Upon its release in 1994, Pulp Fiction became the film that defined a generation and showed the power of independent film in Hollywood. Quentin Tarantino’s sprawling underworld epic looks at three different stories surrounding criminals in LA, and how they all converge as one. One of the most influential movies ever committed to celluloid, Pulp Fiction consistently ranks among the greatest films ever made. If you’re pining for the days when Tarantino was still this good, here are some movies like Pulp Fiction you should definitely check out.
The Best Movies Like Pulp Fiction
So, you probably know the score here, if you’re looking for movies similar to Pulp Fiction you can expect crime, plenty of violence, and a LOT of salty language. Those who are easily offended need not apply – let’s take a look at some of the offerings.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Tarantino’s debut is just as cool and ultra-violent as his sophomore effort, thought the movie is much more self-contained. Beneath his geeky exterior, Tarantino understands the essence of what makes movies cool. Coolness is on display in abundance here, and, while some of the performances might not be as iconic as Pulp Fiction, I am incredibly fond of this movie, and it’s just as great viewing now as it was 25 years ago – you might want to look away at the ear scene though!
True Romance (1993)
It’s no surprise that we have another Tarantino script on the list. This Tony Scott movie is wonderfully fun, and iconic on so many levels, and has the QT stamp all over it. Though it doesn’t follow three separate stories that blend to one, it does have the same kind of scope as Pulp Fiction. Richly diverse characters wander in and out of the LA hinterland, and things build to an explosive climax.
Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead (1995)
Now, this is one of the most underrated flicks of the ‘90s and one of Andy Garcia’s best movies. The plot surrounds the fallout for five criminals from a job they botched and the repercussions they face. While it may not snap, crackle, and pop in the way we know a Tarantino script does, this is a very similar movie to Pulp Fiction, and will no doubt satisfy fans. I actually have the VHS of this somewhere, I’ll have to dig it out and revisit this under-the-radar gem.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Curtis Hanson’s wonderful gangster epic is set in the 1950s but certainly takes a leaf out of Pulp Fiction’s book. Brilliantly written characters, unflinching violence, and morally ambiguous motivations pepper this adaptation of James Ellroy’s hit novel. The story follows the themes of police corruption, as well as Hollywood celebrity, and was one of the best films of the ‘90s. If you liked Pulp Fiction, I have no doubt you’ll love L.A. Confidential.
You might feel like Go is a strange addition to this list, as it’s not really a gangster film. And that’s true, but it is a film like Pulp Fiction in a fair few ways. Riding on the wave of the indie film movement of the ‘90s, this flick, the screenwriting debut of John August, wears its Pulp Fiction influences well and truly on its sleeve. The use of non-linear narrative and cool baddies are just a couple of the hallmarks. If you’ve not seen this cult classic, I definitely recommend it.
Pulp Fiction is undoubtedly one of the most influential movies of all time and cemented Tarantino’s legacy as the poster boy for movie geeks everywhere. Often imitated, but never equaled, this is a film with a whole lot to give, so it’s important to check out these other movies like Pulp Fiction as soon as you can.