In 2009, Quentin Tarantino did a brief interview with Sky Movies ahead of the release of Inglorious Bastards. Long regarded as a walking movie encyclopedia, Tarantino rattled off a list of his 20 favorite films since 1992 — the year he made his directorial debut with Reservoir Dogs. Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale is the only film the director cited as his runaway pick for number one, but he declined to rank the others, opting instead to name them in alphabetical order (listed below).

1. Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku, 2000)
2. Anything Else (Woody Allen, 2003)
3. Audition (Takashi Miike, 1999)
4. The Blade (Hark Tsui, 1995)
5. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997)
6. Dazed & Confused (Richard Linklater, 1993)
7. Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)
8. Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999)
9. Friday (F. Gary Gray, 1995)
10. The Host (Joon-ho Bong, 2006)
11. The Insider (Michael Mann, 1999)
12. Joint Security Area (Chan-wook Park, 2000)
13. Lost In Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
14. The Matrix (Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski, 1999)
15. Memories of Murder (Joon-ho Bong, 2003)
16. Supercop (Stanley Tong, 1992)
17. Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004)
18. Speed (Jan de Bont, 1994)
19. Team America (Trey Parker, 2004)
20. Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan, 2000)

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