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All Samuel L. Jackson Movies Ranked

After a number of character parts and bit roles in a swath of urban dramas at the start of his career, Jackson made his breakthrough statement as the fiery voice of reason in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing: DJ Mister Señor Love Daddy. Pulling off a character with a name like that should only lead to more success, and sure enough, then came the slapstick comedy (Loaded Weapon 1), a disarming role in Jurassic Park, and the ultimate ’90s character: hitman Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction.

From there, Jackson has only cemented his rep as Hollywood’s versatile king of volatile cool, partnering with John McClane (Die Hard With a Vengeance), feelin’ the Force in the Star Wars prequels, starring as the sexy spawn of Shaft, and making his mark in original meme movie Snakes on a Plane.

And as, of course, the linchpin of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Nick Fury, whose movie appearances (brief or significant) are all included here in the greater interest of the general public, i.e. you’re going to complain if we didn’t. With that said, hold on to your butts for Samuel L. Jackson movies ranked by Tomatometer!

#98

Kite (2014)
0%

#98
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young woman, Sawa, is orphaned following the murder of her parents and is later taken off the streets by... [More]
Directed By: Ralph Ziman

#97

Twisted (2004)
1%

#97
Adjusted Score: 4.469%
Critics Consensus: An implausible, overheated potboiler that squanders a stellar cast, Twisted is a clichéd, risible whodunit.
Synopsis: Philip Kaufman directs the detective thriller Twisted (originally to be titled The Blackout Murders), with a script by up-and-coming filmmaker... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman

#96
#96
Adjusted Score: 8.576%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A successful investment broker risks his career, fiancé and possessions when he becomes infatuated with a club promoter who finds... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Hooks

#95

Sphere (1998)
11%

#95
Adjusted Score: 13.398%
Critics Consensus: Sphere features an A-level cast working with B-grade material, with a story seen previously in superior science-fiction films.
Synopsis: Dr. Goodman, biochemist Halperin, and astrophysicist Fielding are selected by the government to study a huge spacecraft located on the... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#94

Cell (2016)
11%

#94
Adjusted Score: 12.347%
Critics Consensus: Shoddily crafted and devoid of suspense, Cell squanders a capable cast and Stephen King's once-prescient source material on a bland rehash of zombie cliches.
Synopsis: Stephen King's best-selling novel is brought to terrifying life in this mind-blowing thriller starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.... [More]
Directed By: Tod Williams

#93

The Spirit (2008)
14%

#93
Adjusted Score: 17.915%
Critics Consensus: Though its visuals are unique, The Spirit's plot is almost incomprehensible, the dialogue is ludicrously mannered, and the characters are unmemorable.
Synopsis: A resurrected cop does battle with a villain whose quest for immortality threatens an entire metropolis in Sin City creator... [More]
Directed By: Frank Miller

#92

Jumper (2008)
15%

#92
Adjusted Score: 21.266%
Critics Consensus: Featuring uninvolving characters and loose narrative, Jumper is an erratic action pic with little coherence and lackluster special effects.
Synopsis: Following up his blockbuster action hit Mr. and Mrs. Smith, director Doug Liman turns to an entirely new genre --... [More]
Directed By: Doug Liman

#91

Cleaner (2008)
17%

#91
Adjusted Score: 8.719%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An extremely hygienic man uses his urge in his professional life as a crime scene cleaner. When he becomes involved... [More]
Directed By: Renny Harlin

#90

Amos & Andrew (1993)
17%

#90
Adjusted Score: 18.161%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When the cops in a lily-white resort town mistake a wealthy black author for a burglar, the local police chief... [More]
Directed By: E. Max Frye

#89
#89
Adjusted Score: 21.366%
Critics Consensus: Even more absurd and implausible than the first XXX movie, State of the Union is less inspired and technically competent than its predecessor.
Synopsis: A new renegade fighter rises to defend the United States from an internal threat in this action thriller. Augustus Gibbons... [More]
Directed By: Lee Tamahori

#88
#88
Adjusted Score: 24.352%
Critics Consensus: Mechanical animation and a less-than stellar script make The Clone Wars a pale shadow of George Lucas' once great franchise.
Synopsis: "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" showcases an entirely new look and feel to the galaxy far, far away--combining the expansive... [More]
Directed By: Dave Filoni

#87
Adjusted Score: 23.061%
Critics Consensus: Loaded Weapon 1 hits all the routine targets with soft squibs, yielding a tired parody that cycles through its laundry list of references with little comedic verve.
Synopsis: The Lethal Weapon series and the rest of the buddy-cop genre receives the parody treatment in this low-brow comedy. Emilio... [More]
Directed By: Gene Quintano

#86

Basic (2003)
21%

#86
Adjusted Score: 24.816%
Critics Consensus: Basic gets so needlessly convoluted in its plot twists that the viewer eventually loses interest.
Synopsis: Tom Hardy, an ex-Army Ranger turned DEA agent, is drawn into an ever-widening mystery surrounding the disappearance of the feared... [More]
Directed By: John McTiernan

#85

Reasonable Doubt (2014)
22%

#85
Adjusted Score: 8.706%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When up-and-coming District Attorney Mitch Brockden (Cooper) commits a fatal hit-and-run, he feels compelled to manipulate the case to acquit... [More]
Directed By: Peter P. Croudins

#84

Meeting Evil (2012)
22%

#84
Adjusted Score: 8.288%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When John Fleton, a depressed suburban family man and recently fired realtor, offers to help a stranger, Richie, with his... [More]
Directed By: Chris Fisher

#83
#83
Adjusted Score: 23.265%
Critics Consensus: The ensemble cast works hard, but hammy direction and a script lacking in nuance ruins this movie's noble intentions.
Synopsis: As their tour of duty in Iraq draws to a close, four American soldiers learn that they are scheduled to... [More]
Directed By: Irwin Winkler

#82

Freedomland (2006)
23%

#82
Adjusted Score: 27.897%
Critics Consensus: Poorly directed and overacted, Freedomland attempts to address sensitive race and class issues but its overzealousness misses the mark.
Synopsis: Joe Roth directs his adaptation of Richard Price's novel Freedomland from a script by the author. Samuel L. Jackson stars... [More]
Directed By: Joe Roth

#81

In My Country (2005)
23%

#81
Adjusted Score: 25.165%
Critics Consensus: A well-intentioned but melodramatic look at post-Apartheid South Africa.
Synopsis: Langston Whitfield is a Washington Post journalist. His editor provocatively sends him to South Africa to cover the Truth and... [More]
Directed By: John Boorman

#80

Zambezia (2013)
25%

#80
Adjusted Score: 8.634%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Wayne Thornley

#79

No Good Deed (2003)
25%

#79
Adjusted Score: 10.104%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on a story of the same name by Dashiell Hammett, the crime thriller The House on Turk Street was... [More]
Directed By: Bob Rafelson

#78

Barely Lethal (2015)
26%

#78
Adjusted Score: 26.476%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Megan Walsh (Hailee Steinfeld) is a teenage special ops agent who yearns for a normal adolescence. After faking her own... [More]
Directed By: Kyle Newman

#77

The Samaritan (2012)
26%

#77
Adjusted Score: 26.465%
Critics Consensus: The Samaritan is a ludicrous neo-noir starring a seemingly bored Samuel L. Jackson.
Synopsis: After twenty‐five years in prison, Foley (Samuel L. Jackson) is finished with the grifter's life. When he meets an elusive... [More]
Directed By: David Weaver

#76

Formula 51 (2002)
26%

#76
Adjusted Score: 28.447%
Critics Consensus: Filled with profanities, Formula 51 is a stylized and incoherent mess that doesn't add up to much.
Synopsis: First-time screenwriter Stelios Pavlou enjoyed a major success with this script that he wrote while working in an English liquor... [More]
Directed By: Ronny Yu

#75

Fluke (1995)
27%

#75
Adjusted Score: 22.494%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This is a children's movie with enough darker undertones to appeal to adult audiences as well. It is the story... [More]
Directed By: Carlo Carlei

#74

One Eight Seven (1997)
30%

#74
Adjusted Score: 30.93%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A dedicated high school teacher tries to imbue his troubled, mostly impoverished inner city students with discipline, respect and a... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Reynolds

#73

Shaft (2019)
33%

#73
Adjusted Score: 37.924%
Critics Consensus: Decades removed from the original, this multi-generational Shaft struggles to keep its characters interesting -- or anything other than uncomfortably outdated.
Synopsis: "Shaft" is the next chapter in the film franchise featuring the coolest private eye on any New York City block.... [More]
Directed By: Tim Story

#72
#72
Adjusted Score: 44.966%
Critics Consensus: The Legend of Tarzan has more on its mind than many movies starring the classic character, but that isn't enough to make up for its generic plot or sluggish pace.
Synopsis: It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for... [More]
Directed By: David Yates (II)

#71
#71
Adjusted Score: 40.032%
Critics Consensus: The script is unconvincing and the courtroom action is unegaging.
Synopsis: In this drama, two U.S. Marines who stood side by side on the field of battle are reunited in a... [More]
Directed By: William Friedkin

#70
Adjusted Score: 45.304%
Critics Consensus: Spiral: From the Book of Saw suggests an interesting new direction for the Saw franchise, even if the gory sum is rather less than its parts.
Synopsis: A criminal mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in Spiral, the terrifying new chapter from the book of Saw.... [More]
Directed By: Darren Lynn Bousman

#69

Oldboy (2013)
39%

#69
Adjusted Score: 44.518%
Critics Consensus: Suitably grim and bloody yet disappointingly safe and shallow, Spike Lee's Oldboy remake neither surpasses the original nor adds anything new to its impressive legacy.
Synopsis: OLDBOY is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of Joe Doucette, a man who is abruptly kidnapped and... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#68

Death to 2020 (2020)
40%

#68
Adjusted Score: 37.06%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: 2020: A year so [insert adjective of choice here], even the creators of Black Mirror couldn't make it up... but... [More]
Directed By: Al Campbell, Alice Mathias

#67
#67
Adjusted Score: 52.287%
Critics Consensus: The Hitman's Bodyguard coasts on Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds' banter -- but doesn't get enough mileage to power past an overabundance of action-comedy clichés.
Synopsis: The world's top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of... [More]
Directed By: Patrick Hughes

#66
Adjusted Score: 50.828%
Critics Consensus: xXx: Return of Xander Cage should satisfy fans of the first two installments, but its preponderance of set pieces can't quite make up for a tired storyline that fails to take the franchise -- or action fans -- anywhere new.
Synopsis: The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander... [More]
Directed By: D.J. Caruso

#65

Lakeview Terrace (2008)
44%

#65
Adjusted Score: 50.138%
Critics Consensus: This thriller about a menacing cop wreaking havoc on his neighbors is tense enough but threatens absurdity when it enters into excessive potboiler territory.
Synopsis: An interracial couple moves into their California dream home, only to find themselves the target of their volatile next-door neighbor... [More]
Directed By: Neil LaBute

#64
#64
Adjusted Score: 45.477%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Boxing is more than just a sport -- it's also a business and a con game in this satirical comedy.... [More]
Directed By: Reginald Hudlin

#63
#63
Adjusted Score: 47.238%
Critics Consensus: The Caveman's Valentine has an intriguing premise, but the film falls flat under the weight of its ambition.
Synopsis: A man struggles back from madness to avenge the death of someone he knew in an intelligent thriller based on... [More]
Directed By: Kasi Lemmons

#62

Soul Men (2008)
45%

#62
Adjusted Score: 48.231%
Critics Consensus: Soul Men features lively performances from Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson and some hilarious moments, but ultimately suffers from an unoriginal script.
Synopsis: In 1965, Marcus Hooks (John Legend), Floyd Henderson (Bernie Mac), and Louis Hinds (Samuel L. Jackson) were just three kids... [More]
Directed By: Malcolm D. Lee

#61

S.W.A.T. (2003)
48%

#61
Adjusted Score: 52.658%
Critics Consensus: A competent, but routine police thriller.
Synopsis: Samuel L. Jackson is a member of the special weapons and tactics unit in S.W.A.T., an action film from first-time... [More]
Directed By: Clark Johnson

#60

RoboCop (2014)
48%

#60
Adjusted Score: 56.717%
Critics Consensus: While it's far better than it could have been, José Padilha's RoboCop remake fails to offer a significant improvement over the original.
Synopsis: In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones... [More]
Directed By: José Padilha

#59

XXX (2002)
49%

#59
Adjusted Score: 53.99%
Critics Consensus: It has an endearing lack of seriousness, and Vin Diesel has more than enough muscle for the starring role, but ultimately, XXX is a missed opportunity to breathe new life into the spy thriller genre.
Synopsis: Xander "XXX" Cage is a notorious underground thrill seeker who, until now, has been deemed untouchable by the law. NSA... [More]
Directed By: Rob Cohen

#58
#58
Adjusted Score: 54.123%
Critics Consensus: While it isn't terribly original, and it seems to have a political agenda that may rankle some viewers, Astro Boy boasts enough visual thrills to please its target demographic.
Synopsis: A young robot with incredible powers, super strength, and the purest spirit on the planet discovers the joys of being... [More]
Directed By: David Bowers

#57
Adjusted Score: 62.927%
Critics Consensus: Burdened by exposition and populated with stock characters, The Phantom Menace gets the Star Wars prequels off to a bumpy -- albeit visually dazzling -- start.
Synopsis: In 1977, George Lucas released Star Wars, the ultimate sci-fi popcorn flick-turned-pop-culture myth machine. It quickly became the biggest money-making... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#56
Adjusted Score: 64.68%
Critics Consensus: Die Hard with a Vengeance benefits from Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson's barbed interplay, but clatters to a bombastic finish in a vain effort to cover for an overall lack of fresh ideas.
Synopsis: Bruce Willis returns as misfit cop John McClane in the third film in the Die Hard series. McClane has fallen... [More]
Directed By: John McTiernan

#55

Deep Blue Sea (1999)
59%

#55
Adjusted Score: 63.785%
Critics Consensus: Deep Blue Sea is no Jaws, but action fans seeking some toothy action can certainly do -- and almost certainly have done -- far worse for B-movie thrills.
Synopsis: Dr. Susan McAlester's experiments are on the verge of creating medical history. But to reach her goal, she has violated... [More]
Directed By: Renny Harlin

#54
#54
Adjusted Score: 62.474%
Critics Consensus: The Last Full Measure struggles to capture the incidents that inspired it, but ultimately prevails thanks to strong performances in service of a remarkable true story.
Synopsis: THE LAST FULL MEASURE tells the true story of Vietnam War hero William H. Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine), a U.S. Air... [More]
Directed By: Todd Robinson

#53
#53
Adjusted Score: 63.605%
Critics Consensus: While sluggish in spots, Resurrecting the Champ is a sports/newsroom drama elevated by high-caliber performances by Samuel Jackson, Josh Hartnet, and Alan Alda.
Synopsis: Director and co-screenwriter (along with Chris Gerolmo, Allison Burnett, and Michael Bortman) Rod Lurie tells the uplifting tale of a... [More]
Directed By: Rod Lurie

#52

Coach Carter (2005)
64%

#52
Adjusted Score: 68.79%
Critics Consensus: Even though it's based on a true story, Coach Carter is pretty formulaic stuff, but it's effective and energetic, thanks to a strong central performance from Samuel L. Jackson.
Synopsis: The true-life story of a coach who tries to teach his players that there's more to life than basketball is... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Carter

#51
Adjusted Score: 73.838%
Critics Consensus: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children proves a suitable match for Tim Burton's distinctive style, even if it's on stronger footing as a visual experience than a narrative one.
Synopsis: From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#50
Adjusted Score: 72.434%
Critics Consensus: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones benefits from an increased emphasis on thrilling action, although they're once again undercut by ponderous plot points and underdeveloped characters.
Synopsis: The second prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy takes place ten years after the events depicted in Star Wars:... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#49

Black Snake Moan (2007)
66%

#49
Adjusted Score: 71.294%
Critics Consensus: Uninhibited performances, skillful direction, and a killer blues soundtrack elevate Black Snake Moan beyond its outlandish premise.
Synopsis: When a weathered, God-fearing ex-blues musician finds the town nymphomaniac severely beaten and left for dead on the side of... [More]
Directed By: Craig Brewer

#48

Shaft (2000)
67%

#48
Adjusted Score: 70.864%
Critics Consensus: With a charismatic lead, this new Shaft knows how to push the right buttons.
Synopsis: This action drama puts a new spin on Shaft, one of the key "blaxploitation" films of the 1970s. John Shaft... [More]
Directed By: John Singleton

#47

Turbo (2013)
67%

#47
Adjusted Score: 70.921%
Critics Consensus: It's nowhere near as inventive as its off-the-wall premise might suggest, but Turbo boasts just enough colorful visual thrills and sharp voice acting to recommend as undemanding family-friendly fare.
Synopsis: A garden snail dreams of becoming the fastest snail in the world.... [More]
Directed By: David Soren

#46

A Time to Kill (1996)
68%

#46
Adjusted Score: 70.758%
Critics Consensus: Overlong and superficial, A Time to Kill nonetheless succeeds on the strength of its skillful craftsmanship and top-notch performances.
Synopsis: Carl Lee Hailey takes the law into his own hands after the legal system fails to adequately punish the men... [More]
Directed By: Joel Schumacher

#45

Kiss of Death (1995)
68%

#45
Adjusted Score: 69.878%
Critics Consensus: An outstanding ensemble cast propels Kiss of Death, a noir-ish crime thriller that's slick and big on atmosphere, even if its script may only provide sporadic bursts of tension.
Synopsis: A loyal family man who has had trouble with the law is released from prison on the condition that he... [More]
Directed By: Barbet Schroeder

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 74.913%
Critics Consensus: Snakes on a Plane lives up to its title, featuring snakes on a plane. It isn't perfect, but then again, it doesn't need to be.
Synopsis: Forget terrorists or hijackers -- there's a handful of deadly assassins aboard a jet liner and they don't even have... [More]
Directed By: David R. Ellis

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 72.758%
Critics Consensus: Smart, sharp-witted, and fueled by enjoyably over-the-top action, The Long Kiss Goodnight makes up in impact what it lacks in consistent aim.
Synopsis: The comfortably drab life of a working mom becomes a nightmare when she finds herself pursued by an assassin who... [More]
Directed By: Renny Harlin

#42

Unbreakable (2000)
70%

#42
Adjusted Score: 76.233%
Critics Consensus: With a weaker ending, Unbreakable is not as a good as The Sixth Sense. However, it is a quietly suspenseful film that intrigues and engages, taking the audience through unpredictable twists and turns along the way.
Synopsis: Unbreakable is a riveting story shared by two men. David Dunn, a man from a blue-collar neighborhood in Philadelphia emerges... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#41

Mo' Better Blues (1990)
71%

#41
Adjusted Score: 72.805%
Critics Consensus: Mo' Better Blues is rich with vibrant hues and Denzel Washington's impassioned performance, although its straightforward telling lacks the political punch fans expect from a Spike Lee joint.
Synopsis: Trumpeter Bleek Gilliam has many problems: his jazz quintet is troubled by internal rivalry, his manager and friend is deeply... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#40

Iron Man 2 (2010)
72%

#40
Adjusted Score: 81.53%
Critics Consensus: It isn't quite the breath of fresh air that Iron Man was, but this sequel comes close with solid performances and an action-packed plot.
Synopsis: In "Iron Man 2," the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark is the armored Super Hero Iron Man.... [More]
Directed By:

#39
Adjusted Score: 75.15%
Critics Consensus: A symphony of storytelling whose lulls lead to satisfying crescendos, The Red Violin weaves a centuries-long saga with the journey of a single instrument.
Synopsis: Francois Girard's The Red Violin follows the imaginary history of a unique instrument as it passes over continents and through... [More]
Directed By: François Girard

#38

The Negotiator (1998)
74%

#38
Adjusted Score: 76.654%
Critics Consensus: The Negotiator's battle of wits doesn't wholly justify its excessive length, but confident direction by F. Gary Gray and formidable performances makes this a situation audiences won't mind being hostage to.
Synopsis: F. Gary Gray directed this suspenseful action thriller based on a real case experienced by police in St. Louis. The... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 87.17%
Critics Consensus: The Hateful Eight offers another well-aimed round from Quentin Tarantino's signature blend of action, humor, and over-the-top violence -- all while demonstrating an even stronger grip on his filmmaking craft.
Synopsis: Set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#36
Adjusted Score: 85.007%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, subversive, and above all fun, Kingsman: The Secret Service finds director Matthew Vaughn sending up the spy genre with gleeful abandon.
Synopsis: Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 91.706%
Critics Consensus: Offering exhilarating eye candy, solid acting, and a fast-paced story, Kong: Skull Island earns its spot in the movie monster's mythos without ever matching up to the classic original.
Synopsis: Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures' "Kong: Skull Island" reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original... [More]
Directed By: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 90.73%
Critics Consensus: Exuberant and eye-popping, Avengers: Age of Ultron serves as an overstuffed but mostly satisfying sequel, reuniting its predecessor's unwieldy cast with a few new additions and a worthy foe.
Synopsis: When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America,... [More]
Directed By: Joss Whedon

#33

Changing Lanes (2002)
77%

#33
Adjusted Score: 81.02%
Critics Consensus: Though some may find its conclusion unsatisfying, Changing Lanes is a tense, well-crafted exploration of meaty ethical dilemmas.
Synopsis: Director Roger Michell follows up the hit romantic comedy Notting Hill (1999) with this thought-provoking thriller. Ben Affleck and Samuel... [More]
Directed By: Roger Michell

#32

Thor (2011)
77%

#32
Adjusted Score: 86.426%
Critics Consensus: A dazzling blockbuster that tempers its sweeping scope with wit, humor, and human drama, Thor is mighty Marvel entertainment.
Synopsis: The epic adventure Thor spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the mystical realm of Asgard. At the... [More]
Directed By: Kenneth Branagh

#31

Big Game (2015)
78%

#31
Adjusted Score: 80.753%
Critics Consensus: Big Game's enthusiastic throwback vibe will appeal to fans of low-budget '80s action movies, but co-writer/director Jalmari Helander adds a level of smarts and skill that make it more than just an homage.
Synopsis: In the rugged countryside of Finland, a young thirteen-year-old (Onni Tommila) embarks on a traditional quest to prove himself by... [More]
Directed By: Jalmari Helander

#30

Mother and Child (2010)
78%

#30
Adjusted Score: 81.434%
Critics Consensus: Though it occasionally veers into unnecessary melodrama, Mother and Child benefits from a stellar cast and writer-director Rodrigo Garcia's finely detailed, bravely unsentimental script.
Synopsis: Writer/director Rodrigo Garca (Nine Lives) teams with executive producer Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu to craft this drama highlighting the powerful bond... [More]
Directed By: Rodrigo García

#29

The Other Guys (2010)
78%

#29
Adjusted Score: 84.239%
Critics Consensus: A clever parody of cop-buddy action-comedies, The Other Guys delivers several impressive action set pieces and lots of big laughs, thanks to the assured comic chemistry between Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
Synopsis: A desk-jockey detective and his tough-talking partner get their moment to shine in this buddy police comedy starring Will Ferrell... [More]
Directed By: Adam McKay

#28

Captain Marvel (2019)
79%

#28
Adjusted Score: 102.753%
Critics Consensus: Packed with action, humor, and visual thrills, Captain Marvel introduces the MCU's latest hero with an origin story that makes effective use of the franchise's signature formula.
Synopsis: The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in... [More]
Directed By: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

#27

1408 (2007)
79%

#27
Adjusted Score: 84.716%
Critics Consensus: Relying on psychological tension rather than overt violence and gore, 1408 is a genuinely creepy thriller with a strong lead performance by John Cusack.
Synopsis: Renowned horror novelist Mike Enslin believes only in what he can see with his own two eyes. But after a... [More]
Directed By: Mikael Håfström

#26

The Banker (2020)
79%

#26
Adjusted Score: 81.521%
Critics Consensus: The Banker's timid approach to dramatizing its fact-based story is often outweighed by the trio of strong performances at its core.
Synopsis: Inspired by true events, "The Banker" centers on revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson),... [More]
Directed By: George Nolfi

#25

Hard Eight (1996)
81%

#25
Adjusted Score: 83.154%
Critics Consensus: An absorbing showcase for Philip Baker Hall, Paul Thomason Anderson's feature debut is a gamble that pays off handsomely.
Synopsis: In this film, luckless destitute gambler John meets suave and seemingly kind-hearted Sydney, a successful professional gambler. Sydney offers to... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#24
Adjusted Score: 88.817%
Critics Consensus: With plenty of pulpy action, a pleasantly retro vibe, and a handful of fine performances, Captain America is solidly old-fashioned blockbuster entertainment.
Synopsis: Captain America: The First Avenger will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)... [More]
Directed By: Joe Johnston

#23
Adjusted Score: 90.658%
Critics Consensus: With Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas brings his second Star Wars trilogy to a suitably thrilling and often poignant -- if still a bit uneven -- conclusion.
Synopsis: George Lucas draws the Star Wars film series to a close with this dark sci-fi adventure which sets the stage... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#22

Trees Lounge (1996)
81%

#22
Adjusted Score: 81.745%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Character actor Steve Buscemi made his debut as a writer and director with this seriocomic tale of a guy who... [More]
Directed By: Steve Buscemi

#21

Jungle Fever (1991)
81%

#21
Adjusted Score: 84.117%
Critics Consensus: Jungle Fever finds Spike Lee tackling timely sociopolitical themes in typically provocative style, even if the result is sometimes ambitious to a fault.
Synopsis: The romance between black architect Flipper Purify (Wesley Snipes) and his white office temp Angie Tucci (Annabella Sciorra) is the... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#20

Eve's Bayou (1996)
82%

#20
Adjusted Score: 84.758%
Critics Consensus: Eve's Bayou marks a striking feature debut for director Kasi Lemmons, layering terrific performances and Southern mysticism into a measured meditation on disillusionment and forgiveness.
Synopsis: Black female writer-director Kasi Lemmons made her feature directorial debut with this period family drama set in the South. Depicting... [More]
Directed By: Kasi Lemmons

#19

Chi-Raq (2015)
82%

#19
Adjusted Score: 87.326%
Critics Consensus: Chi-Raq is as urgently topical and satisfyingly ambitious as it is wildly uneven -- and it contains some of Spike Lee's smartest, sharpest, and all-around entertaining late-period work.
Synopsis: Chi-Raq is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes. After the murder of a child... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 85.781%
Critics Consensus: Told with grit and verve by the Hughes brothers in their feature debut, Menace II Society is a gangland epic that breathes with authenticity while steeped in style.
Synopsis: This debut offering from twin brothers Albert and Allen Hughes was one of the most critically-acclaimed urban crime films to... [More]

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 91.077%
Critics Consensus: Kill Bill: Volume 2 adds extra plot and dialogue to the action-heavy exploits of its predecessor, while still managing to deliver a suitably hard-hitting sequel.
Synopsis: Quentin Tarantino's sprawling homage to action films of both the East and the West reaches its conclusion in this continuation... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 92.016%
Critics Consensus: Kill Bill is admittedly little more than a stylish revenge thriller -- albeit one that benefits from a wildly inventive surfeit of style.
Synopsis: An entire wedding party is slaughtered during a dress rehearsal in a rural chapel: the pregnant woman in the blood-splattered... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 106.121%
Critics Consensus: Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions.
Synopsis: An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Infinity... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo

#14

Jackie Brown (1997)
87%

#14
Adjusted Score: 92.004%
Critics Consensus: Although somewhat lackadaisical in pace, Jackie Brown proves to be an effective star-vehicle for Pam Grier while offering the usual Tarantino wit and charm.
Synopsis: Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed this adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1995 Rum Punch, switching the action from Miami to LA,... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#13

Django Unchained (2012)
87%

#13
Adjusted Score: 98.18%
Critics Consensus: Bold, bloody, and stylistically daring, Django Unchained is another incendiary masterpiece from Quentin Tarantino.
Synopsis: Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#12

Fresh (1994)
88%

#12
Adjusted Score: 90.052%
Critics Consensus: Well cast and sharply directed, Fresh serves as an attention-getting calling card for writer-director Boaz Yakin as well as a gripping urban drama.
Synopsis: A bright young African-American boy attempts to survive life in the city by acting as an errand boy for a... [More]
Directed By: Boaz Yakin

#11
Adjusted Score: 102.454%
Critics Consensus: Suspenseful and politically astute, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a superior entry in the Avengers canon and is sure to thrill Marvel diehards.
Synopsis: After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into... [More]
Directed By: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 109.574%
Critics Consensus: A breezily unpredictable blend of teen romance and superhero action, Spider-Man: Far from Home stylishly sets the stage for the next era of the MCU.
Synopsis: Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super... [More]
Directed By: Jon Watts

#9

Jurassic Park (1993)
92%

#9
Adjusted Score: 102.705%
Critics Consensus: Jurassic Park is a spectacle of special effects and life-like animatronics, with some of Spielberg's best sequences of sustained awe and sheer terror since Jaws.
Synopsis: Steven Spielberg's phenomenally successful sci-fi adventure thriller is graced by state-of-the-art special effects from the team of Stan Winston, Phil... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 105.194%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a script that emphasizes its heroes' humanity and a wealth of superpowered set pieces, The Avengers lives up to its hype and raises the bar for Marvel at the movies.
Synopsis: Marvel Studios presents Marvel's The Avengers-the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man,... [More]
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#7

Pulp Fiction (1994)
92%

#7
Adjusted Score: 99.241%
Critics Consensus: One of the most influential films of the 1990s, Pulp Fiction is a delirious post-modern mix of neo-noir thrills, pitch-black humor, and pop-culture touchstones.
Synopsis: Outrageously violent, time-twisting, and in love with language, Pulp Fiction was widely considered the most influential American movie of the... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#6

True Romance (1993)
93%

#6
Adjusted Score: 96.862%
Critics Consensus: Fueled by Quentin Tarantino's savvy screenplay and a gallery of oddball performances, Tony Scott's True Romance is a funny and violent action jaunt in the best sense.
Synopsis: Quentin Tarantino scripted this wild and wooly blend of action and dark comedy, which reached theaters a year before his... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 100.825%
Critics Consensus: Smart, vibrant, and urgent without being didactic, Do the Right Thing is one of Spike Lee's most fully realized efforts -- and one of the most important films of the 1980s.
Synopsis: This powerful visual feast combines humor and drama with memorable characters while tracing the course of a single day on... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#4

Incredibles 2 (2018)
93%

#4
Adjusted Score: 109.66%
Critics Consensus: Incredibles 2 reunites Pixar's family crimefighting team for a long-awaited follow-up that may not quite live up to the original, but comes close enough to earn its name.
Synopsis: Everyone's favorite family of superheroes is back in "Incredibles 2"--but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the... [More]
Directed By: Brad Bird

#3

Iron Man (2008)
94%

#3
Adjusted Score: 105.01%
Critics Consensus: Powered by Robert Downey Jr.'s vibrant charm, Iron Man turbo-charges the superhero genre with a deft intelligence and infectious sense of fun.
Synopsis: Billionaire industrialist and genius inventor Tony Stark is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Instead, using his intelligence... [More]
Directed By:

#2

GoodFellas (1990)
96%

#2
Adjusted Score: 103.498%
Critics Consensus: Hard-hitting and stylish, GoodFellas is a gangster classic -- and arguably the high point of Martin Scorsese's career.
Synopsis: Martin Scorsese explores the life of organized crime with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi's best-selling Wiseguy, the true-life... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#1

The Incredibles (2004)
97%

#1
Adjusted Score: 104.21%
Critics Consensus: Bringing loads of wit and tons of fun to the animated superhero genre, The Incredibles easily lives up to its name.
Synopsis: Once one of the world's top masked crime fighters, Bob Parr--known to all as "Mr. Incredible"--fought evil and saved lives... [More]
Directed By: Brad Bird

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