Top 5 Quentin Tarantino Films
What’s not to love about Quentin Tarantino? His films have got it all; from satirical subject matter, to incredible ensemble casts, to soundtracks lovingly created to perfectly compliment each movie. Oh and let’s not forget his hilarious cameos.
Our top 5 Quentin Tarantino Films:
To celebrate the eccentric director, we are counting down some of his best films. But which one will take the top spot?
5. Django Unchained
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson
Straight in at number five is Tarantino’s highest grossing film to date, Django Unchained, making over $425 million at the box office. Set two years before the outbreak of the American Civil War, the film follows Django (Jamie Foxx) a black slave who is promised by Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) he will free him and rescue his long-lost wife Broomhilda from her cruel plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), in exchange for help in collecting a large bounty on three outlaws.
The film received huge critical acclaim and Tarantino won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA award for writing the film’s original screenplay.
4. Reservoir Dogs
Starring: Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi
This neo-noir crime thriller was called the “Greatest Independent Film of All Time” by Empire and deservedly so. It follows the events before and after a botched diamond heist, incorporating several themes that have now become Tarantino’s hallmarks, including: violent crime, pop culture references, profanity, and nonlinear storytelling.
Although it only received modest success upon its release, it is now widely seen as a classic indepedent film and a cult hit.
3. Inglorious Basterds
Starring: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent
Inglorious Basterds follows the fictional alternate history of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany’s political leadership. One planned by Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent), a young French Jewish cinema proprietor, and the other by a team of Jewish-American soldiers led by First Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Pitt).
The film was a commercial success, grossing over $321 million in theatres worldwide, making it Tarantino’s second highest-grossing film to date. It also received multiple awards and nominations, including eight Academy Award nominations.
2. Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2
Starring: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Samuel L. Jackson, Daryl Hannah, Lucy Liu
We are being slightly sneaky choosing both Kill Bill films in the number two position, but let’s face facts, they’re both equally amazing. The two-part martial arts film follows the life of Beatrix Kiddo a.k.a Black Mamba (Uma Thurman) who wakes from a four-year coma to find the child she carried in her womb is gone. Grief-stricken, she seeks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.
For Kill Bill fans, there has been talk of a third film. As of 2015, Tarantino said in an interview with Nerdcore Movement: “Never say never. We’ll see when it comes to Kill Bill 3. Uma (Thurman) would really like to do it, we talk about it every once in a while.”
1. Pulp Fiction
Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken, Uma Thurman
Pulp Fiction takes the number one spot by a landslide, what’s not to love about this incredible film!? As with many of Tarantino’s other works, the plot is presented out of chronological sequence, so worth watching loads of times as you will always pick up on something new. It connects intersecting storylines of Los Angeles mobsters, fringe players, small-time criminals, and a mysterious briefcase.
Pulp Fiction is considered by critics to be one of the best written films of all time and preserves itself as a cult classic.
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