Taken (2008) Poster

(I) (2008)


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Followed by 

Taken 2 (2012)
Taken 3 (2014)

Version of 

Taken (2017) (TV Series)
TV show is based on the film.

Remade as 

Chingari (2012)
unofficial remake


The Godfather (1972)
"It wasn't personal. It was just business."
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
"It's just a flesh wound."
The New York Ripper (1982)
A person calls the police using a phone and a walkie talkie to misguide them.
First Blood (1982)
Bryan Mills is once referred to as Rambo.
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Bryan is referred to as "Rambo"
Die Hard (1988)
Dead body of villain in an elevator revealed to a party. The creators of this franchise have also noted that the main character, Bryan Mills, was inspired by this film's protagonist John McClane.
The Fifth Element (1997)
Bad guy says they're willing to negotiate followed by protagonist shooting him in the head.
24 (2001) (TV Series)
While the filmmakers have noted how this show's protagonist, Jack Bauer, was one of the inspirations for this 2008 film, both films also feature a real time format as well as both having the main daughter be named "Kim".
The Bourne Identity (2002)
The creators of this franchise have also noted that the main character, Bryan Mills, was inspired by Jason Bourne. Both films also feature quick and fast paced fighting scenes as well as a European setting.

Referenced in 

The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Watchmen/Shuttle/12 (2009) (TV Episode)
Was No. 3 at the box office that weekend
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #4.5 (2009) (TV Episode)
incorrect answer to $2,000 question
Saturday Night Live: Megan Fox/U2 (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Gadhafi during cold opening
Taken: Avant Premiere (2009) (Video)
Premiere footage
How I Met Your Mother: Jenkins (2010) (TV Episode)
Marshall says: "My wife knows I'm here. She doesn't have money, but what she does have is a very special set of skills"
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: From Paris with Love/Dear John/Frozen (2010) (TV Episode)
Ellen says Pierre Morel directed this movie.
Tosh.0: Cartwheeling Goalie (2010) (TV Episode)
Referenced in dialogue
Fred: The Movie (2010) (TV Movie)
The way Judy was hiding under the bed talking to Fred.
Family Guy: Welcome Back Carter (2010) (TV Episode)
referenced by Carter
The Trip: L'Enclume (2010) (TV Episode)
Steve Coogan does an impression of Liam Nesson in this.
Half in the Bag: Paul and Toronto Comic Con (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Family Guy: Livin' on a Prayer (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Peter
Safe House (2012)
The filmmakers said in an interview that they were inspired by the fights scenes in this original film.
Tezz (2012)
The walkie talkie scene of Ajay Devgan is taken from the Liam Neeson's movie Taken
Saturday Night Live: Will Ferrell/Usher (2012) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Liam Neeson in "Get In the Cage."
RiffTrax Live: Manos - The Hands of Fate (2012)
Mike - "The dad's not Liam Nielson from Taken is he?"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.17 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay asks how many people saw the film
Saturday Night Live: Christina Applegate/Passion Pit (2012) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the "Give Us All Our Daughters Back!" digital short
Ashens: Chinese Delicacy Special (2012) (TV Episode)
"I must find covering letter that came with that box so I can track down who sent it and eliminate them like Liam Neeson in Taken".
Everything Wrong with...: Everything Wrong with the Dark Knight Rises in 3 Minutes or Less (2012) (TV Episode)
Reference to Liam Neeson killing people
I Give It a Year (2013)
Chloe jokes that Guy could sell her to a gang of Albanians to pay for a passport
Bunheads: Take the Vicuna (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Michelle
Castle: Hunt (2013) (TV Episode)
alluded to by Ryan when he says Castle thinks he's Liam Neeson
CinemaSins: Everything Wrong with Battleship in 6 Minutes or Less (2013) (TV Episode)
'Liam Neeson isn't killing anyone in this scene'
Poker Night 2 (2013) (Video Game)
"I'll hunt you down" is mention among Claptrap's Liam Neeson quotes.
Now You See Me (2013)
When Thaddeus is telling Dylan how the tricks in the first magic show were done, there is a flashback, showing Étienne Forcier, the account holder at the Crédit Republicain de Paris, walking down the stairs in Paris. Some graffiti is visible promoting _Taken (2008)_, the movie starring Liam Neeson, which was based in Paris.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.155 (2013) (TV Episode)
Looking at a photo of himself, Vince Vaughn says he looks like the dad from the film
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.104 (2013) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the movie by name.
Chris Stuckmann Movie Reviews: 500th Video - Blu-Ray Collection!! (2013) (TV Episode)
Chris mentions it. Also, DVD is shown.
Taken: The Search for Sophie Parker (2013) (TV Movie)
The plot heavily mirrors that of Taken.
The Badly Animated Adventures of Spider-Man (2013) (Video)
The dialogue Aunt May says to the telemarketer scammer is the same dialogue Liam Neeson's character says to the kidnappers in "Taken".
Ambush: Episode #1.5 (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Tom Kashti
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 2 January 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Mike Golic says that some college football players have a "particular set of skills, as Liam Neeson would say"
The Simpsons: Steal This Episode (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Saturday Night Live: Jonah Hill/Bastille (2014) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the Benihana segment
Film '72: Episode dated 26 February 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Danny Leigh when reviewing Non-Stop (2014)
Everything Wrong with...: The Grey (2014) (TV Episode)
"Liam Neeson isn't killing anyone in this scene".
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Ralph Fiennes/Allison Williams/Mike Birbiglia (2014) (TV Episode)
Ralph Fiennes comments on being mistaken for Liam Neeson, and says he has occasionally been complimented on his performance in the film
Shameful Sequels: Passport to Paris (2014) (TV Episode)
"There should be a very nice man by the airport who could take them."
Parks and Recreation: Galentine's Day (2014) (TV Episode)
Ann says, "This is not a Liam Neeson/'Taken' scenario."
Supernatural: Meta Fiction (2014) (TV Episode)
"Going Liam Neeson" comment
Honest Trailers: The Wolf of Wall Street (2014) (TV Episode)
"I will find you and I will kill you"
Lab Rats: Taken (2014) (TV Episode)
Title reference; general premise
The Graham Norton Show: Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt/Charlize Theron/Seth MacFarlane/Coldplay (2014) (TV Episode)
Seth MacFarlane does his _Taken (2008)_ speech by Kermit the Frog
Undateable: Go for Gary (2014) (TV Episode)
Liam Neeson and his special set of skills mentioned by Danny
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 July 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Frank Caliendo does an impression of Liam Neeson's character
The Yoda Chronicles: Raid on Coruscant (2014) (TV Episode)
Qui-Gon Jinn says he has "a very particular set of skills." His character is originally played by Liam Neeson, whose character in "Taken" says the same quote.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 21 August 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Frank Caliendo does an impression that Mike Greenberg says is "Liam Neeson from 'Taken'"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Liam Neeson/Terry Gilliam/Tim McGraw (2014) (TV Episode)
When Liam Neeson enters, The Roots sing "I've got a particular set of skills"; also mentioned by Jimmy
Everly (2014)
It is referenced.
Tosh.0: Dumped by Sweetheart (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Tosh
Honest Game Trailers: Destiny (2014) (TV Episode)
"I will find you, and I will cuddle you"
Search Party (2014)
Nardo mentions that he is about to be taken just like in this movie.
Someone Has to Review It!: Taken 3 (2015) (TV Episode)
Film is mentioned in this episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Samuel L. Jackson/Norman Reedus/Jessie J (2015) (TV Episode)
Samuel L. Jackson says that Colin Firth could replace Liam Neeson as "a man who has a specific set of skills"
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 4 March 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Mike Greenberg
Workaholics: Wedding Thrashers (2015) (TV Episode)
Title seen on shirt
Someone Has to Review It!: The Gunman (2015) (TV Episode)
Film is mentioned in this episode
Saturday Night Live: Dwayne Johnson/George Ezra (2015) (TV Episode)
Liam Neeson rescuing captive women referenced on Weekend Update
Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Cedric the Entertainer (2015) (TV Episode)
Referenced in "Greatest Hits"
Drugaí Marú (2015) (Short)
When Kris McCurdy calls Conan Ajax, he threatens him with a similar phone speech given by Liam Neeson's character, Bryan Mills.
Family Guy: Fighting Irish (2015) (TV Episode)
The Taken movies are mentioned
Honest Trailers: Fifty Shades of Grey (100th Episode!) (2015) (TV Episode)
Still is seen
Swede Fest Tampa Bay 7 Photo Essay (2015) (Short)
"Swede" film shown
Undateable: Cop Number Four Walks Into a Bar (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Matt Dillon/Tatiana Maslany/Will Butler (2015) (TV Episode)
Seth mentions the film in his monologue
Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Scott Porter (2015) (TV Episode)
Referenced in "Scenes from a Hat"
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Mariska Hargitay/Chelsea Peretti/Father John Misty/Elle King (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Seth in the Sunday Catch-up segment
Modern Family: American Skyper (2015) (TV Episode)
Alex uses the movie as a reference to how dangerous Europe is for teenage girls
Honest Game Trailers: Mario Party 10 (2015) (TV Episode)
"I will find you, and I will eat your pizza"
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 30 June 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mike Greenberg says Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson "has a particuar set of skills"
Rapid Vengeance (2015) (Short)
In the first scene, The Hero begins a monologue similar to the one spoken by Liam Neeson's character
Streets of Harvest (2015)
It is referenced during the phone call and kidnapping sequence.
Honest Game Trailers: Five Nights at Freddy's 4 (2015) (TV Episode)
"I will find you"
Honest Game Trailers: Banjo Kazooie (2015) (TV Episode)
"I will find you, and I will probably not know what to do after that"
The Player (2015) (TV Series)
The entire series revolves around a man with a special set of skills in search for his missing wife.
Anjelah Johnson: Not Fancy (2015) (TV Special)
Anjelah mentioned that she saw the movie before traveling to Europe.
Limitless: When Pirates Pirate Pirates (2015) (TV Episode)
Brian, "Let's just say, I have a very particular set of skills."
WatchMojo: Another Top 10 Bad Movies That Were Successful (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)
Agent Suggs quotes the line ''I have a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career'' from Bryan Mills.
Fraudulent (2015) (Short)
Mentioned by the filmmakers in interviews as being one of the many films which were used in storyboard comparisons and a major influence during the script-to-screen process.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Yippie Kayak (2015) (TV Episode)
The Vulture says that in the hostage situation, he is Liam Neeson and Jake is his "hot, dumb daughter."
La noche de...: Venganza (2016) (TV Episode)
film of the week
2 Broke Girls: And the Coming Out Party (2016) (TV Episode)
Movie is referenced by Han.
Deadpool (2016)
Wade mentions the Taken trilogy, wondering if Liam Neeson is a bad father figure.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Anthony Anderson/Famke Janssen/Eleanor Friedberger (2016) (TV Episode)
Famke Janssen mentions her earlier movie
The Venture Bros.: Red Means Stop (2016) (TV Episode)
The Character "Red Death" recites a famous line spoken by Liam Neeson in Taken.
Crowded: Amongst the Waves (2016) (TV Episode)
Bob suggests it for movie night.
Girls: Homeward Bound (2016) (TV Episode)
Ray tells Hector that if he hurts Hannah, he will hunt Hector down like Liam Neeson.
Crowded: The Fixer (2016) (TV Episode)
Mike says Mel Gibson would have been great in "Taken".
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Billy Crystal/Beanie Feldstein/Flatbush Zombies (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jimmy during the monologue
Epic Rap Battles of History: James Bond vs Austin Powers (2016) (TV Episode)
Directly mentioned in lyrics
Honest Trailers: Finding Nemo (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)
Mentioned in dialogue
Honest Game Trailers: Ghostbusters (2016) (TV Episode)
"I will find you, anmd I will hug you"
Honest Trailers: The Bourne Trilogy (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
Honest Game Trailers: Red Dead Redemption (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
Kevin Can Wait: Hallow-We-Ain't-Home (2016) (TV Episode)
Kevin and Donna talk about watching Taken
The Grand Tour: Operation Desert Stumble (2016) (TV Episode)
Clarkson lists films that feature Audis.
The Cliff (2016)
It is referenced.
The Task: Pilot (2016) (TV Episode)
It is referenced.
Sous le même toit (2017)
When asked about films with a plot similar to "Orca", Yvan answers "Taken".
Nostalgia Critic: The Smurfs 2 (2017) (TV Episode)
"She got cast in a Liam Neeson movie."
Impractical Jokers: Lady and the Tramp (2017) (TV Episode)
The movie was mentioned in dialouge.
Man with a Plan: Kate's First Date (2017) (TV Episode)
Adam mentions the trilogy while discussing Katie's freedom
All Nighter (2017)
It is mentioned their search is like the plot of "those Liam Neeson movies."is
SuperMansion: I Didn't Even Have to Use My J.K. (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by title
Talking Dead: Bury Me Here (2017) (TV Episode)
Chris Hardwick imitates Liam Neeson's voice and speaks like him on the film: "I will find The Saviours and I will kill them!"
The Flash: Infantino Street (2017) (TV Episode)
Barry says to Snart, "You have a particular set of skills." Snart replies, "Great movie."
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
Igon and Valerian's dialogue quotes from Bryan's phone call with the kidnapper. Luc Besson wrote both films.
Inside Fight Scene with Jim Ford (2017) (TV Movie)
Dialouge is referenced
Cash Trapped: Episode #2.17 (2017) (TV Episode)
Correct answer.
BoJack Horseman: Hooray! Todd Episode! (2017) (TV Episode)
Taken movies mentioned.
Louder with Crowder: Trump Destroys Obamacare Yay! (2017) (TV Episode)
Steven Crowder makes a joking reference to the movie.
Studio C: Episode #8.4 (2017) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the cold opening

Featured in 

The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Echelon Conspiracy/Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li/Crossing Over (2009) (TV Episode)
Brett said that this film was No. 4 at the Box Office that weekend
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Miss March/Race to Witch Mountain/Sunshine Cleaning (2009) (TV Episode)
Footage shown when referenced as the #4 movie at the Box Office
Le Making-Of 'Taken' (2009) (Video)
Clips, snippets of interviews and behind-the-scenes
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 2 (2010) (TV Episode)
Clip featured in a $3,000 video question
Hollywood's Top Ten: Sweet Revenge (2010) (TV Episode)
Taking #9 as the top revenge movies
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.94 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip is included in a montage of Liam Neeson films
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.70 (2012) (TV Episode)
a clip is included in a montage of Liam Neeson films
Nostalgia Critic: Ponyo (2012) (TV Episode)
Bryan Mills's voice is dub over Fujimoto's voice at the end of the movie.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.9 (2012) (TV Episode)
Clip from the film starring Liam Neeson
Top 40 Ultimate Action Movies (2014) (TV Movie)
Number 10 in the Countdown
Gogglebox: Episode #4.10 (2014) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Honest Trailers: Taken (2015) (TV Episode)
Film trailer used
Honest Game Trailers: Batman: Arkham Asylum (2015) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 12 June 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
Bryan Mills' "very particular set of skills" telephone call is heard
Honest Game Trailers: Fallout 3 (2015) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
La noche de...: Venganza (2016) (TV Episode)
clips shown - film of the week
ScrewAttack's Top 10s: Top 10 Dads with Death Battle's Boomstick! (2017) (TV Episode)
Bryan Mills is the #6 pick.


Men in Black (1997)
discussion about the button in the car ("Don't touch that button")

Spoofed in 

Robot Chicken: No Country for Old Dogs (2011) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in the "Tak'n" segment
Tosh.0: How to Get European Men (2012) (TV Episode)
Tosh spoofs the kidnapping scene
Family Guy: Leggo My Meg-O (2012) (TV Episode)
Episode is a spoof.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.9 (2012) (TV Episode)
"Mistaken" depicts Liam Neeson as an incompetent replacement football referee
Mad: Taking Nemo/Once Upon a Toon (2012) (TV Episode)
Taking Nemo is a spoof of this movie.
Demo Reel: Wreck-It Ralph vs Angry Birds (2012) (TV Episode)
Donnie does a parodied Taken film.
Mad: George Washington: Cherry Tree Chopper/Star Wars Earn Stripes (2013) (TV Episode)
Bakin is a spoof of this movie.
Family Guy: Brian's a Bad Father (2014) (TV Episode)
Version with Zooey Deschanel
The Hungover Games (2014)
A Bryan Mills parody character is accidentally called
Impractical Jokers: Scarytales (2014) (TV Episode)
Murr tells two ladies they will be taken and that he has a very particular set of skills.
Saturday Night Live: Lena Dunham/The National (2014) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in the cold opening
The Amazing World of Gumball: The Kids (2014) (TV Episode)
Patrick starts telling Gumball he has a specific set of skills mimicking Bryan Mills' speech
Robot Chicken: Victoria's Secret of NIMH (2014) (TV Episode)
Parody skit
Studio C: Episode #5.8 (2014) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in the "Tak3n: Just Stop Taking Things" trailer
Sadie and Emmie (2015) (TV Series)
Emmie spoofs a line from the movie
Super Mario Taken (2015) (Short)
Mash-up parody referencing Taken tropes
Someone Has to Review It!: Taken 3 (2015) (TV Episode)
Brandon spoofs the infamous monologue from this film, repeating it almost verbatim aside from replacing "daughter" with "bagels"
Clash of Clans: Revenge (2015) (Short)
Direct parody starring Liam Neeson.
Tooken (2015)
The spoof on the popular Taken franchise
Ted 2 (2015)
Liam Neeson turns up at the store, looking the worse for wear.
Skids (2016) (Short)
Keanu (2016)
The trend of movies starring Liam Neeson in hardened action hero roles, which was started by this movie, is referenced.
José Mota presenta: Gra bendito (2016) (TV Episode)
Robot Chicken: Yogurt in a Bag (2016) (TV Episode)
Parody skit

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