4. Death Proof (2007)

Death Proof was an in-between project that was purposely meant to be trashy. It brought back a better time, one where fun and exploitation offered great nights out at the movies, at prices that today didn't break your bank. It might have some weak spots, and its two-part nature slows its momentum, but in the end it's a gratifying experience, with one of the most amazing non-CGI car-chase sequences ever. Tarantino recently said this was his worst film, but in my eyes, it turned out much better than it had any right to be.

 

3. Django Unchained (2012)

Unlike Tarantino's other stories, and aside from some flashbacks and flash-forwards, the story of Django and Dr. Schultz is told in linear non-episodic fashion, and that's a good thing. Django Unchained is an emotional, epic Western that manages to entertain and shock while still drawing you into its world. It could have used some tightening, and the story doesn't feel as cohesive and fine-tuned as it could, so it's here at number three. But it's still an amazing work, with impeccable craftsmanship and wonderful turns from Sam Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio.

 

2. Pulp Fiction (1994)

I used to watch my VHS of Pulp Fiction every week, reciting parts from the movie with friends. It's the kind of movie you can dive into, a pop-culture nerd's heaven, a gangster film with the oddest gangsters you've ever seen, full of memorable scenes and quotable dialogue. It's transcended its film-buff roots and become a genuine cultural institution; a social movie if there ever was one. Long, sharp as a razor, and endlessly fun, this is the movie that would forever define Quentin and Miramax.

 

1. Kill Bill (2001)

I will always look at this as one movie. Together, Kill Bill is an epic revenge story, a wild, globe-spanning genre flick, and a love letter to every forgotten film Tarantino ever fixated on. Tarantino pushed his boundaries with Kill Bill, making something new even to him, and in doing so created a stupendous, touching work of cinema. Kill Bill was also an ambitious experiment, and though splitting it in half turned out a good decision, fans are longing for the integrated version, subtitled The Whole Bloody Affair. The story of The Bride still feels like the roundest, most emotionally satisfying piece of storytelling in Tarantino's career, and for that, it's number one.

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