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Quentin Tarantino's Top 20 Movies Since 1992


"Resevoir Dogs" was Tarantino's 1st film





Quentin Tarantino has listed his favorite movies made since 1992, the year he became a filmmaker with the release of Reservoir Dogs. He refused to rate the films in order of preference, though he did reveal that the 2000 movie Battle Royale was his favorite movie of the last 19 years. It is a film that he says he wished he had directed.

This is the list of Tarantino’s favorites. I have marked films I think of particular worth with stars, from * from good and worth seeing up to **** for what I consider a classic. The three films I disliked on the list, movies I didn’t think worthy of inclusion on a Top 20 list, I annotated with a #.




Dazed and Confused (1993) dir: Richard Linklater

Police Story 3, a.k.a. Supercop (1993) dir: Stanley Tong

 Speed (1994) dir: Jan de Bont

The Blade (1995) dir: Hark Tsui

Friday (1995) dir: F. Gary Gray

 Boogie Nights (1997) * dir: Paul Thomas Anderson

 Fight Club (1999) *** dir: David Fincher

 The Insider (1999) * dir: Michael Mann

The Matrix (1999) * dir: Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski

Audition (1999) dir: Takashi Miike

Battle Royale (2000) dir: Kinji Fukasaku

J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000)  dir.: Park Chan Wook

Unbreakable (2000) dir: M Night Shyamalan

Anything Else (2003) # dir: Woody Allen

Dogville  (2003) *** dir: Lars Von Trier

Lost in Translation # (2003)  dir: Sofia Coppola

Memories of Murder (2003) dir: Joon-ho Bong

Shaun of the Dead (2004) director: Edgar Wright

Team America: World Police # (2004) director: Trey Parker.

The Host (2006) dir: Joon-ho Bong

Honorable Mentions

I would add 10 to this list of Top 20 movies since 1992, starting with Tarantino’s own first flick, which I prefer to his 1994 break-through movie, Pulp Fiction. I am going to cheat a bit by adding Lars Von Trier’s masterpiece Europa to the list. Von Trier’s movie was released in the U.S. in 1992.

Europa (a.k.a. Zentropa) **** (1991) director: Lars von Trier.

Reservoir Dogs *** (1992) director: Quentin Tarantino

Exotica  (1994) **** director: Atom Egoyan

The Shawshank Redemption ** (1994) director: Frank Darabont

Dead Man **** (1995) director: Jim Jarmusch

Casino (1995) **** director: Martin Scorsese

The Sweet Hereafter (1997) **** director: Atom Egoyan

Deconstructing Harry *** (1997) director: Woody Allen

The Big Lebowski ** (1998) directors: Joel Cohen & Ethan Cohen

Se7en (1995) * director: David Fincher



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  • Deborah Oakes-Oklahoma City Natural Health Examine 5 years ago

    Hi Jon, Found your post at AC so I've subscribed and commented. I hope you do the same. Great list here....some I haven't heard of but gives me some more to check into.