Why These Are The Best Quentin Tarantino Movies (In Order)
Coming from an industry insider.
Quentin Tarantino is undoubtly one of the best directors of this generation, if not of all time. Not only have his films received critical praise and been box office hits, but they've also managed to garner a massive cult following as well. There's been a long debate about what his best films are, here's the TRUE list based on those I speak too within the industry.
9. Jackie Brown - Don't get me wrong, Jackie Brown is a good film. There hasn't been a film that Tarantino's made that I haven't truly enjoyed. The issue with Jackie Brown is it was Tarantino's follow up to Pulp Fiction, so the expectations were sky high. While the story line was good, the film seemed a little flat and didn't garner that trademark legendary style of energy, wittyness, and ultra violence.
8. Deathproof - This is tough because this is actually part two of a "double feature" that he made titled Grindhouse with director Robert Rodriguez. For those who don't know, a double feature was an old tradition in the old days of Hollywood. Studios signed actors and placed them in multiple movies. In order to attract a larger crowd and save them money, studios offered a "double feature", meaning you'd pay for a ticket and see 2 movies for the price of one. Considering the studios have actors signed, they'd often appear in both films as well. Tarantino and Rodriguez hit it spot on, and if you watch Tarantino's feature in Grindhouse titled "Death Proof", let's just say you're in for a wild ride. (Pun intended for those who have seen it)
7. The Hateful Eight - I always get battled on this one. This is a film people either hate or they love. I'm of the people who love it. It's such an ambitious idea, shoot a post-civil war film that takes place in one house that everyone is stuck in. On top of that, those stuck in the house couldn't be more different. For a film that's almost three hours long and takes place in one location, it's wildly entertaining. Great dialog, phenominal acting, and suprising humor. Not to mention a great suprise twist of course.
6. Kill Bill - Consider Tarantino considers Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2 to be one film, I'm going to do so as well. This film is awesome, ambitious, and did wonders at the box office. Tarantino is probably the only director that could have pulled this office so preciscely. It has all the trademarks of a Tarantino film and keeps you engaged for the ENTIRE film (Both Volume 1 & 2).
5. Resevior Dogs - Like The Hateful Eight, this film is interesting considering it takes place in one location, aside from a few flashbacks. This wasn't by design, this was because that's all they could afford. For a first time writer/director, Tarantino managed to pull of a film that is awesome and keeps you engaged throughout the entirety of the film. If you want to see fun violence, a stellar cast, and great writing and directing, watch this movie.
4. Inglorious Bastards - People fight me all the time on this as well, and I always tell them "This is one of my favorite movies, but the rest on this list I just like more". Inglorious Bastard is awesome because it was a massive production. The storyline is amazing, and I love the fact that they used authentic German actors. This film just feels authentic, like you're watching a documentary rather than a film. Not to mention, this film contains what I believe to be one of the best scenes in cinema history. If you've seen the film, you know exactly what I'm talking about. (Hint: It takes place in a bar)
3. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Out of all the choices on this list, this is the one I get challenged on the most. I get it, there's not a lot of violence, it's a lot slower than most Tarantino films, and some people just don't get it. This is a film you have to watch 2-3 times to really understand. Not only is it beyond impressive to watch (yes I physically watched) Tarantino turn Hollywood into it's 1970 version, but the coinciding storylines are something that is beautiful to see him pull off. Many people think this is a story about the murder of Sharon Tate, but it's not at all. It's a story about hope.
2. Django Unchained - "He's the guy who's the talk of the town". I was blown away when I saw this film for the first time. The cast is obviously great, but the story and the way it all comes together is unbelievable, which is probably why Tarantino won an Oscar for best screenplay. Not to mention the original soundtrack is award-worthy on its own. Tarantino said he wanted to create a "black superhero" and he definitely achieved that. That's why it's 2nd on my list, not only is it a phenomenal film, it inspired millions of people.
1. Pulp Fiction - Come on, you knew this would be at the top of the list, it's at the top of everyone's list. But for me, it's not because of the quality of the film, it's because of the risks involved and the movement it started. At this time, the box office fed on blockbuster films or those with a star-studded cast. John Travolta's career was nearly over, and Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurmon were still pretty new to the scene. The fact that they carried a film with multiple storylines that all come together is beyond impressive. This film single-handedly changed the film industry, and studios starting shifting to younger directors, lower budgets, and new actors. Not to mention Pulp Fiction has been the inspiration behind hundreds of films.