- The raid on the FBI black site is a reference to the Die Hard movies.
- The closing scene of The Cyprus Agency is an homage to Three Days of the Condor.
- Similarly, the scene with Red and Aram is an homage to Swordfish.
- "The Good Samaritan Killer" plays similarly to an episode of Criminal Minds, even referring to the killer in question as an "unsub."
- Red's outfit, haircut, and general Wicked Cultured Diabolical Mastermind styling reference John Malkovich's take on Tom Ripley in Ripley's Game.
- A bounty hunter is named Orci.
- In "Scimitar" one of the agents is named John Reese.
- Berlin is a mix between Ra's al-Ghul and especially Keyser Soze.
- Donald Ressler shares a surname with the renowned FBI agent and profiler Robert Ressler, who is generally credited with bringing the term Serial Killer into the English language.
- In "Luther Braxton Conclusion", Red asks Peter Kotsiopulos if he is a swimmer, referencing the actor's character Dr. Lee Rosen of the show Alphas who swims to keep in shape.
- "The Harem" has Margot made a title drop to the movie Mindhunters.
- Red nonchalantly shooting the courier mid-conversation in "Miles McGrath" is uncannily similar to Pulp Fiction when Jules shoots Brett's associate ("Flock of Seagulls") in the middle of Brett's desperate apology.(Reddington suddenly shoots McGrath's courier)Red: You were saying?
- The hacker group "Thrushes" is the same name to the villains from The Man From Uncle.
- In "Ian Garvey", Red reads the poem "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley to Liz when she wakes up from her coma.
- Liz makes Star Wars references in "The Cook".
- In the same episode, there are various posters from the HALO and Star Wars series.
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