War of the Worlds (2005) Poster


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Version of 

The War of the Worlds (1953)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"
War of the Worlds (1981) (Video Game)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"
The War of the Worlds: Next Century (1981)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"
War of the Worlds (1988) (TV Series)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"
The War of the Worlds (2005) (Video)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"
War of the Worlds (2005) (Video)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of 'The War of the Worlds' (2006) (Video)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"
War of the Servers (2007)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds: The New Generation (2013)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"
The War of the Worlds (2020) (TV Mini-Series)
based on the same H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds"


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
The song "Hushabye Mountain" is sung by Fanning.
Jaws (1975)
poster in Ray (Tom Cruise)'s room
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
shots of the pickup truck and Dakota before the aliens pick her up, camera shots appear to be modelled after the 1977 movie.
Dragon Ball Z (1996) (TV Series)
Dakota Fanning's character has Dragonball toys in her room: Emporer Pilaf in Mr. Satan's car.
The Saddle Club (2001) (TV Series)
The poster is on the wall in Rachel's room.
Taken (2002) (TV Mini-Series)
When Ray and Rachel are held prisoners by the tripod, the alien language visible on the hull, behind the cage, is also featured in the mini series "Taken". It appears on the Alien recording device and in the archeological site. Both "War of the Worlds" and "Taken" were directed by Steven Spielberg, and actress Dakota Fanning had played a major role.

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: David Spade/Jack Johnson (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Stunt Double skit
Dinner for Five: Episode #4.12 (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Alan Meets Roger Daltrey (2005) (Video)
Referenced by name
Saturday Night Live: The Best of David Spade (2005) (TV Special)
Mentioned in Stunt Double sketch
Steven Spielberg and the Original 'War of the Worlds' (2005) (Video)
mentioned many times
'War of the Worlds': Production Diaries, East Coast - Exile (2005) (Video)
mentioned several times
The H.G. Wells Legacy (2005) (Video)
mentioned a few times
Two and a Half Men: That Special Tug (2006) (TV Episode)
Alan mentions it in the theatre.
The Caiman (2006)
Mentioned as Bruno reads a film magazine
Mammoth (2006) (TV Movie)
"This is too war of the worlds for me" "I hope you're talking about the original" "I was thinking more of the remake"
Kathy Griffin: Strong Black Woman (2006) (TV Special)
Munich: Editing, Sound and Music (2006) (Video)
mentioned once
Munich: The On-Set Experience (2006) (Video)
mentioned once
Howard Stern on Demand: J.J. Abrams and the Film Festival Winner (2006) (TV Episode)
JJ Abrams talks of how he was in talks to write the screenplay
Monster House (2006)
In the basement scene the pipe Jenny is sucked into resembles the probe from this movie.
Crossover (2006)
on movie marquee in mall
Kyle XY: Blame It on the Rain (2006) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
A.I. Assault (2006) (TV Movie)
the machines look a lot like the tripods from WOTW and even shoot lasers which turn people into dust
Are We Alone? (2006) (Video)
Gil discusses alien movies being made, citing this title as an example
Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Lily Allen (2007) (TV Episode)
mentioned on 'the Dakota Flanning Show'
The Visions of Stanley Kubrick (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
South Park: Imaginationland: Episode II (2007) (TV Episode)
The aliens that attacked earth also attacked Imaginationland
War of the Servers (2007)
Music is used.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Two and a Half Deaths (2008) (TV Episode)
the airplane crash set is featured in the Hollywood studio montage
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs (2008) (Video)
the scenes with New New York covered in Yivo's tentacles are very similar to scenes in "War of the Worlds" where everything is covered in the martians' red weeds.
Indiana Jones 4: The Return of a Legend (2008) (Video)
Mentioned by Spielberg.
Production Diary: Making of 'The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' (2008) (Video)
Mentioned by Steven Spielberg
Nostalgia Critic: NC vs. AVGN Retrospect (2008) (TV Episode)
One of the fan arts is a parody poster of this movie.
Tales from the Script (2009)
Writer Josh Friedman discusses Spielberg's strange simultaneous rejection and acceptance of his concept.
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler (2009) (TV Special)
Dakota (Amy Poehler) mentions it in "The Dakota Fanning Show" segment.
Little Red Riding Hood (2009) (Video)
The Wolf has pin-ups of Dakota Fanning in his Den, including a few stills from this film.
Catfish (2010)
DVD seen on shelf
Warehouse 13: Time Will Tell (2010) (TV Episode)
They mention Tom Cruise in the movie
Mr. Plinkett's Star Trek 2009 Review (2010)
Named as a recent movie made because of its recognizable brand name.
Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Dumbest Spiderman Moments (2011) (TV Episode)
The writer of Spider-Man 1 wrote this film
Shameful Sequels: Baby Geniuses 2: Part 1 (2011) (TV Episode)
Half in the Bag: Battle: Los Angeles and The Galaxy Invader (2011) (TV Episode)
title is referenced
Bad Movie Beatdown: 2012: Part 1 (2011) (TV Episode)
title reference
Bad Movie Beatdown: Half Past Dead 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
DVD seen in video store
America's Next Top Model: The Girl Who Does What Tyler Perry Says (2012) (TV Episode)
A photoshoot happens on the WotW set at Universal (Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg mentioned)
Oblivion (2013)
When Tom Cruise dons the New York Yankees ballcap
Chris Stuckmann Movie Reviews: 500th Video - Blu-Ray Collection!! (2013) (TV Episode)
Chris mentions it. Also, DVD is shown.
Creation Today: The Origin of Life, Part 1 (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Paul.
Barbie: The Pearl Princess (2014) (Video)
Title Reference
Littlest Pet Shop: War of the Weirds (2014) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Home Bound (2014) (Short)
DVD Shown
Last Comic Standing: Challenge 3 - Universal Tram Experience (2014) (TV Episode)
Universal Studios tram tour goes through a section featuring this film.
Face Off: Life and Death (2014) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned
Face Off: Beautiful Disaster (2014) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned
Epic Rap Battles of History: Steven Spielberg vs. Alfred Hitchcock (2014) (TV Episode)
directly mentioned in lyrics
Geeks Who Drink: Matthew MacCaull vs. Andrew Daly (2015) (TV Episode)
listed as a film directed by Steven Spielberg
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
The sound made by Owen's robot helmet is the same sound made by the alien's tripod.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies That Would Make Great Theme Park Attractions (2016) (TV Episode)
War of the Worlds gets an honorable mention.
The Question Jury: Episode #2.1 (2017) (TV Episode)
Correct answer.
Nostalgia Critic: Dragonball Evolution (2017) (TV Episode)
"Is there a film theory that he's just the pain in the ass he played in 'War of the Worlds' after the aliens invaded?"
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Sliding Van Doors (2019) (TV Episode)
Titus is told about the upcoming remake.


The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Train wreck scene on TV as Robbie channel checks
Sailor Moon (1992) (TV Series)
Seen on TV.
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Secret Box/Band Geeks (2001) (TV Episode)
Airing on television

Featured in 

The Oprah Winfrey Show: Episode dated 23 May 2005 (2005) (TV Episode)
clips are shown
HBO First Look: War of the Worlds: The Final Invasion (2005) (TV Episode)
many clips shown
Late Show with David Letterman: Tom Brokaw/Dakota Fanning (2005) (TV Episode)
Promotional excerpt showed during interview with Dakota Fanning - Ray steals a minivan fleeing from the aliens.
Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us (2005) (TV Movie)
Excerpt shown
'War of the Worlds': Previsualization (2005) (Video)
clips shown
Designing the Enemy: Tripods and Aliens (2005) (Video)
clips shown
Scoring 'War of the Worlds' (2005) (Video)
clips shown
We Are Not Alone (2005) (Video)
clips shown
Troldspejlet: Episode #34.13 (2005) (TV Episode)
DVD release reviewed + footage used
The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) (TV Special)
2006 MTV Movie Awards (2006) (TV Special)
Nominated, clips shown.
Strictly Background (2007)
clip shown
Spielberg on Spielberg (2007) (TV Movie)
clips shown
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The Men Who Stare at Goats/A Christmas Carol/Precious (2009) (TV Episode)
"Filmstradamus: The End of the World" segment
Great Movie Mistakes (2010) (TV Movie)
Clips of mistakes shown
Hollywood's Top Ten: It's the End of the World as We Know It (2010) (TV Episode)
Taking the #4 best disaster movie
Nostalgia Critic: The Next Top 11 Nostalgia Critic Fuckups (2010) (TV Episode)
footage is shown
Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible (2010) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Alien Invasion Movies (2011) (TV Episode)
War of the Worlds is #2.
David Walliams' Awfully Good: Awfully Good Movies (2011) (TV Episode)
Annoying characters
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Apocalypses (2013) (TV Episode)
The alien invasion, as seen in War of the Worlds, is #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Scariest Movie Aliens (2013) (TV Episode)
The Martians are #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Unintentionally Annoying Movie Characters (2013) (TV Episode)
Rachel Ferrier is #8.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Worst Movie Endings (2013) (TV Episode)
The ending of War of the Worlds is #4.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Fictional Movie Armies (2014) (TV Episode)
The Martians get an honorable mention.
The Nostalgia Chick: Independence Day vs. War of the Worlds, Part. 1 (2014) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed and compared to Independence Day
WatchMojo: Top 10 Worst Movie Plot Twists (2015) (TV Episode)
Bacteria vs. Aliens gets a dishonorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Deus Ex Machina Moments (2015) (TV Episode)
Bacteria Kills the Aliens is #1.
30 Greatest Disaster Movies (2015) (TV Movie)
Number 9 in the countdown
WatchMojo: Another Top 10 City Destruction Scenes (2015) (TV Episode)
The destruction of the World in War of the Worlds gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Alien Abductions in Movies and TV (2015) (TV Episode)
The alien abduction of Ray Ferrier gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Dumbest Alien Weaknesses (2016) (TV Episode)
Earth Bacteria & Microbes get a dishonorable mention.
Loose Canon: 9/11 (2016) (TV Episode)
The film is discussed.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Anti-Climactic Movie Endings (2016) (TV Episode)
The ending of War of the Worlds is #1.
Nostalgia Critic: Can an Ending Ruin a Film? (2016) (TV Episode)
Critic mentions this movie's poor ending being too faithful to the book
Unacknowledged (2017)
War of the Worlds clip played
Tom Cruise: Reel Life (2017) (TV Movie)
Clips shown
Spielberg (2017) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown; film is discussed.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Action Movies Ruined by Terrible Endings (2018) (TV Episode)
War of the Worlds is #5.
James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction: Alien Life (2018) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Annoying Kid Characters in Movies (2018) (TV Episode)
Rachel Ferrier is #4.
De Kijk van Koolhoven: Post-apocalyptische film (2018) (TV Episode)
Footage shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Worst Movie Endings of the 2000s (2018) (TV Episode)
The ending of War of the Worlds is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Endings That Made Fans Rage Quit (2019) (TV Episode)
The ending of War of the Worlds is #9.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Good Movies with Bad Endings (2019) (TV Episode)
War of the Worlds is #7.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies Ruined by Happy Endings (2019) (TV Episode)
War of the Worlds is #2.

Spoofed in 

Chicken Little (2005)
An alien looks simalar to the tripods.
How It Should Have Ended: How to Survive an Alien Attack (2006) (TV Episode)
Ray Ferrier offers advice on how to survive an alien attack
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
A giant IPod appears and destroys everyone on a street much like the 2005 film.
Robot Chicken: Veggies for Sloth (2006) (TV Episode)
Makes fun of the fact that martians came to Earth in tripods without finding out that something in the air would kill them.
War of the Servers (2007)
The entire film is an affectionate parody of this film.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Near the climax, as the food machine uses it search light to look for Flint
Idle Killer (2015) (Video Game)
Tripods and Tom Cruise are referenced in the Tripod upgrade.

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