With more than a staggering 162 onscreen appearances, Samuel L. Jackson has managed to carve out a distinct niche as a badass untouchable guy with a captivating humor about him. Most of Jackson’s most spell bounding works have come out from collaborating with Quentin Tarantino.
Who doesn’t remember the furious anger and vengeance of one of his most iconic roles in Pulp Fiction? He has indeed proven himself as a versatile actor, delivering effortless charisma and badassery to every role. Here are the 15 best Samuel L Jackson movies of all time:
15. The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
This action packed comic book thriller definitely has many kick-ass moments. Jackson and Davis make a great team. Samuel L. Jackson does a tremendous job playing a blues singing private eye who investigates the past of a government assassin when she wakes up from years of amnesia.
For his cool and humorous depiction of a private investigator, Jackson earned various award nominations including a nomination for an Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture. This movie grossed $33,447,612 in Canada and United States and $56,009,149 internationally, making a worldwide total gross of $89,456,761.
14. Black Snake Moan (2006)
This movie is about a man who saves a beaten woman’s life and then decides to chain her up to a radiator to cure her nymphomania! It is a complete insane and intriguing borderline exploitation movie which not many screen stars would take a risk to take part in.
However, Jackson gave a convincing and daring performance for which he generated a lot of appreciation. On its opening weekend, this movie earned $4 million in United States alone, taking eighth place.
13. Unthinkable (2010)
This is an underrated movie and many people have probably never heard about it. This movie stirs up intriguing questions regarding the justifiable lengths a country should go in time sensitive terrorist setting. Due to the lack of daring of Hollywood, this movie never got the opportunity to open in theaters and instead made its way on home video.
The performance of all the actors is dead-on. Jackson gives out an intense and impressive performance, possibly one of the best in all his movies. His depiction of a man capable of inhuman torture while at the same time is a devoted family man is flawless and unquestionable.
12. Coach Carter (2005)
This is one of the biggest Jackson crowd pleaser movies. This sports movie is a true biopic about a inspirational and hard working basketball coach who plays a vital role in changing the lives of his students both off and on the basketball court. Casting Jackson as a tough but kind coach in this straightforward movie completely raised the stakes.
This movie grossed $67,264,877 in United States alone and generated a worldwide overall gross of $76,669,806. Jackson’s brilliant performance earned him various awards and nominations. He won the Black Steel award for Best actor and an Image award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.
11. The Negotiator (1998)
In this mystery thriller, Jackson plays a badass police negotiator which is framed for murder. He ends up taking hostages and gets into a tense standoff with another negotiator who starts realizing he might be innocent.
The plot is simple and cliché but makes a compelling watch because of the amazing chemistry between Jackson and Kevin Spacey. The movie evaluates to a complete different level as soon as the encounter between Jackson and Spacey starts.
Jacksons gives an outstanding performance playing the role of a cop who has nothing to lose. This performance earned him a number of award nominations including Black Film Award for Best Actor and Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor – Action/Adventure.
10. Changing Lanes (2002)
This thriller is the story narrating an intense day between a recovering alcoholic and a privileged lawyer after they get involved in a fender bender. Jackson represents the racial and social inequality happening in the society.
He masterfully harnessed the anger and anxiety of the recovering alcoholic who is about to lose the custody of his kids by delivering enraged outbursts and simmering monologues.
Jackson again proved how skillfully badass he is and can exhibit the angst and sorrows of an individual exceptionally well which helps him in earning the empathy of the viewers for the character. Critics praised his performance in the movie. This movie was also a box office success, grossing a total of $95 million.
9. A Time to Kill (1996)
This movie has been adapted from a novel of same name by John Grisham, and narrates the story of a father who is on trial for murdering white racists who assaulted and raped his young daughter and left her to die.
This is one of the best performances by Jackson and he clearly stands out from the ensemble cast. He lends a wounded glowering conviction to this movie’s controversial pro-vigilante message.
This movie was a commercial and critical success, earning a total gross of $152 million in the box office worldwide. The incredible performance of Jackson was much praised and he earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.
He was also nominated for several other awards and won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Suspense and Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.
8. Eve’s Bayou (1997)
This movie is about a doctor who is the patriarch of a Louisiana family and has immense respect from the community. However, he is also a serial philander and also might have molested his own daughter.
This was the debut movie of Kasi Lemmons and was much appreciated at the time of its release. Even decades later, this movie is not only moving but can be considered as revolutionary.
It was definitely Jackson’s movie because of his splendid performance. He drastically added to the sad, scary and mysterious element to the movie. He won the Black Film Award for Best Actor for his incredible performance.