All 9 Quentin Tarantino Movies, Ranked From Average to Best

One of them who popularized dark violence, satires, non-linear storylines and neo-noir characteristics in Hollywood is him. He is not only one of the most talented directors working in cinema presently, he is also an actor of great virtue and claimed to be one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’. Actors want to work with him and we want to see his work. Appreciated worldwide as a great personality and having coined violence as another exciting genre, he is Quentin Tarantino. His filmmaking style is so distinct that you need just a frame of the film to know that you are watching a Quentin Tarantino movie.

He came up with his first independent film in 1992 – ‘Reservoir Dogs’. What I think about ‘Reservoir Dogs’ is that hardly any other director could have made such a film as a debut. Regarded as one of the cult hits of the 1990s, ‘Reservoir Dogs’ was also named as one of the best Independent Films of all times. He paved his own path to greatness through that film. Being an ardent fan of films and theater since childhood and working in movie houses since teenage, people would give him the advantage of being a good director; but Tarantino is not just good, he is a talent with unique abilities. After getting the initial hurl, he never looked back. What he achieved with ‘Kill Bill’, ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Inglorious Bastards’ to name a few is beyond description. Here is the list of top Quentin Tarantino movies, ranked from average to best. You can watch some of these Quentin Tarantino movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.

9. Death Proof (2007)

Death Proof

Considered to one of the films of Tarantino with a linear storyline, ‘Death Proof’ tells us about a psychopathic stuntman, a serial killer in disguise, who allures women with speed. He takes them for death rides and purposely wrecks them, having made his car immune to maximum impact. Though he walks away from the scene without a scratch, problems occur for him when he targets a group of females, among which is a woman, who is a stuntman herself. As in most of his films, Tarantino appeared for a short sequence along with a lead cast of Kurt Russell and Rosario Dawson. Though the concept paid homage to the action-exploitation genre, ‘Death Proof’ was not as good as it was supposed to be.

 

8. Jackie Brown (1997)

Jackie Brown

Based on Elmore Leonard’s novel ‘Rum Punch’, ‘Jackie Brown’, as many Tarantino films, deals with another ethnic genre of exploitation, popularly termed as ‘blaxploitation’. With an extremely intricate and well-though about story-line, ‘Jackie Brown’ did only magnify the versatility of Tarantino after ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’. ‘Jackie Brown’ tells us about a game among a female smuggler, an arms dealer, a bondsman and two FBI agents. When the agents intercept the lady for busting smuggled money for her boss, they ask for her help to bring down the boss. The smuggler, in jail, devises a plan to double cross both of the parties and elope with the money herself, along with the help of a bondsman, who was in love with her. With an ensemble cast of Pam Grier, Robert Forster, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson, ‘Jackie Brown’ again caught the eyes of critics and audiences and became one of the most talked-about films of ’97.

 

7. The Hateful Eight (2015)

The Hateful Eight

‘The Hateful Eight’ is in many ways a mix of Tarantino’s own films, especially, Django Unchained and Reservoir Dogs. The biggest strength of Tarantino is not the story itself, but rather the characters and the words they speak. In ‘The Hateful Eight’, he gets to show-off his strength and simultaneously play around with viewer’s mind. It may not be his best effort, but it by no means is an effort that you can scoff at; terrific cinematography and brilliant background score only add to the enjoyment.

 

6. Django Unchained (2012)

Django Unchained'

The most profitable cinema of Tarantino’s entire filmography, ‘Django Unchained’ is a film, set in the old Western period and deals with a subject about the same. Another ensemble-cast film with Jamie Foxx, Christopher Waltz, Leonardo di Caprio and Samuel L. Jackson, some of wom whould find regular roles in his films, ‘Django Unchained’ tells us about a slave, who works in unison with a German bounty hunter to capture the infamous Brittle brothers. After a successful debut mission, they go on to capture notorious criminals of the west, when actions take them to a cruel plantation owner. Winning two Academy Awards, one for Waltz and another for Tarantino himself for Original Screenplay, ‘Django Unchained’ is one of the most remembered Western films, which brings out the idea of slavery and freedom in an accurate measure, an act which would remain undefeated till ’12 Years A Slave’.

 

5 & 4. Kill Bill. 1 & 2 (2003-04)

Kill Bill

Yes, we have seen action films before. Yes, we have experience blood and gore before. But in that style? No. Based on the quest of single lady up from a coma of four years, the protagonist seems well-bound to the laws and rules of action. Tarantino did this with a woman, Uma Thurman, who would go on to receive many accolades for this film. The film drips off action and suspense in its every minute, done with extreme caution, perfection and realism, as much expected from a director who have always favored perfection over commerce. The second volume continues the story-line of how the ‘Bride’ seeks revenge about her unsuccessful marriage, murder of her unborn child and about losing four years of her life, by challenging her ex-lover and his gang.

Though the second volume falls short in action than the first, it is a memorable watch nonetheless and sates audience wisely and proves itself to be the worthy conclusion to an epic action franchise. We have watched good action movies after that, suspense has come and gone; but the world would continue comparing ‘Kill Bill’ with every other action flick and sigh, until something that good comes again.

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3. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Reservoir Dogs

When a director debuts in cinemas with a film like ‘Reservoir Dogs’, you know he is here to make it big, and not to disappear among the lot. Claimed to be one of the best Independent Films of All Times, ‘Reservoir Dogs’ is a neo-noir comedy crime piece, which introduced the concept of pop culture references and non-linear storyline and popularized it by itself. Featuring an ensemble cast of Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi and Tarantino himself, the film deals with the idea of a perfect heist, a diamond heist and how they plan it in a perfect way till the plan goes awry when they get a tip that one of them is a police informer. Also listed often in one of the Top 10 Heist Films Ever Made, ‘Reservoir Dogs’ is undeniably impressive and continues to awe till today.

 

2. Inglorious Basterds (2009)

Inglorious Basterds

Another of those perfect violent war flicks which will remain stirring you till the end of the week, ‘Inglorious Basterds’ may well be competent for the top position. ‘Inglorious Basterds’ will never be like ‘The Hurt Locker’ or ‘Apocalypse Now’, which coerced viewers to experience how wars are fought essentially; ‘Inglorious Basterds’ provides a more jovial and sometimes harsher outlook towards the war which shook world peace, World War II. The film travels through two alternate timelines, again a ‘Tarantino special’, both of them being to take down the Nazi political leadership, one by a French film proprietor and another by a group of violent Jewish soldiers, who would do anything to torture Nazis. For providing a different icy outlook towards the effects and mannerisms of World War II, this movie may well have hit the dart at the right place.

One of the highest-grossing films of the year, the film also employs an ensemble cast of Brad Pitt, Christopher Waltz, Diane Kruger, Michael Fassbender and Eli Roth (who is also the co-director of the film) and gave Waltz his first Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor, after being nominated in both Best Picture and Best Director categories.

 

1. Pulp Fiction (1994)

Pulp Fiction

There is at least one post every week on my Facebook wall from the pages of the media outlets stating ‘What was really inside that suitcase from Pulp Fiction?’. Such is the impact ‘Pulp Fiction’ had left among the audiences and the critics. It may as well be stated as the most versatile creation in cinemas in the late nineties. Spreading across many genres than mere action or crime, ‘Pulp Fiction’ is too good a film to let it be confined in a single genre. Also the most popular Tarantino piece, the film was one of the firsts to actually make us think about a story-line, containing various pop culture and crime references, unsolved mysteries, intersecting story-lines, multidisciplinary dialogues and varied, but balanced, mix of humor and violence. Long story short, the film bases itself on a few intertwined story-lines, involving two hitmen, their boss – a gangster, his actress wife, a struggling fighter, master fixer and a pair of nervous robbers. With a talented cast of Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth, cult films got themselves a new competitor.

Apart from winning 1994’s Palme d’Or, the film was nominated for seven Oscars, among which Tarantino won for Best Original Screenplay. Though ‘Forest Gump’ won the Best Picture over this, ‘Pulp Fiction’ has never never been forgotten, remains a multiple-time watch for many. It brings to light a series of surreal, yet hyper-violent concepts, put together delicately to produce a mouth-watering, yet deadly, combo. Ranging from dialogues like “… my vengeance upon you” to the choreographed dance sequence by John Travolta along with Uma Thurman, this may well one of the most celebrated pieces, which we resort to when we see some directors waste their opportunities to make it big nowadays.

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