Best Drama Movies on Netflix Right Now (2020)

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – OCTOBER 8: Harvey Keitel and Quentin Tarantino attend the screening of ‘Reservoir Dogs’ on October 8, 1992, at the Galaxy Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA – OCTOBER 8: Harvey Keitel and Quentin Tarantino attend the screening of ‘Reservoir Dogs’ on October 8, 1992, at the Galaxy Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage) /

No. 16 – Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Written by: Quentin Tarantino

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Starring Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn, and Lawrence Tierney

You could make the argument that Reservoir Dogs deserves a top ten, maybe even top five spot on this list, and I would listen to that argument. You could make the argument that Quentin Tarantino’s directorial debut is the superior movie to another movie on this list, Pulp Fiction, and I would also take that into consideration. Yet, while its elongated scenes that take place mainly in the same room, are an oasis for movie dialogue lovers, they can be taxing for a first time viewer.

Reservoir Dogs is about a robbery gone wrong. Six men attempt to rob a jewelry store and, through multiple timeline narratives, we see the events prior and after the heist that gives us insight into who each of these criminals is, and how the heist could have gone so wrong.

Everything about Reservoir Dogs, from its opening scene about the meaning of Madonna’s “ Like a Virgin”, to the tracking shot Tarantino uses in Mr. Blonde’s (Madsen) torture scene, is flawless. Harvey Keitel stands out among a cast of, quite honestly, hilarious and colorful supporting characters, as he manages to act as the voice for the audience for much of the film. Keitel’s Mr. Write serves as our initial protagonist, only to have Tim Roth’s Mr. Orange character take the reins halfway through. Tarantino’s narrative acts have been a staple of his movies for decades now, and there is no better way to acquaint yourself with his style of writing and directing than this.