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The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List

Updated June 14, 2020 14.1k votes 2.2k voters 143.0k views117 items

List RulesMovies starring Samuel L. Jackson.

The best Samuel L. Jackson movies all have one thing in common… They all feature a certain bad-ass dude. Whether he’s a hitman for hire or the director of a super-secret spy organization, Samuel L. Jackson always brings an air of badassery. He’s been in countless movies over the years, but we wanted to find out what were his best roles. To that end, fans like you have voted on their favorite Samuel L. Jackson movies below.

Some of Sam Jackson’s best work has come from his collaboration with Quentin Tarantino including Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown. Jackson's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Samuel L. Jackson movies is decided by how many votes they receive; so only highly rated Samuel L. Jackson movies will be at the top of the list. If you think his best role isn't at the top, then vote it up so it has the chance to become number one.

Want a sneak preview of these top Samuel L. Jackson movies? Luckily for you, trailers have been included when available. Sure, some of his best movies aren’t exactly high-brow *cough*Snakes on a Plan*cough*, but they’re still entertaining as heck. He’s also a veritable one-man army in more than a few roles, like in The Hateful Eight or Shaft. Don't also forget about Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films like The Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier, and more. 

If you love Jackson's cool characters, you might also enjoy our list of best John Travolta movies, since they worked closely in one of the best Samuel L. Jackson movies ever, Pulp Fiction.

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    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis
    Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob...  more

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    Django Unchained

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington
    Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino....  more

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    Die Hard with a Vengeance

    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson
    This film is a 1995 American action film and the third in the film series. It was produced and...  more

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    A Time to Kill

    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey
    This film is a 1996 drama film adaptation of John Grisham's 1989 novel of the same name,...  more

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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter
    The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A...  more

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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum
    Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg....  more

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    The Negotiator

    Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson
    The Negotiator is a 1998 action thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray, starring Samuel L....  more

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    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans
    Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the...  more

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    Unbreakable

    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson
    Unbreakable is a 2000 American superhero drama film written, produced, and directed by M....  more

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    Coach Carter

    Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum
    Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical teen sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter,...  more

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    The Hateful Eight

    Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell
    The Hateful Eight is a 2015 American Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. In a Wyoming...  more

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    Shaft

    Christian Bale, Elizabeth Banks
    Shaft is a 2000 American action-thriller film directed by John Singleton, and starring Samuel...  more

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    Jackie Brown

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson
    Jackie Brown is a 1997 drama film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is an...  more

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    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard
    Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics...  more

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    Inglourious Basterds

    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender
    Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 German-American war black comedy film written and directed by...  more

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    Goodfellas

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson
    Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation...  more

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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel...  more

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    The Long Kiss Goodnight

    Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis
    The Long Kiss Goodnight is a 1996 action film directed and produced by Renny Harlin, written...  more

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    Coming to America

    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson
    Coming to America is a 1988 American comedy film directed by John Landis, and based on a story...  more

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    Captain America: The First Avenger

    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans
    Captain America: The First Avenger is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel...  more

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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor
    (19 Years before Episode IV) Three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi...  more

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    Iron Man 2

    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow
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    Do the Right Thing

    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence
    Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama hood film produced, written, and directed...  more

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    Kill Bill Volume 2

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu
    Kill Bill Volume 2 is a 2004 martial arts action film written and directed by Quentin...  more

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    Thor

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman
    Thor is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the Marvel Comics...  more

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