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Popular Movies Stole Plots From Other Movies

Unfortunately many of our favorite movies from our childhood and adulthood are films that have strongly borrowed ideas or even scripts from original films. However due to their success or the companies making them, there was nothing that could really be done about it. There are quite a few films these days that take a similar path and here are 6 of some of the most well-known titles that utilize scripts and ideas from previous films.


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Arguably one of the greatest horror films of all time arguably stole its plot and content from a 1958 movie called It: The Terror From beyond Space. The comparisons between the two films are fairly uncanny in some situations, some action sequences and even some scenes were almost directly copied from the 1958 film. There have also been rumors that Producers have admitted to having to watch that original film on set to ensure they weren’t copying it too closely.

Star Wars Saga

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George Lucas made no secret that Star Wars was by any long stretch of the imagination an original story idea. There’s a Princess, a Young Hero, The Old Wizard and a Masked Villain, that’s a fairly generic set of fantasy characters. However, The Hidden Fortress is a movie that George Lucas heavily inspired his work on. Not only did that film feature these aforementioned character stereotypes but it also had a princess hidden in plain site like princess Amidala, a story told by two bumbling characters like C3PO and R2D2. In fact, in A New Hope, an officer is about to mention ‘The Hidden Fortress’ just as Darth Vader famously force chokes him by the neck.

Fast and Furious

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Many over the years have compared Fast and Furious to the likes of Point Break which utilizes a fairly similar storyline to that of Fast and Furious, the original film. It touches on the idea of being accepted into a gang and then falling for one of the women within this gang. It also touches on the idea of the gang then turning out to have some questionable motivations which cause the main protagonist to question their own morals. However, Fast and Furious ended up getting around 26 films and Point Break unfortunately only one.

Toy Story 3

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The third Toy Story film is a film that will always be remembered as the end of an era for many people. Many young adults watched the original Toy Story with a passion as kids and were thrilled with how Toy Story 3 handled Andy going to College and leaving the kids behind, a metaphor for many kids leaving their teens and childhood behind and going off into the big wide world. A film called The Toaster was a film based on the same idea. Household appliances came to life and as a boy went to College, they experienced some scrapes and troubles trying to reunite themselves with him to go to College with him. The story is likely so similar because many of the team that worked on the original Toaster film worked on Toy Story 3.

The Lion King

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There was once a Japanese title called Kimba which played on the role of a white lion who had to prove himself as King. With some scenes taken almost directly out of this old Japanese title, it was questioned as to whether The Lion King was a copy. The fact that Simba started off as a white lion in concept didn’t help the idea either. However, after realizing that Disney were far too big of a company for the original makers of Kimba to fight, they took the copying as a compliment instead of trying to fight it.


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There are many that suggest that Avatar is a film that essentially got so much attention because of how long it was in production and how much money it cost to make and then raked in. However, the story of the colonizer who falls in love with a native is a story that is widely recognized as a Pocahontas idea. The beloved children’s film was a Disney classic and really pushed racial boundaries for its time. However, in a time where race isn’t as big of a problem, James Cameron decided to go for weird blue Aliens and humans instead.


  1. Avatar equals Pocahontas? Well, let’s dig a little deeper then that. And with even more effort I am sure someone could draw a line to an even older flick if they wanted to. Pocahontas is not quite what I saw in Avatar though. More like; Ferngully. Check that one out and then compare the actual story with it’s events rather then “just” the love bits – since those are the same in dozens of movies out there. In both Ferngully and Avatar you’ve got the guy obviously being on the wrong side compared to the “natives”. To get to the twist of the flicks the guy transforms – in one way or the other – into one of the natives and thus having a greater understanding of the situation and a rather rude awakening in what is wrong with the side he came from. From there blooms the trust, the love, the death and birth of newly found friends that all turn into one big family fending off the bullies that invades the natives home with their big machines. Put some paint – or paint removal – on the characters and hey presto.


    Don’t flame me for it. I was hesitant in the grave digging through older posts. I confess, yes I did it. Why not!? Yes I know that post is a little over a year old – but still relevant. Also if no one wanted people to read and reply to older posts then make sure older posts are removed or locked after a certain amount of time, that is how I do it on my forums and former blogs – per automation, with posts I no longer see as valid. ­čÖé


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