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The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List 

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List Rules Movies 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.

Samuel L. Jackson is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and M. Night Shyamalan. Movie fans who love Samuel L. Jackson have also been known to enjoy films starring Scarlett Johansson and Tom Hiddleston.

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a boxer (Bruce Willis), a gangster's wife (Uma ...more

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Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2012

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. With the help of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) sets out to ...more

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Die Hard with a Vengeanc... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

Released: 1995

Directed by: John McTiernan

This film is a 1995 American action film and the third in the film series. It was produced and directed by John McTiernan, written by Jonathan Hensleigh, and stars Bruce Willis as New York City ...more

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A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1996

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

This film is a 1996 drama film adaptation of John Grisham's 1989 novel of the same name, directed by Joel Schumacher. Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kevin Spacey ...more

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The Negotiator is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti

Released: 1998

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

The Negotiator is a 1998 action thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. It takes place in Chicago and was released on July 29, 1998. The original ...more
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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2012

Directed by: Joss Whedon

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Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 1997

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Jackie Brown is a 1997 drama film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1992 novel Rum Punch, the first adaptation from Tarantino, and stars Pam ...more

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Bird

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Unbreakable is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright

Released: 2000

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Unbreakable is a 2000 American superhero drama film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. The film tells the story of ...more

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Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

Released: 2005

Directed by: Thomas Carter

Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter. It is based on a true story of Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter portrayed by Samuel L. ...more

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

Released: 1990

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. ...more

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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The Long Kiss Goodnight ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox

Released: 1996

Directed by: Renny Harlin

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

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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

Released: 2009

Directed by: Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino

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Shaft is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Christian Bale, Elizabeth Banks, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2000

Directed by: John Singleton

Shaft is a 2000 American action-thriller film directed by John Singleton, and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Bale, Toni Collette, Busta Rhymes, Vanessa L. Williams, and ...more

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Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Landis

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Star Wars Episode III: R... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2005

Directed by: George Lucas

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Captain America: The Fir... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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Captain America: The Win... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2014

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios ...more

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Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

Released: 1989

Directed by: Spike Lee

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The Hateful Eight is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 2015

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

The Hateful Eight is a 2015 American Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. In a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter (Kurt Russell) and his prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) find shelter in a ...more

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

Released: 1999

Directed by: Renny Harlin

Deep Blue Sea is a 1999 science fiction horror film, starring Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, LL Cool J, Michael Rapaport, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson. The film was directed by ...more

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Thor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, Ranked List
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

Released: 2011

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Thor is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the Marvel Comics character. The powerful, but arrogant god Thor (Chris Hemsworth), is cast out of Asgard to live ...more

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