If there’s one thing Hollywood loves, it’s itself. Filmmakers are constantly paying tribute to, poking fun at or straight-up ripping off the work of those who came before them, so it should be no surprise that once in a while some pretty stellar references to other movies crop up on the silver screen.
For this list, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite references to other movies in film. But first, a few ground rules: we’re not talking about simply verbal references here. Name-dropping a movie doesn’t count; there has to be some sort of visual or musical cue that attempts to recreate a scene. And parody films like Airplane!, the Austin Powers movies or the Scary Movie franchise don’t count for the purposes of this list—they’re a whole ‘nother monster. Check out our picks below, and be sure to tell us what we missed in the comments section.
15. Jurassic Park in Wayne’s World 2
If Jurassic Park taught us anything, it’s that nothing says “warning: massive dino approaching” quite like a shot of a vibrating glass of water, and the dudes at Wayne’s World 2 nail this detail in their own version. Go to the 1:13 mark in this video to check it out.
14. Dirty Dancing in Crazy, Stupid, Love
As seemingly everyone on the Internet agrees, there are many, many reasons to love Ryan Gosling. One of them is his portrayal of ladykiller Jacob in Crazy, Stupid, Love. At first Jacob seems like a sleaze—albeit a beautiful, beautiful sleaze—but eventually we learn he’s deeper than he seems and just looking for love like the rest of us. He’s got real feelings for Hannah (Emma Stone), and when he brings her back to his apartment and she demands to know “how these things usually work,” he reveals that he typically woos women by doing the iconic lift from Dirty Dancing.
13. Star Wars in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
After Ferris miraculously gets Cameron to leave his dad’s so-choice Ferrari with a parking garage valet, we see the valet and his buddy out joyriding in it. Hey, he promised to look after it (“See what a finski can do to a guy’s attitude?”), and here we see him soaring through the air in it in a shot that echos the Millennium Falcon jumping into hyperspace as the Star Warstheme plays.
12. Lethal Weapon in Maverick
Mel Gibson and his long-suffering Lethal Weapon partner Danny Glover are reunited briefly in this Western when Glover makes a cameo as a bank robber. He and Gibson lock eyes and clearly recognize each other before Glover departs muttering the line that he made famous as Detective Roger Murtaugh: “I’m getting too old for this shit.”
11. An Affair to Remember in Sleepless in Seattle
Sleepless in Seattle is essentially one giant love letter to An Affair to Remember—the 1957 Cary Grant/Deborah Kerr classic—from writer/director Nora Ephron. Rita Wilson gives a memorable teary summary of the movie, and Annie (Meg Ryan) watches it before writing to Sam (Tom Hanks) inviting him to meet her at the top of the Empire State Building—the way Grant and Kerr attempt to in their movie—on Valentine’s Day. When they finally meet on the observation deck, the theme from An Affair to Remember swells, setting the mood for anyone with an appreciation for good rom-coms.