"Do you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in France?" Of course you do. You know. Your friends know. Your parents know. Your friend's little brother knows. Thanks to Pulp Fiction and its seemingly endless supply of suave, unforgettable quotes, everyone knows what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in France.

In the 20 years since its release, Pulp Fiction has never faltered in its pop-culture relevance. You could go out right now and buy the iconic Uma Thurman poster from more or less any shop on the high street. Yet it's not a film that screams commercial mainstream crossover: an ultraviolet, post-modern indie doesn't seem like a match made in heaven for bobble-head toys and novelty wigs. Then why, in 2014, does it seem like such an obvious fit? It's hard to think of another extremely dark, mature, critical darling that's invaded the public conscious so ferociously for so long. But what is it about Pulp Fiction that connects with so many people?

The timeless appeal of the film itself is kind of strange. Aesthetically, Pulp Fiction is a '70s movie seen through the lens of an over-the-top '90s movie. It combines the best elements of pulpy (ahem, that pun was impossible to avoid. Sorry.) '70s cops and robbers B movies with the best elements of visually striking American independent films and crime movies of the '90s. Pulp Fiction bleeds such a definitive sense of space and time that it's peculiar people today still interact with it so easily. There's no fear new viewers would be put off by its dated aesthetic - in fact that's probably a lot of the appeal.

Maybe it's just because Pulp Fiction has something for everyone. There's plenty of room for cinematic interpretation to enthral the sophisticated movie goer, yet there's enough juvenile moments and ridiculous violence to please the teen crowd (which, in all disclosure, was the crowd I started in. Didn't we all?). Ask a friend about their favourite scene and you'll be talking for hours because there's just so many of them. How could you pick between the opening robbery? Or the Jack Rabbit Slims dance-off? Or the amazing Harvey Keitel cameo? If you named every memorable and influential scene in Pulp Fiction you'd spend two hours reciting the whole film.

Whether it's the iconic characters, the unconventional time-bending narrative or the incredibly smart and funny dialogue, Pulp Fiction just seems to hit all the right notes. The film has style in abundance: there's something so effortlessly cool happening in almost every beat. It could be two obnoxious robbers discussing the restaurant they're about to turn over, or it could be two unassuming hitmen, cruising down a sun-soaked Los Angeles, casually discussing McDonald's and foot massages. Every scene is immersive, but more than that, every scene is enjoyable. Even when awful things start happening, the movie is always wearing a wry smile. Be it a favourite character being gunned down on the toilet or seeing another enact revenge on a gimp - it never stops being thrilling. It's ridiculous. It's over the top. But it's never not enjoyable.

So Pulp Fiction is 20 years old. One of the most beloved American independent films of all time is 20 years old. But perhaps more importantly, one of the most culturally dominant media icons of recent memory is 20 years old. Pulp Fiction stands the test of time because it encapsulates everything we love about cinema. Its gorgeous visuals complement the mesmerising camera work, while the narrative and characters are both wonderfully distinct and gratifying. It all adds up to a passionate piece of fiction that we'll never forget. We'll never forget the redemption of Ezekiel 25:17. We'll never forget what Marsellus Wallace looks like. And we definitely won't forget what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in France.

Pulp Fiction was originally released on October 14th, 1994.