Ethan Chandler: What we call a tall tale, darlin'.
Vanessa: Exceedingly tall.
Ethan: Vice of my nation. We're storytellers.
- Boots Who Made the Princess Say 'That's a Story!' revolves about the tall tale Boots tells to inspire that in the princess.
- Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill, a Disney film about a young boy's adventures with Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan and John Henry.
- The Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Terry Gilliam, based on the 18th century tall tales around Baron Munchhausen.
- Big Fish, which is all about a man deciphering his father's tall tales.
- Lampshaded in an exchange between Edward and Josephine.
Edward: Will never told you? Ah, he wouldn't have told it right anyhow. All of the facts and none of the flavor.Josephine: Ah, so this is a tall tale.Edward: Well, it's not a short one.
- Lampshaded in an exchange between Edward and Josephine.
- Tall Tale America: A Legendary History of Our Humorous Heroes is a book about American tall tales.
- True History by 2nd century AD author Lucian of Samosata is likely the Ur Example.
- Played with in The Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem. It's never clear whether Ijon Tichy, the book's narrator, "really" had all those wacky adventures in space, or whether he is just a teller of tall tales.
- The several books under the label The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, by Erich Rudolph Raspe (1785-1789 and 1792) and Gottfried August Bürger (1788).
- In the Red Mars Trilogy, which is set on a future Mars that is being terraformed, people still tell stories of a Paul Bunyan-type figure called "Big Man," but they make him out as a Trickster Archetype creator figure, not unlike Raven in Native American mythology. This is an In-Universe illustration of how tall tales can evolve into mythology.
- Jonathan's Swift Gulliver's Travels combines political and social satire with the genre of the traveller's tall tale.
- Arthur C. Clarke's short-story collection Tales from the White Hart consists of a number of science-fictiony tall tales told by an odd fellow in the titular Fleet Street pub.
- In the P. G. Wodehouse "Mr. Mulliner" stories, the eponymous raconteur entertains his fellow pub-goers with tall tales about his numerous relatives.
- Arabian Nights is an ancient Arabic version, with a woman spinning fantastic tales in order to prevent her own execution and eventually win the heart of the king.
- In Lilian Jackson Braun's The Cat Who... Series, crime journalist Jim Qwilleran collects various tall tales from around Moose County, and eventually publishes them.
- Pippi Longstocking tells these all the time.
- The Worst Shots In The West is sub-titled as being a tall-tale; although that's quite obvious when reading it.
- An episode of The Twilight Zone ("Hocus-Pocus and Frisby") features a backwoods man named Frisby who continually tells tall tales. When he tells the townsfolk he was abducted by aliens, they believe he is just Crying Wolf—even though for once, he's telling the truth! (The whole episode could be a tall tale... from Rod Serling's point of view.)
- Chau from Off Centre did this once about the story of Euan and Liz.
- The page quote is from Showtime's Gothic Horror series Penny Dreadful. In it, Ethan Chandler is the star of a traveling Wild West Show, so as expected, he spins some tall tales. He even gets called out on it. (His skill with a six-gun, however, is not exaggerated.)
- Steam Powered Giraffe's song "Rex Marksley" is about an old West gunslinger in the vein of Pecos Bill.
- Tales based on fictional characters:
- Actual historical characters that have tall tales built around them:
- An adaptation of the Baron Munchhausen stories was popularized by radio comedian Jack Pearl in the 1930s, with his character's signature response to any doubts about his veracity- "Vas you dere, Sharlie?"- becoming a well-known catchphrase.
- The party game called The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen is based on the art of tall tale telling. Each player in turn tells the most unbelievable (but absolutely true!) stories, with the others trying to trip him up, without calling him an outright liar. Whoever tells the best story wins.
- Captain Park's Imaginary Polar Expedition, a board game from Cheapass Games. You play members of a Victorian gentleman's club, all of whom are trying to one-up each other with heroic tales of adventure. In fact, all your exploits are entirely fictitious. You've just spent the last few months hiding in a hotel and sneaking out in disguise to scavenge in junk shops for "artifacts" from your "expeditions". The aim of the game is to collect convincing sets of photographs, anecdotes, and artifacts, without being spotted and exposed as a fraud.
- In the beginning of Dragon Age II, The Narrator, Varric, tries to start his story as a tall tale (resulting in a Tutorial Level wherein you control unkillable Game Breaker characters), but is soon interrupted by his listener, who wants to hear the real story. He still occasionally lapses into tall tales later (and is always interrupted again).
- The entire point of Call of Juarez: Gunslinger: The over-the-top violence so typical in First Person Shooters is justified in-story by the manner how said story is presented by Silas, who is both The Narrator and The Protagonist—namely, as a Tall Tale to entertain random pub patrons.
- Rarely in Tomodachi Life, a Traveler the player receives via Streetpass may exclaim that a Mii on the player's island was interested in their "stories" and they want the traveler to visit their apartment and tell more. The extreme number of Pictorial Speech Bubbles that appear strongly suggest that they're Tall Tales due to the over the top natures of some of them (which include being attacked by an octopus, swept up in a tornado, riding in a kangaroo's pouch, or finding a group of Lilliputians), and the player's Mii believes every word they say.
- The Heterodyne Boys tales in Girl Genius are these.
- Downright invoked in the forty-eighth chapter of Gunnerkrigg Court, of which it is the title, where a bipedal pink frog tells another creature of the forest about the alleged achievements of the new forest medium, with stories increasingly unbelievable. Wait 'til you hear what she did next !
- In The Adventures of The League of S.T.E.A.M. episode, "Tall Tails", three League members sit around telling stories of their encounter with a Kraken... some of them being a bit hard to swallow.
- The Pixar Shorts:
- "Mater's Tall Tales" are a modern spin on this tradition.
- The short "Boundin'" is a tall tale that features a Jackalope.
- Disney has made shorts based on Paul Bunyan and John Henry. Melody Time has segments for Johnny Appleseed and Pecos Bill.
- Pinky and the Brain had "A Legendary Tail", an episode where the Brain used a computer to combine elements of other tall tales and make one starring himself. He hoped to use this as a way to gain acclaim as a folkhero. However, the resulting tall tale ended with other folkheroes suing the Brain's character for plagiarizing parts of their names (his name, by the way, was "Big Johnny Brain Jones Peachpit Bill Boone Crockett").
The Brain: The trouble with computers is that they're just too blasted logical.
- Captain Bluebear's whole shtick. The Framing Story of every episode (done in puppetry) is retired sea captain Bluebear telling an improbable sounding tale about an adventure he once supposedly had. Those stories (told in animation) are always Snark Bait for his three very skeptical grandkids.
- The World Of Commander McBragg, loosely based on Baron Munchausen, consisted of the eponymous McBragg telling ridiculous tall tales about himself. Or so says the brag of McBragg.