France, forcing the surrender of 132 more. His actions earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor and rendered all subsequent cinematic displays of gunplay superfluous. Not that I'm above marking the occasion with some examples of superlative firearm skill, anyway.
5. Pvt. Daniel Jackson (Barry Pepper) -- Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Ordinarily a dead-eyed redneck who quotes Scripture and also happens to be a crack shot from a bell tower would cause...consternation among political types. This is war, though, where such seemingly disparate traits are actually desirable.
4. "George Stone" (Andy Garcia) -- The Untouchables (1987)
The former Giuseppe Petri is more accurate at long range with a service revolver than most people are with a target pistol. And how about that guy on the steps? He killed more sailors than Admiral Yamamoto.
3. The Sundance Kid (Robert Redford) -- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Sundance and I have a lot in common, as I consider prayer to be the secret to my success as well. Plus I can grow a sweet mustache.
2. Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) -- Lethal Weapon (1987)
Killing people was the only thing Riggs was ever good at, so he tells us, but that doesn't mean he can't have a little fun with his deadly skills. This sequence, and indeed the whole movie, is about as `80s as it gets.
1. Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) et al. -- Wanted (2008)
There is at least some possibility that the other entries in this list depict feats that are humanly possible, but not here. It's all right though, because Wanted should be experienced less for its historical accuracy than its uplifting message of better living through judicious homicide.
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