Entertainment
2.2k voters

The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List

Updated June 14, 2020 14.7k votes 2.2k voters 142.8k 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.

list.itemsDescription

...more
  • 1
    672
    107

    Pulp Fiction

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

    More Pulp Fiction 

    12 Behind-The-Scenes Stories From ‘Pulp Fiction’#83 of 246 The Best Rainy Day Movies

  • 2
    465
    130

    Django Unchained

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

    More Django Unchained 

    #15 of 92 Great Historical Black Movies Based On True Stories#9 of 16 The Funniest Death Scenes In Movie History

  • 3
    313
    89

    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

    More Die Hard with a Vengeance 

    #9 of 136 The Best Third Films In A Movie Series#13 of 20 20 Action Movies That Are Way Better Than The Oscar Winners That Beat Them

  • 4
    311
    98

    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

    More A Time to Kill 

    #28 of 247 The Best Whodunit Movies#4 of 27 Actual Lawyers Explain Which Legal Movies They Like The Best

  • 5
    288
    100

    The Negotiator

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

    More The Negotiator 

    #21 of 102 The Best Kidnapping & Hostage Movies Of All Time, Ranked#56 of 84 The Best Thriller Movies Of The 1990s

  • 6
    267
    86

    The Incredibles

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

    More The Incredibles 

    The Incredibles Fan Theories#5 of 533 The Best Animated Films Ever

  • 7
    315
    116

    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

    More The Avengers 

    Details Infinity War Fans Didn’t Catch… Until They Watched It In 4K#22 of 51 The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins

  • 8
    256
    83

    Jurassic Park

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

    More Jurassic Park 

    20 Things You Didn't Know About the Jurassic Park Franchise#6 of 50 The 50 Highest Grossing '90s Movies, Ranked

  • 9
    259
    99

    Unbreakable

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

    More Unbreakable 

    #45 of 230 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#13 of 24 The Best Movies with Twist Endings

  • 10
    268
    81

    Coach Carter

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

    More Coach Carter 

    #38 of 85 The Greatest African American Biopics#51 of 204 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made

  • 11
    148
    32

    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

    More The Hateful Eight 

    #123 of 400 The Best Western Movies Ever Made#164 of 306 The Greatest Movie Themes

  • 12
    250
    118

    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

    More Jackie Brown 

    #177 of 370 The Best Movies Based On Books#38 of 123 The Best Mafia Films Of All Time

  • 13
    174
    57

    Shaft

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

    More Shaft 

    #389 of 451 The Best Movies For Guys#34 of 133 The Best Black Action Movies

  • 14
    211
    83

    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

    More Iron Man 

    #442 of 1,139 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time#49 of 126 The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members

  • 15
    182
    63

    Inglourious Basterds

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

    More Inglourious Basterds 

    #309 of 1,184 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#101 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked

  • 16
    200
    86

    Goodfellas

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

    More Goodfellas 

    15 Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Making Of 'Goodfellas'#23 of 63 Movies Set in Brooklyn

  • 17
    148
    47

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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

    More Captain America: The Winter Soldier 

    #7 of 156 The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made#69 of 71 The Funniest Superhero Movies Ever Made

  • 18
    168
    72

    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

    More The Long Kiss Goodnight 

    #544 of 781 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#83 of 102 The Best 1990s Action Movies

  • 19
    160
    67

    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

    More Coming to America 

    Stories From Behind The Scenes Of 'Coming To America'#34 of 512 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

  • 20
    165
    71

    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

    More Captain America: The First Avenger 

    #13 of 24 The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked#137 of 315 Movies with the Best Soundtracks

  • 21
    184
    87

    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

    More Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 

    #93 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies#37 of 174 The Best Science Fiction Action Movies

  • 22
    144
    65

    Iron Man 2

    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow
    Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel...  more

    More Iron Man 2 

    #112 of 116 The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made#119 of 291 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

  • 23
    102
    38

    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

    More Kill Bill Volume 2 

    #23 of 175 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made#221 of 675 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

  • 24
    131
    57

    Thor

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

    More Thor 

    #61 of 186 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made#51 of 178 The Greatest Comic Book Movies Of All Time

  • 25
    116
    63

    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

    More Do the Right Thing 

    #49 of 665 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked#324 of 372 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime