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The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List

Updated June 14, 2020 15.1k votes 2.2k voters 141.2k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1994

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob... more on Wikipedia
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    Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    Django Unchained

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

    Released2012

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino.... more on Wikipedia
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    Die Hard with a Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    Die Hard with a Vengeance

    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    This film is a 1995 American action film and the third in the film series. It was produced and... more on Wikipedia
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    A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    A Time to Kill

    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1996

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    This film is a 1996 drama film adaptation of John Grisham's 1989 novel of the same name,... more on Wikipedia
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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg.... more on Wikipedia

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    The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Bird

    The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A... more on Wikipedia

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    The Negotiator is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    The Negotiator

    Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1998

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

    The Negotiator is a 1998 action thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray, starring Samuel L.... more on Wikipedia

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    The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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    Unbreakable is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    Unbreakable

    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2000

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

    Unbreakable is a 2000 American superhero drama film written, produced, and directed by M.... more on Wikipedia

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    Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    Coach Carter

    Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum

    Released2005

    Directed byThomas Carter

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    Shaft is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    Shaft

    Christian Bale, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2000

    Directed byJohn Singleton

    Shaft is a 2000 American action-thriller film directed by John Singleton, and starring Samuel... more on Wikipedia
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    The Hateful Eight is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    The Hateful Eight

    Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell

    Released2015

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    The Hateful Eight is a 2015 American Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. In a Wyoming... more on Wikipedia

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    Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    Jackie Brown

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1997

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard

    Released2008

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics... more on Wikipedia
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    Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    Goodfellas

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1990

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation... more on Wikipedia

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    Captain America: The Winter So is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders

    Released2014

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel... more on Wikipedia

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    Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    Inglourious Basterds

    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender

    Released2009

    Directed byEli Roth, Quentin Tarantino

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    The Long Kiss Goodnight is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    The Long Kiss Goodnight

    Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis

    Released1996

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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    Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    Coming to America

    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Landis

    Coming to America is a 1988 American comedy film directed by John Landis, and based on a story... more on Wikipedia

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    Captain America: The First Ave is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    Captain America: The First Avenger

    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor

    Released2005

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    (19 Years before Episode IV) Three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi... more on Wikipedia

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    Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    Iron Man 2

    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released2010

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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    Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    Do the Right Thing

    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence

    Released1989

    Directed bySpike Lee

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    Deep Blue Sea is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    Deep Blue Sea

    Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J

    Released1999

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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    Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
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    Kill Bill Volume 2

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2004

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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