Quentin Tarantino Named These 3 Movies as His Favorites of All Time
Quentin Tarantino is, without a doubt, one of the most influential movie directors of the last few decades. He has garnered critical praise and numerous awards throughout his long, successful career. How he utilizes dark humor, excessive violence, and long dialogue is endlessly a source of imitation.
Like most directors, he is a serious film buff and critic himself. Tarantino has a nearly endless list of beloved movies. However, these are the three that he has said are his absolute favorites of all time.
‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ (1966)
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is the definitive movie in the spaghetti western genre. Starring Clint Eastwood, the film has critical acclaim for its musical score, use of long shots, and close-up shooting style. The story is about three gunslingers who are trying to find buried gold. It takes place during the mayhem of the American Civil War and depicts numerous battles.
“There is realism in his presentation of the Civil War in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly that was missing from all the Civil War movies that happened before him,” Tarintino said of director Sergio Leone in the Spectator. “Wild and grandiose as it was, there was never a sentimental streak.”
‘Taxi Driver’ (1976)
This masterpiece of filmmaking is on almost every director’s list of influential movies. Taxi Driver is about a young, disturbed veteran whose mental state continually declines. He feels he needs to clean up the streets from morally bankrupt crooks and criminals. It takes place just after the Vietnam War in a decaying New York City. The US Library of Congress dubbed the film as “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant.
“Not only is this unarguably one of the greatest movies ever made, but it is also absolutely unarguably one of the greatest movies of the 70s, if not the greatest,” the Pulp Fiction director said on a Sky Movies takeover.
‘Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein’ (1948)
This one might come as a surprise, but Tarantino regularly cites this classic as very influential. The horror-comedy features comedic duo, Abbott and Costello, as they go on a hilarious adventure through Dracula’s castle. Reader’s Digest even put it on their 100 funniest movies of all-time list.
“’Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein’ was probably my favorite movie when I was really, really, really young,” the screenwriter and producer told SiriusXM. “And the thing about why I think it was so influential was that I remember at that time period my two favorite movies in the world were monster movies, the Universal monster movies from the 1930s, and physical comedies. When I watched this movie, it bended my mind that my two favorite genres, even though I didn’t know what genre meant, could be put into one movie.”