The Best Quentin Tarantino Flicks-Ranked

I have made a list of Tarantino movies that I have seen and ranked them from worst to best. Either way, they all are outstanding.

From ‘Reservoir Dogs’ as they walk away from the diner as from the iconic cover.

From ‘Reservoir Dogs’ as they walk away from the diner as from the iconic cover.

Maddox Greenberg, Staff Writer

 

Quentin Tarantino has directed some phenomenal films, like Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained.  Some of his movies incorporate historical significance and others he completely changes history.  If you have not heard of him—or at least haven’t seen any of his films—I recommend you watch the movies on this list. Starting at number 8:

 

Number 8: The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight has an elite cast—Michael Madsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum, Kurt Russell, and Tim Roth—star in this western where eight characters arrive to Minnie’s Haberdashery Lodge.  The characters don’t really like or trust one another but have to stay in this lodge together to survive a blizzard.  There is a lot of confrontation between multiple characters, especially Jackson’s character Major Marquis Warren and Confederate general Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern), and bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh).  This very gripping and detailed film ends in a chaotic way that could only be appreciated if you see it.

 

Number 7: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Set in 1969 the movie follows three main characters: struggling former big-named actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), his stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), and beloved actress and wife of famed Hollywood director Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie).  Rick and Cliff both have become good friends together during their times at the 1950’s Western that got Rick famous, Bounty Law. Throughout the movie Rick tries to find another job per agent Marvin Schwarz (Al Pacino) who tells Rick to star in Spaghetti Westerns in Italy, in which Rick refuses to.  Cliff hangs out with this hippy girl from the Manson Family, which Cliff has no clue about.  And Sharon Tate lives her normal life, including watching a movie she starred in called The Wrecking Crew, and even buying a book for her husband called Tess of the d’Urbervilles, which inspired Polanski’s “masterpiece” Tess. This film does a good representation of what Hollywood was like in the late 1960s and is a tremendous example of Tarantino’s approach to change history involving the Manson Family murdering 8-month pregnant Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski, and Abigail Folger on August 8, 1969.

 

Number 6: Django Unchained

Another fantastic representation of history by Quentin Tarantino, this film sets the scene of Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave, who is set free by German bounty hunter King Schultz.  Django goes on a mission with Schultz to kill bounties and soon enough free Django’s wife, German-speaking slave Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from the dreaded slave owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).  This goes through a great representation of what slavery was like and what some slaveowners did to their slaves, including the “hot-box” and Mandingo fights, which is not necessarily true or untrue, since most Tarantino films are fiction or in his viewpoint.

 

Number 5: Inglourious Basterds

Set in World War II, Allied Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) recruits a team of Jewish men to do wretched things to Nazis in form of revenge, especially scalping to instill fear in them.  The group is known as ‘the Basterds’. The film follows the groups habits while also following Jewish woman and owner of a cinema Shosanna Dreyfus (Melanie Laurent) and proud Nazi Fredrick Zoller (Daniel Bruhl), in which Shosanna shows distaste towards Zoller, but still Zoller wants to impress her.  The Basterds eventually plan on killing the Nazi party, with Hitler in attendance, in the cinema that Shosanna runs to watch Fredrick Zoller’s film praising him for killing 250 Allied soldiers.  Again, this film shows Tarantino’s approach to altering history at its finest. Overall, great and captivating film from start to finish.

 

Number 4: Reservoir Dogs

“Stuck in the middle with you”.  Some when they hear this song automatically think of Tarantino’s 1992 hit-film, Reservoir Dogs.  The story follows six criminals under pseudonyms Mr. Brown, Mr. Pink, Mr. Blonde, Mr. Orange, Mr. White, and Mr. Blue as they plan to rob a bank.  Fast forward, their heist bombs and Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) gets shot really bad.  He and Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) go to the groups hiding place to clean Mr. Orange up and fix him up.  Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) arrive there enraged thinking someone is a snitch and told the cops where and when the robbery would take place.  They go through a screaming match and yada yada yada until Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) arrives with kidnapped policeman Marvin Nash.  Blonde then choreographs an iconic and memorable scene of the movie with dancing to the song, “Stuck in the Middle with You” by Stealers Wheel, in which Blonde performs a very bloody and graphic torture to get answers out of Nash.  Then a big plot twist comes at the end that you have to see to believe.  The ending demonstrates another unique thing Quentin Tarantino does in most of his films, he changes the timeline. He shows this clearly in the rest of the top three movies on this list.

 

Number 3: Pulp Fiction

This film follows several characters at several moments in time all wrapping up together in the end.  First, we meet robbers “Pumpkin” (Tim Roth) and “Honey Bunny” (Amanda Plummer) at a diner who plan to rob the diner they’re in because, per Pumpkin, no one would expect someone to rob a diner.  Next, we meet our main characters Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), two hitmen who track down three young men who work for their boss Marsellus Wallace because the three young men kept something that Marsellus wanted.  Jules makes fun of Vincent for going out with Marsellus’ wife Mia, in which Vincent replies that Marsellus just wants Vincent to keep Marsellus’ wife company for a few hours, no funny business.  However, Jules freaks out after he and Vincent almost died and Jules said it was faith and he now has a moment of clarity and he no longer wants to be a hitman.  Next, we meet boxer Butch (Bruce Willis) who ran away from Marsellus after Butch chickened out the last minute and didn’t finish the fight the way Marsellus wanted it to be finished. They eventually find each other again and attack one another and they meet trouble.  In the end, the movie wraps up together in a full circle in what could only be described as a “masterpiece.”

 

T-Number 1: Kill Bill Volume 1 and Volume 2

This is arguably the best Tarantino film ever made.  This sequel follows The Bride, an ex-assassin who wakes up from a coma after her former assassination squad, the Deadly Vipers, attempted to kill her.  Seeking revenge, the Bride (Uma Thurman), whose name you’ll find out in the second, goes on a list of killing each member of the assassination squad that almost killed her and her baby, killed her husband and her friends, the reverend and his wife, and the black musician (Samuel L. Jackson).  Through each member she gets closer and closer to killing her ex-lover and ex-boss, Bill.  This movie not only demonstrates Quentin’s phenomenal time jumping just like in Pulp Fiction, but it also perfectly choreographs nearly every martial arts movie and every revenge movie you’ve ever seen all wrapped into one.  In the end, the Black Mamba always wins.

 

Hope you give these movies a chance.  Trust me, once you’ve seen all eight of these, you will agree that Tarantino is one of the best directors in Hollywood.