12 Greatest Films of All Time by Quentin Tarantino

"Any list of the most respected American filmmakers of the past half-century would have to include Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, and Martin Scorsese. The latter two have kept creating, and prolifically, but that doesn’t delay those heated debates about who will most proudly carry the auteur’s tradition into the next few decades. Much smart money bets on Quentin Tarantino, who, at age 50, has already racked up over twenty years (and if you count My Best Friend’s Birthday, over 25) of demonstrating his distinctive cinematic sensibility."

- Open Culture


Weight: 30


Detractions

  1. Single author (-50)
  2. Voted on by industry employee(s) (-20)

Films (12)

1. Dazed and Confused

Directed by Richard Linklater | Rated R | 102 min | 1993

The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976.


2. Apocalypse Now

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | Rated R | 153 min | 1979

During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.


3. Rolling Thunder

Directed by John Flynn | Rated R | 95 min | 1977

Major Charles Rane comes back from the war and is given a number of gifts from his hometown because he is a war hero. Some greedy thugs decide that they want to steal a number of silver ...


4. Sorcerer

Directed by William Friedkin | Rated PG | 121 min | 1977

Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle.


5. The Bad News Bears

Directed by Michael Ritchie | Rated PG | 102 min | 1976

An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.


6. Carrie

Directed by Brian De Palma | Rated R | 98 min | 1976

Carrie White, a shy, friendless 17 year-old girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.


7. Taxi Driver

Directed by Martin Scorsese | Rated R | 113 min | 1976

A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.


8. Jaws

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated PG | 124 min | 1975

When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.


9. Pretty Maids All in a Row

Directed by Roger Vadim | Rated R | 91 min | 1971

California State Police Captain Sam Surcher investigates a string of teenage girl murders at Oceanfront High School.


10. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Directed by Sergio Leone | 161 min | 1966

A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.


11. The Great Escape

Directed by John Sturges | 172 min | 1963

Allied P.O.W.s plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.


12. His Girl Friday

Directed by Howard Hawks | 92 min | 1940

A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.