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Your State’s Favorite Tarantino Movie

Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film as a director, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, hits theaters on Friday, July 26—but, if you’re Tarantino fan, you already knew that. His “event” movies come around only every three years or so; we’re not talking Marvel frequency here.

To celebrate the release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, we at CableTV.com have concocted a whopper (or, if you prefer, a “Royale with Cheese”) of a research dive: determining each state’s favorite Tarantino movie. It’s kind of our thing—we really like maps around here.

Using Google Trends, we analyzed interest in Tarantino’s previous eight films state-by-state over the past 12 months. We included just the movies he’s directed, omitting projects where he acted only as a writer or producer.

We also considered Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Kill Bill: Volume 2 to be a single (but super-long) entity, and we left out his pre-Reservoir Dogs short-film debut, 1987’s My Best Friend’s Birthday. Never heard of it? Check it out on YouTube.

Everybody be cool—this is what we found:

At 25, Pulp Fiction still rules

Tarantino’s 1994 breakout hit Pulp Fiction still resonates with the furious anger of a Samuel L. Jackson monologue after all these years. Seventeen states remain fond of John Travolta’s ponytail, Uma Thurman’s bob, and the Gimp’s luxurious leather. Zed’s far from dead, baby.

Pulp Fiction states:

  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Jackie Brown knows how it’s goin’ down

Jackie Brown, Tarantino’s 1997 follow-up to Pulp Fiction, is absolutely, positively, our runner-up—accept no substitutes. The Pam Grier-led crime caper scored big with 11 states, despite its relatively low-key profile in Tarantinoland. Like the Delfonics, it’s still pretty good.

Jackie Brown states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina

Killing Bill for thrills

The sprawling martial-arts revenge epic Kill Bill was originally split into Volume 1 (2003) and Volume 2 (2004) out of theatrical necessity. In these binge-watching times, it’s now one big four-hour-plus movie. The bloody saga sliced its way into the hearts of 10 states that side with The Bride.

Kill Bill states:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

The Basterds remain Inglourious

Tarantino’s darkly comic WWII tale Inglourious Basterds, released in 2009, is the most critically acclaimed of the director’s late-career work—and seven states agree. Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz’s over-the-top performances alone are worth the proclamation, “That’s a bingo!”

Inglourious Basterds states:

  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Iowa
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • North Dakota

The original Dogs

Before Pulp Fiction made him a household name, 1992’s Reservoir Dogs cemented Tarantino’s cred in cult-cinema circles. It’s a basic heist movie decorated (or splattered) with blood, profanity, and dazzling dialogue, set to a meticulous soundtrack—all Tarantino hallmarks that at least three states appreciate.

Reservoir Dogs states:

  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • New Mexico

The rest of the QT gang

The Hateful Eight (2015), Django Unchained (2012), and Grindhouse (2007) are apparently acquired Tarantino tastes—only one state apiece showed love for the trio. Kudos to Georgia for recognizing Death Proof, Tarantino’s car-crazed half of Grindhouse’s double feature.

Georgia: Grindhouse
Montana: Django Unchained
Vermont: The Hateful Eight

The United States of Tarantino

From cult-flick auteur to superstar director, Quentin Tarantino changed American cinema and inspired hundreds of copycats (check IMDB—the ‘90s and ‘00s overflowed with Pulp Fiction wannabes).

But do you agree with your state’s favorite Tarantino movie? Will Once Upon a Time in Hollywood top them all? Let us know in the comments (cue the Dick Dale surf guitar).

StateFavorite Tarantino movie
AlabamaJackie Brown
AlaskaInglourious Basterds
ArizonaKill Bill
ArkansasJackie Brown
CaliforniaKill Bill
ColoradoInglourious Basterds
ConnecticutJackie Brown
DelawareKill Bill
District of ColumbiaInglourious Basterds
FloridaPulp Fiction
GeorgiaGrindhouse
HawaiiKill Bill
IdahoPulp Fiction
IllinoisPulp Fiction
IndianaKill Bill
IowaInglourious Basterds
KansasPulp Fiction
KentuckyJackie Brown
LouisianaKill Bill
MaineReservoir Dogs
MarylandJackie Brown
MassachusettsInglourious Basterds
MichiganPulp Fiction
MinnesotaReservoir Dogs
MississippiJackie Brown
MissouriJackie Brown
MontanaDjango Unchained
NebraskaPulp Fiction
NevadaJackie Brown
New HampshirePulp Fiction
New JerseyInglourious Basterds
New MexicoReservoir Dogs
New YorkJackie Brown
North CarolinaPulp Fiction
North DakotaInglourious Basterds
OhioPulp Fiction
OklahomaKill Bill
OregonJackie Brown
PennsylvaniaPulp Fiction
Rhode IslandPulp Fiction
South CarolinaJackie Brown
South DakotaKill Bill
TennesseeKill Bill
TexasKill Bill
UtahPulp Fiction
VermontThe Hateful Eight
VirginiaPulp Fiction
WashingtonPulp Fiction
West VirginiaPulp Fiction
WisconsinPulp Fiction
WyomingPulp Fiction
StateAlabama
Favorite Tarantino movieJackie Brown
StateAlaska
Favorite Tarantino movieInglourious Basterds
StateArizona
Favorite Tarantino movieKill Bill
StateArkansas
Favorite Tarantino movieJackie Brown
StateCalifornia
Favorite Tarantino movieKill Bill
StateColorado
Favorite Tarantino movieInglourious Basterds
StateConnecticut
Favorite Tarantino movieJackie Brown
StateDelaware
Favorite Tarantino movieKill Bill
StateDistrict of Columbia
Favorite Tarantino movieInglourious Basterds
StateFlorida
Favorite Tarantino moviePulp Fiction
StateGeorgia
Favorite Tarantino movieGrindhouse
StateHawaii
Favorite Tarantino movieKill Bill
StateIdaho
Favorite Tarantino moviePulp Fiction
StateIllinois
Favorite Tarantino moviePulp Fiction
StateIndiana
Favorite Tarantino movieKill Bill
StateIowa
Favorite Tarantino movieInglourious Basterds
StateKansas
Favorite Tarantino moviePulp Fiction
StateKentucky
Favorite Tarantino movieJackie Brown
StateLouisiana
Favorite Tarantino movieKill Bill
StateMaine
Favorite Tarantino movieReservoir Dogs
StateMaryland
Favorite Tarantino movieJackie Brown
StateMassachusetts
Favorite Tarantino movieInglourious Basterds
StateMichigan
Favorite Tarantino moviePulp Fiction
StateMinnesota
Favorite Tarantino movieReservoir Dogs
StateMississippi
Favorite Tarantino movieJackie Brown
StateMissouri
Favorite Tarantino movieJackie Brown
StateMontana
Favorite Tarantino movieDjango Unchained
StateNebraska
Favorite Tarantino moviePulp Fiction
StateNevada
Favorite Tarantino movieJackie Brown
StateNew Hampshire
Favorite Tarantino moviePulp Fiction
StateNew Jersey
Favorite Tarantino movieInglourious Basterds
StateNew Mexico
Favorite Tarantino movieReservoir Dogs
StateNew York
Favorite Tarantino movieJackie Brown
StateNorth Carolina
Favorite Tarantino moviePulp Fiction
StateNorth Dakota
Favorite Tarantino movieInglourious Basterds
StateOhio
Favorite Tarantino moviePulp Fiction
StateOklahoma
Favorite Tarantino movieKill Bill
StateOregon
Favorite Tarantino movieJackie Brown
StatePennsylvania
Favorite Tarantino moviePulp Fiction
StateRhode Island
Favorite Tarantino moviePulp Fiction
StateSouth Carolina
Favorite Tarantino movieJackie Brown
StateSouth Dakota
Favorite Tarantino movieKill Bill
StateTennessee
Favorite Tarantino movieKill Bill
StateTexas
Favorite Tarantino movieKill Bill
StateUtah
Favorite Tarantino moviePulp Fiction
StateVermont
Favorite Tarantino movieThe Hateful Eight
StateVirginia
Favorite Tarantino moviePulp Fiction
StateWashington
Favorite Tarantino moviePulp Fiction
StateWest Virginia
Favorite Tarantino moviePulp Fiction
StateWisconsin
Favorite Tarantino moviePulp Fiction
StateWyoming
Favorite Tarantino moviePulp Fiction

About the Author

Bill Frost has been a journalist and TV reviewer since the 4:3-aspect-ratio ’90s. His pulse-pounding prose has been featured in The Salt Lake Tribune, Pacific Northwest Inlander, Las Vegas Weekly, and many other dead-tree publications. In addition to his CableTV.com work, Bill is currently a senior writer and streaming TV columnist at SLUGMag.com. By night, Bill cranks a Flying V with his band at the bar.

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