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.
3. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
At number three comes the movie that made the career: Reservoir Dogs.
With a star-studded cast including Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen and Tarantino himself, Reservoir Dogs is a male ensemble film you’ll never forget.
As entertaining as it is gruesome, Dogs focuses on a robbery-gone-wrong, illustrating all of Tarantino’s abilities to write and direct tension to the very highest standard. Accompany that with the director’s now famous ability to pierce the zeitgeist with pop culture references and memorable cinematic moments, and you have a true modern day classic accompanied by a fantastic 60s soundtrack.