10 Movies Nobody Knows Are Related To Another Movie

Shared cinematic universes are all the rage now, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe being the most famous example. There have been so many other franchises to try something similar, like the DC Extended Universe and Universal Pictures’ infamous Dark Universe. However, there are many more shared universes that most audiences aren’t even aware of.

Most shared universes are remembered for being part of giant franchises, but sometimes the filmmakers decided to connect with the movies and no one really noticed until later. Whether it’s through small cameos or just a recurring character or reference to events from another movie.


Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)

Split image of Sung Kang as Han in Better Luck Tomorrow and Fast & Furious

One of the most memorable characters of the long fast furious franchise is Han, which many assume was first introduced in Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift. This is actually not the case as Sung Kang played the character of Han for the first time in better luck tomorrow.

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better luck tomorrow was director Justin Lin’s precursor film to Tokyo Drift which actually shows the origins of Han. Justin Lin and Sung Kang both confirmed that they are indeed the same character, as in an interview with Deadlinemaking the Fast cinematic universe even weirder than it already was.

Soldier (1998)

Split image of Kurt Russell as Todd in Soldier and Harrison Ford as Deckard in Blade Runner

Besides being another futuristic sci-fi thriller, Soldier and blade runner don’t seem to have much in common. However, Soldier was written by the same person who wrote blade runner and it was intended to be a spin-off set in the same universe as Ridley Scott’s film (via SlashFilm).

There is concrete evidence in Soldier to support this connection in the form of dialogue referencing Kurt Russell’s Todd being at the Battle of Tannhauser Gate as well as the conflict over Orion’s shoulder. Most will recognize this from Rutger Hauer’s character, Roy, when he gives his last speech in one of the most famous blade runner quotation.

Take It to the Greek (2010)

Shared image of Russell Brand as Aldous Snow in Get Him To The Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall

In many of his comedic roles, Russell Brand’s characters look a lot alike, so it was easy not to notice that his character in Take it to the Greek is the same of Forget Sarah Marshall. There is also very little continuity between the two films but there is one scene that connects the film.

In one scene, Russell Brand’s Aldous Snow sees Kristen Bell make a guest appearance as Sarah Marshall appearing in a medical drama and even states that he was dating her.

Collateral (2004)

Split image of Jason Statham as Frank Martin in Collateral and Transporter 2

by Michael Mann Collateral sticks to being a straightforward thriller, but one scene makes it part of a cinematic universe. When Tom Cruise’s Vincent made a trade with an unnamed character played by Jason Statham, it was none other than Frank Martin.

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Frank Martin is the main character of The carrier series. The director of the first two Carrier films, Louis Leterrier, has confirmed that Jason Statham’s cameo in Collateral was indeed Frank Martin on one of his jobs (via WhichCulture).

American Psycho (2000)

Shared image of Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho and Casper Van Dien as Patrick Bateman in The Rules Of Attraction

Patrick Bateman from American psycho and Sean Bateman of The rules of attraction have something surprising in common. Same last name and it’s not just a coincidence. It is actually referenced that Sean Bateman is the brother of Patrick Bateman, Christian Bale’s character in American psycho.

Both movies are based on books by Bret Easton Ellis who has Patrick Bateman as a recurring character in his stories. Christian Bale could not return to the role of The rules of attraction but now there are famous deleted scenes featuring Casper Van Dien as Patrick Bateman that solidified the film’s connection.

Out of Sight (1998)

Split image of Michael Keaton as Ray Nicolette in Out Of Sight and Jackie Brown

Similar to Soldierthere are very few things that connect Out of sight starring George Clooney in the Quentin Tarantino movies, but somehow it does. Out of sight features a guest appearance by Michael Keaton as FBI agent Ray Nicolette.

This is actually Keaton’s second time playing Nicolette, first appearing in Quentin Tarantino. Jackie Brown as an ATF agent (via WhichCulture). Both out of sight and Jackie Brown were based on books by Elmore Leonard and Ray Nicolette has a recurring role similar to that of Patrick Bateman, as mentioned earlier.

Frozen (2013)

Split image of Anna meeting Rapunzel and Eugene in Frozen and Rapunzel with short hair in Tangled

Disney movies tend to reference other movies. In the case of FrozenDisney made it connect to another famous movie by making a brief appearance of Rapunzel and Eugene (or Flynn Rider) from Tangled arrived in Arendelle.

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Rapunzel even has her short brown hair that shows that Frozen takes place after the events of Frozen. This isn’t the first time Disney has done something like this, given that there are elements that help tie nearly every Pixar movie together. However, Rapunzel and Elsa in the same universe fuel the idea of ​​a possible crossover between the films of the Disney animation studios.

ET The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Split image of ET in ET The Extra-Terrestrial and in The Phantom Menace

AND the extra-terrestrial on its own is a standalone family film that remains one of Steven Spielberg’s many iconic films. However, his friend and fellow filmmaker George Lucas decided to make a strange connection to ET in The Phantom Menace.

Within the Republic’s Galactic Senate, one of the floating repulsorpods features representatives of ET’s race. Since star wars Set “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” it’s not exactly impossible to say that the two films exist in the same universe.

Jason goes to hell

Split image of the Necronomicon in Jason Goes To Hell The Final Friday and in The Evil Dead

It’s no secret that the Friday 13 movies and freddie are connected, especially since Freddy Krueger and masked hockey killer Jason Voorhees have their own crossover. However, Friday 13 technically connected to another horror franchise before Freddy versus Jason.

In the described sequel Jason Goes to Hell: The Last Fridaythe Voorhees house presents the Necronomicon of diabolical death franchise. This was meant to imply that Jason Voorhees was some sort of Deadite, but that connection was glossed over until the Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash comics.

Blade Runner (1982)

Shared image of Roy Batty from Blade Runner and David from Alien Covenant

For years, many devoted fans have speculated whether Ridley Scott blade runner had a connection with Ridley Scott Extraterrestrial. Both feature advanced synthetic humanoids that are surprisingly close to humans. This theory was eventually confirmed to be true with Prometheus. In a bonus from Prometheus DVD/Blu-Ray, There’s a Message from Guy Pearce’s Peter Weyland (via Collider).

It references a contestant with a god complex who watches his creations from his high tower, a direct reference to Dr. Eldon Tyrell of blade runner. This helps explain the differences and similarities between androids and blade runner‘s replicants. It also explains why Ridley Scott focused so much on androids in previous films.

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