1 November 2022

Here are the seven “perfect” films, according to Quentin Tarantino

From Jaws to Annie Hall, the director reveals his ultimate list on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

If you were to ask someone’s take on their top 7 films, it is likely there would be much ground to disagree. However, when one of Hollywood’s best filmmakers offers his opinion on Jimmy Kimmel Live, you have to sit back and accept that he knows what he is talking about. 

Tarantino was on the night-time talk show with Kimmel to chat about his new book, Cinema Speculations. Set to be released on the 1st of November, the book focuses on the films that the Kill Bill director enjoyed as a child growing up in the 70s. As such, it makes sense that the majority of his top picks hail from that era.  

Tarantino goes on to say what he thinks classifies as the ‘perfect’ movie, stating Well, there’s not many, that just bemoans that the film art form is hard”, and that the “perfect movie kind of crosses all aesthetics to one degree or another, it might not be your cup of tea, but there is nothing you can say to bring it down.” In his opinion, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) first and foremost fits that description.

Kimmel presses him to name some more, and Tarantino namechecks Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975), William Friedkin’s The Exorcist (1973), Woody Allen’s Annie Hall (1977), Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (1974) and Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future (1985). Of his final pick, The Wild Bunch (1959), he says that its “imperfections are part of its glory.” 

Well, that’s tonight’s entertainment sorted

  • Writer Ella Chadwick
  • Banner Image Credit Jimmy Kimmel Live

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