Films Referenced on RuPaul's Drag Race

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  • Paris Is Burning
  • Addams Family Values

    Addams Family Values

    ★★★

    "Mik, she's giving me, like, Joan Cusack from Addams Family Values, and I'm, like, almost peeing my pants." —Joey Jay, season 13

  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

    Courtney Act, season 6

    "You wanna be queen of the desert?" —RuPaul, season 11

    "Priscilla? I hardly know her." —RuPaul, Down Under

    "For my Finest Sheila of the Bush look, I am channeling from one of the most iconic Australian films, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert." —Scarlet Adams, Down Under

    "We knew instantly that she was doing Priscilla. The downside of that is, she was doing Priscilla." —Michelle Visage, Down Under

  • Alice in Wonderland

    Alice in Wonderland

    "I am full-on Cheshire Cat fantasy. It looks like a big, furry tail wrapped around me. I just feel like an Alice in Wonderland fantasy." —Sherry Pie, season 12

  • Alice in Wonderland

    Alice in Wonderland

    "I'm channeling a little Queen of Hearts, a little Alexander McQueen, a lotta queen." —Aja, season 9

  • Alien

    Alien

    "In space no one can hear you, queen." —RuPaul, season 4

    "In space no one can hear you scream. So all the noise has to be glitter." Miz Cracker, season 10

  • All About Eve

    All About Eve

    "You little thief, Eve Harrington, trying to steal my show, are you?" —RuPaul, season 2

    "You had an All About Eve, Nomi Malone in Showgirls on the stairs kind of moment." —Ross Mathews, season 7

  • American Graffiti

    American Graffiti

    "American graf-feed me." —Michelle Visage, season 12

  • Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina

    Michelle Visage, season 9

    "Anna Kareninano she betta don't." —Michelle Visage, season 11

  • Annie

    Annie

    "Looks like Little Orphan Annie sat in the sun too long and then got a boob job." —Nicole Sullivan, season 4

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    Episode "RuPocalypse Now!", season 4.

  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    "He is my Aquaman. I take his trident how I can. He'll have me bent. I'll have him sent. Yes I'm that bitch. Yes I'm that fish. He'll filet me. He will slay me." —Mariah Paris Balenciaga, All Stars 5

  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

    "Fembot realness, in my purple nightgown, my little furry titties." —Kandy Muse, season 13

    "Do I make you horny, baby?" —Elizabeth Hurley, UK season 2

    "Oh, beehive." —Alan Carr, UK season 2

    "Am I making you prawny, baby?" —Michelle Visage, Down Under

  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe

    The Autopsy of Jane Doe

    "I'm giving you autopsy of Jane Ho, and I'm showing you all that I'm just as glamorous on the inside as I am on the outside." —Gottmik, season 13

  • Avatar

    Avatar

    "I did not know they were filming Avatar." —Bobby Moynihan, season 11

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    "I would say that the most important thing is that you have a lot of conviction. Whether you're fighting Thanos or, like, a giant, spiky heel, you know what I mean?" —Scarlett Johansson, season 13

  • Babe

    Babe

    "I'm giving you mesmerizing Medusa mixed with a little bit of Babe the pig." —Veronica Green, UK season 2

    "Magda Szubanski is here. So many iconic characters, from Shazza to Mom in Babe." —RuPaul, Down Under snatch game

  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    ★★★½

    "It is not my fault you sitting over there looking like the Babadook." —Eureka O'Hara, season 10

    "Who is this? Could this be the Babadook?" —Jujubee, All Stars 5

  • Bambi

    Bambi

    "Like Bambi: very pretty, big eyes, but when you ask her to move it's kind of like..." —Carson Kressley, season 7

    "Naomi Smalls, I loved you in Bambi, as Bambi, when you came out all thin." —Thorgy Thor, season 8 reading challenge

  • B.A.P.S.

    B.A.P.S.

    Lizzo, season 10

    "It's giving me Halle Berry in B.A.P.S. vibes. I love it." —Normani, season 12

    "Well, my look is a B.A.P.S.-inspired look. B.A.P.S. You've never seen the movie? B.A.P.S. stands for black American princess." —Symone, season 13

  • Barbarella

    Barbarella

    ★★★

    The "Boobarella" character in season 3.

    "Barbarella space cadet." —Violet Chachki, season 7

    Ross Mathews, season 9

    "Barbafella." —Carson Kressley, season 9

    "Alexis Michelle, your Barbarellas were basic." — RuPaul, season 9

    "The return of Boobarella." —Michelle Visage, season 12

    "Well I served Barbarella, and I married a few fellas." —Miss Shenita Cocktail, Celebrity Drag Race

  • Basic Instinct

    Basic Instinct

    Farrah Moan, season 9 reunion.

  • Batman & Robin

    Batman & Robin

    ★½

    "My runway look is inspired by Mr. Freeze from Batman & Robin." —Crystal Methyd, season 12

  • Batman Returns

    Batman Returns

    ★★½

    Sonique, Holi-Slay Spectacular

  • Beautiful Darling

    Beautiful Darling

    "I was watching an Andy Warhol documentary. It was on the life of Candy Darling, who was his beautiful muse. And I wanted to be gorgeous like her, so I was like, oh, Candy." —Kandy Muse, season 13

  • Becoming Chaz
  • Beetlejuice

    Beetlejuice

    Laila McQueen, season 8 premiere.

    "Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice." —Jennie Garth, season 9

    Eureka O'Hara, season 9 reunion.

    "Like Beetlejuice, but sexy." —Halsey, season 10

  • The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

    The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

    ★★½

    "The girl next door [to] the best little whorehouse in Texas." —RuPaul, season 3

    "I just starred in The Best Little Whorehouse in South Playfield." —Michelle Visage, season 9

    "What do you do when you cross the chicken ranch with The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas?" —RuPaul, season 10

    "The best little whorehouse in Sylmar." —Michelle Visage, All Stars 4

    "Nina West, from the best little whorehouse in Orange County." —RuPaul, season 11

  • Beyond the Forest

    Beyond the Forest

    "What a dump." —Denali, season 13

    "What a dog." —Michelle Visage, season 13

    "What a dump." —Anita Wigl'it, Down Under

  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

    Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

    ★★★★★

    Kahmora Hall, season 13

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  • Big

    Big

    Tamisha Iman, season 13

  • Big Business

    Big Business

    "This look is a direct nod to the movie Big Business, one of my favorite
    Bette Midler roles, and I'm feeling completely expensive." —Rosé, season 13

  • The Big Sick

    The Big Sick

    "Now tomorrow on the main stage, you'll be presenting your Drag Con panels in front of our extra special guest judges, the husband-and-wife team behind the Oscar-nominated movie The Big Sick, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon." —RuPaul, season 10

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    "Wakanda fish is that?" —Aquaria, season 10 reunion

    "Why It Gotta Be Black Panther" skits, season 11.

    "My balls to the wall eleganza kind of looks like Wakanda forever at Christmas with Cindy Lou Who and a bitch got a ponytail." —Widow Von Du, season 12

    "I'm giving you Wakanda retirement home, okay? That's what I'm going for." —Cocotini, Secret Celebrity Drag Race

    "Oh, yeah, girl, he's my boo. The mother-tucking Black Panther, what you gonna do? He's tall, dark, long, and lean. And he rocks my kitty world like you never seen. He's the king and I'm his queen. I'm dreaming about Wakanda life we'll lead." —Shea Couleé, All Stars 5

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan

    Episode "Black Swan: Why It Gotta Be Black?", season 5.

    "Beige Swan" character in All Stars 3.

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    "She is a Blade Runner fantasy of Breakfast at Tiffany's meets Saturday Night Fever." —Jackie Cox, season 12

  • Blades of Glory

    Blades of Glory

    "Now that's what I call a blades of gloryhole-llelujah." —RuPaul, season 13 reunion

    "Ooh, blades of whorey." —Michelle Visage, UK season 2

  • Blame It on Rio

    Blame It on Rio

    "Blame it on Bianca Del Rio." —RuPaul, season 6

  • The Bodyguard

    The Bodyguard

    "Buy The Bodyguard soundtrack, track 9." —Michelle Visage, All Stars 2

  • Boomerang

    Boomerang

    "Steel Vagina. That's the name of my upcoming perfume." —BeBe Zahara Benet, All Stars 3 snatch game

  • The Boss Baby

    The Boss Baby

    "Ooh, she's a boss baby." —RuPaul, season 13

  • Boyz n the Hood

    Boyz n the Hood

    "Ladyboyz n the Hood." —RuPaul, season 6

  • The Brady Bunch Movie

    The Brady Bunch Movie

    "Now come back when you're pregnant." —RuPaul, All Stars 4

  • Braveheart

    Braveheart

    "Oh, look, it's Bravetart." —Alan Carr, UK season 2

    "For freedom!" —Lawrence Chaney, UK season 2

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Manila Luzon, season 3

    "I'm serving Breakfast at Tiffany's realness." —Dida Ritz, season 4

    "Breakfast at Jiggly's." —Michelle Visage, season 4

    "She is a Blade Runner fantasy of Breakfast at Tiffany's meets Saturday Night Fever." —Jackie Cox, season 12

  • Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

    Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

    "Or as I like to call them, Seduction 2: Electric Boogaloo." —RuPaul, season 9

  • Bride of Chucky

    Bride of Chucky

    Adore Delano, season 6

  • The Bride of Frankenstein

    The Bride of Frankenstein

    Nina West, season 11

    "I love the silhouette with the extreme shoulder, that Mars Attacks Bride of Frankenstein hair." —Carson Kressley, season 12

    "I am serving you the Bride of Vampenstine." —Tayce, UK season 2

    "My monster mash-up is referencing Sweeney Todd, Bride of Frankenstein, Silence of the Lambs, and Leatherface in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre." —Lawrence Chaney, UK season 2

  • Bridesmaids

    Bridesmaids

    Episode "My Best Squirrelfriend's Dragsmaids Wedding Trip", All Stars 3.

  • Bring It On

    Bring It On

    ★★½

    Episode "She Done Already Done Brought It On", season 9.

    "These aren't spirit fingers. These are spirit fingers." —Vinegar Strokes, UK season 1

  • Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain

    "And as for you, Crystal Methyd, I wish I knew how to quit you." —Gigi Goode, season 12 reunion

  • Burlesque

    Burlesque

    "You haven't seen the last of me. Wagon wheel watusi!" —RuPaul, All Stars 3

    "Wagon wheel watusi!" season 10

  • Cabaret

    Cabaret

    Tina Burner, season 13

    "I am referencing Cabaret, I'm referencing Chicago, sort of added a set for my costume." —Elektra Shock, Down Under

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★½

    Monet X Change, All Stars 4

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  • Cape Fear

    Cape Fear

    "Is she wearing a Cape Fear?" —RuPaul, season 5

  • Carrie

    Carrie

    Raja, season 3 comedy challenge

    "They're all gonna laugh at you, they're all gonna laugh at you! Stay home with me and pray!" —Darienne Lake, season 6

    "She's bringing her beard to the prom. Where's the pig blood?" —Michelle Visage, season 7

    "I'm serving you Carrie meets my season 9 elimination. There's a crown that is pouring out this cascade of rose petals, and I am living." —Shea Couleé, All Stars 5

    "We're getting kind of a Carrie-meets-Sasha Velour at the finale." —Michelle Visage, All Stars 5

  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    "Here's looking at you, kid." —RuPaul, season 5

  • Cats

    Cats

    Cats: The Rusical, UK season 2

  • The Cheetah Girls

    The Cheetah Girls

    "Ladies and gentlemen, the Cheetah Girls." —RuPaul, season 9

    "Hey cheetah girl!" —Monét X Change, Eureka O'Hara, and Aquaria; season 10

  • Chelsea Girls

    Chelsea Girls

    ★½

    "Hey Chelsea girls, how's it going?" —RuPaul, All Stars 3

  • Chicago

    Chicago

    "It was so Roxie and Velma. It was very Chicago, which I love." —Michelle Visage, season 4

    "The queen on everybody's lips." —RuPaul, season 5

    "Roxie Hart-on." —Ross Mathews

    "It's kind of James Cameron does Chicago, and yep, yeah there we go. See? I got the reference. I'm gay. I do butt stuff." —Rhys Nicholson, Down Under

    "I am referencing Cabaret, I'm referencing Chicago, sort of added a set for my costume." —Elektra Shock, Down Under

    "The name on everybody's lips, Elektra." —RuPaul, Down Under

  • Children of the Corn

    Children of the Corn

    "The south will rise meets Children of the Corn." —Shangela, season 2

    "Looks like children of the corn chowder." —RuPaul, All Stars 3

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    "Chitty Chitty Chad Chad." —Cheri Oteri, All Stars 1

  • Christmas with the Kranks

    Christmas with the Kranks

    "Miss Thorgy Thor, girl what the fuck you got on your head? Christmas with the Kranks, honey." —Chi Chi DeVayne, All Stars 3

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    "It's the Chronicles of Dragnia!" —Michelle Visage, season 9

  • Cinderella

    Cinderella

    "Skunk Cinderella realness." —Bianca Del Rio, season 6

  • A Cinderella Story

    A Cinderella Story

    "Cookies. You want a cookie?" —Scarlet Adams, Down Under snatch game

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★½

    "For this relationship to go to the next level, I just really need you to open up. Rosebud." —RuPaul, All Stars 3

    "Rosebud." —Michelle Visage, All Stars 4

    "Rosebud." —RuPaul, season 11

    Cara Delevingne, season 11

    "Rosebud." —RuPaul, season 13

  • Clash of the Titans

    Clash of the Titans

    "Have you met Harry Hamlin? My husband, Harry Hamlin. Clash of the Titans. My husband, Harry Hamlin." —Jackie Cox, season 12 snatch game

  • Clash of the Titans

    Clash of the Titans

    "My theme was Clash of the Titans if Clash of the Titans was set in a strip club." —Willam, season 4

  • The Clock

    The Clock

    "Now I could go on singing, but the clock is ticking." —RuPaul, All Stars 4

  • A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    "My runway look is inspired by the legendary Leigh Bowery, and also there's a nod to Clockwork Orange, and maybe a little bit of Mr. Peanut." —Nina West, season 11

  • Clueless

    Clueless

    ★★★½

    "You were giving more Cher Horowitz than Tai." —Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, All Stars 3

    "I like the two film references. One, a very pure, innocent Cher in Clueless and then one very dark, bawdy, naughty Divine reference." —Carson Kressley, season 10

  • Cocoon

    Cocoon

    "I am so excited to see the cast of Cocoon is here." —Bianca Del Rio, season 6 comedy challenge

  • The Color Purple

    The Color Purple

    "Shake your shimmy, sister." —Santino Rice, season 6

    "I feel like Celie in The Color Purple. I'm here. Dear God, I'm here." —Shangela, All Stars 3

    "I love the color purple! Oprah was robbed." —Nina West, season 11

    "There's really nothing like enjoying The Color Purple. In fact, my feet are still dirty from it." —Yvie Oddly, season 11

    "The Color Purple is one of my favorite of all time movies." —Jaida Essence Hall, season 12

    "Preparing to come here, I constantly would listen to The Color Purple soundtrack, and this competition is almost exactly like the journey of Celie in the movie. You go through all these really, really hard times, but on the other side of it, there's so much joy. So it's like a sign to me that you would be here today." —Jaida Essence Hall, season 12

    The Color Purple runway, season 12.

  • Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

    Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

    "When Altman offers you a scene in Come Back, Jimmy Dean." —Asia O'Hara, season 10

  • Coming to America

    Coming to America

    "You remind me of my favorite movies. Your fashion, Coming to America." —Sasha Velour, season 9 reading challenge

    "She's coming to America." —Jamal Sims, season 12

    "She's coming to America." —Todrick Hall, All Stars 5

  • Corpse Bride

    Corpse Bride

    "I'm going more Corpse Bride." —Nina West, season 11

  • The Cotton Club

    The Cotton Club

    "Come on Lonette McKee, Cotton Club." —Michelle Visage, season 8

  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    Creature from the Black Lagoon

    "Whether you're a creature from the black dragoon or a rocky horror show, America's next drag superstar needs to be unspookable." —RuPaul, season 11

    "My milf eleganza is the creature of the black lagoon." —Scarlet Envy, season 11

    "The creature from the black lagoon meets the New York City catwalk, darling." —Scarlet Envy, season 11

    "Tonight I'm slime monster from the sexy black lagoon." —Yvie Oddly, season 11

    "It's the creature from the gold lamé." —Michelle Visage, season 13

  • Creed

    Creed

    "Let me pick the speed up, the man is my creed." —Miz Cracker, All Stars 5

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    "On the runway, it was a case of crouching tiger, hidden drag queen." —RuPaul, UK season 1

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    ★★★

    "Like a Benjamin Button, she went backward." —Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Secret Celebrity Drag Race

  • Dangerous Liaisons

    Dangerous Liaisons

    RuPaul, season 5

  • Death Becomes Her

    Death Becomes Her

    "Do you remember where we parked the car?" —Jinkx Monsoon, season 5

    "Death Becomes Her" runway, season 7

    Adam Rippon, season 11

    "She was like reenacting Death Becomes Her, like her head was like everywhere." —Carson Kressley, season 12

    Michelle Visage, season 12

  • Desperately Seeking Susan

    Desperately Seeking Susan

    "I'm looking for Susan. Have you seen her? I'm desperately seeking her." —Michelle Visage, season 9

    "I thought I'd stick to music, but I was desperately seeking something." —Sherry Pie, season 12

  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    Devil in a Blue Dress

    RuPaul, season 6

  • The Devil Wears Prada

    The Devil Wears Prada

    ★★★

    "The devil wears nada." —RuPaul, season 7

    "This was like BeBe Priestley, Devil Wears Prada: The Black Version." —Todrick Hall, All Stars 3

    "When I arrived, Miranda Priestly kissed me hello while London's ambassador shoved a $20 in my hand and told me I looked cheap." —Kennedy Davenport, All Stars 3

    "The Cracker wears Prada." —RuPaul, season 10

    "The devil wears denim." —Michelle Visage, season 11

    "Who dat? Oh, from Devil Wears Prada?" —Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, season 11

    "Are those boots prada? It was the Devil Wears Prada joke." —Carson Kressley, season 12

    "By all means, move at a glacial pace." —Bob Harper, season 12

    "I'm long in the tooth today, honey, because I am serving houndstooth Miranda Beastly." —Tina Burner, season 13

    "Devil Wears Prada. Everything she's been in has been incredible. Well done, Anne Hathaway, I love you so much. I love you so much." —Utica, season 13

  • Dick Tracy

    Dick Tracy

    "More like Breathless Ma-henny." —RuPaul, season 9

    "I was just breathless over Dick (Tracy)." —Sherry Pie, season 12

  • Die Another Day

    Die Another Day

    "Cheryl Hole, you will die another day. You're safe." —RuPaul, UK season 1

  • Dirty Dancing

    Dirty Dancing

    "Nobody puts baby Ru in a corner." —Santino Rice, season 5

    "Nobody puts this baby in a corner." —Ross Mathews, season 10

    "Nobody puts Babykins in a corner." —RuPaul, Secret Celebrity Drag Race

    "Nobody puts Burner in the corner, okay?" —Tina Burner, season 13

  • Doctor Zhivago

    Doctor Zhivago

    "Doctor Zhivag-ho." —Kat Dennings, season 7

    "Doctor Zhiva-go girl, go." —Carson Kressley, season 9

    "Are those Doctor Zhivago-go boots?" —Carson Kressley, season 12

  • Drag Me to Hell

    Drag Me to Hell

    "Drag Race Me to Hell" challenge, season 6.

  • Dreamgirls

    Dreamgirls

    Carson Kressley, season 7

    "She is your dream girl." —Jamal Sims, season 8

    "And I am telling you, Jennifer Hudson." —Brita Filter, season 12 snatch game

  • Driving Miss Daisy

    Driving Miss Daisy

    "Hi Miss Daisy! Hiii! You wanna take a ride?" —Ross Mathews, season 7

  • Dr. No

    Dr. No

    "I think she was trying to give us Ursula Andress, and we got Ursula A-Mess." —Michelle Visage, UK season 1

  • Drop Dead Gorgeous

    Drop Dead Gorgeous

    ★★½

    "I misunderstood the assignment". —Sasha Belle, season 7

  • Dumbo

    Dumbo

    "Is that Dumbo Flying in?" —Tyra Sanchez, season 2 reading challenge

    "Eureka O'Hara, I know you've probably seen Dumbo like a thousand times, but it doesn't matter how big you paint these wings, you are staying on the ground, bitch." —Miz Cracker, season 10 reading challenge

    "Does that trigger you? Does it? Whales? Manatees? Does Dumbo ring a bell to you?" —Utica Queen, season 13

  • Earth Girls Are Easy

    Earth Girls Are Easy

    "Now just between us Earth girls, what do you think?" —RuPaul, season 10

  • Easter Parade

    Easter Parade

    "If you wanna catch the Easter parade, meet me in St. Louis." —RuPaul, All Stars 4