Top 5 Quentin Tarantino Movies

Screen shot from Pulp Fiction trailer. © Miramax Films 1994

5. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Classic Tarantino, this ultraviolent World War 2 romp about an elite squad of Jewish-American soldiers hunting Nazis was met with mixed reviews upon release. However, the film remains one of Tarantino’s most popular pictures.

Why is it in the top 5? Because Christoph Waltz. And Hitler gets shot. In the face.

4. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Originally intended to be released as a single theatrical release, a running time of over 4 hours left Mr Tarantino no choice but to split ‘Kill Bill’ into 2 volumes. Uma Thurman stars as ‘The Bride’ (Black Mamba) on a vendetta to wreak vengeance upon a team of assassins who stole her child and left her for dead.

Why is it in the top 5? Samurai swords. Lots of them.

3. Django Unchained (2012)

Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson, this Western-that’s -not-really-a-Western tells the tale of a German dentist-turned-bounty hunter who agrees to help a slave save his wife. The catch? Django needs to help Dr. King Shcultz find the 3 Brittle brothers first.

Why is it in the top 5? Arguably Tarantino’s best gunfights on film, and one of his best soundtracks.

2. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

After a diamond heist goes horrifically wrong, the remaining crooks are left to figure out just how they’re going to make their getaway, but not before figuring out which one of them is the undercover cop first. A masterclass in independent film, Reservoir Dogs has become a cult hit worldwide since it’s release. Starring Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney and Mr Tarantino itself.

Why is it in the top 5? Excellent script, pacing, and forever associating ‘Stuck in the middle with you’ with ear mutilation.

1. Pulp Fiction

Taking the top spot is Tarantino’s undisputed masterpiece. Known internationally for it’s iconic dialogue, characters and impeccable soundtrack, Pulp Fiction has become Tarantino’s most renowned piece of work to date. Winner of the 1994 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the picture tells the intersecting stories of a group of Los Angeles mobsters and their associates. Almost as celebrated as the narratives unconventional structure is the film’s stellar cast, including John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth. A must-see not just for Tarantino fans, but for film buffs everywhere.

Why is it in the top 5? See above.

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