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Running Gag: Film
  • Spider-Man Trilogy: Jameson keeps yelling for "HOFFMAN!" who keeps appearing faster and faster as the movies progress, much to Jonah's confusion, eventually culminating in Jameson screaming his name while turning around, only to be face to face with Hoffman before he finished saying his name.
  • The Pink Panther:
    • A Shot in the Dark:
    "Do you have a License for x?" BEEBEEBEEBEEEEEEP! BEEBEEBEEBEEEEEP!
    • Return of the Pink Panther: Dreyfus's constant confusion between a lighter that looks like a gun and a REAL gun.
      • Graham Stark's Character and his unfortunate hands.
  • Airplane!
    • "Looks like I picked the wrong week to give up..." is a great example.
    • So is the series of literal responses to "What is it?" Answer 
    • I just want to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you.
    • These Running Gags have given me a drinking problem. (Splashes a glass of water)
  • Clue:
    • " We'll, I didn't do it!!!"
    • Communism was only a red herring.
  • Forrest Gump:
    • It's subtle, but in every photo of Forrest, his eyes are closed.
    • In a darker extent, many celebrities that Forrest met or talked about end up getting killed, most of them getting shot.
  • Mean Girls:
    • Damian uses one Paper-Thin Disguise after another (robber, Santa, guy with hoodie and sunglasses), yet nobody except Cady seem to recognize him.
    • Cady's "word vomit." In one scene, it becomes actual vomit.
    • Big yellow school buses.
    • In the original script, the Sound Effect Bleep was this, used whenever a character dropped an F-bomb.
  • SWAAAAAAAAN!
  • When anyone takes a seat in Hot Shots!, they end up sitting on the same Chihuahua each time.
    • Also, the Admiral's various war injuries and artificial body parts.
  • In Escape from New York, every time Snake meets a new character, they will observe that they thought he was dead.
  • Similarly, in Road House, people tell Patrick Swayze, "I thought you'd be bigger." What it lacks in humor it makes up for in homoeroticism.
  • The Long Goodbye, which features an anachronistic '50s private eye in the '70s has the protagonist not only be the only character that smoked, but as a Running Gag has him light a cigarette in every single scene. It also has the title tune shoehorned in many different times (on a car radio, at a Mexican funeral...).
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Women seem to have a tendency to slap Jack Sparrow... or anyone representing him.
    • Captain Jack Sparrow.
    • Will Turner has a habit of getting knocked out during the pivotal point of a fight.
    • Why is the rum always gone?
    • It got away with sea turtles, mate. A pair of them strapped to the bottle.
    • Were they eunuchs?
    • Well, they did have a Nice Hat. A really big one.
    • They also tried to Parley with me.
    • But that doesn't matter since the Pirate's Code is more like a guideline than actual rules.
    • This is the day that you will always remember as the day that y--
    • Enter mascot dog with keys in mouth.
    • Thank you, Jack.
    • I hate that monkey.
    • Barbossa's hat getting blown off in the outtake reel of the third movie.
  • The Princess Bride
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Swallows, coconuts, people not dying.
    • They got better.
    • Also, Arthur's inability to count to five.
      • "Three sir!"
    • "Get on with it!"
    • And There Was Much Rejoicing.
      • Yaaayyy!
    • It also uses Medium Awareness as a running gag, as in the murder of the historian, and the old man from Scene 24.
  • The "dogs can't look up" gag in Shaun of the Dead is notable not only because it's an effective Running Gag within the film, but is something of a real-life running gag, having originated with Nick Frost during the filming of Spaced, as referenced on the DVD commentaries for both works. Also the "He's not my boyfriend!" is carried over.
  • Nearly every movie produced by Mel Brooks has the character played by the director spout off the infamous line "It's good to be the king." Copiously repeated again and again in History of the World Part I, seemingly a half-dozen times in five minutes. It was not funny that time.
    • Thankfully, averted in Spaceballs (he played a president in this movie and didn't use the line or any variant thereof).
  • Young Frankenstein: What happens whenever someone says "Frau Blücher" (*WHINNY*)
  • A running gag in Mallrats is that Shannon Hamilton likes to have sex in a very uncomfortable place.
    • What... like the back of a Volkswagen?
    • "It's a sailboat."
    • Also, telekinesis.
  • Clerks:
    • "What smells like shoe polish?"
    • "I'm not even supposed to be here today."
    • "Thirty-seven?!"
    • "I heard she's getting married to an Asian design major."
  • The Weather Man has people throwing fast food at Nicolas Cage's character throughout the movie because they're so resentful of how easy his job is. It gets a lot less funny at one point when someone throws a McDonald's apple pie at him, since he picks it up and runs after the people, throwing it back at them while screaming that he has kids and now he has to see them with pie on his clothes.
  • Back to the Future did this a lot in the sequels.
    • "Hey McFly, I thought I told you never to come in here."
    • "He's a/an (noun)!"
    • "There there, now, you're safe and sound now back in good old 1955."
    • "So why don't you make like a tree and get out of here?"
    • "Say hi to your mom for me."
    • "Chicken?"
    • "Nobody calls me Chicken!"
    • "Slacker!"
    • "This is heavy."
    • "There's that word again!"
    • "Great Scott!"
    • "Manure! I hate manure!"
  • The Blues Brothers has lots of them, ranging from the obvious, such as "We're on a mission from God!" to the subtle, like Jake constantly checking his watch which was declared broken in the first scene. (And other people's watches getting broken as well.)
  • The gum in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is a true running gag (some people can't stop gagging for hours after seeing it...).
  • Better Off Dead: "I want my two dollars!!"
  • Space Cowboys: (after a while) "You notice that everyone we know is dead?"
  • Labyrinth: Sarah gets Hoggle's name wrong almost every time she talks to him.
    • Sarah does this at first, but quickly learns his name. Jareth is the one that never gets Higgle's (HOGGLE!) name right.
  • Zombieland anyone? Tallahase and his inability to find any twinkies.
  • I Love You, Man. "...Why does everything I say sound like a leprechaun?"
  • I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
    • "Do you want to go through the window (over the side, etc.), or take the stairs?"
    • "You aren't selling Amway products, are you?"
    • "How did he go to the bathroom with all those gold chains on?"
  • Star Wars Episodes 4-6:
    • "I have a bad feeling about this." (Uttered at least once by Luke, Han, and Leia. Arguably by Chewie, too.)
      • Yoda, too: "Bad feeling have I."
    • Also used by Obi-Wan and Anakin in all three prequels. And by various characters in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. And all over the Expanded Universe. And in various other franchises as gags: from Fanboys to Lost.
    • I sense a disturbance in the Force
  • The Great Escape: Hilts's habit of bouncing a baseball against the wall every time he gets stuck in the Cooler.
  • Inglourious Basterds: Landa's insistence on using American idioms and getting them slightly wrong.
  • During the filming of Rush Hour 2, a real life running gag showed up: As shown in the outtakes, Chris Tucker cannot remember to call Jackie Chan by his character's name.
  • A Hard Day's Night - Paul's grandfather. He's very clean.
  • Kingpin had two major running gags. One was Roy Munson referring to his 1979 championship ring as "this", only for people to think he's talking about the rubber hand it's situated on (this gets reversed at the end when he actually is talking about the rubber hand). The second is different characters referring to being put in an unwinnable situation as being "Munsoned".
  • Any Given Sunday had the third-string quarterback, Willie Beamen to throw-up in the middle of the game. Every time the Sharks were playing.
  • "Paul" - 'Three tits? Awesome.'
    • Also, everyone asking if Graeme and Clive are gay.
    • "Who the hell is Adam Shadowchild?"
  • In many of the Harry Potter films, if Seamus is on screen chances are he's about to accidentally blow something up. Given a fantastic send off in Deathly Hallows Part 2, where McGonagall tells Neville to enlist Seamus' help blowing up the bridge due to his "proclivity for pyrotechnics."
    • Ron's dislike for spiders is a cruel irony in the second movie, but becomes lighter later, with things like Ron mumbling in his sleep, "The spiders. They want me to tap-dance. I don't want to tap-dance," and Harry mumbling back "You tell those spiders Ron."
    • Hagrid saying "I shouldn't've told you that".
  • A Fish Called Wanda: "What was the middle one?"
  • Mystery Team: Jason's disguises
  • Several in The Gumball Rally. Lapchick's madness, Franco's womanizing, the Rolls-Royce...
  • Star Trek: Kirk trying to find out Uhura's first name (a shout-out to the fact that she never had one in the original series).
    • Chekhov's accent.
    • A literal running gag: Kirk suffering from various adverse reactions to a vaccine he was given, running down the halls trying to get to the bridge as McCoy repeatedly gives him shots to counteract the symptoms.
  • Iron Man has the running gag of one of Tony's inept helper bot arm... things... having a propensity to hose him down with a fire extinguisher at a drop of a hat. First time is when his jet boots fail (in that they were set too high and flung him face first into the ceiling). Second time was him threatening the bot not to do it. Third time was at the end of his Mk 2 flight; First, Tony breaks the ceiling and floor of his house, then smashes a grand piano, then one of his expensive cars... then gets hosed off by the extinguisher bot again. Tony can only lie his helmeted head down in tired frustration.
    • Speaking of the car scene, Iron Man unintentionally wrecking other people's cars occurs a couple of times per movie.
    • Also, there's Agent Coulson insisting on stating the full acronym for S.H.I.E.L.D. ("Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement Logistics Division") several times when introducing himself to others.
  • The American version of Godzilla 2000 has Yuki Ichinose and the word "imbecile."
  • Lampshaded in The Muppet Movie: "Myth! Myth!" "Yeth!"
    • Lost? Have you tried Hare Krishna?
    • Also lampshaded in The Muppet Family Christmas.
  • In Lethal Weapon, starting with the second movie, Riggs would occasionally dislocate his shoulder (though in the second movie he does it intentionally to break loose of a strait jacket) and then bang it on a wall to put it back in its place. It occurs in the third movie when Riggs falls off a bridge while on a motorcycle then in the fourth movie during the final showdown with Wah Sing Ku when the villain dislocates his shoulder.
  • The Dark Knight Saga: Bruce gets gear that "comes in black" to be Batman.
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation: Colton calling Lady Jaye "Brenda".
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness: This isn't the first time Kirk and Scotty have an adventure before returning to the Enterprise.
    • Scotty has to yell at his assistant Keenser to get down from places that he shouldn't be sitting on...like an experimental torpedo.
  • Several in The Heat.
    • The Jesus-themed Boston sports teams paintings that Mullins' family has.
    • The leftover sandwich Mullins has in her fridge.
  • In The Lightning Thief: Grover getting flirted with by hot girls, from the camp to the underworld counts.
  • Men just can't resist the urge to touch Red's ivory prosthetic leg in The Lone Ranger.
  • Holiday: Addressing the Potters as "Porter".
  • The Philadelphia Story:
    • "Another place, Edward."
    • Margaret Lord forgetting who Mike is.
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