I've been hearing about this this for years, and it's definitely an argument worth having. Is Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs a homage to Kubrick's The Killing or a rip off of Chung Yun-Fat's 1987 Hong Kong film City On Fire?
Here's a little history on the issue thanks to wikipedia:
Reservoir Dogs was, according to Tarantino, his version of Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing. Tarantino himself said that he “[...] didn’t go out of my way to do a rip-off of The Killing, but I did think of it as my Killing, my take on that kind of heist movie”. The film’s plot was suggested by the 1952 movie Kansas City Confidential. Reservoir Dogs has also been accused of plagiarism, specifically Ringo Lam’s 1987 film City on Fire, and has even been accused of lifting entire scenes from this film. Additionally, Joseph H. Lewis’s The Big Combo inspired the scene where a cop is tortured in a chair. Tarantino has denied that he plagiarized with Reservoir Dogs instead claiming that he does homages. Also the main characters being named after colors (Mr. Pink, White, Brown, etc.) was first seen in the 1974 film The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.
Rotten Tomatoes internet show takes a look at these two film and puts together a very compelling argument in the video below. Watch it, and let us know what you think. Does Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs pay homage is it stealing?