ShortList is now ad free and supported by you, the users. When you buy through the links on our site we may earn a commission. Learn more

The best Quentin Tarantino movies, ranked

Is your favourite Tarantino top?

The best Quentin Tarantino movies, ranked
With Once Upon A Time... in Hollywood proving once again that Quentin Tarantino is a directing genius, and finally bagging Brad Pitt an Oscar in the process, we thought it right to countdown the best Tarantino movies.
Here we catalogue the high- and lowlights of his nine-film career (well, 10 if you discount Four Rooms and split Kill Bill as we have done here).

Given this is a director that has genre hopped his way through his own movie collection - from hard-boiled crime thrillers to 70mm Cinescope-lensed Westerns - Tarantino’s movies will always be divisive, but this is our pick...

Before the voting commences, let it be known that Pulp Fiction will always be the one closest to our heart...



Best Quentin Tarantino Movies

Best Quentin Tarantino Movies

1. Pulp Fiction

£6.96
View now at Amazon

Tarantino has never quite reached the heights of Pulp Fiction, perhaps no other director has either. It’s a masterclass in filmmaking that has a plot played out of sync, old-school actors (Bruce Willis, John Travolta) once again given a chance to shine and a performance by Samuel L Jackson that’s as delicious as the Big Kahuna burger he wolfs down before shooting someone. It spawned a thousand imitators but while anyone can by the ingredients, if you don’t have a chef like Tarantino making the dish it just ain’t going to work.

314
48
Thanks for voting
Best Quentin Tarantino Movies

2. Reservoir Dogs

£7.00
View now at Amazon

As a first movie, shot on a shoestring when Tarantino was just 29, Reservoir Dogs is a masterclass of getting the basics right. No money? No problem, just set the film in the aftermath of a botched robbery, where most of the action takes place in just one room. No real-life movie experience? Fine, just use your encyclopedic knowledge of movies and riff of the scenes you know and love. The results is a love letter to exploitation cinema and the epitome of 90s movie cool. Never have a group of men walking in slow motion to George Baker been more iconic.

214
96
Thanks for voting
Best Quentin Tarantino Movies

3. Inglourious Basterds

£5.39
View now at Amazon

Tarantino’s revisionist take of the atrocities of World War II is a movie that is full of some unforgettable scenes and packed with Tarantino’s unmatched eye for style. Some of it, though, just doesn’t hit. Scenes are overstretched (the one in the beer cellar for a start), while others are just so over-the-top with violence and spectacle that they jar with the rest of the movie. The shining lights are undoubtedly the performances of Michael Fassbender and Christoph Waltz. It’s no surprise the latter turned up again in Django Unchained.

212
111
Thanks for voting
Best Quentin Tarantino Movies

4. Kill Bill Vol. 1

£7.00
View now at Amazon

Originally meant to be one massive magnum opus, Kill Bill was split into two movies that varied wildly in their style and pace. The first Kill Bill is a fantastic kung fu fest, following The Bride (Uma Thurman) as she takes revenge on a group that killed her husband and left her for dead, lead by the titular Bill. Using Bruce Lee iconography, some fantastic fight choreography and peppering the whole thing with Tarantino dialogue and call backs to Shaw Brothers’ movies, this is one of Tarantino’s very best.

201
102
Thanks for voting
Best Quentin Tarantino Movies

5. Django Unchained

£9.98
View now at Amazon

Django Unchained was a fantastic return to form for Tarantino. The movie, a western set among the slavery of pre-civil war America, sees a brilliant Jamie Foxx as Django a slave who is freed by Christoph Waltz’s travelling dentist who goes on a mission to find and free the love of his life, played by Kerry Washington, from Candieland a plantation run by the frankly horrible Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Django Unchained is a superb slice of the spaghetti west.

202
106
Thanks for voting
Best Quentin Tarantino Movies

6. Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood

£14.99
View now at Amazon

Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie star in Tarantino's love letter (of sorts) to the '60s and filmmaking. Packed with sizzling dialogue, some heartfelt moment and real menace, there is a lot to unpack in Once Upon a Time. So much so, it demands a rewatch to figure out quite how many ideas Tarantino has squeezed into the movie. If this is his penultimate film, then we can't wait to see what he does next.

167
96
Thanks for voting
Best Quentin Tarantino Movies

7. Kill Bill Vol. 2

£5.99
View now at Amazon

Those who came into Kill Bill Vol. 2 expecting more of the same kung fu ultra-violence would have been sorely disappointed with this movie. Yes, all of that is there but it’s nowhere near the frenetic pace of the first film. Instead we see The Bride get knocked down (and buried) and built up again to a point where she is finally ready to confront the eponymous Bill. The film is packed with tension and the final meeting between The Bride and Bill doesn’t disappoint, if only the pacing of the movie was that little bit more even.

161
97
Thanks for voting
Best Quentin Tarantino Movies

8. Jackie Brown

£7.00
View now at Amazon

The first - and last - Tarantino movie not to be based on original material (well, as original as the filmmaking magpie can be), Jackie Brown is a more mature Tarantino take on Elmore Leonard's Rum Punch. Enlisting blaxploitation legend Pam Grier to play Jackie is inspired, as is the rest of the cast including Michael Keaton, Samuel L Jackson and Robert De Niro in perhaps his last decent role (here’s hoping The Irishman changes that). Jackie Brown is a fantastic crime thriller where the homages are a little more slight but all the better for it.

161
99
Thanks for voting
Best Quentin Tarantino Movies

9. The Hateful Eight

£3.72
View now at Amazon

A bunch of strangers find themselves in one room and one of them is a mole. So far so Reservoir Dogs, but The Hateful Eight manages to turn this well-worn conceit into a fantastic western thriller. Shot in old-school Cinescope and starring the likes of Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the movie is brooding, bruising watch. Interestingly, Tarantino has reworked the movie, adding in extra scenes, into a mini series for Netflix.

157
99
Thanks for voting
Best Quentin Tarantino Movies

10. Death Proof

£24.99
View now at Amazon

Death Proof is an odd beast. Originally part of Grindhouse, a two-movie collaboration with Robert Rodriguez, it was cutdown to become a smaller movie that could fit into the double bill. It was then re-released and recut with new footage to become a movie all on its own. It’s a slow burn 70s homage that takes its time to tell its tale of Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell), someone who likes to kill people by running them over. Its stuffed with pockmarks and bad edits that suit the movie but it never really clicks as a grindhouse flick or a movie in its own right.

97
116
Thanks for voting

SOMETHING MISSING FROM OUR SHORTLIST?

Tell us about it, and if enough people agree we'll add it in.

Essential Streaming Deals, FREE TRIALS

1. Disney+ 7 days free
1. Disney+ 7 days free
£5.99 p/m after trial
2. Three months Amazon Music Unlimited for free
2. Three months Amazon Music Unlimited for free
DON'T MISS OUT
3. Prime Video 30 day Free Trial
3. Prime Video 30 day Free Trial
£7.99 p/m after 30 day trial
4. NOW TV Entertainment, 7 Days free
4. NOW TV Entertainment, 7 Days free
£8.99 p/m after trial (£20.98 Inc. Cinema)
5. NOW TV Sky Cinema, 7 Days free
5. NOW TV Sky Cinema, 7 Days free
£11.99 p/m after trail
6. NOW TV Kids, 7 Days free
6. NOW TV Kids, 7 Days free
£3.99 p/m after 7 day trail
7. NOW TV Hayu, 7 Days free
7. NOW TV Hayu, 7 Days free
£3.99 p/m after 7 day trail
8. Sky Sports, NOW TV
8. Sky Sports, NOW TV
£11.99 p/w after trail
9. Apple TV 7 day trial
9. Apple TV 7 day trial
£4.99 p/m after 7 day trial
10. Britbox 30 day Free Trial
10. Britbox 30 day Free Trial
£5.99 p/m after 30 day trail