Quentin Tarantino is one of the greatest writer-directors ever, so it’s worth checking out the best Tarantino movies streaming on HBO Max and other platforms.
With his loquacious, snappy dialogue, impassioned homages to his cinematic influences, and masterful craftsmanship, QT is among the GOATs for sure.
The only sad thing is that he’s said he’ll retire after 10 films. His latest, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is considered to be his ninth movie. But maybe we’ll get lucky and he’ll continue creating in other capacities. He’s hinted as much before.
No further ado — let’s get into the best of Tarantino’s movies streaming right now.
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The Hateful Eight + Extended Version (Netflix)
The final act of the typical Tarantino flick — especially the more recent ones — tends to be filled with stylized violence and multiple prominent characters biting the dust. The Hateful Eight is no exception, yet other than that patented sequence, it’s one of the auteur’s quieter films.
What’s neat is Netflix has both the theatrical version of the movie and an extended version, divided into a miniseries. This longer cut runs 43 minutes longer (210 minutes versus 167 minutes).
Returning Tarantino collaborators include Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, and Tim Roth. The rest of the star-studded cast features Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Channing Tatum, who are both brilliant.
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Inglourious Basterds (DirecTV and Sling TV)
Christoph Waltz won the first of his two Oscars working with Tarantino for his role as SS Colonel Hans Landa. The multilingual, menacing villain may be QT’s greatest character creation.
This movie wouldn’t have worked without Waltz, but we can’t overlook the hammy brilliance of Brad Pitt’s performance at Lt. Aldo Raine. He leads the “basterds,” a crew that crusades to murder Nazis.
Endlessly quotable and constantly compelling with a wild, surprising finale, Inglourious Basterds is summarized best in its last line. It’s spoken by Pitt, as an analog for Tarantino: “I think this just might be my masterpiece.”
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Jackie Brown (HBO MAX)
Perhaps overlooked in the QT catalog, Jackie Brown stars Pam Grier as the central star of this blaxploitation film.
This marks the only time Tarantino has adapted a screenplay. It comes from the 1995 novel Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard. The movie’s story is about Jackie smuggling money from Mexico for her boyfriend Ordell (Samuel L. Jackson).
Jackie is caught, and a complicated plot unfolds from there. Robert De Niro, Michael Keaton, Bridget Fonda, and Robert Foster are among the supporting players in this fun crime thriller.
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Kill Bill Vols. 1 & 2 (Fubo and Showtime)
Can’t have one without the other! Uma Thurman stars as The Bride, who’s on a quest for revenge against the titular character of this two-part yarn.
Tarantino pays tribute to martial arts, samurai movies, and exploitation films across the two movies. Thurman is brilliant in all the beautifully gory action sequences.
If you’re into pure action and fight choreography, Kill Bill is for you. Add on top of that all the great ingredients Tarantino brings to the table, and you’ve got an extremely rewatchable saga.
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (STARZ)
Brad Pitt won every major accolade for his role as stunt man/valet to washed-up TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Leo got a Best Actor nom as well, and they’re brilliant together.
This is Tarantino’s love letter to Hollywood, with a fascinating narrative rooted in historical fiction. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood may feature the most brilliant, hilarious, and violent payoff in recent cinema memory. Just avoid spoilers, please.
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Pulp Fiction (HBO MAX, Paramount Plus, and DirecTV)
Pulp Fiction is the movie that confirmed Tarantino as a creative force of nature. It received seven Oscar nominations, winning Best Original Screenplay — and deservedly so.
Tarantino seamlessly assembles multiple vignettes that overlap and interconnect despite being told out of sequence.
Between the mysterious briefcase MacGuffin, John Travolta’s career-reviving role, and his incredible chemistry with Samuel L. Jackson, there’s enough on their story thread alone to make this so much fun.
However, add in the fact that Uma Thurman, Ving Rhames, and Bruce Willis all crush their parts too, and Pulp Fiction becomes a mind-blowing movie experience.
Reservoir Dogs (HBO MAX and DirecTV)
Finally, to round out this list of best Tarantino movies streaming, we arrive at his feature debut as a director.
An excellent ensemble populates Reservoir Dogs, which like Pulp Fiction, doesn’t adhere to a typical linear narrative structure. It’s about a group of bank robbers and a job gone bad. How do they deal with the aftermath?
Sounds simple enough. But with Tarantino’s typical dramatic flair and a game cast, this elevates to an instant classic you must see if you haven’t yet.
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Django Unchained (Fubo and Tubi)
What’s not to love about Django Unchained? It has action, an interesting plot, and all the classic Tarantinoisms fans love.
What makes Django Unchained so good is the compelling duo of Jamie Foxx (Django) and Christoph Waltz (Dr. King Schultz). This combo of A freed slave and bounty hunter, buddying up on a journey that ends in fantastic dialogue and bloody vengeance is a sight to behold.
And to top it off, Leonardo DiCaprio’s villain Calvin Candie is one to remember.