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The O.C. has numerous references to different movies throughout it's run, listed on this page are films that have been referenced multiple times or contain meta-jokes. For lists by season, see the following pages.

Picture Title Director Episode(s)
Vanhelsing Van Helsing Stephen Sommers Unknown
Seth suggests this comic to Summer, before Ana and Sandy criticize it for being too gritty. It became the flagship of DC's Vertigo imprint, and is kept in print as a series of ten graphic novels. It is widely considered one of the most original, sophisticated and artistically ambitious comic book series of the modern age. By the time of the series's conclusion, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right.
X2movie X2 Bryan Singer Unknown
Seth suggests this comic to Summer, before Ana and Sandy criticize it for being too gritty. It became the flagship of DC's Vertigo imprint, and is kept in print as a series of ten graphic novels. It is widely considered one of the most original, sophisticated and artistically ambitious comic book series of the modern age. By the time of the series's conclusion, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right.
Ghostintheshell Ghost in the Shell Mamoru Oshii The Undertow
Seth reveals that his returned Brown interviewer was a fellow anime fan and had an Akira verses Ghost in the Shell debate, and both preferred Ghost in the Shell. As it happens, Ghost In The Shell is actually set in a place called "Newport City". The setting of Ghost in the Shell is cyberpunk or postcyberpunk, similar to that of William Gibson's Sprawl trilogy and other post/cyberpunk works. However, Shirow's work is focused more tightly on the ethical and philosophical ramifications of the widespread merging of humanity and technology. The development of artificial intelligence and an omnipresent computer network set the stage for a reevaluation of human identity and uniqueness. More so than the films, the manga tackles these questions head on: Kusanagi and her colleagues face external threats and also suffer internal conflict over their own natures.
Akira Akira Katsuhiro Otomo The Undertow
Seth reveals that his returned Brown interviewer was a fellow anime fan and had an Akira verses Ghost in the Shell debate, and both preferred Ghost in the Shell. Akira is set in Neo-Tokyo, a Tokyo rebuilt after World War III destroyed it. World War III was started by the uncontrolled growth of the superhuman powers of a child named Akira, who was enrolled in a secret government research program. A gang of young bikers led by the Shotaro Kaneda is involved in a fight with a rival gang when Kaneda's gang's youngest member, Tetsuo Shima, collides with a mysterious child on the highway. This child has escaped from the government psychic research program. Tetsuo is then taken to the government psychic research base with the child and subjected to various experiments. The incident with the mysterious child as well as the tests awaken Tetsuo's own latent powers, with disastrous consequences as Neo-Tokyo is threatened by another Akira incident.
Animal House Van Helsing Stephen Sommers Unknown
Seth suggests this comic to Summer, before Ana and Sandy criticize it for being too gritty. It became the flagship of DC's Vertigo imprint, and is kept in print as a series of ten graphic novels. It is widely considered one of the most original, sophisticated and artistically ambitious comic book series of the modern age. By the time of the series's conclusion, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right.
Bringiton X2 Bryan Singer Unknown
Seth suggests this comic to Summer, before Ana and Sandy criticize it for being too gritty. It became the flagship of DC's Vertigo imprint, and is kept in print as a series of ten graphic novels. It is widely considered one of the most original, sophisticated and artistically ambitious comic book series of the modern age. By the time of the series's conclusion, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right.
Bullitt Ghost in the Shell Mamoru Oshii The Undertow
Seth reveals that his returned Brown interviewer was a fellow anime fan and had an Akira verses Ghost in the Shell debate, and both preferred Ghost in the Shell. As it happens, Ghost In The Shell is actually set in a place called "Newport City". The setting of Ghost in the Shell is cyberpunk or postcyberpunk, similar to that of William Gibson's Sprawl trilogy and other post/cyberpunk works. However, Shirow's work is focused more tightly on the ethical and philosophical ramifications of the widespread merging of humanity and technology. The development of artificial intelligence and an omnipresent computer network set the stage for a reevaluation of human identity and uniqueness. More so than the films, the manga tackles these questions head on: Kusanagi and her colleagues face external threats and also suffer internal conflict over their own natures.
Dirty Dancing Akira Katsuhiro Otomo The Undertow
Seth reveals that his returned Brown interviewer was a fellow anime fan and had an Akira verses Ghost in the Shell debate, and both preferred Ghost in the Shell. Akira is set in Neo-Tokyo, a Tokyo rebuilt after World War III destroyed it. World War III was started by the uncontrolled growth of the superhuman powers of a child named Akira, who was enrolled in a secret government research program. A gang of young bikers led by the Shotaro Kaneda is involved in a fight with a rival gang when Kaneda's gang's youngest member, Tetsuo Shima, collides with a mysterious child on the highway. This child has escaped from the government psychic research program. Tetsuo is then taken to the government psychic research base with the child and subjected to various experiments. The incident with the mysterious child as well as the tests awaken Tetsuo's own latent powers, with disastrous consequences as Neo-Tokyo is threatened by another Akira incident.
House of Flying Daggers Top Gun Tony Scott Unknown
Seth suggests this comic to Summer, before Ana and Sandy criticize it for being too gritty. It became the flagship of DC's Vertigo imprint, and is kept in print as a series of ten graphic novels. It is widely considered one of the most original, sophisticated and artistically ambitious comic book series of the modern age. By the time of the series's conclusion, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right.
Elektra Van Helsing Stephen Sommers Unknown
Seth suggests this comic to Summer, before Ana and Sandy criticize it for being too gritty. It became the flagship of DC's Vertigo imprint, and is kept in print as a series of ten graphic novels. It is widely considered one of the most original, sophisticated and artistically ambitious comic book series of the modern age. By the time of the series's conclusion, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right.
Evil Dead2 X2 Bryan Singer Unknown
Seth suggests this comic to Summer, before Ana and Sandy criticize it for being too gritty. It became the flagship of DC's Vertigo imprint, and is kept in print as a series of ten graphic novels. It is widely considered one of the most original, sophisticated and artistically ambitious comic book series of the modern age. By the time of the series's conclusion, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right.
Jerry Maguire Ghost in the Shell Mamoru Oshii The Undertow
Seth reveals that his returned Brown interviewer was a fellow anime fan and had an Akira verses Ghost in the Shell debate, and both preferred Ghost in the Shell. As it happens, Ghost In The Shell is actually set in a place called "Newport City". The setting of Ghost in the Shell is cyberpunk or postcyberpunk, similar to that of William Gibson's Sprawl trilogy and other post/cyberpunk works. However, Shirow's work is focused more tightly on the ethical and philosophical ramifications of the widespread merging of humanity and technology. The development of artificial intelligence and an omnipresent computer network set the stage for a reevaluation of human identity and uniqueness. More so than the films, the manga tackles these questions head on: Kusanagi and her colleagues face external threats and also suffer internal conflict over their own natures.
Million Dollar Baby Akira Katsuhiro Otomo The Undertow
Seth reveals that his returned Brown interviewer was a fellow anime fan and had an Akira verses Ghost in the Shell debate, and both preferred Ghost in the Shell. Akira is set in Neo-Tokyo, a Tokyo rebuilt after World War III destroyed it. World War III was started by the uncontrolled growth of the superhuman powers of a child named Akira, who was enrolled in a secret government research program. A gang of young bikers led by the Shotaro Kaneda is involved in a fight with a rival gang when Kaneda's gang's youngest member, Tetsuo Shima, collides with a mysterious child on the highway. This child has escaped from the government psychic research program. Tetsuo is then taken to the government psychic research base with the child and subjected to various experiments. The incident with the mysterious child as well as the tests awaken Tetsuo's own latent powers, with disastrous consequences as Neo-Tokyo is threatened by another Akira incident.
Legends of the Fall Van Helsing Stephen Sommers Unknown
Seth suggests this comic to Summer, before Ana and Sandy criticize it for being too gritty. It became the flagship of DC's Vertigo imprint, and is kept in print as a series of ten graphic novels. It is widely considered one of the most original, sophisticated and artistically ambitious comic book series of the modern age. By the time of the series's conclusion, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right.
Lordoftherings X2 Bryan Singer Unknown
Seth suggests this comic to Summer, before Ana and Sandy criticize it for being too gritty. It became the flagship of DC's Vertigo imprint, and is kept in print as a series of ten graphic novels. It is widely considered one of the most original, sophisticated and artistically ambitious comic book series of the modern age. By the time of the series's conclusion, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right.
Prettyinpink Ghost in the Shell Mamoru Oshii The Undertow
Seth reveals that his returned Brown interviewer was a fellow anime fan and had an Akira verses Ghost in the Shell debate, and both preferred Ghost in the Shell. As it happens, Ghost In The Shell is actually set in a place called "Newport City". The setting of Ghost in the Shell is cyberpunk or postcyberpunk, similar to that of William Gibson's Sprawl trilogy and other post/cyberpunk works. However, Shirow's work is focused more tightly on the ethical and philosophical ramifications of the widespread merging of humanity and technology. The development of artificial intelligence and an omnipresent computer network set the stage for a reevaluation of human identity and uniqueness. More so than the films, the manga tackles these questions head on: Kusanagi and her colleagues face external threats and also suffer internal conflict over their own natures.
Scarface Akira Katsuhiro Otomo The Undertow
Seth reveals that his returned Brown interviewer was a fellow anime fan and had an Akira verses Ghost in the Shell debate, and both preferred Ghost in the Shell. Akira is set in Neo-Tokyo, a Tokyo rebuilt after World War III destroyed it. World War III was started by the uncontrolled growth of the superhuman powers of a child named Akira, who was enrolled in a secret government research program. A gang of young bikers led by the Shotaro Kaneda is involved in a fight with a rival gang when Kaneda's gang's youngest member, Tetsuo Shima, collides with a mysterious child on the highway. This child has escaped from the government psychic research program. Tetsuo is then taken to the government psychic research base with the child and subjected to various experiments. The incident with the mysterious child as well as the tests awaken Tetsuo's own latent powers, with disastrous consequences as Neo-Tokyo is threatened by another Akira incident.

The rager Julie says she doesn't want to come back to living in Delta house, a reference to animal house.

summer is punching a bag in return of the nana, seth calls her his million dollar baby.

return of the nana, marissa watches the notebook with trey

the dearly beloved, summer tells marissa one girl two brother is a little legends of the fall.

dearly beloved, summer describes the incident at the night club as a scene from scarface

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