Making a list of Quentin Tarantino movies and expressing my views on those movies is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. Once I heard of the Django Unchained I decided to hold off on this list. Quentin Tarantino is obviously one of the greatest minds of Hollywood. He has his ow style of directing, no one, absolutely no one can produce scenes as good as he can.
Besides the great dialogues and pop-culture references, the best thing about Tarantino movies is that he never holds back. The action, violence and profanity are always in high gear, and his movies are always, literally, bloody good fun. “Sure, Kill Bill’s a violent movie. But it’s a Tarantino movie. You don’t go to see Metallica and ask the f**kers to turn the music down.”, said Tarantino when critised upon the violence in “Kill Bill”, and his other films.
Let’s continue with the Quentin Tarantino movies list. Below you can find movies directed by Tarantino as well as some of his honorable works as writer or co-director.
1. Django Unchained (2012)
Django Unchained is a recent masterpiece by Tarantino, and well deserving of the five Golden Globe nominations it has already received in the short time since its release (including for Best Picture), as well as all of the Oscar buzz. Tarantino knows characters, he knows writing and he sure as hell knows how to make a film. That is a perfect combination and Django Unchained is a perfect movie.
With Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino has crafted a spaghetti southern surrounding the dark tragedy that is slavery. The film depicts the story of a slave named Django (‘D’ is silent though), who is freed by a German bounty hunter to help him track down and identify some wanted killers.
Christoph Waltz does great job as the German bounty hunter and Leonardo Dicaprio is fantastic as Calvin Candie, the plantation owner in possession of Django’s wife, who has a weakness for Mandingo fighting. Django Unchained is bold and bloody and manages to surpass the greatness that is Pulp Fiction.
2. Inglorious Basterds (2009)
Inglourious Basterds is sure as hell the best movie of Quentin Tarantino till date and I doubt he’ll ever be able to top. In this Quentin Tarantino film, he has a blast telling the exact story he wants to tell. I love every moment of Inglourious basterds because he holds no punches and he cares about every single moment of this film. Each moment is pivotal to the tale at hand and you never want to take your eyes off the screen.
Inglourious Basterds has received multiple awards and nominations, including eight Academy Award nominations. This World War II film portrays the story of “take-no-prisoners” group of Jewish-American soldiers who were dropped behind enemy lines to strike fear in the Nazis, and involves two separate plots to assassinate the Nazi Germany high comand, including Adolf Hitler.
This movie probably has the single best performance by any actor in a Tarantino film. Christoph Waltz create a masterpiece by playing the role of SS Colonel Hans Landa and was frighteningly good. Inglourious Basterds is a masterpiece in every single sense of the word.
3. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Pulp Fiction is an epic film made up of amazing characters, writing and directing. The film has the most quotable script of all time. I knew I was going to love this movie the second “Pumpkin” and “Honey Bunny” casually pulled their guns out in a diner and told the other customers not to move or they would “execute every last f**king one of them”. The ensemble cast as well as the soundtrack are incredible.
The movie was deservedly nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture. This is one of the best Quentin Tarantino movies and the film basically defines great filmmaking.
4. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Reservoir Dogs is Tarantino’s first, and still one his best directorial work. It tells the tale of a heist gone wrong, and the events that take place before and after, as the surviving criminals try to figure out if they were set up by a police informant within the gang.
This Quentin Tarantino film has some absolutely classic lines and scenes, including one of my most favorite movie scenes aver, as Mr. Blonde ruthlessly tortures a uniform cop by cutting off his ear while listening to the classic song “Stuck in The Middle With You”.
5. Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2003 and 2004)
If the Quentin Tarantino’s movies can be considered an epic, it’s Kill Bill. Kill Bill was supposed to be one four-hour long movie, but Tarantino broke it into two separate volumes due to the long running time.The film is driven by the greatest female hero ever put on screen and a fantastic antagonist played to perfection by David Carradine.
Kill Bill is the greatest story of well-deserved revenge ever. We know exactly what she’s after, we can’t wait till she achieves in her actions and when she finally does, there’s not much else that is as satisfying. There is an incredible amount of memorable moments from the battling of an entire army of ninjas to a fight between a one-eyed nemesis. I’d also like to mention that Kill Bill has the greatest beginning in film.
6. True Romance (1993)
Although not directed by Tarantino, True Romance was a breakthrough for him, as it marked his first screenplay for a major motion picture. The story, which involves a comic book store clerk who falls in love with, and marries a hooker, then kills her pimp and accidentally takes a suitcase full of cocaine stolen from the mob, and subsequently goes on the run, has arguably the best cast of any Tarantino movie, as well as some of the best dialogue and scenes.
In one his earliest screen appearances, Brad Pitt steals all of his too few scenes and adds some great comic relief as an unforgettable stoner named Floyd. Also, there is particular scene shared between Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper. It is literally one of the greatest scenes ever put on screen. Don’t take my word for it though, you have to watch for yourself.
7. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Although directed by Robert Rodriguez, “From Dusk Till Dawn” was based on a Tarantino screenplay. Only Tarantino could manage to successfully combine a “heist” film and a “vampire” flick, and being a big horror movie fan, I really enjoyed this movie and Tarantino’s collision of the two genres.
This Quentin Tarantino film starts off as a crime caper, following a spree of the fictional Gecko brothers played by George Clooney and Tarantino himself. Half way threw, the movie takes a completely unexpected turn into chaos. I don’t want to go into detail because the less you know, the better the outcome.
8. Jackie Brown (1997)
Jackie Brown is the only Quentin Tarantino movie that was adapted from a previously written work by another author, rather than being based on an original Tarantino screenplay. This fact may explain why, while I thought “Jackie Brown” was a good movie for the most part, I didn’t think it lived up to the high standards with which I hold Tarantino films. The movie involves a flight attendant, Jackie Brown, who in order to supplement her low playing job, smuggles money from Mexico into the U.S., for a gunrunner, Ordell Robbie (Jackson), until she is caught by an ATF agent (Keatn), who then triest to get Brown to inform on Ordell. Ordell initially plans to kill Brown to prevent her from turning on him, but she convinces him that she will pretend to help the authorities while managing to smuggle half a million dollars of Ordell’s money, enough for him to retire.
There are some nice twists and turns as Brown managers to out smart both Ordell and the authorities. This movie has a great cast (you can’t get much better than DeNiro and S. Jackson the same film), and helped revive the careers of Pam Grier and Robert Forster. It also had some great lines and funny scenes (was anyone else laughing and cheering when DeNiro finally blasted Bridget Fonda’s annoying character??), All in all, it is a good, but not great film.
So this was my Quentin Tarantino movies list. The description of the movies and also the criticism was all based on my opinions. Leave your thoughts below. Believe me I am just as much of movie fan as you are, so we can share our thoughts in the comment sections below
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