AI Looks At Sniper Books And Movies

Selections by Claude Opus 3 from Anthropic

Sniper Fiction

There have been several successful fiction books featuring snipers as central characters or focusing on sniping as a key element of the story. Here are some notable examples:

  1. “Point of Impact” by Stephen Hunter (1993) – The first book in the Bob Lee Swagger series, featuring a Vietnam War sniper veteran. The book was adapted into the 2007 film “Shooter” starring Mark Wahlberg.
  2. “The Day of the Jackal” by Frederick Forsyth (1971) – A thriller about an assassin hired to kill French President Charles de Gaulle. The assassin uses a sniper rifle in his attempt. The book has been adapted into films in 1973 and 1997.
  3. “The Sniper and the Wolf” by Scott McEwen (2015) – Part of the Sniper Elite series, featuring Navy SEAL sniper Gil Shannon as he takes on a mission involving a deadly Russian sniper.
  4. “Time to Kill” by Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin and Donald A. Davis (2007) – Part of the Kyle Swanson Sniper Novels series, following a Marine Corps sniper as he uncovers a conspiracy while serving in Iraq.
  5. “Dead Shot” by Jack Coughlin and Donald A. Davis (2009) – Another book in the Kyle Swanson series, where the protagonist investigates an attack on a U.S. Marine base.
  6. “The American Sniper” by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, and Jim DeFelice (2013) – A memoir by Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, which inspired the 2014 film “American Sniper” directed by Clint Eastwood.
  7. “The Redeemer” by Jo Nesbø (2009) – Part of the Harry Hole series, this crime novel features a sniper targeting individuals in Oslo during Christmas time.

These books have gained popularity among readers interested in military fiction, thrillers, and crime novels, often featuring complex characters and intense, suspenseful storylines centered around snipers and their skills.

Sniper Non-Fiction

There have been several successful non-fiction books about snipers, often focusing on their experiences, training, and the history of sniping. Here are some notable examples:

  1. “American Sniper” by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, and Jim DeFelice (2012) – The autobiography of Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, detailing his experiences in Iraq and his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  2. “Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills” by Charles Henderson (1986) – The story of Carlos Hathcock, a legendary U.S. Marine Corps sniper during the Vietnam War, known for his skill and dedication.
  3. “One Shot, One Kill” by Charles W. Sasser and Craig Roberts (1990) – A collection of stories about U.S. Marine Corps snipers, focusing on their training, missions, and experiences.
  4. “Sniper One: The Blistering True Story of a British Battle Group Under Siege” by Dan Mills (2007) – A firsthand account of a British sniper’s experiences during the Iraq War, particularly during the siege of Al Amarah in 2004.
  5. “The White Sniper: Simo Häyhä” by Tapio Saarelainen (2016) – A biography of Simo Häyhä, a Finnish sniper during the Winter War (1939-1940) against the Soviet Union, credited with over 500 confirmed kills.
  6. “Dear Mom: A Sniper’s Vietnam” by Joseph T. Ward (1991) – A collection of letters written by the author to his mother during his time as a sniper in the Vietnam War, offering insights into the daily life and experiences of a combat sniper.
  7. “The Longest Kill: The Story of Maverick 41, One of the World’s Greatest Snipers” by Craig Harrison (2015) – The memoir of a British sniper who held the record for the longest confirmed sniper kill at 2,475 meters (1.54 miles) in Afghanistan.

These non-fiction books provide readers with a glimpse into the real-life experiences, challenges, and achievements of snipers throughout history, often focusing on their training, tactics, and the psychological aspects of their unique role in military operations.

Sniper Movies

Here are some of the most successful motion pictures featuring a sniper as a prominent character, along with their box office revenues and top actors:

  1. American Sniper (2014)
    • Box office: $547.4 million
    • Top actors: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner
  2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    • Box office: $481.8 million
    • Top actors: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore
    • Note: While not the main focus, the character of Private Daniel Jackson (played by Barry Pepper) is a skilled sniper in the film.
  3. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
    • Box office: $442.8 million
    • Top actors: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn
    • Note: The character of Paz (played by Edgar Ramírez) is an assassin and sniper working for the CIA.
  4. Jack Reacher (2012)
    • Box office: $218.3 million
    • Top actors: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins
  5. Jarhead (2005)
    • Box office: $97.1 million
    • Top actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Lucas Black
  6. Shooter (2007)
    • Box office: $95.7 million
    • Top actors: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Danny Glover
  7. Enemy at the Gates (2001)
    • Box office: $96.9 million
    • Top actors: Jude Law, Ed Harris, Rachel Weisz
  8. The Wall (2017)
    • Box office: $4.5 million
    • Top actors: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena

These films have been commercially successful and feature prominent sniper characters played by well-known actors. The box office figures are worldwide gross revenues and are not adjusted for inflation.



Lew's Books