Samuel L. Jackson has been in a lot of movies. Some are good. Some are bad. But in all of them, Jackson gives performances that will entertain the heck out of you. And he often delivers a memorable line or two you won’t be able to get out of your head.
From Mr. Glass in “Unbreakable” to his many roles in Quentin Tarantino movies, he’s created characters that will stand the test of time. But which one is his all-time best?
With Jackson playing a young version of Nick Fury in “Captain Marvel” (in theaters), we thought it was a good time to dive into the actor’s work.
Here are the 21 best Samuel L. Jackson performances, ranked:
21. Wes Luger in “Loaded Weapon 1” (1993)
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This spoof on the “Lethal Weapon” movies (and a whole bunch of others like “Basic Instinct” and “The Silence of the Lambs”) is so bad it’s good. Jackson plays the straight man in this buddy comedy spoof alongside Emilio Estevez (yes, this movie is VERY ‘90s). It shows Jackson can really star in any kind of movie.
20. Russell Franklin in “Deep Blue Sea” (1999)
Need another example? How about him playing a scientist who gets eaten by a genetically engineered mako shark. The highlight of this shark movie that has built a fanbase over the years is the epic death scene by Jackson’s character, who gets swallowed up by a shark while spouting an inspirational one-minute monologue to the rest of the scientists.
19. Coach Ken Carter in “Coach Carter” (2005)
There’s no joking from Jackson in this role. Here he plays a basketball coach who lays down the discipline to make his high-school players better men.
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