6. Jackie Brown (Pam Grier), "Jackie Brown"
As the highly anticipated follow-up to his most critically beloved film to date, "Jackie Brown" is Tarantino's least "epic" film thus far -- even the genre exercise "Death Proof" is more self-serious about its tone -- and whizzes along with a crackerjack plot that never becomes too fussy or overly dramatic. The soul of the film, of course, is Pam Grier, the veteran actress who headlined a handful of Blaxploitation flicks in the 70s and enjoyed a career revival with her measured performance as a flight attendant with her eye on a bag of money. Whether she's sharing tender moments with Robert Forster or gunning down her biggest threat, Grier holds nothing back in "Jackie Brown," and Tarantino's third film soars because of her presence.