Quentin Tarantino may be one of the best-known and most influential filmmakers in contemporary American cinema. The director became a household name after his highly-successful 1994 crime film, Pulp Fiction. It is considered by many critics to be Tarantino’s masterpiece and the film’s disjointed narrative structure, multiple pop culture references, and over-the-top violence exemplified his filmmaking style.
Tarantino’s films also typically contain countless hat tips to other films that have somehow inspired the director. While documenting every single film reference in Tarantino’s entire body of work would be a daunting task, there are several films that clearly influenced some of this famed director’s most popular films. Not surprisingly, many of these films feature themes of crime and violence. Here are seven killer movies that inspired Quentin Tarantino.