Film fans worldwide either love him or hate him, but no one can deny that Quentin Tarantino’s work has had a profound impact on the film industry and popular culture over the past thirty years.
Tarantino generated his fame by injecting nonlinear narratives, memorable soundtracks and a whole load of violence into productions that have become some of the biggest and highest-rated films of all time. He’s also worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, namely Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and Brad Pitt. Tarantino has even go so far as to collaborate with other successful directors such as Tony Scott and Robert Rodriguez for True Romance (1993), Four Rooms (1995) and From Dusk til Dawn (1996), offering his unique creativity and distinguishable characteristics time and time again.
In this special edition of Ranked, we will be looking at all 10 of the famous filmmaker’s directorial projects – which means, yes, we will be including Kill Bill as 2 movies – and we will be judging each from great to outstanding based upon artistic merit and social significance.
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10. Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood (2019)
Tarantino’s latest picture takes place in 1960s Hollywood and acts as a tribute to the movies the filmmaker was raised on. With homages being paid to the stars of the sixties, Tarantino provides this somewhat fantastical fairytale with his usual tropes and style. Starring Tarantino patrons Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, and introducing Margot Robbie to the Tarantino-verse as Sharon Tate, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is an entertaining spectacle with a characteristically grizzly end that is to be loved so much more or ever so slightly less than Tarantino’s other work depending on how much you enjoy what he has already made.
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9. Death Proof (2007)
Death Proof was originally part of 2007 release Grindhouse, a mock 70s-style double-bill, pairing trash-homage works by Tarantino and iconic cult director Robert Rodriguez. The two films flopped as a duo and were therefore released separately. Though set in the modern day, the film uses various unconventional techniques to make it appear like those that were shown in grindhouse theatres of the 1970s.
Death Proof is a horror-comic about a group of women who take revenge on a murderous, misogynist stunt-driver, played by Kurt Russell. It is a film that is wildly offensive with maximum gore and violence wrapped in a cloak of exploitation.
While this isn’t as uniquely Tarantino as some of his other work, the homage paid here is of the highest standard while remaining in keeping with his own efforts to this point in his career, making Death Proof a mixed bag for many, but a technical and artistic achievement nonetheless.
8. Jackie Brown (1997)
Jackie Brown was Tarantino’s first feature as a writer and director since Pulp Fiction three years prior. Known and loved for its action, laughs, smart dialogue and strong performances, Jackie Brown is exceptionally unpredictable yet truly in-keeping with the thematic exploration of historical cinema Tarantino is known for. Starring yet another Tarantino patron, Samuel L. Jackson, as well as childhood Tarantino favourite Pam Grier as the titular Jackie Brown, this film acknowledges Tarantino’s debt to the novel “Rum Punch” by Elmore Leonard and the crude vitality of blaxploitation; the sub-genre of film Pam Grier was so famous for starring in during the 1970s.
A vital entry into the Tarantino catalogue, Jackie Brown sits so low as number 8 more because of the extraordinary quality of the entries to come than because of any lack of quality in of itself.