#2. Reservoir Dogs
With Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino takes a simple concept (the notion of a heist picture) and completely messes with it, showing us all the parts that you’re not supposed to see. The great irony here is that compared against the far loftier goals of films like Inglourious Basterds or Kill Bill, the simple, low-budgeted Reservoir Dogs manages to probe into deeper, more meaningful truths about ethics and identity.
The cast is an ensemble in the classic sense of cinema, boasting a stunning of array of character actors from the dynamism of Harvey Keitel to the classic grit of Lawrence Tierney to the infinite likeability of Steve Buscemi to the understated powers of Tim Roth. Before making films with 3 hour running times or 40 minute fight sequences, Tarantino proves he can create with the best of them, by sticking with simplicity and channeling his force into perfect drama.