Quentin Tarantino Net Worth

How much is Quentin Tarantino worth?

Net Worth:$120 Million
Profession:Professional Director
Date of Birth:March 27, 1963
Country:United States of America
1.85 m

Who Is Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino is one of the few movie directors who is as famous as the actors he directs. Few directors have the stature that Tarantino does, and it’s due to his outspoken opinions on violence in movies and his love of his own movies. However, his narcissism is backed up by massive box office numbers, as the films he has directed have a combined gross of almost $2 billion. His most popular films are Django Unchained, the Kill Bill series, and the cult classic Pulp Fiction. Starring in a Tarantino movie has kickstarted actors’ careers and revitalized the careers of more seasoned actors. The director is a critical darling and is often regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.

Quentin Tarantino has a net worth of $120 million dollars, as of 2021.

How Did Quentin Tarantino Get So Rich?

As Tarantino puts in so much work in to his movies and often spends years writing each movie, he typically demands a large advance, and it’s usually around $20 million. That figure includes his work writing and producing the movie, but being a producer on all of his films, the director will also take a percentage of the film’s box office profits. The exact percentage is unknown, but it’s reported that he can make a total of anywhere between $30 – $40 million per movie. That’s a hell of a lot more than the $50,000 he made for selling Reservoir Dogs.

Though most of his wealth comes from his own movies, Tarantino also produces a lot of other films too. In the early 90s, the director founded the production company Rolling Thunder Pictures, which produced one of the most beloved Hong Kong movies of all time, Chungking Express. Tarantino’s most successful production outside of his own movies is the horror movie Hostel. Though the film was critically panned for being nothing more than torture-porn, it was a box office hit, making $80 million off a shoestring budget. When the movie was released, it even had the title Quentin Tarantino Presents: Hostel, which surely helped the movie’s success significantly.

Why is he so famous?

With the release of Reservoir Dogs in 1992, the director immediately became the most in demand filmmaker in hollywood. With Reservoir Dogs being a heist movie without the heist, critics praised this daring move, but Tarantino claims that the only reason the heist doesn’t feature in the movie is because the budget didn’t allow for it. Empire magazine called Resevoir Dogs the greatest independent film of all time, and Tarantino loves the movie more than anyone, as he made the cast of The Hateful Eight watch Reservoir Dogs to find inspiration before production began.

After the success of Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino wrote and directed Pulp Fiction, a movie that on paper wouldn’t reach commercial success due to its multi-strand narrative and jumbled scenes, but off a budget of just $8 million, the film went on to make over $200 million worldwide. The movie is a critical darling too, as it won the most prestigious award in the film industry, the Palm D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. After that, Tarantino continued to spit out classics including Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, and Django Unchained, which is his most successful movie to date, grossing $425 million at the globally. Most recently, Tarantino directed Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a movie based on the murder of Sharon Tate. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, and even received a 10 minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival.

Tarantino has become famous amongst people who aren’t even film buffs, something that is rare for a director. He has managed to do this by doing press junkets for his movies just as much as the actors, in which his eccentric personality shines through. Interviewers try to bait him with questions about the violence in his movies and if he ever feels as if he should be more responsible for what he shows to audiences, in which case the director becomes outraged and yells at the journalists.

The director even fancies himself a bit of an actor, writing himself in to almost all of his own movies, but he is often criticized by critics as being the worst part of the film. His scene in Pulp Fiction was called the worst scene in the history of cinema by Stanley Kubrick due to its racist remarks, his attempt at an Australian accent in Django Unchained was laughed at by audiences, and even when he isn’t in the movie he narrates it, such as in The Hateful Eight. The most success he found in acting was in From Dusk Til Dawn, where he had a leading role alongside George Clooney.

What Makes Tarantino So Successful?

Tarantino has a directing and visual style that is so distinct and can be recognized even by general audiences. He uses a fusion of genres, borrowing tropes from movies that aren’t mainstream and copying from films that are long forgotten. For example, in Kill Bill Tarantino paid homage to Kung-Fu movies, in Django Unchained he revitalized the western genre, and in Inglourious Basterds, the director turned the idea of a war movie on its head, rewriting history and having Hitler get brutally murdered. Though he has been criticized by some for cutting and pasting ideas from other movies in to his, Tarantino has claimed it is no different from sampling in music to make something fresh.

When it comes to casting, Tarantino, takes risks unlike any other director. His movies are often multi-stranded with an ensemble cast of a-listers, unknowns, and seasoned Hollywood elder-statesmen. The director takes risks by casting has-been actors that ordinarily wouldn’t be offered such an advantageous roles, such as Kurt Russell in Death Proof, which brought somewhat of a Russell renaissance as he went on to star in two billion-dollar franchises, the Fast and Furious series and Guardians of the Galaxy. The writer also casts unknowns who are highly skilled but haven’t yet had their breakthrough, such as Christoph Waltz, who has since won two Academy Awards, both of them for roles in Tarantino movies.

Though Tarantino is one of the most creative directors working today, he also has a solid business head on him. In the early 1990s, the writer had a screenplay he had no intention of directing himself. Instead of selling the screenplay, he split it in to two different movies and sold each one separately. The two screenplays ended up becoming True Romance and Natural Born Killers. And in 2017, after the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Tarantino stopped working with the Weinstein Company, which was currently set to produce Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. He instead pit every studio in Hollywood against one other and started a bidding war between them for the right to develop the movie.


Tarantino has come a long way since being a clerk at a movie store, as he has seems like the embodiment of a film student’s fever dream. His knowledge of world cinema and incorporating that in to mainstream Hollywood movies has worked extremely well over the past 30 years, and it should be implemented in movies more. But with this filmmaking style being unique to Tarantino, he sits on a huge net worth of more than $120 million. Though he continues to tease fans by threatening to retire every year, the director says he has a couple more films left in him. What his next project could be is anybody’s guess, as he has expressed interest in making a horror movie and even a Star Trek movie.

Notable Facts

Tarantino was born on March 27, 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee. When he was two, he moved with his mother to the Los Angeles area. Tarantino dropped out of high school when he was 16 and worked a number of odd jobs, including at an adult theatre and at a video rental store in Manhattan Beach. During this time Tarantino directed his first film, My Best Friend’s Birthday, which he financed himself over a period of three years.

1990’s Successes

In the late ’80s,Tarantino met producer Lawrence Bender at a Hollywood party, who encouraged him to write a screenplay. And in 1992 Tarantino wrote, directed and starred in his breakthrough success Reservoir Dogs. With Bender’s help, Tarantino was able to sell his screenplays for 1993’s True Romance and Natural Born Killers, released in 1994. In 1994, Tarantino was again writer, director and actor for Pulp Fiction. The film won Tarantino an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, a Golden Globe and the Cannes’ Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. Pulp Fiction has been ranked among the best films of all time. Tarantino finished the ’90s with more success. In 1996 he wrote and starred in From Dusk Till Dawn and put out the hugely successful Jackie Brown in 1997.

Kill Bill, Vol. 1 and 2

Tarantino worked on a string of smaller projects in the early 2000’s before directing his next feature film in 2003: Kill Bill, Vol. 1. The film starred Uma Thurman, who had previously worked with Tarantino on Pulp Fiction, as ‘The Bride’. Kill Bill and it’s sequel, Kill Bill, Vol. 2, released in 2004, were both critical and financial successes for Tarantino. In 2007, Tarantino teamed up with longtime friend collaborator Robert Rodriguez to co-direct the two-part feature Grindhouse. Tarantino found more success when he produced the first two Hostel slasher films.

Inglorious Basters

Tarantino’s next feature film came in 2009, when he wrote and directed Inglourious Basterds, starring Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz. The film received 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards and was nominated for 6 BAFTAs, 4 Golden Globes, and 8 Academy Awards. It was also a huge commercial success for Tarantino, grossing more than $321 million.

Tarantino’s Style

Tarantino is perhaps best known for his movies’ trademark style. Kill Bill and Reservoir Dogs are well remembered for their graphic depiction of gore and violence. Tarantino’s style also extends to his use of dialogue. All of his films have become synonymous with character confrontations and stand offs. In his films, Tarantino has also paid tribute to classic movies, often referencing them, using plot devices or recreating famous scenes.

In 2010, Tarantino finished writing Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx as a slave turned bounty hunter with the help of King Schultz, played by Christoph Waltz. The film was released in December of 2012.

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