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Quentin Tarantino is 50, Let's Rank His First Eight Movies

From Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained

Ranking Quentin Tarantino's Movies: Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained

Today, March 27, 2013, Quentin Tarantino turns 50-years-old. To celebrate, I figured why not take a look back at the eight films he's given us over the last 21 years, from Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained, and do a quick ranking of the lot.

I actually did this four years ago, just prior to the release of Inglourious Basterds and the ranking has changed a bit, though I have to say right now, there isn't a single Tarantino film I do not enjoy. The man has a way of tapping into exactly the kind of stories I find immensely entertaining and his visual style, use of music and affection for dialogue (as long-winded as he may be) is something I can't help but love and look forward to whatever it is he may deliver next.

That said, let's dive in and see what's left on the other end...

#8
Death Proof

Death Proof
Photo: Dimension Films

Tarantino himself has said that if Death Proof is the worst film he makes when all is said and done he will be happy with his career. Personally I would never use the word "worst" to describe it as I actually quite like it, I do believe had he had made it into one, 60 minute film he probably would have better served the grindhouse feel he was going for and probably delivered a better film overall.

Nevertheless, I have no problem tossing Death Proof in and giving it a watch at any moment.

#7
Kill Bill: Volume Two

Kill Bill: Volume 2
Photo: Miramax

I know many will disagree with me on this one, believing the second of Tarantinos' Kill Bill films to be the superior of the two, but I prefer the glossy and more colorful blood splatter of Volume One over the sun-scorched finale. The preference is slight, however, as Kill Bill: Vol. 2 does include Michael Parks as Esteban Vihaio whom I absolutely love as a character. When he says, "The Pussy Wagon died?" it cracks me up every time.

#6
Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs
Photo: Miramax

Enjoyable for its raw, intense nature, Reservoir Dogs serves as our first glimpse at the director and storyteller Tarantino is to become. Many look down on the film as a rip-off of Ringo Lam's Lung fu fong (City On Fire), but at this point in his career I think it's safe to say there are few films Tarantino hasn't ripped off, but is "rip-off" the proper descriptor? Does Tarantino pay homage to the films he loves and those that inspire him or should it be considered ripping them off?

One of the things I love about QT's films is his ability to open the doors to films I may otherwise never have watched. Films such as Django, Enzo G. Castellari's The Inglorious Bastards and Toshiya Fujita's Lady Snowblood are two that immediately come to mind.

I can understand why some may look down on him for his decision to use what he loves from the works of others and the question has been raised as to whether he pays homage or if he outright steals. You be the judge...

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  • Billy W

    For Me:

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Django Unchained
    3. Reservoir Dogs
    4. Kill Bill Vol.1
    5. Inglourious Basterds
    6. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    7. Jackie Brown
    8. Death Proof

  • Jack

    1. Inglourious Basterds
    2. Pulp Fiction
    3. Jackie Brown
    4. Kill Bill Vol. 1
    5. Django Unchained
    6. Reservoir Dogs
    7. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    8. Death Proof

  • Flo

    1. Inglourious Basterds
    2. Pulp Fiction
    3. Django Unchained
    4. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    5. Reservoir Dogs
    6. Kill Bill Vol. 1
    7. Jackie Brown
    8. Death Proof

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Silga/ Silga

    1. Jackie Brown
    2. Pulp Fiction
    3. Django Unchained
    4. Death Proof
    5. Kill Bill: Vol. 1
    6. Kill Bill: Vol. 2
    7. Inglourious Basterds
    8. Reservoir Dogs

  • SilentChoirboy

    Close.

    Inglorious Basterds
    Django Unchained
    Pulp Fiction
    4-8 Same

    Nothing will beat Pulp as far as seeing that for the first time and how influential it was. But he's just plan a better filmmaker now.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

    Nice job Brad, that was a great list!!! Interesting how your opinion has changed on them!

    For me:

    1. Kill Bill (Also my favorite film of all time; I consider it one film)

    2. Django Unchained (Insta-classic for me)

    3. Death Proof (I don't understand any hate for it. I loved this to pieces)

    4. Pulp Fiction (Nothing needs to be said at this point)

    5. Inglourious Basterds (This has grown on me quite a bit)

    6. Jackie Brown (I probably need to see this again, it's been awhile... The least Tarantino-y of his, so that's probably why this is numero seis)

    7. Reservoir Dogs (Still a good movie, don't get me wrong, but it's clear that he was still starting out when making this, there are quite a few rough parts to it I'm not too big of a fan of.)

    Out of the first five, I'd say they are all equal in the field of film-making, all great, great films. I just listed them in order of favorite-tude.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    I've never seen any of his films, so I can't really rank his films.

    • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

      Aw... You make me sad.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

        Well I'm planning on checking out Django when it comes out on DVD, so happily I'll probably end up seeing at least one of his films eventually.

        • http://www.myfilmreview.nl/home/ Reindeer

          And maybe it's time to rent/buy the other 7...

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

            Maybe, but there's only 2 others I'm actually interested in seeing (Inglorious Basterds and Pulp Fiction).

            • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

              They are all fantastic...

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jake17/ Jake17

          Django is probably his weakest (though, admittedly, I haven't seen Death Proof), and it's probably not his best film to start on anyways. I'd start with Kill Bill or Pulp Fiction. PF is my favorite, but Kill Bill and Jackie Brown are right behind.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

            Personally I think that the order to watch them is probably in the order they were made. You can really see an evolution of Tarantino.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

      WHAT?!!!! I dont know how to respond!! Although I will say he has a certain flavor that some people either dont get or dont like. And be forewarned he loves exploding wounds!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    1. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    2. Pulp Fiction
    3. Inglourious Basterds
    4. Kill Bill Vol. 1
    5. Jackie Brown
    6. Death Proof
    7. Reservoir Dogs
    8. Django Unchained

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

      I should probably say that I also consider Kill Bill one film, but just for the sake of this list I split em up.

    • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

      Though only one of our rankings actually matches up (Pulp Fiction at #2), I think your list probably best matches up with mine among everyone here, though Cory S.'s list below is quite similar too.

      While I really liked Django Unchained, there is just so much bloat and excess that it really pales compared to most of Tarantino's other work, in my opinion. It's still good, one of the better films of last year in my opinion, but by no means one of his best.

      And though Reservoir Dogs receives a lot of praise, having recently re-watched it again, I think it's probably QT's weakest film, even though I still like it and will certainly see it again in the future. It laid the groundwork for the artist we've grown to know and love, but it's just not as enjoyable or as tightly-crafted as some of his admittedly loose-strapped flicks.

      The rest of his films are superb, in my opinion -- again, not saying either Reservoir Dogs or Django are bad, they are just subpar when compared to the rest of QT's oeuvre -- and having just read your thoughts on Death Proof on Letterboxd, I wholeheartedly agree with almost every sentiment you expressed. I freaking love that film, and I think it deserves more praise, frankly.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

        As of now, Django is the only Tarantino film to earn less than a 4/5 from me. However, I'm sure I'll bump it up to a 4 after I watch it again when it comes out on blu ray.

        The problem with Django is the last 25 minutes. It's a shame really, since it would've been so easy to fix. If I could go back and re-edit/shoot the final act, he's what I would do:

        *SPOILER ALERT*

        I'd keep everything the same until the big gunfight. But once the shootout reaches its climax, I wouldn't have put Django in a situation where he had to surrender. Instead, I'd have Django finish off the remaining guards and then have Stephen try to sneak away. Django would see him and then you can have that whole little scene between the two of them; although Django obviously wouldn't be dressed up like Candie (it's a good bit, but it's not necessary).

        The only thing you'd have to do is figure out another way for Django to blow up the plantation... and considering QT's abilities as a writer, I don't think that would be much of a challenge. And that's pretty much it. You can keep the little ending between him and Broomhilda, cut to black and THEN show the Written & Directed by Quentin Tarantino title card.

        If you did it this way, you'd lose that unnecessary and tedious mining Co. scene, the torture scene, Django re-rescuing Broomhilda (which was redundant) and Candie's funeral procession. Boom. Problem solved. It'd be an easy 4/5.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

          Wow that really would have fixed almost all of my problems with the film (hanging upside down and mining company are the only two sub-par scenes in my opinion)... The only thing thing I would miss is that wonderful shot of Django riding horseback past those flames while "Who Did That to You?" plays in the background.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

            Oh, and I'd also cut the baghead scene (which most people loved, but did nothing for me).

            • Dan

              Same changes I would've made. Glad to see this. I would also raise the stakes of them being at Candie's plantation. They could have come up with a more intense situation than DiCaprio just being mad they were only there for Bromhilda. Pretty weak in my opinion.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

    Like them all to one degree or another. Also, I really do count Kill Bill as one film (I've never been able to watch volume one without throwing in volume two within the next 24 hours).

    1) Kill Bill
    2) Django Unchained
    3) Jackie Brown
    4) Inglourious Basterds
    5) Pulp Fiction
    6) Reservoir Dogs
    7) Death Proof

    Note: I consider Kill Bill to be his best by far, then Django through Pulp are all fairly close in quality. 6 and 7 are both good, but something (won't go into it now) stops from pushing them over the edge into greatness. But hey if Death Proof is the worst he does, he'll be one of the best of all time.

  • http://coachpotatodigest.blogspot.com Matt

    Tarantino is one of my all time favorite directors, and the director that really got me passionate about movies and made me take film seriously. Here's my ranking.

    1) Inglourious Basterds
    2) Kill Bill
    3) Pulp Fiction
    4) Jackie Brown
    5) Django Unchained
    6) Reservoir Dogs
    7) Death Proof

    Obviously, I prefer to count the "Kill Bill" parts as one film. Hopefully I'm not alone on this, otherwise I'll just look stupid, haha. He's had one hell of a filmography though. "Death Proof" is the only film of his that I don't like, though I wouldn't say I hate it or feel too much of a dislike towards it, and the rest of his films range from really good to fantastic.

    • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

      You're not alone, no worries!!! It works better as a double header anyways.

      • http://coachpotatodigest.blogspot.com Matt

        Haha, good to know! And I agree, I can't imagine watching one film and not the other.

  • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

    I've been slowly working my way through Tarantino's films over the past year, with Kill Bill Vol. 2 the most recent a few days ago. I agree that there hasn't been one I don't enjoy yet. Here's how I rank them:

    1. Django Unchained
    2. Pulp Fiction
    3. Reservoir Dogs
    4. Inglorius Basterds
    5. Kill Bill - Vol. 1
    6. Kill Bill - Vol. 2

    Watchlist: Death Proof, Jackie Brown

  • Chris

    1. Basterds
    2. Django
    3. Pulp Fiction
    4. Jackie Brown
    5. Reservoir Dogs
    6. Death Proof
    And I haven't seen either of the Kill Bills

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Oh Chris, you have to do yourself a favor and check them out. Any reason you haven't yet?

    • Salman Gurung

      Awwww....poor you. Go on, watch it!!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/SmartFilm/ SmartFilm

    It is really hard to make a list because his films are all so good. I mean any director with over five A+ films under his belt is kicking some major ass.

    8. Jackie Brown
    7. Death Proof
    6. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    5. Kill Bill Vol 1.
    4. Reservoir Dogs
    3. Django Unchained
    2. Inglorious Basterds
    1. Pulp Fiction

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    I haven't watched all the 8 movies, but here is my ranking of the one's i have watched

    (Note: #2 and #3 are interchangeable, I was not able to make up my mind)

    1. Django Unchained
    2. Kill Bill Vol. 1
    3. Inglorious Bastards
    4. Reservoir Dogs (didn't like this one much so it will probably gonna go way down after I watch the other ones).

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/SmartFilm/ SmartFilm

    The greatest thing is you look at all these ranked lists and there is no disputing that they are each legitimate opinions.

  • Malcolm

    For me Jackie Brown was my least favorite. He obviously stepped away from what he does best and it burned him. At the end it felt like it was one of the most boring films I had ever watched. It was the dialogue heavy Tarantino scenes without the style and beauty. Reservoir is raw, emotional, stylish and true - that's why it ranks #1 for me as a huge underdog.
    1. Reservoir Dogs
    2. Inglorious Basterds
    3. Pulp Fiction
    4. Django Unchained
    5. Kill Bill Vol.2
    6. Kill Bill Vol. 1
    7. Death Proof
    8. Jackie Brown

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/GothamCity151/ GothamCity151

    1. Reservoir Dogs
    2. Pulp Fiction
    3. Inglourious Basterds
    4. Kill Bill, Volume 2
    5. Jackie Brown
    6. Django Unchained
    7. Kill Bill, Volume 1
    8. Death Proof

    I do love all of the films, though.

  • PinstripedJon

    I refuse to consider Kill Bill two separate films.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Well, that added a lot to the conversation.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RandallPMcMurphy/ Randall P McMurphy

        hahaha

  • http://Vimeo.com/sandovaldrew Drew Sandoval

    Haha, making a Tarantino list is so silly, it reminds me of the quote in Kill Bill 2...

    "If you're gonna compare a Hanzo sword, you compare it to every other sword ever made... that wasn't made by Hitori Hanzo."

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

      Haha great use of a great quote.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    I, like many others here, consider Kill Bill to be one film. (But, I do consider vol. 2 to be better than vol. 1)

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Inglorious Basterds
    3. Kill Bill
    4. Jackie Brown
    5. Django Unchained
    6. Reservoir Dogs
    7. Death Proof

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Tom/ Tom

    I'm gonna list the two volumes of Kill Bill with one another as well. I always watch the two in a row. Unfortunately, I think I may be the only one who hasn't seen Django yet. I have to get my priorities straight.
    1. Kill Bill 1 and 2
    2. Pulp Fiction
    3. Jackie Brown
    4. Inglorious Bastards
    5. Reservoir Dogs
    6. Death Proof

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

      I haven't seen Django either, so you aren't alone.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JimmyDiamies/ Jimmy Diamies

    So hard to do past number 1. I Feel like 2-6 is a tie for 2nd.
    1- Pulp Fiction
    2- Inglorious Basterds
    3- Django Unchained
    4- Kill Bill 2
    5- Kill Bill 1
    6- Reservoir Dogs
    7- Jackie Brown
    8- Death Proof

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/CoryS./ Cory S.

    1. Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2
    2. Pulp Ficiton
    3. Inglorious Bastereds
    4. Death Proof
    5. Jackie Brown
    6. Reservoir Dogs
    7. Django Unchained.

  • Alan Smithee

    #1 Pulp Fiction

    Then everything else. With "Death Proof" at the bottom (hated it).

    That being said, I read a quote somewhere recently (from an interview with an AMPAS member about their deliberation process while casting this year's Oscar votes) that pretty much summed up how I feel about everything Tarantion's done since Pulp:

    "Django Unchained"? That's just Tarantino masturbating for three hours..."

    I feel like he's been masturbating for the last 19 years...

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/CoryS./ Cory S.

      Pretty much.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/blog/andre_rivas/ Andre Rivas

    Nicely written piece.

    My favorites:

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Kill Bill (both volumes)
    3. Inglourious Basterds
    4. Reservoir Dogs
    5. Django Unchained
    6. Jackie Brown
    7. Death Proof

    Love every single film, including (although to a lesser degree, Death Proof)

  • Elyk988

    Tarantino is one of my favorite directors, never made a "bad" film, so this list was really hard cause the top 4 are interchangeable:

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Inglorious Basterds
    3. Django Unchained
    4. Jackie Brown
    5. Reservoir Dogs
    6. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    7. Kill Bill Vol. 1
    8. Death Proof

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

    I'm a little embarrassed to say that I've only seen 4 out of 8. And I consider myself a fan of Tarantino.

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Inglorious Basterds.
    3. Django Unchained.
    4. Reservoir Dogs

    Need to See: Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2, Death Proof and Jackie Brown. I've got Spring Break next week so I might be able to get to them!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Stinger/ Stinger

    Tarantino's films are all deconstruction of the genres they play as well, so if one looks at them from that perspective, and places them in the context of the genre, they're deep, and they are anything but rehashing. Postmodern art is "derivative" by nature, it relies on a cultural dialogue with the art of the past. I think if the haters considered the films as examples of postmodern art they wouldn't feel that way.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    Deathproof is the worst followed by Django, that film is just cruel and unpleasant, everything else is decent but i cant say im the biggest fan anymore, to me he's just making the same style of movie that he was doing when he was 30, most directors evolve

    • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

      His style from Dogs to Fiction was pretty evident, I thought... After that, not nearly as much, but most directors evolve content-wise, tone-wise, and Tarantino certainly has. Style usually stays the same, or very similar, after the second film...

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/ashdurdin/ ashdurdin

    1. Inglourious Basterds
    2. Kill Bill Vol. 1
    3. Reservoir Dogs
    4. Django Unchained
    5. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    6. Jackie Brown
    7. Pulp Fiction
    8. Death Proof

    The top three rank among my all time favorite films, but I have liked all of his films. I think Pulp Fiction is a film everyone should definitely see at least once, but is now not one I really want to revisit.

  • Chris138

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Django Unchained
    3. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    4. Kill Bill Vol. 1
    5. Inglourious Basterds
    6. Jackie Brown
    7. Death Proof
    8. Reservoir Dogs

    • Chris138

      Actually, now that I think about it I'd probably switch places for Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Inglourious Basterds.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Kill Bill vol 2
    3. Inglorious Basterds
    4. Kill Bill vol 1
    5. Reservoir Dogs
    6. Django Unchained
    7. Jackie Brown
    8. Death Proof

    For me he has made 5 masterpieces and three highly entertaining films. I do need to check out Jackie Brown again as it's the only one that I have only seen once and I have heard others saying it gets better on repeat viewings.

    Tarantino is my favorite living director and hopefully he has a good 10 years left in him.

  • Josh

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Inglourious Basterds
    3. Kill Bil Vol. 1 and 2 (it is one long film in my opinion)
    4. Reservoir Dogs
    5. Django Unchained
    6. Jackie Brown
    7. Death Proof

    I can't believe that some of you didn't put Pulp Fiction as number 1.

    • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

      Film is subjective, my friend.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/cburdette32/ cburdette32

    Easily my favorite filmmaker of all time. I took a vacation day to see Basterds and damn near snuck out on my son's first Christmas to catch Django. The man has never disappointed me.

    1. Pulp Fiction - At least 50 viewings and still the single greatest film ever!
    2. Django - Blew me away all three times at the theater.
    3. Kill Bill Vol. 2 - Bud is one of my favorite QT creations. Not as in weed.
    4. Kill Bill Vol. 1 - That slow mo scene in the hallway is just cool as hell.
    5. Basterds - Better every time.
    6. Deathproof - Don't get the hate. Stuntman Mike caught fourth gear on her face.
    7. Reservoir Dogs - Just a glimpse of the man's talent.
    8. Jackie Brown - When you absolutely have to kill every....

    For me, four masterpieces. Tell me a director who wouldn't like 50 percent of his firms to be considered all timers even by some little peon like me?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      "I took a vacation day to see Basterds and damn near snuck out on my son's first Christmas to catch Django." Love it!

  • Andre West

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Inglourious Basterds
    3. Reservoir Dogs
    4. Kill Bill Vol.1
    5. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    6. Jackie Brown
    7. Death Proof
    8. Django Unchained

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Kill Bill Vol. 1
    3. Django Unchained
    4. Reservoir Dogs (QT's most underrated flick, it's one of my favorite films of all-time)
    5. Inglourious Basterds
    6. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    7. Death Proof
    8. Jackie Brown

    One of my favorite filmmakers, can't wait what he does for his next project.

  • Evan

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Inglorious Basterds
    3. Jackie Brown
    4. Reservoir Dogs
    5. Kill Bill Vol. 1
    6. Django Unchained
    7. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    8. Death Proof

  • Josh Z

    Here's a question for you Brad.

    If Kill Bill ever comes out with "The Whole Bloody Affair" would you consider it one film but more so would it move in ranking on your list than?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      If it was presented as one, sure. I'd probably consider it a separate film if it feels that way. I just think both volumes are unique enough on their own that they definitely qualify as two films.

      • Josh Z

        I agree, I feel that they stand alone as two films very good which is why I wouldn't want it to be one whole thing. I think QT wants to keep it that way too otherwise it would've already happened by now.

  • markymark

    Ha I remember reading that previous article...can't believe its been 4 years...!

    1. Inglourious Basterds (love this movie)
    2. Pulp Fiction
    3. Reservoir Dogs
    4. Kill Bill Vol. 1
    4. Django Unchained
    5. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    6. Jackie Brown

    Haven't seen Death Proof

  • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

    I've been working on my own list recently and, Brad, you've finally given me the motivation to really think about it and nail down my rankings. Here they are:

    1. Inglourious Basterds
    2. Pulp Fiction
    3. Kill Bill (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2)
    4. Death Proof
    5. Jackie Brown
    6. Django Unchained
    7. Reservoir Dogs

    Like many, I consider the Kill Bill "duology" to be one whole film, and have ranked it as such. However, if I broke them up, I'd place Volume 1 ahead of Volume 2, as I get a bit more enjoyment out of it and I think it's better, technically, with better story pacing. I find the two to be on fairly equal footing, though, for the most part.

    As several others have said, I don't understand the general dislike of Death Proof by either Tarantino or his fans, particularly when compared to his other work. I think it's an extremely entertaining film, clearly a Tarantino film but different in that it doesn't feel quite as indulgent or heavy-handed as some of his other work.

    Now as for that indulgence and heavy-handedness I speak of, I think sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. For instance, I feel that Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained are two films in almost the same vein, but each affects me extremely differently. Both are enjoyable, and both are highly indulgent -- they are Tarantino films, through and through -- but where Tarantino really reins in Basterds and keeps the film moving, he sort of let Django off the leash (no pun intended), with scenes sometimes going on longer than they really needed to. There were times where I sat in my seat wondering, "All right, did he just forget to yell 'cut!' here or what?"

    Funny enough, though, Django Unchained, for as much as I just made it seem like a poor film, is actually very good, one of my favorite films of last year in fact. It's a true testament to Mr. Tarantino that a film I rated 4.5/5 upon initial viewing sits as his "second-worst" film, according to my rankings.

    Even Reservoir Dogs, my least favorite and in my opinion the "worst" Tarantino film -- a distinction I know many here don't agree with -- is a film I've given a 4/5, and a film I think has quite a bit of replay value, aided in part by the fact that it is QT's shortest feature.

    I went back and forth for a while, but after re-watching both films numerous times, Inglourious Basterds takes the cake here for me over Pulp Fiction. Both are fantastic, among my favorite films of all-time, but Basterds just sits better for me, and it's a story I love watching unfold again and again. When Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) says at the end of the film, "This may be my masterpiece," I just nod and say, "Yes, Mr. Tarantino, yes it is."

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MailmanJoe/ Joe Sadowski

    Jackie Brown is a classic. Basterds is great. Pulp Fiction is great. The rest are good. Would love to see a "Grindhouse 2"!

  • Paco

    8. Deathproof

    7. Kill Bill Vol I
    6. Kill Bill Vol II
    5. Django Unchained

    4. Reservoir Dogs
    3. Ingloroius Basterds
    2. Pulp Fiction
    1. Jackie Brown

  • http://www.myfilmreview.nl/home/ Reindeer

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Kill Bill: Vol. 2
    3. Inglourious Basterds
    4. Kill Bill: Vol. 1
    5. Reservoir Dogs
    6. Jackie Brown
    7. Django Unchained
    (too soon to really place it; the second time I saw it already liked it better)
    8. Death Proof
    113. a room in Four Rooms

    • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

      I'd love to see those 105 pictures in between I somehow missed!!!!

      • http://www.myfilmreview.nl/home/ Reindeer

        You missed only 104... his home movies are not that great, but better than the Tarantino Room. He tends to film mostly himself watching movies (and adds digital light bulbs every time he has a new idea for his next project). And does the scene in Sin City count? Then the room goes to 114.

        • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

          Yeah, I forgot to subtract one from what I got... Makes sense in my mind...

          I wouldn't count that Sin City scene since it isn't a film... Honestly, I wouldn't count Four Rooms either, for a similar reason why I wouldn't count True Romance or Natural Born Killers.

          But I would soooooooooooooo watch him watching movies, merely for his reactions. I have a feeling he'd be the type of person that would talk to himself the whole whilst watching.

          • http://www.myfilmreview.nl/home/ Reindeer

            I agree, that would be fun. And although I would never see True Romance, Natural Born Killers or even From Dusk Till Dawn as Tarantino-films, I do think some of his signatures stand out in those films.

            • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

              Yeah, I'd say especially in From Dusk Till Dawn, which felt like the first half was pure Tarantino, and the second half pure Rodriguez (which I thought somehow worked well).

  • Jake

    Inglorious basterds without question, he should win the Oscar for this rather than django. Death proof was terribly boring

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RonOnealFresh/ Ron Oneal Fresh

    According to how many times I've watched them

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Kill Bill Vol 2
    3. Kill Bill Vol 1
    4. Jackie Brown
    5. Inglourious Basterds
    6. Django Unchained
    7. Reservoir Dogs
    8. Death Proof

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fan/ Fan

    One of the greatest directors ever. I agree that he always reference films that inspired or influenced his features. He wants you to know where it comes from. I have checkout more films because of this man.

    1. Inglourious Besterds
    2. Pulp Fiction
    3. Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2
    4. Django Unchained
    5. Reservoir Dogs
    6. Jackie Brown
    7. Death Proof

    I look forward and anticipate this man next project.

  • Travis C.

    1) Inglourious Basterds
    2) Pulp Fiction
    3) Kill Bill: Vol. 2
    4) Reservoir Dogs
    5) Jackie Brown
    6) Kill Bill: Vol. 1
    7) Death Proof
    8) Django Unchained
    Not a film in the bunch that I don't really enjoy, though I really do need to check out a few of them again. The Coen Brothers, Paul Thomas Anderson, Michael Haneke, maybe Christopher Nolan, Charlie Kaufman are the only current filmmakers whose films I anticipate more.

  • m1

    Based on the ones I've seen from his filmography...

    1. Pulp Fiction-Sensational movie on every level.
    2. Kill Bill: Vol. 2-Certainly some of his best dialogue is here, even if the film does drag at times. The "buried alive" sequence is easily the best part of the film for me.
    3. Inglourious Basterds-Has a strong opening and 1 great storyline (the Shoshanna character) but the story loses steam with the overlong bar sequence and Tarantino's lazy decision to kill off virtually every supporting character. I'm hoping Django is a better historical fiction movie.
    4. Kill Bill: Vol. 1-Entertaining, but the second one has the more interesting characters. The gore eventually becomes numbing.

  • http://cineenuruguay.blogspot.com/ Driver

    Right now is like this, but 1. and 2. could change places any day...

    1. Django Unchained
    2. Inglourious Basterds
    3. Pulp Fiction (I've seen it a million times but there isn't a single one that can compere to the first time I saw 1. and 2. at the theater)
    4. Kill Bill Vol 1
    5. Reservoir Dogs
    6. Kill Bill Vol 2
    7. Jackie Brown (I want to check it out again one of this days, its been a long time since I last saw it)
    8. Death Proof

  • http://nktkomarov.livejournal.com/ Nick

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Inglourious Basterds
    3. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    4. Reservoir Dogs
    5. Jackie Brown
    6. Kill Bill Vol. 1
    7. Django Unchained
    8. Death Proof

    With the last two being his only films that I don't have in my list of all-time favorites. Tarantino is my favorite working filmmaker and, Kill Bill taken as one film, he's made at least 5 masterpieces as far as I'm concerned. His writing & directorial sensibility has such a direct appeal to me that even things that would almost certainly make the film go off the rails in the hands of another director (take just the long conversations) simply become parts of the greater, flawless whole in QT's hands. When it comes to most of his filmography, I love the universe he creates so much, it almost doesn't matter exactly what happens on screen, how random/bizarre/unconventional it might be. It just clicks with me, and I feel 100% connected from the opening to the closing credits. And that's probably the best compliment I could give a filmmaker.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/topyxyz/ topyxyz

    Only seen two films: Django and Inglourious, and they're my #1 & 2 respectively. I saw half of Death Proof though I can't really judge it based on that. Hope I get to see all within the year.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Danda/ Danda

    I'm surprised, I skimmed everyones posts but it looks like only one person added Tarantino's segment from Four Rooms on their list bringing it to 9. Would his segment in Four Rooms change your list at all Brad or would you just place it at 9? Tarantino's "Worst" is better than most filmmakers best. I love all 9 flicks but if I had to rate them it'd be this order. I'm sure most would disagree.

    1. Inglourious Basterds.
    2. Django Unchained.
    3. Pulp Fiction.
    4. Death Proof. (I Don't care that Tarantino himself said it's his worst. I could watch Stuntman Mike all day long.)
    5. Jackie Brown.
    6. Kill Bill Vol. 1.
    7. Kill Bill Vol. 2.
    8. Reservoir Dogs.
    9. Four Rooms: The Man From Hollywood.

  • Kevin

    8- Death Proof
    7- Jackie Brown
    6- Kill Bill Vol 2
    5- Kill Bill Vol 1
    4- Django Unchained
    3- In glorious Basterds
    2- Reservoir Dogs
    1- Pulp Fiction

  • Kyle

    8. Death Proof
    7. Jackie Brown
    6. Kill Bill Vol. 1
    5. Django Unchained
    4. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    3. Reservoir Dogs
    2. Inglourious Basterds
    1. Pulp Fiction

  • Newbourne

    1. Inglourious Basterds
    2. Pulp Fiction
    3. Kill Bill Vol. 1
    4. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    5. Django Unchained

    I haven't seen the other 3. People keep telling me I need to see Reservoir Dogs and Jackie Brown, but I haven't found the time.

    Inglourious Basterds is definitely my favorite though. I just love those characters. Landa is probably my favorite film character ever while Shoshanna, Aldo and Bridgette Von Hammersmark are up there as well. This was also the film that introduced me to the wonderful work of Michael Fassbender who is a definite star on the rise. All in all, it's just a perfect film on so many levels. I can't love it enough.

    As for Django, I think it was great, and it's my #2 film of the year behind Killing Them Softly, but Jamie Foxx got kinda annoying after a while. I really wish Tarantino could have made the movie with Will Smith as he originally intended.

    • Newbourne

      I just marathoned through every Quentin movie this weekend. I have to say, that was one of the best well-spent weekends of the year. Both Reservoir and Jackie Brown were excellent. Here's my new rankings:

      1. Inglourious Basterds
      2. Pulp Fiction
      3. Reservoir Dogs
      4. Django Unchained
      5. Kill Bill Vol. 2
      6. Kill Bill Vol. 1
      7. Jackie Brown

      Jackie Brown was excellent and I can hardly describe a flaw, so it's odd for me to put it last, but all of them are just so good. Especially Reservoir Dogs which I saw for the first time. That movie blew me away. I'm so sad that I'm so late in enjoying this movie. It's definitely up there with Pulp and Basterds as some of my favorite films of all time.

  • Marcell

    1. Inglorious Basterds
    2. Kill Bill Vol 1
    3. Resevoir Dogs
    4. Django Unchained
    5. Jackie Brown
    6. Pulp Fiction
    7. Kill Bill Vol 2

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/inkwarp/ inkwarp

    my tuppence-worth
    i would agree with your comment that you could quite easily justify Jackie Brown as his best. I agree. On reflection it always seems the better film it is so beautifully paced and acted and written i can watch it many times over. I feel the same about Pulp Fiction. so those would be my first 2 followed by Inglorious Basterd which, as homage goes is perfect and again so lovingly and enthusiastically crafted. some of my favorite scenes ever are in this film, particularly the scene in the bar with michael fassbenders accent.
    i am not a fan of kill bill.. i am not sure why. it is perhaps to much of a parody than a homage or pastiche. and, here i am alone i feel, i actually did liked Django even less. de caprio is brilliant in it... but, i was unsure whether or not it was a parady of blazing saddles than italian spaghetti westerns... the cgi blood-letting was refreshing.. but there was to much of it for my tastes. tarantino's genius is on re-contextualising his homage and breathing new and contemporary life into it. i did not get this frm Django at all. i am also in no hurry to re-watch it again which is unusual : )
    i love reservoir dogs to. I hope that tarantino does more work like Jackie Brown is the salient point from me is all : )

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    I guess I'm the only one who's not Tarantino-crazy. . .Although I will say the Basterds is great, and I enjoyed Pulp Fiction. None of the other ones I've seen (haven't seen Jackie Brown or Reservoir Dogs) have done all that much. It's just not my favourite style.

    • Newbourne

      "None of the other ones I've seen"

      ^That's why you're not Tarantino-crazy

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Cordia/ Cordia

    really hard to to this, these movies all would make most directors look better then they are, but i have maid this top8

    1. Pulp Fiction 10/10
    2. Inglorious Bastards 10/10
    3. Django Unchained 9.5/10
    4. Reservoir Dogs 9.0/0
    5. Kill bill vol.1 9/10
    6. Jackie Brown 8.5/10
    7. Kill bil vol.2 8/10
    8. Death Proof 7/10

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Cordia/ Cordia

    Tarantino is one of my favourite directors working, was really hard to rank the movies.

    my favourite directors in no order are.
    Nolan, Fincher, Tarantino, Scorsese , PTA, Aranofsky, O. Russel and I must say, Ben Affleck.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Cordia/ Cordia

      Coen brothers are also in for me

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jaylav3205/ Jason Lavender

    1. Reservoir dogs
    2. Django Unchained
    3. Kill Bills
    4. Inglorious Bastards
    5. Death Proof

    I have seen bits and pieces of the rest but not a full sitting. I will be watching them very soon

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jake17/ Jake17

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Kill Bill (as one movie, though I slightly prefer Vol. 2)
    3. Jackie Brown
    4. Reservoir Dogs
    5.Inglorious Basterds
    6. Django Unchained
    The first three (technically four) are excellent. Reservoir Dogs is very good, and the other two have numerous problems but they're still a lot of fun. I haven't seen Death Proof.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/bitterblogger/ bitterblogger

    Kill Bill is one film in two parts. Don't know how anyone can think otherwise.

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Reservoir Dogs
    3. Django Unchained
    4. Inglorious Basterds
    5. Kill Bill
    6. Jackie Brown
    7. Deathproof

    Pulp Fiction is one of the great American films, and Reservoir Dogs is a 4-star debut. The remainder range from very good to competent.

    • http://www.myfilmreview.nl/home/ Reindeer

      Because both volumes are very different in tone and style... that's how.

  • Good Grief

    1.) Pulp Fiction
    2.) Inglorious Basterds
    3.) Django Unchained
    4.) Reservoir Dogs
    5.) Kill Bill 2
    6.) Deathproof
    7.) Kill Bill 1
    8.) Jackie Brown

  • adu

    Brad, I wish you had also included a poll for users to rank his movies; would've been interesting to see the results of that. In any case, here is how I rank his films:

    1) Pulp Fiction
    2) Inglourious Basterds
    3) Kill Bill 1
    4) Kill Bill 2
    5) Django Unchained
    6) Jackie Brown
    7) Reservoir Dogs
    8) Death Proof

  • Santos

    In my opinion.

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Kill Bill (Vol. 1 & 2)
    3. Inglourious Basterds
    4. Django Unchained
    5. Reservoir Dogs
    6. Death Proof
    7. Jackie Brown

  • hmmm

    He definitely rips off, often so obviously you wish you were watching the original. Having said that his films for the most part are fine..

  • http://filmgeekcentral.com Rolocop

    Man, for me it's super hard to rank his films as Quentin is my favorite working director today. I pretty much agree with everything you say about the man. All his films are 4 out of 4 stars as far as I'm concerned. The only reason BASTERDS is my least favorite is because I think it's just a tad too short. The script has a few scenes that weren't in the movie that should have been left in, as it would have added more depth to some of the characters, but it's still amazing! I'm going to give my ranking a try here, but most of these will be interchangeable.

    8. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
    7. DJANGO UNCHAINED
    6. DEATH PROOF
    5. RESERVIOR DOGS
    4. KILL BILL VOLUME 1
    3. JACKIE BROWN
    2. KILL BILL VOLUME 2
    1. PULP FICTION

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

    Man this article is a winner, Brad! Looks almost like QT is right up there with in the "god" category. He definitely has his loyal fans. As I said before, people either love him or hate him. Most us here seem to fall in the former grouping.
    The only film of his l wasn't crazy about is Death Proof. Aside from Pulp Fiction most of my rankings coincide with the order he made them. So for the most part, his evolution as a writer, director jives with me

    1. Pulp Fiction-Obviously!
    2. Kill Bill 2
    3. Kill Bill 1
    4. Django
    5. Jackie Brown
    6. Inglorious Bastards
    7. Resevoir Dogs
    8. Death Proof

  • Dan

    1.) Kill Bill (I can only see it as one movie)
    2.) Inglourious Basterds
    3.) Pulp Fiction
    4.) Reservoir Dogs
    5.) Death Proof
    6.) Jackie Brown
    7.) Django Unchained

    The first three won't change (excluding any new film he might make, obviously). Four through six could rotate on any given day. Django's not moving out of last place (excluding any new films, again). Honestly, I love all of these movies except for Django. It's not bad, it's just bloated and doesn't really click for me.

  • Sean

    1. Jackie Brown
    2. Inglorious Basterds
    3. Pulp Fiction
    4. Kill Bill (as one movie)
    5. Reservoir Dogs
    6. Django Unchained
    7. Death Proof

    Jackie Brown is the best film he'll ever make, and will always be his most underrated. Inglorious Basterds has the best flow out of any of the Tarantino films.
    Pulp Fiction is incredible, but I really feel like "The Gold Watch" story drags. I found Django highly overrated, the second half of that movie was way too long, needed to be edited down, and was nowhere near as entertaining as the first half.

  • Mike

    Kill Bill is one movie. Not Two. People should consider it as a single piece. Having said that:

    Pulp Fiction
    Res Dogs
    Inglorious Basterds
    Django Unchained
    Kill Bill
    Jackie Brown
    Death Proof

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/FUTURENOLAN/ Jesse Bodyshield

    1. Inglourious Basterds
    2. Pulp Fiction
    3. Django Unchained
    4. Kill Bill
    5. Jackie Brown
    6. Resevoir Dogs
    7. Death Proof

  • David

    I have only seen four of them...
    1.Django Unchained (now, one of my all-time favorites)
    2.Inglorious Bastards
    3.Pulp Fiction
    4.Reservoir Dogs

  • Calvin

    1. Reservoir Dogs

    2. Kill Bill Vol. 2

    3. Pulp Fiction

    4. Inglorious Basterds

    5. Kill Bill Vol. 1

  • John M

    1) Pulp Fiction
    2) Inglourious Basterds. The massive genius of Tarantino is manifest in that I could ever put this movie as #2 on a list of best films by a director. It is mindblowing that this isn't his best film. Because it is so. Damn. Amazing.
    3 & 4) Kill Bill Vols. 1 & 2. These are two very different movies, yet very much the same story. It is utterly fascinating, better with each rewatch, and once again proof of Tarantino's genius that this isn't #1 on the list. This would be #1 on most any other director's list.
    5) Django Unchained.
    6) Jackie Brown
    7) Reservoir Dogs. Solid start, a promise of what's to come. But strike me if I don't miss a strong female character that's present in every single other one of his movies. (And I don't mean "strong female character" like action movies mean it--I mean really, really strong, REAL females that have real characteristics).

    I haven't watched Death Proof yet. I'll rectify that soon.

    • Newbourne

      Kill Bill doesn't have anyone like that so I don't know what you're talking about.

  • Newbourne

    Brad, I just read the 4-year-article, and I have to ask, what changed regarding Reservoir Dogs? Not only did you write that it only got better and better every time you watched it, but you wrote that you never thought it would ever leave your Top 2.

  • John Hitchcock

    I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of Tarantino's work, but I'll agree that he is a lot more talented than some people give him credit for. I liked Reservoir Dogs and I liked Pulp Fiction; I'll confess the first time I saw Inglorious Basterds I wasn't quite so keen on it but I might be willing give it another chance eventually, and I wouldn't mind seeing Django Unchained, if only because of all the attention it's got.

  • http://www.thefilmstage.com SohoDriver

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Jackie Brown
    3. Inglourious Basterds
    4. Kill Bill Volume 1.
    5. Django Unchained
    6. Reservoir Dogs
    7. Kill Bill Volume 2

    I regard the top 5 all to be masterpieces, and 6 and 7 are both films I love too. I've yet to see Deathproof.

  • tom rao

    I cant believe no one mentioned true romance. Id say thats his best work next to pulp fiction. A far as django yeah thats a good movie. But its only good compared to movies now. Compare it to his classics it stands no chance.

  • tom rao

    As far**^^

  • BeeGrimez

    For me...

    1)Kill Bill Volume 1
    2)Kill Bill Volume 2
    3)Django Unchained
    4)Pulp Fiction
    5)Jackie Brown
    6)Reservoir Dogs
    7)Death Proof

    And that being said with all of those movies being some of my favorite of all time. I found it painful just to rank them!!! :D

  • Kevin Tiberius Rockhead

    For me:

    1 - Inglorious Basterds (Definitely his masterpiece in my opinion)
    2 - Pulp Fiction (Immediately and forever changed cinema)
    3 - Kill Bill Vol 1 (Imaginative and creative revenge romp)
    3 - Jackie Brown (One of the best Elmore Leonard adaptations EVER)
    5 - Reservoir Dogs (The music. The suits. The flashbacks. The dialogue. Wow)
    5 - Django Unchained (Would have placed it higher on the list if it was edited a bit tighter and Tarantino's cameo wasn't so jarring and out of place)
    8 - Kill Bill Vol 2 (Definitely more thoughtful payoff to the story)
    8 - Death Proof (Not a bad film, per se, but not up to Tarantino's high standards. I still enjoy it though)

    And I would also include True Romance on this list too. I know he only wrote it, but Tony Scott's finished movie is remarkably close to the script Tarantino wrote.

  • Rohit

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Django Unchained
    3. Inglorious Basterds

    Those r my top 3. http://www.leisuremartini.com/quentin-tarantino-artist-unchained/
    Waiting for more frm the artist unchained:

  • Salman Gurung

    For Me:

    1. Kill Bill Vol.I,II
    2. Pulp Fiction
    3. Inglorious Bastards
    4. Django Unchained
    5. Reservoir Dogs, and so on...

  • sniktawekim

    1. Kill Bill Volume 2
    2. Reservoir Dogs
    3. Pulp Fiction
    4. Kill Bill Volume 1
    5. Djengo
    6. Grindhouse
    7. Basterds

    I dont understand why so many people rate Basterds highly. It is easily the weakest of his films that I have seen. I didn't think it was bad, it was alright, but it was shallow/boring compared to his other movies imo.

  • Bethius

    1. Kill Bill Vol. 1
    2. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    3. Pulp Fiction
    4. Reservoir Dogs
    5. Inglorious Basterds
    6. Django Unchained
    7. Jackie Brown
    8. Death Proof (actually haven't seen this one yet, though)

    I can definitely see why peoples' opinions differ quite a lot from mine, but Kill Bill has to be my favourite just because it appeals to my tastes so much. I love them all though!

  • Kingsley_Zissou

    8. Death Proof
    7. Kill Bill 1
    6. Kill Bill 2
    5. Django Unchained
    4. Reservoir Dogs
    3. Jackie Brown
    2. Inglourious Basterds
    1. Pulp Fiction