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Most of Rockstar's games are heavily influenced by movies with a similar storyline or genre. I'd say GTA3 was in some part based on Gone In 60 Seconds, Vice City was based heavily on Scarface, San Andreas was based on a number of movies such as Boys N The Hood and stuff... Red Dead Redemption was influenced by a number of western/cowboy movies...

What could GTA5 be based on? Obviously it depends where the game is set and which year it's set in, but by considering the possible movies which could influence Rockstar, we may be able to come up with the setting or storyline :)

I currently have no ideas, but that's for you guys to come up with. Although I did see "From Paris With Love" last night and I think something like that has quite a big GTA feel to it.

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Some possible influences that would be good: (Note: Links contain spoilers. But you wouldn't be reading unless you wanted to know the plot, anyway)

No Country For Old Men - A 'modern' western set in the 80's. It would probably be a bit similar to RDR style-wise, though. Which is a good thing.

Animal Kingdom - It's an Aussie film, so no one here would have seen it, but the plot would make a good basis for a GTA.

Oh, and 'Big Momma's House'. Because the only thing funnier than a film about a black man dressed as a fat black lady is actually playing a game about a black man dressed as a fat black lady.

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I can't really think of just one film which I'd like to see inspiration from, but off the top of my head, here's a few:

Football Factory

The Firm (original with Gary Oldman, not that shitty new version)

The Business

Rock 'N' Rolla

A History Of Violence

The Departed

Rise Of The Footsoldier

Sexy Beast


Lucky Number Slevin

Smokin' Aces

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Let's back track for a second:

What i'm going to do here is compile a list of films that have inspired GTA. If you know of any, please post and i'll add it to the list.

Carlito's Way, (1993)

Al Pacino - Carlito 'Charlie' Brigante.

Sean Penn - David Kleinfeld.

Penelope Ann Miller - Gail

John Leguizamo - Benny Blanco

I've not seen this film mentioned on here before tbh. I've only seen it for the first time myself just today, and damn, what an awesome film it is!

Ken Rosenberg in Vice City was based on David Kleinfeld in this Movie!

Scarface, (1983)

Al Pacino - Tony Montana

Steven Bauer - Manny Ribera

Michelle Pfeifferr - Elvira Hancock

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio- Gina Montana

Robert Loggia- Frank Lopez

Scarface heavily influenced Vice city.

Grand Theft Auto, (1977)

Ron Howard - Sam Freeman

Nancy Morgan - Paula Powers

I've never seen this movie, but obviously GTA got its name from somewhere. I think it's about stealing and wrecking cars... lol

Heat, (1995)

Robert De Niro - Neil McCauley

Al Pacino - Lt. Vincent Hanna

Val Kilmer - Chris Shiherlis

Jon Voight - Nate

Tom Sizemore - Michael Cheritto

R*n used it for the bank job mission in IV.

Casino, (1995)

Robert De Niro - Sam 'Ace' Rothstein

Sharon Stone - Ginger McKenna

Joe Pesci - Nicky Santoro

James Woods - Lester Diamond

GTA:SA had some reference to Casino.

New Jack City, (1991)

Wesley Snipes - Nino Brown

Ice-T - Scotty Appleton (as Ice T)

Allen Payne - Gee Money

Chris Rock - Pookie

The crack "palace" that Smoke lives in - in San Andreas, looks exactly like the Carter Apartment Buildings, crack dealer Nino Brown's headquarters in this 1991 similarly themed film.

Menace II Society, (1993)

Tyrin Turner - Caine

Larenz Tate - O-Dog

Samuel L. Jackson - Tat Lawson

There are numerous references to this film in GTA:SA, especially Grove street, and the whole ghetto thing.

To Live and Die in L.A., (1985)

William Petersen - Richard Chance

Willem Dafoe - Eric 'Rick' Masters

John Pankow - John Vukovich

The whole counterfeiting aspect In GTA:VC is based on this movie. A song also from the movie (Dance Hall Days by Wang Chung) is in the game. Also, there is a car chase in GTA:SA that is clearly a homage to Live and Die in L.A. The scenery and the action, etc.

Cop Land, (1997)

Sylvester Stallone - Freddy Heflin

Harvey Keitel - Ray Donlan

Ray Liotta - Gary Figgis

Robert De Niro - Moe Tilden

Not so much inspiration, more of a cross reference. Ray Liotta plays Tommy in Vice City, and Cop Land is also the name of a mission in Vice City.

Snatch, (2000)

Jason Statham - Turkish

Benicio Del Toro - Franky Four Fingers

Brad Pitt - Mickey O'Neil

Alan Ford - Brick Top

The main inspiration for IV DLC. The Diamond and the way they blend each characters stories into the main game.

High Noon, (1952)

Gary Cooper - Marshal Will Kane

Thomas Mitchell - Mayor Jonas Henderson

Lloyd Bridges - Deputy Marshal Harvey Pell

Katy Jurado - Helen Ramírez

Inspired GTA:IV's Story. Niko's struggle to make choices through-out.

Speed, (1994)

Keanu Reeves - Officer Jack Traven

Dennis Hopper - Howard Payne

Sandra Bullock - Annie Porter

Joe Morton - Capt. McMahon

In GTA:VC, there is a mission where you're not allowed to slow down until you defuse the bomb, otherwise it'll blow.

Easy Rider, (1969)

Peter Fonda - Wyatt

Dennis Hopper - Billy

Antonio Mendoza - Jesus

In GTA:SA, Peter Fonda's character - The Truth, is a parody of the one he played in Easy Rider.

Post Your GTA films, and we'll know where to find them!

There is a lot of decent gangster orientated films referenced here. I think they have to bring back the Mafia element to GTA at some point...

Here is a list of films i think will be nice to see reference to in the next GTA:

Pulp Fiction

Layer Cake

Reservoir Dogs

Donnie Brasco

Gangster No.1

Public Enemies

Gangs of New York (but in present day context)

True Grit

I'll think of more later.

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Thanks. I wrote that a while back on the old forums, and thought it had some relevance to this.

Unless you mean the current list i want in GTA5. But thanks for that too lol.

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Does anyone else think whole Niko character was loosely based around Don Vito Corleone from the Godfather? Came in to the country on a boat as an immigrant, and had nothing to begin with. Then he worked his way up earning respect. Kind of rags to riches. But Niko seems quiet and dangerous like Corleone rather than the over-ego'd Tony Montana.

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They only seem to take influence from classics.

However, take a look at the synopsis for the movie Elite Squad 2 (IMDB 8.5):

After a bloody invasion of the BOPE in the High-Security Penitentiary Bangu 1 in Rio de Janeiro to control a rebellion of interns, the Lieutenant-Colonel Roberto Nascimento and the second in command Captain André Matias are accused by the Human Right Aids member Diogo Fraga of execution of prisoners. Matias is transferred to the corrupted Military Police and Nascimento is exonerated from the BOPE by the Governor. However, due to the increasing popularity of Nascimento, the Governor invites him to team-up with the intelligence area of the Secretary of Security. Along the years, Fraga, who is married with Nascimento's former wife, is elected State Representative and Nascimento's son Rafael has issues with his biological father. Meanwhile Nascimento and the BOPE expel the drug dealers from several slums but another enemy arises: the militia led by Major Rocha and supported by the Governor, the Secretary of Security and politicians interested in votes. Nascimento is manipulated to help this group, vanquishing the criminals in the slums and poor communities; then the corrupt group of police officers is free to exploit the poor population

I think a spin on this could make an excellent storyline.

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