21 'Star Wars' References In Other Films And TV Shows

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There are two kinds of people in the world of Star Wars: casual fans and total geeks who know every single tiny thing there is to know about all of the classic sci-fi films. When you think about it, it shouldn’t really be any surprise that some of the more enthusiastic fans are also filmmakers themselves and work Star Wars references into their own films. Star Wars inspired not only many of George Lucas’s contemporaries, but also generations of filmmakers afterward. Here we’ve gathered a collection of times in which filmmakers loved the films so much that they actually snuck hidden Star Wars references and shout outs into their own work.

This is a list of clever, sneaky, and just plain genius Star Wars references that you may or may not have ever noticed in your favorite films and TV shows. This roundup includes everyone from Steven Spielberg, who hid references to several Star Wars characters in his Indiana Jones films, to J.J. Abrams who’s doing his best to bring Star Wars fans and the Trekkie crowd together by giving R2-D2 quick cameos in more than one of his Star Trek reboots.

Get ready to say “no way!” as we point out the hiding spots of some of the sneakiest Star Wars references ever caught on film. You’ll see your favorite films in a whole new light and maybe even win a bet or two with your buddies, who will almost certainly never spot these hidden Star Wars Easter eggs without your help.

Photo: Raiders of the Lost Ark / Paramount Pictures

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    R2-D2 And C-3P0 Make A Cameo In 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

    The next time you watch Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, pay special attention to the hieroglyphics in the Well of Souls! R2-D2 and C-3PO are chilling in the column over Indy's right shoulder, as you can see above.
    1,238 votes
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    The Coolest Club In The Galaxy

    The Coolest Club In The Galaxy
    Photo: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom / Paramount Pictures
    Check out the name of the bar in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
    1,075 votes
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    Princess Leia's 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Cameo

    R2 and C-3PO make a hieroglyphics cameo in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, along with Princess Leia. This larger carving from the Well of Souls depicts Leia loading R2 with her S.O.S. message.

    999 votes
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    R2-D2's 'Star Trek' Cameo

    If you look closely in J.J. Abrams's recent revamp of Star Trek, you can see R2-D2 float past the window of the USS Enterprise.

    1,050 votes
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    R2-D2's 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' Cameo

    If you look closely at the space ship in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, you can see R2 suspended upside down from the edge.
    761 votes
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    Han Solo's Hidden 'Firefly' Cameos

    Han Solo's Hidden 'Firefly' Cameos
    Photo: Fox
    Though he can be super hard to spot, the props team on Firefly loved hiding an action figure of Han Solo frozen in carbonite in the background of scenes. He's rumored to loom in the background of at least one scene in every episode.
    817 votes