Now, it's hard to classify what to call a "killer." One that kills, obviously. But some characters kill once but it's serious, some vow not to kill afterwords, some do it on accident. Some kill for good, some for evil. I hadn't a clue what to classify them as. So I'll explain for each one exactly why they're here. I had trouble, is the point. Without further ado, another list (it's been awhile):
10) Beatrix Kiddo, Kill Bill
As Bill said himself, she's a killer, natural born. I haven't actually seen "Natural Born Killers," as I'm a big Tarantino fan and he despises it. But back to my point: Beatrix Kiddo is a badass. Ninjas are always awesome, but something about the way this movie works, I like Kiddo over most other ninja protagonists, and as a killer, she's my personal favorite of the genre.
9) Owen Davian, Mission Impossible 3
Now, a lot of people see a big-budget action film and don't pay attention to this sort of thing. It goes by and is forgotten, as it's just a sequel (in this case, a third film). But whenever I see this I'm thrown out of my chair by Hoffman's sinister performance. He doesn't kill much, twice I think, but the way he says everything was amazing. I can honestly say that if I were ranking villains, he's on par with Heath Ledger's Joker performance.
8) Leon, Leon
This is a given, honestly. Jean Reno gives a great performance, everything is very well and good, and the character's in my top ten. I dont' know why, but something about him just didn't make him one of my favorites. I think I like him as much as I do because I'm telling myself I should. I don't know. I haven't seen this movie in awhile. I better rent it again.
7) John McClane, Die Hard
Now, this was the one character that I wasn't sure about putting up. He's not a brutal murderer, but he was almost as menacing as the villain in the original "Die Hard." I think one of my favorite moments in an action film would have to be when he sends down the first victim with his shirt reading "NOW I HAVE A MACHINE GUN. HO HO HO."
6) Jules Winnfield, Pulp Fiction
Jules is easily one of my favorite characters of all time, but as a killer he's only a 6 because the point of the whole film is that he has morals, too, which takes away from the menace. Still, Ezekial 25:17.
5) Hans Gruber, Die Hard
He's higher than John because he's the bad guy, obviously, and the first scenes with him and Takagi were just intense as balls. Great delivery throughout. Rickman is a good actor. That's the point.
4) Terminator, The Terminator
This is another given. The Terminator is one of the most classic characters ever. Though I preferred T2, the bad guy wasn't as badass as Schwarzenegger, and the T-800 wasn't a killer, as Connor told him not to be. But in the first film, this character just made for one of the most iconic villains ever.
3) Joker, The Dark Knight
He'd be higher, but after seeing MI3, I really noticed that, while Ledger's performance was amazing and Oscar-worthy, he wasn't the most original
character. That's not to say I don't love this character or that his performance was anything less than amazing, it's just that he wasn't an original character (and I'm not referring to the performance or the fact that he was in a comic book, I'm referring to how he was actually written). Had a character like this been in a movie like this that was an original screenplay, he'd shoot straight to number one. Please don't crucify me.
2) Mr. Blonde, Reservoir Dogs
As a Tarantino fan, I believe that "Reservoir Dogs" is a better film than "Pulp Fiction," but not to say more entertaining, which is opinionated. I just prefer the way it was made. Mr. Pink is one of my favorite performances of all time, but Mr. Blonde is scary as hell. Madsen, unfortunately, cannot make movies anymore because everyone's scared of him. He's made two good movies since. The "Kill Bill" films. Tarantino probably feels bad for getting him to where he is. Too bad, too. Great actor. If you're so scary it effects your career that much, you deserve a high spot on this sort of list.
1) Norman Bates, Psycho
I apologize for being predictable, but his performance is undeniably the iconic killer. His character's past is creepy, his character's performance is creepy, the twist is creepy. This guy is just scary. And it's a Hitchcock film. Look at my icon. Clearly he wins.
I'm aware other characters should be here, like the generic hitmen films. Films that have been mentioned by people to me are "Hitman" and "Wanted" and "Natural Born Killers," the latter I already explained. I've seen none of these. Sorry.