Where You Can Watch Every Movie That Inspired Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
If you’re a student of Quentin Tarantino, you know the drill. The director is notoriously encyclopedic about his film knowledge, braiding references to long-forgotten films into his own projects, paying homage and revitalizing cinema in his own unique way.
To celebrate the upcoming release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Tarantino’s ninth feature film, I’ve compiled a list of legal ways to stream every film he’s mentioned in conjunction with his new title. That is, all of the movies he’s programmed at the New Beverly ahead of Hollywood’s debut, and every film playing on the Sony Channel’s curated list of films that inspired Tarantino’s latest tableau.
But before you jump right to the easy option, I wanted to take a minute to encourage a few other options. First, if you are in the Los Angeles area, head on over to Tarantino’s own movie theatre, the New Beverly, which is running a selection of the below films ahead of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s release on July 26. See times and titles here.
If you’re subscribed to the Sony Movie Channel, several of these films will air between July 21 and July 25. Many of them did not make the list below because they are out of print or unavailable for streaming or purchase, so this is a great way to check out films like Hammerhead (1968) and The Wrecking Crew (1968), which stars Sharon Tate in one of her last roles. You can see the full schedule here.
If neither of these are an option, I would urge you to check out your nearest library or video store to see if they carry any of the below films, on VHS, DVD, or Blu-ray. You can use the Digital Public Library of America website to find your nearest library, use your library card to access Kanopy, or check out The Blacklist’s “In Search of the Last Great Video Store,” which includes a map to video stores around the globe.
Note: I included links to Amazon and iTunes as a priority, but most that are available on those sites are also rentable on YouTube, Google Play, and more.
The Sterile Cuckoo | Rent on Amazon, iTunes
The Mad Bomber | Watch on Amazon Prime
Land Raiders | Rent on Amazon, iTunes
Fantastic Voyage | Rent on Amazon, iTunes
100 Rifles | Rent on Amazon or watch with a Starz subscription
Murderer’s Row | Rent on Amazon, iTunes
Any Gun Can Play | Watch with Amazon’s “Best Westerns Ever” subscription
The Secret Invasion | Rent on Amazon, iTunes
Darby’s Rangers | Rent on Amazon, iTunes
Cat Ballou | Rent on Amazon, iTunes
The Chase | Rent on Amazon, iTunes
Gunman’s Walk | Pre-order on iTunes (expected August 6)
They Came To Cordura | Watch on Amazon Prime
A Bullet for Pretty Boy | Watch on Amazon Prime
Horror House | Buy the limited edition Blu-ray on Classic Films Direct
Sweet Kill | Watch on Shout Factory TV
Sweet Savior (or The Love-Thrill Murders) | Buy the VHS on Amazon
Gypsy | Rent on Amazon, iTunes
This Property is Condemned | Rent on Amazon, iTunes
Ride the Wild Surf | Rent on Amazon, iTunes
Thunder Alley | Rent on Amazon
C.C. And Company | Watch on Amazon Prime
The Losers | Watch on Amazon Prime
Hollywood Man | Watch on Amazon Prime
Evel Knievel: Last of the Daredevils! | Watch on Amazon Prime
Jack of Diamonds | Rent on Amazon
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice | Rent on Amazon, iTunes; watch on Criterion Channel
Cactus Flower | Watch on Amazon Prime
Easy Rider | Watch on Criterion Channel
Model Shop | Preorder on iTunes (expected August 6)
Getting Straight | Rent on Amazon, iTunes
Hammerhead | Preorder on iTunes (expected August 6)
Gunman’s Walk | Preorder on iTunes (expected August 6)
Arizona Raiders | Rent on Amazon, iTunes
Image Credit: Sony Pictures