Quentin Tarantino’s devotion and a crazy obsession with direction and cinematic designing is what makes him a legend. Directing and writing is something that’s in his blood. He had been working in a video rental shop before reaching this platform. ‘My Best Friend’s Birthday’ is the first movie that made his career. Since then he has been keenly interested and directed several films.
Now that he is a well-known director, his directive style has rewarded him with recognition and fame. He even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Let’s take a look at some of Quentin’s best works.
16. My Best Friend’s Birthday
‘My Best Friend’s Birthday’ is the first film by Quentin Tarantino. It is a black-and-white film that was directed, edited, co-written, co-produced by Quentin Tarantino. The plot revolves around a story similar to 1993 film True Romance, which Tarantino wrote. ’True Romance‘was directed by Tony Scott.
The movie stars Quentin Tarantino as Clarence Poole, Craig Hamann as Mickey Burnett, Crystal Shaw as Misty and Allen Garfield as entertainment magnate.
‘My Best Friend’s Birthday’ can be found on Youtube.
15. Four Rooms
IMDb: 6.8 /10
Partially directed by Tarantino, Four Rooms tells the story of a bellhop who encounters four different incidents on the first night of his job in a fictional hotel, Mon Signor in Los Angeles. This movie stars Tim Roth as Ted the Bellhop, Antonio Banderas as Man, Jennifer Beals as Angela, Director Quentin Tarantino as Chester and Paul Calderon as Norman. This American comedic movie was released on 25th December 1995 and is slightly based on Roald Dahl’s short fiction writings
14. Death Proof
Death Proof, as known as, Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof released in 2007, is an American thriller film which was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The plot revolves around a stuntman who carries out a gruesome plan to murder young women with the help of his “death-proof” stunt car. The movie stars Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike McKay, Zoë Bell as herself, Rosario Dawson as Abernathy Ross, Vanessa Ferlito as Arlene/Butterfly and Tarantino as Warren.
13. From Dusk Till Dawn
Directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino, From Dusk Till Dawn is a 1996 American commercial blockbuster hit. The movie stars Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Tarantino, Salma Hayek and Juliette Lewis. The story revolves around two brothers who rob a bank and attempt to take their hostages to Mexico. They journey across the border and run into a Mexican biker bar. Things take a turn as now they try to seek refuge from bloodthirsty creatures.
12. Natural Born Killers
This 1994 movie is based on Quentin’s original story that was reviewed by Oliver Stone. The director and the screenwriters, Quentin Tarantino, Oliver Stone, David Veloz and Richard Rutowaki, have collaborated with stars Woody Harelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Sizemore, and Tommy Lee Jones.
The movie revolves around two victims, Mickey Knox (Woody Harelson) and Mallory Wilson (Juliette Lewis) who become lovers and goes on a killing spree. Their traumatic childhoods have driven them to maniacs, and they pretty much kill every human they see. However, they make sure to leave one man alive, to tell their tale to the press. These mass murderers are glorified in the name of media.
11. Jackie Brown
The 1997 American crime film, ‘Jackie Brown’, was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Pam Grier plays the titular role of Jackie Brown. The film is inspired and adapted from Elmore Leonard’s 1992 novel named Rum Punch. The movie also stars Samuel L. Jackson as Ordell Robbie, Robert Forster as Max Cherry and Bridget Fonda as Melanie Ralston.
The plot revolves around a strong and passionate black woman who’s caught red-handed for smuggling money to arms-dealer Ordell. Jackie tends to have few tricks up her own sleeve as she uses them on both the cops and for the double-dealing Ordell.
10. Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood
The 2019 comedic-drama film ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’ was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.
The plot revolves in 1969 Los Angeles, where an actor and his stunt double-figure out the changes in the film industry. It also features “multiple storylines in a modern fairy tale tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.”
9. The Hateful Eight
Directed and written by Quentin Tarantino, ‘The Hateful Eight’ (also known as The H8ful Eight) is a 2015 American Western thriller film. The movie stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern in a group of eight people where they seek refuge from a blizzard in a stagecoach stopover after the events of the American Civil War.
8. True Romance
This movie, ‘True Romance’ is a 1993 romantic crime film written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Tony Scott. The movie featured rising stars such as Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette along with sub cast members that include James Gandolfini, Dennis Hopper, Michael Rapaport, Bronson Pinchot, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, and Christopher Walken. The plot revolves around a girl (Arquette) and her husband (Slater) who are on the run from the Mafia for they stole a shipment of drugs from her former pimp.
Frank Miller’s Sin City or Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir crime anthology film written, produced, directed by the trio of Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino and Frank Miller. The movie is based on a novel written by Miller of the same name.
The movie introduces us to a dark and miserable town called the Basin City. It tells the story of three different people who are all caught up in violent corruption. Frank Miller surprises his fans by appearing as a priest, while Robert Rodriguez appears as a member of SWAT. The movie stars Jessica Alba as Nancy, Benicio Del Toro as Jackie Boy, Brittany Murphy as Shellie, Clive Owen as Dwight and Mickey Rourke as Marv.
6. Kill Bill: Vol 2
Kill Bill: Volume 2 was released in the year 2004. This martial arts film was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The movie brings back the cast of the previous film and also has some new faces.
The movie picks up after the events of Volume 1 and follows the Bride’s journey in revenge against the remaining members of her ex-team of assassins. It also goes more in-depth with her character and overall delivers a satisfying conclusion.
5. Django Unchained
‘Django Unchained’ was released in the year 2012. It is an American revisionist Western film that was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The movie stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson. The sub cast members include Walton Goggins, Dennis Christopher, James Remar, Michael Parks, and Don Johnson.
The plot revolves around Django (Jamie Foxx), a poor worker who is picked up by a bounty hunter named Dr King Shultz (Christoph Waltz). Shultz uses Django as his “deputy” on their mission on bounty hunting. In return, Shultz promises to help find Django’s wife, Broomhilda.
4. Kill Bill: Vol 1
The movie Kill Bill: Volume 1 was released in the year 2003. This is an American martial arts film that was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The movie stars Uma Thurman as the Bride, who pledges to pay back on her ex-team of assassins (Lucy Liu, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, and Vivica A. Fox) and their leader, Bill (David Carradine), as they try to end her and her unborn child’s lives. This mother’s journey takes her to Tokyo, where she battles her former teammate who now leads the Yakuza.
This movie is considered one of the best action movies of all time. It launched Uma Thurman as one of the most iconic female action stars. The battle of with the crazy 88 is a cinematic masterpiece.
3. Reservoir Dogs
‘Reservoir Dogs’ was released in the year 1992. This American thriller- crime film was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It originally was a project called “Reservoir Dogs: Sundance Institute 1991 June Lab Film“. The movie stars Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen, Quentin Tarantino, and Edward Bunker as a group of thugs who plan a heist of a jewellery store.
However, the plan fails as the alarm is tripped and the cops show up. The group suspects that there is a police informant among them, but no one knows who it is.
The movie also has a deleted scenes special called “Reservoir Dogs: Deleted Scenes”, which was released on DVD for the 10th Anniversary. It is one of Quentin Tarantino’s best and most iconic work.
2. Inglourious Basterds
This war film, ‘Inglourious Basterds’ was released in 2009 and was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The movie stars Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger and Mélanie Laurent.
The movie revolves around the parallel history story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany’s leadership. The first was planned by Shosanna Dreyfus (Laurent) who is a young French Jewish cinema proprietor. The second one was planned by a team of Jewish American soldiers that were led by First Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Pitt).
1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
‘Pulp Fiction’ was released in the year 1994. This American crime film was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The movie stars John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman. The film tells multiple stories of crimes in Los Angeles.
The title refers to the pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels that were popular during the mid-20th century. They were known for their graphic violence and punchy dialogue. The movie has some of the most iconic dialogues and is one of the best Quentin Tarantino movies.
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