Best Quentin Tarantino Movies Ranked
The film industry is an unforgiving place if you cannot make a name for yourself. In the world of cinema, few names are recognized as quickly as Quentin Tarantino. He is known for blockbuster hits such as From Dusk till Dawn and Pulp Fiction.
Even if you haven’t seen a Tarantino movie, there’s no doubt you’ve heard a title or a line quoted in passing. If you aren’t familiar with the director, here are a few of his films ranked:
8. The Hateful Eight (2015)
This isn’t a film for anyone uncomfortable with small spaces. As the name implies, there are eight characters we become familiar with. Set in a ‘cozy’ Wyoming haberdasher, we see expressions of greed and the revelations of hidden motives as tensions begin to bubble.
Despite the praise and sinister atmosphere felt throughout the story’s progression, some feel the end of the movie fell through.
7. Django Unchained (2012)
While the movie raked in more than $400 million, there are many in agreement that it might not deserve the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The heavy satire and spaghetti Western influence on the film nearly spelled disaster for Tarantino.
Some feel that the saving grace for Django were the performances by Foxx and Jackson. The movie itself was great on the surface as an action movie, but many cinema fans
6. Kill Bill: Vols. 1 & 2 (2003 & 2004)
Kill Bill was a bloody martial arts, action epic released in two parts, despite initial plans to release it as a single film. In Volume 1, we saw Uma Thurman’s character, the Bride, cut down enemies on a quest for revenge against her former boss. The intense action driven by the bloodthirsty blonde felt like it wouldn’t stop.
But as we saw in Volume 2, the action slowed down to crawl to dramatize the ever-fated ‘final meeting’ between adversaries. Though the action was lacking, the storytelling in the second half was exquisite.
Actress Uma Thurman had revealed in 2018 how Tarantino had pushed her into performing a dangerous stunt herself. The resulting crash left her back injured, something the director calls “one of the biggest regrets of my life.”
5. Death Proof (2007)
Those of my generation would remember Death Proof as one half of the Grindhouse cinematic experiment, the other being Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror. Meant to be a sort of horror-action flick, the best part of the movie was the amazing vehicle stunts.
We are presented Death Proof on what appears to be grainy film, much like what used to be played at drive-in theaters. Some might feel this theme is a little outdated for today’s time.
4. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Some might say this film wasn’t as put together as his other films, but Tarantino created something highly entertaining, that leaves you rooting for ‘the good guys.’ This film was also the first on-screen introduction of Christoph Waltz to the United States, a role for which he won an Oscar.
Landa, the German Colonel played by Waltz, one of the film’s most compelling villains of the time, greets us in the beginning sequence.
3. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
The dedicated fan of Tarantino would tell you “If you’re not familiar with this one, you’re not a real fan.” It’s understandable considering this is the director’s debut film as an independent film director and writer.
We see throughout the film how an eight-man crew deals with the ensuing chaos after a failed diamond heist. If you want a truly bloody film that screams “Tarantino,” this is the one that introduces us to the insane possibilities seen in future films.
2. Jackie Brown (1997)
When you think “Is this director even human?” after seeing other works, turn to this film for the answer. Pam Grier plays the title character, a flight attendant who slowly falls in love with the bondsman played by Robert Foster.
Their courtship is tested as they deal with a whole host of characters that seem to have it out for them. Out of all of Tarantino’s films, it is the final shot of this film that has the most recognition.
1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
The term ‘cult classic’ is a fitting description for this crime film by Quentin Tarantino. Each item in the movie that was even remotely addressed, might conjure a fervor of thoughts and feelings.
We see the film in a set of interrelated stories told out of order. The film begins and ends at the diner, the setting for much of the film.