Samuel L. Jackson is one of the baddest men to ever grace the silver screen. A trailblazer in his own right, the coolest MF in Hollywood has delivered some of the most memorable performances in over 120 films.
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From his iconic role in Pulp Fiction as Jules Winnfield to his Marvel counterpart, Nick Fury, Sir Jackson’s arguably the hardest working man in show business. So to pay homage to the Hollywood OG and celebrate his latest cinema contribution, Big Game (in theaters and VOD today), VIBE presents 14 of Samuel L. Jackson’s most dynamic performances.
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Do The Right Thing (1989)
As radio DJ, Mister Señor Love Daddy, he shows how fed up he is with racism on the hottest day in New York.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
In one of his most memorable and career-defining roles as the religious but conflicted, Jules Winnfield, he makes a house call with Vincent Vega, played by John Travolta. Here, he spouts one of his most famous lines with hamburgers, bullets and all.
Die Hard: With A Vengeance (1995)
Jackson exhibits great chemistry with Bruce Willis in the third film of the Die Hard franchise, Die Hard: With a Vengeance. His character, Zeus Carver, saves John McClane’s life from a Harlem street gang, marking the start of a very interesting friendship.
A Time To Kill (1996)
In one of Jackson’s more dramatic roles, he delivers another one of his famous one-liners on how a person who kidnaps and rapes a child should be sentenced.
Jackie Brown (1997)
Jackson’s roles in all of Quentin Tarantino films never disappoint and his role as Ordell Robbie in ’97’s Jackie Brown is no exception. The slick talking, gun-toting red head is one of his smoothest roles. As evidence, watch as he takes care of Louis, played by an equally impressive Robert De Niro.
The Negotiator (1998)
As the top hostage negotiator of Chicago’s police department, Jackson plays Danny Roman, whose life and freedom are on the line after uncovering a police embezzlement plot andbeing framed for murder. Determined not to go down without a fight, he takes several hostages in the process.
Playing the most iconic bada** in black cinema, John Shaft, Jackson continues his search for Diane in the 2000 sequel to the original 1971 film. As a favor, he pays a visit to Terri, who asks a local drug dealer to stop having his 12-year-old son run drugs for him. And if you know Shaft, you know what happens next.
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
Although the prequel trilogy of the Star Wars franchise doesn’t exactly compare to the original three films, Mace Windu (Jackson) was certainly an immortalized character. Witness Windu’s stylish superiority as he finishes off Jango Fett with ease.
Coach Carter (2005)
Without toting a gun or throwing a fist, Jackson portrays the real-life head coach of Richmond Oilers, Ken Carter. At the height of Oiler’s success, the team failed to meet their academic obligations. As a result, Carter creates a lengthy lockout until the players’ grades improve, meeting some dire consequences later.
Black Snake Moan (2006)
Jackson’s portrayal as blues singer, Lazarus, was one of his more criminally underrated roles. Watch as he does what he does best while creating the blues track, “Stackolee.”
Snakes On A Plane (2006)
It is here that Jackson delivers one of the more famous lines in Hollywood. Playing Agent Neville Flynn in the unintentionally hilarious exploitation film, he’s finally reached his boiling point when dealing with the vicious horde of snakes.
Lakeview Terrace (2008)
Jackson portrays the stern and extremely hostile LAPD veteran Abel Turner in the 2008 thriller. In one of the more intense scenes, Turner takes down a suicidal man, holding his girlfriend and child hostage.
Soul Men (2008)
Alongside late comic legend, Bernie Mac, Jackson delivers one of his finest comedic performances. Even in LMFAO-worthy flicks, Jackson kicks butt and takes names like no other. In this scene, Louis Hinds (played by Jackson) confronts his daughter’s dope-dealing boyfriend, Lester, and shows him the meaning of respect.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Jackson’s portrayal of Nick Fury in the Marvel universe is an example of his superior skill and unique swag as a character actor, changing the image of the comic book mastermind forever. In Captain America, Fury is ambushed by the Winter Soldier as he attempts to meet with Maria Hill.