* The massive success of ''Film/BatmanBegins'' and ''Film/CasinoRoyale'', DarkerAndEdgier reboots of worn franchises led to a trend of failed or declining franchises being rebooted with varying degrees of success.
* ''Film/SkyHigh'':
** ''Zoom'' was rushed into theaters shortly after Sky High came out, and the epic failure of the ripoff is probably why more films of this subgenre are not being made.
** Ironically, Sky High is sort-of a ripoff of the old DCOM Up Up and Away itself.
* Anybody notice how after ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'', horror movies started having characters with a camera or web connection? Examples: ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'', ''Film/{{Quarantine}}'', ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'', etc.
** This also bled down to TV shows like ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' and ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined''.
** For that matter, it inspired the WebOriginal series ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'', which has itself inspired a bevy of imitators.
* ''Film/DarkCity'' (1998) created a wave of dark, philosophical ScienceFiction movies that question the nature of reality and have lots of Creator/JohnWoo-style gunplay. It was ''Film/TheMatrix'' that became the most successful and iconic of these films, even though it was not the first. Other examples include ''Film/EXistenZ'', ''Film/TheThirteenthFloor'', and ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}''.
** ''Film/TheMatrix'' brought CyberPunk into the mainstream during the late 1990s, when the genre was already almost dead in Sci-Fi literature, and spawned a multitude of movies (I.E. ''Film/TheOne'') and video games (I.E. ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'') which mostly imitated its cinematic style and ''BulletTime'' [=CGI=] effects.
*** Supposedly, when the Wachowskis were peddling their script, they brought with them a comic book and told prospective buyers that they wanted to do something like that into a movie. The comic in question? ''Manga/GhostInTheShell''.
** More broadly, ''Film/DarkCity'' seems to have been the advance guard of a rash of films in 1998-1999 of varying genres involving a closed or false reality. Non-action examples would be ''Film/{{Pleasantville}}'', ''Film/TheTrumanShow'', and maybe even ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich''. These existed alongside science-fiction titles like ''Film/EXistenZ'' and ''Film/TheMatrix''. This may have simply been the spirit of the age, however, and not strictly an example of this trope.
** Most CyberPunk movies owe debts of gratitude to ''Film/BladeRunner'' (the "[[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture real world]]") and ''Film/{{Tron}}'' ({{cyberspace}})
** As far as stylistic precedents for ''Film/TheMatrix'' go, see also ''Film/EventHorizon'' and the movie version of ''Series/LostInSpace''.
* ''Film/FridayThe13th1980'' initiated the 1980s' slasher genre; the film was itself preceded by ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}''. Later, ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'' re-invigorated the genre; among the works that came in its wake were ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'' and ''Film/FreddyVsJason''.
* Two years before that, ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' begat the concept of the SummerBlockbuster, along with a slew of "animals attack" movies; one of the first and best copiers was ''Film/{{Alligator}}''.
** One of these films, ''Film/{{Piranha}}'', inspired few followers of its own in form of ''Barracuda'' and ''Killer Fish''.
* Spielberg's first movie ''Film/{{Duel}}'', while not as influential, has inspired a few ripoffs as well; the recent video-release ''Joy Ride: Dead Ahead'' was painfully blatant in its copying.
* The twin successes of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Film/HarryPotter'' are leading to more and more film adaptations of epic literary fantasy, varying from the relatively good ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' movies, to ''Film/{{Eragon}}'', which managed to make even less sense than the book on which it was based. ''Film/TheGoldenCompass'' (based on ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'') and ''Film/TheSeeker'' (based on ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'') have been released, but neither did very well.
** The 2010 film version of ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' turns a surrealist parody of Victorian society and literature into a straightforward fantasy epic.
** It's even moving to TV now with Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's adaptation of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''Series/GameOfThrones'' on {{HBO}}. (This should not be considered a step down; the series' showrunners thought about trying to do movies, but realized that compressing GRRM's {{Doorstopper}}s would be "an act of vandalism." A good call when your ''shortest'' book is only 30 pages shorter than [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix the longest Harry Potter novel]].)
* The nature documentary ''Film/MarchOfThePenguins'' led to two animated features [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins with penguin characters]]: ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet'' and ''WesternAnimation/SurfsUp''. Both were in production long before ''March of the Penguins'' was released (that being the nature of feature-quality animation of either kind), but the success of ''March'' probably got them slightly more publicity for getting on the "penguin bandwagon".
* If ''Film/TheMatrix'' was the FollowTheLeader of the late 90's/early 2000s, then ''Film/DieHard'' was the FollowTheLeader of the 80's. The success of ''Film/DieHard'' prompted a slew of action set pieces best described as DieHardOnAnX. Die Hard on a bus (''Film/{{Speed}}''), Die Hard on a boat (''Film/UnderSiege'', ''Film/Speed2CruiseControl''), Die Hard on a plane (''Film/{{Passenger 57}}'', ''Film/ExecutiveDecision'', ''Film/AirForceOne'') and so on.
* There was a genre (''Film/OurManFlint'', ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'', ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'', ''Film/AustinPowers'', ''Film/SpyHard'', ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'', etc) parodying spy movies in and/or of the 1960s... except that they only ever seem to parody Film/JamesBond. It's as if other spy fiction simply didn't exist, although they don't really need to parody those: the [[SmallReferencePools general public know about James Bond most]] and the Bond movies created or standardised enough tropes by themselves. What made it rather odd is the James Bond series already started out pretty tongue in cheek.
* ''Film/{{Shaft}}'' became the model of a film genre for movies targeted towards urban African Americans now otherwise known as {{Blaxploitation}}. It also owed a lot to ''Film/SweetSweetbacksBaadasssssSong'', which wasn't quite an exploitation film.
* Jacques-Yves Cousteau's ''The Silent World'' became the nature documentary all other nature documentaries would imitate.
* ''Film/{{Superman}}'' in 1978 and ''Film/{{Batman}}'' in 1989 started the trend of SuperHero-inspired [[LiveActionAdaptation live-action]].
** ''Batman'' in particular kickstarted a brief wave of DarkerAndEdgier films inspired by old school pulp heroes, such as ''Film/TheShadow'' and ''Film/ThePhantom''.
** The success of ''Film/XMen1'', followed by the great success of the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'', unleashed a deluge of modern SuperHero-inspired [[LiveActionAdaptation live-action]] like ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' and ''Film/BatmanBegins''.
*** ''JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'' actually {{Lampshaded}} this trend by joking about Hollywood desperately buying up every superhero franchise in sight in order to cash-in on the success of ''X-Men''. In real life, even obscure properties like {{Namor}} were optioned for movies after the success of ''X-Men''.
*** Going slightly further back, ''Film/{{Blade}}'' was really the first of the modern wave of superhero movies, as well as the one that popularized [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack the use of black leather in place of gaudy superhero costumes]]. (At least for modern cinema. Batman was wearing black years earlier in the Creator/TimBurton films). It also proved that comic book movies cold be successful even if the subject wasn't initially familiar to the public at large, which proved a particular boon to Marvel (whose major characters didn't have nearly the name recognition of Superman and Batman pre-2000).
** After the success of ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', many franchise films, some not even related to comics, have followed suit with a ContinuityReboot and SequelEscalation set in a world that downplays supernatural or overly "fantastic" elements, focus on the origins of iconic items or costuming and villains are more like terrorists in their actions. ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' and ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' in particular seem to be tonally inspired by the Nolan Bat-films.
** The success of ''Film/TheAvengers'' convinced WB to do ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' as a sequel to ''Film/ManOfSteel''. The movie was even [[DuelingMovies set to go up against]] ''[[Film/TheAvengersAgeOfUltron Avengers: Age of Ultron]]'' in 2015, but was pushed back a year. It even extends to Marvel properties that are still owned by other studios: Sony is moving forward with Comics/{{Venom}} and [[Franchise/SpiderMan Sinister Six]] spin-offs of ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', and the CrisisCrossover and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters elements of ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' were conceived in response to the success of ''The Avengers''.
* The ultimate example, perhaps, is ''Franchise/StarWars'', which launched the science-fiction craze of the late 1970s/early 1980s. It opened the door for expensive fantasy/science fiction movies, and is credited with changing the way big blockbusters are viewed by Hollywood, but most of them were shallow attempts to cash in.
** ''Franchise/StarWars'' is also the reason that ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' was made when it was. Originally (in 1977) the next Film/JamesBond movie after ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' was supposed to be ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', and indeed the closing credits of the former explicitly state this. The success of ''Franchise/StarWars'' changed this, and the 'spacey' movie was made. It was mediocre at best, so the next film was far more down-to-earth.
** This actually is ''not'' the case with ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', or at least not directly. A ''Star Trek'' movie had been in development since 1975, but was cancelled when ''Franchise/StarWars'' came out because Paramount thought it had stolen their thunder; it was to be replaced by ''Franchise/StarTrek: Phase II'', a new television show that would take up from where ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' left off. It wasn't until ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'' came out later that year that ''Phase II'' was cancelled and ''The Motion Picture'' was revived.
** You know what? Let's just list the works that either ripped off ''Franchise/StarWars'' or were made because of it: ''Film/TheBlackHole'', ''Film/BattleBeyondTheStars'', ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica| Classic}}'', ''[[FanNickname Turkish]] [[Film/TheManWhoSavesTheWorld Star Wars]]'', ''Film/MessageFromSpace'', ''Film/{{Starcrash}}'', ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]]'', ''Film/{{Krull}}''... the list goes on. And on. AND ON.
** The original ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' film itself drew from many sources. The ''[[Film/TheHiddenFortress Hidden Fortress]]'' connection is well known. The ''Film/{{Dune}}''-Tatooine inspiration is pretty obvious. You can tell Creator/GeorgeLucas must have seen at least ''[[Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato Space Battleship Yamato]]'' episodes 26, 1, and 8, in that order, so we can probably pin his famous trip to Japan down to early 1975, when the series went into reruns. Creator/IsaacAsimov noticed some similarity to his ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series but didn't take it personally. As [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_Mizner Wilson Mizner]] observed, stealing from ''everybody'' is just called "research."
** ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' spawned the ''astonishingly'' overused cliché of how [[LukeIAmYourFather the villain is the hero's father]]. The reason it worked in that film was because there was so much talk about Luke's father that the reveal was so surprising and ironic at the time. Nowadays, many writers seem to just throw it in with very little foreshadowing and buildup that it is met with little surprise at the reveal.
** ''Empire'' also spawned some trends regarding how sequels are made. At the time, the expectation for any sequel was that it would just rehash the first film, a trend which is sadly still pretty common. Thus, it was rather shocking to have a sequel in which TheBadGuyWins and the story concludes with a CliffHanger. Nowadays, it's downright expected that the second installment of any franchise will end with a cliffhanger, particularly if [[TwoPartTrilogy a third installment is guaranteed]]. Another trend started by ''Empire'' is making the sequel DarkerAndEdgier in order to keep the premise fresh, which is seen in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' and ''[[Franchise/JurassicPark The Lost World: Jurassic Park]]''.
* ''Film/TopGun'' led to several imitators, from ''Film/IronEagle'' to the short-lived TV series ''Supercarrier'', the long-lived TV series ''Series/{{JAG}}'', as well as a mini-boom of air-combat video games.
* The DisasterMovie craze in the 1970s featured such works as ''Film/TheToweringInferno'', ''Film/TheChinaSyndrome'', and ''Film/{{Airport}}''. This only ended with the release of ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', a parody that [[GenreKiller meant such films couldn't be taken seriously anymore]]. (That's how you know your parody was successful... when you kill your ''entire targeted genre''.)
** Then the DisasterMovie craze made a brief comeback with ''{{Film/Twister}}'', ''Film/{{Armageddon}}''/''Film/DeepImpact'' and ''Film/{{Volcano}}''/''Film/DantesPeak'', and a whole slew of mediocre [[SciFiChannel Skiffy]] movies about earthquakes and volcanoes and killer storms in unlikely or odd locations.
* ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' restarted the Historical Epic genre of things like ''Film/BenHur''. RussellCrowe's powerful performance, the high budget settings, and gritty action caught something in the audience that studios have attempted to imitate with films such as ''Film/{{Troy}}'', ''Film/{{Alexander}}'', and most recently, ''Film/ThreeHundred''.
** While obviously different from other historical epics, films like ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' also owe a lot to ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', both stylistically and in getting the execs to actually greenlight the massive budgets they needed. Some of these have garnered successes in their own light, not as imitations but as part as a new wave of Epic films.
* Before ''Gladiator'' in 2000, several sword-swinging period movies were made in the Nineties in the wake of the major hit ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' in 1991. The most obviously derivative is the 1993 version of ''[[Film/TheThreeMusketeers1993 The Three Musketeers]]'' - both movies have a similar light tone, a LaughablyEvil LargeHam of a villain, major liberties taken with both the source material and historical setting, an AwardBaitSong by [[Music/BryanAdams the same artist]] (plus [[Music/RodStewart two]] [[Music/{{Sting}} others]] later), and even the same cast member playing the top henchman. 1995's ''Film/FirstKnight'' continued the trend with a new take on the KingArthur legend, with Creator/SeanConnery as the king (he had a cameo in ''Prince of Thieves'' as King Richard). ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', also in 1995, was the biggest historical adventure epic in recent memory before ''Gladiator'', and both won five Oscars in their time. ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' in 1996 was a medieval fantasy with Sean Connery as a dragon. ''Film/TheManInTheIronMask'' in 1998 featured older versions of the characters from ''The Three Musketeers'' (but is not otherwise related to the 1993 movie) and was directed and written by the writer of ''Braveheart''.
* Soft on Demand, a somewhat infamous Japanese adult video company, created a small series of films called ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zenra Zenra]] -X-'', where Zenra is the Japanese word for Nude, and -X- is some random everyday activity or sport -- for example, Zenra Volleyball, Zenra Cross-town Bus Tour, Zenra Officework, Zenra Orchestra, etc. These films were successful enough and mimicked enough that ''Zenra'' has become a genre of Japanese pornography, dedicated to pointless nudity, with little to no sex, and occasional plots. It helps that the Soft on Demand company doesn't take themselves at all seriously.
* George Romero's ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'' started the trend, which was then unofficially spun off with ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead'' which then opened the floodgates to the ZombieApocalypse genre. There had been previous zombie films like ''I Walked With A Zombie'', ''Film/WhiteZombie'', and arguably ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'', but these had only one or two zombies each, and no apocalypse.
** Except for ''Invisible Invaders'', which [[OlderThanTheyThink does feature]] a ZombieApocalypse.
** ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'' may have been the first [[ZombieApocalypse real zombie]] film, but there were only a few imitators after it, like ''Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things'' and the Spanish ''Tombs of the Blind Dead'' series. What ''really'' set off the zombie film craze was the release of Romero's later ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' and the Italian-made ''Film/{{Zombi 2}}'' (''Dawn of the Dead'' was called ''Zombi'' in Italy).
* ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie'' inspired a host of movies, most of them largely forgettable, that consisted of largely unrelated sketches made up mostly of [[ShallowParody pop culture parodies and pastiches]].
** The first ''Film/ScaryMovie'' led to a couple crappy spoof flicks by Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg such as ''Date Movie'' and ''Epic Movie''.
* The success of the ''Film/{{Saw}}'' franchise (at least the first movie) sparked a rash of [[{{Gorn}} torture horror movies]], such as ''Film/{{Hostel}}'', ''Turistas'', and most recently ''Film/{{Vacancy}}''.
* SciFiChannel has a tendency to release a [[TheMockbuster cheap knockoff version]] of whatever hot movie is in theaters.
* Following the blockbuster success of ''Film/{{Titanic}}'', several other movies were made about the Titanic and shipwrecks in general to try to follow in its footsteps. Including [[TitanicTheLegendGoesOn two]] [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic separate]] atrocious Disneyesque cheapass cartoon movies with ''singing animals''. Which just goes to show, some people will try to Disneyfy ''anything''.
** ''Film/PearlHarbor'' was also a pretty blatant attempt to recapture the tragic-love-amid-larger-historical-tragedy magic that made ''Film/{{Titanic}}'' so many gazillions.
* ''Film/PearlHarbor'' was also part of a glut of WorldWarII films released after the success of ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', including ''Film/EnemyAtTheGates'', ''Film/HartsWar'', ''The Last Raid'', ''Film/{{U571}}'', ''Film/{{Windtalkers}}'' and others.
** This even crossed over into video games, with ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' being directly inspired by ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan.''
** The creators of ''SavingPrivateRyan'' themselves would go on to create ''Series/BandOfBrothers'', ''ThePacific'', and a third series currently in the works about the 8th Air Force.
* ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' has had a lot of "MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily" monster movies after it.
** Then again, it's unlikely that ''Film/{{Alien}}'' would have been fast-tracked into production if not for the success of ''Franchise/StarWars'', proving that this trope isn't necessarily a bad thing.
** It also repopularized the FaceFullOfAlienWingWong, which would often be done in a more [[MarsNeedsWomen literal]] way.
** The ''Nostromo'''s set design also heavily influenced SF movies and TV series with grungy, industrial UsedFuture settings: ''Film/{{Saturn 3}}'', ''Film/{{Outland}}'', and ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact'' (both directed by Peter Hyams), the Vogon ship in ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' TV series, ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' (not surprising, being a sequel), ''Series/RedDwarf'' after the first two seasons, the interiors of Borg ships in ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Film/EventHorizon'', and the first ''Film/{{Cube}}'' movie.
* Creator/MNightShyamalan's ''Film/TheSixthSense'' inspired many movies that completely ignored quality, fun, action and plot, instead focusing on some [[TwistEnding supernatural twist]]. They ranged from good to bad to terrible. Unusually, Shyamalan himself seems to have been the main exponent of this trend.
* A wave of Japanese horror movie remakes began with ''Film/TheRing''. Examples include ''TheRingTwo'', ''Film/TheGrudge 1'' and 2, and ''Film/OneMissedCall''.
** ''Film/{{Shutter}}'' even tries to ''look'' like a Japanese remake (the original was Thai, by the way).
* After films like ''Film/MaryPoppins'', ''Film/MyFairLady'', and especially ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'' hit the big time at the mid-1960s box-office, big studios fast-tracked a ton of big-budget movie musicals. While one, ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}'', was successful enough to win the 1968 Best Picture Oscar, and ''FunnyGirl'' launched Music/BarbraStreisand's movie career, changing audience tastes doomed the vast majority of them to significant financial losses. The genre limped through the 1970s and quietly died in the early 1980s (with a mini-revival by way of the DisneyAnimatedCanon in the 90s). Only in recent years has the genre become respectable again, and it's still not particularly profitable (in America anyway - the story is a bit different overseas, with ''MammaMia'' outperforming ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' in several countries, notably Britain).
** ''Film/MoulinRouge'' (2001) revived this trend, making way for films such as ''Film/{{Chicago}}'', ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'', ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse'', ''MammaMia'', and ''Theatre/{{Nine}}''.
* The success of Creator/QuentinTarantino's ''Film/PulpFiction'' led to a glut of similarly stylistic and flashy Crime Dramas in the late 1990's and early 2000's. Emulated features including nonlinear timelines, amoral-yet-cool gangsters, gritty violence mixed with humor, and snappy dialogue about seemingly trivial subjects. Films include ''TwoDaysInTheValley'', ''Film/SuicideKings'', ''Film/ThingsToDoInDenverWhenYoureDead'', ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'', '' Film/{{Snatch}}'', and ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin''.
* Nearly all AttackOfThe50FootWhatever movies can trace their lineage to one or more of a trio of extremely influential films:
** Willis O'Brien's 1925 version of ''Film/TheLostWorld'' [[AdaptationExpansion invented]] the notion of [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever a giant monster rampaging through a city]], which O'Brien later did again with ''Film/KingKong''. The Japanese ''Film/{{Gojira}}'' and ''Film/TheBeastFromTwentyThousandFathoms'', with effects by O'Brien's protege, Ray Harryhausen, took the next step by linking the monster to [[ILoveNuclearPower the nuclear bomb]].
** ''Film/{{Them}}'', in 1954, was a huge hit, adding the final touch of [[BigCreepyCrawlies casting giant insects as the menace]], leading to a wave of imitators all throughout TheFifties such as ''Film/BeginningOfTheEnd'', ''Film/{{Tarantula}}'', and ''Film/EarthVsTheSpider''. Its influence can be traced through its imitators in more than just the obvious giant creatures. Its PoliceProcedural/pseudo-Documentary style was also widely imitated, as were even minor tropes, like giving the female lead a GenderMisdirection introduction.
** The success of Japan's ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' franchise led to many different monster movies all across Asia, including ''Film/{{Pulgasari}}'' (an obscure North Korean film about a monster ''made of rice that comes to life and eats metal'' commissioned by none other than ''Kim Jong-Il himself''), Yongary, ''Film/{{Gorgo}}'' (which was actually made in Britain and featured on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''), and [[Franchise/{{Gamera}} everyone's favorite flying turtle]]. The genre was recently started up again with Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/KingKong'' remake, and subsequently [[GenreThrowback revamped]] with South Korea's ''Film/TheHost'', which was followed by ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''.
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'', the latest Film/{{Superman}} movie directed by ZackSnyder, follows the precedent of the [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga the Batman trilogy]] directed by Creator/ChristopherNolan by having a [[DarkerAndEdgier more serious and grounded setting]] than previous movie versions. It's written by David Goyer, who also wrote for Nolan's trilogy. Nolan himself is the producer and got the project going after pitching it to the studio. However, the film is best described as a DeconReconSwitch instead of plain old {{grimdark}}; Superman is not Batman after all.
** Way back in 2008, JonFavreau explicitly stated that Nolan's ''Film/BatmanBegins'' was a major influence on ''Film/IronMan'', particularly with regard to the decision to ground the film in a more realistic setting and take the characters seriously (as opposed to prior superhero films like the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'', ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'', and ''Film/FantasticFour'', which had strong {{Camp}} elements).
** Ironically, screenwriter Simon Kinberg has said that the upcoming ''[[Film/FantasticFour2015 Fantastic Four]]'' reboot is also heavily influenced by ''Batman Begins'', as it will have a DarkerAndEdgier tone and a more realistic setting.
* The smashing successes of ''Film/TheFlintstones'' and ''Film/{{Casper}}'' led to a string of {{live action adaptation}}s based on older cartoons such as ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'', ''WesternAnimation/MrMagoo'', ''Film/InspectorGadget'', ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'', ''Film/RockyAndBullwinkle'', ''Film/ScoobyDoo'', ''Film/{{Garfield}}'', ''{{Fat Albert| Movie}}'', ''Film/{{Underdog}}'', ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'', ''Film/{{Marmaduke}}'', ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'', and ''Film/TheSmurfs'' all of which are very horrible for cartoon fans.
* The success of ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' (2007) caused studios to greenlight {{Remake}} and {{Revival}} projects from older series such as ''Film/SpeedRacer'', ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'', ''[[Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra G.I. Joe]]'', ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'', ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'', and ''Series/KnightRider''. ''Film/StarTrek'' is also a part of this trend, "rebooting" the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Original Series]] with a style and mood more reminiscent of the "{{Revival}}" flicks than other films in the Trek franchise.
* There's been a trend in size changing/giant/tiny movies since about 2008. We've had ''WesternAnimation/TheAntBully'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeeMovie'', then ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', and then we have Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'', ''Ant-Man'', and ''[[Film/GulliversTravels2010 Gulliver's Travels]]''.
* {{The Mockbuster}}s. Most notably Creator/TheAsylum's productions. ''King of the Lost World'' is a particularly notable knock-off of ''Film/KingKong'', ''Series/{{Lost}}'', and Creator/ArthurConanDoyle's ''Literature/TheLostWorld'' (and/or ''[[Franchise/JurassicPark The Lost World]]''). Notably BAD.
** And when ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' came out, they released a movie called... ''The Terminators''.
* The massive success of ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' has led other films, such as ''Severance'' and ''Lesbian Vampire Killers'', to try and mix comedy and horror. Quality ranges from alright to bad. But one thing is certain: [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative all of these films will be promoted as the best comedy horror since]] ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''.
* The massive popularity of Creator/BruceLee after his tragic passing led to a peculiar phenomenon known as "Brucesploitation", in which various Hong Kong studios made movies starring [[BruceLeeClone Bruce Lee imitators]] with titles like ''Bruce Lee Fights Back From the Grave'' and ''The Clones of Bruce Lee''. The fad eventually died out when none of the imitators were as successful as the original, though one of them, Cheng Long, would later go on to greater fame by pioneering his own unique, often-imitated, never-duplicated style of martial arts film. [[YouKnowWhoSaidThat You might know him]] as Creator/JackieChan.
** The martial arts tournament plot seen in {{Fighting Game}}s, FightingSeries and other works the world over owes quite a lot to Lee's most successful film, ''Film/EnterTheDragon''.
* After ''Film/TheExorcist'' made boatloads of money for Warner Bros., the rest of the '70s saw a veritable flood of horror movies based around children: ''Film/TheOmen'', ''The Other'', ''Audrey Rose'', etc. Many of its successors (such as ''Film/TheSentinel'') also chose to imitate its preoccupation with the symbolism and aesthetics of the Catholic church, as opposed to the scary-little-kid formula; in fact, any horror movie over the last forty or so years that relies heavily on Catholic iconography could be said to be following in ''Film/TheExorcist'''s footsteps.
* Imitators of ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'': ''Literature/{{Solaris}}'' (original and remake), ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', ''Film/{{Contact}}'', ''Film/MissionToMars'', ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'', ''WesternAnimation/WallE'', ''Film/{{Moon}}''. However, ''2001'''s sequel ''[[Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact 2010]]'' tried to avoid imitating it as much as possible.
** ''Franchise/StarWars'' is as far away from an imitator of ''2001'' as you can get, but John Dykstra continued to use ''2001'''s style of lighting and detailing spacecraft on ''Star Wars'', and from there it became the standard way to depict spacecraft in all of visual science fiction.
** The book of ''Literature/{{Solaris}}'' though was written 7 years before ''2001'' came out, and featured themes like inexplicable aliens, almost empty space stations, and isolation from other humans.
* ''{{Series/Star Trek| The Original Series}}'' and ''Series/LostInSpace'' both trod heavily, in their different ways, in the footsteps of ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet''.
* And it cannot be a coincidence that ''Series/DoctorWho'' debuted on TV only a couple of years after [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0657162/#producer1960 George Pal's]] film version of Creator/HGWells' ''[[Film/TheTimeMachine1960 The Time Machine]]'' won an Oscar.
* The 2005 Creator/BradPitt and Creator/AngelinaJolie vehicle ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'' jump-started a series of "my loved one is a secret agent and/or assassin" films.
** OlderThanTheyThink: these were preceded in the 90s by ''Film/TrueLies'' (Creator/JamesCameron directs Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and ElizaDushku, amongst others), which itself is an English remake of the French comedy ''La totale'', and ''TheLongKissGoodnight''.
* Every few years or so, when [[ThreeDMovie a movie shown in 3D]] becomes a hit, many movies after that will premiere in 3D. The most recent example is ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. Quality varies on these films. Some movies will be truly enhanced by 3D, others will look nice but can do without it, and others just don't work in 3D. ''Avatar'', which started the latest 3D movement, was considered by many to look better in 3D. The film version of ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' were considered by some critics, notably Creator/RogerEbert, to look nice, but could work just fine without it. And rushed 3D conversions to cash in this trope (3D tickets are more expensive and thus profitable), such as ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' and ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', weren't well-received, with the latter even receiving complaints that the botched 3D only made a bad movie worse.
* LittleMissBadass: Started with Hitgirl in ''Film/{{Kick-Ass}}'', grew up a bit for ''Film/SuckerPunch'', and becomes particularly lethal in ''Film/{{Hanna}}''. And then there's Katniss from ''Film/TheHungerGames''.
* In the wake of the mega-grossing ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' and to a lesser extent the success of ''Wicked'' (both [[Literature/{{Wicked}} book]] and [[Theatre/{{Wicked}} stage musical]]), a glut of FairyTale-based film projects were greenlit, often with a DarkerAndEdgier take promised. Website/TheOnion's A.V. Club has been busy snarking all of them under its Newswire banner.
** There's ''two'' versions of ''Snow White''! ''Film/MirrorMirror'' and ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman''.
** ''Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters'' was released in 2013.
** This might have also caused the creation of the TV shows ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' and ''Series/OnceUponATime''.
* Does anyone get the sense that ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers2011'' is trying to rip off ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''? Swashbuckling, political intrigues, naval combat (grafted on to ''Musketeers'' by adding airships), and Creator/OrlandoBloom?
** More like [[XMeetsY POTC meets]] [insert [[Film/TheFifthElement Milia]] [[Film/ResidentEvil Jovovich]] action film here].
** While it isn't necessarily the case, the marketing of ''Film/TheLoneRanger'' makes it come across as such, promoting the film as from the same people as ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' and showing off Creator/JohnnyDepp as the deuteragonist. Clearly, Disney attempted to catch that same magic. [[BoxOfficeBomb It didn't work.]]
* The success of ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' (which might've been preceded by ''Film/FromHell'') led to similar steampunk-ish disturbed detective works like ''Poe'' where Edgar Allen himself helps solve murders based on his stories, and a version of ''RobinHood'' where the sheriff of Nottingham is pursuing a murderous archer [[spoiler: he discovers that Robin was framed and the two bring down the real murderer]]. Unfortunately that story was too different and what we got was Creator/RidleyScott's ''Film/{{Film/Robin Hood|2010}}''.
* ''Film/LoveActually'' -> ''Film/ValentinesDay'' -> ''New Year's Eve''. ''Love Actually'' is a British RomanticComedy with an [[AllStarCast all star ensemble cast]] about the intersecting stories of various couples in love in the run up to Christmas. ''Valentine's Day'' and ''New Year's Eve'' the same thing, only titled after a holiday and with a ''lot'' more A-list stars.
* The success of the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' films spawned a number of paranormal teen romances, including [[Film/RedRidingHood a reimagining]] of ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood'', a film version of ''Literature/IAmNumberFour'', and ''Film/TheWolfman2010''.
** It may have also helped bring ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' to the silver screen as that series was endorsed by Creator/StephenieMeyer.
** ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' features an interspecies romance that features several closeups of long, lingering gazes reminiscent of the ''Twilight'' films.
** Once the last ''Twilight'' film was released, studios have sought to fill the void of "teen paranormal romance" films. This has led to the film versions of ''Film/WarmBodies'', ''Film/TheMortalInstrumentsCityOfBones'', and ''Literature/BeautifulCreatures''.
* The success of teen/children's book adaptations lately has resulted in a bevy of films coming out based on such books like ''Literature/HarryPotter'' and ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' but also ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'', ''Literature/WarHorse'', ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', and more are on the way.
** The film version of ''Literature/WarHorse'' owes its existence at least in part to the great success of the stage adaptation, which premiered in London in 2007.
* The success of ''Film/DolphinTale'' results with some more inspiring movies about animals such as the aforementioned ''War Horse'', as well as ''Film/BigMiracle''.
* The success of ''Film/TheNotebook'' led to many more romantic movies about ThePowerOfLove, most of them also based on books by NicholasSparks.
* The 1994 movie ''Film/CampNowhere'' follows the SummerCampy formula of ''Film/{{Meatballs}}'', as well as the then-recent success of the [[FreeRangeChildren "unsupervised children"]] genre invented by the ''Film/HomeAlone'' franchise. Likewise, the 1995 movie ''Film/{{Heavyweights}}'' followed in the footsteps of both ''Camp Nowhere'' and ''Meatballs''.
* After ''Film/ProjectX'' came out, [[http://abcnews.go.com/US/growing-number-project-party-copycats-lead-arrests-nationwide/story?id=15941569#.T6WNVlIpf_c real life teens]] spread the news about their own Project X parties on social networking sites, with over 2000 people showing up to most of them. Two of these parties ended in violent shootings. Oddly enough, one teen got a job offer out of it because of his marketing skills.
* When adapting ''SnowFlowerAndTheSecretFan'' to film, the writers added a 21st century storyline to parallel the 19th century storyline from the original novel. This was likely an attempt to emulate the success of ''Literature/TheJoyLuckClub''. They even got Wayne Wang to direct.
* Creator/{{Dino de Laurentiis}}'s career as a producer, from the middle of TheSeventies onwards, included a lot of movies that were deliberately trying not only to follow but top the decade's blockbusters:
** ''Film/{{Jaws}}'''s success was the basis for three different de Laurentiis productions featuring frightening beasts: ''The White Buffalo'' (1976), ''Film/KingKong'' (also 1976), and ''Film/OrcaTheKillerWhale'' (1977). Though his plans to do a crossover between the latter two films didn't come to fruition, he did make a sequel to the ''Kong'' remake [[Film/KingKongLives in '86]].
** ''King of the Gypsies'' (1978) was his answer to ''Film/TheGodfather'', focusing on a different kind of underworld.
** ''Hurricane'' (1979) was an attempt to capitalize on the DisasterMovie craze.
** ''Film/FlashGordon'' and ''Film/{{Dune}}'' were his answers to ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* ''Film/ThePurge'': The film is quite comparable to ''Film/TheStrangers'', ''Film/{{Ils}}'' and ''Film/{{Vacancy}}''. Particularly with home invasions.
* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' was the first film made after the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse really began to take off (''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' was in pre-production beforehand) and it's closer to those films in tone and visual style than the other ''X-Men'' films.
** While the use of post-credits scenes was nothing new (not even in this franchise, as ''X-Men: The Last Stand'' already did its own), the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse popularized their use as a tool for 'world-building', i.e. using them to tie non-sequel movies into a bigger universe. ''Film/TheWolverine'' "copies" this concept as it contains a Stinger that ties it into ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', when originally this movie wasn't going to be related to ''First Class'' nor the original series.
** The Marvel Cinematic Universe has also kicked off a trend of film studios setting all their comic-book films in a SharedUniverse. Warner Bros is aiming to create a DC Cinematic Universe by having {{Franchise/Batman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman appear in the sequel to ''Film/ManOfSteel''. Fox, meanwhile, planned to set their ''[[Film/FantasticFour2015 Fantastic Four]]'' reboot in the same continuity as the ''X-Men'' movies before the idea was scrapped.
* The runaway success of Creator/MacaulayCulkin and the ''HomeAlone'' movies seemed to lead to a trend for [[MaraWilson adorably]] [[LindsayLohan precocious]] [[FrankieMuniz child]] [[ElijahWood stars]] leading, or being heavily featured in, family-friendly (or mostly family-friendly) movies throughout TheNineties. Stars like DakotaFanning and [[TheSixthSense Haley Joel Osment]] gained attention for dramatic roles around the same time. It seemed to die out by the middle of the decade, at least until HilaryDuff became popular in TheOughties.
** Culkin's later film ''Film/GettingEvenWithDad'' was a thin-veiled re-hash of the ''HomeAlone'' formula. It [[BoxOfficeBomb didn't fare so well]], not least because the 14-year-old Culkin was less adorably precocious by then.
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' was initially going to be a single film, but it had to be split into [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows two parts]] due to length of the shooting script (nearly 5 hours long). After the two films had a combined box office intake of $2.2 billion (compared to the $1 billion a single film would have brought in), all the other studios which were working on book-to-film adaptations of young adult novels decided split up the series' final books so they could bring in more profits- leading to two-part adaptations of ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} Breaking Dawn]]'' and ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Mockingjay]]''.
** Arguably taken UpToEleven by ''Film/TheHobbit'', which splits the book into a full trilogy of films.
* Several crime thrillers with mentally deranged murderers were made in sixties after the success of Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Psycho}}'', including ''Film/{{Dementia 13}}, Maniac, Homicidal'' and ''Film/{{Paranoiac}}''.
* The success of ''Film/TheHungerGames'' seems to have spawned film adaptations of other YoungAdult books with dystopian settings, such as ''{{Divergent}}'' and ''TheGiver''.
* The makers of the ''Franchise/{{Gamera}}'' films are making their own ContinuityReboot for Gamera's MilestoneCelebration in response to ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}''.
* The kung-fu/martial arts success of ''TheKarateKid'' in 1984 largely led to films such as ''Bloodsport'' (and most of Jean Claude Van Damme's work), ''Film/ThreeNinjas'', and ''Sidekicks''.
* The 90's sports movie craze came about thanks to ''Franchise/TheMightyDucks'' which led to movies with kids as managers/or players in all sorts of sports: ''TheSandlot'', ''LittleGiants'', ''LittleBigLeague'', ''RookieOfTheYear'', and ''TheBigGreen''. One could argue that ''TheBadNewsBears'' were the Trope Maker of the genre itself.
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