When Michael Jordan talks about basketball, everybody should shut up and pay attention. So when Quentin Tarantino discusses film, we should probably do the same, right? Sending the internet into a frenzy, the 59-year-old director has revealed what he believes to be the best movies of all time, and the list may surprise you. Watch the full interview above.
In a recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Reservoir Dogs director shared a short list of the seven films he believes are untouchable. In his new book Cinema Speculation, Tarantino claimed that 1974s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is the only “perfect” film ever made. When Jimmy Kimmel asked him to expand upon this comment, asking if any other films were on a similar level, Tarantino said: “Well, there’s not many of them – that just bemoans that the film art form is hard.”
He continued, “Look, when you say perfect movies you’re talking about any individual person’s aesthetic but even trying to account for all aesthetics…perfect movies kind of crosses all aesthetics to one degree or another.” Tarantino then stated his perfect seven films may not be everyone’s “cup of tea”, as its subjective but “There’s nothing you can say to bring it down.”
Tarantino said in addition to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, his top seven films include Jaws (1975), The Exorcist (1973), Annie Hall (1977), Young Frankenstein (1974) and Back to the Future (1985). He also added Sam Peckinpah’s 1959 western classic, The Wild Bunch to round off the list, but was quick to say that it wasn’t “technically a “perfect” film but it was “so unassailable”, he had to throw it in.
Quentin Tarantino has had a legendary career in Hollywood. Pushing out hit after hit for the better part of two decades, there’s perhaps nobody more qualified on planet earth to discuss a film’s merit. However, that won’t stop us from sending this list around in various group chats to slam his choices. Has he never watched Kevin Hart’s body of work?
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
- Jaws (1975)
- The Exorcist (1973)
- Annie Hall (1977)
- Young Frankenstein (1974)
- Back to the Future (1985)