Oliver Stone is a long-established and sometimes controversial director. Quentin Tarantino is a celebrated retro-ist and sometimes visionary. Which one has been more successful in Hollywood?
Commercial Success Score is based on adjusted box office numbers, calculated using domestic box office dollars, average ticket price in release year, U.S. population, and tickets purchased per capita.
Oliver Stone leads in total adjusted box office, headed by Platoon, JFK, and Any Given Sunday. Quentin Tarantino, on the strength of Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds, has the edge in average adjusted box office. Stone's totals trump Tarantino's averages in this showdown.
Edge: Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone has some decently reviewed films like JFK and Platoon, but most of his films are middle of the road when it comes to critical acclaim, such as Any Given Sunday and World Trade Center. Quentin Tarantino's body of work is highly regarded by critics, led by Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs.
Edge: Quentin Tarantino
Miscellaneous Score is based on Academy award nominations and wins, number of films directed, number of films written, Director's Guild nominations and wins, appearances on AFI lists, and inclusions in the National Film Registry.
Thanks to Platoon (8 noms, 4 wins), Born on the Fourth of July (8 noms, 2 wins), and JFK (8 noms, 2 wins), Oliver Stone has a solid lead in Academy nominations and awards. Tarantino has some Academy awards success with Pulp Fiction (7 noms, 1 win), and Inglourious Basterds (8 noms, 1 win). Oliver Stone has 3 Director's Guild nominations and 2 wins, Tarantino has 2 nominations and 0 wins. Stone and Tarantino each have 1 film on the AFI lists, neither has an NFR film. Stone has directed 17 films and wrote 9 of them, Tarantino has directed 7 films and wrote all 7. Stone's awards and quantity of films put him over the top in this category.
Edge: Oliver Stone
While Oliver Stone comes out ahead in 2 categories, it's not enough to overcome Quentin Tarantino's dominance with critics.
Winner: Quentin Tarantino