Quentin Tarantino Lists His Top 20 Films of the Last 17 Years

Someone on Facebook just asked me about my favorite films, a question I am never a fan of because you will undoubtedly forget a film, or two, or three, or four, and so on... So, when Quentin Tarantino lists his top 20 films since he began directing films 17 years ago (or 15 depending on when the video was made) I wonder how his list would change in a sit down conversation with a couple of beers. As the titles are tossed out there are invariably going to be those you forgot to mention. However, it's always interesting to hear filmmakers comment on other films.

It looks to me like this video was actually made two or three years ago since Tarantino's Death Proof is playing along, which makes me wonder why it didn't make the blog rounds until now (via In Contention). It's also unfortunate he doesn't elaborate too much on his selections other than a quick comment on Dogville, The Matrix and Unbreakable.

Of the list I have seen all of them except for von Trier's Dogville, Joint Security Area from Park Chan-wook, The Blade from Tsui Hark and Battle Royale by Kinji Fukasaku (this one was already near the top of my Netflix list). I am surprised to see Woody Allen's Anything Else on the list, I personally got nothing out of that movie, but other than that I can see a lot of what he is talking about when it comes to the other selections, not that many of them would make my own personal list, but there are certainly a couple to consider.

Check out the video below and stay tuned as even more Tarantino goodness is coming your way this week around these parts as Inglourious Basterds hits theaters this Friday.

  • Sound Designer Dan


    While Battle Royale is truly a great film, you should replace it with JSA at the top of your queue. I feel that it is one of Park Chan-wook's best films and find it to be as strong as, if not better, than Oldboy.

    • rene

      but it is the first

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

    @Sound Designer Dan: Strangely, I think I may have it around my place somewhere. I am pretty sure they sent me a copy a long time ago. Gonna have to dig in and see if I still have it.

  • Zack Solomon

    Idk if anyone cares, but this intrigued me too do my own, so here it is:
    1. Boogie Nights
    2. Chungking Express
    3. Pulp Fiction
    4. Eyes Wide Shut
    5. The Departed
    6. Mulholland Drive
    7. There Will be Blood
    8. Yi Yi
    9. The Pianist
    10. Crumb
    11. Breaking The Waves
    12. Adaptation
    13. The Thin Red Line
    14. City Of God
    15. Trainspotting
    16. Schindler's List
    17. Ed Wood
    18. Rushmore
    19. Letters From Iwo Jima
    20. Cache

    Just Missed: Lost in Translation, Magnolia, Casino, Fight Club, Short Cuts, Naked, & 25th Hour

  • Sound Designer Dan

    Here's my top 20 of the best films since 1992 in alphabetical order:

    A Bittersweet Life (2004)
    Boogie Nights (1997)
    Citizen X (1995)
    City of God (2002)
    Gattaca (1997)
    Heat (1995)
    Infernal Affairs (2002)
    Joint Security Area (2000)
    Léon (1994)
    The Matrix (1999)
    Memento (2000)
    Memories of Murder (2003)
    No Country for Old Men (2007)
    Office Space (1999)
    Oldboy (2003)
    Pulp Fiction (1994)
    Requiem for a Dream (2000)
    Seven (1995)
    Sideways (2004)
    The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

  • Zack Solomon

    @Zack Solomon: I forgot Requiem for a Dream, Before Sunrise, & In The Mood For Love

    I don't understand why quentin doesn't have chungking express on their, or any wong-kar wai film at all. He distributed Chungking express in the U.S.A. and I know he loves it. If your a filmmaker or interested in auteurs you have too give Wong-Kar Wai credit as one of the best filmmakers of the last 20 years and either Chungking or In The Mood For Love could be on his.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

    @Zack Solomon: Ha, the fact you came back and wanted to add three more is exactly what I was talking about. It is damn near impossible to create these lists.

  • GregM

    @Zack Solomon:
    I like how QT didn't add a bunch of his 'brought to North America by Tarantino' titles (the likes of Iron Monkey, the Nightwatch trilogy or 2/3rds-ogy). It's refreshing when someone offers an opinion without hawking their own stuff. Just because he could by a producer credit doesn't necessarily mean he actually likes it.

    And just to add in a thoughts about movies that would undoubted make people's lists. Seven is better than Fight Club; There Will Be Blood should've won the Oscar over No Continuity, err, Country; hopefully everyone that enjoys watching Requiem will live long enough to realize it's just not that good; and (if you're offended by my lack of love for Dream, you can use this to discredit my opinions) I love the subway sequence in Speed! "I'm gonna rip your [funny] spine out. I swear to god." And then he does, awesome.

  • Zack Solomon

    @GregM: You know, I love Requiem For A dream, but I could see how it's off-putting, and I don't mean in a way that is too dark or anything like that, because I wouldn't want too insult your intelligence/taste or anyone else's either. It is completely a film by a young filmmaker, which I like sometimes and sometimes I don't, and tonally it's very odd because it doesn't encapsulate life or a story around drugs like Trainspotting, Scarface, Drugstore Cowboy, Sid & Nancy, & other great drug films, but instead it encapsulates drugs around destruction. What I mean is that the film is completely about the drug on the character and not the character on drugs. It's interesting because in all of the drug films I mentioned before a character O.D. or things go bad when he gets clean, you know real life horrible things. But Requiem has the worst case scenario for every character which doesn't mean dying, but it means having to live after being completely destroyed by drugs addiction.

  • Zack Solomon

    Also when I think of the film and Aronofsky I see this strange, but awesome combination of Gilliam, Scorsese, and Fincher at the same time seeming like an original with a camera. You know when you see most of directors use a camera now it just looks like other films someone else did, but never with Aronofsky have I felt that. so that's why I like requiem and Aronofsky.

  • Adriano

    Brad, you should see Dogville as soon as possible. It's one of the best films ever made.

  • Fielding

    Wow, I'm impressed he mentioned Anything Else. It's a great film, very funny and very deep.

  • http://www.classy.dk Claus

    Regarding when the interview was made ("Made two or three years ago" remark above): - Tarantino says 1992 and "seventeen years ago", which places the interview here in 2009

  • http://www.showloon.com Tomas

    @Sound Designer Dan: Agree with Dan but I would say that The Chaser is, in this regards, one of the strongest Korean movies I have seen (tough stuff).

  • Scott

    Was there really no Coen brothers movie on this list? Interesting...

  • Aaron :3

    1. Norbit (2007)
    An American Carol (2008)
    Dance Flick (2009)
    Disaster Movie (2008)
    Epic Movie (2007)
    Eragon (2006)
    High School Musical 1 (2006)
    High School Musical 2 (2007)
    High School Musical 3 (2008)
    The Hottie and the Nottie (2008)
    I Know Who Killed Me (2007)
    The Love Guru (2008)
    Meet the Spartans (2008)
    Miss March (2009)
    New Moon (2009) CUZ I ALREDE NO IT GUN B AWSUM
    Postal (2008)
    Prom Night (2008)
    Scary Movie 3 (2005)
    Twilight (2008)
    Transformers 2 (2009)

    But No. Actually, these are my thoughts;
    1. Histoire(s) du cinema (1998)
    And Life Goes On... (1992)
    Death in the Land of Encantos (2007)
    Evolution of a Filipino Family (2004)
    Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
    Far from Heaven (2002)
    Le genou d'Artémide (2008)
    I'm Not There (2007)
    The Last Bolshevik (1992)
    Miami Vice (2006)
    Millennium Actress (2003)
    Mulholland Drive (2001)
    Notre musique (2004)
    L’Origine du XXI siècle (2000)
    The Power of Nightmares (2004)
    Respite / The Rabbit Hunters / Correspondences (2007)
    The Story of Marie and Julien (2003)
    Synecdoche, New York (2008)
    Trouble Every Day (2002)
    United Red Army (2008)
    World Mirror Cinema (2005)

  • Paolo

    @Adriano: I agree. From the first shot, Dogville shows itself to be a great film and proves that until the last.

    By year:
    Age of Innocence
    Heavenly Creatures
    Pulp Fiction
    Twelve Monkeys
    Evita (sorry)
    Donnie Brasco
    Before Night Falls
    Y Tu Mama Tambien
    City of God
    Cold Mountain
    Darwin's Nightmare
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Kill Bill II
    Little Children
    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
    In Bruges
    Hurt Locker

  • JM

    Bruce Willis's best performance is "Unbreakable?" Yes, it was a great performance, and yes I did really like the movie, but 1) His performance in "The Sixth Sense" is actually better, and 2) If you want his best performance ever, Quentin Tarantino needs to look no further than his own "Pulp Fiction."

  • http://www.hardfest.com/ Burger Monger

    If anyone else is having trouble finding #4 It's officially by "Hark Tsui" and is released in the US as "DAO" and is often hard to find under the name "BLADE" due to the typography used (much like david fincher's "SEVEN" is often found only as "SE7EN")

  • GregM

    @Zack Solomon: Well put. Just because I don't 'get' Requiem doesn't mean I should put down those who do. Perhaps one day I'll revisit Requiem and find something in it I was previously unable to appreciate.