Films Referenced in Charlie Kaufman's Antkind

In the order that they're mentioned. Films included are ones referenced by title, mistitle, plot description, or character in Charlie Kaufman's 2020 debut novel Antkind. See description for notes if the film is not mentioned by title or mistitled. Includes select plays and musicals that are mentioned and have been famously adapted to the screen. Does not include a representative film if only a film director is mentioned.

Letterboxd member teo completed a list of only the films that are mentioned before I finished. Directors included below are any that are mentioned specifically by name, even if out of the context of their directing work. Includes actors, artists, writers, and producers who may have incidentally directed.

Directors mentioned by name:

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  • Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One
  • Kiss Me, Stupid
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • A Florida Enchantment
  • Prelude to a Kiss
  • Havoc
  • Within Our Gates
  • A Trip to the Moon
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Shoah
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • This Is 40
  • To Sir, with Love
  • Up the Down Staircase
  • Dead Poets Society
  • The Girl
  • Hamilton
  • Harry and the Hendersons
  • The World of Henry Orient
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Backdraft
  • Dante's Inferno
  • Blade Runner
  • The Ant Bully
  • A Bug's Life
  • How Stella Got Her Groove Back
  • Three Days of the Condor
  • The Impossible
  • Au Hasard Balthazar
  • Shrek
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • Monster's Ball
  • Godzilla
  • Halloween
  • It
  • Between Sea and Land
  • A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery
  • The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki
  • Death in Sarajevo
  • Harmonium
  • The Commune
  • A Man Called Ove
  • Your Name.
  • Land of Mine
  • Sullivan's Travels
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Donnie Darko
  • The Lion King
  • Marjorie Morningstar
  • Our Gang
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • It's a Gift
  • The Exterminating Angel
  • Election
  • Shoot the Piano Player
  • First Spaceship on Venus
  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Brood
  • M*A*S*H
  • Memento
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Beloved
  • Fun in Balloon Land
  • The Music Man
  • The Lake House
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Boys from Brazil
  • The Seven Little Foys
  • Weekend
  • Network
  • Anomalisa
  • La Jetée
  • Stalker
  • Funny People
  • Star Wars
  • King Kong
  • The Elephant Man
  • Sleep
  • Carousel
  • Cabiria
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • The Fly
  • The Fly
  • Citizen Kane
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • Russian Ark
  • The Addams Family
  • Pardon My Sarong
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man
  • Inception
  • Double Lover
  • Never Look Away
  • Let the Sunshine In