Quentin Tarantino Movies Ranked
7. The Hateful Eight (2015)
The Hateful Eight is hailed as “an American epic” by many, yet is mostly set in one intimate room. Making the space of this house-bound movie feel as equally gigantic as the best Westerns, including that of his own Western Django Unchained.
The Hateful Eight is horribly violent (as can be expected), intelligent, discursive and powerful. It is a celebration of Tarantino’s signature ludic style, with his unashamedly extended dialogue scenes making his actors come vividly to life – especially Samuel L. Jackson. The film takes similar tropes from Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, and thrills watchers throughout.
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6. Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)
At number six we place Volume 2 of Kill Bill, where Uma Thurman’s The Bride continues her quest for revenge by hunting down those who wronged her.
Vol. 2 succeeds in offering more exciting fight scenes as The Bride exhibits her martial arts skills, and the film offers a satisfying and cathartic – pun intended – ending, making this some of Tarantino’s most beloved work.
While originally intended to be released in conjunction with Vol. 1 as a 4 hour plus martial arts revenge epic, Volume 2 as a standalone didn’t quite feature the same wow factor as the iconic first installment despite its obvious technical and creative triumphs.
5. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)
Ranking just above Volume 2 is its predecessor, Kill Bill Vol. 1.
Having already established herself as an outstanding actress throughout the 90s, Uma Thurman makes pop culture history as The Bride, in her iconic yellow motorcycle get up. “Battle Without Honor or Humanity” is the soundtrack’s staple piece that accompanies the movie, putting a whole new spin on the term ‘badass’.
This was one of Tarantino’s most culture-puncturing releases, The Bride becoming an icon for a generation and the films becoming iconic landmarks in both the director’s career and cinema as a whole over the past two decades.
4. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
To sum Inglourious Basterds up in three words would be to describe it as: Tarantino and Nazis. But, to do so, just wouldn’t do this hilarious action-satire any justice.
Basterds tells an alternate history story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany’s leadership, with Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz at the helm of each side. With Tarantino carrying typically American traits as a director, the German and French dialogue adds much more character to the film, making Inglourious Basterds a fresh break from his usual work.
Though certainly Tarantino’s own special brand of controversial, this Nazi-killing fantasy adventure packs a punch, with some of the filmmaker’s greatest ever moments of tension littered throughout. In all aspects, this film is a triumph, and a welcomed step away from Tarantino’s previously more intrinsic offerings; an undeniable success.
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