20 Cleverly Hidden Details That’ll Make You Love These Iconic Movies Even More

Audiences love an Easter egg. In other words, they love a detail, gag or allusion that’s hidden within the plot of a completely new or otherwise unrelated flick. The only problem is that they’re typically meant to be tough to pinpoint. Here are 20 examples of some of the cleverest details placed into some beloved movies – blink and you’ll miss them.

20. Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction

Director Quentin Tarantino made his mark on Hollywood with his independent film debut, Reservoir Dogs. The heist movie follows diamond thieves whose planned robbery goes horribly awry. But it was Tarantino’s second film, Pulp Fiction, that truly established him as one of the industry’s greats, though. Many have said the black comedy is one of modern cinema’s most important works.

But here’s an interesting detail that even Tarantino fans might’ve missed – one that weaves these two films together. In Reservoir Dogs, Steve Buscemi’s character, Mr. Pink, refuses to leave tips for those who wait on him. Then, in Pulp Fiction, Buscemi plays a waiter. This detail is said to be an example of the karma that exists in Tarantino’s universe.

19. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark introduced audiences everywhere to the adventurous archaeologist known as Indiana Jones, played by Harrison Ford. The Steven Spielberg-directed action flick is still considered by some to be one of the greatest movies of all time. In fact, it’s even included in the U.S. Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for its cultural merit.

Another famous face involved in the Indiana Jones trilogy was executive producer George Lucas. The partnership between Lucas and Spielberg not only resulted in an incredible movie, but also in an amazing hidden detail. In the movie, Indiana Jones lifts a stone slab while standing next to a pillar covered in hieroglyphics. One of the messages includes two of Lucas’ Star Wars characters – RD-D2 and C-3PO.


18. Inside Out

The 2015 animated film Inside Out delves into the mind of Riley Anderson, a girl whose family has just moved to San Francisco from Minnesota. Her emotions – Joy, Disgust, Anger, Fear and Sadness, to be exact – guide her through the big change. The touching movie went on to win a slew of awards, including the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

According to director Pete Docter, the Inside Out team thought long and hard about the shape of each of Riley’s personified emotions. Although Joy and Sadness were pretty obvious – a star and a teardrop, respectively – the others weren’t as readily apparent. For starters, a fire brick inspired anger, while they modeled fear after a frayed nerve. And disgust? She got her form from broccoli.


17. Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton chronicles the ascent to – and drop from – fame by N.W.A., a gangster rap group formed in the Californian city. The flick follows members Eazy-E, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube. And interestingly enough, the latter rapper’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., plays him in the 2015 film.

Thanks to his role in Straight Outta Compton, Jackson Jr. got to pay homage to Friday, the cult-classic comedy penned by his dad. In one scene, Jackson Jr. – as Ice Cube – kicks a woman out of a party, shutting the door and saying, “Bye, Felicia,” behind her. Of course, that’s a line from Friday – and one that’s still used regularly today.


16. Toy Story 3

Pixar’s Toy Story made history in 1995 as the first feature-length movie to be made entirely through computer animation. The beloved buddy adventure film spurred a series of sequels and some consider it to be one of the best animated movies of all time. To that end, it has also been added to the National Film Registry, just like Raiders of the Lost Ark.

On the subject of its sequels, Toy Story 3 contains a hilarious detail that could easily go unnoticed. In the first film, toys Buzz Lightyear and Woody end up in the hands of their neighbor and known toy-breaker, Sid. They escape – and we finally find out Sid’s fate in film three. He can be seen working as a garbage man, even wearing the same skull shirt he had on in the first movie.


15. Fight Club

“The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club.” Considering how well-known this line from Fight Club is, it’s hard to believe that studio executives initially hated the movie and critics thought it might be too violent. However, over time, consensus on the film has shifted to positive and it has gained cult status.

Speaking of cults, Fight Club director David Fincher used the movie as an excuse to make a statement about none other than Starbucks, the ever-present coffee chain. He told Empire that, while he loved Starbucks at first, too many of them cropped up in L.A. So, he had a little fun with his movie and placed a cup from the coffee shop in every single scene.


14. Frozen

Parents today are likely to know the movie Frozen back to front, given that so many kids watch the thing over and over. And it isn’t just an average princess flick. In fact, in the film one princess ventures out to save another, with no Prince Charming required. The animated musical raked in more than $1 billion worldwide and earned a duo of Oscars.

It turns out that Frozen has more than just a discography full of catchy tunes – it also has Easter eggs related to another animated flick, Tangled. At the start of Frozen, Elsa and Anna’s parents travel to attend a wedding, which is said to be the nuptials of Tangled’s Rapunzel and Flynn. Then, at Elsa’s coronation, the Tangled pair can be seen for a split second as they walk into the festivities.


13. Back to the Future Part II

In spite of its predecessor’s critical acclaim, Back to the Future Part II – which featured Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly once again – earned lukewarm reviews. Still, the science-fiction flick did prove ground-breaking in the realm of special effects. Indeed, moviemakers employed a motion control camera system which allowed the same actor to play multiple roles in the same frame without restricting motion of the camera.

In 1989’s Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly travels to the far-off future year of 2015. While there, he walks past a movie theater marquee advertising Jaws 19, a faux sequel to the 1975 original. But that wasn’t the only noteworthy detail – the marquee listed Max Spielberg as the director; the actual Jaws director Steven Spielberg’s real-life son.


12. Mad Max: Fury Road

Co-creator of the Mad Max franchise, George Miller, always hoped that Fury Road would hit theaters sooner than it did, but it spent several years in development. So the fourth installment of the franchise came out in 2015 – 20 years after its predecessor. During that time, actor Tom Hardy was chosen to replace Mel Gibson, who originated the role of Max Rockatansky.

Because Fury Road introduces a new actor as the titular character, Miller wanted to give a nod to the first three movies and their star, Mel Gibson. So, throughout the fourth movie, Hardy wears a jacket that’s a very close replica of the one that Gibson wore in the previous films.


11. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Since the release of the first film in the franchise, Star Wars has become a worldwide phenomenon, to say the least. Creator George Lucas eventually handed the reins to Disney and director J.J. Abrams, who then released The Force Awakens, the first of a new trilogy. The film was a smash hit, raking in more than $2 billion internationally.

Through his many films, J.J. Abrams has made nods to his grandfather, Kelvin, by giving small details his name. The Force Awakens is no exception – at the start of the film, Daisy Ridley’s Rey saves a droid named BB-8. She then directs him to a safe haven, which just so happens to be in the same direction as Kelvin Ridge.


10. The Birds

Sometimes referred to as “the Master of Suspense,” director Alfred Hitchcock revolutionized moviemaking – especially the horror and thriller genres. For his classic The Birds, Hitchcock asked his screenwriter, Evan Hunter, to use a 1952 story by Daphne du Maurier to inspire the script. The resulting flick sees birds attack people violently and unexpectedly over several days.

Hitchcock rose to the same level of fame as the stars of his movies, due, in part, to the fact that he made small cameos in 39 of his 52 movies. The Birds was not an exception – in one scene, the director can be seen walking out of the pet store where the main characters meet. Even more noteworthy – the two terriers he’s walking were his real-life pets, Geoffrey and Stanley.


9. King Kong

Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody starred in the 2005 remake of the 1933 classic King Kong. The adventure movie busted its original budget of $150 million, costing $207 million to make in the end. However, the production eventually raked in profits of $550 million, as well as three Academy Awards for sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects.

In the movie, Jack Black plays Carl Denham, a film director responsible for getting hold of a map leading to Skull Island, where he and his crew eventually find King Kong. On his way there, though, he receives word that there’s a warrant out for his arrest via radio message. But viewers well-versed in Morse code have realized that the taps announcing his arrest really said something entirely different – “Show me the monkey!”


8. The Departed

The Departed takes viewers inside the Irish mob in Boston, where boss Frank Costello, played by Jack Nicholson, places Matt Damon’s Colin Sullivan as a mole inside the state police. At the same time, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Billy Costigan goes undercover as part of the mob. Once he and Sullivan find out about one another, chaos ensues.

Spoiler alert – this Martin Scorsese-helmed mob movie has lots of deaths, and the director gives viewers clues as to which characters will suffer the ultimate fate. Throughout the film, X’s can be seen around those who die. On the other hand, one character who doesn’t die is shown in front of straight lines instead.


7. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

In the 1970s midnight movie screenings of quirky flicks became a popular activity in cities like New York. And in 1975 The Rocky Horror Picture Show arrived on the midnight movie scene. Pretty soon after its release, the musical comedy had quickly built up a huge cult following that still exists today.

While filming was underway for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the cast supposedly had an egg hunt on set – but the participants did not find at least three of the hidden prizes. Those undiscovered eggs ended up in shots from the movie and some fans have sought to find them while watching the film. In fact, it’s said that this is where the term “Easter egg” comes from.


6. Titanic

In just over three hours, director and writer James Cameron retells the tale of the ill-fated passenger ship, the RMS Titanic. But the movie doesn’t just cover the vessel’s disastrous collision with an iceberg. Of course, it also follows the romance between Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson, passengers who defy their social classes to fall in love.

Cameron always had a fascination with shipwrecks, which apparently led him to make Titanic in the first place. In fact, he spent six months researching the ship’s story and passengers to ensure the flick was accurate. And viewers may have noticed one such factual inclusion – although the Titanic had four exhaust pipes, only three churned out smoke. This was true in real life and in the movie.


5. Catch Me If You Can

Work on the movie Catch Me If You Can began in 1980. But it didn’t truly get going until Steven Spielberg’s production company, DreamWorks, purchased the rights. The resulting feature film was released in 2002 and starred Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life con man Frank Abagnale, who forged checks and posed as a pilot, doctor and prosecutor.

Leonardo DiCaprio, of course, has a famous face. But audiences may not have noticed that Catch Me If You Can also gave the real Frank Abagnale a cameo. Funnily enough, he stepped in to play one of the officers who arrests DiCaprio in the movie.


4. Toy Story

The much-loved Toy Story franchise has received a slew of accolades. The first installment introduced us to iconic characters Woody – the cowboy doll voiced by Tom Hanks – and Tim Allen’s Buzz Lightyear. It earned three Oscar nods in the Best Original Score, Best Original Song and Best Original Screenplay categories.

Not all of the Easter eggs in Toy Story have to do with characters in the movie or in other Disney flicks. For instance, in the first film the toys end up in Andy’s neighbor and toy-destroyer Sid’s house. Inside, Buzz and Woody traipse over a carpet that has the exact same pattern as the hotel from The Shining. Very sinister, indeed.


3. Back to the Future

In Back to the Future, Michael J. Fox stars as Marty McFly. McFly is a teenager who travels back in time with the help of his eccentric friend and inventor Doc Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd. The pair meet up in the Twin Pines Mall so Doc can show Marty his souped-up, time-traveling DeLorean.

McFly ends up back in 1955 that night – although when he arrives, there’s no mall there but rather a pair of pine trees, from which the future mall derives its name. At the end of the movie, though, when he has to escape the past in his DeLorean once more, he happens to run over one of the two evergreens. And then when he gets back to the future, the mall’s name has changed to Lone Pine Mall.


2. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Sixteen years after the release of the last Star Wars film, the beloved franchise returned to theaters with a prequel to the original trilogy. George Lucas waited until 1999 to release Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Indeed, this is supposedly because he wanted special effects advanced enough to tell the story as he envisioned.

In his film E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Steven Spielberg paid homage to one of Star Wars’ most famous faces, when his alien went trick-or-treating and crossed paths with Lucas’ alien, Yoda. Rumor has it that Spielberg requested Lucas return the favor. So that’s why a trio of E.T.s sit as part of the galactic senate in Episode I.


1. Jurassic World

Jurassic World revisits Isla Nublar, the same fictional island where Jurassic Park took place. Twenty-two years after the first film’s happenings, a theme park populated by cloned dinosaurs operates there – and, of course, erupts into chaos when the creatures get loose. The film was a massive box-office success and it sits in fifth place on the list of the highest-grossing movies of all time.

In Jurassic World, Bryce Dallas Howard stars as Claire Dearing, the park’s operations manager. And it turns out that her costuming is a constant nod to the first Jurassic Park. She wears all white while at work, just as the original movie’s park director, Dr. John Hammond, did.