It’s not really a secret that filmmakers influence other filmmakers or that movies inspire other movies. That’s just how things work. What’s more interesting is learning the origin story behind famous movie scenes, like how a Nazi propaganda film influenced Star Wars—or how The Shining’s “Here’s Johnny!” scene was a carbon copy of a silent Swedish horror film.
Obviously, directors are paying homage to other directors when “copying” these scenes (Tarantino, anyone?), but it’s fun to find out how some iconic moments in film history were just cribbed off some little movie most people never heard of before.
In the video below, Screen Rant takes a look at 10 movie scenes that borrowed heavily from (stole from? were influenced by?) other movies. It ranges from The Lord of the Rings shouting out The Wizard of Oz to E.T.’s flying bicycle scene being influenced by 1951 film Miracle in Milan, and more.