Jackie Brown (1997)
For all their blood, guts, and mayhem, the best Quentin Tarantino movies are love stories. Functioning as both a savvy blaxploitation riff and a tender tribute to QT’s literary hero Elmore Leonard, Jackie Brown follows Pam Grier’s flight attendant title character and a weary bondsman, played with a knowing twinkle in his eye by Robert Forster, as they plot a convoluted scheme to run off with half a million. The two slowly fall for each other while outsmarting an endless barrage of con men, wise guys, and dumbasses, and while it may lack the flash and formal audacity of some of his bigger hits, Jackie Brown is undoubtedly Tarantino’s most human movie, an empathetic character portrait from an artist who often gets unfairly pegged as a sadist. And, damn, is there a movie with a better final shot?
Where to watch it: Stream on Netflix