Delving into the clash between darkness and light, Ingmar Bergman's film inspired Peter Hewitt. The scene from The Seventh Seal in which Antonius Block plays chess with Death was imitated in Hewitt's Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.
Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Western inspired Quentin Tarantino’s films. Tarantino calls the film “the greatest achievement in the history of cinema” and paid tribute to it in his film, Reservoir Dogs’ standoff scene.
Satyajit Ray's film roused Wes Anderson's curiosity towards India. “[Ray’s] work has been an enormous influence on [“The Darjeeling Limited”]… He was my inspiration for coming to India in the first place,” Anderson said in a 2007 interview with The Statesman.
Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin inspired countless filmmakers, particularly the Odessa Steps sequence, which was recreated by Terry Gilliam in Brazil, and in Brian De Palma's The Untouchables.
Federico Fellini's film is said to have inspired films like Woody Allen's Stardust Memories, Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York and Todd Haynes' I’m Not There.
An admirer of The Lord of the Rings and author J.R.R Tolkien, Colbert featured in the film as a hooded spy with an eyepatch.