They say “good artists borrow, great artists steal.” In that case, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, and George Lucas must be amongst the modern age’s greatest artists. Each of these talented filmmakers – who aren’t just famous for their originality and creativity, but have won some of the industry’s highest awards for it – has swiped ideas from films that came before.
In many ways, it’s not a surprise. All artists are inspired by the the work of their predecessors. A little innocent imitation isn’t really a lack of imagination, it’s a tribute. It’s a nod of the head to the art form’s history. That’s just how things work, whether you’re a filmmaker or a painter or the latest teen-friendly EDM DJ.
What’s more interesting is the stories behind these stolen movie scenes. Did you know that The Shining‘s most famous moment comes from a Swedish horror film? Or that The Lord of the Rings tips its hat to The Wizard of Oz? Or that an ultra-recognizable Star Wars scene looks suspiciously like a Nazi propaganda film called Triumph of the Will?
In the video above, Screen Rant reveals 10 movie scenes that borrowed or stole, depending on your perspective, from other movies. Hopefully they don’t ruin Hollywood for you.