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Every Quentin Tarantino Film Ranked from Worst to Best

Quentin Tarantino has easily established himself as one of Hollywood’s best auteurs.  Ever since coming on the scene with his first film, Reservoir Dogs, he has dazzled us with his original movies that boast superbly written dialogue as well as an obvious love for the history of movies.  Whether it be a crime drama or a Western, Tarantino always seems to be expanding his directorial pursuits, churning out films that have become events for moviegoers.  He’s created many great films, but how do they stack up against each other?  Let’s take a look:

#8: Death Proof (2007)

Part of 2007’s Grindhouse which played as an honor to the exploitation B-movies, Death Proof is largely forgotten by film lovers (maybe since it’s only one half of the Grindhouse epic) but still has its merits.  If you love the absurd, blood-soaked movies that were sprinkled throughout the 70’s and 80’s, then Death Proof is the movie for you.  Kurt Russell gives a solidly crazy performance as the suitably over the top Stunt Man Mike as he attempts to kill beautiful woman while driving his car at high speeds.

#7: Jackie Brown (1997) 

One of the more understated Quentin Tarantino films, Jackie Brown is as clever as it is engrossing.  It may not do anything extraordinary, but Jackie Brown is a nice homage to the blaxploitation film genre of the 1970’s while also creating an intriguing story line.  The most memorable sequence of the film is when the film shows the key bag drop off in the third act from multiple perspectives, adding an extra layer to it every single time.

#6: The Hateful Eight (2015) 

Tarantino’s most recent directorial work, The Hateful Eight showed his talent for crafting a solid film from primarily dialogue.  Taking place in predominantly one location, The Hateful Eight keeps your attention with amazing interplay between the talented actors on screen.  It’s pretty remarkable that Quentin Tarantino managed to keep our attention for almost three hours despite the movie feeling like a stage play.

The Hateful Eight may be too slow for some, but Tarantino die-hards will have more than enough to enjoy.

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#5: Kill Bill (2003-2004)

Tarantino considers Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol.2 to be one film, so in an attempt to honor him, we’ll do the same.  Kill Bill gave us one of the strongest female characters of recent memory with Uma Thurman at the center of the story.  Kill Bill is straightforward, gory, and action-packed, coming together to create a masterful take on the samurai genre.  Tarantino proved with Kill Bill that he’s a fantastic director of action, further proving that he can direct just about anything.

#4: Django Unchained (2012)

Quentin Tarantino’s most lucrative film at the box office, Django Unchained is a daring Western epic that is completely entertaining above all else.  Sporting great performances across the board (most notably from Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jamie Foxx), Django has a perfect balance between quiet character driven moments and high-intensity, old style shoot ’em up action.

The movie has a handful of signature moments, but the possibly the best (and the most documented) is where DiCaprio shatters his hand on glass and never breaks character.  It’s a default talking point to many, but it’s still pretty fantastic.

This movie is earns the notion of being “unchained.”

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#3: Reservoir Dogs (1992)

One of the best films of the 90’s, Reservoir Dogs is where Tarantino proved that he was a directing star.  Full of memorable scenes, Reservoir Dogs separates itself from the typical crime drama with great characters and the signature Tarantino dialogue.  Who knew that someone could make a group of people talking about tipping a waitress so compelling!  Reservoir Dogs may be the one of the best directorial debuts of all-time.

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#2: Inglourious Basterds (2009)

This revisionist history of WWII has become one of the most rewatchable movies in recent memory.  Containing one of the best opening scenes to a movie of that past decade, we have Inglourious Basterds to thank for Christoph Waltz who has since become one of the best at delivering Tarantino’s dialogue.  Inglourious Basterds acts as a middle finger all the horrible events of the time period, flipping it on its head to give us some great Jewish lead characters such as Brad Pitt‘s Aldo Raine.  This may be the movie where Tarantino perfected the art of tension.  The best example of which is the basement bar scene where the scene slowly turns from cheery to deadly.

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#1: Pulp Fiction (1994)

You probably could have guessed this one.  Let’s be honest, this one is a pretty easy choice.

Pulp Fiction is not only the best Quentin Tarantino film, but also one the best films period.  Almost every scene is memorable and instantly quotable, especially the opening scene where Samuel L. Jackson eventually spouts the now famous Ezekiel 25:17.  Pulp Fiction spearheaded the movement towards making more taboo subjects in film cool again, proving that daring choices made in the filmmaking process can pay off for everyone in the end.

Pulp Fiction can easily be enjoyed as you lay on your couch at home, but it can (and should) be studied for its inventive storytelling structure, making it truly a landmark film.

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*To read my full review of Pulp Fiction, please click here.

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Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016 in order to provide insightful film analysis that is meant to educate and entertain. Nick is also a member of the Internet Film Critics Society.

26 Responses

  1. Tom Schalk says:

    Pulp Fiction
    Kill Bill
    Django
    Reservoir Dogs
    Inglorious Basterds
    Death Proof
    Hateful eight
    Jackie Brown

  2. Jason says:

    Great post idea. For me (going from best to worst) it’d probably be something like:

    Pulp Fiction (1994)
    Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    Kill Bill (2003-4)
    Death Proof (2007)
    Jackie Brown (1997)
    Inglourious Basterds (2009)

    Pulp Fiction is one of my all-time tip-top favorites but I also really like Reservoir Dogs. Kill Bill and Death Proof come next as way above average (and on other days I might flip their order – they’re so clearly not top or bottom for me that I know they go there, but so different that deciding between them is weird). Jackie Brown was only okay but I still like it. I actually didn’t like Basterds at all and haven’t seen the two since. (Not really interested in Tarantino “revisonist Westerns.” Tarantino probably needs to work in something approximating the present or at least in the ballpark of his own lifetime.)

    • MovieBabble says:

      I could see where the revisionist history thing may bother you. They add humor to some pretty dark plot points (which works for me) and get a little absurd, but I enjoy that quite a bit. It always come down to personal preference in the end!

  3. Kanesha says:

    I have tried several times to sit through Reservoir Dogs bur couldn’t make it.

  4. Karandi says:

    My favourites would be a toss up between Inglorious Bastards and Kill Bill.

  5. Pulp Fiction would be my #1 but #2 is Reservoir Dogs.

    • MovieBabble says:

      If you would’ve talked to me a week ago that might have been my choice too! It’s hard to distinguish his movies sometimes so you kind of have to go off of how you feel at that particular moment when making the list.

      • Too true. I often qualify any top ten list of food, drink, movie, music and books with the statement, “It varies with my mood and my needs.” Thanks for an enjoyable post. Cheers

  6. raistlin0903 says:

    Nice one, I myself am not a huge Tarantino fan, but I do admit that he has made some great films. I loved Jackie Brown, and totally agree that it is a very underrated film.

  7. mireiadarko says:

    By the way, can I suggest a movie? If you haven’t reviewed Big Eyes yet, please do it if you want to 🙂

  8. That’s some hard work you did right there mate! I can only imagine how many hours 🕝 or days it must have took to come up with that list, finally. 😀

    The result speak for itself! ✔️💯

    Very well done! 👍😏👊

  9. mireiadarko says:

    That’s pretty good! I think I wouldn’t’ve been able to rank them, most of them are true masterpieces

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