American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical war drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Hall. It is based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (2012) by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. With 255 kills, 160 of which were officially confirmed by the Department of Defense, Kyle is the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history. The film stars Bradley Cooper as Kyle and Sienna Miller as his wife Taya, with Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman, and Cory Hardrict in supporting roles.
The world premiere was on November 11, 2014, at the American Film Institute Festival, followed by a limited theatrical release in the United States on December 25, 2014 and a wide release on January 16, 2015. The film became a major commercial success with a worldwide gross of over $470 million, making it the the third highest-grossing film of 2014 in the U.S., as well as being the highest-grossing war film in North America, and Eastwood's highest-grossing film to date.
The film received mostly positive reviews from critics. At the 87th Academy Awards, American Sniper received six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor for Cooper, ultimately winning one award for Best Sound Editing.
- Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle
- Sienna Miller as Taya Renae Kyle
- Max Charles as Colton Kyle
- Luke Grimes as Marc LeeKyle Gallner as Goat-Winston
- Sam Jaeger as Captain Martens
- Jake McDorman as Ryan "Biggles" Job
- Cory Hardrict as 'D' / Dandridge
- Navid Negahban as Sheikh Al-Obodi
- Eric Close as DIA Agent Snead
- Eric Ladin as Squirrel
- Rey Gallegos as Tony
- Kevin "Dauber" Lacz as himself
- Brian Hallisay as Captain
- GillespieBen Reed as Wayne Kyle
- EliseRobertson as Debby Kyle
- Keir O'Donnell as Jeff Kyle
- Marnette Patterson as Sarah
- Leonard Roberts as Instructor Roll
- Sammy Sheik as Mustafa
- Mido Hamada as "The Butcher"
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