5 Movies That Inspired Movies

“I think all stories have been around for a few thousand years,” George Lucas once said, in an interview about Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress.

This week the Criterion Collection released a definitive edition of Kurosawa's film, along with that Lucas interview, in which he also explained its major influence on Star Wars. So if in a few thousand more years we finally comprehend the totality of cinema — a vast multiverse of remakes, ripoffs, homages and references — at least some thanks will be due to filmmakers such as these. In their honor, therefore, we present a short list of movies that inspired movies.

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