The Abyss. At one point the characters are talking about the alien encounters Lindsey had, one character says "Hot Rods of the Gods", which was an adventure for the GhostbustersTabletop RPG put out by West End Games.
Fearless Leader: Shut up! This is totally different! [beat] There has never been a way to actually destroy a cartoon character until now.
In The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, the Red Lectroids originally land at Grover's Mill, New Jersey in 1938. Their landing was reported in the Orson Welles broadcast of The War of the Worlds, but they cover it up by arranging for the broadcast to be labeled as fiction.* In Amazon Women on the Moon when a news reader on a TV news segment is talking about fraternities, a picture of the Delta House from ''Animal House' is shown behind her.
In Always, Pete's affectionate nickname for Dorinda is "Funny Face", a shoutout to the Audrey Hepburn-starring film of the same name. Crosses over with Actor Allusion as Hepburn also appeared in Always, in what would become her last film role.
In Anchorman, when Ron Burgundy is playing jazz flute, near the end he plays the riff from Jethro Tull's "Aqualung" and then shouts, "Hey, Aqualung!"
One of the scenes in Animal Crackers includes a spoof of Eugene O'Neill's play Strange Interlude and its elaborate asides.
Batman (1989) has a Shout Out to The Wizard of Oz (1939). When Vicki Vale throws water in the Joker's face, he says "I'm melting! I'm melting!".
The cartoon of the Joker's face on his helicopters looks like the classic comic book Joker.
A subtle but enormous example – Peter Sellers was a huge fan of Laurel and Hardy, and the voice he used for Chance the gardener in Being There is an Americanized version of Stan Laurel's; Laurel's work partially informed Sellers's physical approach to the role as well, since it was exactly what the character required (the other part? A gardener who worked for Sellers in The Fifties).
BIONICLE 3: Web of Shadows as a whole is a shout-out to the Star Wars films. Vakama's Face-Heel Turn is a reference to Anakin's fall to the Dark Side, complete with him ravaging the heroes' temple, the music playing during his duel with Matau deliberately mimics the score of Luke fighting with Darth Vader from Return of the Jedi, and the following scene, where Matau's forced to hang above a chasm with Vakama standing over him is a clear homage to the similar, iconic scene from The Empire Strikes Back, only here, Vakama actually jumps after Matau to save him.
According to the directors' commentary, the choppy CGI animation used for the villains in some scenes of the first movie, Mask of Light, was a deliberate reference to Ray Harryhausen's Stop Motion works.
The replicants are created by the Tyrell Corporation. This is a reference to the Tyrell Institute, which created the android robot Mr. R.I.N.G. in the Kolchak: The Night Stalker episode "Mr. R.I.N.G.".
The Blind Side was released in theaters on the same week as New Moon, the sequel to Twilight. Collins is watching Twilight on television when Leigh Anne brings Michael to the Tuohy's home for the first time.
Jean-Claude Van Damme's debut vehicle Bloodsport featured Bolo Yeung as the villain, and (almost?) all of Bolo's dialogue is borrowed from Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon (which Bolo was also in, although, hilariously, his only dialogue in that was to shout 'dah!' whenever anyone mentioned him...)
The credits also featured an outtake of some of the characters acting as extras in Toy Story 2.
In But I'm a Cheerleader two people in an institution for curing the supposedly psychologically ill (in this case, gays) which is doing more harm than good have sex when they weren't supposed to, an uptight woman who runs the place discovers them, and they get in big trouble. Does anyone else think this is a One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest shout out?
The bullying birds from the Pixar short "For the Birds" appear in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment. Making them possibly the only organic lifeforms in that world!
Lightning McQueen has "Lightyear" tires - not only a pun on Goodyear tires, but a reference to Buzz Lightyear. The movie also features an oil company named DinoCo, which is the name of the gas station where Andy's mother stopped to fuel the car when Woody and Buzz get lost, in Toy Story.
Speaking of Steve McQueen, Cannonball's showdown is a car chase between the hero in a green Ford Mustang Fastback and the baddie in a black Dodge Charger which crashes and immediately explodes in the end, spiced up with some nice jump scenes. We've seen almost the exactly same thing before in Bullitt.
Also, the movie shouts out to a couple of elements from real-life Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dashes. Not as many as The Cannonball Run which was made by actual Cannonballers, but still.
Casper (1995): The ghostly trio do the "I'm melting!" routine when a kitchen window-shade suddenly flies open, causing the morning sunlight to shine on the ghosts. They dissolve into one ectoplasmic puddle, then disappear through the floor. (Unlike the Wicked Witch of the West, though, the ghostly trio were merely joking with Dr. Harvey and his daughter.) That same scene also contains a shout-out to Apocalypse Now, where the ghostly trio descend into the room vertically, the tops of their heads spinning like helicopter blades while they sing the melody of Ride of the Valkyries. After this, Stretch sniffs the air and exclaims "I love the smell of fleshies in the morning!"
In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a chocolate bar is teleported into a television picture. The scene playing at the time is the prehistoric monolith scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The monolith gets replaced by the chocolate bar, and all the apes jump up and down and hoot at it.
When Chucky and Tiffany attack Officer Warren (played by John Ritter) with the nail trap, Chucky takes a look at Warren's face, now covered by nails, and states "Why does that look so familiar?" making a reference to the infamous monster Pinhead from the Hellraiser films.
When one of the protagonists ask how the dolls got to being dolls, Chucky responds with "If this were a movie, it would take 3 to 4 sequels to do the whole thing justice." and thus parodying the entire Child's Play series.
At the end of the film when Chucky is trapped and killed in his own grave, the way he dies is similar to how he was killed at the end of the first Child's Play film.
A montage of the protagonist's developmental years plays in the Thai film Chocolate (also called Fury), during which she is shown watching Ong-bak on the television. The same director/martial arts choreographer pair created both movies. Not 10 minutes later, she's watching Tom-Yum-Goong, a.k.a. The Protector, also made by the same director and choreographer.
When Angela Dodson wakes up in her apartment, her black cat meows while standing on her bed - a reference to the scene in The Matrix where Neo (also played by Keanu Reeves) sees the black cat meow and walk by twice.
After some demons are destroyed, Angela starts coughing due to the smell of sulfur/sulphur. Constantine says "Happens to everyone the first time", a reference to the "Everyone falls the first time" bit in The Matrix.
Hunter: Well I'm Captain Kirk, you're Scotty, I need more power.
In Wes Craven's werewolf flick Cursed, the design of the night club owned by the protagonist Ellie's boyfriend is one big shout out to classic horror movies. It is lined from wall to wall with supposed memorabilia from the movie sets, including the silver-tipped cane from the original The Wolf Man (1941).
In Die Hard, in the opening scene where John McClane is looking for his wife in the computerized Company Directory, and later where he looks up Hans calling himself Bill Clay on an employee listing, names on the computer screen and names on the board include names of people who worked on the film.
In Dr. Dolittle when the doctor and Lucky the dog are trying to stop a tiger from leaping to his death, they note all of the great tigers. When asked to name one Lucky comes up with Tony the Tiger, while Dolittle points out how Rocky beat up Mr. T after hearing "Eye of the Tiger".
The 2009 Christmas Doctor Who has a shout out to the original Star Wars film in the design of the laser cannons on the Cactus People's space ship. They are practically identical to those on the Millennium Falcon.
In Dreamgirls, Beyoncé Knowles' character Deena is briefly seen dressed like Carmen from the all-black movie version of the opera Carmen Jones. One of Beyoncé's first acting roles was in MTV's Carmen: The Hip-Hopra.
The Civil Cooperation Bureau, who provides most of the weaponry in the setting, shares a name with the real-life Civil Cooperation Bureau, which was a government-sponsored hit squad within the South African Defense Force, during The Apartheid Era. Agent Kruger, played by South African actor Sharlto Copley, is a member of the CCB who works as a Sleeper Agent for the Elysium Defense Forces. The members of his team are also white South Africans, very tellingly.
The little cybernetic interface ports that Carlyle, Delacourt and her team have installed behind their ears, which allow for the near-instantaneous download of data, is very reminiscent of the microsofts from the Sprawl Trilogy and Shadowrun, if only conceptually and where it's located on the user's body.
Yet another exchange of Shout Outs links the Elm Street franchise to the Critters films. In Dream Warriors, the patient who gets her face shoved through the TV was watching Critters before she dozed off. Later, one of the alien bounty hunters in Critters 2 is narrowly prevented from mimicking a poster of Freddy. This incidentally creates a Recursive Reality situation, where each film franchise exists in the 'Verse of the other.
This is taken further in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Raphael exits a theater playing Critters "Who come up with this crap?" New Line Cinema releasing both Critters AND TMNT.
In The Fall, when Roy is starting off his story to Alexandria, he initially starts it as a pirate story, only for her to object she doesn't like pirate stories and for him to quickly change it. The film is based on the Bulgarian film Yo Ho Ho, which, as the name suggests, did use a pirate story for its Story Within A Movie.
A hallmark of the Final Destination series is its habit of giving characters the surnames of famous horror and thriller directors, including Hitchcock, Carpenter, Lewis, Corman, Romero, and Polanski.
There's a boat in the Sydney harbor in Finding Nemo named "iBoat" in homage to Pixar/Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and a street named Wallaby Way in honor of Wallace & Gromit's West Wallaby Street.
The dentist's office contains a Buzz Lightyear action figure in the toy chest.
Also, the dentist's office is a replica of an office in Emeryville, CA, where Pixar is located.
The lead shark, Bruce, is probably a Shout Out to the fact that the shark in Jaws (though lacking a name in the film) was called Bruce on set. Or a Shout Out to the Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch with a half-dozen Aussies, all named "Bruce".
In the scene where Princess Aura first appears she tells her pet dwarf "Come along, Fellini", a reference to the famous Italian film director Federico Fellini.
In Four Christmases, Vince Vaughn's character says something along the lines of, "I'd rather be shipwrecked on a deserted island being hunted down by a crazy millionaire than visit my parents for Christmas." This line is a reference to a short story entitled "The Most Dangerous Game," and Vaughn is describing the plot with his line.
In the Tim Burton film Frankenweenie, Sparky gets run over by a car the first time he dies in the film when he tries to get a baseball and return it to Victor. The same thing happens to Momo in Magical Princess Minky Momo; the only differences were that Sparky was actually at the baseball game instead of being near the game like Momo was, he decided to get the ball by himself instead of being asked to get the ball, and he wasn't distracted by something else before getting run over.
The battle for the base is one long tribute to Star Wars. When the base's pulse canon first activates, it strongly resembles the Death Star's firing sequence. Duke and Baroness' escape from the exploding tunnel is almost frame for frame Lando's escape from the exploding Death Star II. The entire underwater melee has strong Return of the Jedi echoes.
In the American Godzilla (1998), three entire fishing boats are dragged underwater, presumably because Godzilla just swallowed their catch, nets and all. This is an apparent Shout-Out to the barrel-dragging scenes in Jaws ("Not with three!").
Grandma's Boy: Among the various poster on the walls in the background promoting Brainasium's future projects are an advertisement for "Gay Robot". "Gay Robot" is Nick Swardson's episode-based film project.
The commentary on the DVD claims that one of the actresses who played Trillian prior to the film appears in place of the usual boozehound during the scene in the Bar and Groom. Whether this is Susan Sheridan or Sandra Dickinson is not made clear.
At one point a radio message is sent to the team to warn them that they're about to encounter an enemy patrol boat. The message is almost a word-for-word copy of a similar radio message in The Guns of Navarone, and the battle that follows is clearly inspired by that movie as well.
Martin and Charlie Sheen word for word recreate their internal monologues from Apocalypse Now and Platoon respectively. Then as their boats pass they look at each other and say, "I loved you in Wall Street!" (Where they played father and son.)
When Bob Parr is seen having dinner with Mirage, he's wearing a blue suit and tie but still has his domino mask on. This is a shout-out to Will Eisner's The Spirit, a favorite comic book of director Brad Bird (in The Iron Giant, he also mentioned The Spirit when Hogarth showed his comic book collection to the giant robot, adding that the Spirit was "very cool".)
Bob is held in room A113.
Dash vs. the speeders calls back the Star Wars speeder chase.
Oh and speaking of Star Wars, the scene where Mr. Incredible chokes Mirage for betraying him and having him locked up by Syndrome can be seen as a reference to Chewbaca choking Lando for betraying the Rebels to Darth Vader.
The call-sign of Helen's plane is "India Golf Niner-Niner", or "IG 99", referencing The Iron Giant, director Brad Bird's previous film. The Iron Giant — "I.G." — came out in '99.
Syndrome entitled his project "Kronos", which is the name of a 1957 film featuring a giant killer robot.
Not to mention, Kronos, in Greek Myth, is titled the 'all devouring' and eats his children, the Olympians (except for Zeus, of course), and in other words, killing. What do those Omnidroids (the all devouring,) do to the superheroes (the Olympians)? So, Kronos=Omnidroid, Olympians=Supers, and (in a way,) Zeus=Bob.
Many of the costumes on display in Edna Mode's studio are shout outs to Marvel super heroes, including Captain America, the Fantastic Four, and Crystal of The Inhumans.
Jack-Jack Parr — get it? Jack Parr.
The rolling giant robot-ball and the closing flame curtains both recall Indiana Jones.
The mascot of the middle school that Violet attends — a Spartan — is the same as Brad Bird's high school, Corvallis High School. The design of the high school is also what CHS used to look like (it was bulldozed and rebuilt in 2005)
Syndrome's submarine resembles Black Manta.
Elastigirl finds out her husband has been keeping secrets from her, doing hero-work behind her back, and follows him into enemy territory, determined to find him no matter what the obstacles or dangers involved, requiring her to stealthily sneak among troops of Mooks like a ninja — exactly what Marguerite Blakeney does in the Super HeroTrope CodifierThe Scarlet Pimpernel.
The ship that Syndrome's robot flies into the city in (and, to an extent, the robot itself) is modeled on Dr. Zin's "The Robot Spy" on Jonny Quest.
Also, Dash channels Little Mac in a fistfight with one of the goons on their speeder.
"You are my greatest adventure..." My Greatest Adventure was the DC comic that introduced the Doom Patrol.
The Underminer, the villain that appears at the very end of the movie, is extremely similar to the first villain another certain superhero family fight on their very first published comic.
The Parr family is itself a homage to the Fantastic Four: Bob has the Thing's strength minus his stone-like appearance, Helen has Mr. Fantastic's stretching ability, Violet can turn invisible and generate forcefields like the Invisible Woman, and Dash has the Human Torch's arrogantly cocky personality. And baby Jack-Jack can set himself on fire like the Torch.
In the end, the shot of Mr. Incredible pulling his shirt apart, revealing his superhero emblem, is exactly like Superman.
The end when Jack-Jack manifests powers for the first time in the movie pays homage to the Human Torch (someone becoming a human fireball), Colossus (someone turning his skin to super-dense metal at will) and The Incredible Hulk (someone turning into a monstrous alter-ego when angry).
A snickering Shout-Out was one scene in Independence Day where a frazzled cable TV worker is attempting to empathise with an enraged customer by saying "Yes, I love The X-Files too".
And to Star Wars, with Ewan McGregor (AKA Obi-Wan Kenobi) saying the famous Catch Phrase, "I have a bad feeling about this". Good luck hearing it over the squealing fans.
The golden harp, shown at least three times in the film, heavily resembles the one in the Mickey and the Beanstalk short in Fun and Fancy Free.
In Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly is a reference to the characters Marshall, Will and Holly on the 1970's children's TV show Land of the Lost — a shout out reinforced by the subsequent appearance of the Sleestak Diner sitting in the shadow of Kirk's Rock.
In the Peter Jackson version of King Kong (2005), Carl Denham criticizes RKO Pictures, as they are supposed to be rival companies. The 1933 version, which almost everyone knows, was shot and produced by RKO. Also in the 2005 version, Carl is surprised Fay Wray isn't available for shooting. She played Anne in the 1933 version.
They also make fun of some dialogue from the original, having Jack Driscoll being quite sexist towards Anne, with actually making this exact scene a part of Denham's movie. It's quite nice how they did acknowledge the older work while (by giving them to a narcissistic jerk) pointing out that these lines are hopelessly out-of-date today.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly inspires Tonto looting the corpses of Dan's posse, he and John riding through the desert with an umbrella and the bridge detonation.
Once Upon a Time in the West gets quite a workout: the railroad plot, the intro of Dan and his posse wearing dusters, the squeaky windmill featuring in one scene, and Tonto revealing his past identity to Cole "at the point of dying." Hans Zimmer's music sounds like a conscious homage to Ennio Morricone, too.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid inspires the standoff between John, Tonto and two of Butch's henchmen, with the heroes arguing over who should kill whom, and John admitting he's not fired a gun in years.
The train robbery features one of Butch's men forcing hostages to sing "Shall We Gather at the River?", in a nod to The Wild Bunch.
The Comanche scenes, flashbacks to the massacre in Tonto's backstory and the line "it's a good day to die" all originate from Little Big Man.
A scene in the trailers of a shirtless, bearded Clark dramatically screaming and posing evokes 300, one of Zack Snyder's previous movies.
In another nod to 300, the Smallville High football team is called the Smallville Spartans (instead of Crows like in the Smallville show).
And another nod to 300, with Jor-El uttering the phrase "This is madness!" during Zod's attempted military coup on Krypton. One of the tracks on the soundtrack album is also title "This is Madness".
Superman's baseball team of choice is the Kansas City Royals
All of the Kryptonians are named after various counterparts from the comics, some of whom are of little renown.
When the Jor-El program is explaining Krypton's history to Clark on the crashed Kryptonian ship, he shows a picture of Zod with troops marching behind him that's very reminiscent of a poster of Mao Zedong.
The explanation of the history of Krypton (having a centralized government with a few leaders, the government creating and controlling the caste system, and the method of exile from the planet) is remarkably similar to Brave New World.
The design of the World Engine that the Kryptonians use, and how it functions, is very much like the Creation Engine, used by the Kherubim, who are Kryptonian expies in the now defunct Wildstorm Universe, which is a DC property. Mr. Majestic, is one of the Superman expies in the Wildstorm Universe. In fact, the Creation Engine is used for the exact same reason: terraforming.
There are a number of references to old science fiction movies.
The Martian saucers, the saucers' beam weapon, and their attacks on human civilization (particularly the attack on Washington) are an homage to the alien saucers in Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.
The Martian saucer crashing into a river near the end is a reference to the end of This Island Earth, where a saucer crashes into the ocean.
During the Martian attack a saucer shoots a bell tower, a scene taken from the Martian attack on Los Angeles in the 1953 film version of The War Of The Worlds.
The fat clown executed by the Penguin in Batman Returns can be seen in stasis inside a Martian ship.
Also, whenever Lisa Marie's character appears, she's followed by The Bride's theme from Bride of Frankenstein.
In The Mask, the police frisk the hero, whose pockets turn out an endless stream of junk. A pair of funny eyeball glasses gets the response "I've never seen those before in my life." A BAZOOKA gets a calm "I have a permit for that", the exact response given by Frank "the Enforcer" Nitti when frisked and found to have a gun on him in The Untouchables. The same scene also includes a photograph which is a nod to actor Peter Riegert's previous work on Animal House.
A cynic could call the multitude of Biblical references in The Matrix (including the names and ID numbers of the various hoverships) a series of classy shout outs.
In keeping with the movie's philosophical subtext, some of Zion's military personnel are named after famous philosophers. There's Commander Locke, Captain Soren (after Soren Kierkegaard), and Captain Ballard (after science fiction author J.G. Ballard).
Also, there's Captain Mifune. There are two possibilities here.
In the original Japanese version of Speed Racer (which the Wachowski brothers are huge fans of), "Mifune" was the main character's last name. Fittingly, the brothers would go on to direct the live-action film of Speed Racer just a few years after finishing the Matrix trilogy.
It could have also been a reference to the famous actor Toshiro Mifune.
In Maverick, Maverick (played by Mel Gibson) rides a bicycle belonging to his friend Chief Joseph, who explains that he won it in a card game. This is a reference to another Western movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In that movie, Butch Cassidy owns (and rides) a bicycle, and is a rotten gambler - so Chief Joseph won his bicycle from Butch!
Furthermore, Maverick is at one point robbed in a bank. Halfway through, he pulls the bandit's mask down to reveal Danny Glover, Gibson's co-star in the Lethal Weapon series. They look at each other as though in recognition, but then shake their heads saying, "Naaah..." As Glover exits the bank, he murmurs, "I'm getting too old for this shit!"
In Mean Girls, Janis Ian is named after the singer of the same name, who was a musical guest on the first episode of Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey's former show. Ian's hit song "At Seventeen" even plays in a scene.
The sequel: Why does it feel like the football game between the Plastics and the Anti-Plastics is an homage to The Longest Yard (of all things)?
During the opening sequence of MirrorMask, there is a brief shot of one of the circus performers "contact juggling" with a set of four crystal balls, a homage to the crystal manipulations done in Labyrinth.
The families Chi-Fu calls to claim their conscription notices are the names of Disney animators, Mulan's alter-ego is named after Sai Ping Lok, another Disney Studios who did background work and research for the movie.
The doll the Huns use to find the village, and again when the Imperial Army finds the razed remains of said village, is the same as a doll found in similar circumstances in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
An Asian Action Hero fights bad guys while paired up with a wisecracking black guy. Didn't I see this last year?
Shan Yu's falcon was intimidating... until Mushu barbecued it to look more like a comical chicken. A few scenes later, Mushu rides the same deformed bird.
Something quite hard to spot in The Mummy Returns. When the log is blown up and the pygmies drop into the river, only one of the pygmies remains on one half of the log. He straddles it and waves his hand round, while one end of the log glows, in a brief shoutout to the famous scene from Dr. Strangelove.
National Lampoon's European Vacation. In the part of the movie set in England, the Griswald family accidentally runs over a bicyclist. The bicyclist, played by Eric Idle, waves off the Griswalds' concern over his injuries, stating that it's just a flesh wound and he'll be alright once he goes down to the chemists'.
In something as random as The Number 23, there's shout out to Ace Attorney, where a minor character's name plaque reads Phoenix Miles, referencing Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth.
Jack's rifle looks almost exactly like the Viper Sniper Rifle from Mass Effect 2. It also sounds the same with similar-looking glowing blue projectiles.
Jack Harper has the same name as (Mass Effect spoiler) The Illusive Man.
The Big Bad is a giant sentient spaceship with a god complex.
The drones resemble the Oculus fighters.
The scene where the drones attack the human base is very similar to the scene near the end of Mass Effect 2 where an oculus breaks into the Normandy's cargo hold.
There's also a nice shoutout to the Fallout series, with the present year being 2077, the same as the Great War. Considering the vital part nukes take place in the back story, its hardly a coincidence.
The first of these is spoken by George Clooney to Al Pacino, when he says "What I want- what's most important to me..." (this being the exact phrase Pacino himself used when speaking to Sollozzo in the restaurant).
The second shout out was when Reuben, the bedridden casino executive, uses the same lines spoken by Vito Corleone just before Vito learned of his son's death from Tom Hagen ("I hear cars coming and going..."). They were both very subtle; probably meant as inside jokes by the actors, who didn't expect anybody to actually catch them.
Our Man Flint. After the three Galaxy leaders try to convince him to let them rule the world for its own good Flint says "All I have to do is take a bite of your apple?", a reference to Eve and the Serpent in the Garden of Eden.
The first film contains numerous highly specific Shout Outs to the theme park ride on which the film is loosely based.
The ending of Dead Man's Chest has Will rowing in a coffin to a skull-shaped hut in a swamp, in a scene that's an almost exact duplicate of a scene in Monkey Island, although the writers insist they've never heard of it.
The setup where the new captain of the pirate ship keeps a pet named after the captain he mutinied against. Are we talking about Barbosa and his monkey named "Jack", or Long John Silver and his parrot "Cap'n Flint"?
In On Stranger Tides, the reason Blackbeard seeks the fountain is because he receives a warning about a one legged-man, in this case Barbossa.
The musical locket owned by the villain (Jones) with an identical one owned by a good guy with a history with the villain (Tia Dalma, aka Calypso)? Straight from For a Few Dollars More, though the relationship between the corresponding characters is quite different.
The scene in the first movie, with the upper class lady getting rid of the alcohol after the lower-class wild man got drunk and started singing the previous night while they're stranded together? Yeah, happened in more than just this movie.
In AWE, one of the Boats Of Deceased Souls contains two identical, stoic-faced little girls- rather reminiscent of the Creepy Twins in The Shining.
In the fourth film, Blackbeard remarks on how he has to shoot one of his own crew every so often, so they don't forget who he is. This line is a direct reference to the Tim PowersOn Stranger Tides novel, in which Blackbeard justified shooting Isreal Hands (a Real Life crew member) in the knee this way.
At the end of On Stranger Tides, Jack quips to Mr. Gibbs 'It's a pirate's life for me, mate', like the song that plays in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
In a scene in Stranger Tides, Jack and Angelica threaten each other with meat hooks.
In On Stranger Tides, when Syrena's glass coffin breaks, she is forced to walk on land. Her tail changes to legs, and every step causes her agonizing pain. These details are obviously borrowed from Andersen's fairy tale.
The scene in On Stranger Tides where Jack blows up the lighthouse is very similar to Ezio's destruction of Borgia towers in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
The Fountain of Youth looks suspiciously like the Guardian of Forever, surrounding scenery (and fog!) included.
The scene of pirates walking along the seabed with an air-filled upside-down boat held over them is based on an incident in The Crimson Pirate, a 1952 pirate flick with a similar tongue-in-cheek attitude.
Beckett's world map painted on a wall recalls the opening of The Sea Hawk, an Errol Flynn movie also featuring a monkey sidekick.
Peter Pan in The Curse of the Black Pearl: In the very first scene, Governor Swann's costume looks exactly like Captain Hook. Also, in the final fight, Jack cuts off some of the feathers on Barbossa's hat, just like Peter does to Hook.
Snow White in The Curse of the Black Pearl: When Elizabeth refuses Barbossa's apple, believing it's poisoned.
Inverted, kinda, in Pope Joan, though probably by pure chance. Joan (Johanna) is played by Johanna Wokalek.
Planes: To two legendary United States fighter groups.
Skipper's squadron, VF-17, aka "The Jolly Wrenches", is directly based on the real VF-17 squadron, "The Jolly Rogers".
Judge Davis is explicitly mentioned to be a "Red Tail" P-51 Mustang, which makes him a member of the 332nd Fighter Group, better known as the Tuskegee Airmen.
Another is to Top Gun, when the two Navy jets do a flyby of the Flysenhower, disturbing the Air Boss's coffee. Made more of a shoutout by the identity of the actors voicing the two jets.
Planet 51 takes place on a distant world, where the equivalent of dogs are animated, short-legged, altogether cuddlier versions of a certain Xenomorph species made popular by the Alien franchise.
The 2004 film The Punisher has Frank Castle's wife and son killed by a truck full of hitmen running them down. The scene immediately following it in which a devastated Frank runs towards them screaming their names is almost identical to a scene in Mad Max.
The "Repo Code" from Repo Man ("I shall not cause harm to any vehicle nor the personal contents thereof, nor through inaction let the personal contents thereof come to harm") is a takeoff on Asimov's First Law of Robotics.
Marion curled up in a ball in the bathtub and shrieking is taken straight out of Perfect Blue. Aronofsky even secured the rights to a live-action version of the film just to justify including this scene in this movie.
During the scene when Tyrone and Harry are in the crowd, trying to get the drug shipment from Florida, one of the dealers is shown peeling an orange. This is a reference to The Godfather and the use of oranges as foreshadowing to something bad about to happen. They don't get their drugs, and the next sequence is Winter.
Averted by the recurring image of Marion standing at the end of a small pier, which is extremely similar to the recurring image in Dark City that also features Jennifer Connelly. Word Of God says that this was unintentional.
A Shout Out exists in every scene of the movie River City Rumble, a fan-made tribute movie based on River City Ransom, be it to the game itself, other classic video games, anime, or western cartoons.
The Scream films are laden with shoutouts from a wide range of Horror movies.
The murdered school principal in the first Scream is played by Henry Winkler, better known as Fonzie in Happy Days. As he goes into his office, the Fonz's leather jacket can be seen hanging up on the back of the door.
If you took all the movie references out of Scream there wouldn't be anything left! Billy Loomis is named after Doctor Loomis from Halloween (who in turn was named after Sam Loomis from Psycho), and Craven even peppered it with references to his own A Nightmare on Elm Street, not all of them complimentary.
Miho from Sin City uses a ''pair'' of Hattori Hanzo swords. According to Rodriguez and Tarantino, Miho wouldn't use anything less than a Hanzo blade to chop vegetables.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's The 6th Day has a probable shoutout to Replicant (as well as referencing Freud): The holo-psychiatrist's first sanity-test question in the event that a person thinks they've been cloned is the first question in the Replicant test, but with two turtles.
In the film version of A Sound of Thunder, Charles Hatton tells the travelers after the first successful time traveling expedition, "Gentlemen, and lady: today, you stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Columbus discovering America, Armstrong stepping on the moon, Brubaker landing on Mars." The director, Peter Hyam, also filmed Capricorn One, where Col. Charles Brubaker (James Brolin) is the first man on Mars in the faked landing.
In the backstory of the original Total Recall (1990), Quaid/Hauser stayed at a hotel on Mars under the name "Brubaker".
The design of Earth's cities now has a very Mass Effect-like look and feel. From the vehicles, to the architecture, you'd have expect to see a derelict Reaper near London. The Klingon ruins suggest a cross between Tuchanka and Ilos.
When Harrison takes out the Starfleet High Command early in the movie, it resembles the scene in The Godfather Part III.
Nibiru, the name of the planet in the opening scene, is the ancient Babylonian name for Jupiter (which has also been used in a couple of different pseudoscientific theories involving planetary catastrophes).
George Lucas' Star Wars films contain a reference to his first movie, THX 1138, when Luke Skywalker explains away their presence on the Death Star by claiming it's "a prisoner transfer from cellblock 1138". Interestingly enough, when Mark Hamill improvised that line, George Lucas actually told him not to do it in another take, as the original script just had a random combination of numbers.
Not the first time this happened. One of the protagonists in American Graffiti has a car with the license plate THX-1138.
Almost every Star Wars movie has some reference to THX-1138. On Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back, General Rieekan says, "Send Rogues 10 and 11 to sector 38." In The Phantom Menace, the droid killed by Jar Jar Binks at the end has serial number 1138 on his back. In Attack of the Clones, the LED lights on the back of the clone trooper helmets display a serial number. Although illegible, they all read "THX 1138". Finally, in Revenge of the Sith, Clone Commander Bacara's number is 1138.
In Lucas' novelization of Star Wars, one of the stormtroopers who was assigned to guard the Millennium Falcon after its capture on the Death Star was THX-1138 (changed either to or from TK-421 in the movie).
Almost everything Star Wars has a reference somewhere. Don't forget the stormtrooper unit in Galactic Battlegrounds would state "THX-1138 ready, sir," when selected.
In Attack of the Clones, the scene of the clones being trained via helmet is an identical visual reference to a flashback scene from AKIRA.
The once-ubiquitous THX mastering standard is a Shout-Out to same, making it possibly the most common one of all time (if you count every single movie, TV show and video game where the logo appears).
The protagonist of Republic Commando, Boss, is Delta 1138.
In A New Hope, just before Vader starts choking one of the Death Star commanders, a shout out is made to one of Lucas' influences:
Admiral Motti: Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebel's hidden fortre...
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is full of them. The alien body that the Russians are looking for at the beginning was reportedly an old prop from Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Near the end of the scene in Area 51, Indy smashes through a number of crates with a truck, including one holding the Ark of the Covenant from Raiders of the Lost Ark. There's even a Star Wars reference, with Indy quipping near the end, "I've got a bad feeling about this".
According to an Ain't it Cool editor, there were a bunch of shout outs to the Indiana Jones EU Books - Indy's resistance to telepathy, alien hunting, etc.
Indy also tells Mutt about his time in Pancho Villa's army—that's a reference to events that took place during The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
In Raiders of the Lost Ark, in the chamber where Indy finds the Ark, you can see your two favorite droids drawn among the hieroglyphs.
Superman II. While Lex Luthor is sliding down the wall of Superman's Fortress of Solitude he says "Another small step for mankind", a reference to astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous statement upon setting foot on the Moon.
Many of the cast have some connection to P&P: Colin Firth was Mr. Darcy and Anna Chancellor (Miss Bagstock) was Miss Bingley in the 1995 miniseries; Talulah Riley (Annabelle) was Mary Bennet in the 2005 film version; and Gemma Arterton (Kelly) was Elizabeth Bennet in the 2008 miniseries Lost in Austen.
Miss Fritton's dog is named for Mr. Darcy.
Colin Firth's slow-motion walk to the hockey field in wet white shirt with his jacket over his arm mimics a similar scene he did in the 1995 Pride and Prejudice.
The quizmaster's question "What book was originally titled First Impressions?" references the original title of Pride and Prejudice.
Similarly, there are a number of shoutouts surrounding "The Girl With A Pearl Earring", starting with Colin Firth's role in the 2003 film of the same name, the explicit reference to Colin Firth wanting to shag her, and Chelsea initially thinking that the idea is to "steal Scarlett Johansson''.
You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!
In her mannerisms and mode of dress, Camilla Fritton parodies Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
When Thwaites and Camilla meet, she says "Another time!" and he answers "Another country!" His response is the title of a 1984 film in which Rupert Everett and Colin Firth first starred together.
When Annabelle is entering the school for the first time, she calls it "Hogwarts for Pikeys".
Tank Girl. Tank Girl fires her tank's gun and causes a bucket of water (and the bucket itself) to fall on Kesslee's "head". A cartoon has Kesslee saying "I'm melting!"
Terminator 2: Judgment Day. There is an easy-to-miss Shout-Out in this movie. In the scene where John, Sarah, Dyson, and the Terminator are setting explosives to blow up the Cyberdyne research laboratory, the explosive barrels are labeled "Polydichloric Euthimal". This is the same name as the synthetic stimulant being used by some of the miners in Outland.
Perhaps the only Shout Out to a film that wasn't made yet (but was already written), Avatar:
Rose: You have a gift, Jack. You do. You see people.
Jack: I see you.
In Michael Bay's Transformers movies,Revenge of the Fallen has at least two shout outs to Armageddon, a previous Bay film. The first is the Decepticon meteorites striking Paris, along with people running from collapsing buildings.
The first one has a bystander claim that the Autobots landing on Earth is "10 times more awesome then Armageddon."
Also, counting as foreshadowing as well, Wheelie watches on episode of Star Trek: The Original Series in Sam and Carly's apartment and says; "I've seen this one. This is the one where Spock goes nuts". Hinting at Sentinel Prime's later betrayal.
Bumblebee when talking to Sam Just before "leaving" the planet uses "I am and always shall be your friend" referencing Star Trek III.
There's also when Penelope Snow AKA White She-Devil tells "Anton" that he's "cute in a Theo Huxtable kind of way." Eddie Griffin had just four years starring in a sitcom with Theo himself, Malcolm Jamal Warner.
Unstoppable: A shout out to Silver Streak - an AWVR official named Gene Devereaux is interviewed at one point. Gene Wilder starred in Silver Streak, and the villain was named Roger Devereaux.
The Restaurant Shenanigans in Waiting is a restaurant that was mentioned in Super Troopers that Officer Rodney Farva likes to eat at complete with Goofy Shit on the wall
O'Haggan: I'm gonna pistol whip the next guy who says shenanigans
Mac: Hey Farva what's that restaurant you like so much with the mozzarella sticks and the goofy shit on the wall?
Farva: Shenanigans? Shenanigans Right?
WALL•E's collection contains a Rex toy, as well as the head of a baby doll that looks suspiciously like Jack-Jack.
In We're the Millers David refers to the man who inspires his plan by using his family to avoid getting a speeding ticket as a "real life Flanders" due to his strong physical similarity to Ned Flanders.
During the car chase between the heroes and the weasels, the weasel driving sneers "I'm gonna ram 'im!"... then, when the attempted target of their vehicular assault dodges, he and his mooks scream as they hurtle towards a crash. Just like the scene with Biff chasing a skateboard-riding Marty in Back to the Future.