Quentin Tarantino Unveils His Unique Top Eleven Films of 2011 List

January 14, 2012
Source: Tarantino Archives

Quentin Tarantino / 2011

Oh this is going to be good. You can always count on Quentin Tarantino to deliver a unique, potentially controversial, yet still reasonable list of his favorite films of the year. The Quentin Tarantino Archives has exclusively debuted his list of favorite films from 2011, and it's quite a unique pick this time. Last year he had some weird choices like Cyrus and Jackass 3-D, this time he tosses on Moneyball, Red State, Warrior, Young Adult, and the oddest of all, The Three Musketeers. He also lists a few of his other favorites, like director and screenplay, as well as his least favorites, which I've added below, too. Read on for the full list!

For the full unveiling, head over to the QT Archives, where they've got everything else he lists including "others considered" and the "Nice Try Award", but otherwise here are Tarantino's top 2011 favorite films.

Tarantino's Top Eleven Films of 2011:
1. Midnight In Paris
2. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
3. Moneyball
4. The Skin I Live In
5. X-Men: First Class
6. Young Adult
7. Attack The Block
8. Red State
9. Warrior
10. The Artist / Our Idiot Brother [tied]
11. The Three Musketeers

Tarantino's unranked Worst Films of 2011:
Sucker Punch
Potiche (Trophy Wife)
Straw Dogs
Paranormal Activity 3
Meek's Cutoff

I am a bit let down that he put Drive in the "Nice Try Award" category, as I thought he would've loved that film as much as I did. Though I am happy he added Warrior, as that's one of my favorites of 2011 as well and deserving of all the acclaim its getting, well after it was released. Rise of the Planet of the Apes as well is a fantastic choice, another movie that surprised everyone last year by being so damn good. I'm also a very big fan of Midnight in Paris, The Skin I Live In, Attack the Block, even Red State and The Artist. But I did not like Young Adult or care that much for X-Men: First Class, and I don't think anyone has any idea how Paul W.S. Anderson's The Three Musketeers made it on there. Maybe he just thought it was entertaining?

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Reader Feedback - 41 Comments


Hey. It's HIS list...And I do mean uniquely his. ūüėČ

Quanah on Jan 14, 2012


Sucker punch wasnt that bad. Idk why so many people hate it. Im tired od seeing midnight in paris as everyones number one. Maybeeee a number 3

Chip_Tha_Ripper on Jan 14, 2012


Yes it was that bad. Very few people like it. Obviously matter of taste but I think its suffice to say that it just wasn't a good movie. And im very concerned about people like Snider abusing a culture icon like Superman.

Buzzfunk on Jan 14, 2012


concern yourself with bigger issues my fiend

shadypotential on Jan 14, 2012


concern yourself with spelling Snyder correctly

slops on Jan 15, 2012


 hey Shady  we are talking films here , not world political issues , besides.... who are you to tell anyone what they should concern themselves with?

Jumpa13 on May 25, 2012


lol I agree, it's definitely a matter of taste. I do see why most people hate it, but at the same time I thought it was one of the most visually entertaining films all year. I'm just a sucker for the art direction in Snyder's movies though.

Danimal on Jan 15, 2012


Nolan is pulling all the strings there with David s goyer he's class. david s goyer is working with a guy from MIT  on the flash...snider is just a camer man...

Taylorkeith3 on Jan 18, 2012



Taylorkeith3 on Jan 18, 2012


what was your no 1`?

Taylorkeith3 on Jan 18, 2012


The Three Musketeers.. ehhhhhhhhh

Zim Li on Jan 14, 2012


I know! WTF? 

John on Jan 15, 2012


Insidious worst?

Elga on Jan 14, 2012


Insidious was one of my favorites. It's funny how one of my favorite film makers can have such different taste in films

Dustyman1505 on Jan 14, 2012


He can make-um, but he cant pick-um. But im not surprised in the least considering he LOVES "Manos: The Hands of Fate". still fun to see what other directors are watching.

happy camper on Jan 14, 2012


I liked Sucker Punch. I agree on Insidious...the third act ruined what the first two acts created.

Xerxexx on Jan 14, 2012


sucker punch with the added scenes in makes the film so much better especially the jon hamm scene

Anonymous on Jan 14, 2012


Added scenes?????

Taylorkeith3 on Jan 18, 2012


My only disagreement is Sucker Punch and I can see why he might hate that film, it's a fine line. I'm surprised he didn't mention Melancholia in the top list.

Davide Coppola on Jan 14, 2012


I also think Sucker Punch wasn't that bad... I really enjoyed it. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was great. That's how you handle a reboot.

Anonymous on Jan 14, 2012


I bet the only reason he love The Three Musketeers was because of Christopher Waltz, only reason why I endured it. 

intelektualproperty on Jan 14, 2012


I just thank God that someone has Warrior on a top 10 list

Clocker910 on Jan 14, 2012


yea.. no shit

Jrev on Jan 14, 2012


Im glad he has Warrior on his list.. Midnight In Paris did not deserve to be #1.. but the fact that Drive isn't in his top 5 ruins the whole list.. Furthermore, the list is so erratic with a few artistic movies (but not Drive) and then a few entertaining movies.. its an odd mixture.. I also think Shame needs to be in the top 10 to validate it.. and Three Musketeers?.. Seriously? This list proves why no one likes Tarantino haha cuz he cant make up his dam mind!

Jrev on Jan 14, 2012


He's right: Sucker Punch sucked. It was eye candy and nothing else...

Anonymous on Jan 14, 2012


Awesome Midnight In Paris is still my favorite of 11 until I see everything else I want to see.

Anonymous on Jan 14, 2012


I just want to say that I and most people I know liked Insidious 

Anonymous on Jan 14, 2012


while i dont agree with to much on his likes list i totally agree with everything on the dislikes list.

Anonymous on Jan 14, 2012


Sucker Punch was bad. But so was Three Musketeers.

Anonymous on Jan 15, 2012


My list includes "The Tree of Life." Why Tarantino's doesn't? Go figure. I'm quite surprised the "X Men: First Class" got his attention.

Anonymous on Jan 15, 2012


I wholeheartedly agree w his #1 pick. I saw it twice while still in theatres, and got it for Christmas, & have watched it 3 more x's. Woody Allen's work is outstanding. The scenery, dialogue, acting, costumes, ~ it has it all. A must-see for writers. 

Kathleen Ryan on Jan 15, 2012


Cool list! I respect Tarantino's list and his POV.

Blue Silver on Jan 15, 2012


Not necessarily knocking any of Quentin Tarentino's film choices.  I would of liked to know his reasons.  Not saying he's wrong.  I'm merely curious.

Anonymous on Jan 15, 2012


Sucker Punch, was what it was and hit on visuals and score... the concept was  original enough. Some of the acting and script could of been better but this was a "teenie-bopper" movie and IMO enjoyable understanding what you are going into.

Shawn Rhodriquez on Jan 15, 2012


He's right: Drive tried and failed. Sucker Punch was at the very least very stylish. The Three Musketeers?

Max Renn on Jan 16, 2012


So, he puts 'Drive' on his Nice Try list, but 'The Three Musketeers' on his Top Eleven?!  Oh Quentin! You loveable troll, you... (fucking lulz!)

Agent Kid Society on Jan 16, 2012


For SUCKER PUNCH...first; co written and very directed by ZACH SNYDER. Which means it was not only his vision...but the final product went through the wondering stage first; then the writing and rewriting stage, then storyboards and drawings, etc., all over the place. Then more changes, etc., and then it goes through various approvals at the studio or outside finance level. before it even gets to the release stage? It's editing and more editing. I seriously doubt this movie lost money; like I seriously doubt Zach was thinking of only pleasing American theatrical audiences...because he wasn't. His vision is for the global masses who love a lot of different multi-media, image-idea driven forms of storytelling. I didn't think DRIVE failed, because I watch a lot of foreign films from movie makers with a different mindset than the majority of American filmmakers. I know Tarantino has a vast foreign film vault of knowledge and influence...but DRIVE worked for me.

MARK11 on Jan 16, 2012


Duh, 3 Musketeers is on QTs list. Tarantino has a gigantic boner for Christoph Waltz and the career he helped start for was either that or Green Hornet. Oh, and, yes, Drive failed. All cool and nothing else. Yet another open ended story that built to absolutely nothing and with no pay off. He drove on bleeding to death, now go buy a Scorpion jacket and picket outside People magazine.

Voice of Reason on Jan 17, 2012


I'd much rather prefer Green Hornet, which I rather enjoyed.

Johnny Neat on Jan 17, 2012


No DRIVE? Wah? And he's dissing Insidious? I liked it. Oh well, he liked the Three Musketeers, so obviously he isn't perfect... As if Jackie Brown and Death Proof didn't fall flat on their face.

Johnny Neat on Jan 17, 2012


jackie brown is an excellent movie, you just don't make that much money with a black female lead.

Hieronymus Friedrich von M√ľnch on Oct 22, 2013

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