Best Drama Movies on Netflix Right Now (2020)

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American actor Al Pacino on the set of Glengarry Glen Ross, directed by James Foley. (Photo by New Line Cinema/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor Al Pacino on the set of Glengarry Glen Ross, directed by James Foley. (Photo by New Line Cinema/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) /

No. 12 – Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

Written by: David Mamet

Directed by: James Foley

Starring Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Alan Arkin, and Jonathan Pryce

If you enjoy dialogue, without having to worry about someone having their head blown off at the end of the scene like in Quentin Tarantino movies, then Glengarry Glen Ross is the movie for you. It’s honestly that simple in terms of reasons to watch; the dialogue in this movie, based on a play by the same name and writer, is silky smooth from start to finish.

The story follows a group of salesmen for a real estate company, over two days, as they compete for leads within in the company out of fear of being fired. The salesmen (Lemmon, Arkin, Harris, and Pacino) each have their own distinct style and motivations for wanting to survive in this environment, and as the stakes rise, crimes are committed, and the backstabbing begins, the film reaches soaring heights in terms of writing and acting. This is another movie that might not be nearly as high without the talent that it has in each of its roles. It also doesn’t hurt to have James Newton Howard composing the film’s score, either.