* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Rather than a crime thriller, the film of ''The Talented Mr. Ripley'' is a character-focused drama that is all about humanizing Ripley.
* HilariousInHindsight: Watching the film while knowing it was a major inspiration for ''TheRoom'' creates a quite different experience.
* ItWasHisSled: Ripley kills Dickie and assumes his identity.
* MemeticMutation: Thanks to WebVideo/CinemaSins, "Tommy, how's the peeping? Tommy, how's the peeping? Tommy Tommy Tommy Tommy Tommy."
* NightmareFuel: The whole second half of the film version of ''The Talented Mr. Ripley''. Ripley's whole predicament just keeps on getting tenser and more grimly farcical until he literally has to keep six different parties from running into each other for risk of exposure... all for telling [[{{FawltyTowersPlot}} a little white lie]].
* MagnificentBastard: Most evident in ''Ripley's Game'', where Tom takes revenge on an artist who snubbed him at a party by bribing the man's doctor to declare him terminally ill. Then, Tom manipulates the artist into committing murders for him in order to have money to support his wife and child once he dies.