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Movies that Mulholland Dr. is influenced by



Gilda (1946)
Charles Vidor

Just arrived in Argentina, small-time crooked gambler Johnny Farrell is saved from a gunman by sinister Ballin Mundson, who later makes Johnny his right-hand man. But their friendship based on mutual lack of scruples is strained when Mundson returns from a trip with a wife: the supremely desirable Gilda, whom Johnny once knew and learned to hate. The relationship of Johnny and Gilda, a battlefield of warring emotions, becomes even more bizarre after Mundson disappears...

Related: Real Life Reference - Rita Hayworth

Gilda - (woodlouse)
Any parallels to the movie Gilda?
- (27Bstroke6)

Third Viewing: New Facts!New theory! - (margotchanning)


Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford

Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford




Sunset Blvd.

Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Billy Wilder

Joe Gillis, bankrupt screenwriter, hides from car repossessors in the garage of a deserted-looking mansion which proves to be the grotesque home of Norma Desmond, retired silent screen star. Joe takes refuge there, with a nominal job of rewriting Norma's hopeless 'comeback' screenplay. Weeks pass; feeling more and more like a kept man, Joe grasps at reality in the form of a clandestine friendship with script reader Betty Schaefer. by Rod Crawford on IMDb

Sunset Blvd. connections in MD
Sunset Blvd. as problem solver?

A visual comparison: Sunset Blvd. - MD

Sunset blvd. - (unc84steve)
Lynch/Sunset Blvd connection. - (eel)
Lynch pays homage to sunset blvd? - (MustaFaH)
Detectives? What Detectives? - (blu)

William Holden, Gloria Swanson and Erich von Stroheim

William Holden, Gloria Swanson and Erich von Stroheim





Vertigo (1958)
Alfred Hitchcock

Traumatized by a fatal incident while on the job, San Francisco police detective Scottie Fergusson finds himself spending his retirement days in peace and conversing with a female friend of his. An old friend of his hires him to follow his wife Madeleine whom he feels is doing things behind his back that he doesn't know about. But things take a turn for the bizarre when he falls for her...or so he thinks.

Rita seeing the corpse

Betty's dress reference

Vertigo - (stranger_here)
Brilliant Intertextual Film References In Md - (ASCOTT)
Question about the corpse scene - (ID-ea)
Hollywood/Love and the 'HELP ME!/S.O.S.' scenes - (Neely)
MD/Vertigo and the Corpse - (Neely O'Hara)MD/Vertigo ~ DeRosa/Midge revisited - (Neely O'Hara)

Kim Novak and James Stewart

Kim Novak and James Stewart




  Le Mépris

Le Mépris/Contempt (1963)
Jean-Luc Godard

Paul Javal, a writer, is hired to work out a script for the new movie about Ulysses, directed by Fritz Lang and produced by Prokosch. Because he let his wife Camille drive with Prokosch, and he is late, she believes, that he uses her as a sort of "present" for Prokosch to get a better payment. So the relation breaks up. by Stephan Eichenberg on IMDb

Related: "Contempt" references in Mulholland Dr.


Silencio's Origin - (Darklite)
MD Draws Many References from the Film Le Mepris!!! - (ctyankee)
A Coke For The Yankee - (axelmarseille)

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot as Camille





Persona (1966)
Ingmar Bergman

Elizabeth Vogler is a well known actress that, for the last three months has been silent, from unknown reasons. Sister Alma is an inexperienced nurse that is taking care of her. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually confesses her secrets to a seemingly sympathetic Elisabeth and finds that her own personality is being submerged into Elisabeth's persona.


Ingmar Bergman's Persona - (Dan Jardine)
Brilliant Intertextual Film References In Md - (ASCOTT)
The abortion theory - (Rochas)

Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson

Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson





L'Appartement (1996)
Gilles Mimouni

Max is a successful, young executive, engaged to be married, who catches a fleeting glimpse of an ex-lover, Lisa, and immediately drops plans to travel to Tokyo, in order to find her. But, instead, he finds another woman, bearing a resemblance to Lisa, with whom he starts an affair. As we later learn Max's best friend, Lucien has fallen for this girl who turns out to be Lisa's pal Alice, who unbeknownst to him has always pined for Max.

L'Appartement Musings - (ctyankee)
OT - Other visual references in Lynch films - (blu-riven)

Monica Bellucci and Romane Bohringer

Monica Bellucci and Romane Bohringer




The Wizard Of Oz

The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
V. Fleming, R. Thorpe

Because of a tornado, 12 year old Dorothy, along her beloved dog and farm house as well, finds herself in the fantastic Land of Oz, over the rainbow far from her Kansas farm, about to encounter adventure, a wicked witch, and dear friends that help her on her quest to find a way home.

"The Wizard Of Oz" references in Mulholland Dr.
Extensive Analysis: MD - Wizard of Oz - Reference

Wizard of OZ stuff - (Sexual Chocolate)
Brilliant Intertextual Film References In Md - (ASCOTT)

Judy Garland as Dorothy

Judy Garland as Dorothy




Alice In Wonderland

Alice In Wonderland(1951)
Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske 

Alice becomes bored and her mind starts to wander. She sees a white rabbit who appears to be in a hurry. She chases it into its burrow and then a most bizarre series of adventures begins.

Alice in Mulhol Land - (ctyankee)

Queen and rabbit




Mon Oncle

Mon Oncle (1958)
Jacques Tati

Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, but he can't quite fit into the surroundings.

MD References to the Film - Mon Oncle - (ctyankee)
Red Pipe - Fred Elmes' Opinion - (ctyankee)

Red pipe





Psycho (1960)
Alfred Hitchcock

A young woman steals $40,000 from her employer's client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother.

"Psycho" little similarities - (kary82)

MD References - Psycho (1960) - (ctyankee)

Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles in Psycho

Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles



Movies that Mulholland Dr. references 


3 Women (D) (I) 

City Streets

Lost Highway (D) (I) (N) (S) (T)

37°2 le matin (aka Betty Blue) (S)

Clockwork Orange, A 

Pulp Fiction (H) (T)

Body Double (D) (H) (I) (N) (T) 

Groundhog Day (T)

Reservoir Dogs (T)

Breakfast at Tiffany's (H)

Heavenly Creatures (D) 

Shadow of a Doubt (N)


Inventing the Abbotts



Limey, The (H)

Short Cuts (H)

Chinatown (D) (H) (N)

Living In Oblivion (D) (H)

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (D) (I) (S) (T)

Elements similar to MD: (D) Dreamlike; (H) Hollywood/film-making; (I) Tangled identities; (N) Noir elements; (S) Self-destructive; (T) Time/space shifts

Movies that reference Mulholland Dr.


21 Grams

Ellie Parker

Intolerable Cruelty

Batman Begins

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Island, The


Femme Fatale


Catch Me If You Can

Hollywood Homicide


More possible movie connections

Thread Movie Title


Challenge: Name Those Films! - (blu)

Sunset Blvd., Vertigo, Mon Oncle, Inventing The Abbotts, Hellraiser, 21 Grams, Heavenly Creatures, E.T., The Testament of Dr Mabuse, Wild At Heart, 37°2 le matin, Persona, Fight Club, Amadeus, The Seventh Seal, Gilda, Rosemary's Baby, Hollywood Homicide, Point Blank, Valley of the Dolls, Three Colors: Red, Spellbound, Shawshank Redemption, Crash, Magnolia, Barton Fink, The Birds, Once Upon A Time In America, Body Double, The Hours, Meshes Of The Afternoon, The Island, Reservoir Dogs, Monster, Rounders, Lemming, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Apartment, Angel Heart, My Blueberry Nights

Mulholland Drive references... - (somethingbad) Ghost in the Shell, The Limey, Something's Got to Give, Pulp Fiction, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Lost, A Star Is Born, Blood & Roses, Living in Oblivion, Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte, Shadow Of A Doubt, Sleuth, Sylvia (1965), Blood Simple, The Day of the Locust, Super 8

Brilliant Intertextual Film References In MD - (ASCOTT) 

Shadow of a Doubt, Body Double, Three Women, 2001, Hellraiser, Citizen Kane

Intertextual Elements Sum (Movies directly connected to MD) - (axelm.)

Kiss Me Deadly, Psycho, The Last Picture Show, Chinatown, Niagra, Belle De Jour, Body Double, Femme Fatale, Don't Look Now, Hellraiser

OT - Other visual references in Lynch films - (blu-riven)

37°2 le matin (aka Betty Blue)

MD vs The Limey - (blu-riven)

The Limey

Cenci / Catch Me If You Can - (ID-ea)

Catch Me If You Can

Coen Bros first to pay tribute to David Lynch's masterwork? - (blu-riven)

Intolerable Cruelty, Femme Fatale, Fargo

Cronenberg, Videodrome, Conciousness, Communism and Lynch - (blu-riven)


The Blue Rose
The Cowboy & The Angel
- (FormicaRing) 
Leland and Laura Palmer - (jro)
M.D. and Twin Peaks - (fearfactory1311)
Sheryl Lee in Club Silencio? - (dugpa)

Twin Peaks

O.T. David Lynch's Hotel Room (1993) - (ctyankee)

Hotel Room

Casablanca line: an inside joke - (jro) 


MD and James Joyce - (jkandell)

Finegan's Wake, Ulysses

MD vs. Once Upon A Time In America - (ID-ea)

Once Upon A Time In America

A Clockwork Orange - (blu-riven)

A Clockwork Orange

Perramus - (gandalf36) 

Perramus (Black & White Comic)

'Mulholland Dr.'- 'E.T.' connection - (Gus Mahler)


Is takashi Miike the Japanese David Lynch??? - (REEL_REVIEWER)

Ôdishon (aka Audition)

Analogies in MD and Memento - (Bob Brooker) 


More Possible Connections Between MD And Citizen Kane - (ASCOTT)

Citizen Kane

'The Big Lebowski' - (Gus Mahler)

The Big Lebowski

'Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari' - (Rochas)

Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari

'Short Cuts' to Lynch - (Bob Brooker) 

Movies by Robert Altman: Short Cuts, Cookie's fortune

Everything you were afraid to ask about Lost Highway - (Bob Brooker)

Lost Highway, Hellraiser

MD vs. Lost Highway, et al: The Same Story? - (Lou Ming)

David Lynch movies

Tragic accident on Wonderholland Drive - (Bob Brooker)

Wonderland (2003)

Possible MD connection to "Angel Heart" - (streetcar_desire)

Angel Heart, The Devil's Advocate

"Mulholland Drive" – "Laura" reference - (streetcar_desire)


Scott Coffey’s "Ellie Parker" - (blu)

Ellie Parker

"Psycho" little similarities - (kary82)


"The Girl Can't Help It" connection - (Half-Night)

The Girl Can't Help It

The "Nurse Betty" connection - (Bob Brooker)

Nurse Betty

Lulu Mae -> Betty and Holly Golightly -> Diane - (Cowboy)

Breakfast at Tiffany's

MD References - Niagara (1953) - (Bob Brooker)


MD References - The Birds (1963) - (Bob Brooker)

The Birds

Bettys in Melancholia - (kmkmiller)


Chinatown - (Black Rose)