* BasedOnATrueStory[=/=]{{Expy}}: story is a version of Creator/{{Xenophon}}'s ''Literature/{{Anabasis}}''
* BeamMeUpScotty: It's not "Warriors, come out and play!" It's "Warriors, come out ''to'' play!"
* DawsonCasting: With the exception of Rembrandt, the gang all look like they're in their mid-twenties, but Fox mentions that they have a youth worker. Swan and Mercy are also compared to a group of kids coming from prom. These suggest that the gang is supposed to be in their teens.
* DuelingMovies: Released the same year as ''Film/TheWanderers'' with both films sparking discussion about youth gangs. The studios raced to beat each other to the punch, but ''The Warriors'' came out first and had the more lasting impact.
* TakeThat: Sol Yurick wrote it as a rebuttal to ''Theatre/WestSideStory'''s romanticized view of street gangs due to [[WriteWhatYouKnow his time working in the New York City Welfare Office]].
* TheOtherDarrin: While this is averted for the most part, Luther, Rembrandt, Vermin and Cyrus (except for his iconic speech) were all recast for the video game
* ThrowItIn: David Patrick Kelly ad-libbed the iconic scene in which he clanks the empty bottles together and calls out a challenge to the Warriors (originally, it was supposed to be dead pigeons, but the empty bottles worked better). Ajax's James Remar also ad-libbed his line, "I'm gonna shove that bat up your ass and turn you into a Popsicle!"
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** An opening narration was planned, voiced by Creator/OrsonWelles. It's included on the director's cut DVD, along with comic book-style transitions between scenes.
** If Hill wouldn't have been able to make this movie, his backup plan was to do a western film called ''Last Gun''.
** Originally it was Fox who was supposed to be the sympathetic character whom Mercy goes with in the end. The director and the actor playing Fox had a falling out, [[spoiler: so he [[DroppedABridgeOnHim gets hit by a train.]]]] Furthermore, Vermin was supposed to die at the hands of the Lizzies, but his actor threw enough humor to make him memorable that the director decided not to kill him. Swan was supposed to be kidnapped by a gang with a penchant for anal rape, but escape and return for the final showdown.
** Tony Danza was set to play a role, but chose to star on the sitcom ''Series/{{Taxi}}'', instead.
** Originally, the film was a going to have an all black and Hispanic cast much like in the book.
** Possibly. In the arena mode, two of the stages are at the graveyard the Warriors regroup at after Cyrus is shot. They are the only stages not present in the actual levels. In one mission you can overhear a conversation between a group of Jones Street Boys, and sometimes they'll talk about a time The Warriors screwed them over in the graveyard, which is mentioned no where else in the game. It seems that at least one additional level was planned, but scrapped for whatever reason.
** A spiritual sequel (unrelated to the film) was planned by Rockstar. The game was to be titled ''We Are The Mods'' and was to be set in 1960s England during the mods and rockers brawls.