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  • If you are going to reference or parody a movie, make sure it is one of these choices: King Kong, Gone with the Wind, Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, Psycho, James Bond, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Seventh Seal, Star Wars, Jaws, The Shining, Indiana Jones, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Terminator, Goodfellas, Jurassic Park, Pulp Fiction, Titanic, and The Matrix.
  • 95% of James Bond parodies are a parody of the Sean Connery era films. The remaining 5%, at least nowadays, are the Bonds of the nineties and two-thousands; Pierce Brosnan or Daniel Craig. Roger Moore, George Lazenby, and Timothy Dalton? Who are they? (If you grew up at any time between 1975 and 1995, feel free to mentally delete Roger Moore from the above list. He was undoubtedly the most successful James Bond of the late Cold War years.) The one-film Lazenby is ALWAYS mentioned whenever someone wants to sound extremely knowledgeable about the Bond Franchise.
  • Does a movie feature misfits in grotesque makeup interacting in an Anachronism Stew setting? Tim Burton must have done it.
  • All teen comedies were by John Hughes. (Amy Heckerling might get a mention if the reference is a little more "indie.")
    • Speaking of that, you would have a hard time finding a casual John Hughes fan who could remember any members of his repertory of teen actors other than Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Jon Cryer, or Andrew McCarthy, even though there were many, many more. (And no, knowing the name of a character, such as "Long Duk Dong," doesn't count; the person has to know the name of the actor.) And that doesn't even include young actors who became famous outside of Hughes's works, and are associated with him only due to Retroactive Recognition (Robert Downey, Jr., for example). Lampshaded by the 1997 book Pretty in Pink (about 1980s teen movies), which ended with an appendix listing many of the unsung Brat Packers that was wittily titled "Don't You Forget About Me."

Notable exceptions of this trope from films and this trope Played With in film:

  • Quentin Tarantino's movies are full of shout outs and homage shots to movies most people do not even know exist, such as Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell, where he got the idea for the red background during the flight scene in Kill Bill Vol. 1.
  • The indie film Little Miss Sunshine features a Proust scholar as a main character. He talks about Proust during an important character moment.
  • Charlie Kaufman likes to include high-brow literary references in his films. In Being John Malkovich, John Cusack performs a puppet adaptation of Alexander Pope's Eloisa to Abelard. Pope's story also provided the title and theme for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
  • Parodied in the 1965 film version of The Loved One, in which Dennis Barlow romances Aimee Thanatogenous by quoting classic poetry to her and claiming it to be his own work.
  • In The Great Muppet Caper, Animal is described as being upset that he missed the Rembrandt exhibit at the National Gallery. Animal corrects him: "Renoir! Renoir!"
  • A rare humorous moment in Se7en, when Brad Pitt's character has never heard of the Marquis de Sade, and mispronounces his name "Shah-day", like the Nigerian singer Sade.
  • Lampshaded in Dogma with an appearance by the Metatron, the angel who speaks for God to humans who would be destroyed by the power of God's voice. The heroine attempts to make up for not knowing who he is by mentioning the Ten Plagues, to which the Metatron remarks "You people! If it's not in a Charlton Heston movie, it's not worth knowing, is it?"