Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2
Yes, we’re counting the “whole bloody affair” as one movie. Quentin Tarantino’s love letter to international exploitation cinema — from the Shaw brothers’ kungfu epics to spaghetti Westerns to Swedish revenge thrillers — pits the Bride (his muse Uma Thurman) against her ex-partners in crime. Both halves are filled with showstoppers, but Vol. 1’ s blood-splattered House of Blue Leaves centerpiece (so gory it was converted to black and white to avoid an NC-17 rating) remains the highlight. “If this doesn’t just fucking rock, then I’m just not as good as I think I am,” Tarantino said. “Kill Bill has to be to fight scenes what the ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ in Apocalypse Now is to battle scenes.” Mission accomplished.