It is not everyday that you can watch a good film on the big screen. It takes a remarkable and unique plot, an amazing ensemble of actors, breathtaking locations, and an award-winning director or producer to be able to create a classic, beautiful movie. While it takes a special formula to create an outstanding film, there have been big names in the film industry that have changed the game forever. One name that will always remain to be a big screen favorite and a movie genius is Quentin Jerome Tarantino.
Film enthusiasts and big screen hit lovers know how Quentin Tarantino leaves his trademark in his every movie—lead actors driving General Motors vehicles such as Cadillac and Chevrolet, briefcases and suitcases, and references to cult movies and television—Quentin Tarantino has proven his mastery in directing, writing, and producing quality films. His remarkable trait is that he grew up loving movies more than school—he actually hated going to school. His directorial debut was for Reservoir Dogs in 1992 and he received wide commercial and critical acclaim for Pulp Fiction in 1994. He has received many industry awards, including two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTA Awards, and the Palme d’Or, and has been nominated for an Emmy and a Grammy. Filmmaker and historian Peter Bogdanovich has called him “the single most influential director of his generation.”
If you are a Tarantino fan, you have surely watched all the films he has made. Here is a list of the top 10 most profitable films he produced.
10. Reservoir Dogs: Grossed $2,832,029
One of Tarantino’s most popular films, Reservoir Dogs, had a domestic total gross of 2,832,029, making it the 10th most profitable movie he has produced. It was released on October 23, 1992. It is a crime film that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist, but not the heist itself. Another highlight of this movie is that it stars an ensemble cast which includes Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, and Lawrence Tierney. Tarantino also played a minor role in his own film. It incorporates many themes that have become Tarantino’s hallmarks: violent crime, pop culture references, profuse profanity, and a nonlinear storyline.
10. Four Rooms: Grossed $4,257,354
Earning a domestic total gross of $4,257,354, Four Rooms landed the top 9th spot for the films produced by Quentin Tarantino. The movie was released on December 22, 1995. It is an anthology film directed by four of the most celebrated directors of their generation—Allison Anders, Robert Rodriguez, Alexandre Rockwell, and Quentin Tarantino. Each of them directed one segment of the film that is based on the short fiction writings of Roald Dahl. The story is set in the fictional Hotel Mon Signor in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve. Tim Roth plays the hotel bellhop, the main character in the frame story, whose first night on the job consists of four very different encounters with various hotel guests.
9. Death Proof: Grossed $25,031,037
Death Proof is a 2007 American action thriller film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film centers on a psychopathic stunt man who stalks young women before murdering them in staged car accidents using his “death-proof” stunt car. The film pays homage to exploitation, muscle cars, and slasher film genres of the 1970’s, and stars Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Tracie Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Zoë Bell as herself.
7. Grindhouse: Grossed $25,037,897
The 2007 action-horror/exploitation double feature film earned a domestic total gross of USD 25,037,897. It was co-written, produced, and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. The double feature consists of two feature-length segments, Rodriguez’s Planet Terror and Tarantino’s Death Proof, The film’s title derives from the U.S. film industry term “grindhouse”, which refers to movie theaters specializing in B movies, often exploitation films, shown in a multiple-feature format. The film stars Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Marley Shelton, Michael Biehn, Jeff Fahey, Josh Brolin, Naveen Andrews, Fergie, Bruce Willis, Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Tracie Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and stuntwoman Zoë Bell.
6. Jackie Brown: Grossed $39,673,162
Released on Christmas day of 1997, Jackie Brown earned a domestic total of $39,673,162. It is a crime drama which is an adaptation of the novel Rum Punch by American novelist Elmore Leonard, and stars Pam Grier in the title role. The film pays homage to 1970’s blaxploitation films, particularly the films Coffy and Foxy Brown, both of which also starred Grier in the title roles.The film’s supporting cast includes an ensemble of big celebrities which includes Robert Forster, Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Bridget Fonda and Michael Keaton. It was Tarantino’s third film following his successes with Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Pulp Fiction (1994).The film gained Forster an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and Golden Globe Award nominations for Jackson and Grier.
5. Kill Bill Vol 2: Grossed $66,208,183
The second instalment of the thriller film Kill Bill, gained a domestic total gross of $66,208,183. It is a thriller film which is the second of two volumes that were released several months apart. Kill Bill was originally scheduled for a single theatrical release, but with a running time of over four hours, it was separated into two films. Kill Bill Volume 1 was released in late 2003, and Kill Bill: Volume 2 was released in early 2004.
4. Kill Bill Vol. 1: Grossed $22 Million on Opening Weekend
Starring Uma Thurman, Kill Bill: Volume 1 was released on October 10, 2003. In the United States and Canada, Volume 1 was released in 3,102 theaters and grossed $22 million on its opening weekend, making this film one of Tarantino’s highest grossing films.
3. Pulp Fiction: Grossed $107,928,762
The American dark comedic crime film, Pulp Fiction, earned a domestic total gross of $107,928,762. Known for its eclectic dialogue, ironic mix of humor and violence, nonlinear storyline, and a host of cinematic allusions and pop culture references, Tarantino has proven his trademarks once again. The film was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture; Tarantino and Avary won for Best Original Screenplay. It was also awarded the Palme d’Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. A major critical and commercial success, it revitalized the career of its leading man, John Travolta, who received an Academy Award nomination, as did costars Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman.
2. Inglourious Basterds: Grossed $120,540,719
The film stars starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth and Diane Kruger. It is fictional alternate history story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany’s political leadership, one planned by a young French Jewish cinema proprietor (Laurent), and the other by a team of Jewish-American soldiers led by First Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Pitt). It earned a domestic gross total of $120,540,719.
1. Django Unchained: Grossed $162,805,434
Django Unchained, starring Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, and Leonardo DiCaprio gained a domestic gross total of $162,805,434. Django Unchained is Tarantino’s highest-grossing film to date and is centered around the story of a slave who is out to rescue his wife, played by Kerry Washington, with the help of a German bounty hunter.
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