Quentin Tarantino's Favorite 20 Movies From 1992 to Now
by Alex Billington
August 16, 2009
This video is starting to make its way around the web and it's definitely worth watching. Like him or hate him, Quentin Tarantino is a very unique filmmaker, with a distinct style and particular tastes. We know that Enzo Castellari's 1978 Italian film The Inglorious Bastards was an inspiration for Tarantino's new Inglorious Basterds, but what are his other favorite films? In this video recorded for Sky Movies, Tarantino lists off his favorite 20 movies from 1992 to now. That year is so important because that's the year he became a director (with Reservoir Dogs) and these are the 20 films that he admires the most since then.
From what I can tell (looking at the Death Proof footage being shown on the bottom) this was recorded during the release of Grindhouse and wasn't shot recently for Basterds. That said, I doubt there's much that has changed on here, or at least I'd be curious to ask him if anything was different (or if there were any films between April of 2007 and now that were good enough to be on here). He mentions a lot of interesting films in this, especially a lot of stuff that I wouldn't think Tarantino would've enjoyed (like Friday or Speed or Team America) but so be it. Truly a list of favorite films unlike any other favorite film lists out there.
Edit: Apparently this video is not actually that old. Tarantino recently took over Sky Movies in order to host showings of his favorite films on that channel, including There Will Be Blood, Sunshine, and Taxi Driver.