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14 games that borrowed their best bits from movies

Modern Warfare 2 copies Mohawk man from Tears of the Sun

2003 war flick Tears of the Sun ain’t exactly memorable. Oh sure, it’s got Bruce Willis in generic baldy form and Monica Belluci spilling out of her top for 90 minutes. But it’s hard to argue it had any real impact on its genre. Thankfully, it had a far bigger impact on Infinity Ward, who seem to have designed its grizzled Glaswegian captain after a Navy SEAL from the film called Kelly Lake. The dude might rock a Mohawk with some serious style, but we bet he couldn’t rescue the owner of the world’s mightiest moustache from a Russian gulag or complete COD on veteran.


Read Dead Revolver bases a level around The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


Right off the borrowed bat it’s clear that lead character Red Harlow looks pretty damn similar to Clint Eastwood’s iconic Man with No Name. More than copying the star's look from Sergio Leone’s incredible Wild West film, Rockstar’s homage to the Spaghetti Western also bases an entire level around the film’s bridge scene.

The Traitor, Red Dead’s 13th level, takes place during a battle between the Yankee and Confederate armies. Taking control of the dastardly General Diego, the player must blow up a bridge connecting the two sides of the valley the armies are fighting in, much like the film. The quasi trench warfare and vast river seen in the level are also near identical to the location from the movie. The game’s soundtrack was also heavily influenced by the film’s composer Ennio Morricone, who scored most of the great Spaghetti Westerns.


Shadow of Rome gets all its cool stuff from Gladiator


The General who became a slave. The slave who became a gladiator. The gladiator who got a PS2 game and stabbed loads of tigers in the face. Really, there just aren’t enough games out there that let you twat Tigger’s best mates with a big bloody mace. It’s not just the WWF-baiting tiger slaughter that was lifted straight from Ridley Scott’s sand and sandals epic for Capcom’s hack-and-slasher. Both film and game star generals who suffer a fall from grace and end up scrapping in the Colosseum. Both open against battles against barbarians. And… well, only the game includes shoddy stealth sections with a weedy wimp in a toga.

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  • iluvmyDS - January 21, 2010 7:53 a.m.

    The guy talking to Luis about taking down Niko and co. in Three Leaf Clover is obviously based on a similar scene in Point Break.
  • Rex_Maztar - January 18, 2010 3:17 a.m.

    I thought that in Call of Duty 4 Victor Zakhaev, Imran Zakhaev's son was a huge play on the antagonist from Behind Enemy Lines.
  • Defguru7777 - January 17, 2010 4:05 a.m.

    Holy crap! A Spartan: Total Warrior entry! I've surfed this site for years and this is the first I've seen one.
  • greggveka - January 16, 2010 12:33 p.m.

    And what about the MW2 and that scene in shower-room shooting (prison) borrowed from THE ROCK movie?
  • Yeager1122 - January 15, 2010 11:04 p.m.

    The modern warfare 2 mohawk looks exactly the same even the guy looks the same.
  • Dolan88fan - January 15, 2010 5:46 p.m.

    the zombie guys in the original uncharted werent spanish they were nazis
  • Dolan88fan - January 15, 2010 5:41 p.m.

    cod waw the first mission in stalingrad was from enemy at the gates
  • DManSuperfly - January 15, 2010 6:02 a.m.

    A few of these are a load. Gladiators fighting big cats wasn't created by the movie Gladiator. It was a part of history. Also, Agent 47 was an homage to "Leon." The franchise wanted several games before placing that scene in to pay tribute to their inspiration.
  • Spoonman - January 15, 2010 1:31 a.m.

    Ok I simply cannot believe why Halo is not in this article! It's an unbelievable rip off of Aliens! Similar weapons like the chiefs assault rifle to the rifle the marine has in aliens, the Serg., the part where chief finds the dead soldiers helmet and watches basically a chunk out of the film, the novels then refer to walking forklift machinery exactly like the one Ripley uses at the end, the Pelican ships are identical to those in the film. Has no one noticeed this or was it just too blatantly obvious that there was no point?!?
  • DriveShaft - January 14, 2010 9:47 p.m.

    Everyone thinks Max Payne ripped off from the Matrix, truth is it went into production before it <_<
  • linkganon - January 14, 2010 9:33 p.m.

    behind enemy lines, it was on tv sometime this week. but yes, i have seen it. i wouldn't have watched it if there was something else on, but no, they decided to throw all the ("you call this a show?") on at the time. seems that movies also are inspired by games and by of course other movies. i don't see any similarities to tloz tp's boss and lord of the ring's whatever it is. they have a different apppearance and it's only coincidental that they seem the same. it's a volcano, so you need a boss based on fire and it was based on the goron's appearance as well which when combined seem the same to some people (not including me).
  • Xeacons - January 14, 2010 5:44 p.m.

    LOL! Let's see...World War II inspired by...World War II! Greek Mythology inspired by...GREEK MYTHOLOGY! What a rip off! Seriously, can't beat that LOZ "Balrog" though! Hey! Imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery!
  • VictorRay - January 14, 2010 5:24 p.m.

    Jesus. Seriously, the other day I was just thinking to myself "hmm...Mactravish is kinda a bizarre but original looking character"
  • Livelife69 - January 14, 2010 4:15 p.m.

    I've never seen the good, the bad, and the ugly but the scene you describe also sounds like the first level in Call of Juarez 2. just an FYI
  • John-117 - January 14, 2010 3:29 p.m.

    I loved that part in MGS4, well probably because I also love The Third Man so much. It was pretty obvious when playing but it was still fantastic in its own right. I don't see why games shouldn't borrow exciting settings or locales from movies or the other way around. I wouldn't mind seeing a rooftop helicopter chase from Uncharted 2 in a movie and I also wouldn't mind seeing sheikh locale from The Rules of the Game in a game that could use the setting well.
  • Onedown - January 14, 2010 7:56 a.m.

    I saw Behind Enemy Lines too and thought it was a pretty good movie. I did not however notice that Niko Bellic looks like the antagonist. @Vitoruss Now that you mention it, Packie does look like that guy from "Cash Cab".
  • Spybreak8 - January 14, 2010 7:15 a.m.

    GTA and Rockstar are always waving the ol' pop culture stick around. Some others are like wow man they're almost entirely the same, like the Faculty movie non official game haha. Gotta say the dev that do research and are inspired by another medium usually make something good out of it, usually.
  • Bri77777 - January 14, 2010 5:08 a.m.

    I am the third person to see Behind Enemy Lines. I was shicked at Wilson's change. However, games always borrow from movies, cus' there are some damn good scenes in some movies.
  • michaelmcc827 - January 14, 2010 4:28 a.m.

    Wow, that was awesome, great job!

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