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The Departed (2006)
1 ear scene away from Reservoir Dogs
Aside from the huge similarities between this movie and Reservoir Dogs (you can't tell me Scorcese wasn't giving a nod to Taranantino when he named his character Mr. French) this movie is incredible. Great acting and even better direction, good use of comic relief throughout to help the audience through an extremely intense movie.
However, contrary to what a lot of people will be talking about, I think Jack Nicolson stole the show. He was far better, as comes with age and experience, than Dicaprio, Damon, and Wahlberg. I was shocked to see Wahlberg get the Oscar nod over Nicolson, but I guess that is one of those Hollywood things the average movie-goer isn't meant to understand.
All-in-all I had always wondered what RD would have done if it had a larger budget and a more famous director, we now know the answer: Best Picture.