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1. Life Itself (2018)

R | 117 min | Drama, Romance

21 Metascore

As a young New York City couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.

Director: Dan Fogelman | Stars: Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening, Mandy Patinkin

Votes: 10,341 | Gross: $4.10M

2. Unicorn Store (2017)

TV-PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

44 Metascore

A woman named Kit receives a mysterious invitation that would fulfill her childhood dreams.

Director: Brie Larson | Stars: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Joan Cusack, Bradley Whitford

Votes: 13,761

3. Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Sport

55 Metascore

Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his father's success becomes a personal journey as the ambitious reporter reexamines his own life and his relationship with his family.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris, Dakota Goyo

Votes: 19,687 | Gross: $3.17M

4. Fresh (1994)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

Death and violence anger a twelve-year-old drug courier, who sets his employers against each other.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Sean Nelson, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson, N'Bushe Wright

Votes: 11,291 | Gross: $8.09M

5. The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

44 Metascore

A woman suffering from amnesia begins to recover her memories after trouble from her past finds her again.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Yvonne Zima, Craig Bierko

Votes: 68,063 | Gross: $33.33M

6. One Eight Seven (1997)

R | 119 min | Drama, Thriller

15 months after being stabbed 9 times by a student at work as a high school teacher in NYC, Mr. Garfield is working in LA as a substitute teacher come full-time. He refuses to be a victim anymore.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, John Heard, Kelly Rowan, Clifton Collins Jr.

Votes: 20,672 | Gross: $5.72M

7. The Negotiator (1998)

R | 140 min | Action, Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

In a desperate attempt to prove his innocence, a skilled police negotiator accused of corruption and murder takes hostages in a government office to gain the time he needs to find the truth.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, David Morse, Ron Rifkin

Votes: 122,947 | Gross: $44.48M

8. Rules of Engagement (2000)

R | 128 min | Drama, Thriller, War

45 Metascore

An attorney defends an officer on trial for ordering his troops to fire on civilians after they stormed a U.S. embassy in a Middle Eastern country.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 42,087 | Gross: $61.34M

9. Shaft (1971)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

66 Metascore

Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John

Votes: 15,056

10. Shaft (2000)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

50 Metascore

New York City police detective John Shaft (nephew of the original 1970s detective) goes on a personal mission to make sure the son of a real estate tycoon is brought to justice after a racially-motivated murder.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Christian Bale, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 69,006 | Gross: $70.33M

11. Shaft (2019)

R | 111 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

40 Metascore

JJ Shaft, a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his family's help to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Richard Roundtree, Regina Hall

Votes: 24,835 | Gross: $21.36M

12. Formula 51 (2001)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

23 Metascore

An American master chemist plans to score big on a once in a lifetime drug deal. All does not go as planned and he is soon entangled in a web of deceit.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle, Emily Mortimer, Nigel Whitmey

Votes: 46,321 | Gross: $5.20M

13. xXx (2002)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

48 Metascore

An extreme sports athlete, Xander Cage, is recruited by the government on a special mission.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Marton Csokas, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 166,909 | Gross: $142.11M

14. xXx: State of the Union (2005)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

37 Metascore

Darius Stone, a new agent in the xXx program, is sent to Washington, D.C. to stop a coup attempt against the President of the United States.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Willem Dafoe, Scott Speedman

Votes: 64,170 | Gross: $26.87M

15. xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

42 Metascore

Xander Cage is left for dead after an incident, though he secretly returns to action for a new, tough assignment with his handler Augustus Gibbons.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu

Votes: 79,011 | Gross: $44.90M

16. Basic (2003)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

34 Metascore

A D.E.A. Agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army Ranger Drill Sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Connie Nielsen, Tim Daly

Votes: 56,408 | Gross: $26.54M

17. Black Snake Moan (2006)

R | 116 min | Drama, Music

52 Metascore

A God-fearing bluesman takes to a wild young woman who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.

Director: Craig Brewer | Stars: Christina Ricci, Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 58,648 | Gross: $9.40M

18. Home of the Brave (2006)

R | 106 min | Action, Drama, War

42 Metascore

Three soldiers struggle to readjust to life at home after returning home from a lengthy tour in Iraq.

Director: Irwin Winkler | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, 50 Cent, Jessica Biel, Brian Presley

Votes: 10,131 | Gross: $0.05M

19. Jumper (2008)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

35 Metascore

A teenager with teleportation abilities suddenly finds himself in the middle of an ancient war between those like him and their sworn annihilators.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson

Votes: 273,899 | Gross: $80.17M

20. Mother and Child (2009)

R | 125 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A drama centered around three women: A fifty-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption thirty-five years ago, and a woman looking to adopt a child of her own.

Director: Rodrigo García | Stars: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Alexandria M. Salling

Votes: 11,044 | Gross: $1.11M

21. Unthinkable (2010)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A psychological thriller centered around a black-ops interrogator and an F.B.I. Agent who press a suspect terrorist into divulging the location of three nuclear weapons set to detonate in the U.S.

Director: Gregor Jordan | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Sheen, Stephen Root

Votes: 80,515

22. The Samaritan (I) (2012)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

37 Metascore

After twenty years in prison, Foley is finished with the grifter's life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris, the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion.

Director: David Weaver | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Luke Kirby, Ruth Negga, A.C. Peterson

Votes: 9,095 | Gross: $0.00M

23. Meeting Evil (2012)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

John is taken on a murder-fueled ride by a mysterious stranger that transforms the weak-willed, disillusioned husband and father into a desperate hero willing to go to any length to protect his family.

Director: Chris Fisher | Stars: Luke Wilson, Samuel L. Jackson, Leslie Bibb, Peyton List

Votes: 11,306 | Gross: $0.00M

24. Big Game (2014)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

53 Metascore

A young teenager camping in the woods helps rescue the President of the United States when Air Force One is shot down near his campsite.

Director: Jalmari Helander | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ray Stevenson, Victor Garber

Votes: 28,936 | Gross: $0.02M

25. Barely Lethal (2015)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

44 Metascore

A teenage special ops agent coveting a "normal" adolescence fakes her own death and enrolls in a suburban high school. She quickly learns that surviving the treacherous waters of high school is more challenging than international espionage.

Director: Kyle Newman | Stars: Jaime King, Samuel L. Jackson, Madeleine Stack, Eva G. Cooper

Votes: 17,791

26. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

57 Metascore

When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench

Votes: 142,420 | Gross: $87.24M

27. The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)

R | 118 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

47 Metascore

The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hitman who must testify at the International Criminal Court. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

Director: Patrick Hughes | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Elodie Yung

Votes: 164,727 | Gross: $75.47M

28. The Sunset Limited (2011 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 91 min | Drama

Through a chance encounter, two men of opposing ideologies deliberate spiritual, philosophical, and profound matters in a New York City apartment.

Director: Tommy Lee Jones | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones

Votes: 26,354

29. Changing Lanes (2002)

R | 98 min | Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

The story of what happens one day in New York City, when a young lawyer and a businessman share a small automobile accident on F.D.R. Drive, and their mutual road rage escalates into a feud.

Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Kim Staunton, Toni Collette

Votes: 63,824 | Gross: $66.82M

30. Unbreakable (2000)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

A man learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, Spencer Treat Clark

Votes: 357,497 | Gross: $95.01M

31. Split (IX) (2016)

PG-13 | 117 min | Horror, Thriller

62 Metascore

Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula

Votes: 368,378 | Gross: $138.29M

32. Glass (2019)

PG-13 | 129 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

43 Metascore

Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Anya Taylor-Joy

Votes: 150,313 | Gross: $111.04M

33. Kiss of Death (1995)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A reformed convict goes undercover with the help of an angry detective to ensnare a psychotic mobster.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: David Caruso, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicolas Cage, Helen Hunt

Votes: 15,969 | Gross: $14.94M

34. White Sands (1992)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A small southwestern town Sheriff finds a body in the desert with a suitcase and five hundred thousand dollars. He impersonates the man and stumbles into an F.B.I. investigation.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 6,437 | Gross: $9.01M

35. Menace II Society (1993)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes | Stars: Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, June Kyoto Lu, Toshi Toda

Votes: 47,172 | Gross: $27.90M

36. Amos & Andrew (1993)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Crime

A Pulitzer prize writer buys a cabin. The neighbors get suspicious when a stranger "breaks in". They see a black man and call the police, who start shooting at him. The sheriff tries a cover-up involving a white petty crook. Bad idea.

Director: E. Max Frye | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Lerner, Margaret Colin

Votes: 8,097 | Gross: $9.75M

37. The Great White Hype (1996)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Sport

When the champ's promoter, Reverend Sultan, decides something new is needed to boost the marketability of the boxing matches, he searches and finds the only man to ever beat the champ. The ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Damon Wayans, Peter Berg

Votes: 8,067 | Gross: $7.87M

38. Eve's Bayou (1997)

R | 109 min | Drama

78 Metascore

After a daughter witnesses her father having an affair, she begins a chain reaction that could tear her family apart.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Meagan Good, Lynn Whitfield

Votes: 7,870 | Gross: $14.82M

39. The Red Violin (1998)

R | 130 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

57 Metascore

A perfect red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner.

Director: François Girard | Stars: Carlo Cecchi, Jean-Luc Bideau, Christoph Koncz, Jason Flemyng

Votes: 30,179 | Gross: $9.47M

40. The Caveman's Valentine (2001)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Music

44 Metascore

A cave-dwelling man sets out to track down the killer of a homeless boy, and bring him to justice.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Colm Feore, Ann Magnuson, Damir Andrei

Votes: 6,105 | Gross: $0.69M

41. No Good Deed (2002)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

While doing a friend a favor and searching for a runaway teenager, a police detective stumbles upon a bizarre band of criminals about to pull off a bank robbery.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Milla Jovovich, Stellan Skarsgård, Doug Hutchison

Votes: 6,672 | Gross: $0.18M

42. Twisted (I) (2004)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

26 Metascore

Jessica, whose father killed her mother and committed suicide, is a police officer. While investigating a murder, she finds herself in the center of her own investigation, when her former lovers start being murdered.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Ashley Judd, Samuel L. Jackson, Andy Garcia, David Strathairn

Votes: 19,256 | Gross: $25.20M

43. In My Country (2004)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

A journalist and a poetess meet during the hearings of South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Samuel L. Jackson, Brendan Gleeson, Menzi Ngubane

Votes: 2,425 | Gross: $0.16M

44. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004)

TV-PG | 214 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Jack Johnson, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Adam Arkin

Votes: 1,249

45. The N Word (2004)

86 min | Documentary

A documentary looking at the N word.

Director: Todd Williams | Stars: F. Lee Bailey, Sandra Bernhard, Donald Bogle, Todd Boyd

Votes: 229

46. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

95 Metascore

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X

Votes: 14,232 | Gross: $7.12M

47. Kong: Skull Island (2017)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

62 Metascore

After the Vietnam war, a team of scientists explores an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts | Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly

Votes: 242,864 | Gross: $168.05M



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