2. The Bride (Uma Thurman), "Kill Bill"
Easily Tarantino's most complex character to date despite lacking a proper name through 90 percent of "Kill Bill," Thurman's journey for vengeance was so epic that one mere film could not contain it. But for all the bloodlust and blood-splatter, "Kill Bill" would fall apart if not for the deep sorrow that Thurman nestles deep within the character throughout both volumes; a killer whose dreams of a normal life have been violently dashed, the Bride must mechanically destroy her enemies for ruining her one shot at humanity. And when she is finally reunited with her daughter and wins that freedom, "Kill Bill" becomes an undeniable crowd-pleasers. Nos. 1 and 3 on this list were both nominated for Academy Awards for their respective performances; nearly a decade later, Thurman's omission is still glaring.