It’s been 20 years since Quentin Tarantino’s classic “Pulp Fiction” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and in his honor, we’re counting off Tarantino’s greatest films to date:
5. “Inglorious Basterds”
The violence people have come to expect from Tarantino and his penchant for writing great dialogue are on full display in this WWII film. Brad Pitt makes for a great Lieutenant Aldo the Apache, there’s even some narrating done by Samuel L. Jackson. Don’t worry, you don’t need to speak I-talian to understand it, nearly the entire film is in subtitles.
4. “Reservoir Dogs”
From 1992, Tarantino’s debut film, a modern cult classic, is great for being a crime movie that never actually shows the heist itself or why exactly the heist fails. From the way the story is told to the codenames for the characters, this film deserves all the praise it continues to get all these years later.
3. “Django Unchained”
Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz are the perfect team in this spaghetti western, set two years before the beginning of the Civil War. It’s no wonder that both Tarantino and Waltz picked up Oscars for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. The unsung hero (or in this case, villain) has to be
Samuel L. Jackson, whose performance was so great as Spencer “Big Daddy” Bennett.
2. “Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2”
This bloody revenge tale is everything you could ever want in a Tarantino movie: a knockout performance from Uma Thurman, an ode to martial arts films and an array of characters -- played by stars like Lucy Liu and Vivica A. Fox -- who truly feel lived-in over the course of the two-film saga. This movie is stylistic and bold, like everything Tarantino touches, and it doesn’t hurt that there’s a Superman monologue from the late David Carradine to top it off.
1. “Pulp Fiction”
To no one’s surprise, “Pulp Fiction” tops the list. Tarantino changed the game with his nonlinear, violent, and comedic thriller. From the adrenaline shot in Uma Thurman’s chest to her signature dance with John Travolta to Samuel L. Jackson’s Jheri curls, this movie is filled with unforgettable moments and speeches that still have a visible impact on cinema as a whole 20 years later.