Nick Hall
5 Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies, According to Samuel L. Jackson | Man of Many
An unexpected hit when it was first released, The Long Kiss Goodnight is a brutal, bullish and downright hilarious action-comedy. It follows Samantha Caine, an amnesia sufferer with a mysterious past. When spooky characters begin to haunt her, she sets off on a search to discover her true identity. Samuel L. Jackson plays ineffective private Mitch Henessey who has been hired to help Samantha uncover the truth, which turns out to be far more interesting than he thought.
1. The Long Kiss Goodnight
The film adaptation of John Grisham’s compelling 1989 novel of the same name, A Time to Kill is Jackson at his dramatic best. The screen legend plays Carl Lee Hailey, who, after his ten-year-old daughter is raped, murders her perpetrators. He then faces a trial and calls upon his inexperienced lawyer friend Jake Tyler, played by a young Matthew McConaughey, to help him win the case.
2. A Time to Kill
A masterpiece of modern cinema, Tarantino’s 1997 film Jackie Brown is captivating from start to finish. When a flight attendant is caught smuggling gun money, she is forced to choose between teaming up with the cops to bust her arms dealer boss or keeping her mouth shut and going to jail. In the film, Jackson plays Ordell Robbie, the gun-running boss being monitored by the ATF.
3. Jackie Brown
A surprising addition to the list of best Samuel L. Jackson movies, François Girard’s 1998 film The Red Violin is one you may not have watched. Spanning four centuries and five countries, the film tells the story of a mysterious red-coloured violin and its many owners, starting with its construction in Cremona in 1681. The future is forecast by tarot cards, before making its way to Montreal in 1997, where an appraiser, played by Jackson identifies it and it goes to auction.
4. The Red Violin
If you haven’t seen One Eight Seven, you’re in for a treat. The 1997 flick was the first top-billed starring role for Jackson, who plays a Los Angeles teacher caught with gang trouble in an urban high school. Heart-breaking and brutal, the urban story is worth a watch.
5. One Eight Seven
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