Quentin Tarantino filmography

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Quentin Tarantino is an American director, producer, screenwriter and actor, who has directed and written ten films. He first began his career in the late 1980s by directing, writing and starring in the black-and-white My Best Friend's Birthday, a partially lost amateur short film which was never officially released. He impersonated musician Elvis Presley in a small role in the sitcom The Golden Girls (1988), and briefly appeared in Eddie Presley (1992). As an independent filmmaker, he directed, wrote and appeared in the crime thriller Reservoir Dogs (1992), which tells the story of five strangers brought together for a jewelry heist. It proved to be Tarantino's breakthrough film and was named the "Greatest Independent Film of all Time" by Empire.[1][2] His screenplay for Tony Scott's True Romance (1993) was nominated for a Saturn Award.[3]

In 1994, Tarantino wrote and directed the neo-noir black comedy Pulp Fiction, a major critical and commercial success. Cited in the media as a defining film of the modern Hollywood, the film earned Tarantino an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and a Best Director nomination.[4] Also in 1994, he served as an executive producer for Killing Zoe and wrote two other films. The following year, Tarantino directed The Man from Hollywood, one of the four segments of the anthology film Four Rooms, and an episode of ER, entitled "The Motherhood". He wrote Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk till Dawn (1996)—one of the many collaborations between them—which attained cult status and spawned several sequels,[5] in which they served as executive producers. His next directorial ventures Jackie Brown (1997) and Kill Bill (2003–04) were met with critical acclaim.[6][7] The latter, a two-part martial arts film (Volume 1 and Volume 2), follows a former assassin, seeking revenge on her ex-colleagues who attempted to kill her.[8]

Tarantino's direction of "Grave Danger", a CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode, garnered him a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series nomination.[9] He directed a scene in Frank Miller and Rodriguez's Sin City (2005). Tarantino and Rodriguez later collaborated in the double feature Grindhouse (2007); he directed the segment Death Proof. He next penned and directed the war film Inglourious Basterds (2009), a fictionalized account of the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. The critically and commercially successful film earned Tarantino two nominations at the 82nd Academy Awards—Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.[10][11] His greatest commercial success came with the 2012 western film Django Unchained, earning $425.4 million worldwide; it also won him another Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.[12][13] He then wrote and directed another commercially successful western film The Hateful Eight (2015),[14] whose screenplay was nominated for a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award.[15][16]. He then wrote the 2019 drama Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which follows an actor and his stunt double as they navigate 1969 Hollywood, an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1992 Reservoir Dogs[17][18] Yes Yes No
1993 True Romance[19] No Yes No
1994 Pulp Fiction[20] Yes Yes No Story co-written with Roger Avary
Natural Born Killers[21] No Story No
1995 Four Rooms[22] Partial Yes Executive Segment: "The Man from Hollywood"
1996 From Dusk till Dawn[23] No Yes Executive
1997 Jackie Brown[24] Yes Yes No
2003 Kill Bill: Volume 1[25][26] Yes Yes No
2004 Kill Bill: Volume 2[8] Yes Yes No
2005 Sin City[27] Partial No No Special guest director
2007 Grindhouse: Death Proof[28][29] Yes Yes Yes Also cinematographer
Grindhouse: Planet Terror[28] No No Yes
2009 Inglourious Basterds[30] Yes Yes No
2012 Django Unchained[26][31] Yes Yes No
2015 The Hateful Eight[26] Yes Yes No
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood[32][33] Yes Yes Yes

Executive producer only

Year Title Notes
1994 Killing Zoe[34]
1996 Curdled[35]
1998 God Said Ha![28]
1999 From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money[28] Direct-to-video
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter[28]
2002 Hero[36][37]
2004 My Name Is Modesty[28]
2005 Daltry Calhoun[28]
2006 Freedom's Fury[28] Documentary film
2007 Hostel: Part II[28]
2008 Hell Ride[28]

Uncredited writing roles

Year Title Notes
1991 Past Midnight[38] Also associate producer
1994 It's Pat[39]
1995 Crimson Tide[28]
1996 The Rock[40]

Acting roles

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Eddie Presley Asylum attendant Cameo[17]
Reservoir Dogs Mr. Brown[41]
1994 The Coriolis Effect Panhandle Slim Short film, voice cameo[42]
Pulp Fiction Jimmie Dimmick[17]
Somebody to Love Bartender Cameo[43]
Sleep with Me Sid Cameo[44]
1995 Dance Me to the End of Love Groom Short film[28]
Four Rooms Chester Rush Segment: "The Man from Hollywood"[45]
Desperado Pick-up guy[17]
Destiny Turns on the Radio Johnny Destiny[46]
1996 From Dusk till Dawn Richie Gecko[47]
Girl 6 Director #1 – NY Cameo[48]
1997 Jackie Brown Answering Machine Voice cameo[17]
1998 God Said Ha! Himself[28]
2000 Little Nicky Deacon Cameo[17]
2003 Kill Bill: Volume 1 Crazy 88 member Cameo[17]
2005 The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Himself Television film, cameo in extended version[49]
2007 Death Proof Warren the Bartender[17]
Sukiyaki Western Django Piringo[17]
Planet Terror Rapist #1 / Zombie eating road kill Cameos[17]
Diary of the Dead Newsreader Voice cameo[50]
2008 Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild,
Untold Story of Ozploitation!
Himself Documentary film[51]
2009 Inglourious Basterds First scalped victim / American GI Cameos[17]
2011 POM Wonderful Presents:
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
Himself Documentary film[52]
2012 Django Unchained Robert (Bag Head #1) / Frankie Cameos[17]
2014 She's Funny That Way Himself Cameo[53]
2015 The Hateful Eight Narrator Voice cameo[54]
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Bounty Law announcer / Red Apple Cigarettes commercial director Voice cameo[55]
QT8: The First Eight Himself (archival footage) Documentary film[56]


Year Show Functioned as Notes
Director Writer
1995 ER Yes No Episode: "Motherhood"[57]
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Yes Story Episode: "Grave Danger"[58]
2014–2016 From Dusk till Dawn: The Series No Story Based on From Dusk till Dawn, story co-written with Robert Rodriguez[59]

Acting roles

Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Golden Girls Elvis Presley impersonator Episode: "Sophia's Wedding: Part 1"[17]
1995 All-American Girl Desmond Episode: "Pulp Sitcom"[49]
Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Quentin Tarantino / The Smashing Pumpkins"[60]
2002, 2004 Alias McKenas Cole Episodes: "The Box (Part 1)", "The Box (Part 2)", "Full Disclosure", and "After Six"[49]
2005 Duck Dodgers Master Moloch Voice
Episode: "Master & Disaster"[61]

Video games


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