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    Welcome to the 365 movies that
    have inspired and captivated Mr. Quentin Tarantino

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"My filmmaking education consisted of finding out what filmmakers I liked were watching, then seeing those films."

Paul Thomas Anderson


  • QT's Lists - Quentin Tarantino loves lists. We used his lists of Coolest Movies of All Time (September 2007), Top 20 Favorite Spaghetti Westerns (and runners up), Top 20 Favorite Grindhouse Films, Top 7 exploitation movies (Cinescape Magazine), and many others.

  • QT Interviews - and we're talking about A LOT of interviews. (My favourites were his three episodes on The Rewachtables Podcast)

  • QT FIlm Fest - The Quentin Tarantino Film Festival, or QT-Fest, was a semi-annual film and multimedia event held by the Austin Film Society in Austin, Texas and attended by film director Quentin Tarantino, where he screened a selection of his favorite films using prints he owns.

  • The New Beverly - Quentin Tarantino does the vast majority of the monthly programming at the New Beverly, a legendary revival cinema in Los Angeles.

  • QT Reviews - Quentin Tarantino's writings about other people's films.

  • 'When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, 'no, I went to films.'' - Quentin Tarantino

    This list tries to figure out what films taught the young Tarantino how to make the movies he made.


    Film history is typically written by scholars and historians who look down at a certain kind of film. They write their essays thinking that Sergio Leone is the only Spaghetti Western director worth mentioning, that Shaft is the only Blaxploitation that matters, that Roger Corman's biggest achievement is giving Francis Ford Coppola his first job, and that The Excorcist is the only horror movie ever made.

    What a world they miss!
    A world full of gangsters, bounty hunters, nazi killers on a mission, werewolves, bikers, zombies, and a very sexy Pam Grier.

    But it's a dangerous world where you get lost easily. In order to survive you need an experienced and passionate guide...

    Since I started to let myself be guided through this world by Quinten Tarantino, I've not only seen many masterpieces I had never heard of before, I also discovered an alternative and fascinating view on the history of film (Don't expect to bump into John Ford or David Lean), and I'm very excited to share this ride with you.

    So fasten your seatbelts, and start watching !

    (Note: This is not an official list)

    April 9 2021:
    Added: Winchester '73 (1950) ( Source)
    Deleted: Hands on a Hardbody: The Documentary (1997)

    February 25 2021:
    Added: The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), Hellraiser (1987), Joker (2019) ( Source)
    Deleted: The T.A.M.I. Show (1964), Police Story 2 (1988), Cabin Fever (2002), It Follows (2014)

    December 10 2020:
    Added: Blood and Black Lace (1964) (Source), Beyond the Door II (1977) (Source)
    Deleted: Zulu Dawn (1977), Ed Wood (1994)

    October 12 2020:
    Added: Zombie (1979)
    Deleted: The Last Seduction (1994)

    August 26 2020:
    Added: Tenebre (1982), 10 to Midnight (1983)
    Deleted: Kid Blue (1973), The Evil That Men Do (1983)

    July 20 2020:
    Added: Jeremiah Johnson (1972), Black Christmas (1974), Mandingo (1975), Cabin Fever (2002)
    Deleted: Rock All Night (1957), Last Woman on Earth (1960), Ski Troop Attack (1960), The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)

    July 5 2020:
    Added: Godzilla: King of the Monsters! (1956), El Dorado (1967) (Source: Natural Born Killers Screenplay)
    Deleted: The Omen (1976), Dead End Drive-In (1986)

    June 28 2020:
    Added: Kid Blue (1973) (Source), Man on Fire (2004) (Source)
    Deleted: Days of Thunder (1990), The Last Boy Scout (1991)

    June 17 2020:
    Added: The Social Network (2010) (Source)
    Deleted: Imaginary Crime (1994)

    June 10 2020:
    Added: Ramrod (1947), The Venetian Affair (1966), Five for Hell (1969), Shark! (1969), The Family / Violent City (1970), Billy Jack (1971), School That Couldn't Scream / What Have You Done to Solange? (1972), Hickey & Boggs (1972), White Lightning (1973), Hollywood Man (1976), Zulu Dawn (1979), Gates of Hell (aka City of the Living Dead) (1980), Shogun Assassin (1980), The Beyond (1981), Shogun Assassin 2: Lightning Swords of Death (1983 / 1972), Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984), King of Beggars (1992) (Source: The QT Film Fest Programming and the first months of Tarantino's programming at the New Beverly)
    Deleted: Hail the Conquering Hero (1944), The Bounty Hunter (1954), Flaming Star (1960), Ride in the Whirlwind (1966), Hornets Nest (1970), Soldier Blue (1970), The Big Bird Cage (1972), Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972), Black Mama White Mama (1973), The Yakuza (1974), Kidnapped / Rabid Dogs (1974), Sister Streetfighter (1974), Hollywood Boulevard (1976), Silver Bears (1977), The Stunt Man (1980), So Fine (1981), The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989)

    May 13 2020:
    Added: The Omen (1976), Silver Bears (1977), So Fine (1981), The Sender (1982), The Evil That Men Do (1984) (Source (second half))
    Deleted: Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953), Claire's Knee (1970), The Terminator (1984), Platoon (1986), Showgirls (1995)

    May 3 2020:
    Added: Bandits, Prostitutes and Silver (1972), Deep Thrust / Lady Whirlwind (1972), Lady Kung Fu (1972), Deadly China Doll (1973), When Tae Kwon Do Strikes (1973), J.D.'s Revenge (1975), Fist of Fury Part 2 (1977), To Kill with Intrigue (1977), Tattoo Dragon Connection (1978), The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979), The Kung Fu Instructor (1979), The House on Sorority Row (1982), Tag: The Assassination Game (1982), Forbidden World (1982), Five Elements Ninjas (1982), Fistful of Talons (1983), Ninja III: The Domination (1984), Big Bullet (1996) (Source)
    Deleted: Glory Alley (1952), The Marrying Kind (1952), The Naked Spur (1953), Dragstrip Girl (1957), The Mysterians (1957), God's Little Acre (1958), Billy Jack (1971), Sweet Kill (1972), Charley Varrick (1973), The Exorcist (1973), Mean Streets (1973), Lady Snowblood (1973), Mandingo (1975), Drum (1976), Hollywood Man (1976), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Airplane! (1980), Fort Apache the Bronx (1981), Zodiac (2007)

    April 17 2020:
    Added: Slaughter (1972), Mean Streets (1973) (Source)
    Deleted: Papillon (1973), The Omen (1976)

    April 11 2020:
    Added: Women They Almost Lynched (1953), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Black Gunn (1972), Papillon (1973), Platoon (1986) (Source)
    Deleted: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Jeremiah Johnson (1972), Orca (1977), The Brood (1979), Dances With Wolves (1990)

    April 5 2020:
    Added: I Escaped From Devil's Island (1972), Orca (1977), Message From Space (1978), Alligator (1980), Legend of the Eight Samurai (1983), Trancers (1985) (Source (first half))
    Deleted: The Women (1939), The Palm Beach Story (1942), The Big Sleep (1946), Written on the Wind (1956), Sanjuro (1962), Bullitt (1968)

    March 26 2020:
    Added: The One Armed Swordman (1967), Blood of the Dragon (1971), The Brave and the Evil (1971), Fist of Fury (1972), One Armed Boxer (1972), Beach of the War Gods (1973), A Man Called Tiger (1973) (Source)
    Deleted: Gunman's Walk (1958), The Journey to the Center of the World (1959), All in a Night's Work (1961), Boeing Boeing (1965), Baby Cart in Hades (1972), The Godfather Part II (1974), The Deer Hunter (1978)

    March 22 2020:
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