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The Tarantino List: Ranking Of The Director’s Greatest Films

Gordon Lipton



The Tarantino List: Ranking of The Director's Greatest Films

If you know Tarantino. You know he often takes the concept of what makes a good movie (or even a movie in general) and turns it on its head. Well, we’re going to try ranking Tarantino films.

Overwhelmingly, his films are cinematic masterpieces. They’re well-crafted works of art that grip the viewer for hours and leave them wanting more. Some of them may be more rambling but still compelling pieces of cinema.

But, whatever your opinions, there’s no doubt that Tarantino can bring it when it comes to making movies. Whether as a screenwriter, director, or producer.

So what better way to honour them than with a subjective, but still fact-based approach to ranking all 16 of Tarantino’s films?

You may not agree with everything I put here in my rankings. I imagine my #1 choice might be rather controversial. But, I hope you at least understand my method. Especially as someone who studied film extensively in college (and almost ended up going to film school). And what’s better than a little spirited debate?

So, without further ado, here’s our ranking of Quentin Tarantino’s movies.

16. Four Rooms

More of a short piece of a puzzle than anything else. But it still shows the same Tarantino flair that many of his other, more classic movies. Longer dialogue, fun conversations that suddenly turn randomly violent and hostile (“Who drank out of this bottle last?”). Plus, long tracking shots that follow characters and conversations. There’s plenty of cursing that seems gratuitous but somehow also works perfectly in the flow of dialogue.

It all screams “Tarantino” but doesn’t scream it long enough. It would rank higher but, unfortunately, there’s not enough to go on here to warrant a higher ranking.

15. Sin City

Sin City is a good movie, maybe even an excellent movie, but is it really…a Tarantino movie?

It certainly has a similar feel to some of his movies. Even though Tarantino’s scene (Clive Owen and Benicio Del Toro talking in the car) is quite short. It’s enveloped within the darker, Frank Miller/Robert Rodriguez-style universe. His scene stands out for being very Tarantino-esque and fitting in remarkably well within the context of the movie.

You have the ultra-violence (Del Toro’s character’s head is impaled AND his throat is slit!). The back-and-forth, pseudo-philosophical dialogue between two characters. Specifically, two characters sitting and talking in a car. Have you ever noticed how often crazy stuff goes down in cars in Tarantino movies?.

If this were to be extrapolated into a full-length movie in this style, it might rank higher on the list. But then again, if it were a full-length movie it might just be Pulp Fiction with darker lighting. Not that that’s a bad thing but still.

14 & 13. Death Proof (Grindhouse)

Hey, speaking of crazy stuff that goes down in cars…!

These two are kind of/sort of considered different movies. Depending on where you are, but for the most part, they get grouped since they are thematically similar.

But…what are the themes? Yes, there is a lot of examination of female empowerment. Still, it’s grouped with the grindhouse/slasher aesthetic. Where Stuntman Mike does all kind of nastiness to the ladies up front before finally getting his comeuppance in the end.

So while this movie may be fun and a homage to schlock-cinema of the past. Its themes veer off the road (pun intended), and we are left with a confusing sense of incompletion.

Do we just enjoy the gore part early on and revel in carnage? Or do we take it seriously as a pseudo-arthouse flick that examines the role of women in society? Perhaps at least, the ability of women to fight back against violence and oppression? Or are we even supposed to be taking this movie that seriously to begin with, and instead are we just going to enjoy it for the crazy slash fest that it is?

Until those points are settled, it’s hard to rank Death Proof higher than this. Not that it’s bad, but that we don’t know where to go with it.

12. Natural Born Killers

Here’s a hot take: Natural Born Killers is perhaps the most significant missed opportunity in the last thirty years of cinema.

Had Tarantino himself been allowed to direct his script, this could have been one of the most influential, thought-provoking pieces of cinema ever to gain a wide release.

It is, at its heart, a critical analysis/satire and commentary on so many issues that societies of today still struggle with. How the ills of society can affect two (originally) innocent people. Then turn them into heartless murderers and criminals (see: Breaking Bad).

How the voyeuristic nature of society – American or otherwise – has come to fetishise mass violence. How it turns the perpetrator of brutal crimes into celebrities who are worshipped and even copycatted. Just look at all the school shootings of recent years, countless serial killers, even Hunger Games to some degree.

How even the people that have sworn to protect the innocent, are often guilty themselves. Like Detective Scagnetti, who pursues murderers while also being one.

It could have been The Boondock Saints before The Boondock Saints was a thing, except much better written and with a stronger message. But it’s not.

There was a tightrope that needed to be walked by whoever directed this script. Teetering between the nihilistic message and satirical commentary. Then the outright brutal violence that’s layered over the top.

The director chosen to walk this line was Oliver Stone, a man who is known for his ability to be careful and subtle about…nothing.

Instead of being the brilliant satire that it could have been, Natural Born Killers instead lives on as a brutal gorefest much like Death Proof.

Still, instead of shining a light on society’s ills it instead spawned a whole wave of copycat violence and helped usher in an era. Where violence is glorified and people will do anything. No matter how vile, to get attention. Which, if you think of it, pretty much entirely misses the freaking point of the movie.

What could have been eh?

11. The Hateful Eight

This might seem like a low ranking for a movie that grossed over $150 million worldwide. It featured a great ensemble cast, and finally earned Ennio Morricone an Academy Award for Best Original Score. Morricone only winning one Oscar during his massively influential career is a crime if you ask me.

But the thing about The Hateful Eight is that it’s… okay? Like it’s certainly not bad. But…you put Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern (that’s 5 Oscar nominations among them, just to name a few actors).

Plus a slew of other Tarantino Repertory Theatre favourites in there and…it’s fine? You take all those great actors, and you have them spend most of the time in a cabin killing each other?

And in the end, the critical consensus (and certain viewer opinions) are that, “Yeah, that was OK. But maybe it was a bit too slow and long and a bit too over the top for my taste.”

The biggest issue with The Hateful Eight is, really, that by this point in his career, Tarantino was starting to go through the motions a bit. He’d rely on all of his old tips and tricks, rather than do anything new and daring as he did in the past. Or at least get weird and original like he was at this best (he would get that mojo back in subsequent years, though…stay tuned).

The Hateful Eight was one of the movies where people started questions whether Tarantino had “it” anymore. Or if he was become less director and more Radio DJ, playing his Number One Hits over and over and hoping people didn’t notice.

It’s not a bad movie by any measure, it’s just…not his best work.

10. From Dusk Till Dawn

It might raise an eyebrow to rank From Dusk Till Dawn this high. Still, the reason I slotted it right above The Hateful Eight is that, while it might not have been as technically sound as some of Tarantino’s better screenplays. It was certainly an original concept and got everyone’s attention.

While The Hateful Eight was “fine, but not too fun,” FDTD is really fun and original, which made up for some of its technical flaws.

Even though Tarantino himself did not direct the movie, that went to his frequent collaborator Robert Rodriguez. It certainly smacks of Tarantino at his early peak. Everyone knew he could get weird, but it wasn’t until FDTD that people started to realise just how weird he could get.

All of the Tarantino trademarks are there. The winding, seemingly boring conversations that somehow end with people getting suddenly and brutally murdered. Plus, a fun and different acting turn from George Clooney.

There’s a clever twist that seemed to come out of nowhere if you weren’t paying attention along the way. Watch the scene where Clooney’s character confronts Tarantino’s about killing the hostage. Tell me you don’t see the demonic twists coming…it’s all there.

Even after the technical mastery of his early work. It was here where Tarantino started to show what he could do to keep your attention and have a blast doing it.

Really, that’s why this movie is ranked as high as it is: it’s just fun. It’s not perfect, it’s weird as anything, but it’s fun and you enjoy the ride. And isn’t that what Tarantino – or any filmmaker – wants?

9. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The most recent addition into the Tarantino canon. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood relies on Tarantino’s more recent love for changing history to better suit his narrative. While also proving that he had gotten his mojo back after seemingly losing some interest in movies like The Hateful Eight.

It’s hard to place this movie in the rankings of Tarantino’s work because it is so new. So it is hard to determine how well it will hold up over time. But critical acclaim accrued upon its arrival. Especially since it was a quality effort from the beloved Tarantino, and his first movie in almost four years. Plus, its elegant homages to old Hollywood and, among other things, a haunting meditation on getting older. And not being quite the man you used to be, makes this movie impossible to drop below #9 on the rankings.

While Brad Pitt finally earned his elusive Oscar for this movie. It’s possible to argue that DiCaprio was equally deserving of an Oscar for his portrayal of Rick Dalton. The former superstar who just can’t quite come to grips with not being number one anymore. Whether he deserved it more than Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of The Joker is…a matter for another article.

Instead, Pitt – who, interestingly, also embodies the star who doesn’t shine as brightly as he used to – got his win. We got another great Tarantino movie, and history gets rewritten so that Sharon Tate doesn’t die and everyone goes home happy.

8. Kill Bill: Vol. 2       7. Kill Bill: Vol. 1

It’s hard to separate these two movies, and they come so close to each other in terms of rankings that I’m going to talk about both of them at the same time.

Both movies are a return to original form for Tarantino. Plus, kind of mirroring Once Upon a Time, they signalled a return to theatres for the director after a multi-year break.

Both are a fun and bloody romp featuring a strong female lead (not always Tarantino’s strong suit) in which she exacts revenge on those who wronged her. Volume 2 is a little more talk-heavy and plot-oriented, and explains The Bride’s backstory and motivations.

While Volume 1 is more action-based and more of a thrill ride. It fits into Tarantino’s more trademarked “Let’s throw all these genres of film together and blend them and make it amazing!” style that we’ve come to know and love.

Volume 1 ranks higher than Volume 2. While Volume 2 is better at explaining the backstory and showing the Bride’s, progression:

1) we’d already seen the action piece in the first movie, so going backward kind of slowed the whole thing down, and

2) my goodness was that ending a letdown. Yes, the Five-Point Exploding Heart Technique was deadly. A homage to old martial arts movies of yesteryear. And was expertly foreshadowed a la Chekhov’s Gun but we expected a bigger pop.

I mean, the entire plot of both movies, over four hours of cinema, ended with a guy getting poked in the chest. Then having a nice little conversation, and then walking away and dying? Not with a bang, but with a whimper indeed.

That, combined with the thrill ride that was Volume 1 (and the fact that, hey, Tarantino was back!) makes Volume 1 the winner in this showdown.

Honestly, I thought about dropping Volume 2 to #9, but Volume 2 has stood the test of time in a way that Once Upon a Time hasn’t had the chance to quite yet.

6. Jackie Brown

I kept going back and forth with this one as far as where to put it. But ultimately I settled with #6 on the list because it’s one of the best written and acted entries in the Tarantino canon. But it doesn’t quite match the same level of excitement and adrenaline high that the movies ranked higher do.

Yes, it paid homage to movies and genres of the past. Specifically the blaxploitation genre, and in so doing, reinvigorated Pam Grier’s career and kept fanning the flames on the career of Samuel L. Jackson. One could argue that Tarantino is almost responsible for Jackson becoming the megastar he did.

It was slower and more deliberately paced than most of his other movies, being that it was more a character-driven love story (!!) than most of his other films. And it was well-received critically, so much so that it could be argued this movie should be ranked higher.

But here’s the thing about Jackie Brown and why it’s at #6 on this list. This might spark some controversy. When you think about Quentin Tarantino movies, and if I were to ask you to name your top three Tarantino films, I bet you’re not thinking Jackie Brown. It’s a great film that is well-written and well-acted…but when you think “Tarantino,” I bet your mind is going somewhere else.

It’s a great movie but it doesn’t stand out among his work, and that has to count for something.

5. True Romance

One of Tarantino’s earliest efforts and again, not one that he directed, that honour went to Tony Scott.

True Romance gets the slight nod over Jackie Brown. It is a similarly well-acted, well-written story that combines quality with just a little more oomph than Jackie Brown.

It’s essentially the script that, after Reservoir Dogs, put Tarantino on the map as one of the next great filmmakers. An honour he more than earned in the years that followed.

It also established that “Tarantino style”. Where goofy things happen, violence happens, you laugh more than you expect but there’s also a more significant theme that makes you think.

While True Romance did not achieve the same kind of financial success as Tarantino’s other movies on this list. It’s hard to imagine that at that time someone of Quentin Tarantino’s reputation would be a super-bankable name.

Don’t forget, Reservoir Dogs which is still to come on this list is the least financially successful movie that Tarantino made. Yet it is one of the mostly fondly remembered and copied films among critics and filmmakers over the last 30 years.

True Romance may not have been that monetarily successful compared to other films, but it laid the groundwork for what was to come later on. And when you look to the genesis of one of the great directors of our time, you have to look at where he started in order to give credit for where he ended up.

4. Django Unchained

When a movie earns widespread critical acclaim. Then earns more money than any other movie you’ve ever made. Then wins two of the four Academy Awards you’ve even won for you movies, that movie needs to be up high on the list.

That is why, despite the film being almost three hours long – and there’s plenty that could be cut to trim it down. And it’s a little more uneven than some of Tarantino’s other works. Not to mention the disconcerting number of times that the N-word is used by white characters. There’s no way Django Unchained can fall lower than #4 on this list.

Here we have Tarantino hitting all of his high notes. Great acting, including yet another scenery-chewing star turn by Leonardo DiCaprio. Somewhat gratuitous yet incredibly fun amount of gory violence. Historical revisionism at its best (well, maybe save for one movie…we’ll get there). And a strong message about the ridiculousness of white supremacy (best illustrated by the darkly hilarious “bag scene”). And the heinous nature of slavery.

It’s all there, it’s all fun, and it made money. Plus it is still the most Oscar honoured movie in Tarantino’s canon. Which is a little crazy to think about…only four Oscars won by one of our greatest living directors?

3.  Reservoir Dogs

The OG. Reservoir Dogs put Tarantino on the map. Tarantino showed us that a brilliant artist was on the rise. Someone who was going to take everything we knew about filmmaking and shake it up, make it better, and guide us in a weird, fun, violent new direction.

In other words, with Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino showed us that he, indeed, was not just going to bark all day; he was going to bite.

From the first scene, we got a preview of the insane, hilarious, pseudo-philosophical discussions that Tarantino would be serving up for years to come (plus, does this guy like criminals hanging out in diners or what?).

It established the Tarantino Repertory Theatre of actors that would keep coming back time and time again for his movies. Think Keitel, Roth, Madsen, Buscemi, plus appearances by Tarantino himself.

It established that sometimes really bad things happen when you’re riding in a car and not prepared (you might get shot!). And that maybe you can’t trust everyone you work with on a job with other criminals.

Of course, the movie had its unsteady moments. And you can tell this was a Director feeling his way around, but the writing was already top-notch, and the twists and turns were there for everyone to see.

This was the movie that started the genesis of Tarantino, and there was no turning back after that.

2. Pulp Fiction

I’m sure that some of you are sitting there right now, seeing Pulp Fiction at #2 on the list of greatest Tarantino movies, and are feeling stunned. Or angry, maybe even as angry as Jules was when he confronted Brett and his associates. But hear me out.

First, there is no doubt that Pulp Fiction is one of the greatest movies of all time. The opening is Tarantino at his best. Foolish buddy talk, some exposition, some more buddy talk, then threats screamed at a high level followed by sudden and gruesome violence.

Then it’s on to the date scene, complete with flirting and dancing and then a horrifying overdose. On and on we go.

The film is immensely quotable. It’s brilliantly acted, it tells a good story (really, a series of stories). Tt features one of the all-time greatest MacGuffins (the briefcase), you name it.

The brilliance of the story was rewarded when it won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. And really, one could argue it deserved to win Best Picture over Forrest Gump, but perhaps Hollywood did not see Tarantino as ready yet.

So why does Pulp Fiction not take the #1 spot on this list?

It’s a couple of things, and it was close. The first is that, while the non-linear narrative of the story is well-done and interesting and original…it can be argued that, maybe, it’s not entirely necessary (ducks and hides from angry fans).

I mean, does it really add anything to the story? It doesn’t really take away anything from the movie, but it can be argued that this particular flourish was done for the sake of doing it.

The other reason it’s #2 on this list? Because when I look at the movie that ended up at #1, I just feel like the other movie has no holes.

It hasn’t necessarily been around as long as Pulp Fiction, but in the end I think it’s just…a little more complete.

So you should’ve figured out our number one by now…

1. Inglorious Basterds

There are many reasons why Inglourious Basterds is the greatest Quentin Tarantino movie of all time.

First, even besides the brilliant script. And the kind of dialogue and speaking parts that we’ve become accustomed to and learned to love. Inglorious Basterds is probably Tarantino’s funniest movie in spots. Which considering the subject matter is unexpected.

All the scenes involving Brad Pitt are hilarious, but yet all carry a real sense of danger. In a way, Brad Pitt’s Aldo Raine is Tarantino’s greatest hero character. Even though he is still very much an anti-hero. Yes, most people would agree that killing Nazis would have been beneficial to history, but the fact is he was still a murderer.

But he was a relatable antihero. He and his band of Basterds were ones we could laugh at and laugh with. And ultimately – in Tarantino’s greatest act of historical revisionism. Root for when they assisted with the murdering of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi brethren.

Even with all that said, it’s a good chance we might still think of Inglourious Basterds as one of Tarantino’s greatest movies. If maybe not greater than Pulp Fiction. But Basterds takes the top spot for one major reason:

Showcasing Christoph Waltz

If Hans Landa isn’t in a class by himself as the greatest movie villain of all time, then I’m sure it wouldn’t take long to call roll for that class. Maybe Anthony Hopkins’s portrayal of Hannibal Lecter matches it?

If so, that’s the only one I can think of that can go toe-to-toe with the character of Hans Landa. Landa is, without a doubt, one of the trickiest characters to accurately portray. Especially in a way that makes him seem like an actual human being and not like an over-the-top cartoon villain, but Waltz pulled it off.

He made Landa into a threatening, charming, funny, educated, sadistic villain who could hit any note at any time. Sometimes in succession. Think of the scene at the beginning where he interrogates the farmer and ends up killing the family in hiding. Wow, that is one of the most excellent, most tense and well-acted scenes in any movie (Tarantino or otherwise).

It could be argued that it’s not even the best scene featuring Landa in the movie. See also: the scene where he eats dinner with Shoshanna, one of the most legitimately terrifying clips I’ve ever seen.

Needless to say, Christoph Waltz won an Oscar for his portrayal of Landa (and won a second Oscar for supporting role n Django).

It was a close competition. But since Inglourious Basterds features one of the single greatest villains in movie history, it edges out Pulp Fiction for #1 on this list.

There you have it, a comprehensive ranking of Quentin Tarantino’s greatest films. We hope that you enjoyed this list, we hope it made you think, re-evaluate your opinions, and hopefully not get too angry.

Do you have a different opinion on these rankings? Do you agree or disagree with our list or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.

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The Good, The Bad And The Classic

Sarah Casserley



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Disney Plus introduced Star to the service a little while ago now with loads of highlights. We’re sure, like us, you’ve had a good old delve into the catalogue and watched some of your faves. But, just in case you’ve missed anything, we have put together a little guide on what’s good to get stuck into. Also what’s bad and could do with being swiped past, and the classic must-see TV series and films that you probably didn’t even realise were there.

So, when you find yourself looking for something to watch on a Friday evening or binge for a couple of weeks, don’t scroll endlessly, just take a look at our guide of Disney Plus Star recommendations.

The Good

These are the films and series that have been released within the last 10 years, which you need to watch or should at least be on your ‘to watch’ list.

Series on Disney Plus Star

Atlanta (2016 – Present)

If you haven’t watched this series yet, why not? The creative and talented Donald Glover heads up the show as the main character ‘Earn’, and on the writing credits too (among 6 others, including his brother Stephen Glover), in this funny, gritty and realistic series which follows a rapper ‘Paper Boy’ and his manager Earn (Glover) as they navigate the rap business. If you have watched the show before, you may want to re-watch for a recap as season 3 has been promised to us very soon.

9-1-1 (2018 – Present)

This isn’t just any emergency service drama, this series covers the lives of several Los Angeles first responders: police officers, paramedics, firefighters, and dispatchers. It also has some big names involved, including Angela Bassett and, later in the series, Jennifer Love Hewitt. For some reason though, there’s only two of the four seasons of 9-1-1 on Disney Plus Star so far, but it’s well worth a watch and we’re sure the other two seasons should be along soon.

Doll Face (2019 – Present)

By the title alone, and the fact that it’s a weekly release, it initially looked like this series was set around a stereotypical break up and was destined for the bad list. However, the witty script, amazing female actors and relatable storyline made me put this series firmly within the good pile as I can’t wait to watch more. Kat Dennings takes the lead in the series and really brings to life upcoming writer Jordan Weiss’ story of female friendships after a breakup.

Films on Disney Plus Star

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

This beautiful coming of age story, based on a book with the same name, is a great watch for all ages, not just teens. Be ready for oodles of romance, as well as teary and heart-warming moments, as you follow two teens affected by cancer as they set off on a journey of discovery.

The Favourite (2018)

We love a period drama, and this quirky look at the reign of Queen Anne is no exception. With starring roles from Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone and Nicholas Hoult, it’s no wonder The Favourite had 336 nominations in award season and 182 wins. It’s definitely one of the best films from the last 5 years on Disney Plus Star.

Deadpool 2 (2018)

There are some examples coming up in these lists that give sequels a bad name, however, Deadpool 2 isn’t one of them. If you were putting off watching this one because of the sequel curse, don’t, it’s just as good – if not better – than the first. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is back as the foul-mouthed superhero and, this time, he brings some new friends: Domino (Zazie Beetz), Fire Fist (Julian Dennison) and Weasel (T.J. Miller) among others.

The Bad

There’s not as many on this ‘bad’ list as Star has done a pretty good job with their chosen titles. However, like any service, there are always a few bad eggs in our opinion… This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch these, it’s more of a warning that there may be better things to press play on.

Series on Disney Plus Star

Lost (2004 – 2010)

To be completely honest here, the first two seasons of Lost are very entertaining and interesting to watch, as you follow several people who try to survive a plane crash and have to adapt to life on a strange island. But, by the middle of season three, things start to get a little confusing and we found ourselves getting lost (pun intended) in the plot until the final sixth season, only to be hit with a heavily reported disappointing end… even worse than some people’s feelings about Game Of Thrones. So, we recommendation delving into some of the other series rather than this one.

24: Legacy (2017)

Trying to build another series from an established series can be very hit or miss – and this one was a huge miss. So much so that Fox axed it just after one series.

It takes on the same format as the original 24 series, where one season is just one day, however, this time they are trying to stop a terrorist attack. The format just doesn’t work with this storyline and you lose a lot of momentum and excitement, plus the acting just isn’t the best.

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Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Just like building another series off a series, sequels can also be tricky beasts… some are good, some are bad and, when it follows an absolute classic like ‘Independence Day’, it needs to be amazing. Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite live up to the legacy of the first film; I mean, not even ‘Hunger Games’ Liam Hemsworth couldn’t get this to match up with the original. But it is still entertaining, so if you do decide to watch this one, just do so with caution.

The Classic

As you have probably already noticed there are some absolute classics on Disney Plus Star, so this is going to be the longest list, full of series that you can binge from start to finish and films that stand the test of time and can be re-watched repeatedly. Most of these titles don’t need much explanation as you’ll have already watched or heard about them, but you might not have spotted them yet on Disney Plus Star as some were buried deep in the archives.

Series on Disney Plus Star

X Files (1993 – 2001)

If you were born in the 90s or 00s, this one may have gone under your radar; however, once you watch the first season full of aliens, wired going ons and the brilliantly disjointed relationship of FBI agents, conspiracy theorist Fox Mulder and realist Dana Scully, you won’t want to stop watching. Granted some of the special effects are a little dated and unbelievable, but you will soon forget about that as you get sucked into the narrative.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2002)

I know, I know, it’s hard to think there are people out there that haven’t watched a single vampire slaying, kick-ass, sci-fi loaded episode… but there is. If you are one of those people, what are you waiting for? Every single episode is here wating for you to binge. If you don’t fancy delving into the full thing, I would recommend at least taking a peek at the seventh episode of the sixth series (Once More, with Feeling: Buffy the Musical).

24 (2001 – 2014)

Before Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) burst on our screens in 2001, this kind of format for a series had never been attempted before and it just worked, so much so it ran for 9 seasons. It may seem odd at first, as each series is just one day, but you really do get sucked in.

Grey’s Anatomy (2005 – 2018)

Within its almost 13 years of being on air, this series has offered every heart-warming and breath-holding moment you need from a hospital-based drama. This would be a perfect series to start if you want something that will last you a while.

Sons of Anarchy (2008 – 2014)

Bikes, leather and action: what’s not to like? This series ran for a glorious 7 seasons, and within these episodes, there is storyline upon storyline that will keep you hooked and wanting to know more about the motorcycle club that straddles the line between legal and illegal.

Films on Disney Plus Star

(We’re pretty sure you will have watched most of these films, but they are well worth a re-watch)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

The film that started them all. Since the release of this film in 1968, there have been seven more sequels and remakes of the original sci-fi movie, two of which you can also watch on Disney Plus Star: Planet Of the Apes (2001) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).

Jewel of the Nile (1985)

It could possibly be that the countless TV showings over the have passed you by, but if you’ve not seen Jewel of the Nile, you should definitely give it a go. Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito are fantastic in this pure 80s romantic action comedy.

Cocktail (1988)

Sticking within the 80s romantic comedy realm, you’ve also got Cocktail, which is full of love ultimatums, with a dash of cheese. Come on, you know you want to watch a young Tom Cruise at work.

The Fly (1986)

One name – Jeff Goldblum. Watch it.

Pretty Woman (1990)

We were just as excited as the first time we watched it when we saw this classic on the service. To not watch this again would be a big mistake. HUGE.

Toys (1992)

This wonderfully wacky story by Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson comes alive with the help of one of the best comedic actors of all time, Robin Williams, alongside the wonderful Joan Cusack and, bizarrely, LL Cool J.

What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993)

Whether you love Tina Turner’s music or not, it does not matter. This is one of the most interesting and inspirational biographical movies that you will ever watch. Word of warning, the incredible Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishburne are so great at their roles that some of the more sensitive scenes are very realistic.

Braveheart (1995)

With any new service, there are glitches, and we found one! Whilst watching this absolute classic a few weeks ago, about two and a half hours into the film the screen when to the small screen format as if the credits had come up, making it difficult to watch the last part of the film. However, when we went to finish the film off a week later the glitch had been fixed and you can now watch the whole film without interruption… FREEDOM!

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)

We all know that when it comes to film, Baz Luhrmann is a genius and he doesn’t disappoint with this abstract take on the story. It’s worth watching for the soundtrack alone.

Independence Day (1996)

90s Will Smith doing what he did best: lots of running, fighting and shouting – need I say more? Oh yes, you can also watch another one of his masterpieces, Enemy of the State (1998) on this service too.

Con Air (1997)

‘Put the bunny back in the box’ and sit down and watch this classic… we all know Nicholas Cage films can be a little unpredictable, but this film is definitely a hit, especially as he is joined by other legends of the screen, including John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, John Cusack and Ving Rhames.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Well if it’s at our fingertips, why not watch this film for the 56th time… this year.

So, there you have it, these are some of our highlights and must-miss titles from Disney Plus Star. Are there any that we missed? If so, comment below and let us know what category they belong in.

Check out the top 10 hidden gems in the other Disney Plus feeds HERE.

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