Movie References

The Warriors Movie References page highlights fan films, movies, TV shows, albums, tracks and video games that reference The Warriors movie.This page highlights some of the more well-known references to the movie.

Vamp Bikers

Vamp Bikers is a movie tribute to The Warriors which features a small number of the cast from the original movie (Brian Tyler (Snow) is the first person you see in the trailer). Check out the movie below, and this write-up. You may also be interested in this really nice video showing the Coney Island recovery effort following Hurricane Sandy which again features the cast of The Warriors (sent in by Eric Rivas).

Lost in Coney Island

Lost in Coney Island is a fan-made remake of the The Warriors movie.

The Purifiers

The Purifiers is a British movie that came out in 2004 which has more than a passing resemblance to The Warriors. In fact, it is almost a modern-day remake of the original movie. However, the movie reviews have not been very favourable. Check out the trailer below.


In the film Doomsday, the good guys get chased by a cannibal gang through a deserted city. The gang of cannibals ride an old school bus in the exact same way the Turnbull AC’s did in The Warriors, swinging chains and planks of wood. The camera angles are also remarkably similar to those used in The Warriors. The chase scene even continues through the station, and over the turnstile, right to the end of the platform, just like The Warriors. In the movie commentary, they mention that the scene is a homage to The Warriors.

References in Movies

  • In Grosse Pointe Blank, the character played by Minnie Driver works in a radio studio and there is one shot which shows her talking into the microphone in the exact same style as the DJ in The Warriors.
  • In the 2007 movie Murder Party, one of the lead characters is dressed up as a member of the Baseball Furies. (Thanks Greg!).
  • Adam Sandler, in Bedtime Stories, says “can you dig it?” during the Roman chariot scene. (Thanks Jim!).

References in TV

  • In The Simpsons episode “Three Gays and a Condo”, Homer can be heard in one episode saying “Puzzle piece, come out to play-ay”, a reference to Luther’s famous line in The Warriors. In another episode, Homer enters a stadium and shouts “Can You Dig It?” to the crowd except, quite amusingly, nobody makes a sound.
  • In The Simpsons episode “Eeny Teeny Maya Moe” (original air date – April 5, 2009) of season 20, a baby leader of a group of bullying babies, bangs three bottles together on his fingers, referencing Luther in The Warriors. (Thanks Taylor!).
  • In The Simpsons episode “The Winter of His Content” (season 25, episode 14), there is a bully gathering similar to the conclave in The Warriors. (Thanks Jon!).
  • In animated show Archer, Season 3, Episode 13 – “Space Race Part 2”, Barry, the KGB cyborg assassin, who is trying to kill Archer aboard the International Space Station says “Archer, come out and play” while clinking beer bottles on his hands just like Luther at the end of The Warriors movie. (Thanks Jim!).
  • In the South Park episode “Smug Alert” when the Radio DJ makes an announcement on the radio about a song Stan made it uses the same shot with the lips and the microphone. (Thanks Jonah!).
  • In season 5, episode 5 of American Dad called “Escape From Pearl Bailey”, Steve and his friends are being chased through his school by different ‘gangs’ using several references from the movie. (Thanks Steven!).
  • In an episode of Scrubs, Turk flexes his muscles and says “You see?! you see what you get when you mess with the warriors?!” although in the movie the line mentions The Orphans and not The Warriors. (Thanks John Sloan!).
  • Entourage references The Warriors twice. (Thanks Savva!).
  • In one episode of Regular Show, Rigby taunts Mordecai by saying “Mordecai, put down the phone” parodying Luther’s “Warriors, come out to pla-a-y” from the movie. (Thanks Casey!).
  • In How I Met Your Mother, Season 6 Episode 1 – “Big Days”, When Marshall begins the process to get Lily pregnant, his office co-workers give him a big send off, and he says the line “Can you Dig It!”. (Thanks Jim!).

References in Music

  • The Warriors is sampled in a track by UK grime artist Alias in his track – “Warriors” (Thanks David Verne Pitt!).
  • The Warriors is also sampled in a track by The Stanton Warriors (sent in by David Verne Pitt).
  • The Warriors is referenced in the music video for “California Love” by Tupac Shakur around 40 seconds in (Thanks GrandTheftAaron!)
  • Delinquent HabitsAn album cover of Delinquent Habits, a Californian HipHop group, is clearly based on The Warriors poster. You can even spot some Baseball Furies and some Hi-Hats (Thanks Paulie!).
  • “A Mover El Culo” by Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas have very cool video which is based around The Warriors (Thanks Ronald Chavez!).
  • “Come Out and Play” by Twisted Sister features a glass-bottle clinking chant performed by the bands leader Dee Snider (at the start).
  • The song “m.A.A.d City” by Kendrick Lamar has a movie reference in verse one. “Warriors and Conans”. (Thanks Jake!).
  • Lady Sovereign’s music video for “I Got You Dancing” has several references to The Warriors in terms of the costumes used. (Thanks Jonathan!).
  • “Shame on a Nigga” by the Wu Tang Clan features a line from The Warriors (around 2:04).
  • “Anybody Killa” samples The Warriors many times on his Hatchet Warrior album, which even includes a cover of “In The City” by Joe Walsh.
  • Fat Joe samples the “Can you dig it?” speech from The Warriors in the track “Gangbanging Interlude” from the album Jealous Ones Envy. (Thanks Katie!).
  • British band Pop Will Eat Itself features some tracks that sample The Warriors.
  • A song by a1 Voyager called “Baseball Furies” (12″ Single, 1993) samples the movie. (Thanks Savvas!).
  • Biohazard, a hardcore band from Brooklyn, wrote a song called “Wrong Side of the Tracks” about The Warriors. It is featured on Urban Discipline (1992). (Thanks Noelle!).
  • In the track “Ghetto bird” by Ice Cube at around 2 minutes and 45 seconds he says “a fool like me shot Cyrus”.
  • The music video for “Flava in Ya Ear” by Craig Mack (feat. Notorious BIG, Rampage, LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes) references The Warriors. (Thanks Scott!).
  • The music video for Fight Music by D12 is based on The Warriors starting with the meeting in the park. Ice T is playing Cyrus.

References in Games

  • In Need for Speed: Pro Street, one of the in-game announcers says before a race: “Can you hear it?, Can you hear it? Can you heeeeaaarrr it?” in the style of Cyrus (Thanks GrandTheftAaron!).

Submit your References

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