1. Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), "Pulp Fiction"
"Oh, I'm sorry. Did I break your concentration?" Tarantino films -- and specifically Tarantino's style of dialogue -- would be viewed totally differently had he not created Jules Winnfield, the standard-bearer for the mix of lyrical conversations and virtuosic violence that has come to define the director's scripts. Jackson's sweaty curls and mutton chops shook with every syllable leaving his mouth, and his extended monologues about European McDonald's and foot massages were almost as rapturous as his now-famous favorite Bible passage. Yet, as much originality as Jackson injected into the character, Jules was always meant to be a throwback: like Caine, the "Kung Fu" character he quickly references in the final scene, the hitman is inclined to walk among the world's various troubles and visit them with grit and fortitude. He's trying real hard to be the hero of "Pulp Fiction's" universe of drugs and violence, and for that, we're likely to never forget him.