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Quentin Tarantino's best movies of 2011

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With every film critics’ group, major Hollywood organization, and pajama-clad movie blogger making their lists of the best films of 2011, Quentin Tarantino wanted to get in on the action, so, for the second year in a row, he’s served up his own personal ranking of the best cinematic offerings of the year. You might expect a hardcore cinephile like Tarantino to go with some obscure choices for his favorites—an Indonesian women-in-prison exploitation movie, say, or a Korean horror flick—but his picks are surprisingly mainstream. Last year Tarantino named Toy Story 3 as the best film of 2010, and this year his choice for the top slot is Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. That’s not to say his choices are all conventional: Rise of the Planet of the Apes at number 2? The Artist and Our Idiot Brother tied for 10th place? The Three Musketeers at number 11? (We’re guessing that one’s a joke.)

Here is Tarantino’s top 11 list, along with other films he liked (which includes some critically slammed movies like Green Lantern and The Hangover Part II), and a few more he’s given his “Nice Try Award.” Take a look and let us know how your own best-of-2011 lists match up with QT’s:

Quentin Tarantino’s Top Eleven 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

Other movies he liked (in no particular order)

50/50

Beginners

Hugo

The Iron Lady

Carnage

Green Hornet

Green Lantern

Captain America

The Descendants

My Week With Marilyn

Fast Five

Tree Of Life

The Hangover Part II

Mission Impossible 4

The Beaver

Contagion

The Sitter

War Horse

Nice Try Award winners

Drive

Hanna

Drive Angry

Real Steel