"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
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