The 25 Coolest Hitmen In Movies

5. Ghost Dog, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)

Played by: Forest Whitaker

Liberally borrowing elements from Le Samouraï, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai revolves around a titular hitman for the mafia who follows the ancient code of honor employed by the samurai. Unlike most guys in his profession, Ghost Dog is content to sit in the park playing chess or take care of his pigeon coop on the roof of his apartment building. But his peaceful lifestyle and mindset are constantly at odds with his profession, which he even goes about in a spiritual way.

By bringing Eastern influences into his work, Ghost Dog makes for one of the most unique killers on this list. He isn’t some amoral sadist—he even refuses to spill innocent blood. However, don’t let the pigeons and the spirituality fool you, once he gets let off his chain, he’s a complete killing machine.

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