Ready Player One (a reference to the movies, series & games)

by sandervanderheide | created - 17 Feb 2018 | updated - 17 Feb 2018 | Public

A reference list to the movies, series & games mentioned in the book by Ernest Cline.

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1. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

71 Metascore

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 342,847 | Gross: $238.63M

2. Space Invaders (1978 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

The object of the game is to shoot the alien invaders and keep them off the ground.

Votes: 628

3. The Muppet Show (1976–1981)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Kermit the Frog and his fellow Muppets put on a vaudeville show at their theatre, bringing in a famous celebrity to help out for each episode.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz

Votes: 21,810

4. Adventure (1979 Video Game)

Adventure

An evil magician steals an enchanted chalice from the yellow castle. And you have to retrieve it.

Votes: 56

5. Heathers (1989)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime

72 Metascore

In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk

Votes: 84,456 | Gross: $1.11M

6. Galaga (1981 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

The sequel to Galaxian (1979), the player controls a spaceship and faces waves of enemy aliens that try to destroy, capture, or collide with the spaceship.

Votes: 481

7. Defender (II) (1981 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

Defend the human population from swarms of attacking aliens.

Votes: 123

8. Asteroids (1979 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

Your spaceship is trapped in an asteroid belt. Watch out for enemy spacecraft and maneuver your way out.

Votes: 443

9. Robotron: 2084 (1982 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

Add a Plot

Votes: 58

10. Family Ties (1982–1989)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Chronicles liberal ex-hippies Steven and Elyse Keaton, their conservative son Alex, daughters Mallory and Jennifer, and later, youngest child Andrew.

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter, Justine Bateman

Votes: 15,195

11. Sesame Street (1969– )

TV-Y | 55 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, human and muppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games, and songs.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 11,505

12. Cosmos (1980)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.

Stars: Carl Sagan, Jaromír Hanzlík, Jonathan Fahn, Alan Belod

Votes: 34,636

13. Donkey Kong (1981 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Family

Jumpman must save Pauline from the giant ape Donkey Kong.

Director: Shigeru Miyamoto

Votes: 1,553

14. BurgerTime (1982 Video Game)

Action, Family

Classic arcade game where the player as Chef Peter Pepper must run around platforms placing hamburger ingredients together as fast as possible while avoiding enemy ingredients like Mr. Hot Dog, Mr. Pickle and Mr. Egg.

Votes: 87

15. Pitfall! (1982 Video Game)

Adventure

Pitfall Harry must collect treasures while dodging obstacles in a South American jungle.

Votes: 250

16. Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In the 23rd Century, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols

Votes: 70,120

17. The Last Starfighter (1984)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

Video game expert Alex Rogan finds himself transported to another planet after conquering The Last Starfighter video game only to find out it was just a test. He was recruited to join the team of best starfighters to defend their world from the attack.

Director: Nick Castle | Stars: Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Kay E. Kuter, Dan Mason

Votes: 37,010 | Gross: $28.73M

18. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

90 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,191,876 | Gross: $322.74M

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19. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

93 Metascore

King Arthur (Graham Chapman) and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 486,078 | Gross: $1.23M

20. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick

Votes: 963,788 | Gross: $204.84M

21. Sixteen Candles (1984)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

61 Metascore

A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry, Michael Schoeffling

Votes: 100,772 | Gross: $23.69M

Part of the Dorky Girl Fantasies Trilogy

22. Pretty in Pink (1986)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A poor girl must choose between the affections of dating her childhood sweetheart or a rich but sensitive playboy.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton, Annie Potts

Votes: 71,700 | Gross: $40.47M

Part of the Dorky Girl Fantasies Trilogy

23. Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

When Keith goes out with Amanda, the girl of his dreams, Amanda's ex-boyfriend plans to get back at Keith. Meanwhile, Keith's best friend, tomboy Watts, realizes she has feelings for Keith.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, Lea Thompson, Craig Sheffer

Votes: 26,506 | Gross: $18.55M

Part of the Dorky Girl Fantasies Trilogy

24. The Breakfast Club (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

Votes: 340,669 | Gross: $45.88M

Part of the Dorky Boy Fantasies Trilogy

25. Weird Science (1985)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

Two high school nerds use a computer program to literally create the perfect woman, but she turns their lives upside down.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

Votes: 76,966 | Gross: $23.83M

Part of the Dorky Boy Fantasies Trilogy

26. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy

61 Metascore

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 307,807 | Gross: $70.14M

Part of the Dorky Boy Fantasies Trilogy

27. Contra (1987 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Family

A terrorist organization named Red Falcon declares war on humanity and tries to take over the Earth. Two soldiers, Bill Rizer and Lance Bean, are sent to stop the Earth's destruction.

Directors: Koji, Shinji Kitamoto, Shigeharu Umezaki

Votes: 1,288

28. Golden Axe (1989 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Three heroes try to overthrow the evil rule of Death-Adder, who kidnapped and imprisoned the King and his daughter and stole the legendary Golden Axe.

Votes: 859

29. Heavy Barrel (1987 Video Game)

Not Rated | Action, Adventure

A top-down, vertically scrolling shoot-em-up.

Votes: 17

30. Smash TV (1990 Video Game)

T | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

You control a contestant of a deadly violent TV game show.

Star: Ed Boon

Votes: 65

31. Ikari Warriors (1986 Video Game)

Not Rated | 80 min | Action, Adventure

Play as Ralf Jones and Clark Steel and battle through hordes of enemies to reach the jungle village of Ikari.

Director: Dustin Hawkins

Votes: 79

32. TRON: Deadly Disks (1982 Video Game)

Action

Destroy your enemies with flying disks. The object is just to survive battle after battle.

Votes: 18

33. Ladyhawke (1985)

PG-13 | 121 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

The thief Gaston escapes dungeon of medieval Aquila thru the latrine. Soldiers are about to kill him when Navarre saves him. Navarre, traveling with his spirited hawk, plans to kill the bishop of Aquila with help from Gaston.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Leo McKern

Votes: 42,038 | Gross: $18.43M

34. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985 TV Movie)

TV-G | 94 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Marauders raid the Ewok village and steal a power supply they believe to be magical. Wicket helps Cindel escape the evil witch Charal, and they befriend a hermit who may help them save the village.

Directors: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat | Stars: Wilford Brimley, Warwick Davis, Aubree Miller, Siân Phillips

Votes: 8,073

35. The Ewok Adventure (1984 TV Movie)

TV-G | 96 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Wicket the Ewok and his friends agree to help two shipwrecked human children, Mace and Cindel, on a quest to find their parents.

Director: John Korty | Stars: Eric Walker, Warwick Davis, Fionnula Flanagan, Guy Boyd

Votes: 9,307

36. Airplane! (1980)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

78 Metascore

A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker | Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Votes: 203,522 | Gross: $83.40M

37. Howard the Duck (1986)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

28 Metascore

A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop a hellish alien invasion with the help of a nerdy scientist and a cute struggling female rock singer who fancies him.

Director: Willard Huyck | Stars: Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins, Ed Gale

Votes: 41,683 | Gross: $16.30M

38. Krull (1983)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

45 Metascore

A prince and a fellowship of companions set out to rescue his bride from a fortress of alien invaders who have arrived on their home planet.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones, Francesca Annis

Votes: 29,283 | Gross: $16.52M

39. Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)

R | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

31 Metascore

In the future, Highlander Connor MacLeod must prevent the destruction of Earth under an anti-ozone shield.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen, Michael Ironside

Votes: 42,582 | Gross: $15.56M

40. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

84 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 668,862 | Gross: $32.87M

41. WarGames (1983)

PG | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

77 Metascore

A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 87,402 | Gross: $79.57M

42. The Goonies (1985)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

62 Metascore

A group of young misfits called The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on an adventure to find a legendary pirate's long-lost treasure.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman

Votes: 232,873 | Gross: $61.50M

43. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

80 Metascore

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 154,590 | Gross: $134.22M

44. Legend (1985)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

30 Metascore

A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent

Votes: 57,785 | Gross: $15.50M

45. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

58 Metascore

After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy the second Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Darth Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 917,852 | Gross: $309.13M

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46. Spaced (1999–2001)

TV-14 | 25 min | Action, Comedy

8.6