With nine feature-length films to his name and a tenth arriving in theaters July 26, director Quentin Tarantino has built up quite a body of work. Each of Tarantino's films, released between 1992 and 2019, is worth multiple viewings but what if this is your first time tapping into the auteur's work? Never fear because laid out here is the best Tarantino movie viewing order.
To his credit, Tarantino has numerous additional writing and directing credits to his name, racked up over the course of a career spanning more than 30 years. But when considering Tarantino's core oeuvre, it's only comprised of nine feature films (nine, depending on if you count Kill Bill as one or two) up to the forthcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Over the course of these nine films, audiences — whether they're newcomers to his work or they're treating themselves to a repeat viewing — are able to watch as Tarantino evolves his directorial style. The immediacy of the violence escalates, the tension gets turned up as every scene progresses, the homages to a range of cult cinema become more involved, and Tarantino's trademark dialogue becomes ever more whip-sharp.
In truth, the best and definitive Quentin Tarantino viewing order is going by release date:
- Reservoir Dogs (1992)
- Pulp Fiction (1994)
- Jackie Brown (1997)
- Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
- Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
- Death Proof (2007)
- Inglourious Basterds (2009)
- Django Unchained (2012)
- The Hateful Eight (2015)
- Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)
As the journey through Tarantino's career continues, stylistic and thematic evolutions are made by the director. Watching him progress as a storyteller and drill down even further into his artistic sensibilities will help the viewer better understand how the Tarantino's mind works when it comes to telling a story.
Jackie Brown, move on to the Kill Bill films, then take in Inglourious Basterds before moving on to more male-dominated fare. Maybe epic kills are more your thing? They're a dime a dozen in a Tarantino film but starting with Django Unchained, moving to Kill Bill: Vol. 1, and then circling back to The Hateful Eight before watching the rest is also a solid strategy. But we'd advocate release order above all others.There are plenty of other ways to watch Tarantino's films. One could go chronologically since his nine films span a large portion of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries; getting the fictional timeline sorted out and then diving in is quite easy. Or perhaps going by theme feels more appropriate? Tarantino loves a solid female protagonist, which means you could start with
If you watch these films in order of their release date, it brings you to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Set in 1969 and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and a very solid supporting cast, Tarantino's most recent film should be enough to tide you over — at least, until his next film, possibly an R-rated Star Trek film, starts production.
- Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019) release date: Jul 26, 2019