Quentin Tarantino Shares What He Considers His ‘Best Movie’, And It’s Not Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino has at long last revealed what he deems to be his best ever film, but his fans do not agree.
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Quentin Tarantino has at long last revealed what he deems to be his best-ever film, but his fans do not agree.

The creator of many masterpieces including Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained has never before said which of his works he is most proud of.

The two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker, 59, has worked with Hollywood legends like Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Samuel L Jackson throughout his glittering career.

While appearing on the SiriusXM show, host Howard Stern asked the critically acclaimed director to select the best movie from his collection.

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Tarantino replied: “For years, people used to ask me stuff like that.

“And I would say something like ‘Oh, they’re all my children’.”

Now, he has finally made a decision – and it’s certainly shocked his fans.

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He explained: “I really do think Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood is my best movie.”

Fans couldn’t believe his choice, listing the likes of Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2, The Hateful Eight, Death Proof and Jackie Brown as potentially better.

But Pulp Fiction in particular seemed to top most people’s lists.

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood focuses on television actor Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and his stunt double Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt, who moves to LA while trying to break into Hollywood.

The film proved to be Tarantino’s most successful at the box office, bringing in over $374 million. 

Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood film.
Quentin Tarantino believes Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood is his best film. Credit: Columbia Pictures

It received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

One person on Twitter reminded Tarantino of Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds, writing: “From his point of view I see it. 

“But, my favourite and what I think his best is, is Pulp Fiction

Inglourious Basterds is a very close second.”

Another person said: “After I saw the ending, I was thinking didn’t Inglourious Basterds sort of do that? 

“I still enjoyed it, but Pulp Fiction will always be his best movie in my opinion.”

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While a third wrote: “It’s probably my personal favourite Tarantino movie, but maybe not his overall best. 

“Nothing will beat Pulp Fiction.”

Another expressed his love for Pulp Fiction, writing: “Don’t get me wrong, I love this movie and it’s one of my favourites from 2019 – but I disagree, Pulp Fiction is his best movie.”

“I still say Pulp Fiction,” added another. “It blew me away and still does. It was so fresh and original.

“Maybe not as polished as some of his later stuff, but it changed cinema.”

Someone else commented: “Really? So many of us consider Pulp Fiction to be the very best film he’s ever made.”

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.