Assassinations in fiction
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Assassinations have formed a major plot element in various works of fiction and have also attracted scholarly attention. In Assassinations and Murder in Modern Italy: Transformations in Society and Culture, Stephen Gundle and Lucia Rinaldi analyze modern Italian assassinations in their historical and cultural contexts and explore the films, fiction, theatre and art that they have inspired."
- Judith (c. 800) — Old English poem based on the Book of Judith (c. 100 B.C.)
- Das Nibelungenlied (c. 1200) — German epic poem
- Marko Marulić, Judita (1521) — Croatian epic poem
- Alexandre Dumas, père, The Black Tulip (1850) — historical novel about Johan and Cornelis de Witt
- Bolesław Prus, Pharaoh (1895)
- Henryk Sienkiewicz, Quo Vadis: A Tale of the Time of Nero (1895) — historical novel about SS. Peter and Paul, Pisonian conspirators and Empress Poppaea,
- Anthony Hope, Rupert of Hentzau (1898) — adventure novel and sombre finale to The Prisoner of Zenda (1894)
- Jack London, The Iron Heel (1908) — violent dystopian novel
- Jack London, The Assassination Bureau, Ltd (c. 1910, published 1963) — novel half-written by London, completed by Robert L. Fish, possibly influenced by a J.M. Barrie novella, "Better Dead".
- Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes (1911)
- Baroness Orczy, The Laughing Cavalier (1913) — historical novel about Maurice of Nassau
- André Malraux, Man's Fate (1933) — existential political novel
- Robert Graves, I, Claudius (1934), Claudius the God (1935) — historical novels about Roman Emperors Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero
- John Steinbeck, In Dubious Battle (1936) — social realist novel about a Communist labour organizer supporting a strike by fruit pickers
- Geoffrey Household, Rogue Male (1939)
- Arthur Koestler, Darkness at Noon (1940) — political novel about "Nikolai Rubashov" (Nikolai Bukharin, et al.)
- Bart Lytton, Hangman's Village (1943?) — topical novel about Reinhard Heydrich
- Pär Lagerkvist, The Dwarf (1944)
- Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men (1946) — political novel about a Southern governor (Huey Long)
- Samuel Shellabarger, Prince of Foxes (1947) — historical novel about Cesare Borgia
- Ian Fleming, Casino Royale (1953) — spy novel, first to feature James Bond, followed by numerous sequels
- Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate (1959)
- Elie Wiesel, Dawn (1961)
- Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) — science fiction novel about a Messianic character
- Emeric Pressburger, Killing a Mouse on Sunday (1961) — filmed as Behold a Pale Horse
- Manuel Mujica Laínez, Bomarzo (1962) — historical novel about Pier Francesco Orsini
- Vassilis Vassilikos , Z (1967) — political novel about an opposition politician (Gregoris Lambrakis)
- Mario Puzo, The Godfather (1969)
- Frederick Forsyth, The Day of the Jackal (1971)
- Loren Singer, The Parallax View (1972)
- Trevanian, The Eiger Sanction (1972)
- Michael Crichton (as John Lange), Binary (1972) — suspense novel about a US President
- George Shipway, The Paladin (1972), The Wolf Time (1973) — historical novels about Walter Tyrell, the presumed assassin of King William Rufus in 1100
- Trevanian, The Loo Sanction (1973)
- Richard Condon, Winter Kills (1974)
- Jack Higgins, The Eagle Has Landed (1975) — war novel about a plot by Himmler to capture Churchill
- Matthew Eden, The Murder of Lawrence of Arabia (1979)
- Trevanian, Shibumi (1979)
- Stephen King, The Dead Zone (1979)
- Robert Ludlum, The Bourne Identity (1980)
- Harry Mulisch, The Assault (1982)
- Alan Moore, V for Vendetta (1982-1988) — graphic novel featuring numerous assassinations of governmental and quasi-governmental officials by the eponymous character, V.
- Tom Clancy, Patriot Games (1987) — suspense novel about the Prince and Princess of Wales
- Don DeLillo, Libra (1988)
- Jack Higgins, The Eagle Has Flown (1991) — war novel about a plot by Himmler to assassinate Hitler, Rommel and Canaris
- Jack Higgins, Eye of the Storm (1992) — suspense novel about an attack on John Major
- J. C. Pollock, Threat Case (1992)
- Tom Clancy, Debt of Honor (1994)
- Frederick Forsyth, The Fist of God (1994) — factual novel about supergun designer Gerald Bull
- James Ellroy, American Tabloid (1995)
- Tom Clancy, Executive Orders (1996)
- Vince Flynn, Term Limits (1997)
- Vince Flynn, Transfer of Power (1999)
- Boris Akunin, The State Counsellor (2000) — historical mystery novel about a Moscow governor
- Tom Clancy, The Bear and the Dragon (2000)
- Jack Higgins, Edge of Danger (2001) — suspense novel about a US President and a Russian Prime Minister
- Lee Child, Without Fail (2002)
- Tom Clancy, Red Rabbit (2002) — suspense novel about Pope John Paul II and Georgi Markov
- Ismail Kadare, The Successor (2003) — novel about Mehmet Shehu
- Barry Eisler, Hard Rain (2003)
- Jack Higgins, Dark Justice (2004) — suspense novel about a US President
- Tim Green, Fourth Perimeter (2005)
- Brian Josepher, What the Psychic Saw (2005)
- Thomas A. Taylor, Mortal Shield (2008)
- Jack Higgins, Sharp Shot (2009) — suspense novel about a US President
- Jack Higgins, First Strike (2009) — suspense novel about a US President
- Liam O'Flaherty, "The Sniper" (1923)
- Ernest Hemingway, "The Killers" (1927)
- Philip K. Dick, "The Last of the Masters" (1954) — science fiction novelette in which the last dictator on earth is assassinated by anarchists, successfully overthrowing the last government.
Plays and Operas
- William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 3 (1590).
- Christopher Marlowe, Edward II (1592) — play about English King Edward II
- William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar (probably 1599).
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet (between 1600 and summer 1602).
- William Shakespeare, Macbeth (between 1603 and 1606).
- Lope de Vega, Fuente Ovejuna (between 1612 and 1614) — play about the village of Fuente Ovejuna
- Pierre Corneille, Cinna (1639) — play about Augustus and Cinna
- Jean Racine, Britannicus (1669) — play about Britannicus
- Takeda Izumo, Miyoshi Shōraku, and Namiki Senryū, Kanadehon Chūshingura (1748) — puppet play about the Forty-seven Ronin
- Friedrich Schiller, Mary Stuart (1800) — play about Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I
- Zacharias Werner, Attila, König der Hunnen (1809) — tragedy about Attila the Hun
- Victor Hugo, Le roi s'amuse (1832) — scathing, banned play about French King Francis I (and, indirectly, King Louis-Philippe)
- Giuseppe Bardari and Gaetano Donizetti, Maria Stuarda (1835) — opera based on Schiller's play
- Lőrinc Tóth, Die beiden Lászlós (aka Két László, Both Laszlos) (1839) — play about Ulrich of Celje and László Hunyadi
- Antonio García Gutiérrez, Simón Bocanegra (1843) — play about Simone Boccanegra
- Béni Egressy and Ferenc Erkel, Hunyadi László (1844) — opera about Ulrich of Celje and László Hunyadi, based on Lőrinc Tóth's play
- Temistocle Solera (and Francesco Maria Piave) and Giuseppe Verdi, Attila (1846) — opera based on Werner's tragedy
- Francesco Maria Piave and Giuseppe Verdi, Macbeth (1847) — opera based on Shakespeare's tragedy
- Francesco Maria Piave and Giuseppe Verdi, Rigoletto (1851) — opera based on Hugo's Le roi s'amuse, with a fictional Duke of Mantua replacing French King Francis I
- Francesco Maria Piave and Giuseppe Verdi, Simon Boccanegra (1857) — opera based on García Gutiérrez's play
- Antonio Somma and Giuseppe Verdi, Un ballo in maschera (1859) — opera about Swedish King Gustav III
- Michel Carré and Ambroise Thomas, Hamlet (1868) — opera based on Shakespeare's tragedy
- Richard Wagner, Götterdämmerung (1876) — opera about the hero Siegfried
- Modest Mussorgsky, Khovanshchina (1880) — opera about Ivan Khovansky
- Oscar Wilde, Salomé (1891) — tragedy about John the Baptist and Salome
- Abraham Goldfaden, Judith and Holofernes (1892)
- Richard Strauss, Salome (1905) — opera based on Wilde's tragedy
- Eugene O'Neill, The Emperor Jones (1920) — play about a Caribbean dictator
- Bertolt Brecht, The Life of Edward II of England (1924) — play about English King Edward II
- Kathleen de Jaffa and Louis Gruenberg, The Emperor Jones (1933) — opera based on O'Neill's play
- Oscar Ryan et al., Eight Men Speak (1933) — play about Tim Buck
- Albert Camus, The Just Assassins (1949) — play about Russian Grand Duke Sergei
- Peter Weiss, Marat/Sade (1963) — play about Jean-Paul Marat
- Peter Shaffer, The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1964) — play about Atahualpa
- Manuel Mujica Laínez and Alberto Ginastera, Bomarzo (1967) — opera based on Mujica Laínez's novel
- Rolf Hochhuth, Soldiers (1967) — play about Władysław Sikorski
- Eric Schlosser, Americans (1985) — play about William McKinley and Leon Czolgosz
- John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim, Assassins (1990) — musical
- Alice Goodman and John Adams, The Death of Klinghoffer (1991) — opera about Leon Klinghoffer
- Michael Kunze and Sylvester Levay, Elisabeth (1992) — musical about "Sissi", Queen Empress of Austro-Hungary
- David Ives, Variations on the Death of Trotsky (1993) — comedy about Leon Trotsky
- Pierre Brault, Blood on the Moon (2000) — play about D'Arcy McGee
- Pradeep Dalavi, Mee Nathuram Godse Boltoy (2000?) — play about Mahatma Gandhi
- Lee Blessing, Whores (2002) — play about Ita Ford, Dorothy Kazel, Maura Clarke, and Jean Donovan
This section does not indicate the country of origin for a film which is in English. (Far too many countries produce films in English, either by themselves, or in complex co-production arrangements which are irrelevant to the subject matter of this article.)
When the nationality of a film is indicated, that is primarily about the language of the film. In cases where a country has multiple official languages, or languages in common use, then the film's language is noted in parentheses. French Canadian films represent an exception (since the editor of this section is a Canadian). (Presumably, at some point, there could be British (Welsh) or South African (Afrikaans) films listed here, but in both of these cases, the nationality is not indicated now.)
The other reason to note a film's nationality is to provide a context for the film's description. So a "President" in a Polish film description implies a Polish President. In the general English-speaking context, a "President" is assumed to be American, rather than Irish or South African and so forth, but that is usually clarified here by using "US President" explicitly.
This section assumes an intelligent readership that does not require links to define major world cities (no Moscow or New Delhi, much less Paris, France), or the states and provinces of the USA, Canada, and Australia. Indian states, alas, are not so familiar to anglophones outside the subcontinent, so this section will use Himachal Pradesh. British and Irish counties, in spite of their antiquity in many cases, are also not immediately familiar to many, so this section will use Co. Durham and Co. Donegal when needed.
If there is a link to a "novel", then it is to an actual novel, and not merely the definition of the word "novel". Links in this section should always be consequential.
- Hamlet — from 1900 to 2000, dozens of film adaptations, in various languages, of the tragedy by William Shakespeare.
- Le Duel d'Hamlet — 1900 French sound short by Clément Maurice in which Hamlet (Sarah Bernhardt) is killed by Laertes (Pierre Magnier), based on Shakespeare's tragedy
- Execution of Czolgosz with Panorama of Auburn Prison — 1901 short by Edwin S. Porter recreates the electrocution of US President McKinley's assassin in 1901
- L'Assassinat de Mac Kinley — 1902 French short by Ferdinand Zecca about the assassination of US Président Guillaume Mac Kinley (French rendering of William McKinley) in 1901
- Assassinat de la famille royale de Serbie — 1903 French short by Lucien Nonguet about the assassination of Serbian King Alexander I and his consort, Queen Draga in 1903
- L'Assassinat du grand-duc Serge — 1905 French short by Lucien Nonguet about the assassination of Russian Grand Duke Sergei by a terrorist in 1905
- The Assassination of the Duke of Guise — 1908 French short by Charles Le Bargy on the 1588 assassination of the Duc de Guise by King Henri III (Le Bargy) at the Château de Blois
- Judith et Holopherne — 1909 French short by Louis Feuillade on the beheading of Assyrian general Holofernes by Biblical heroine Judith (Renée Carl), based on the Book of Judith
- A Fool's Revenge — 1909 film by D.W. Griffith in which a jester and protective father (Charles Inslee) arranges the assassination of his lascivious lord (Owen Moore), based on Hugo's play Le roi s'amuse and Verdi's opera Rigoletto
- Ulrih Celjski i Vladislav Hunjadi — 1911 Serbian short by Čiča Ilija Stanojević, the first Serbian film, about the murder of Hungarian regent Ulrih Celjski (Stanojević) in 1456 and the reprisal against Vladislav Hunjadi by King Vladislav V, based on Erkel's opera
- Karadjordje (Карађорђе) — 1911 Serbian film by Čiča Ilija Stanojević, the first Serbian feature, about the 1817 assassination of Karadjordje Petrović, leader of the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottomans, by agents of Prince Miloš Obrenović
- Il Ballo in maschera — 1911 Italian short by Ugo Falena based on Verdi's 1859 opera, inspired by the 1792 shooting of Swedish King Gustav III at a masquerade ball
- The Birth of a Nation — 1915 film by D.W. Griffith recreates the assassination of President Lincoln (Joseph Henabery) by a famous tragedian (Raoul Walsh) inside Ford's Theatre in 1865
- Macbeth — from 1916 to 2006, a dozen film adaptations of the tragedy by William Shakespeare.
- La Tragica fine di Caligula imperator — 1917 Italian short by Ugo Falena about the assassination of Roman Emperor Caligula (Raffaello Mariani) by Chaerea (Elio Gioppo) in A.D. 41
- Giuditta e Oloferne — 1920 Italian film by Aldo Molinari on the beheading of Assyrian general Holofernes by Biblical heroine Judith (Ileana Leonidoff), based on the Book of Judith — also, 1928 version by Baldassarre Negroni
- Das Fest der schwarzen Tulpe — 1920 German film by Marie Luise Droop and Muhsin Ertuğrul about the staged lynching of Dutch politicians Johan and Cornelis de Witt in 1672, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas
- The Black Tulip — 1921 Anglo-Dutch film by Maurits Binger and Frank Richardson about the staged lynching of Dutch politicians Johan and Cornelis de Witt in 1672, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas
- Kaiserin Elisabeth von Österreich — 1921 German film by Rolf Raffé about "Sissi", Queen Empress of Austro-Hungary (Carla Nelsen) and her 1898 assassination by an anarchist
- Rupert of Hentzau — 1923 film by Victor Heerman in which the King of Ruritania (Bert Lytell) is assassinated (but not his look-alike, as in the novel by Anthony Hope) — also, earlier 1916 version with Henry Ainley
- Die Nibelungen: Siegfried — 1924 German film by Fritz Lang about the hero Siegfried and his assassination by the Burgundian Hagen, based on the c. 1200 epic poem The Nibelungenlied
- Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache — 1924 German sequel by Fritz Lang in which Kriemhild, avenging her husband Siegfried, kills Hagen in a plot involving her second husband, Hunnish King Etzel
- Napoléon — 1927 French film by Abel Gance, about the early career of Napoleon Bonaparte (Albert Dieudonné), includes the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat (Antonin Artaud) in 1793
- Das Schicksal derer von Habsburg (aka The Fate of the von Habsburgs) — 1928 German film by Rolf Raffé about the assassinations of "Sissi", Queen Empress of Austro-Hungary (Erna Morena) in 1898, and Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife in 1914
- Rasputin and the Empress — 1932 film by Richard Boleslawski starring Lionel Barrymore as the murdered monk, Rasputin
- Scarface — 1932 film by Howard Hawks about a mobster (Paul Muni), based on Al Capone, includes incidents based on the murders of James Colosimo in 1920, Dion O'Banion in 1924, and the Saint Valentine's Day massacre in 1929
- Hans Westmar — 1933 banned German propaganda film by Franz Wenzler about a murdered stormtrooper, based on the life of Nazi martyr Horst Wessel, immortalized by the Nazi Party anthem "Die Fahne hoch"
- The Man Who Dared — 1933 film by Hamilton MacFadden about the assassination of an immigrant mayor of Chicago (Preston Foster), based on Anton Cermak, killed earlier in 1933 during the attempted murder of President-elect Roosevelt by a delusional anarchist
- The Emperor Jones — 1933 film by Dudley Murphy where, on a Caribbean island, an escaped US convict (Paul Robeson) has become a self-styled Emperor, but is now hunted by his rebellious subjects, based on the play by Nobel laureate Eugene O'Neill
- The Iron Duke — 1934 film by Victor Saville about the contrived execution of Marshal Ney for treason by French King Louis XVIII in 1815, during the White Terror which followed the Bourbon Restoration
- The Man Who Knew Too Much — 1934 film by Alfred Hitchcock about a British family on holiday in Switzerland who become involved in an assassination plot
- Lucrèce Borgia — 1935 French film by Abel Gance in which César Borgia (Gabriel Gabrio) only manages to plot the assassination of the Duke of Milan (Jacques Dumesnil), the first husband of his sister Lucrèce (Edwige Feuillère), but succeeds in 1500 with her second husband, Alphonse of Aragon (Max Michel), the bastard son of the King of Naples
- The Prisoner of Shark Island — 1936 film by John Ford about the imprisonment of Dr. Samuel Mudd, following the Lincoln assassination in 1865
- Fury — 1936 film by Fritz Lang in which an accused man (Spencer Tracy) persecutes those who nearly lynched him, inspired by the 1933 Brooke Hart lynching case where the California Governor colluded with the mob
- Secret Agent — 1936 film by Alfred Hitchcock about a British spy (John Gielgud) sent to assassinate a German agent
- They Won't Forget — 1937 film by Mervyn LeRoy about the lynching of a New York factory owner, based on the 1915 Leo Frank case, starring Claude Rains
- I, Claudius — 1937 film by Josef von Sternberg on political violence in ancient Rome, as observed by Emperor Claudius (Charles Laughton), involving the rumoured assassination of Emperor Tiberius by Emperor Caligula (Emlyn Williams), and the assassinations of Caligula and Caesonia — unfinished, but footage survives
- The Man in the Barn — 1937 dramatized documentary short by Jacques Tourneur which explores the theory that President Lincoln's assassin did not die in a Maryland barn in 1865 but rather as "David E. George" in Oklahoma in 1903
- Peter the First, Part Two (Пётр Первый) — 1938 Soviet film by Vladimir Petrov in which Tsar Peter the Great (Nikolai Simonov) has his son, Tsarevich Alexei (Nikolai Cherkasov), tortured and executed in 1718 for plotting against him
- Juarez — 1939 film by William Dieterle about the 1867 execution of Mexican Emperor Maximilian by President Juárez (Paul Muni)
- Brigham Young — 1940 Western by Henry Hathaway, about the Mormon trek to Utah, depicts the 1844 assassination of Joseph Smith (Vincent Price), founder of the Mormon Church
- Après Mein Kampf mes crimes — 1940 French anti-Nazi propaganda film by Alexandre Ryder, depicting the 1934 assassinations of Ernst Röhm and Kurt von Schleicher during the Night of the Long Knives, then later Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuß
- De Mayerling à Sarajevo — 1940 film by Max Ophüls about the 1914 assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, precipitating World War I
- Foreign Correspondent — 1940 film by Alfred Hitchcock in which a diplomat's decoy is assassinated in Amsterdam.
- The 47 Ronin — 1941 Japanese film by Kenji Mizoguchi about the Forty-seven Ronin, a group of samurai who plotted to avenge their lord's death in 1701
- Man Hunt — 1941 film by Fritz Lang, starring Walter Pidgeon and George Sanders, based on Geoffrey Household's 1939 novel, Rogue Male. A British hunter vacationing in the Bavarian Alps near the Berghof, Hitler's home in Berchtesgaden, gets Hitler in his gun sight and ponders whether or not he should shoot him.
- Hangmen Also Die — 1943 film by Fritz Lang about the assassination of Nazi Reinhard Heydrich in 1942
- Hitler's Madman — 1943 film by Douglas Sirk about the assassination of Nazi Reinhard Heydrich in 1942
- The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler — 1943 film by James P. Hogan in which Hitler's double (Ludwig Donath) becomes the target of an assassination
- Ivan the Terrible, Part I — 1944 Soviet film by Sergei Eisenstein about the suspected poisoning in 1560 of Tsarina Anastasia, consort of Tsar Ivan IV (Nikolai Cherkasov)
- Rome, Open City — Palme d'Or-winning, Oscar-nominated 1945 Italian film by Roberto Rossellini in which Italian Resistance leaders are tortured to death by the Gestapo
- Pursuit to Algiers — 1945 film by Roy William Neill in which Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) must foil assassination attempts directed at a crown prince, aboard ship to Algiers
- The Murderers Are Among Us — 1946 German film by Wolfgang Staudte about a demobilized Berliner who plans to assassinate his former officer, a war criminal — notable as the first postwar German film
- The Killers — 1946 film by Robert Siodmak about two hitmen, starring Burt Lancaster and based on the story by Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway
- Le Secret de Mayerling — 1949 film by Jacques Dacqmine about the possibility of assassination in the 1889 Mayerling Incident
- All the King's Men — 1949 film by Robert Rossen about the assassination of Southern governor Willie Stark (Broderick Crawford), inspired by the 1935 death of Louisiana governor Huey Long
- Border Incident — 1949 film by Anthony Mann in which a Mexican federal PJF agent (Ricardo Montalban), undercover as a bracero, is targeted by corrupt US ranchers
- Prince of Foxes — 1949 film by Henry King in which an artist (Tyrone Power) and an assassin join forces against Cesare Borgia in the Italian Renaissance
- The Sound of Fury — 1950 film by Cy Endfield in which two kidnappers (Frank Lovejoy, Lloyd Bridges) are lynched after a journalist's provocation, inspired by the 1933 Brooke Hart lynching case where the California Governor colluded with the mob
- The Gunfighter — 1950 Western by Henry King in which a notorious gunfighter (Gregory Peck) is shot in the back by a tyro, for the sake of the fame
- Quo Vadis — 1951 film by Mervyn LeRoy, about the persecution of early Christians, involves the crucifixion of Saint Peter (in A.D. 64), then the murder of Empress Poppaea by Emperor Nero (Peter Ustinov), and the mercy killing of Nero by his Christian friend Acte, inspired by the suicide of Nero in A.D. 68
- The Desert Fox — 1951 film by Henry Hathaway, about Field Marshal Rommel (James Mason), includes his failed assassination by British commandos in 1941
- The Enforcer — 1951 film by Bretaigne Windust (and Raoul Walsh) about the Murder, Inc. group of professional hitmen, starring Humphrey Bogart
- The Day the Earth Stood Still — 1951 science fiction film by Robert Wise in which an extraterrestrial (Michael Rennie) lands in Washington to warn the peoples of Earth to end their violent ways, but is killed
- Viva Zapata! — 1952 film by Elia Kazan about the murders of Francisco Madero and Emiliano Zapata during the Mexican Revolution
- Julius Caesar — 1953 film by Joseph L. Mankiewicz about the assassination of Julius Caesar (Louis Calhern) in the Roman Senate on the Ides of March, 44 B.C., adapted from Shakespeare's tragedy
- Lucrèce Borgia — 1953 French film by Christian-Jaque in which César Borgia (Pedro Armendáriz) plots the assassination of the Duke of Milan (Gilles Quéant), the first husband of his sister Lucrèce (Martine Carol), then plots again against her second husband, Alphonse of Aragon (Massimo Serato), in 1498
- Canaris — 1954 West German film by Alfred Weidenmann about how the assassination of Nazi Reinhard Heydrich in 1942 fails to prevent the arrest and execution of Abwehr chief and British agent Wilhelm Canaris in 1945
- Suddenly — 1954 film by Lewis Allen starring Frank Sinatra as a would-be presidential assassin.
- Jackboot Mutiny (aka It Happened on July 20th) — 1955 West German film by G.W. Pabst about the Stauffenberg plot against Adolf Hitler, starring Bernhard Wicki
- Der 20. Juli — 1955 West German film by Falk Harnack about the Stauffenberg plot against Adolf Hitler, starring Wolfgang Preiss
- Ernst Thälmann - Führer seiner Klasse — 1955 East German film by Kurt Maetzig in which Ernst Thälmann, German Communist Party leader, is murdered in Buchenwald in 1944
- Sissi — 1955 Austrian film and sequels, by Ernst Marischka, commemorate "Sissi", Queen Empress of Austro-Hungary (Romy Schneider), although none depict her 1898 assassination by an anarchist
- Alexander the Great — 1956 film by Robert Rossen in which Alexander (Richard Burton) ascends the throne of Macedon after the assassination of King Philip (Fredric March) in 336 B.C.
- Mio figlio Nerone (aka My Son Nero and Nero's Big Weekend) — 1956 Italian comedy by Steno in which mad Roman Emperor Nero tries over and over to assassinate his mother Agrippina (Gloria Swanson), amongst others
- I Killed Wild Bill Hickok — 1956 Western by Richard Talmadge about the assassination of lawman Wild Bill Hickok (Tom Brown) in 1876, loosely based on the story of Hickok's assassin
- Anastasia — 1956 film by Anatole Litvak concerns a mysterious woman from a Parisian asylum (Ingrid Bergman) who might be Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia, survivor of the murder of her family in 1918
- The Man Who Knew Too Much — 1956 remake by Alfred Hitchcock about an American family on vacation in Morocco who become involved in an assassination plot
- Ivan the Terrible, Part II — 1958 Soviet film by Sergei Eisenstein about a plot by his boyars to assassinate Tsar Ivan IV (Nikolai Cherkasov), circa 1565
- Ashes and Diamonds — 1958 Polish film by Andrzej Wajda about two Home Army fighters ordered to assassinate a Communist commissar
- Zamach — 1959 Polish film by Jerzy Passendorfer about the assassination of Franz Kutschera, SS Police Chief of Warsaw, by Home Army fighters in 1944
- North West Frontier — 1959 film by J. Lee Thompson, set in India in 1905, where a Hindu maharajah is assassinated by Moslem rebels and a British captain (Kenneth More) must defend his young heir
- Khovanshchina — 1960 Soviet film by Vera Stroyeva, starring Mark Reizen, based on Mussorgsky's opera
- Murder, Inc. — 1960 film by Stuart Rosenberg about the Murder, Inc. group of professional hitmen, starring Stuart Whitman
- The Gleiwitz Case — 1961 East German film by Gerhard Klein in which Nazis plan to murder a concentration camp inmate dressed in Polish uniform as a pretext to invade Poland, based on the 1939 Gleiwitz incident
- Vanina Vanini — 1961 Italian film by Roberto Rossellini, set in 1824 during the Risorgimento, when a Carbonari revolutionary (Laurent Terzieff) plans to assassinate a traitor to the secret society, based on the novella by Stendhal
- The Manchurian Candidate — 1962 and 2004 film adaptations of the novel by Richard Condon
- Chushingura - Hana no maki yuki no maki — 1962 Japanese film by Hiroshi Inagaki about the Forty-seven Ronin, a group of samurai who plotted to avenge their lord's death in 1701, starring Toshiro Mifune
- Dr. No — 1962 thriller by Terence Young about the murder of British agents in Jamaica, and the investigation by a certain James Bond — followed by numerous sequels
- Nine Hours to Rama — 1963 film by Mark Robson about the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, starring Horst Buchholz
- Becket — 1964 film by Peter Glenville about the assassination of Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas à Becket (Richard Burton) in 1170
- Atentát — 1964 Czechoslovakian film by Jiří Sequens about the assassination of Nazi Reinhard Heydrich by Czech commandos in 1942
- The Fall of the Roman Empire — 1964 film by Anthony Mann about the rumoured assassination of Marcus Aurelius (Alec Guinness) in A.D. 180 and the actual one of Commodus (Christopher Plummer) in 192
- Behold a Pale Horse — 1964 film by Fred Zinnemann about a Spanish Civil War grudge between an exiled guerrilla (Gregory Peck) and a policeman (Anthony Quinn)
- The Battle of Algiers — Oscar-nominated 1966 Italian film by Gillo Pontecorvo about political violence during the Algerian War
- Pharaoh — Oscar-nominated 1966 Polish film by Jerzy Kawalerowicz about the assassination of a reformist Egyptian pharaoh, adapted from the novel by Bolesław Prus, and eerily echoing the death of John F. Kennedy in 1963
- The Man Called Flintstone — 1966 animated thriller by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in which Bedrock quarry employee and family man Fred Flintstone becomes the target of assassins when he takes the place of a murdered agent
- Our Man Flint — 1966 spoof by Daniel Mann in which a retired secret agent (James Coburn) avoids assassination by mad scientists bent on world domination
- Ilbon cheonhwanggwa poktanuisa (aka The Japanese Emperor and the Martyrs) — 1967 South Korean film by Lee Yong-min, about twin attacks in 1932 by Korean nationalists against Japan, the failed Tokyo attack by Lee Bong-chang on Emperor Hirohito, and the successful Shanghai attack by Yoon Bong-gil, mortally wounding General Shirakawa, commander of the Shanghai Expeditionary Army and former War Minister, and wounding Admiral Nomura, General Ueda, Ambassador Shigemitsu, and Consul General Murai
- Das Attentat - Der Tod des Engelbert Dollfuß — 1967 West German TV movie by Franz Peter Wirth about the assassination of Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuß in 1934
- The Night of the Generals — 1967 thriller by Anatole Litvak indirectly about the Stauffenberg plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler
- Marat/Sade — 1967 film by Peter Brook in which the inmates of an insane asylum in 1808, under the direction of the Marquis de Sade, act out the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat in 1793, based the play by Peter Weiss
- The St. Valentine's Day Massacre — 1967 film by Roger Corman about the the 1929 Saint Valentine's Day Massacre of members of the Moran gang by Capone gunmen
- Le Samouraï — 1967 French film by Jean-Pierre Melville about a remorseless hitman, starring Alain Delon
- The President's Analyst — 1967 comedy by Theodore J. Flicker in which the US President's personal psychiatrist (James Coburn) must evade assassination attempts by US government agencies, the "CEA" and the "FBR" [sic]
- The Caesars — 1968 ITV miniseries by Derek Bennett on political violence in ancient Rome, involving the murders of members of the Imperial family – Postumus, Germanicus, Drusus, "Castor", and others
- If.... — Palme d'Or-winning 1968 film by Lindsay Anderson in which rebellious English public school students move to open revolt and assassinate their headmaster, inspired by the 1968 Paris riots and the 1605 Gunpowder Plot
- Che! — 1969 film by Richard Fleischer in which Argentine revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Omar Sharif) meets his death in Bolivia in 1967
- The Royal Hunt of the Sun — 1969 film by Irving Lerner, based on the play by Peter Shaffer, in which Inca Emperor Atahualpa (Christopher Plummer) meets his end in 1533 at the hands of Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro (Robert Shaw)
- The Price of Power — 1969 spaghetti Western by Tonino Valerii depicting the assassination of President Garfield (Van Johnson) by a disappointed office seeker in 1881, fictionalized in the manner of the 1963 Kennedy assassination
- Z — Oscar-winning 1969 Algerian film by Costa-Gavras in which a magistrate struggles to prosecute the assassins of an opposition politician (Yves Montand), based on the 1963 murder of Greek MP Gregoris Lambrakis
- Oikeamieliset — 1969 Finnish TV movie by Veikko Kerttula about the assassin (Esko Salminen) of Russian Grand Duke Sergei in 1905, based on the play Les Justes by Nobel laureate Albert Camus
- The Assassination Bureau — 1969 romp by Basil Dearden, set in Edwardian Europe, in which a journalist (Diana Rigg) hires an assassination agency to kill the head of the agency itself (Oliver Reed), based on the novel by Jack London
- Burn! — 1969 film by Gillo Pontecorvo in which the revolutionary activities of a British agent (Marlon Brando) on a Portuguese colonial island lead to assassination
- Julius Caesar — 1970 film by Stuart Burge about the assassination of Julius Caesar (John Gielgud) in the Roman Senate on the Ides of March, 44 B.C., adapted from Shakespeare's tragedy
- Little Big Man — 1970 revisionist Western by Arthur Penn, about a settler raised by Cheyenne Indians (Dustin Hoffman), includes the assassination of lawman Wild Bill Hickok in 1876
- The Conformist — 1970 film by Bernardo Bertolucci about a fascist assassin sent from Italy to assassinate his former professor in Paris.
- Nicholas and Alexandra — 1971 film by Franklin Schaffner where the assassinations of Pyotr Stolypin, Franz Ferdinand, and Rasputin precede the 1918 executions of Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his consort, Tsarina Alexandra
- The Devils — 1971 film by Ken Russell about Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed), a French priest opposed to Cardinal Richelieu, who is burnt at the stake in 1634 for witchcraft
- Get Carter — 1971 film by Mike Hodges where a London gangster (Michael Caine) in Newcastle avenges his brother's death before an assassin finds him — not the 2000 remake with Sylvester Stallone and different ending
- The Assassination of Trotsky — 1972 film by Joseph Losey about the murder of Leon Trotsky (Richard Burton) by the mysterious "Jacson" (Alain Delon) in Mexico City in 1940
- Karl Liebknecht - Trotz alledem! — 1972 East German film by Günter Reisch in which Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg, Spartacist League leaders, are murdered by Berlin Freikorps in 1919
- State of Siege — 1972 French film by Costa-Gavras about the execution of a US government torturer (Yves Montand) in Uruguay by Tupamaro guerrillas, based on the 1970 Dan Mitrione case
- Pope Joan — 1972 film by Michael Anderson about the lynching of Pope Joan (Liv Ullmann), the legendary female English Pope, when her sex is discovered
- The Godfather — 1972 film based on the novel by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, involving assassinations among Mafia families; is ranked among the greatest films of all time.
- The Mechanic — 1972 film by Michael Winner about a hitman (Charles Bronson) and his protégé (Jan-Michael Vincent)
- Il delitto Matteotti — 1973 Italian film by Florestano Vancini about the assassination of Socialist leader Giacomo Matteotti (Franco Nero) in 1924 by the Ceka of Prime Minister Mussolini, who maintains the support of King Victor Emmanuel and strengthens his dictatorship
- The Day of the Jackal — 1973 film adaptation by Fred Zinnemann of the novel by Frederick Forsyth, where the assassin of Patrice Lumumba and Rafael Trujillo is assigned to kill Charles de Gaulle
- Executive Action — 1973 film by David Miller details a presumed conspiracy to assassinate John F. Kennedy, based on a 1966 bestseller by Mark Lane and subsequent 1967 documentary by Emile de Antonio
- Love and Anarchy — 1973 Italian film by Lina Wertmüller about a 1930s anarchist (Giancarlo Giannini) who prepares to assassinate Mussolini over the murder of a friend
- Sleeper — Hugo-winning 1973 science fiction comedy by Woody Allen, set in the year 2173, when rebels have killed a dictator, and a defrosted health food store owner from 1973 (Allen) is sent to assassinate the dictator's only surviving part, his nose, before it can be cloned
- Theatre of Blood — 1973 film by Douglas Hickox in which an overacting Shakespearean actor (Vincent Price) assassinates his critics in the manner of Shakespeare's most grotesque murder scenes
- Scorpio — 1973 film by Michael Winner about a French assassin (Alain Delon) engaged by the CIA
- The Werewolf of Washington — 1973 horror satire by Milton Moses Ginsberg raises the question whether party loyalty is enough to protect the US President when he hires a werewolf (Dean Stockwell) as his press secretary
- Les Ordres — 1974 French Canadian film by Michel Brault about mass arrests following the assassination of Quebec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte by FLQ terrorists during the 1970 October Crisis
- Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin (Агония) — 1974 Soviet film by Elem Klimov about the murdered monk, Rasputin
- La Muerte de Pancho Villa — 1974 Mexican film by Mario Hernández about the assassination of Pancho Villa in 1923
- Peregrina — 1974 Mexican film by Mario Hernández about the assassination of Yucatán Governor Felipe Carrillo Puerto in 1924
- The ODESSA File — 1974 film by Ronald Neame in which a West German journalist (Jon Voight) targets Edward Roschmann, industrialist and former SS commandant of Riga concentration camp
- The Parallax View — 1974 film by Alan J. Pakula about a reporter and assassination conspiracy theorist (Warren Beatty), and the murders of two US senators, adapted from the novel by Loren Singer
- The Godfather Part II — 1974 film, the second part of the Godfather trilogy, written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola; is ranked among the greatest films of all time.
- Operation: Daybreak — 1975 film by Lewis Gilbert about the assassination of Nazi Reinhard Heydrich by Czech commandos in 1942, starring Timothy Bottoms
- L'Attentat de Damiens — 1975 French TV movie by Pierre Cavassilas about the assassination attempt made against King Louis XV by Robert-François Damiens in 1757
- Love and Death — 1975 comedy by Woody Allen, set during the French invasion of Russia in 1812, when a coward (Allen) and his cousin decide to assassinate Napoleon Bonaparte
- Confrontation — Oscar-submitted 1975 Swiss film by Rolf Lyssy about the assassination of Swiss Nazi leader Wilhelm Gustloff in 1936
- The Eiger Sanction — 1975 thriller by Clint Eastwood in which a professor and reluctant assassin (Eastwood) must determine his target on a mountainside in the midst of a climbing expedition, from the novel by Trevanian
- Il pleut sur Santiago — 1976 French film by Helvio Soto about the CIA-backed coup against Chilean President Salvador Allende in 1973
- Rogue Male — 1976 BBC TV film by Clive Donner, starring Peter O'Toole and Alistair Sim, based on Geoffrey Household's 1939 novel, Rogue Male.
- I, Claudius — 1976 BBC miniseries by Herbert Wise on political violence in ancient Rome, involving the murders of members of the Imperial family – Marcellus, Agrippa, Gaius, Lucius, the Emperor Augustus (poisoned by his wife Livia), Postumus, Germanicus, "Castor", "Helen", Drusus and Nero, Livilla, the Emperor Tiberius, Gemellus, Drusilla and fœtus, the Emperor Caligula (John Hurt), Caesonia and Julia Drusilla, Messalina, the Emperor Claudius (Derek Jacobi), Britannicus, Agrippinilla – and others
- The Eagle Has Landed — 1976 film by John Sturges about a German plot, initially, to capture Winston Churchill
- Taxi Driver — Palme d'Or-winning 1976 film by Martin Scorsese in which a confused loner (Robert De Niro) tries to assassinate a US Senator and presidential candidate
- Helter Skelter — 1976 TV movie by Tom Gries, starring Steve Railsback, about the Charles Manson Family murders, the Family including Squeaky Fromme, would-be 1975 assassin of President Ford
- The Life and Assassination of the Kingfish — 1977 TV movie by Robert E. Collins about the 1935 assassination of Louisiana governor Huey Long (Edward Asner)
- The Lincoln Conspiracy — 1977 TV movie by James L. Conway that details a presumed conspiracy of Radical Republicans, led by Secretary of War Stanton (Robert Middleton), to assassinate President Lincoln (John Anderson) in 1865
- Śmierć prezydenta — 1978 Polish film by Jerzy Kawalerowicz about the 1922 assassination of Polish President Gabriel Narutowicz (Zdzisław Mrożewski)
- King — 1978 NBC miniseries by Abby Mann about the Reverend Martin Luther King (Paul Winfield)
- El Cantor — 1978 East German TV movie by Dean Reed about Chilean folksinger Víctor Jara (Reed), murdered after the 1973 overthrow of Salvador Allende
- Foul Play — 1978 comedy-thriller by Colin Higgins involving a plot to assassinate the Pope in San Francisco, starring Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn.
- Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? — 1978 comedy by Ted Kotcheff, starring George Segal, in which European gourmet chefs are being served up like their greatest dish
- Roots: The Next Generations — 1979 ABC miniseries, by John Erman et al., based on the book by Alex Haley, features two political figures later assassinated, black nationalist Malcolm X and American Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell
- Caligula — controversial 1979 film produced by Bob Guccione about the assassination of insane Roman Emperor Caligula (Malcolm McDowell) and his immediate family in A.D. 41
- Apocalypse Now — Palme d'Or-winning 1979 film by Francis Ford Coppola, set during the Vietnam War, loosely inspired by Joseph Conrad's The Heart of Darkness, and starring Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen. Sheen's character is sent to assassinate Brando's.
- Steiner - Das eiserne Kreuz, 2. Teil (Steiner - The Iron Cross, Part 2, aka Breakthrough) — 1979 sequel by Andrew V. McLaglen in which German Army Sgt. Steiner from Cross of Iron (Richard Burton) becomes involved in a plot against Hitler
- Winter Kills — 1979 film adapted from the novel by Richard Condon.
- Jean Jaurès: vie et mort d'un socialiste — 1980 French TV movie by Ange Casta about the assassination of Socialist leader and pacifist Jean Jaurès in 1914
- Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones — 1980 TV movie by William A. Graham about the murder of Congressman Leo Ryan by cult leader Jim Jones prior to the mass suicide in 1978
- Judita — 1980 Yugoslavian (Croatian) TV movie by Marin Carić on the beheading of Assyrian general Holofernes by Biblical heroine Judith (Dubravka Miletić), based on the Book of Judith and the 1521 Croatian nationalist epic poem by Marko Marulić
- The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd — 1980 TV movie by Paul Wendkos about the imprisonment of Dr. Samuel Mudd (Dennis Weaver), following the Lincoln assassination in 1865
- The Blood of Hussain — 1980 Pakistani (Urdu) film by Jamil Dehlavi about the martyrdom of Imam Hussain in A.D. 680 (61 A.H.)
- Tom Horn — 1980 Western by William Wiard about Tom Horn (Steve McQueen), a gun for hire in 1890s Wyoming
- The Kidnapping of the President — 1980 film by George Mendeluk in which the US President (Hal Holbrook) is kidnapped by a South American terrorist and sealed in an armoured car wired to explode
- Death of a Prophet — 1981 film by Woodie King Jr. about the 1965 assassination of black nationalist Malcolm X (Morgan Freeman)
- Die Gerechten — 1981 West German TV movie by Frank Guthke about the assassin (Jan Niklas) of Russian Grand Duke Sergei in 1905, based on the play Les Justes by Nobel laureate Albert Camus — also, earlier West German versions in 1964 with Christoph Bantzer, and 1959 with Pinkas Braun
- Escape from New York — 1981 science fiction film by John Carpenter, set at the end of World War III, in which the inmates of the prison island of Manhattan threaten their hostage, the mutilated US President (Donald Pleasence), with death
- Blow Out — 1981 film directed by Brian De Palma, starring John Travolta as a sound engineer who is earwitness to a political assassination.
- The Amateur — 1981 film by Charles Jarrott about a CIA cryptographer (John Savage) who trains as an assassin after the terrorist death of his fiancée
- Gandhi — 1982 film by Richard Attenborough about Mahatma Gandhi (Ben Kingsley) and his 1948 assassination by a Hindu extremist
- Missing — Palme d'Or-winning 1982 film by Costa-Gavras about the CIA-backed coup against Chilean President Salvador Allende in 1973, and the disappearance of a US journalist, based on Charles Horman
- Under Fire — 1983 film by Roger Spottiswoode about the Somoza regime in 1979 Nicaragua, involving the assassination of a rebel leader
- For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story — 1983 TV movie by Michael Schulz about assassinated civil rights leader Medgar Evers
- Sadat — 1983 CBS miniseries by Richard Michaels about Egyptian President and Nobel laureate Anwar Sadat (Louis Gossett), assassinated along with other dignitaries in 1981 by Islamic extremists
- Karadjordjeva smrt (Карађорђева смрт) — 1983 Yugoslavian (Serbo-Croatian) TV movie by Đorđe Kadijević about the 1817 assassination of Karadjordje Petrović, leader of the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottomans, by agents of Prince Miloš Obrenović
- Reilly, Ace of Spies — 1983 ITV miniseries by Jim Goddard and Martin Campbell about a plot against Lenin involving British spy Sidney Reilly (Sam Neill), executed by the OGPU in 1925, and a model for Ian Fleming's spy James Bond
- Silkwood — 1983 film by Mike Nichols about the mysterious 1974 death of Karen Silkwood (Meryl Streep), a whistleblowing nuclear plant employee
- Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro — 1983 Indian (Hindi) film directed by Kundan Shah, a dark satirical comedy involving the assassination of a mayor.
- Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil — 1985 TV movie by Jim Goddard about Nazi Germany, including the Night of the Long Knives in 1934
- Dawn — 1985 film by Miklós Jancsó about the murder of a British officer (Michael York) by Zionist terrorists, based on the novel by Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel
- Rosa Luxemburg — 1986 West German film by Margarethe von Trotta in which Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg, Spartacist League leaders, are murdered by Berlin Freikorps in 1919
- Lady Jane — 1986 film by Trevor Nunn about the execution of English queen Lady Jane Grey (Helena Bonham Carter) in 1554
- Dragon rapide — 1986 Spanish film by Jaime Camino about the events leading to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, including the assassination of rightist politician José Calvo Sotelo (José Luis Pellicena) by Socialists
- Night of the Pencils — 1986 Argentine film by Héctor Olivera about a group of student activists tortured then killed over the cost of bus fare, in 1976 during the Dirty War period
- Sword of Gideon — 1986 CTV miniseries by Michael Anderson about the hunt for those purportedly involved in the 1972 Munich massacre
- The Assault — Oscar-winning 1986 Dutch film by Fons Rademakers about the consequences for an average family after the assassination of a Nazi collaborator, based on the novel by Harry Mulisch
- Shaka Zulu — 1986 SABC miniseries and 1987 film by William C. Faure about the murder of Zulu king Shaka by his brothers in 1828
- Cry Freedom — 1987 film by Richard Attenborough about the murder of South African activist Steve Biko in 1977
- Vuk Karadžić (Вук Караџић) — 1987 Yugoslavian (Serbo-Croatian) RTB miniseries by Đorđe Kadijević about Vuk Karadžić, the Serbian language reformer, includes several assassinations, the Slaughter of the Dukes in 1804, Vožd Karadjordje Petrović in 1817, and Prince Mihailo Obrenović in 1868
- Matewan — 1987 film by John Sayles where labour unrest in West Virginia builds to the 1920 Battle of Matewan, with the death of mayor Cabell Testerman, and the 1921 assassination of police chief Sid Hatfield (David Strathairn)
- Aria — 1987 film by Nicolas Roeg in which Albanian King Zog (Theresa Russell with a moustache) survives an assassination attempt in 1931
- Mississippi Burning — 1988 film by Alan Parker about the murders of Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney in 1964, starring Gene Hackman
- Talk Radio — 1988 film by Oliver Stone about a provocative, "shock jock" radio host (Eric Bogosian) goading his audience to violence, inspired by the murder of Denver broadcaster Alan Berg in 1984
- Betrayed — 1988 film by Costa-Gavras about an FBI investigation into white supremacists after the death of a Jewish radio host, inspired by the murder of Denver broadcaster Alan Berg in 1984
- De hvite bussene (Those White Buses) — 1988 Norwegian TV movie commemorates Swedish diplomat and humanitarian Count Folke Bernadotte but does not depict his 1948 assassination by Zionist terrorists
- The Murder of Mary Phagan — 1988 NBC miniseries by William Hale about the lynching of Jewish factory owner Leo Frank in 1915, starring Peter Gallagher
- A Dangerous Life — 1988 HBO miniseries by Robert Markowitz, starring Gary Busey, about how the assassination of Benigno Aquino in Manila in 1983 led finally to the downfall of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos
- A World Apart — 1988 film by Chris Menges commemorates a South African anti-apartheid activist (Barbara Hershey) based on Ruth First, assassinated by mail bomb in 1982
- Gorillas in the Mist — 1988 film by Michael Apted in which the mock execution of a poacher precedes the murder of US primatologist Dian Fossey (Sigourney Weaver), in Rwanda in 1985
- Romero — 1989 film by John Duigan about the murders of Salvadoran priest Rutilio Grande in 1977, then Archbishop Óscar Romero (Raul Julia) in 1980
- Rojo amanecer (aka Red Dawn) — 1989 Mexican film by Jorge Fons about the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre of student activists by President Díaz Ordaz
- The Revenge of Al Capone — 1989 TV movie by Michael Pressman in which mobster Al Capone (Ray Sharkey) plans the assassination of Chicago Mayor Cermak, based on a revisionist interpretation of the 1933 attempted murder of President-elect Roosevelt by a delusional anarchist
- Terroristit — 1989 Finnish TV movie by Veli-Matti Saikkonen about a terrorist (Ville Sandqvist), based on the play Les Justes by Nobel laureate Albert Camus
- The Plot to Kill Hitler — 1990 film by Lawrence Schiller about the Stauffenberg plot against Adolf Hitler, starring Brad Davis
- Murder in Mississippi — 1990 TV movie by Roger Young about the murders of Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney in 1964, starring Tom Hulce
- Sandino — 1990 film by Chilean director Miguel Littín about Nicaraguan revolutionary Augusto Sandino (Joaquim de Almeida), assassinated by future dictator Anastasio Somoza García in 1934
- A Show of Force — 1990 film by Bruno Barreto about the assassination of two Puerto Rican nationalists by FBI agents, aided by a local agent provocateur (Lou Diamond Phillips), based on the 1978 Cerro Maravilla Incident
- Drug Wars: The Camarena Story — 1990 NBC miniseries by Brian Gibson about US DEA agent Enrique Camarena, murdered in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1985
- International Gorillay — 1990 Pakistani (Punjabi) comedy by Jan Mohammed in which three brothers plan to assassinate British novelist and "Israeli agent" [sic] Salman Rushdie over his book The Satanic Verses
- Nikita — 1990 French film directed by Luc Besson concerning Nikita, who is convicted of murder. In prison, she is injected with drugs, simulating death. Officially dead, she is given the choice of either working for the DGSE as an assassin or being killed for real.
- The Godfather Part III — 1990 film, the final part of the Godfather trilogy, written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola.
- JFK — 1991 film by Oliver Stone
- Edward II — 1991 film by Derek Jarman about the murder of English King Edward II in 1327
- Year of the Gun — 1991 film by John Frankenheimer about the death of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro in 1978
- Der 13. Tag — 1991 Austrian film about the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia in 1948 and the mysterious death of Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk
- Bugsy — 1991 film by Barry Levinson, starring Warren Beatty, where mobster Bugsy Siegel, heavily romanticized, gets whacked in 1947
- In Broad Daylight — 1991 TV movie by James Steven Sadwith in which a brutal town bully (Brian Dennehy) is finally murdered by frightened townspeople, based on the 1981 Ken McElroy case
- The Assassin of the Tsar (Цареубийца) — 1991 Russian film by Karen Shakhnazarov about a mental patient (Малколм МакДауэлл / Malcolm McDowell) who believes himself to have been the assassin of both Tsar Alexander II and Tsar Nicholas II
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country — 1991 science fiction film by Nicholas Meyer in which Captain Kirk is falsely accused of assassinating the Klingon chancellor.
- Chekist (Чекист) — 1992 Russian film by Aleksandr Rogozhkin about a secret policeman in Lenin's Cheka who eliminates perceived opponents of the Bolshevik Revolution
- Stalin — 1992 TV movie by Ivan Passer in which Joseph Stalin (Robert Duvall) eliminates former friends and associates like Sergei Kirov, Grigory Zinoviev, Lev Kamenev, Nikolai Bukharin, Genrikh Yagoda, Nikolai Yezhov, and Leon Trotsky during the Great Purge
- Malcolm X — 1992 film by Spike Lee about black nationalist Malcolm X (Denzel Washington), involving his father's suspicious death in 1931 and his own assassination in 1965
- Ruby — 1992 film by John Mackenzie about Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby (Danny Aiello), the killer of the presumed assassin of John F. Kennedy
- El Mariachi — 1992 film by Robert Rodriguez about an unemployed musician in Mexico who is targeted by hitmen
- In the Line of Fire — 1993 film by Wolfgang Petersen about an attempted assassination of an American president; Clint Eastwood plays a Secret Service agent who had been in the detail guarding President Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
- Once Upon a Time in China III — 1993 Hong Kong film by Tsui Hark in which martial artist Wong Fei Hung (Jet Li) helps to foil the assassination of Viceroy Li Hung-chang by a Russian diplomat
- Sniper — 1993 film by Luis Llosa about a US Marine sniper (Tom Berenger) targeting a drug lord in Panama
- Point of No Return — 1993 film directed by John Badham, also known as The Assassin; a remake of Nikita.
- Octobre — 1994 French Canadian film by Pierre Falardeau about the assassination of Quebec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte by FLQ terrorists during the 1970 October Crisis
- Doomsday Gun — 1994 TV movie by Robert Young about the assassination of Canadian long-range artillery expert Gerald Bull (Frank Langella) in 1990
- 47 Ronin — 1994 Japanese film by Kon Ichikawa about the Forty-seven Ronin, a group of samurai who plotted to avenge their lord's death in 1701
- Léon: The Professional — 1994 film by Luc Besson about a hitman (Jean Reno) who defends a young girl (Natalie Portman) from corrupt DEA agents
- The End of the Obrenović Dynasty (Крај династије Обреновић) — 1995 Yugoslavian (Serbo-Croatian) RTB miniseries by Sava Mrmak about the assassinations of Serbian King Alexander I, his consort, Queen Draga, Prime Minister Cincar-Marković, and others, in 1903
- Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long — 1995 TV movie by Thomas Schlamme about the 1935 assassination of Louisiana governor Huey Long (John Goodman)
- Wild Bill — 1995 revisionist Western by Walter Hill about the assassination of lawman Wild Bill Hickok (Jeff Bridges) in 1876
- Michael Collins — 1996 film by Neil Jordan about Irish soldier and politician Michael Collins, killed in ambush in 1922
- Ghosts of Mississippi — 1996 film by Rob Reiner about the trial of the assassin of civil rights leader Medgar Evers
- George Wallace — 1997 TV movie by John Frankenheimer about Alabama governor George Wallace (Gary Sinise) and his failed assassination in 1972
- Grosse Pointe Blank — 1997 comedy by George Armitage about a depressed professional assassin (John Cusack) at his high school reunion
- Air Force One — 1997 film starring Harrison Ford, directed by Wolfgang Petersen
- Conspiracy Theory — 1997 film by Richard Donner in which a disturbed, conspiracy-obsessed cab driver (Mel Gibson) discovers he is a CIA assassin
- Assassin(s) — 1997 French film by Mathieu Kassovitz about two professional killers, older (Michel Serrault) mentoring younger (Kassovitz)
- The Man Who Knew Too Little — 1997 spoof by Jon Amiel, starring Bill Murray as an American on vacation in England who is mistaken for a hitman involved in an assassination plot
- Anastasia — 1997 animated musical by Don Bluth in which Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia survives the murder of her family only to face assassination by the demonic resurrected monk Rasputin and his friend, an albino bat — not always reliable as an historical account
- The Day Lincoln Was Shot — 1998 TV movie by John Gray about Good Friday, 1865 and the assassination plots directed at President Lincoln (Lance Henriksen), Vice President Johnson and Secretary of State Seward
- The Terrorist — 1998 Indian (Tamil) film by Santosh Sivan about a young woman assigned to assassinate a South Asian leader, based on the death of Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi in Tamil Nadu in 1991
- Jinnah — 1998 film by Jamil Dehlavi in which Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Christoper Lee), the founder of Pakistan, survives an assassination attempt by a Moslem extremist
- Elizabeth — 1998 film by Shekhar Kapur, where Queen Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchett) avoids an assassination planned by the Duke of Norfolk in favour of Mary, Queen of Scots, inspired by the 1570 Ridolfi Plot
- Ronin — 1998 film by John Frankenheimer about mercenaries (Robert De Niro, Jean Reno) hired to obtain a briefcase from its courier, and the murder of a figure skater (Katarina Witt)
2000 – 2005
- Hey Ram — 2000 Indian (Tamil) film by Kamal Haasan about a plot to assassinate Mahatma Gandhi
- Lumumba — 2000 film by Haitian director Raoul Peck about the overthrow and murder of Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba in 1961
- When the Sky Falls — 2000 film by John Mackenzie about the murder of an Irish reporter (Joan Allen) by a Dublin drug gang, based on the 1996 Veronica Guerin case
- Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace — 2000 film by Eric Till about the execution of anti-Nazi theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Flossenbürg concentration camp in 1945
- O Processo dos Távoras — 2001 Portuguese RTP miniseries by Wilson Solon about the trial of members of the nobility accused in the attempted assassination of Portuguese King Joseph I in 1758
- Quo Vadis — 2001 Polish remake by Jerzy Kawalerowicz, about the persecution of early Christians
- In the Time of the Butterflies — 2001 film by Mariano Barroso, starring Salma Hayek, about the 1960 murders of the three Mirabal sisters for their opposition to Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo
- The Day Reagan Was Shot — 2001 TV movie by Cyrus Nowrasteh in which President Reagan and press secretary Brady are seriously wounded in a failed assassination in 1981
- Zoolander — 2001 comedy by Ben Stiller in which a vacuous male model (Stiller) is programmed to kill the Malaysian Prime Minister — banned in Malaysia
- Jean Moulin — 2002 French TV movie by Yves Boisset about the death of Resistance leader Jean Moulin in Metz in 1943 after Gestapo torture
- Frida — 2002 film by Julie Taymor about Mexican painter Frida Kahlo involves both Soviet exile Leon Trotsky (Geoffrey Rush) and his original, failed, assassin David Alfaro Siqueiros (Antonio Banderas), world-renowned mural painter and Stalinist
- Trudeau — 2002 CBC miniseries by Jerry Ciccoritti about Canadian PM Trudeau (Colm Feore), including the 1970 October Crisis and the assassination of Pierre Laporte
- The Legend of Bhagat Singh — 2002 Indian (Hindi) film by Rajkumar Santoshi about Indian nationalist Bhagat Singh and the assassination of British police superintendent J.P. Saunders in 1928
- Interview with the Assassin — 2002 mock documentary written and directed by Neil Burger, purportedly about the "second gunman" at the John F. Kennedy assassination.
- Nothing So Strange — 2002 film, directed by Brian Flemming in the style of an "independent documentary", centering on the fictional assassination of Microsoft's Bill Gates, which occurs before the end of the opening credits; the film resonates with numerous references to the John F. Kennedy assassination.
- The Bourne Identity — 2002 film by Doug Liman about an amnesiac CIA assassin (Matt Damon) and the assassination of a deposed African dictator (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje)
- Amir El Zalam — 2002 Egyptian film by Rami Imam in which a blind October War veteran confronts a foreign terrorist gang planning to assassinate a visiting politician
- Good Morning, Night — 2003 Italian film by Marco Bellocchio about the death of former Prime Minister Aldo Moro in 1978
- 06/05 — 2003 Dutch film by assassinated director Theo van Gogh about the assassination of politician Pim Fortuyn by an animal rights activist in 2002
- Veronica Guerin — 2003 film by Joel Schumacher about the 1996 murder of an Irish reporter, Veronica Guerin (Cate Blanchett), by a Dublin drug gang
- El Misterio Galíndez — 2003 Spanish film by Gerardo Herrero, starring Harvey Keitel, about the New York disappearance of a writer opposed to Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, based on the 1956 case of Basque Columbia University professor Jesús de Galíndez
- Tears of the Sun — 2003 remake (of Dark of the Sun) by Antoine Fuqua, set during a fictional Nigerian Civil War, begins with the off-screen assassination of the President (and family) by rebels, along with other echoes of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide
- X2 — 2003 film by Bryan Singer where an attempted assassination of the US President is a pretext for a general war of human against mutant
- Head of State — 2003 comedy by Chris Rock in which an alderman (Rock) becomes the first black candidate for US President and imagines his own assassination
- Alexander — 2004 film by Oliver Stone in which Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell) ascends the throne of Macedon after the assassination of King Philip (Val Kilmer) in 336 B.C., then campaigns through Africa and Asia until his suspicious death in 323 B.C.
- Gunpowder, Treason & Plot — 2004 BBC miniseries by Gillies MacKinnon about the 1605 Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament and King James I
- Stauffenberg (aka Operation Valkyrie) — 2004 German TV movie about the Stauffenberg plot against Adolf Hitler, starring Sebastian Koch
- Die Stunde der Offiziere — 2004 German TV movie about the Stauffenberg plot against Adolf Hitler, starring Harald Schrott
- Helter Skelter — 2004 TV movie by John Gray, starring Jeremy Davies, about the Charles Manson Family murders, the Family including Squeaky Fromme, would-be 1975 assassin of President Ford
- Man on Fire — 2004 film by Tony Scott about a bodyguard and ex-CIA assassin in Mexico (Denzel Washington) whose young charge is kidnapped
- The President's Last Bang — 2005 South Korean black comedy by Im Sang-soo about the assassination of President Park Chung-hee in 1979 by his own KCIA Director of intelligence and friend
- The Feast of the Goat — 2005 Anglo-Spanish film by Luis Llosa about the assassination in 1961 of Rafael Trujillo, Dominican caudillo and occasional President, based on the novel by Mario Vargas Llosa
- Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration — 2005 film by T.C. Christensen and Gary Cook about the assassination of Joseph Smith (Nathan Mitchell), founder of the Mormon Church, and his brother Hyrum in 1844 by an Illinois mob
- Magnicidio – Complot en Lomas Taurinas — 2005 Mexican film by Miguel Marte about the 1994 assassination of PRI presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio by a lone gunman
- Pope John Paul II — 2005 CBS miniseries by John Kent Harrison in which the Pope (Jon Voight) survives an assassination attempt by a Turkish assassin in 1981
- Munich — 2005 film by Steven Spielberg about the hunt for those purportedly involved in the 1972 Munich massacre
- The Assassination of Richard Nixon — 2005 film by Niels Mueller about the attempted assassination, by hijacked airliner, of President Nixon, based on the suppressed 1974 Samuel Byck case
- Paradise Now — Oscar-nominated 2005 Dutch-Israeli film by Hany Abu-Assad where two Palestinian suicide bombers in Nablus, despairing of living under unending foreign occupation, are assigned a wedding in Tel Aviv, in retaliation for Israeli assassinations
- The Interpreter — 2005 film by Sydney Pollack about a United Nations interpreter (Nicole Kidman) who overhears a plot to assassinate a visiting African President
- The State Counsellor — 2005 Russian film by Filipp Yankovsky in which a detective (Oleg Menshikov) in 1891 tries to prevent the assassination of the Tsarist Governor of Moscow by revolutionaries
- Æon Flux — 2005 science fiction film by Karyn Kusama where a rebel assassin (Charlize Theron) is assigned to kill the leader of her city-state (Marton Csokas)
- The Matador — 2005 comedy by Richard Shepard starring Pierce Brosnan as an aging bisexual hitman who wants to retire
2006 – 2009
- Bobby — 2006 film by Emilio Estevez about the assassination of US presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 by an Arab nationalist
- The Killing of John Lennon — 2006 film by Andrew Piddington about the 1980 murder of former Beatle John Lennon by a disillusioned fan (Jonas Ball)
- Mee Nathuram Godse Boltoy — 2006 Indian (Marathi) film about the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, based on the banned play by Pradeep Dalavi
- October 1970 — 2006 CBC miniseries by Don McBrearty about the assassination of Quebec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte by FLQ terrorists during the 1970 October Crisis
- Lilís — 2006 Dominican film by Jimmy Sierra about Dominican dictator Ulises Heureaux and his assassination in 1899
- Death of a President — 2006 fictional documentary by Gabriel Range recalling the 2007 assassination of President George W. Bush in Chicago
- The Wind That Shakes the Barley — Palme d'Or-winning 2006 film by Ken Loach about political violence in 1920 during the Anglo-Irish War, starring Cillian Murphy
- All the King's Men — 2006 remake by Steven Zaillian about the assassination of Southern governor Willie Stark (Sean Penn), inspired by the 1935 death of Louisiana governor Huey Long
- Rang De Basanti — 2006 Indian (Hindi) film about the assassination of a corrupt Indian Defence Minister.
- V for Vendetta — 2006 film by the Wachowski brothers wherein the main character, known only as V, inspired by the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, assassinates numerous governmental and quasi-governmental officials in his quest to topple a fascist regime, based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore
- End Game — 2006 film by Andy Cheng in which the assassination of the US President leads to a series of other murders, starring Cuba Gooding
- The Sentinel — 2006 film by Clark Johnson about a plot within the Secret Service to assassinate the US President, starring Michael Douglas
- Shake Hands with the Devil — 2007 film by Roger Spottiswoode, starring Roy Dupuis, in which the assassination of President Juvénal Habyarimana triggers the 1994 Rwandan Genocide — the same incident killed Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira
- Elizabeth: The Golden Age — 2007 film by Shekhar Kapur, where Queen Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchett) learns of an assassination plot against her by Mary, Queen of Scots and Anthony Babington, based on the 1586 Babington Plot
- Chapter 27 — 2007 film by J.P. Schaefer about the 1980 murder of former Beatle John Lennon by an obsessed fan (Jared Leto)
- September Dawn — 2007 film by Christopher Cain, about the 1857 Mountain Meadows massacre of settlers by Mormons, includes the 1844 assassination of Joseph Smith (Dean Cain), founder of the Mormon Church
- A Mighty Heart — 2007 film by Michael Winterbottom about the murder of journalist Daniel Pearl (Dan Futterman) by Islamist terrorists in 2002
- The Warlords — 2007 Chinese (Mandarin) film by Peter Chan about the assassination of a Qing general (Jet Li), based on the death of Ma Xinyi in 1870
- 13 Roses — 2007 Spanish film by Emilio Martínez Lázaro about the fate of 13 young women when rumours of an assassination plot against Generalissimo Franco circulate after the Fall of Madrid in 1939
- Shooter — 2007 film by Antoine Fuqua dealing with an apparent assassination attempt on the U.S. president, starring Mark Wahlberg
- Hitman — 2007 film by Xavier Gens about a genetically engineered assassin known only as "Agent 47" who targets the Russian President
- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford — 2007 film by Andrew Dominik about the murder of outlaw Jesse James (Brad Pitt) by his friend Robert Ford (Casey Affleck) in 1882, and then Ford's own assassination in 1892
- Blood on the Moon — 2007 TV movie by Dennis Beauchamp about the trial of Fenian Patrick J. Whelan for the 1868 assassination of Canadian Father of Confederation, D'Arcy McGee
- The Hunting Party — 2007 film by Richard Shepard in which journalists (Richard Gere, Terrence Howard) in Bosnia attempting to contact a Serb war criminal are mistaken for CIA assassins, inspired by actual events centred on Radovan Karadžić
- Valkyrie — 2008 film by Bryan Singer about the Stauffenberg plot against Adolf Hitler, starring Tom Cruise
- Che — 2008 film by Steven Soderbergh in which Argentine revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Benicio del Toro) meets his death in Bolivia in 1967
- Milk — 2008 film by Gus Van Sant about the murders of San Francisco mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) by a disgruntled coworker in 1978
- The Baader Meinhof Complex — 2008 Oscar-nominated German film by Uli Edel about the Baader Meinhof Gang and their assassinations of prominent citizens – Siegfried Buback, Jürgen Ponto, Hanns Martin Schleyer – in 1977
- Flame & Citron — 2008 Danish film by Ole Christian Madsen about the two principal assassins of the anti-Nazi Danish Resistance
- Les Femmes de l'Ombre — 2008 French film by Jean-Paul Salomé in which a group of French female SOE agents are sent to Normandy in 1944 to assassinate an SS colonel, based on the story of Lisé de Baissac
- War, Inc. — 2008 comedy by Joshua Seftel where, in Central Asia, after the first fully privatized war, a corporate assassin (John Cusack) is sent to kill the new regime's Oil Minister — a semi-sequel to Grosse Pointe Blank
- Vantage Point — 2008 film by Pete Travis about the seeming assassination of a US President (William Hurt) in Spain
- Bangkok Dangerous — 2008 film by the Pang Brothers in which a hitman (Nicolas Cage) targets the Thai Prime Minister
- Tlatelolco: Mexico 68 — 2009 film, currently in production, rumoured to star Ryan Phillippe, about the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre of student activists by Mexican President Díaz Ordaz
- Trópico de Sangre — 2009 Dominican film by Juan Delancer, currently in production, starring Michelle Rodriguez, about the 1960 murders of the three Mirabal sisters for their opposition to Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo
- Henri IV — 2009 German film by Jo Baier involves the death of French King Henry IV in 1610
- Manhunt — 2009 film, currently in development, about the aftermath of the Lincoln assassination, based on Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, by James L. Swanson
- Notorious — 2009 film by George Tillman, Jr. about the murder of rapper The Notorious B.I.G. (Jamal Woolard) in 1997
- Man's Fate — 2009 film by Michael Cimino, currently in production
- Frame of Mind — 2009 film by Carl T. Evans where a detective (Evans) discovers film showing a gunman on the grassy knoll at the time of President Kennedy's assassination in 1963
- I, Claudius — 2010 film by Jim Sheridan, currently in production, on political violence in ancient Rome, as observed by Emperor Claudius
Assassinated Filmmakers (RIP)
- Theo van Gogh (1957-2004) — provocative Dutch producer/director
- Moustapha Akkad (1930-2005) — provocative Syrian producer/director of these worthwhile films:
- The Message (aka ar-Risālah) (1976) — a respectful, subjective-camera telling of the life of the Prophet of Islam — informative for أهل الكتاب (People of the Book)
- Lion of the Desert (aka Omar Mukhtar) (1981) — about Omar Mukhtar, and Libyan resistance to Italy replacing the Ottoman Empire as colonial power — a subject not otherwise addressed in an English-language film
- Babylon 5 (1993–1998) — features several assassinations (meaning the targeted killing of a significant political figure, rather than the many other deaths or murders that occur in the show). One of the earliest assassinations is of Earth's President Santiago, in a spectacular scene showing the explosion of the Presidential Spaceship, Earth Force One. The same episode shows his Vice-President Clark being sworn in. The scene is shot as a replica of the swearing in of LBJ, complete with Santiago's widow posed in the background. Clark's assumption of power begins Earth's slow decline into fascism, and it was discovered his faction arranged the assassination of President Santiago.
- La Femme Nikita (1997–2001) — a television spy drama, based on the French film Nikita, starring Peta Wilson and Roy Dupuis as assassins who work in a secret government counter-terrorist organization, "Section One." Section One's operatives (assassins) work not for monetary gain nor from ideological devotion, but out of a fear of being canceled (executed) for sub-standard performance. La Femme Nikita had a run of five seasons and a total of 96 episodes; during its first two seasons, it was the highest-rated drama on American basic cable. Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, who created and produced La Femme Nikita, later went on to create 24.
- The West Wing (1999–2006) — In the first season finale, in the episode "What Kind of Day Has It Been" there is an assassination attempt on President Bartlet's personal aide, Charlie Young. It is, however, thwarted by the Secret Service. In the following episodes the assassins are discovered to have been members of an organization called Virginia White Pride, a group of racists and white supremacists. In the third season, President Bartlet orders the assassination of Qumari Defence Minister Abdul Ibn Shareef, after it comes to light that the latter has ordered a group of terrorists to blow up the Golden Gate Bridge and is plotting other terrorist acts.
- Alias (2001–2006) — numerous assassinations, real and simulated, take place over the course of Sydney Bristow's odyssey through the underworld of covert intelligence and international organized crime.
- 24 (2001–present) — assassination plots have featured prominently throughout: Season 1 revolves around Counter-Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer's attempts to stop the assassination of Democratic presidential candidate David Palmer, Season 2 ends with the attempted assassination of now-President Palmer, Season 3 involves the assassination by Jack Bauer of his superior Ryan Chappelle at the behest of terrorist Stephen Saunders, Season 4 features an attempt to assassinate President Keeler by shooting down Air Force One (and subsequently the assassination of the president's son), Season 5's plot is driven by the assassination of former President David Palmer at the beginning of the first episode, along with the assassinations of CTU employees Michelle Dessler and Tony Almeida. Season 6 involves the attempted assassinations of President Wayne Palmer and former President Charles Logan.
- Veronica Mars (2004-2007) — Roman Emperor Caligula is namechecked by Veronica in Season 2, Episode 39, and two evil principal characters are assassinated in the season finale.
- Stargate Atlantis (2004-2009) - Several assassination attempts are featured through the series, the most extreme of them being the coup when Ladon Radim "assassinate" Chief Cowen and his Elite Guard with a hidden nuke, taking over as the new Genii leader. On another occasion, the protagonists narrowly protect the 13-year old Harmony from an attempt on her life ordered by one of her sisters (in order to usurp her position as would-be queen). In yet another incident, Teyla (disguised as a Wraith Queen) and Todd infiltrate a Hive Ship under the guise of negotiations. However, Todd stabs the Queen to death and blames Teyla for it, resulting in her becoming the new Queen.
- Rome (2005-2006) — HBO/BBC/RAI miniseries by Michael Apted et al. on wars, intrigue, and personal and political violence in ancient Rome
- Heroes (2006–present) — In the finale of the second volume of Heroes, "Generations", former New York Congressman Nathan Petrelli gives a nationally televised speech to the media in Odessa, Texas, regarding the successful stopping of an outbreak of a deadly virus. About to reveal that he has the ability to fly, he is shot in the chest twice, mid-sentence, by an unknown assassin who quickly leaves the scene. Nathan falls into the arms of his brother, Peter, and uses his last breath to whisper his name.
- Reaper (2007) — President William McKinley's assassin Leon Czolgosz is the demon in "Leon," episode 6 of the first season.
- Golgo 13 — Directed by Osamu Dezaki, the anime is about a professional assassin. Only two Anime installments were made.
- Noir — Anime TV series that follows two female assassins' search to understand their past.
- The Plot to Assassinate Hitler (1976) — Published by SPI. One player represents the forces in Nazi Germany opposed to Hitler, both military and civilian, while the other player plays the Gestapo and SS. Prominent figures in the 20 July plot appear in the game as playing pieces, e.g. Canaris, Olbricht, Witzleben, Goerdeler.
- Portopia Renzoku Satsujin Jiken (1983) — Adventure game focusing on a murder case in Kobe, Japan
- Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode (1988) and Golgo 13: The Mafat Conspiracy (1990) are two NES games based on the Anime/Manga.
- The Grand Theft Auto series (1997–2008) features numerous missions which involve assassinating people.
- Shinobido — Heavily stealth-based video game centered around feudal-era Japan and its inhabitants. The protagonist is a ninja, who is given contact killing missons among others, and becomes a politically heavily involved reconnaissance agent, thief and mostly, assassin.
- Tenchu (1998–2008) — Same as above, the originator of the next-generation ninja subterfuge gaming genre. Released earlier, more story-driven and somewhat less political, assassination is a tradamark feature of the series.
- Splinter Cell — Stealth action game which ends with an assassination of a powerful political leader.
- Hitman: Codename 47 (2000) — Tactical stealth game which involves the assassination of various targets. It was followed by a number of sequels (see Hitman (series)).
- Ragnarok Online (2001) — An MMORPG where the player can choose to become an assassin as a second job class.
- Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002) — RPG with numerous assassinations and even a guild dedicated to assassinations called the Morag Tong.
- Total War (2006) — a strategy game series where the player can send assasins against opponents.
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006) — RPG in which one may join an assassins' guild, the Dark Brotherhood. Also, the main storyline opens with an emperor being assassinated; the entire game hinges on this event.
- The Godfather: The Game (2006) - the game features several missions with the goal to assassinating high-ranking members of the Five Families, including the Dons.
- Assassin's Creed (2007) — Game in which one plays a member of the Hashshashin sect during the Third Crusade.
- No More Heroes (2007) — The player is an assassin called Travis Touchdown who is the 11th ranked assassin of an organization called the UAA. The game leads the player to fight against the top 10 assassins of the UAA.
- Call of Duty 4 (2008) — In two missions, the player plays as a sniper on a failed assassination attempt.
- Star Wars: Force Unleashed (2008) - The four first levels are a mission where the player attempts to assassinate Jedi masters.
- Fable II (2008) — This player is an assassin.
- Team Fortress 2 (2008?) — features one class, the spy, whose purpose is to assassinate other players. He features a knife among his weaponry that will kill instantly if it is a stab to the back of a character.
- MadWorld (2009) — The game's gameplay revolves around on how creatively you murder other contestants in a game called "Deathwatch".
- History of assassination
- John F. Kennedy assassination in popular culture
- Politics in fiction
- Political fiction