- Brick: The line "Oh, now you are dangerous" is taken verbatim from The Maltese Falcon (1941), as is the "long short long short" warning signal.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: In prison, Peter states the Orb has a "Ark of the Covenant, glowing briefcase, Maltese Falcon-esque vibe."
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Eddie Valiant has the Falcon in his office; he hangs his hat on it when returning after the scene with Roger at Maroon's office.
- The Dresden Files:
- Saturn's Children by Charles Stross, in addition to numerous Shout Outs to Robert A. Heinlein, has a MacGuffin disguised as a statue of a black bird.
- In the Sinister Six Trilogy, the Gentleman visits The Machiavelli Club, a special society for the Wicked Cultured. Other members of the Machiavelli Club include Hannibal, Auric, the Gruber brothers, Lex, Herr Taubmann, Ra's, Soze, Napier, Randolph and Mortimer Duke, Mr Glass, and Ernst. The Gentleman has also worked with Casper Gutman.
Live Action TV
- Castle: In "The Blue Butterfly", besides the general Noir style, Castle makes an explicit reference at the end, calling the titular Blue Butterfly "the stuff that dreams are made of". This also references the fact that the butterfly is a fake.
- Sherlock: At one point in "A Scandal in Belgravia", John Sherlock and Irene are in 221B, and Sherlock says that he put her phone into a safe-deposit box. John's suggestion that "Molly can get it, and then have one of your homeless network members bring it here" is reminiscent of the final act of The Maltese Falcon, when Sam Spade leaves the titular artifact in a safe-deposit box, mails the ticket to another box, and then calls his secretary to get first one then the other, and bring it to his office, where he and the other principal characters are waiting. And then Sherlock immediately subverts the whole situation by pulling the phone out of his pocket.
- Darths & Droids: The Maltese Falcon: Han calls the Millennium Falcon the Malteser Falcon in #782, titled "It's What Dreams Are Made of".
- Batman: The Animated Series: "Perchance to Dream" consists mostly of an extended dream sequence created by the Mad Hatter to keep Batman trapped in a dream world. After Batman finally wakes up into reality, he looks at the elaborate head rig created by the Mad Hatter, and calls it "the stuff that dreams are made of".
- Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers: "Adventures in Squirrelsitting" features a young squirrel girl named Tammy in love with Chip. And a Maltese Mouse.
- The Simpsons: In "Three Men and a Comic Book" after unwrapping the comic book, Martin says it's "the stuff dreams are made of".