5 Huge Movies That Stole Their Plot from Other Hit Films

#2. Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) Is Aladdin (1992)

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Aladdin and Jack the Giant Slayer are both based on fairy tales, so you can assume right off the bat that some noble peasant has to go on a journey to save a kingdom from evil. But the similarities don't end there -- the movies are basically the same, give or take the presence of giants.

Warner Bros., Walt Disney
Robin Williams' ego doesn't count.

In both movies, a plucky young man living on the fringes of poverty ventures into the local marketplace to strugglingly procure something to eat, when he spots a beautiful woman dressed in rags being accosted by some slightly rapey older men. He stands up for her, even though he's drastically outnumbered, but before he is literally murdered in the street for his gallantry, the king's guards show up and reveal that the girl is actually the crown princess of the realm, disguising herself as a commoner to get a taste of how actual people live.

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Spoiler: Shittily.

Soon afterward, the hero is given a magical relic that he is told holds infinite cosmic power, but he scoffs at the relic because it looks like a pile of old, useless crap -- in one film it's a rusty old lamp, and in the other it's a bag of shitty beans.

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"Maybe if we make the lamp a bong to smoke the beans something will happen."

Meanwhile, the princess is commanded by her father to marry his evil bearded adviser, because that is the law of the realm (the fact that kings back then could ignore the law entirely and pretty much do whatever they wanted is never mentioned). Everyone seems to think the cartoonishly suspicious-looking adviser and his parrot sidekick are completely on the level, even though they spend most of their time skulking around the palace and scheming about a lost treasure.

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And trying to get in the pants of the teenage princess.

The villain eventually learns that the destitute young hero is in possession of the magic relic and tries to drown him so he can steal it.

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The drowning doesn't work, but the villainous adviser is able to use the relic anyway to get his hands on phenomenal magic powers, which he uses to bend the kingdom to his will. Paradoxically, his will in either case doesn't go beyond "tenuous command of an army of hateful giant ogres" and "making a fat old man dance in his underwear."

Warner Bros., Walt Disney
"Great. Now do the Truffle Shuffle."

In the climax, the hero is forced to battle a giant evil monster, which he defeats by using the villain's own weapon against him. As a reward, the king removes the law that forbids his daughter from marrying a commoner, which he could have done in the first place, but apparently he prefers to just trade his daughter for services rendered in lieu of a paycheck.

Warner Bros., Walt Disney
"Why the hell do you think I was trying to marry her to my adviser? I hadn't paid that guy in like six years."

The hero and the princess get married, even though they've known each other for all of two days, and they live happily ever after. Probably.

Warner Bros., Walt Disney
Three of these people look happy, and the fourth looks like he is wondering if his betrothed is going to finish that burrito.

#1. Funny People (2009) Is The Great Gatsby (2013)

Universal Studios/Columbia Pictures

Funny People sees Adam Sandler taking on the greatest acting challenge of his career as he portrays a once-funny comedian who has been reduced to making idiotic movies for truckloads of cash. The Great Gatsby has Leonardo DiCaprio playing a millionaire playboy who is dead inside and throws his money at people to make them like him. Both movies are ultimately about a rich, depressed eccentric heroically trying to have sex with a married woman and suffering tragic consequences.

Universal Studios/Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros.
With great power comes great adultery.

At the beginning of both films, we're introduced to a reclusive millionaire who has a reputation for being the life of the party, but in reality is completely miserable. He befriends a good-natured nobody in a chance encounter, and the two become inseparable.

Universal Studios/Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros.
"Let's seal this friendship by the way of my people: cocaine three-way."

We learn that the millionaire's depression and profound douchebaggedness are both due to the fact that he's spent half of his life pining for an old girlfriend whom he has since lost touch with. Through the help of his new schlub best friend, he reconnects with her, only to discover that she's married to a guy who is even more of an asshole than he is.

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"It's OK. There's a handkerchief in my front pocket if you want to grab it ..."

Undaunted by this trivial detail, the hero seduces his former lover once again, partly by giving her clothing, and partly by being a millionaire.

Universal Studios/Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros.

She admits that she loves him more than her husband, which leads to a tense dinner confrontation in which the hero demands that she admit her true feelings in front of the whole cast, in a scene that seems to suggest that the hero is only slightly more rich than everyone else.

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"Run away with me! My dining room is slightly larger!"

But she tearfully changes her mind at the last minute, causing the hero and her husband to have a weird anti-fight consisting of shouting and sweaty masculine posturing.

Universal Studios/Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros.
And possible overacting-induced pants-shitting.

The girl ultimately decides to stay with her husband and work things out, while the hero is left with nothing but bundles of money to cry into. Of course, the big difference here is that The Great Gatsby surprises the viewer by unexpectedly killing Gatsby at the end, while Funny People surprises the viewer by unexpectedly not killing Adam Sandler (he spends the first half of the movie with a terminal illness, and then ... gets better). Both endings are tragic in their own right.

Related Reading: By the way, did you know Wild Wild West was ripped-off of an episode of the Batman cartoon? And Samuel Jackson's badass Bible quoting in Pulp Fiction was ripped off of a much lesser-known film. But hey, your favorite musicians are ripping their songs off too.

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