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(I) (2008)

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Followed by 

Taken 2 (2012)
Taken 3 (2014)

References 

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
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
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
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
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.
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 2015: Episode dated 26 February 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Danny Leigh when reviewing Non-Stop (2014)
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
The Graham Norton Show: Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt/Charlize Theron/Seth MacFarlane/Coldplay (2014) (TV Episode)
Seth MacFarlane does his Taken speech by Kermit the Frog
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 July 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Frank Caliendo does an impression of Liam Neeson's character
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
Tosh.0: Dumped by Sweetheart (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Tosh
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
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
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
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 30 June 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mike Greenberg says Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson "has a particuar set of skills"

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
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.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 12 June 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
Bryan Mills' "very particular set of skills" telephone call is heard

Spoofs 

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
Saturday Night Live: Lena Dunham/The National (2014) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in the cold opening
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"
Tooken (2015)
The spoof on the popular Taken franchise
Who the F#@K Took My Daughter? (2015)
The movie is a spoof of the "Taken" franchise.

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