See Quentin Tarantino's Unexpected Picks for the 12 Greatest Movies of All Time

See Quentin Tarantino's Unexpected Picks for the 12 Greatest Movies of All Time

Aug 21, 2013

Quentin TarantinoWhen filmmakers make all-time movie lists, many of them tend to be similar. Mostly, it’s a mixture of obvious choices (Citizen Kane) with a few obscurities (usually really old obscurities) thrown into the mix. Quentin Tarantino, on the other hand, has a list that’s distinctly his own (unless maybe Ringo Lam made a list that had some of the same titles and Tarantino “paid homage” to it) – and I’m sure you’ll be surprised at some of the selections.

Tarantino compiled his top 12 greatest films list as part of a 2012 Sight & Sound poll, and I’m confident in making the assumption that his was the only list to feature both The Bad News Bears and Carrie. The director’s picks skew heavily toward the 1970s (not particularly surprising), and features its fair share of outside-the-box choices, but Tarantino does pay his respects to more traditional "greatest film" contenders like Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver and Jaws.

Here’s Tarantino’s complete list – along with directors and year of release:

Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)

The Bad News Bears (Michael Ritchie, 1976)

Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1976)

Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater, 1993)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966)

The Great Escape (John Sturges, 1963)

His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1939)

Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)

Pretty Maids All in a Row (Roger Vadim, 1971)

Rolling Thunder (John Flynn, 1977)

Sorcerer (William Friedkin, 1977)

Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)

What do you think of QT’s selections? It’s interesting and telling that eight of the films on this list are from 1970s, the years when Tarantino was likely coming into his own as a fledgling cinephile.

[via Open Culture]

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