Quentin Tarantino reveals his favourite films of 2011

And the ones he hated…

Quentin Tarantino has revealed his favourite (and least favourite) films of 2011.

The Quentin Tarantino Archives have got their hands on the director's rundown of the year, which yields some surprising results.

His #1 movie was Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris. It's an unexpected choice, but not underserving: it was smart, sweet and pretty damn funny, with some spot-on portrayals of '20s icons by the supporting cast.

Elsewhere, his list mixes the mainstream with the offbeat (The Artist and Our Idiot Brother tie in 10th place!), and there are some shocks (The Three Musketeers? Surely an ironic joke...) and he was also kind enough to supply lists of other films he enjoyed, his favourite screenplays, and his worst films of the year.

Check out the lists in full below:

Quentin Tarantino’s official Top 11 of 2011

1. Midnight In Paris
2. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
3. Moneyball
4. The Skin I Live In
5. X-Men: First Class
6. Young Adult
7. Attack The Block
8. Red State
9. Warrior
10. The Artist / Our Idiot Brother (tie)
11. The Three Musketeers

Others considered in no particular order

The Iron Lady
Green Hornet
Green Lantern
Captain America
The Descendants
My Week With Marilyn
Fast Five
The Tree Of Life
The Hangover Part II
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
The Beaver
The Sitter
War Horse

Nice Try Award

Drive Angry
Real Steel

Best Director

Pedro Almodovar
Bennett Miller
Woody Allen
Jason Reitman
Michel Hazanavicius

Best Original Screenplay

Midnight In Paris
Young Adult
Red State
Attack The Block
Our Idiot Brother

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Skin I live In
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
X-Men: First Class

Worst Films

Sucker Punch
(Trophy Wife)
Straw Dogs
Paranormal Activity 3
Meek’s Cutoff

Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained opens on 26 December 2012 (and we're expecting it to appear in plenty of our Top 10 lists…)

Agree with QT? Anything on his lists surprise you? Talk to us!


    • durden

      Jan 14th 2012, 11:24

      yeah..i agree less and less with QT every day.the frustrated little prick...

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    • MikeyRix

      Jan 14th 2012, 12:13

      "Captain America"? Really?! Sorry, but no.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Jan 14th 2012, 13:59

      Surely if two films tie for 10th that makes the next one on the list 12th? Anyway, perhaps some of these choices are merely to wind people up. Looks like he's succeeded. I agree wholeheartedly with putting the laughable Insidious on the worst films list; no idea why US geek bloggers were so in love with it. They're clearly easily pleased. And a 'Nice Try' award seems monumentally patronising, doesn't it?

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    • joker16

      Jan 14th 2012, 14:21

      I love QT but he has sh!t taste in movies. The Three Musketeers??????? Green Lantern????? And Drive is a "nice try"??? F U C K you!!!!!

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    • murphy

      Jan 14th 2012, 15:40

      QT has pretty s**t taste just like you daliknob,and i take it he didn't see Kill List then? The green lantern and that were bad enough,just noticed he has the sitter in the others considered list too,that was a total stinker of a film!

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    • McSerious

      Jan 14th 2012, 16:00

      I'm just ignoring the rest of the list and being very pleased he's acknowledged Warrior

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 14th 2012, 17:27

      Nice try? What does that even mean? Real Steel was a kids film about robots knocking ten bells out of each other and Drive Angry was about a guy who breaks out of hell and is pursued by satan and bad CGI .

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 14th 2012, 17:55

      I agree with QT about Sucker Punch, I turned it off after 20 minutes.

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    • Heisenberg

      Jan 14th 2012, 18:52

      @McSerious, i'm the same, don't care about the rest, at least he had the common sense to know that Warrior was something a bit special.

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    • StevePotter

      Jan 14th 2012, 20:49

      @MikeyRix YES, really. Captain America was awesome.

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    • joker16

      Jan 14th 2012, 21:12

      @StevePotter No, there was nothing "awesome" about it.

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    • nkutzler

      Jan 15th 2012, 4:22

      Hey, if weird thoughts ever stop going through Tarantino's head then we lose his genius. Drive was strangely judged, and I really want more people to recognize Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows. But that's general.

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    • MDahleLama

      Jan 15th 2012, 5:18

      Whatever drugs he was on during this, I don't want any

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 15th 2012, 6:22

      At the end of the day lists like these are subjective, I am not going to insult QT just because I disagree with some of his choices. As for saying Drive was a nice try you have to remember that Quentin will have seen many films similar to it from the 70's and will feel it doesn't hold a candle to them.

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    • StevePotter

      Jan 15th 2012, 9:20

      @joker- Really? Not Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull? You didn't even like "The Star-Spangled Man" scene? If you didn't like that montage, I'm not entirely sure how you'd define awesome, my friend.

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    • FBJFryer

      Jan 15th 2012, 12:51

      He picked Captain America and Green Lantern but not Thor, 127 Hours, The King's Speech and Animal Kingdom. Where was The Fighter too

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    • SilverSurfer45

      Jan 15th 2012, 15:25

      King's Speech, Animal Kingdom and The Fighter were released in the US late 2010. The dreadful Hangover Part II, Green Lantern and Green Hornet are there but no Melancholia, Thor or Another Earth?

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    • joker16

      Jan 15th 2012, 15:29

      @Stevepotter It amazes me that anyone could be wowed by that movie. The action was poorly directed, the acting was dull and Chris Evan's has zero charisma. It was one of the more boring movies I saw last year... but to each his own. @FBJFryer All of those movies (with the exception of Thor) came out in 2010 in the United States. Animal Kingdom did make his top ten last year.

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    • MikeyRix

      Jan 15th 2012, 15:30

      @StevePotter Hugo Weaving was very good. Everything else? Bang-on mediocre.

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    • StevePotter

      Jan 15th 2012, 17:18

      @joker It amazes me that people couldn't! But, like you said, to each his own.

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    • JohnJDuffy

      Jan 15th 2012, 17:27

      QT p**ses me off

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    • StevePotter

      Jan 15th 2012, 19:23

      Is it just me, or does this seem like something you shouldn't do if you're a film maker? Like, making a "Best of" list, that's cool. And I suppose there's nothing wrong with saying you DISLIKED a movie. But making a "Worst of" list just seems highly unprofessional to me.

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    • Mattsimus

      Jan 15th 2012, 23:56

      Well evidentally some of his taste is shocking but lets face it, we've all got our guilty pleasures! Having said that its good rise of the planet of the apes was on the list......although was dissapointed to see virtually everything apart from THOR!!!!

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    • BobbyTwoTimes

      Jan 16th 2012, 10:07

      That's because 'Thor' was sh!t....

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    • Firedragon76

      Jan 16th 2012, 11:33

      Pirates of Versailles: Apocalypse (aka The Three Musketeers) is on the 'Best' list but 'Potiche' is one of the worst?! Maybe if Catherine Deneuve had blown up Gerard Depardieu QT would have liked the movie...

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    • FBAGardhadipu

      Jan 16th 2012, 15:48

      i must agree with QT, our idiot brother deserved in his 2011 top ten! the list it's so hillarious! =)) well done QT :D

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    • FBMFlaxseed

      Jan 22nd 2012, 2:46

      What makes anybody think that this list is truthful or that he actually put a whole lot of thought into it?

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    • karvictho

      Jan 22nd 2012, 11:09

      These are pretty mainstream, which isn't terrible. However, it's a very typical list of choices a person might make if they were trying to guess which will be Oscar winners in order to get the opportunity to say "See, I told you so." So, no real surprises here just confirmation that it's that time of year again.

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    • bobbydeniro1

      Oct 7th 2013, 7:12

      'Rampart' was an astonishing thriller 'Meek’s Cutoff' tarantino hates paul dano 'Drive' was voted best film of the year by empire and total film 'Hanna' was the LEON for my generation

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