Original Australian Daybill movie poster.Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American black comedy neo-noir crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. It starred John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman. Directed in a highly stylized manner, the film tells a few stories of criminal Los Angeles. The film's title refers to the pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels popular during the mid-20th century, known for their graphic violence and punchy dialogue. Nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture; Tarantino and Avary won for Best Original Screenplay. John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Uma Thurman each received Academy Award nominations for their roles and revitalized and/or elevated their careers. Since its release, Pulp Fiction has been widely regarded as Tarantino's masterpiece and it now enjoys a cult following.