13. Arthur Bishop, The Mechanic (1972)
Played by: Charles Bronson
Put Charles Bronson in any role and with any cast and he was always going to be the toughest guy on the set. One of his most ass-kicking roles came in The Mechanic, where he played a paid hitman who performed his jobs cleanly, without leaving a trace of evidence. Due to the nature of his job, Bishop must live in complete isolation and never let anyone get too close to him, which just adds to his mystique.
But personality aside, it’s the opening 16 minutes of The Mechanic that land Bishop on this list. Filmed completely without dialogue, this scene shows Bronson's character preparing to make his first hit, focusing on how much care he puts behind each whacking. It’s a brilliant piece of filmmaking that sets up the tone for the rest of the movie.