At 22, Tarantino begins working at Video Archives in Manhattan Beach, California. The store specializes in rare and obscure films.
Tarantino writes the first draft of Reservoir Dogs in three and a half weeks.
Reservoir Dogs is filmed in 35 days in locations around Los Angeles.
Reservoir Dogs premieres at the Sundance Film Festival and is nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.
While living in Amsterdam, Tarantino begins writing the screenplay for Pulp Fiction. His experience inspires Vincent Vega’s observations of Dutch culture.
True Romance, written by Tarantino and directed by Tony Scott, is released. Tarantino refers to the screenplay as his most autobiographical to date.
Video Archives closes after moving to Hermosa Beach, California. Quentin acquires nearly the entire inventory.
Pulp Fiction is unveiled at a midnight screening at the Cannes Film Festival and causes a sensation, winning the coveted Palme d’Or.
Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary win the Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Pulp Fiction’s unique non-linear narrative structure is widely praised as an evolutionary step in filmmaking.
After completing Pulp Fiction, Tarantino directs and makes a cameo in the final segment of Four Rooms, “The Man from Hollywood.”
Tarantino acquires the film rights to Elmore Leonard’s novel Rum Punch and begins adapting it into his screenplay for Jackie Brown.
Tarantino creates Rolling Thunder Pictures to release exploitation classics including Switchblade Sisters, Detroit 9000 and Mighty Peking Man.
From Dusk Till Dawn, a horror-crime-action-thriller written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez, is released.
Jackie Brown opens in theaters on Christmas Day. The tagline for the film is, “This Christmas, Santa’s got a brand new bag.”
Tarantino offers Uma Thurman the Kill Bill script and the role of “The Bride” as a 30th birthday gift.
Iron Monkey is released in the US, marking Tarantino’s first professional involvement in a martial arts film.
Eight months before his personal homage to Kung Fu bows at the box office, Tarantino presents Hero to American audiences.
Kill Bill is split into two separate films after Tarantino’s original version clocks in at more than four hours.
Kill Bill: Volume 1, Tarantino’s over-the-top chick-ninja bloodfest, is released in theaters.
At the first test screening for Kill Bill: Volume 2 in Austin, Texas, the audience gives the film a five minute standing ovation.
Kill Bill: Volume 2 hits theaters, completing The Bride’s bloodsoaked revenge saga.
Tarantino directs a scene in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s neo-noir film adaptation of Sin City. His fee — $1.
Tarantino directs the two-part season finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. His work on the episodes, “Grave Danger: Volumes 1 and 2″, earns him an Emmy nomination.
The American Cinema Editors society honors Tarantino with the prestigious ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award.
Death Proof is released alongside Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror as part of the Grindhouse double feature. Tarantino receives his first credit as cinematographer.
Empire Magazine names Reservoir Dogs the “greatest independent film of all time,” cementing its status as a modern cult classic.
Inglourious Basterds debuts at the Cannes Film Festival. When asked about the unusual spelling of the film’s title, Tarantino says, “I’m never going to explain that.”
Inglourious Basterds receives eight Oscar nominations — including best picture, best director and best original screenplay.
Roger Ebert names Kill Bill one of the 20 best films of the decade, saying “Put the two parts together, and Tarantino has made a masterful saga that celebrates the martial arts genre while kidding it, loving it, and transcending it… This is all one film, and now that we see it whole, it’s greater than its two parts.”
Tarantino receives the Hollywood Screenwriter Award for Django Unchained at the Hollywood Film Awards.