Donnie Darko (2001) Poster



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Followed by 

S. Darko (2009)

Edited into 

The Phoenix Portal (2005) (Video)
Hollywood Burn (2006)
After the Rainbow (2009) (Video)
Jake Gyllenhaal Challenges the Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (2010) (Short)
Scenes from Donnie Darko appear in this film reconfiguration.


Citizen Kane (1941)
Dreams, existence, death and time.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Main character sees vision of "the world without me" and decide whether or not to commit suicide
Harvey (1950)
Donnie Darko is visited by a giant 'rabbit' that no one else sees.
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Family problems, end of the world, escapism, social outcast.
Bonanza (1959) (TV Series)
TV series is refernced by Kitty Farmer.
Psycho (1960)
The scene where the boy imitates Norman Bates when he makes fun of Gretchen's father stabbing her mother, complete with the sound effects
Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1961) (Short)
Follows the same structure: most of the film is the fantasy(?) of a man about to die
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)
At the party, before Donnie has the vision his eyes looks like Ray Millands eyes.
The Prisoner (1967) (TV Series)
The Graduate (1967)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
In the director's cut, there are a few close up shots of Donnie's eyeball, which are a reference to Dave Bowman's eyeball close ups in the Star Gate sequence.
Halloween (1978)
Movie playing in movie theater
The Shining (1980)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Same wolf howl is heard. Both movies also feature a scene of a character having a conversation with a dead person in a movie theatre.
The Evil Dead (1981)
The Smurfs: The Smurfette (1981) (TV Episode)
Donnie tells his friends what happened in this episode to explain how Smurfette was created
Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Bike ride shot.
Poltergeist (1982)
Frightmare (1983)
Movie playing in theater
Star Search (1983) (TV Series)
M.A.C.H. 3 (1983) (Video Game)
Someone is seen playing the game at an arcade.
Tears for Fears: Mad World (1983) (Video)
Gary Jules cover of this song featured.
C.H.U.D. (1984)
Donnie insults Jim Cunningham by calling him a C.H.U.D.
Who's the Boss? (1984) (TV Series)
Back to the Future (1985)
Donnie mentions the DeLorean, and both movies have the number 88 as an important plot point
Blue Velvet (1986)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
ballet uniforms modeled after prom dress
Stand by Me (1986)
Married... with Children (1987) (TV Series)
Donnie has a crush on Kelly Bundy (Portrayed by Christina Applegate).
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
film poster is seen on theatre marquee, the first scene is also an homage.
Road House (1989)
Portrait in Patrick Swayze's character's study is of Swayze as Dalton
The Abyss (1989)
Slacker (1990)
Time travel and conversation on Smurfs.
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Mary McDonnell stars in Dances with Graham Greene, in Donnie she speaks of a different Graham Greene
It (1990) (TV Mini-Series)
In the beginning, Rose Darko is reading Stephen King's original novel.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
The sequence set to "Head Over Heels" that gives us a dreamlike introduction to Donnie's high school is too similar to the introduction to Laura Palmer's high school to be ignored, especially since both climax with a character snorting cocaine.
Groundhog Day (1993)
Donnie Brasco (1997)
The Truman Show (1998)
An unusual object fallen from the sky breaks the daily life of the protagonist.
Fight Club (1999)
Magnolia (1999)
Final Destination (2000)
Main character has a vision.
Sexy Beast (2000)

Referenced in 

Gilmore Girls: Double Date (2001) (TV Episode)
The opening scene mimics the musical tracking shot when Donnie first arrives at school
Final Destination 2 (2003)
Protagonist escapes death, causes a tear in space-time continuum, then has to sacrifice his life to restore order
Cartoon Monsoon: Go Go Moba Boy Part 1 (2003) (TV Episode)
The Rabbit Alien deeply resembles Frank from Donnie Darko.
Jersey Girl (2004)
Video case is shown in a video store.
The Sims 2 (2004) (Video Game)
The 'social bunny' in The Sims 2 references Frank
'Donnie Darko': Production Diary (2004) (Video)
In 'Donnie Darko: Production Diary', the cast and crew talk about the making of the 2001 cult film 'Donnie Darko' as it happens.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) (Video Game)
"Fearitdoit" program resembles Jim Cunningham's program.
Degrassi: The Next Generation: Bark at the Moon (2004) (TV Episode)
This is Chester's favourite film.
Film Geek (2005)
Video case is shown in a video store.
#1 Fan: A Darkomentary (2005) (Video)
'#1 Fan: A Darkomentary' is a mockumentary based on the making of the 2001 cult film 'Donnie Darko'.
Joan of Arcadia: Independence Day (2005) (TV Episode)
Joan refers to the film.
Room No. 7 (2005) (Short)
vertical frame tilts to horizontal frame
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Gang Gets Racist (2005) (TV Episode)
Dee claims she had a dream with a guy "wearing a bunny suit."
Fangoria: Blood Drive II (2005) (Video)
In the 'Working Stiff' segment in the main characters cubicle a poster of Frank the Bunny is on the wall
Version extendida (2005) (Short)
The Profesor gives his students a task regarding the film "Donnie Darko"
An Introduction to 'Me and You and Everyone We Know' by Miranda July (2006) (Video)
Miranda mentions that Michael Andrews wrote the score for Donnie Darko.
Southland Tales (2006)
A poster can be seen when Roland falls into the dumpster
50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) (TV Movie)
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
Outrageous Fortune: This Two-Fold Force (2006) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Jools as a film she'd recommend
Conversations with God (2006)
self-help guru speaks to an crowd about how people react to situations out of either fear or love
An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder (2006) (Video)
An audience member mentions that Kevin did a DVD commentary for the movie, and Kevin also mentions it by name.
Epic Movie (2007)
After the "Superman" Flashback: Peter touches his eye with the same expression on his face as Frank did in the final sequence of Donnie Darko
Entourage: Snow Job (2007) (TV Episode)
Ari mentions it
How It Should Have Ended: How Spider-Man 3 Should Have Ended (2007) (TV Episode)
Venom lists the movie as one that kills off the main character at the end
FunnyMovie: H3: Halloween Horror Hostel (2008) (TV Episode)
The "rabbit" in the woods looks like Frank.
Eagle Eye (2008)
DVD is shown in Circuit City.
Archie's Final Project (2009)
referenced in dialogue
Dancing with the Stars: Round Five (2009) (TV Episode)
Bruno mentions the film in assessing Donny Osmond's performance
Dancing with the Stars: Round Seven (2009) (TV Episode)
Bruno calls Donny Osmond "Donny Darko"
Teen Age Riot (2009) (Short)
One of the characters is called Donnie Darko and is dressed like him in the Halloween party
Party or A Woodpecker on the Concrete Column (2009) (Short)
The main theme is inspired by "Carpathian Ridge" by 'Michael Andrews', original music for Donnie Darko (2001), one of the favorite films of Nikolay Yeriomin. Despite the fact two pieces of music has a very slight connection (if one). Andrews is thanked in the end credits.
Homestar Runner: Which Ween Costumes? (2010) (TV Episode)
Homestar confuses Strong Sad's costume to Frank from Donnie Darko.
Gossip Girl: Damien Darko (2011) (TV Episode)
title reference
Hell Is Other People: Life of the Party (2011) (TV Episode)
Basic plot mentioned in conversation between Peter and Mark
Source Code (2011)
Jake Gyllenhaal says "everything is going to be okay" in the same context
Death and Taxes (2011) (Short)
Imagery from the film appears in this short
Brows Held High: Prospero's Books (2011) (TV Episode)
Richard Kelly is mentioned and the poster for this movie is seen.
Jeopardy!: Episode #28.10 (2011) (TV Episode)
incorrect response in "Blu-Rays" category
Holy Flying Circus (2011) (TV Movie)
Michael Palin sees John Cleese dressed as a giant rabbit.
Twisted Fiction (2011) (Short)
Inspiration for the name of protagonist Frank Lapin
The Cleveland Show: Das Shrimp Boot (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Rifftrax: Frankenstein Island (2012)
Mike: "This movie's like if the plots of 'Mulholland Drive' and 'Donnie Darko' had a stupid baby."
Brows Held High: Primer (2012) (TV Episode)
"This makes Donnie Darko look like Back to the Future II."
Subway Surfers (2012) (Video Game)
Character with rabbit costume named Frank
The Born Defecation (2012) (Short)
A character of Split Second was visually inspired by Frank (although it's barely noticeble).
The Dirties (2013)
DVD is shown in Matt's room.
Sushi Girl: A Documentary (2013) (Video)
Mentioned in a conversation.
Gruppa MV-A10 (2013) (Short)
One of the main sources of inspiration: university (high school) students are assembling in the classrom before the lesson with footage being accelerated.
Libertaria (2013)
A dancing gray rabbit can be seen in the background of the closing credits of Libertaria.
Weaverfish (2013)
"Donnie Sharko" - during the "fish puns in film titles" scene
Bro's Before Ho's (2013)
Poster is seem
Rick and Morty: Lawnmower Dog (2013) (TV Episode)
In the Pleasure Dome, in a cage hanging from the roof is Frank, thr rabbit character.
The Sugarcube Critic: Mare in the Moon (2013) (TV Episode)
"Did Frank Anderson write this? If so, is Twilight going to have jet engine fall on her?"
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Drinking Games (2013) (TV Episode)
The drinking game for Donnie Darko is #4.
I Hate Everything: the Search for the Worst: Druids (2014) (TV Episode)
Alex Bolton mentions it.
Chris Stuckmann Movie Reviews: Complete Blu-Ray Collection (2014) (TV Episode)
Chris mentions it. Also, DVD is shown.
Nightcrawler (2014)
" I promise that one day, everything's gonna be better for you." line is said in the same context
Honest Game Trailers: Five Nights at Freddy's (2014) (TV Episode)
"Bonnie Darko"
Honest Game Trailers: Gears of War (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
Nostalgia Critic: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014 (2015) (TV Episode)
An image of Frank appears
Community: Basic Email Security (2015) (TV Episode)
Annie says that she read Abed's e-mail "telling (his) girlfriend I don't understand 'Donnie Darko.'"
Sétimo Dia (2015) (Short)
Chico's brother lighter had Darko written in it by Chico
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 July 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mike Greenberg mentions that Jake Gyllenhaal starred in this movie
The Program (2015)
When talking about Jake Gyllenhaal, a team member says that he rides a bike in this movie.
The Boy Murder (2015) (Short)
Writer/Director Ciarán Hickey saw this film as a love letter of sorts to Richard Kelly's cult-classic 'Donnie Darko' (2001). There are many references within the short to Kelly's film, with the main character being named after Kelly himself and the child character having the name Donnie.
11.22.63: The Kill Floor (2016) (TV Episode)
One of the kids trick or treating wears a demonic rabbit mask.
Hamlin (2016)
Poster shown
The Chase Australia: Episode #2.68 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Andrew O'Keefe as the correct answer to a question about the 2001 movie in which Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal play siblings asked during Lyndsey's Cash Builder round.
The Chase Australia: Episode #2.100 (2016) (TV Episode)
Brydon Coverdale is asked a question about the actor that plays the title role during the Final Chase.
Boys in the Trees (2016)
Actor Toby Wallace who stars in the film has said of this movie that it is: "The Lost Boys meets Donnie Darko".
Carmilla: Time After Time (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by LaFontaine.
Nos Theories (2016) (TV Series)
Explains fan theories about the movie.
Riverdale: Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil (2017) (TV Episode)
Reggie refers to Jug as 'Donnie Darko'.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Drew Barrymore/Claire Crosby/Stephen 'tWitch' Boss (2017) (TV Episode)
Drew Barrymore mentions doing the film with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Lesser Known Love: Go Go Moba Boy (2017) (TV Episode)
Christian points out the rabbit alien that looks like Frank.
Cottontail (2017)
One of the bunnies near the end of the film is wearing a modified Donnie Darko "Bunny" mask.
The Guest Book: Story Nine (2017) (TV Episode)
One of the bootleg DVDs
All Things Fall (2017) (Short)
Theo is given a Frank figure for his birthday
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXVIII (2017) (TV Episode)
Closing credits: "Bonnie Darko"
Riverdale: Chapter Twenty-One: House of the Devil (2017) (TV Episode)
Archie tells Vernoica that he signed them up for karaoke for that Donnie Darko song she loves.
Woman: 'Why Can't I Stop Dating Gay Men?' (2018) (Video)
Stefan Molyneux makes a passing reference to the movie when discussing one of the songs on its soundtrack.
Saturday Night Live: Chadwick Boseman/Cardi B (2018) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during cold opening.
The Cinema Snob: Rob Zombie's Halloween (2018) (TV Episode)
The Snob mentions it.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Ken Jeong/Vanessa Hudgens/Nicole Byer/Todd Sucherman (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Ken Jeong in reference to a rabbit costume from The Masked Singer (2019)
Adam (2019)
A midnight showing of the movie is mentioned.
Cobra Kai: All In (2019) (TV Episode)
Demetri mentions this movie.
Ghost in the Graveyard (2019)
Zoe says to Sally "What are you Sally Darko?"
Project E.V.E (2019) (TV Series)
The Donnie Darko film is mentioned in dialogue.


Watership Down (1978)
Donnie's English class watches this, and topics are discussed.
The Evil Dead (1981)
Movie poster is seen and clip is played in the movie thether.
OutRun (1986) (Video Game)
An OutRun machine is played by Donnie.

Featured in 

Anatomy of a Scene: Donnie Darko (2001) (TV Episode)
Clip shown
50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips shown.
S. Darko (2009)
Brief flashback to young Samantha dancing with Sparkle Motion is from Donnie Darko.
Great Movie Mistakes 2: The Sequel (2011) (TV Movie)
Clips of mistakes shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies That You Have to Watch Twice (2013) (TV Episode)
Donnie Darko is #4.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Horror Movie Masks (2014) (TV Episode)
The mask in Donnie Darko gets an honorable mention.
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
Beyond Clueless (2014)
Clips shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies Where the Protagonist Dies (2014) (TV Episode)
Donnie Darko gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Cult Classics: Sci-Fi (2014) (TV Episode)
Donnie Darko is #4.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Dramatic Slow Motion Scenes (2014) (TV Episode)
Back to School gets an honorable mention.
Shameful Sequels: S. Darko (2014) (TV Episode)
mentions the original
WatchMojo: Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of the 2000s (2014) (TV Episode)
Donnie Darko gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Songs that Gained Popularity Through their Use in Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
"Mad World" by Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules is #9.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Good Movies by Bad Directors (2015) (TV Episode)
Donnie Darko, directed by Richard Kelly, is #6.
Renegade Cut: Donnie Darko (2015) (TV Episode)
movie is discussed and analyzed
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Ending Songs (2015) (TV Episode)
"Mad World" by Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules is #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 One-Hit Wonder Movie Directors (2015) (TV Episode)
Richard Kelly, the director of Donnie Darko, is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Alternate Realities in Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
Donnie Darko is #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Cool Movie Character Names (2015) (TV Episode)
Donnie Darko gets an honorable mention.
Overrated (2015) (Short)
When Benin watches a movie, a DVD cover of the film is visible on the coffee table.
30 Greatest Disaster Movies (2015) (TV Movie)
Number 29 in the countdown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies with Forced Sequels (2016) (TV Episode)
Donnie Darko is #8.
WatchMojo: Top 10 "In Their Head" Characters in Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
Frank the Rabbit is #7.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Scenes with the Perfect Music (2016) (TV Episode)
The scene accompanied by "Mad World" gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Amazing Books that Don't Actually Exist (2016) (TV Episode)
The Philosophy of Time Travel is #4.
MsMojo: Top 10 Unconventional Teen Movies (2017) (TV Episode)
Donnie Darko is #10.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Mindbending Science Fiction Movies (2018) (TV Episode)
Donnie Darko is #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies with Famous Actors in Roles You Completely Missed (2018) (TV Episode)
Donnie Darko, which features Seth Rogen, is #4.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Flops That Became Cult Classics (2018) (TV Episode)
Donnie Darko is #9.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies that People Still Don't Understand (2018) (TV Episode)
Donnie Darko is #7.
Nostalgia Critic: Donnie Darko (2019) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed
WatchMojo: Top 10 Modern Cult Movies (2019) (TV Episode)
Donnie Darko is #2.
WatchMojo: Another Top 10 Psychological Thrillers (2019) (TV Episode)
Donnie Darko is #9.
WatchMojo: Top 20 Best Movies of the Century (So Far) (2020) (TV Episode)
Donnie Darko gets an honorable mention.


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Bike ride shot.

Spoofed in 

The Helix... Loaded (2005)
"I see rabbit people."
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Wishbones (2005) (TV Episode)
By the end of Pud'n's wish scene, the bunny sounds and looks like the rabbit Frank
The Girl by the Side of the Road (2006) (Short)
Brandon's dream "wake up"
Slayaway Camp (2016) (Video Game)
Bunny is influenced by the rabbit
Answer Knot (2019) (Video Game)
The Don Idarcco poster is a parody of the Donnie Darko movie.

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