10 Underrated Dark Comedies With Total Pulp Fiction Vibes

John Travolta in Pulp Fiction
Image Credit: Miramax.

Pulp Fiction is considered one of the best movies and tops Quentin Tarintino’s classics list. Although no one has made one quite like it, many match the vibe. So when someone asked Reddit for examples of films similar to Pulp Fiction, these are the top-voted recommendations.

1. Snatch (2000)

Someone suggested the characters of Jason Statham and Brad Pitt in this movie are adorable. Snatch follows an illegal Turkish boxing promoter (Statham), trying to get his boxer, Mickey (Pitt), into fights in which he would take bets.

When Mickey knocks out his opponent, all hell breaks lose because Turkish had promised he would lose. There’s another gangster, Franky Four Fingers (Benicio del Toro), who is in London to sell a stolen diamond. Multiple criminals fight for the jewel, and it’s chaos everywhere.

2. In Bruges (2008)

In Bruges follows two hitmen, Ray and Ken, who have a botched-up mission. They flee to Bruges, Belgium, to stay there until the heat blows off. Ray is bored and hates it until he meets a girl and falls for her. Things take an unexpected turn when their boss asks Ken to kill Ray.

3. Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

This neo-noir crime thriller stars Bruce Willis (also in Pulp Fiction), Josh Hartnett, and Morgan Freeman. An innocent man, Slevin (Hartnett), is thrown into a conflict between two of New York’s rival crime bosses. With the help of Detective Brikowski (Stanley Tucci) and a well-known assassin, Goodkat (Willis), he must figure out a way to escape.

4. Layer Cake (2004)

This British crime film was director Matthew Vaughn’s debut and stars Daniel Craig and Tom Hardy. A London-based criminal (Craig) is in the cocaine trade and is looking to retire from the drug business. However, his plans halt when he must rescue the daughter of a trade magnate and retrieve ecstasy pills worth two million pounds.

5. True Romance (1993)

The name doesn’t sound very Pulp Fictiony, but the movie’s pace matches up. A comic-book nerd falls in love with a prostitute and goes to her pimp with the news.

Ultimately, he kills the pimp and steals a suitcase he thinks contains clothes. When the couple sees the briefcase is full of cocaine, they hit the road to try to sell it. The mob starts to follow them, and the chase ensues.

6. Boogie Nights (1997)

When an adult film director recruits a busser to star in his adult films, everything takes off for him. He becomes a sensation and makes friends with several actors. He fulfills all his ambitions. However, his ego and drugs threaten his career.

7. Seven Psychopaths (2012)

This satirical black comedy is directed by Martin McDonagh, who also directed In Bruges. This movie also stars Colin Farrell. It shows a struggling screenwriter who becomes entangled in the criminal underworld of Los Angeles. The chaos starts when his stupid friends kidnap the Shih Tzu of a dangerous gangster.   

8. Killing Zoe (1993)

A skilled safe-cracker is on another job organized by his friend. They are going to rob a bank in Paris. He reaches the city and spends his first night with a call girl, Zoe. His friend informs him that the heist will happen the very next day. The surprised safe-cracker goes along, but the next day the job does not go as planned.

9. Fargo (1996)

Fargo has a cult following and is regarded as one of the best. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned when Jerry (William H. Macy) hires men to kidnap his wife to extract a ransom from his father-in-law. Now Jerry must get himself out of the hole he has dug.

10. Jackie Brown (1997)

In this Quentin Tarantino directorial, we see a flight attendant getting caught smuggling gun money for her gangster boss. The police give her two choices: she helps them catch her boss and get killed by him or go to jail. Jackie decides to turn on both of them for an action-packed thrill ride.

We hope you enjoyed these Reddit recommendations for movies similar to Pulp Fiction. This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Boss Level Gamer.



Written by Elizabeth Ervin

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