Every Single Film Taika Waititi Has Ever Mentioned

An ever-growing list of every film— any sort of film, be it a short or a feature— my father a.k.a. New Zealander director Taika Waititi has mentioned (either in a positive or a negative manner) in interviews, talk shows, podcasts, Q&A sessions, Reddit AMAs, etc. over the years.

👍 = positive mention of the film
🙌 = casual mention of the film
👎 = ehhhh

Quotes (and the source for every quote) can be found in the notes!

I probably missed a lot of movies and this is list is always changing, so if you know a movie he has mentioned that I failed to put here, please feel free to let me know and I'll add it immediately!

Also, honorary mention to the Twilight series, the one movie franchise he hates the most.

Read notes
  • 48 Hrs.
  • A Face in the Crowd
  • A Fish Called Wanda
  • Akira
  • Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
  • Aliens
  • All the President's Men
  • Amy
  • Annie
  • BMX Bandits
  • Baby Driver
  • Back to the Future
  • Badlands
  • Being There
  • Big Trouble in Little China
  • Blade
  • Blade Runner
  • Bottle Rocket
  • Came a Hot Friday
  • Cast Away
  • Chinatown
  • Coming Home
  • Days of Heaven
  • Dope
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Dracula
  • Event Horizon
  • Ex Machina
  • Flash Gordon
  • Flubber
  • Fright Night
  • Ghostbusters
  • GoodFellas
  • Goodbye Pork Pie
  • Gremlins
  • Grey Gardens
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Happy Together
  • Harold and Maude
  • Heavenly Creatures
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • Jodorowsky's Dune
  • Jules and Jim
  • Kramer vs. Kramer
  • La Strada
  • Let the Right One In
  • Life of Brian
  • Local Hero
  • Love Serenade
  • Love at First Bite
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Man Bites Dog
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Memories of Murder
  • Mirror
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • Network
  • Nosferatu
  • Oldboy
  • Once Were Warriors
  • Ordinary People
  • Paper Moon
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  • Pretty Woman
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Romancing the Stone
  • Room 237
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Salem's Lot
  • Scars of Dracula
  • Shaker Run
  • Show Me Love
  • Sicario
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Smash Palace
  • Stalker
  • Stand by Me
  • Swingers
  • Tangerine
  • The 400 Blows
  • The Big Short
  • The Breakfast Club
  • The Cannonball Run
  • The Castle
  • The Goonies
  • The Graduate
  • The Hateful Eight
  • The Hunger
  • The Last Detail
  • The Lobster
  • The Lost Boys
  • The Meaning of Life
  • The NeverEnding Story
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Silent One