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Samuel L. Jackson's Many, Many Onscreen Wigs, Ranked By Dramatic Effect 

Samantha Dillinger
Updated September 30, 2019 338 votes 54 voters 1.1k views 18 items

List Rules Vote up the wigs that speak even louder than Sam Jackson screaming obscenities.

Samuel L. Jackson is notable for the extensive list of popular characters he's portrayed since the '80s. From Pulp Fiction's Jules Winnfield, to champion of the Jedi Order Mace Windu, to everyone's favorite superhero wrangler Nick Fury, Jackson has topped charts with record-breaking films as well as notorious hairstyles. 

In 2007, Jackson told Monsters & Critics, "When I started losing my hair it was during the era when everybody had lots of hair," and recalled being named on multiple "bald is beautiful" lists. Though at first he struggled to accept his bare head, he soon came to embrace the characterization he could accomplish with a wig. His legendary curls in Pulp Fiction, for example, came about because a production assistant bought the wrong wig, and Jackson had to convince Tarantino the Jheri curls were better than an afro. 

Samuel L. Jackson's wigs have come to represent characters of their own, and their dramatic effect almost never fails. 

Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Samuel L. Jackson's Many, Many Onscreen Wigs, Ranked By Dramatic Effect
Photo: Miramax Films

Actors: John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Walken, + more

Released: 1994

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Oh so dramatic?
Miss Peregrine's Home fo... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Samuel L. Jackson's Many, Many Onscreen Wigs, Ranked By Dramatic Effect
Photo: 20th Century Fox

Actors: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O'Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, + more

Released: 2016

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Black Snake Moan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Samuel L. Jackson's Many, Many Onscreen Wigs, Ranked By Dramatic Effect
Photo: Paramount Pictures

Actors: Justin Timberlake, Christina Ricci, Samuel L. Jackson, Kim Richards, S. Epatha Merkerson, + more

Released: 2006

Directed by: Craig Brewer

Oh so dramatic?
Unbreakable is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Samuel L. Jackson's Many, Many Onscreen Wigs, Ranked By Dramatic Effect
Photo: Buena Vista Pictures

Actors: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, M. Night Shyamalan, Eamonn Walker, + more

Released: 2000

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Oh so dramatic?