By Josh Rottenberg
Updated January 16, 2012 at 10:10 PM EST

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)




The Iron Lady


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


The Sitter

War Horse

Nice Try Award winners



Drive Angry

Real Steel