Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson’s 10 Best Movies

Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson, like fellow actors Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones, came late to superstardom.  Jackson was in his mid-40s when his career began to skyrocket with roles in Jurassic Park and his first of six partnerships with Quentin Tarantino in Pulp Fiction.  Despite the late start, Jackson quickly became known as one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood.  His filmography has over 100 movies on it as Jackson continues to make several film appearances every year.  A huge comic book fan himself, Jackson’s Nick Fury was the backbone of the early MCU.  His Nick Fury was so popular that the character in the comics was redesigned to bear his likeness.  His plus-sized personality and range continue to grow (practice, if nothing else, makes perfect) and heading into his 70s, Jackson is as big a star as he ever was.

Samuel L. Jackson’s 10 Best Movies
1. The Incredibles (2004) Frozone
2. Jurassic Park (1993) Mr. Arnold
3. Inglorious Basterds (2009) Narrator
4. Coming to America (1988) Hold-Up Man
5. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) Mace Windu
6. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Nick Fury
7. The Avengers (2012) Nick Fury
8. A Time to Kill (1996) Carl Lee Hailey
9. Unbreakable (2000) Elijah Price “Mr. Glass”
10. The Negotiator (1998) Danny Roman
Honorable Mention: Django Unchained (2012) Stephen

Richard Attenborough and Samuel L. Jackson in Jurassic Park

Oscars, Golden Globes & Emmys

Oscar Wins (0): None 

Oscar Nominations (1): Pulp Fiction (1995)

Samuel L, Jackson in A Time to Kill

Golden Globe Wins (0): None

Golden Globe Nominations (4): Against the Wall (1995), Pulp Fiction (1995), A Time to Kill (1997), Jackie Brown (1998)

Samuel L. Jackson and Ewan McGregor in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Emmy Wins (0): None

Emmy Nominations (1): Afro-Samurai: Resurrection (2009 – Producer)

Samuel L. Jackson in The Avengers

My Favorite Jackson Scene:
“Ezekiel 25:17” from Pulp Fiction (1994)

Next Film
: Jackson will next appear alongside a Annette Bening, Oscar Isaac, Antonio Banderas, and Olivia Cooke in This is Us’s creator, Dan Fogelman’s, Life Itself in September 2018.

18 thoughts on “Samuel L. Jackson’s 10 Best Movies”

  1. They dropped the ball, not doing a prequel to JP. Not only could they have brought back Sam Jackson, but also Wayne Knight, Attenboughough, BD Wong, and the guy who played Muldoon. Even Goldblum, Ian Malcom knew about the park beforehand.

    When Sam Jackson lost the Oscar to Martin Landau, and you could clearly see him cursing under his breath in the audience… and only Jackson could have gotten away with that. This is just who the man is. And as great as Ed Wood is, and as impressive as Landau was, how was Sam Jackson supposed to feel? He delivered the performance of a lifetime, in a movie that defined a decade (for better or worse) Was the Sam Jackson we know and love going to react any other way? I think not.


  2. Wow! That background on that Star Wars movie screencap is obviously greenscreen.

    Maybe mine would include every Tarantino movie he’s in, esp. Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown and Django Unchained. Didn’t know he’s the narrator in Basterds. I also like him in Snakes On A Plane and that movie where he’s eaten by a shark while being “Samuel L Jackson saying something important in a B-movie.”

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      1. Actually, me too. Just so happen that most Sam Jackson movies I’ve seen are those by Tarantino. It’s hard not to like him in movies. In fact while watching Hitman’s Bodyguard, I thought it was funnier than Deadpool (but realized after that it’s not worth to re-watch it), which says a lot about Jackson and Reynolds as actors.


    1. I love Jackson, but I don’t know if I’d rank him among the all-time greats. He does way too much crap, and a lot of the time he’s honestly just playing himself. That doesn’t mean he’s not hugely entertaining, or that he hasn’t turned in some fantastic performances, but I think it separates him from the greats.

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      1. His body of work speak for itself!
        He influential in the Industry. It is impossible for one to play their true self when playing in a role.

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      2. He has a great body of work, but for every great film he does, he’ll also do 9 that are awful. You can argue that the man generates money and there just aren’t that many good scripts, and that’s fine, but after awhile it does dilute his reliability. He’s extremely influential, and I’m not saying he plays his true self, but there’s a style of acting where you show up, are that persona in a multitude of roles, and it becomes the public perception of who you are. When Jackson has great material or is paired with great direction, he rarely does this. He’s far from the only actor who does it, and obviously I like him or I wouldn’t have put a list together for him. There’s a level between him and actors like Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, or Daniel Day-Lewis.

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      3. In life people have their good and bad days! The bad doesn’t take anything away from their achievements! Picture like this in sports you win a championship everyone loves and talks about you for years. But if lose no one celebrates losing They will talk about what if.It has no significance. In other words people learn from the bad. The bad movies did do anything for him and has not slow him down in any way. He took it and moved forward. While getting paid! In terms level you say could you he stands in the category of being influential. However, I understand that may not have hade the same popularity as the others such Denzel Washington or Tom Hanks!

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      4. Jackson is wonderful, but he has presence, charisma, coolness, more than acting chops. In a case like that, when an actor is not Daniel Day Lewis, but instead is selling a known quantity to an audience, I’m not sure if there is anything wrong with working as much as humanly possible. I’m not sure what I would do in his situation, but I can understand if he is not super concerned about the quality of all of his movies. The legacy of Daniel Day Lewis (I keep picking him) will lie in his brilliant, varied performances. The legacy of Sam Jackson will always be Sam Jackson, the man, no matter what he is in.

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  3. Too bad Mace is dead and Sam is so advanced in years. I want to see a Mace Windu movie! The character barely registered in the pequels. Having Sam there was the biggest tease/waste in the universe. Mace needs room to shine. THIS is the SF franchise QT needs to be attached to, THIS is the film QT needs to direct. I am so serious.

    Sadly (and also happily, wisely) it seems that Disney has put the spinoffs on hold. Good, smart movie. I don’t know why Johnson still has a trilogy on the slate. I assume that everyone involved is just showing an incredible commitment to the lie. (I’m telling you, the announcement was a PUBLICITY STUNT and there will be an announcement soon that Johnson is going far, far away from the franchise.)

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    1. They’re focusing everything on IX which is exactly what they need to do. I’m not sure there will be a 2020 Star Wars movie, but until they get back to form, they need to focus on quality. With the Fox deal looking like a lock now Disney is going to be even bigger, but they need to focus on quality or that castle won’t mean anything.

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      1. Big mistake. They have more cash cows then they know what to do with. Their Live Action Remake arm will go on and on and on because the catalogue is so big and the stories are so varied and timeless. And I don’t see Pixar fading anytime soon, I2 puts them firmly in the summer blockbuster game but thier films keep pushing the limit, trying new kinds of subject matter, experimenting with darker and more adult themes (look at Bao). The Disney arm that’s in the most danger of losing steam, other than SW, is the MCU. That tells you something. The Disney animation division is nothing to scoff at either. God, no.

        Given all that, I think that Disney will be doing just fine for the foreseeable future, so why take a risk with SW, now that it has been shown that the waters are fraught with peril? Why not let SW be the underachiever of the Disney pantheon of properties? Why not release a film every 2 years, and let it be a magical experience? Or if magic is out the window in this, our age, let it at least be an exciting experience. I know it’s not what Disney hoped for, but the choice is between saving SW, and possibly torpedoing it. I like the odds of a semi-annual release better.


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