The Running Man (1987) Poster


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Version of 

The Running Man Promo #1 (2017) (Video)
based on the same novel

Edited into 

5 Second Movies: Gamer (2009) (TV Episode)
Footage from the film is included


Gilligan's Island (1964) (TV Series)
When Killian is talking to the Minister of defense on the phone: "They want ratings. You aint gonna get that watching reruns of Gilligan's Island. Gilligan's Island...da, da, da, da... the one with the boat."
Star Trek (1966) (TV Series)
"Mr Spock, you have the conn" says Mic.
Funny Girl (1968)
Hello, gorgeous
Rollerball (1975)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" plays during the scene where Dynamo chases Ben
Stalker (1979)
The Shining (1980)
In one scene Ben says "women, can't live with them can't live without them", a line said by Lloyd the bartender in The Shining
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Using barbed wire to strangle a victim to death
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
When the Ben says "To hell with you!," it is very reminiscent of when Arnold Schwarzenegger said the same line thing as Conan at the end of his prayer to Chrom in the climax.
Knight Rider (1982) (TV Series)
red moving light on car
The Terminator (1984)
"I'll be back"

Referenced in 

Survivor Series (1987) (TV Special)
Jesse Ventura says that it is his second Number One movie in a row, and how Gorilla Monsoon hadn't congratulated him for it.
Deathrow Gameshow (1987)
In both films there is a television game show where the competitors are convicted felons.
Saturday Night Live: Danny DeVito/The Bangles (1988) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Arnold Schwartzenegger
The January Man (1989)
seen on theater marquee
Smash TV (1990) (Video Game)
The theme of the game is inspired from that film.
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (1990) (Video Game)
One of the villains is named "Running Man", after the name of the 1987 film. Hideo Kojima likes making references to films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (such as the fact that another villain is named "Predator" after another Arnold film).
Cyber City Oedo 808 (1990) (TV Mini-Series)
in Episode Two, the removal of a collar.
Wedlock (1991)
Stay Tuned (1992)
Flashback: The Quest for Identity (1992) (Video Game)
In one point of the game, Conrad must compete in a life-or-death game show to gain access to the next area of the game
Hard Target (1993)
Final Round (1994) (Video)
This movie directly lifts the concept of The Running Man
The Jesse Ventura Story (1999) (TV Movie)
Battle Royale (2000)
Rollerball (2002)
Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Super Trivia (2003) (TV Episode)
Shake insists that the film is the correct answer to a trivia question about Arnold Schwarzenegger at the bar
Manhunt (2003) (Video Game)
The concept of a convict being hunted by others who are hired to kill him.
Malevolence (2004)
Kimble does a very similar rant to the one Arnold does
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments (2004) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) (Video Game)
One of the major enemies is equipped with a flamethrower and a jetpack, like the character of "Fireball" in the movie. Hideo Kojima likes making references to films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
Queer as Folk: Fuckin' Revenge (2005) (TV Episode)
Drew mentions the film.
Numb3rs: The Running Man (2006) (TV Episode)
Episode title.
Idiocracy (2006)
Not Sure is sentenced to take part in a competition where he is forced to fend for his life.
Seto no hanayome: The Running Man (2007) (TV Episode)
Episode title reference.
Game Boys (2008)
Ray describes how playing Smash TV while watching this movie at the same time "pumps you up."
Gamer (2009)
Gamer borrows themes and elements similar to those used in The Running Man (1987), in which the main character was named Ben Richards. In Gamer there's a character named Ben Richard.
Cougar Town: I Won't Back Down (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Borderlands (2009) (Video Game)
"Who loves you and who do you love?"
The Cinema Snob: Deathrow Gameshow (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by the Snob.
Bad Movie Beatdown: Nighthawks (2010) (TV Episode)
detailing Schwarzenegger action flicks
Bad Movie Beatdown: Gamer (2011) (TV Episode)
"If you feel that you seen this movie then you have! It's called The Running Man and it's a much better movie"
Freerunner (2011)
Exploding collar
The Hunger Games (2012)
Game show contestants win by killing all the others. There is also a similarity between the Damon Killian character and Caesar Flickerman.
Bad Movie Beatdown: The Condemned (2012) (TV Episode)
referenced throughout
Pretty Little Liars: The Remains of the 'A' (2012) (TV Episode)
Ted says: 'My dance moves start at 'The Running Man' and end at the 'Roger Rabbit.'
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.185 (2012) (TV Episode)
Colin Farrell says he grew up watching Arnold Schwarzenegger movies such as this film
Anime Abandon: Demon City Shinjuku (2012) (TV Episode)
When Sage talks about The Running Man, he makes it clear that it's not this one
Best of the Worst: The New Gladiators, Exterminator 2, and Aftermath (2013) (TV Episode)
Jack, Rich and Jay mention it.
Awkward.: A Little Less Conversation (2013) (TV Episode)
Guess during Charades
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (2013) (Video Game)
A trophy/achievement named after this film.
Blood Slaughter Massacre (2013)
VHS box seen on shelf in mom'n'pop rental place.
Honest Trailers: Grown Ups (2013) (TV Episode)
Quoted user is called 'therunningman09'.
Honest Trailers: Batman & Robin (2013) (TV Episode)
"The Punning Man"
The Messenger with Robert Grasmere (2013) (Video)
mentioned once
The Starving Games (2013)
Snowballs claims it is one of the two films that the Starving Games is based on.
Honest Trailers: Home Alone (2013) (TV Episode)
'The Running Mom'
Honest Trailers: The Lion King (2014) (TV Episode)
"Here's Sub Zero, now Plain Zero!"
Epic Ink: Welcome to Area 51 (2014) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialog
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Stakeout (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Face Off: Let the Games Begin (2015) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned
Workaholics: Wedding Thrashers (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Suicide Squad (2016)
Suicide Squad have collar containing a small explosives that will kill them
Midnight Screenings: Rob Zombie's 31 (2016) (TV Episode)
"This is Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets The Running Man." "This is Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 meets The Running Man."
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.2 (2016) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Game Shows in the Movies" category
The Cinema Snob: The Other Deep Throat II (2017) (TV Episode)
Regarding the music in Deep Throat II (1987), the Cinema Snob says, "That doesn't sound like a porno. It sounds like Ben Richards has entered the next level of The Running Man."

Featured in 

Siskel & Ebert: Arnold Schwarzenegger: The Unlikeliest Star (1990) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown of various Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, including this one.
Game Theory (2003) (Video)
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The Men Who Stare at Goats/A Christmas Carol/Precious (2009) (TV Episode)
"Where Do You Want To Meet?" segment
Bad Movie Beatdown: Gamer (2011) (TV Episode)
compares plots, but decides it is better than Gamer
Hollywood's Top Ten: Stephen King Movies (2011) (TV Episode)
Honorable mention, clips shown
Shock the World (2015) (Short)
Ventura is an actor in the film and a clip is in Shock the World


Love, American Style (1969) (TV Series)
The Love Boat (1977) (TV Series)
Poster for "The Hate Boat" is seen in Killian's office.
Captain America (1979) (TV Movie)
Captain Freedom is a spoof of Captain America

Spoofed in 

Robot Chicken: Catch Me If You Kangaroo Jack (2011) (TV Episode)
Arnold Schwarzenegger dances "The Running Man."
Mutantit (2012) (Short)

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