The Running Man (1987) Poster


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Version of 

The Running Man Promo #1 (2017) (Video)
based on the same novel

Edited into 

5 Second Movies: Gamer (2009) (TV Episode)
Footage from the film is included


Gilligan's Island (1964) (TV Series)
When Killian is talking to the Minister of defense on the phone: "They want ratings. You aint gonna get that watching reruns of Gilligan's Island. Gilligan's Island...da, da, da, da... the one with the boat."
Star Trek (1966) (TV Series)
"Mr Spock, you have the conn" says Mic.
Funny Girl (1968)
Hello, gorgeous
Rollerball (1975)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" plays during the scene where Dynamo chases Ben
Stalker (1979)
The Shining (1980)
In one scene Ben says "women, can't live with them can't live without them", a line said by Lloyd the bartender in The Shining
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Using barbed wire to strangle a victim to death
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
When the Ben says "To hell with you!," it is very reminiscent of when Arnold Schwarzenegger said the same line thing as Conan at the end of his prayer to Chrom in the climax.
Knight Rider (1982) (TV Series)
red moving light on car
The Terminator (1984)
"I'll be back"
Raw Deal (1986)
At the end of Raw Deal, as in The Running Man, Arnold uses an HK-94. The make of the weapon with the barrell sleeve is exactly the same.

Referenced in 

Survivor Series (1987) (TV Special)
Jesse Ventura says that it is his second Number One movie in a row, and how Gorilla Monsoon hadn't congratulated him for it.
Deathrow Gameshow (1987)
In both films there is a television game show where the competitors are convicted felons.
Saturday Night Live: Danny DeVito/The Bangles (1988) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Arnold Schwartzenegger
The January Man (1989)
seen on theater marquee
Smash TV (1990) (Video Game)
The theme of the game is inspired from that film.
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (1990) (Video Game)
One of the villains is named "Running Man", after the name of the 1987 film. Hideo Kojima likes making references to films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (such as the fact that another villain is named "Predator" after another Arnold film).
Cyber City Oedo 808 (1990) (TV Mini-Series)
in Episode Two, the removal of a collar.
Wedlock (1991)
Stay Tuned (1992)
Flashback: The Quest for Identity (1992) (Video Game)
In one point of the game, Conrad must compete in a life-or-death game show to gain access to the next area of the game
Hard Target (1993)
Final Round (1994) (Video)
This movie directly lifts the concept of The Running Man
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996) (Short)
The "warning of the actual doom 'n' gloom future results" rebels who electronically "break in" on the deceitful "bed of roses" broadcast of supposedly how Cyberdyne/SkyNet will positively change the world, just as the rebels interrupt the similarly-false "look how wonderfully we treat our contest-winners" propaganda-presentation during the Running Man contest, to show the hideous skeletal remains of the past contestants (Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this movie, also).
Saturday Night Live: Tom Hanks/Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (1996) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Kincaid during Weekend Update.
The Jesse Ventura Story (1999) (TV Movie)
Battle Royale (2000)
Rollerball (2002)
Saturday Night Live: Matt Damon/Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (2002) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during Angry Dance-Off.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Super Trivia (2003) (TV Episode)
Shake insists that the film is the correct answer to a trivia question about Arnold Schwarzenegger at the bar
Manhunt (2003) (Video Game)
The concept of a convict being hunted by others who are hired to kill him.
Malevolence (2004)
Kimble does a very similar rant to the one Arnold does
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments (2004) (TV Special)
Mentioned by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) (Video Game)
One of the major enemies is equipped with a flamethrower and a jetpack, like the character of "Fireball" in the movie. Hideo Kojima likes making references to films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
Queer as Folk: Fuckin' Revenge (2005) (TV Episode)
Drew mentions the film.
Ratchet: Deadlocked (2005) (Video Game)
The game uses the concept of being in a place filled with gladiator combat.
Numb3rs: The Running Man (2006) (TV Episode)
Episode title.
Idiocracy (2006)
Not Sure is sentenced to take part in a competition where he is forced to fend for his life.
My Bride Is a Mermaid: The Running Man (2007) (TV Episode)
Episode title reference.
Game Boys (2008)
Ray describes how playing Smash TV while watching this movie at the same time "pumps you up."
Gamer (2009)
Gamer borrows themes and elements similar to those used in The Running Man (1987), in which the main character was named Ben Richards. In Gamer there's a character named Ben Richard.
Cougar Town: I Won't Back Down (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Borderlands (2009) (Video Game)
"Who loves you and who do you love?"
The Cinema Snob: Deathrow Gameshow (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by the Snob.
Bad Movie Beatdown: Nighthawks (2010) (TV Episode)
detailing Schwarzenegger action flicks
Haven: Fear & Loathing (2011) (TV Episode)
A character named Running Man.
Bad Movie Beatdown: Gamer (2011) (TV Episode)
"If you feel that you seen this movie then you have! It's called The Running Man and it's a much better movie"
Freerunner (2011)
Exploding collar
The Hunger Games (2012)
Game show contestants win by killing all the others. There is also a similarity between the Damon Killian character and Caesar Flickerman.
Bad Movie Beatdown: The Condemned (2012) (TV Episode)
referenced throughout
Pretty Little Liars: The Remains of the 'A' (2012) (TV Episode)
Ted says: 'My dance moves start at 'The Running Man' and end at the 'Roger Rabbit.'
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.185 (2012) (TV Episode)
Colin Farrell says he grew up watching Arnold Schwarzenegger movies such as this film
Anime Abandon: Demon City Shinjuku (2012) (TV Episode)
When Sage talks about The Running Man, he makes it clear that it's not this one
Best of the Worst: The New Gladiators, Exterminator 2, and Aftermath (2013) (TV Episode)
Jack, Rich and Jay mention it.
Awkward.: A Little Less Conversation (2013) (TV Episode)
Guess during Charades
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (2013) (Video Game)
A trophy/achievement named after this film.
Blood Slaughter Massacre (2013)
VHS box seen on shelf in mom'n'pop rental place.
Honest Trailers: Grown Ups (2013) (TV Episode)
Quoted user is called 'therunningman09'.
Honest Trailers: Batman & Robin (2013) (TV Episode)
"The Punning Man"
The Messenger with Robert Grasmere (2013) (Video)
mentioned once
The Starving Games (2013)
Snowballs claims it is one of the two films that the Starving Games is based on.
Honest Trailers: Home Alone (2013) (TV Episode)
'The Running Mom'
The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films (2014)
Title on cinema marquee.
Honest Trailers: The Lion King (2014) (TV Episode)
"Here's Sub Zero, now Plain Zero!"
Epic Ink: Welcome to Area 51 (2014) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialog
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Stakeout (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Face Off: Let the Games Begin (2015) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned
Workaholics: Wedding Thrashers (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Suicide Squad (2016)
Suicide Squad have collar containing a small explosives that will kill them
Midnight Screenings: Rob Zombie's 31 (2016) (TV Episode)
"This is Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets The Running Man." "This is Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 meets The Running Man."
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.2 (2016) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Game Shows in the Movies" category
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Fugitive, Part 1 (2017) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Peralta
The Cinema Snob: The Other Deep Throat II (2017) (TV Episode)
Regarding the music in Deep Throat II (1987), the Cinema Snob says, "That doesn't sound like a porno. It sounds like Ben Richards has entered the next level of The Running Man."
Blindspot: Upside Down Craft (2017) (TV Episode)
Rich says they are wearing shock collars from this movie.
Talking Dead: Some Guy (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Chris Hardwick.
Future Man: Herpe: Fully Loaded (2017) (TV Episode)
During the dance-off Josh calls one of bis dance moves the "Running Man".
Game Over, Man! (2018)
Explosive collars referenced.
Escombros (2018)
A Billboard and plastic bags with a ICS logo are seen. License plate in a car is '653-9X', same code that deactivates the perimeter in 'The Running Man'.
Midnight Screenings: The Running Man (2018) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed

Featured in 

John Parr: Restless Heart (1988) (Video)
features clips from the film
At the Movies: Arnold Schwarzenegger: The Unlikeliest Star (1990) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown of various Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, including this one.
Game Theory (2003) (Video)
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The Men Who Stare at Goats/A Christmas Carol/Precious (2009) (TV Episode)
"Where Do You Want To Meet?" segment
Bad Movie Beatdown: Gamer (2011) (TV Episode)
compares plots, but decides it is better than Gamer
Hollywood's Top Ten: Stephen King Movies (2011) (TV Episode)
Honorable mention, clips shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies that Remind Us of The Hunger Games (2012) (TV Episode)
The Running Man is #3.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Arnold Schwarzenegger Moments (2013) (TV Episode)
Attractive Contract is #4.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Evil Movie Corporations (2013) (TV Episode)
ICS is #10.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Fat Guys in Movies and TV (2014) (TV Episode)
Dynamo gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Wrongfully Accused Movie Characters (2014) (TV Episode)
Ben Richards gets an honorable mention.
Shock the World (2015) (Short)
Ventura is an actor in the film and a clip is in Shock the World
WatchMojo: Top 10 Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes (2015) (TV Episode)
The Running Man gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: One More Top 10 Hilarious Movie Deaths (2015) (TV Episode)
Buzzsaw gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Fight to the Death Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
The Running Man is #3.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Ways Arnold Schwarzenegger Can Kill You (2016) (TV Episode)
Turning a chainsaw on you is #8.
The Know's Top 10s: Top 10 Hilariously Violent Video Games (2016) (TV Episode)
Footage is shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Stephen King Movie Characters (2016) (TV Episode)
Ben Richards is #10.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Arnold Schwarzenegger Movies (2017) (TV Episode)
The Running Man gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Biggest Differences Between Stephen King Books and Movies (2017) (TV Episode)
The #6 difference is Ben Richards being less of a hero in the movie The Running Man.
Half in the Bag: Thor: Ragnarok (2017) (TV Episode)
movie clips are shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Stephen King Adaptations That Deserve a Remake (2017) (TV Episode)
The Running Man is #7.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Worst Stephen King Adaptations (2019) (TV Episode)
The Running Man is #4.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Dark and Gritty Action Movies (2019) (TV Episode)
The Running Man is #7.


Love, American Style (1969) (TV Series)
The Love Boat (1977) (TV Series)
Poster for "The Hate Boat" is seen in Killian's office.
Captain America (1979) (TV Movie)
Captain Freedom is a spoof of Captain America

Spoofed in 

Wayne's World (1992)
Garth hacking into the satellite to transmit Cassandra's performance into the record company executive's limousine.
Robot Chicken: Catch Me If You Kangaroo Jack (2011) (TV Episode)
Arnold Schwarzenegger dances "The Running Man."
Mutantit (2012) (Short)
The Remote Survival Game (2018) (Short)
The short is one big spoof of The Running Man

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