'The Day of the Jackal' (1973)
Charles de Gaulle died of natural causes just a couple of years before the release of director Fred Zinnemann's adaptation of the Frederick Forsyth bestseller The Day Of The Jackal, about a mysterious assassin hired to kill the French president in the early 1960s. Though de Gaulle was the target of a real assassination plot in 1962, both the novel and the big-screen version of The Day of the Jackal are purely speculative. Still, the film's procedural qualities make it almost a how-to for would-be super-snipers. Not only did the movie open without incident, it became a huge international hit, and is partially responsible for giving a nickname (and a reputation) to real-life terrorist Illich Ramírez Sánchez, a.k.a. "Carlos the Jackal."