Several GTA games have made numerous references to popular movies throughout the series.
Virtually every major video game franchise has included a reference or two for some popular movies. It’s nothing new, especially if the GTA franchise does the same. However, there is always an element of surprise when it comes to which movie rock star is trying to refer to.
Some movie references are well known. Everyone knows the obvious examples, but it’s the mix between the familiar movie references and the more obscure ones that fascinate some players. Not everyone has seen these films, so it’s always important to remember when talking about film references.
Five cases where the GTA series is related to a popular movie
5) Scarface & GTA Vice City
GTA Vice City is a tremendous example of a GTA game referencing a movie. Virtually every GTA Vice City fan is already aware of this, but that doesn’t make the references any less interesting.
Some obvious examples of how GTA Vice City relates to Scarface are:
- Apartment 3C (Sunny Ray Hotel in Scarface)
- Diaz’s Mansion (Tony Montana’s Mansion in Scarface)
- Malibu Club (Babylon Club in Scar Face)
- The right room in the Vercetti Estate (Lopez’s office in Scarface)
These are not all examples either. Needless to say, GTA Vice City pays great homage to Scarface.
4) The job’s outfit is influenced by Friday the 13th part 3
The job is one of the most iconic missions in GTA Vice City. It’s essentially a heist that completes the entire story of the Malibu Club, making it the most profitable asset in the entire game. However, it is not the gameplay that refers to Friday the 13th Part 3.
Instead, it’s the outfit that Tommy and the gang wear. It looks remarkably similar to the one Jason Vorhees wears in the movie, although the pants have been redesigned differently.
The film was released in 1982, and GTA Vice City has many references to movies and TV shows from the ’80s.
3) A familiar truck chase scene
Terminator 2 was released in 1991, a year before GTA San Andreas. In true rock star fashion, GTA San Andreas is heavily inspired by some of the most popular movies and TV shows of its time.
In the mission, Just Business, Big Smoke and CJ are pursued by a horde of enemies, including one sitting in a large truck. In both cases, staying in the sewers did not help any of the characters escape the enemies they were trying to avoid.
2) Menace II’s society influences GTA San Andreas
One could argue that Menace II Society is part of GTA San Andreas like Scarface is part of GTA Vice City. There are numerous references to the movie in GTA San Andreas, including the game’s entire gang war theme.
There’s a GSF member who resembles O-Dog in GTA San Andreas, but that’s not the only reference. The infamous drive-by scene at the end of Menace II Society is similar to that in The Introduction of GTA San Andreas, with the vehicle even resembling a Saber.
There’s also a little clue at the beginning of the game where Ryder tries to rob Well Stacked Pizza only to find out that the clerk feels sorry for his mother. A similar scene takes place in Menace II Society, only that it is less comedic.
GTA San Andreas is set in 1992, while Menace II Society was released in 1993.
1) Thelma & Louise reference in GTA 5
Thelma & Louise is an interesting 1991 film about two friends that eventually escalates into a female buddy crime thriller. The most iconic scene is where the iconic duo are cornered by law enforcement on a canyon. Instead of being imprisoned or executed, the two decide to drive forward so they can die on their own terms.
GTA 5 has an almost identical scene, except that it’s just an Easter egg that is easy to miss. The full Easter egg can be seen in the video above, and it also includes two girls driving into their inevitable doom while escaping law enforcement.
It is only triggered between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., so it’s easy to miss (and only takes place at a specific point).
Note: This article reflects the author’s personal views.