K. KILLER 100 (movies about killers, no magic/sci-fi, not named in A-J lists)

Little Caesar concludes with a dying gangster asking, of himself, “is this the end of Rico?”, not knowing that Rico would live, at least symbolically, for another century in our fascination with films about people in the real world who deal in death, who are ready to pay the ultimate price, who fight in wars, who exact and receive fatal vengeance; beyond the jump scares of horror, beyond the canon, these are the 100 best and most influential films about killers.

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K1. Little Caesar (LeRoy, 1931)

K2. The Public Enemy (Wellman, 1931)

K3. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (LeRoy, 1932)

K4. Captain Blood (Curtiz, 1935)

K5. Pépé Le Moko (Duvivier, 1937)

K6. Le Jour Se Leve (Carne, 1939)

K7. Shadow of a Doubt (Hitchcock, 1943)

K8. Laura (Preminger, 1944)

K9. Murder, My Sweet (Dmytryk, 1944)

K10. Spellbound (Hitchcock, 1945)

K11. Scarlet Street (Lang, 1945)

K12. Gilda (Vidor, 1946)

K13. The Killers (Siodmak, 1946)

K14. My Darling Clementine (Ford, 1946)

K15. Red River (Hawks, 1948)

K16. White Heat (Walsh, 1949)

K17. In a Lonely Place (Ray, 1950)

K18. The Asphalt Jungle (Huston, 1950)

K19. The Gunfighter (King, 1950)

K20. Winchester ’73 (Mann, 1950)

K21. Strangers on a Train (Hitchcock, 1951)

K22. Awara (Kapoor, 1951)

K23. The Hitch-Hiker (Lupino, 1953)

K24. The Wages of Fear (Clouzot, 1953)

K25. The Big Heat (Lang, 1953)

K26. Dial M for Murder (Hitchcock, 1954)

K27. Kiss Me Deadly (Aldrich, 1955)

K28. The Killing (Kubrick, 1956)

K29. Throne of Blood (Kurosawa, 1957)

K30. Classe Tous Risques (The Big Risk) (Sautet, 1960)

K31. The Magnificent Seven (Sturges, 1960)

K32. Shoot the Piano Player (Truffaut, 1960)

K33. Yojimbo (Kurosawa, 1961)

K34. The Guns of Navarone (Thompson, 1961)

K35. Underworld U.S.A. (Fuller, 1961)

K36. Cape Fear (Thompson, 1962)

K37. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Ford, 1962)

K38. Harakiri (Kobayashi, 1962)

K39. The Longest Day (various directors, 1962)

K40. The Great Escape (Sturges, 1963)

K41. Come Drink with Me (Hu, 1966)

K42. Samurai Rebellion (Kobayashi, 1967)

K43. Branded to Kill (Suzuki, 1967)

K44. The Dirty Dozen (Aldrich, 1967)

K45. In Cold Blood (Brooks, 1967)

K46. Bullitt (Yates, 1968)

K47. Army of Shadows (Melville, 1969)

K48. Le Cercle Rouge (Melville, 1970)

K49. The Way of the Dragon (Lee, 1972)

K50. The Long Goodbye (Altman, 1973)

K51. High Plains Drifter (Eastwood, 1973)

K52. Mean Streets (Scorsese, 1973)

K53. Badlands (Malick, 1973)

K54. Lady Snowblood (Fujita, 1973)

K55. Serpico (Lumet, 1973)

K56. The Outlaw Josey Wales (Eastwood, 1976)

K57. Assault on Precinct 13 (Carpenter, 1976)

K58. Mad Max (Miller, 1979)

K59. The Big Red One (Fuller, 1980)

K60. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (Miller, 1981)

K61. Blood Simple (Coens, 1984)

K62. Police Story (Chan, 1985)

K63. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (McNoughton, 1986)

K64. The Untouchables (DePalma, 1987)

K65. Full Metal Jacket (Kubrick, 1987)

K66. The Killer (Woo, 1989)

K67. Born on the Fourth of July (Stone, 1989)

K68. Miller’s Crossing (Coen, 1990)

K69. New Jack City (Van Peebles, 1991)

K70. Once Upon a Time in China (Hark, 1991)

K71. Reservoir Dogs (Tarantino, 1992)

K72. Bad Lieutenant (Ferrara, 1992)

K73. Menace II Society (Hugheses, 1993)

K74. The Fugitive (Davis, 1993)

K75. The Legend of Drunken Master (Drunken Master 2) (Kar-Leung and Chan, 1994)

K76. The Professional (Leon) (Besson, 1994)

K77. Ashes of Time (Kar-Wei, 1994)

K78. The Usual Suspects (Singer, 1995)

K79. Braveheart (Gibson, 1995)

K80. Se7en (Fincher, 1995)

K81. Heat (Mann, 1995)

K82. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Ritchie, 1998)

K83. The Thin Red Line (Malick, 1998)

K84. Shiri (Je-gyu, 1999)

K85. American Psycho (Harron, 2000)

K86. The Bourne Identity (Liman, 2002)

K87. Hero (Yimou, 2002)

K88. Dhoom (Gadhvi, 2004)

K89. The Departed (Scorsese, 2006)

K90. Zodiac (Fincher, 2007)

K91. Taken (Besson, 2009)

K92. Gomorra (Garrone, 2008)

K93. 13 Assassins (Miike, 2010)

K94. True Grit (Coens, 2010)

K95. Gangs of Wasseypur (Kashyap, 2012)

K96. Skyfall (Mendes, 2012)

K97. Zero Dark Thirty (Bigelow, 2012)

K98. American Sniper (Eastwood, 2014)

K99. Sicario (Villeneuve, 2015)

K100. The Revenant (Gonzalez Inarritu, 2015)

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