Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) Poster


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The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Tin Man is mentioned
Citizen Kane (1941)
Questionings of a man as a public figure.
Rope (1948)
Made to look like it was done in one continuous shot.
A Star Is Born (1954)
Riggan's attempted suicide (walking into the ocean) is the same as that of Norman Maine, another actor struggling with feeling past his prime.
Pierrot le Fou (1965)
Credit sequence
Birdman (1967) (TV Series)
It shares the title with another eponymous avian superhero.
Opening Night (1977)
the overall plot line
The Shining (1980)
The carpet visible within a number of back stage corridor scenes is the same iconic, hexagonal carpet used in this classic.
Batman (1989)
Riggan's past role as an iconic superhero is a reference to Michael Keaton's real life starring role in this series.
Batman Returns (1992)
Riggan's past role as an iconic superhero is a reference to Michael Keaton's real life starring role in this series.
Late Show with David Letterman (1993) (TV Series)
"Doing 'Letterman'" mentioned
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (2000) (TV Series)
Both revolve around a former avian superhero attempting an unexpected career move.
Game 6 (2005)
Michael Keaton plays a troubled playwright dealing with fierce critics on both films.
Batman Begins (2005)
The voice of Birdman resembles to this of Christian Bale when dressed in the Batsuit.
Iron Man (2008)
Mentioned in dialogue in Robert Downey Jr. interview.
The Dark Knight (2008)
The voice of Birdman resembles to this of Christian Bale when dressed in the Batsuit.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
Mentioned in reference to Jeremy Renner's career
X: First Class (2011)
Michael Fassbender's portrayal of Magneto in the X-Men prequels is mentioned.
The Avengers (2012)
Mentioned in dialogue.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
A man dressed as Spidey is seen in Times Square, which is a possible inside joke to co-star Emma Stone's portrayal of Gwen Stacey in this movie.
Man of Steel (2013)
Poster seen in background.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
A man dressed as Spidey is seen in Times Square, which is a possible inside joke to co-star Emma Stone's portrayal of Gwen Stacey in this movie.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Michael Fassbender's portrayal of Magneto in the X-Men prequels is mentioned
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)
Woody Harrelson is mentioned as being unavailable because he's shooting the third "Hunger Games" movie.

Referenced in 

Showreel: We've Got Keanu Reeves (2013) (TV Episode)
Reported on in "Showreel News"
Film '72: Episode dated 17 December 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Movie is reviewed
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 December 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
#4 on Adnan Virk's list of top 10 movies of 2014
Someone Has to Review It!: Year-end Special! (2015) (TV Episode)
Film is mentioned in episode
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Felicity Jones/Hines Ward/Sebastian Maniscalco (2015) (TV Episode)
'Tony Tempo' talks about the movie
Filmbarátok Podcast: Episode #1.66 (2015) (TV Episode)
Movie is reviewed
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Taylor Swift/John Oliver/Imagine Dragons (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in the Pros & Cons segment
Honest Game Trailers: Gears of War (2015) (TV Episode)
Film '72: Episode #44.6 (2015) (TV Episode)
The critics discuss this movie's Best Picture and Best Actor nomination
Point Shoot 'n' Eat: 101 - Pilot (2015) (TV Episode)
Discussion for upcoming Academy Awards
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kevin Bacon/Amy Sedaris/Nick Jonas (2015) (TV Episode)
Jimmy Fallon and 'Steve Higgins' speculate on whether the movie will win the Best Picture Oscar.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Christina Aguilera/Jeff Probst/Kid Rock (2015) (TV Episode)
In his opening monologue, Jimmy Fallon mentions the movie's Best Picture win at the Oscars.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 23 February 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
mentioned in discussion of Michael Keaton's movies
Saturday Night Live: Dwayne Johnson/George Ezra (2015) (TV Episode)
Title referenced during 'Franchise Viagra' musical number sung in the monologue.
Workaholics: Peyote It Forward (2015) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Anders
La Esencia de la Claridad (2015) (Short)
The music from the short film is based on the original score from Birdman (2014)
Anitta: Deixa Ele Sofrer (2015) (Video)
The music video was inspired by the movie Birdman, from 2014.
Half in the Bag: Fantastic Four (2015) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Ich geh mit meiner Laterne (2015) (Short)
Inspired by the cinematography of »Birdman«.
Aggressive Comix Presents: Rated N for Nerd: The Revenant (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Steph.
New Girl: What About Fred (2016) (TV Episode)
Schmidt: "'Birdman' was bad... this was a disaster!"
Half in the Bag: The 2016 Oscars (2016) (TV Episode)
title is mentioned
Loose Canon: Oscar Bait: A History (2016) (TV Episode)
Poster shown.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 26 February 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Adnan Virk in discussion of the Oscars
The Oscars (2016) (TV Special)
mentioned by announcer when Emmanuel Lubezki won for Best Cinematography
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Naomi Watts/Chris Cuomo/Bloc Party/Matt Cameron (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Seth as he introduces Naomi Watts
The Cinema Snob: God's Not Dead (2016) (TV Episode)
"He was too busy seeing Birdman instead of The Theory of Everything."
Honest Trailers: The Revenant (2016) (TV Episode)
Set photos shown
Traceroute (2016)
the host talks about Michael Keaton while showing a drawing of a bird
Life & Death (2016) (Short)
The director stated that he was inspired by this film for the presentation of the ending credits.
Discordia (2016)
the two protagonists have a long talk about the film
Honest Game Trailers: Warcraft (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
Honest Trailers: Watchmen (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
Pretty Little Liars: The Wrath of Kahn (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.33 (2016) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "I Was Batman (But Not in This Movie)" category
Saturday Night Live: Emma Stone/Shawn Mendes (2016) (TV Episode)
Oscar nomination and title referenced during Emma Stone's monologue.
Die schlechtesten Filme aller Zeiten: Jack Frost - Der eiskalte Killer (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Kalkofe refering Michael Keaton's career
Sean Bradley Reviews: Moonlight (2017) (TV Episode)
Sean mentions that it won Best Picture instead of 'Boyhood'
Best of the Worst: Vampire Assassin, Hack-O-Lantern, and Cathy's Curse (2017) (TV Episode)
Jack remarks how the score for Vampire Assassin reminded him of Birdman
Film Discussions: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Film Discussion and Review (2017) (TV Episode)
Birdman's long takes mentioned.
Feeling Peckish: Birdman - Ginger Birdmen (TV Episode)
Cooking show with a recipe inspired by this movie


Family Guy (1998) (TV Series)
Crew Member backstage sitting on chair is watching Family Guy throughout the film.
Adventure Time (2010) (TV Series)
When Mike is changing channels it shows Adventure Time.

Featured in 

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Edward Norton/Michael Lewis/Jessie Ware (2014) (TV Episode)
'Seth Meyers' shows a clip from Edward Norton's film.
Film '72: Episode dated 5 November 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Footage shown during a montage of upcoming movie releases in Britain
Half in the Bag: Nightcrawler and Birdman (2014) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed
Film '72: Episode dated 17 December 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Footage shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Movies of 2014 (2015) (TV Episode)
Ranks at #4
72nd Golden Globe Awards (2015) (TV Special)
Nomination presentation for best motion picture - comedy or musical, original score - motion picture, screenplay - motion picture, director - motion picture.
De wereld draait door: Episode dated 15 January 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
Half in the Bag: Inherent Vice and Oscar Buzz (2015) (TV Episode)
movie is discussed
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015) (TV Special)
Nomination presentation for outstanding ensemble in a motion picture, outstanding female actor in a supporting role, outstanding male actor in a supporting role, and outstanding male actor in a leading role.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Michael Keaton/Gwen Stefani (2015) (TV Episode)
Michael Keaton introduces a clip from his film.
The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) (TV Special)
Clips shown.
Film '72: Episode #44.6 (2015) (TV Episode)
Footage shown
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 20 February 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
short clip shown
The Oscars (2015) (TV Special)
Nomination presentation for actor in a supporting role, motion picture, actress in a supporting role, cinematography, actor in a leading role.
Renegade Cut: Birdman (2015) (TV Episode)
movie is discussed and analyzed
2015 MTV Movie Awards (2015) (TV Special)
Nomination presentation of best female performance.
Nostalgia Critic: When Are Critics Wrong? (2016) (TV Episode)
Critic talks about this film's techniques
Cinemadonna: Dangerous Game (2016) (TV Episode)
clips shown
The Oscars (2018) (TV Special)
Seen in 90 Years of Oscars montage


Transformers (2007)
Someone is dressed in a Bumblebee suit as he appears in this movie series.

Spoofed in 

Big Birdman (2015) (Short)
Spoof of the Oscar nominated film
The Oscars (2015) (TV Special)
Neil Patrick Harris gets his robe stuck in a door and has to go back on stage in just his underwear.
Saturday Night Live: Dakota Johnson/Alabama Shakes (2015) (TV Episode)
Spoofed during cold opening
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship (2015) (TV Short)
Batman getting caught outside without clothes and jazz soundtrack playing.
Difficult People: Carter (2016) (TV Episode)
Matthew runs through the streets of New York in just underwear much like Michael Keaton's character does in this film.
The Simpsons: Fears of a Clown (2018) (TV Episode)
Krusty's reflection in mirror talks to him

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