Grand Theft Auto IV (Video Game 2008) Poster

(2008 Video Game)


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Grand Theft Auto (1997) (Video Game)
Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969 (1999) (Video Game)
Grand Theft Auto: London, 1961 (1999) (Video Game)
Grand Theft Auto 2 (1999) (Video Game)
Grand Theft Auto III (2001) (Video Game)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) (Video Game)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) (Video Game)

Followed by 

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (2009) (Video Game)
Grand Theft Auto V (2013) (Video Game)


Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (2009) (Video Game)


King Kong (1933)
When on the helicopter tour, at the Rotterdam Tower (based on the Empire State Building), the guide says "if I was that big chimp, I'd climb it too".
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
A pedestrian in Star Junction will sometimes say "I'm not in Kansas anymore."
From Russia with Love (1963)
Michelle seems to be inspired by Tatiana Romanova and Darko being Bond's contact. A woman's username on Lovemeet is "From Russia Without Love".
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
In the cutscene for 'Clean Getaway', Vlad Glebov says 'I'm Walkin' Here!' after almost being hit by a cab.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
There are streets with the names "Cassidy" and "Sundance".
The French Connection (1971)
A mission titled 'The Puerto-Rican Connection' involves chasing a train in a car.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
When you reach 72 hours playing time, your addiction level says "Ready for the Old Ultra-Violence. A well known line from the movie.
The Godfather (1972)
Niko tells the Fixer after an assassination that the target is "Sleeping with the fishes."
Taxi Driver (1976)
Marnie appears to be inspired by Iris.
The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) (TV Series)
The 'Dukes' car is a reference of this show, which is based from 1969 Dodge Charger.
Alien (1979)
The airline pushback is named the "Ripley".
Dressed to Kill (1980)
There is a mission titled 'Undress to Kill'.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Brian Meech makes reference to the boulder scene.
Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
In the trailer for GTA IV, the song "Pruit Igoe" from Koyaanisqatsi is heard while high-speed timelapse photography of the game's environment is seen.
The A-Team (1983) (TV Series)
A paintjob of the Coquette resembles Templeton Peck's car.
Scarface (1983)
One of the addiction levels is "High on your Own Supply"
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
There is a mission titled 'To Live and Die In Alderney'.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
title reference to the level "Portrait of a Killer"
Red Dwarf (1988) (TV Series)
There is a shop named Rimmers.
Weekend at Bernie's (1989)
There is a mission titled "Weekend At Florian's", and Florian has changed his name to Bernie.
Goodfellas (1990)
Phil is extremely paranoid and asks Niko if he saw a helicopter on his way over during Trespass.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
There is a mission titled 'I Need Your Clothes, Your Boots and Your Motorcycle'.
Point Break (1991)
the cutscene for 'Three Leaf Clover' is nearly identical to the final robbery in Point Break.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
There is a shop named Kronos.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
When an officer is shot they'll lie on the floor and sometimes they moan similar words to the what Mr. White says to Mr. Orange in a scene from this.
Heat (1995)
The mission 'Three Leaf Clover' features a bank heist that goes wrong, forcing the robbers to engage the Police in a gun battle to escape.
Trainspotting (1996)
The addiction levels "Beats any Meat Injection" and "Choose Life" are quotes from the film.
U Turn (1997)
Two characters separately ask the protagonist to kill the other.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Inside of the bowling alleys, some people might say "Give me a White Russian, please!" or "I'm the Dude!"
Initial D (1998) (TV Series)
The car name, 'Futo' is an anagram of the word "tofu", which is a reference to the anime Initial D that features the car, Toyota AE86 used as a tofu delivery car. Also, the "Fujiwara" upgrade for the car is based from the main protagonist's name, Takumi Fujiwara.
Ronin (1998)
In the mission 'Union Drive', whilst in a car chase, an intervening Police car flips over in the road tunnel, causing the chasing car to avoid it.
Hitman: Codename 47 (2000) (Video Game)
The killer in the cutscene for "No Love Lost" and the deal cutscene for "Mr. and Mrs. Bellic" has an appearance and voice very similar to Agent 47.
Max Payne (2001) (Video Game)
Max's daughter's crying sounds are used during the Babiesovernight.com commercial.
Grand Theft Auto III (2001) (Video Game)
Numerous references to Lazlow's time at Chatterbox 109.
Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
The main protaganist, Niko Bellic, was strongly influence by Sasha, one of the film's antagonists, both in terms of personal background as well as in physical looks.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) (Video Game)
Lazlow talks about how he was fired from V-Rock, where he was the DJ during the time Vice City took place.
Manhunt (2003) (Video Game)
The Most Wanted achievement is called 'Manhunt'. Some criminals are listed as being from Carcer City. The hippos at the amusement park were in the zoo levels. The drug dealer ped has characters from Manhunt on his clothes. In the stats for distance traveled, there's one for 'Liberty City to Carcer City'. One of the female multiplayer character's shirts has 'Carcer City Unicorns 11 03' on it, which was the release month/year for Manhunt. The female running animations are the same as the Journalist.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) (Video Game)
Several references. People mention the three settings from the game, the models in the amusement park are scaled down models from San Andreas, Madd Dogg is mentioned, Pizza Stack trash can be spotted around the city.
Prison Break (2005) (TV Series)
A news article on the Liberty Tree following a mission involving a 'Prison Break'. The news article claims that it is nothing you'd see in a show on Weazel Network (a parody of FOX, which runs the show).
The Warriors (2005) (Video Game)
The icon in the 'Ransom' mission uses part of the Warriors logo.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (2005) (Video Game)
Several songs from Head Radio and Lips 106 appear as ringtones Niko can buy. Toni is referenced in graffiti.
Bully (2006) (Video Game)
Bullworth Academy can be seen on the "I'm Rich" program on TV.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (2006) (Video Game)
Vic is referenced in graffiti.
Manhunt 2 (2007) (Video Game)
One of the beta Bloodhounds is on the jacket of the drug dealer. Posters from Red Light and Safe House are used in the sex shops. On the YourMexicanDoctor website, there's the Hingmyralgan and H4PP1 drugs as seen in the Origins level.
Assassin's Creed (2007) (Video Game)
There is an achievement with the title "Assassin's Greed".

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Seth Rogen/Spoon (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Weekend Update
Saturday Night Live: Shia LaBeouf/My Morning Jacket (2008) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during Lorenzo McIntosh skit and weekend update
Peep Show: Jeremy's Broke (2008) (TV Episode)
Teaser poster visible in computer games shop.
You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)
Seen advertised on a billboard.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.20 (2008) (TV Episode)
Although unnamed, the game is the subject of a $50,000 question
Life: Not for Nothing (2008) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.38 (2008) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $16,000 question
Where the #$&% Is Santa? (2008) (Video)
Jess Margera says that he wants GTA IV for christmas when Bam Margera ask's.
Troldspejlet: Episode #41.11 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann mentions the video game in his review of Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned (2009) (VG)
Accidentally on Purpose: Pilot (2009) (TV Episode)
Zach says that's where he and his roommates kill hookers and rob banks.
Family Guy: Big Man on Hippocampus (2010) (TV Episode)
Lois tells peter to play Grand Theft Auto in order to practice driving. 8 hours later, much like some people who play the real thing, he is seen beating up a hooker and stealing a car, much like the related activities in the real game. It should also be noted that Peter is playing the game on a Xbox 360.
18 to Life: Phil 'Er Up (2010) (TV Episode)
Phil refers to the game.
Pozner: Vladimir Mashkov (2010) (TV Episode)
Discussed by the host and interviewee, the prototype of the main character of the game.
Criminal Minds: Safe Haven (2010) (TV Episode)
Rossi mentions the title by name.
Jersey Shore Shark Attack (2012) (TV Movie)
playing this title on PS3 mentioned
Show of the Week: Sleeping Dogs (2012) (TV Episode)
The host comments on the game's version of Liberty City.
Outside Xbox: The 10 Thirstiest Boozehounds in Videogames (2013) (TV Episode)
Reviews the game from the perspective of how much alcohol Niko Bellic drinks.
Grand Theft Auto V (2013) (Video Game)
Packie McReary and Michelle/Karen make appearances. Brucie Kibbutz has a website in GTA V and is a phone contact in GTA Online.
The Angry Joe Show: Grand Theft Auto V (2013) (TV Episode)
Joe mentions the predecessor
Outside Xbox: GTA 5 DLC: 6 DLC Ideas to Change the Way You See GTA 5 (2013) (TV Episode)
The video game is mentioned.
Unfriended (2014)
The game is liked by Adam on Facebook.
Honest Game Trailers: Half-Life 3 (2015) (TV Episode)
Niko Bellic seen in fake Game of the Year poster
Geeks Who Drink: Tricia Helfer vs. Kevin Weisman (2015) (TV Episode)
a math question involves the number of the "Grand Theft Auto" game released in 2008
Nintendo Quest (2015)
Poster is seen.
Family Guy: The New Adventures of Old Tom (2016) (TV Episode)
Video game case of this video game is seen at the background when Peter is playing a video game at the mall
Spider-Man (2018) (Video Game)
During the side mission, "Spider-Man P.I.", a map with names that include Niko, Evan, Donnie, and Ryan and you hear that Roman is running late.
Red Dead Redemption II (2018) (Video Game)
Dutch uses the alias "Aiden O'Malley", which is the same name of the prisoner in the mission "Tunnel of Death".
A Gamer's Guide to Feminism: Dwork Wars: Has Andrea Dworkin Turned Gaming to the Dark Side? (2016) (TV Episode)
A picture of Jack Thompson holding this video game is shown.


Jodeci: Freek'n You (1995) (Video)
Featured in the video game
Red Dead Revolver (2004) (Video Game)
Gameplay is featured on the in-game television.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) (Video Game)
Gameplay is featured on the in-game television.

Featured in 

X-Play: Grand Theft Auto IV Special (2008) (TV Episode)
The entire episode revolves around the release of this game; it is discussed, reviewed, and demonstrated.
Troldspejlet: Episode #39.17 (2008) (TV Episode)
Playstation 3 & Xbox 360 versions reviewed + footage used
GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley: Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2008) (TV Episode)
The game is reviewed.
United States of Tara: Alterations (2009) (TV Episode)
Kate and Marshall play this game
Troldspejlet: Episode #41.13 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann looks at easter eggs found in video games and on DVDs + clip shown
The Angry Video Game Nerd: Pong Consoles (2010) (TV Episode)
The game is briefly played towards the end.
Game One: Prince of Persia, Lost Planet 2, Top 5 TV-Shows in Games (2010) (TV Episode)
Placed #1 in the Top 5 of "TV in Videogames"
The Best Ever!: The Best Ever! Glitch (2012) (TV Episode)
The Swing Set Cannon is Nick's pick.
Propaganda (2012)
Clips shown and analysed
Outside Xbox: GTA V: 7 Things We Don't Want (2013) (TV Episode)
Clips of the video game are shown while the cast comment on the things in it that they don't want in the sequel.
Outside Xbox: Overachiever: Grand Theft Auto IV - One Man Army (2013) (TV Episode)
The cast play the video game and comment on it.
Outside Xbox: The 8 Creepiest Easter Eggs in Gaming (2013) (TV Episode)
Clips of the video game are shown while the cast comment on 'the beating heart of Liberty City'.
Outside Xbox: 9 Ways GTA V Beats the Pants Off GTA IV (2013) (TV Episode)
Clips of the video game are shown while the cast comment upon it.
Show of the Week: Payday 2 and How Not to Heist (2013) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown while the game is reviewed.
Outside Xbox: GTA 5 Multiplayer: 6 Ways to Make It Perfect (2013) (TV Episode)
Clips of the video game are shown while the cast comment upon it.
Palo Alto (2013)
The game April's step dad was playing before she came into the room to pick up her History paper.
Outside Xbox: GTA 5's Most Shocking Scene and GTA Controversy: 7 Most Controversial Moments (2013) (TV Episode)
Clips of the video game are shown while the cast comment on the "Little Lacy Surprise Pageant" website in it.
Outside Xbox: The 9 Weirdest Celebrity Cameos in Games (2014) (TV Episode)
Clips of the video game are shown while the cast comment on Ricky Gervais's cameo in the game.
The Know's Top 10s: Even More of the Greatest Game Mods (2014) (TV Episode)
The ice enhancer is a runner-up.
Cinematic Excrement: Getaway (2014) (TV Episode)
Footage plays as Smeghead says "This really is Grand Theft Auto: The Movie! As long as you can evade the police long enough, your wanted level magically goes away!"
Previously Recorded: What We're Playing Now (2014) (TV Episode)
gameplay is shown
The Know's Top 10s: Top 10 Least Helpful Characters in Video Games (2015) (TV Episode)
Roman Bellic is the #9 pick.
The Know's Top 10s: Top 10 Dumbasses in Video Games (2015) (TV Episode)
Niko Bellic is the #10 pick.
Outside Xbox: 8 Times When Friendly NPCs Are the Absolute Worst (2016) (TV Episode)
Clips of the video game are shown while Roman is discussed as a prime example of when an NPC is a sloppy drunk.
Honest Game Trailers: Red Dead Redemption (2016) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
The Know's Top 10s: Top 10 Glitches (2018) (TV Episode)
Footage is shown.


Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
The beginning of 'Republican Space Rangers' features scrolling text describing the story so far.
Bubblegum Crisis (1987) (TV Mini-Series)
Features an in-universe anime show called Princess Robot Bubblegum
ER (1994) (TV Series)
There's a spoof series advertised named 'Medicate Me'.
Judge Judy (1996) (TV Series)
'Just or Unjust' on WKTT is a spoof of 'Judge Judy'.
The Sopranos (1999) (TV Series)
The Pegorino Family have vague similarities to the Soprano Family. Mobster Phil Bell, who bears a slight resemblance to Tony Soprano, hangs out in the Honkers strip club, which is modeled after the Bada Bing. Three actors also featured in both titles.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) (TV Series)
There's a spoof series advertised named 'Science of Crime'.
Scrubs (2001) (TV Series)
Features an in-game medical drama called Medicate Me
24 (2001) (TV Series)
There are ads in Liberty City for a show called "72". There is also a radio show where the host mentions it and says that the main character has been up for 3 days and fights terror. Also, the president on this show has been shot.
Halo: Combat Evolved (2001) (Video Game)
The in-game TV show 'Republican Space Rangers', which features a team of alien killing astronauts, all wearing (badly drawn) spartan armour.
American Idol (2002) (TV Series)
There's a spoof series advertised named 'American Asshole'
America's Next Top Model (2003) (TV Series)
There's a spoof series advertised named 'America's Next Top Hooker'.
Rescue Me (2004) (TV Series)
Features an in-game medical drama called Medicate Me
Dancing with the Stars (2005) (TV Series)
There's a spoof series advertised named 'Waning with the Stars'.

Spoofed in 

Code Monkeys: Car Robber Sunnyvale (2008) (TV Episode)
Boris is a spoof of Roman Bellic, and is even voiced by the same voice actor.
GTA XXX Parody (2010) (Video)
Porn parody.

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