Donnie Darko (2001) Poster



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Followed by 

S. Darko (2009)

Edited into 

Jake Gyllenhaal Challenges the Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (2010) (Short)
Scenes from Donnie Darko appear in this film reconfiguration.


It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Main character sees vision of "the world without me" and decide whether or not to commit suicide
Harvey (1950)
Donnie Darko is visited by a giant 'rabbit' that no one else sees.
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Family problems, end of the world, escapism, social outcast.
Bonanza (1959) (TV Series)
Psycho (1960)
The scene where the boy imitates Norman Bates when he makes fun of Gretchen's father stabbing her mother, complete with the sound effects
Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962) (Short)
Follows the same structure: most of the film is the fantasy(?) of a man about to die
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)
at the party, before Donnie has the vision his eyes looks like Ray Millands eyes in X (1963)
The Prisoner (1967) (TV Series)
The Graduate (1967)
Halloween (1978)
Movie playing in movie theater
The Shining (1980)
The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (1981) (TV Mini-Series)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Same wolf howl is heard. Both movies also feature a scene of a character having a conversation with a dead person in a movie theatre.
The Evil Dead (1981)
The Smurfs: The Smurfette (1981) (TV Episode)
Donnie tells his friends what happened in this episode to explain how Smurfette was created
Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
Poltergeist (1982)
Frightmare (1983)
Movie playing in theater
Star Search (1983) (TV Series)
C.H.U.D. (1984)
Donnie insults Jim Cunningham by calling him a CHUD
Who's the Boss? (1984) (TV Series)
Back to the Future (1985)
Donnie mentions the DeLorean, and both movies have the number 88 as an important plot point
Stand by Me (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
ballet uniforms modeled after prom dress
Married with Children (1987) (TV Series)
Donnie has crush on Kelly Bundy
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
seen on theatre marquee, the first scene is also an homage
Road House (1989)
Portrait in Patrick Swayze's character's study is of Swayze as Dalton
The Abyss (1989)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Mary McDonnell stars in Dances with Graham Greene, in Donnie she speaks of a different Graham Greene
It (1990) (TV Mini-Series)
In the beginning, Rose Darko is reading the Stephen King's original novel.
Slacker (1991)
time travel and conversation on smurfs
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
The sequence set to "Head Over Heels" that gives us a dreamlike introduction to Donnie's high school is too similar to the introduction to Laura Palmer's high school to be ignored, especially since both climax with a character snorting cocaine.
Groundhog Day (1993)
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Fight Club (1999)
Magnolia (1999)
Sexy Beast (2000)

Referenced in 

Gilmore Girls: Double Date (2001) (TV Episode)
The opening scene mimics the musical tracking shot when Donnie first arrives at school
Final Destination 2 (2003)
Protagonist escapes death, causes a tear in space-time continuum, then has to sacrifice his life to restore order
Jersey Girl (2004)
Video case is shown in a video store.
The Sims 2 (2004) (Video Game)
The 'social bunny' in The Sims 2 references Frank
'Donnie Darko': Production Diary (2004) (Video)
In 'Donnie Darko: Production Diary', the cast and crew talk about the making of the 2001 cult film 'Donnie Darko' as it happens.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) (Video Game)
"Fearitdoit" program resembles Jim Cunningham's program.
Degrassi: The Next Generation: Bark at the Moon (2004) (TV Episode)
This is Chester's favourite film.
Film Geek (2005)
Video case is shown in a video store.
#1 Fan: A Darkomentary (2005) (Video)
'#1 Fan: A Darkomentary' is a mockumentary based on the making of the 2001 cult film 'Donnie Darko'.
Joan of Arcadia: Independence Day (2005) (TV Episode)
Joan refers to the film.
Room No. 7 (2005) (Short)
vertical frame tilts to horizontal frame
Fangoria: Blood Drive II (2005) (Video)
In the 'Working Stiff' segment in the main characters cubicle a poster of Frank the Bunny is on the wall
Version extendida (2005) (Short)
The Profesor gives his students a task regarding the film "Donnie Darko"
An Introduction to 'Me and You and Everyone We Know' by Miranda July (2006) (Video)
Miranda mentions that Michael Andrews wrote the score for Donnie Darko.
Southland Tales (2006)
A poster can be seen when Roland falls into the dumpster
50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) (TV Movie)
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
Outrageous Fortune: This Two-Fold Force (2006) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Jools as a film she'd recommend
Conversations with God (2006)
self-help guru speaks to an crowd about how people react to situations out of either fear or love
An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder (2006) (Video)
An audience member mentions that Kevin did a DVD commentary for the movie, and Kevin also mentions it by name.
Epic Movie (2007)
After the "Superman" Flashback: Peter touches his eye with the same expression on his face as Frank did in the final sequence of Donnie Darko
Entourage: Snow Job (2007) (TV Episode)
Ari mentions it
How It Should Have Ended: How Spider-Man 3 Should Have Ended (2007) (TV Episode)
Venom lists the movie as one that kills off the main character at the end
FunnyMovie: H3: Halloween Horror Hostel (2008) (TV Episode)
The "rabbit" in the woods looks like Frank.
Archie's Final Project (2009)
referenced in dialogue
Dancing with the Stars: Round Five (2009) (TV Episode)
Bruno mentions the film in assessing Donny Osmond's performance
Dancing with the Stars: Round Seven (2009) (TV Episode)
Bruno calls Donny Osmond "Donny Darko"
Teen Age Riot (2009) (Short)
One of the characters is called Donnie Darko and is dressed like him in the Halloween party
Partiya, ili dyatel na betonnom stolbe (2009) (Short)
The main theme is inspired by "Carpathian Ridge" by 'Michael Andrews', original music for Donnie Darko (2001), one of the favorite films of Nikolay Yeriomin. Despite the fact two pieces of music has a very slight connection (if one). Andrews is thanked in the end credits.
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) (Video)
DVD case is shown.
Gossip Girl: Damien Darko (2011) (TV Episode)
title reference
Hell Is Other People: Life of the Party (2011) (TV Episode)
Basic plot mentioned in conversation between Peter and Mark
Source Code (2011)
Jake Gyllenhaal says "everything is going to be okay" in the same context
Death and Taxes (2011) (Short)
Imagery from the film appears in this short
Brows Held High: Prospero's Books (2011) (TV Episode)
Richard Kelly is mentioned and the poster for this movie is seen.
Jeopardy!: Episode #28.10 (2011) (TV Episode)
incorrect response in "Blu-Rays" category
Holy Flying Circus (2011) (TV Movie)
Michael Palin sees John Cleese dressed as a giant rabbit.
Twisted Fiction (2011) (Short)
Inspiration for the name of protagonist Frank Lapin
The Cleveland Show: Das Shrimp Boot (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Brows Held High: Primer (2012) (TV Episode)
"This makes Donnie Darko look like Back to the Future II."
The Born Defecation (2012) (Short)
A character of Split Second was visually inspired by Frank (although it's barely noticeble).
Gruppa MV-A10 (2013) (Short)
One of the main sources of inspiration: university (high school) students are assembling in the classrom before the lesson with footage being accelerated.
Weaverfish (2013)
"Donnie Sharko" - during the "fish puns in film titles" scene
The Sugarcube Critic: Mare in the Moon (2013) (TV Episode)
"Did Frank Anderson write this? If so, is Twilight going to have jet engine fall on her?"


Watership Down (1978)
Donnie's English class watches this, and topics are discussed.
The Evil Dead (1981)
OutRun (1986) (Video Game)
An OutRun machine is played by Donnie

Featured in 

Anatomy of a Scene: Donnie Darko (2001) (TV Episode)
50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips shown.
S. Darko (2009)
brief flashback to young Samantha dancing with Sparkle Motion is from DD
Great Movie Mistakes 2: The Sequel (2011) (TV Movie)
Clips of mistakes shown
Beyond Clueless (2014)
Clips shown
Shameful Sequels: S. Darko (2014) (TV Episode)
mentions the original


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
bike ride shot; Drew Barrymore in both films

Spoofed in 

The Helix... Loaded (2005)
"I see rabbit people."
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Wishbones (2005) (TV Episode)
By the end of Pud'n's wish scene, the bunny sounds and looks like the rabbit Frank
The Girl by the Side of the Road (2006) (Short)
Brandon's dream "wake up"

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