* The refrain of ''BlazingSaddles'' is clearly based on the refrain to the hymn "Yes, Jesus Loves Me"
* Likewise, the chorus of Twisted Sister's ''We're Not Gonna Take It'' is (admittedly) derived from the Christmas hymn ''O Come All Ye Faithful''.
** Twisted Sister did a cover of "O Come All Ye Faithful" that sounds almost identical and even used a few of the same guitar riffs.
* Several places in the soundtrack of ''Film/{{Titanic}}'', such as at 0:50 of ''Southampton'', and the entire soundtrack of composer Joel Mcneely's ''Disney's Film/IronWill'' is suspiciously similar to Stephen Foster's classic song "Jeanie With The light Brown Hair".
* The two 5 note phrases that open NationalTreasure 2: Book of Secrets are copied directly from Luke and Leia's theme from ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
* The song "Let's All Sing Like the Birdies Sing" in Disneyland/Disney World's ''Enchanted Tiki Room'' is suspiciously similar to Offenbach's "Barcarolle" from ''The Tales Of Hoffmann'' (also called "Belle Nuit" from ''Les Comtes d'Hoffmann'').
* Several parts of James Horner's ''Stealing The Enterprise'', ''Battle In The Mutura Nebula'', and ''Genesis Countdown'' in ''Film/{{Star Trek II|The Wrath of Khan}}'' and ''Film/{{Star Trek III|The Search for Spock}}'' was later reused in his own score for the ''Film/TheRocketeer'' and parts of the score was reused in Walt Disney World's ''Fountain of Nations'' in Epcot.
* One part of the soundtrack of ''Film/{{Battleship}}'' is near-identical to the bassline from [[Music/TheBeatles Hey Bulldog]]
* The first part of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCNHVMIYqiA "Hedwig's Theme"]] from ''Film/HarryPotter'' is similar to Greensleeves.
** Some notes are also reminiscent of the Swan Lake ballet.
** Voldemort's Theme has a similar RecurringRiff to that of the Shadow Temple BGM from TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime
** A few notes in the score 'Leaving Hogwarts' sounds nearly identical to the opening notes of 'We Are One', from Lion King II.
* JamesHorner's four-note "danger motif" is put in freakin' ''EVERYTHING'' (''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jORgHv7zGc4 Willow]]'' (starting at 0:34), ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyL7m16U9wg Enemy at the Gates]]'' (0:32), ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR2794mpDyQ Troy]]'', ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRo4GnxOZ1I&feature=re%C2%ADlated Avatar]]'' (5:24), ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv8dl9jCn58 Star Trek II]]'' (1:10), etc.), but it isn't even something he came up with! It's originally from Sergei Rachmaninoff's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwVgUlO_xpE first symphony]].
* ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' uses a knockoff of the third movement of Dvorak's ninth symphony in the lightsaber battle at the end.
** JohnWilliams has done it before; the Imperial March from ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' (and just about every subsequent movie in the series) is suspiciously similar to Chopin's Funeral March, with elements of Gustav Holst's ''Mars: Bringer of War'' movement from ''The Planets'' (the metre is changed and the order of the themes is mixed up a bit, but the similarities are fairly striking).
*** Especially during the Battle of Yavin, which also interpolates part of ''Jupiter: The Bringer of Jollity'' during the "X Wings Draw Fire" segment.
** Also, "Across the Stars", the love theme from ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', is a ShoutOut by John Williams to Nino Rota's theme from the 1968 film of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''.
** The main motif of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dDBvOtRaSo Ewok theme]] sounds a lot like the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsyBcthsZHw March]] from Prokofiev's "Love for Three Oranges".
* "Augie's Great Municipal Band" music in the same movie is suspiciously similar to "The Emperor" music in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. Part of the "A New Hope" music in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' is suspiciously similar to of "Hedwig's Theme" from the ''Film/HarryPotter'' series.
** Although in the case of the former, that's the whole point. It's intended to invoke the Emperor's theme, [[spoiler: the newly-elected Chancellor Palpatine being the Emperor and all.]]
* A Suspiciously Similar Song to of Music/{{Queen}}'s "Who Wants To Live Forever?" shows up in the movie ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening''.
** Considering that Queen made the soundtrack for the first Highlander movie, and that "Who wants to live forever?" was in the soundtrack, it's not surprising. They sort of "own" this song.
* The prison escape theme from ''Film/TheGoonies'' is rehashed almost verbatim in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4NkJbAK0h4 On Our Own]]'' when the kids escape from the orphanage.
* The short film ''George Lucas in Love'' (a [[SatireParodyPastiche pastiche]] of ''ShakespeareInLove'') has a Suspiciously Similar Song to the ''Franchise/StarWars'' theme for the end credits music.
* "Make 'Em Laugh" from ''Film/SinginInTheRain'' bears more than a small resemblance to Cole Porter's "Be a Clown", which had appeared a few years earlier in MGM's ''The Pirate''.
* ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' uses a Suspiciously Similar Song to Offenbach's "Galop Infernal" (or "Music/TheCancanSong") in a restaurant Scarlett and Rhett visit when on their honeymoon - for some reason, since it's a public domain song (and probably was even back when it was filmed).
** Tara's theme from the same movie also sounds a tad like Debussy's "Clair de Lune".
* The "Parlay" music from the third ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' sounded ''very much'' like Music/EnnioMorricone's [[Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest Harmonica]] music. In fact, it ''was'' intentionally used to [[WordOfGod "give an air of the end of an era.]]
* ''Film/AngelsRevenge'' features a triumphant melody that's not "''Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra''".
** And later on, the background music sounds ''suspiciously'' like the ''Series/CharliesAngels'' theme...
* ''Film/StarshipTroopers 2: Hero of the Federation'' 's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVHf-8MUDDg theme]] was similar to ''{{Backdraft}}'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8Xk38J0cYo Fighting Seventeenth]]...
* Creator/WoodyAllen's 1969 comedy ''Film/TakeTheMoneyAndRun'' has an escape scene accompanied by a knockoff of Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova".
* The ''Film/JamesBond'' theme is actually a Suspiciously Similar Song to an unused song composer Monty Norman wrote for a [[http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5041409 musical]].
* The ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvkKX035484 theme]] was suspiciously similar to "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6uEMOeDZsA I Want A New Drug]]" by HueyLewisAndTheNews, and Huey actually sued Ray Parker Jr. over it.
** The same riff was first used in "Pop Musik" by the band M.
** Another ''Ghostbusters'' example would be the main theme for ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'', which in was was based on Edvard Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King."
* Alex North's original score for ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' opened with a SuspiciouslySimilarSong to "''Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra''", which was eventually used in the final version instead.
* The music that they're trying to pass off as ''not''-'{{Shaft}}'" from the ''Film/TankGirl'' movie.
* The theme from ''TheNatural'' is similar to Creator/AaronCopland's "Fanfare for the Common Man".
* The music in ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'' by Kevin Kiner sounds kind of like this when compared to the music from the films.
* Brad Bird originally wanted JohnBarry to score ''TheIncredibles'', and used Barry's theme from ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' in the first trailer. When Michael Giacchino was hired after Barry turned out to be unavailable, the opening fanfare for the theme he wrote closely resembles the ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' theme.
* The rape/seduction scene in Akira Kurosawa's ''{{Rashomon}}'' is set to music that sounds suspiciously like Ravel's ''Bolero''. The composer claimed he wanted to create something that sounded more original (and more appropriately Japanese) but Kurosawa kept pushing him back towards ''Bolero''.
* The "Stairway to Heaven" scene from ''Film/WaynesWorld'' uses a Suspiciously Similar Song in the home video version. In the original theatrical release, they used the actual "Stairway" intro.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hNItU7wiCw end theme]] of ''The Lawnmower Man'' is only a couple notes off from being the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' theme.
* JerryGoldsmith's theme for the ''{{Supergirl}}'' movie intentionally matches the style of JohnWilliams' ''Film/{{Superman}}'' theme.
* Baz Luhrmann's ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'' has "O Verona", which is suspiciously similar to "O Fortuna" from ''Carmina Burana''.
* The cultists performing a human sacrifice in ''YoungSherlockHolmes'' (not to be confused with the ''other'' [[Film/SherlockHolmes Sherlock Holmes movie]] with cultists performing a human sacrifice) chant a song which also rips off "O Fortuna".
* In the movie adaptation of ''GhostWorld'', the character Doug blares some heavy metal from his car stereo - it sounds a lot like an instrumental knockoff of Music/{{Metallica}}'s "Master Of Puppets".
* In DavidLynch's film of ''{{Dune}}'', the scenes set on Caladan are scored with ambient string music that sounds a lot like the first movement of Dmitri Shostakovich's 11th Symphony, although the resemblance may not necessarily be intentional.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' more or less did this with the ''StarWars'' theme.
* The original teaser trailer for ''Film/{{UHF}}'', meant to parody the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' franchise, used an intentionally-obvious knockoff of the theme.
* Averted in ''Film/TheRoom'', in which Tommy Wiseau shelled out the money for the rights to ''HappyBirthdayToYou''.
* The famous ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvCI-gNK_y4 theme]] is actually very similar to the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFZcCNYF6-4 beginning of the fourth movement of Dvorak's New World Symphony.]] The two sound completely different after the first few notes, however.
* The original version of French Canadian film Elvis Gratton used many songs by Elvis Presley. It has been replaced by instrumental Suspiciously Similar Songs.
* John Travolto... da un Insolito Destino is parody/exploitation disco movie set (and filmed) during the SaturdayNightFever era about a JohnTravolta lookalike. Most of the score sounds like some other disco hits of the time. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfxHj9nLFvA Halfway through this clip]], you can hear that "It sounds like StayingAlive from TheBeeGees but it's not" music.
* ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRgzQvIKynM "Treasure Island"]] piece seem to have inspired some of the music in ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': the middle segment of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP-BeFi58tQ The Black Pearl]] (skip to 52:00) and, less clearly, the violin playing at the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFBBKfw59kA He's a Pirate]].
** Speaking of HansZimmer, the soundtrack from ''Film/TheRock'' is very similar to the score from Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. (For those not in the know, Zimmer worked on both).
** Zimmer is notorious for composing similar-sounding themes, mostly because he favours a standard "action movie theme" rhythm and chord progression. This also affects his slower pieces. ''Time'' from ''Film/{{Inception}}'' does sound an awful lot like ''Tennessee'' from ''Film/PearlHarbor''. Lots of the score from ''{{Gladiator}}'' also seems to turn up in the ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' films, similarly with ''KingArthur'' and ''Pirates'' again.
* The opening credits music for ''WarGames'' is a slightly tweaked version of the overture to Georges Bizet's opera ''Carmen''.
* In the scene in ''[[Film/BillAndTed Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure]]'' when the two play Poker against Billy the Kid, the music is a very unsubtle rip-off of 'Il Triello' from ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''. Similarly, the song "In Time" from the movie's soundtrack sounds [[TheFourChordsOfPop ''very'' similar to "With or Without You" by U2.]]
* The [[TestosteronePoisoning opening song]] to ''{{Orgazmo}}'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiXaT_1I-vw Now You're A Man]], has elements of "You Give Love A Bad Name" by BonJovi, RonnieJamesDio songs and "Eye of The Tiger",
* The bridge section in JohnWilliams' theme for ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' resembles a major-key transposition of Fugue no. 2 from Book 1 of [[Creator/JohannSebastianBach Bach's]] ''The Well-Tempered Clavier''.
** A similar motif can be heard in "The Vaults of Heaven" from AndrewLloydWebber's musical ''WhistleDownTheWind'': "Open up the vaults, open up the vaults, we've got to find the key...."
** ''Series/SesameStreet'' uses the unmodified tune of Fugue no. 2 for the "Monsterpiece Theatre" theme: "ABCDE, EFGHI, HIJKLMN, O-oP...."
* The fight theme from the unreleased ''Film/TheFantasticFour'' by Eric and David Wurst is basically John William's "Here They Come" from ''StarWars''. While the Theme song is more or less shades of "the Main Theme" from ''Franchise/JurassicPark''.
* Somewhat averted in the DVD release of ''Where The Buffalo Roam'', as the new songs don't sound anything like the ones used in the original movie. Still pretty lame, though.
* The trailer for the film ''Film/TheMask'' uses a Suspiciously Similar Song to the Danny Elfman composition "Breakfast Machine" from ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure''.
* A home-video trailer for the second ''Film/TheMightyDucks'' film uses a painfully obvious Suspiciously Similar Song to the theme from ''Film/BackToTheFuture.''
* The theme from Kinji Fukasaku's ''Blackmail Is My Life'', which appears throughout the film, is a wordless soundalike of "Over Under Sideways Down" by the Yardbirds.
** The trumpet and guitar fanfare from BattlesWithoutHonorAndHumanity sounds thematically like the famous Godfather theme by Music/EnnioMorricone.
* The music in the second [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxE8N2TldZ0 Bibi Blocksberg movie]] sounds suspiciously similar to Hedwig's Theme from the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films.
* "Thank You Very Much" from ''Film/{{Scrooge 1970}}'' sounds similar to "A Bushel and a Peck" from ''GuysAndDolls''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbv2nPqS8W0&feature=player_detailpage#t=57s "It's Our Fight"]] from ''Film/{{Transformers}}: Dark Of The Moon'' sounds a lot like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpR4p41F8G4&feature=player_detailpage#t=51 "Mind Heist" from the ''Inception'' trailer]]. Zack Hemsey, the composer of "Mind Heist", even called attention to it on his [[http://zackhemsey.blogspot.com/2011/07/its-our-fight-bysteve-jablonsky.html blog.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHqLcEtt368 This]] trailer for the 2011 ''[[Film/TheMuppets Muppets]]'' movie -- which parodies a ''TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo'' trailer -- {{lampshades}} this, with intertitles that read:
-->We couldn't / get the rights / to the real / song / so we had / some dude / write / this one / but we / had to / put him / in the / movie. / Here he is. / ''(shot of crowd scene with one person in the background circled)'' Totally/ WorthIt
* In the first ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' movie, [[http://youtu.be/zuJOoXE1Cn8 Dave's demo song]] is suspiciously similar to DeathCabForCutie's [[http://youtu.be/rePcHxFJIuU?t=29s "I Will Follow You Into the Dark"]].
* The ''Film/MortalKombat'' theme sounds suspiciously like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2VKbm2hp0o 2 Unlimited's "Twilight Zone"]]. Of course they're the same [[OrchestraHitTechnoBattle orchestra hit stadium techno]] style so there's bound to be resemblance.
* The opening credits to ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'' features music that sounds '''very''' similar to "Night On Bald Mountain" by Modest Mussorgsky. Almost to the point, that you'd swear it actually was "Night on Bald Mountain."
* As part of it's AndYouWereThere sequence, loose ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' adaptation ''The Witches Of Oz'' features a street musician ([[spoiler: the wizard himself]]) playing a clarinet tune that's just similar enough to [[Film/TheWizardOfOz "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"]] to be recognizable.
* "Harold's theme" from ''Literature/WarHorse'', by Creator/JohnWilliams, does sound a lot like the duck's oboe-driven {{leitmotif}} in ''PeterAndTheWolf''. This is probably an intentional homage, seeing as Harold is a goose.
* ZooeyDeschanel's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1iwPtdJHsw "So Long"]] from ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' bears quite a number of similarities to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG6b3V2MNxQ "So Long and Thanks for All the Fish"]] from ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', even beyond their names. This may be a [[ActorAllusion singer allusion]] as Deschanel played Trillian in that film.
* The theme song to the horror/comedy film ''Film/ReAnimator'' is very similar to the theme from Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Psycho}}''.
* The WillSmith [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSRF3slguhI song]] for ''Film/MenInBlack'' was clearly inspired by the Patrice Rushen song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Amzp7W0RkPA Forget Me Nots]].
* Leonard Rosenmann reused his leitmotif for the Fellowship from Creator/RalphBakshi's ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' as the bridge for the main theme of ''Film/{{Star Trek IV|The Voyage Home}}.''
* In the Film ''{{Casablanca}}'', the original script called for the two dueling anthems to be ''La Marsaillaise'', the French National Anthem, and ''Das Horst-Wessel Lied'', the official anthem of the Nazi Party, and the second part of the National Anthem of Germany after the ''Deutschlandlied / Deutschland Ueber Alles.'' However, Warner Brothers intervened, pointing out that ''Horst Wessel'' was at the time under the copyright of the Nazi Party. If the movie were only being screened in Allied nations, it would not have been an issue (as the Allies weren't interested in upholding the IP of a nation that was doing its best to destroy them), but as the film was also going to be distributed in neutral nations, where Germany could cause legal headaches for Warner Bros, they asked that the song not be used. In the film as finished, they used the similar in theme and sound ''Die Wacht Am Rhein'', a 19th century song (which, for obvious reasons, had nothing to do with the Nazis).
* "God Bless us, Everyone", the main theme from ''Film/AChristmasCarolTheMusical'', resembles Zelda's theme from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' franchise, although with a different rhythm.
* The killer's {{leitmotif}} in ''Film/BloodyMoon'' is very similar to [[Music/{{Wings}} Paul McCartney & Wings]]'s "Film/LiveAndLetDie''.
* The song that opens ''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' is clearly meant to harken back to the song from ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' that accompanies the return of spring. Bonus points for also being a source of MoodWhiplash, just like the song it's based on.
* In ''Film/{{Maverick}}'' when Mel Gibson pulls down Danny Glover's mask, a guitar theme that sounds suspiciously like the ''LethalWeapon'' theme plays.
* The song "Life's A Happy Song" from Franchise/TheMuppets sounds a bit like "Getting Better" from the live-action adaption of Film/TheCatInTheHat.
* ''Film/DeepBlueSea'' includes a suspiciously similar version of Madonna's "La Isla Bonita".
* ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' has a scene where a character dances to a novelty-ish tune called "Fowl Owl on the Prowl", which sounds more than a little like Sam the Sham's '60s hit "Li'l Red Riding Hood". This was no accident, as the filmmakers actually wanted to use the latter song but couldn't get the licensing.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH_6iFYiryY main theme leitmotif]] of ''Film/PacificRim'' sounds a lot like the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph1Sn3li54I main theme (starts around 1:10)]] of ''[[Videogame/{{Crysis}} Crysis 2]]''.
* "Derka Derka" from ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' is an intentional Jimmy Hart-ing of the Mos Eisley Cantina music from ''Film/ANewHope''.
* The opening drum riff from "Helping Twilight Win the Crown" song from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' sounds similar to the opening to {{Music/Queen}}'s "We Will Rock You".
** The chorus of said song is similar to {{Kesha}}'s "Tik Tok".
* The song "Suppertime" from LittleShopOfHorrors sounds like some parts of the song "Looking for Trade" from TheRockyHorrorPictureShow spin-off ShockTreatment.
** In addition, one part of the song featured in the first episode of the animated adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors, LittleShop, sounds like the "Come on, come on..." part of Suppertime.