7 movies that inspired Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop, and how to watch them

When it concerns crafting the appearance and technique to his 2021 reimagining of the cherished sci-fi western anime Cowboy Bebop, showrunner André Nemec was intent on developing a series that would not affect the initial, however rather reside in the spirit of it.

That implied reviewing the live-action films which initially influenced director Shinichirō Watanabe back when the Cowboy Bebop was produced back in 1998, reverse-engineering those motivations to catalyze brand-new circumstances and point of views in the brand-new Cowboy Bebop series. “We put a pretty extensive and expansive list together, and we spent a lot of time really looking at the inspirations,” Nemec informed Polygon previously this year.

What made the list? Here’s a much deeper dive into the 7 movies that Nemec offered states affected Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop, and where to view them.


The Huge Sleep

Humphrey Bogart and Laruen Bacall in The Big Sleep.

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Based Upon Raymond Chandler’s 1939 unique, Howard Hawks’ 1946 movie noir timeless The Huge Sleep stars Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe, a Los Angeles private detective employed to settle the betting financial obligations of the youngest child of the rich General Sternwood. What starts as a regular case rapidly intensifies into an high-stakes examination including murder, blackmail, and conspiracy. Working along with Vivian (Lauren Bacall), Sternwood’s oldest child, Marlowe should capture the real perpetrator behind the blackmail plan if he has any hope of releasing Sternwood’s household — and himself — from this lethal secret. The pleasure of the film, and what might act as motivation for both Nemec and Watanabe, is the irritable script, which is at when complicated and sharp. Film Writers Leigh Brackett, Jules Furthman, William Faulkner (yes, that William Faulkner) discover the humor in Chandler’s composing even when things deviate or the tomb.

The Huge Sleep is readily available to lease for $2.99 on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu.

The Great, the Bad and the Ugly

Eli Wallach and Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Sergio Leone’s 1966 impressive The Great, The Bad and the Ugly is an enduring classic in the canon of spaghetti Westerns. Starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach as a trio of fugitive hunter, hooligans, and cold-hard killers competing for $200,000 gold treasure buried in a commentary. Unfolding throughout numerous explosive gunfights, frenzied goes after, and tense face-offs throughout the plains of a mythic desert, all framed with Leone’s signature usage of long shot cinematography and raised by Ennio Morricone’s expressive rating, The Great, The Bad and the Ugly is a long-lasting cinematic example of Westerns, and an excellent film for any writer to view prior to staging a standoff. (See the “Cowboy” in Cowboy Bebop.)

The Great, the Bad and the Ugly is readily available to stream on HBO Max.

Bonnie and Clyde

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

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Arthur Penn’s biographical police procedural Bonnie and Clyde was a countercultural phenomenon when it premiered in theaters in 1967, reviled and renowned for its unabashed representation of sex, violence, and criminal desert. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty star as real-life hooligans Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow as they lead their gang throughout Depression-era United States on a project of vicious break-ins and bank break-ins. Non-stop pursued by the law and skirting catastrophe at every turn, Dunaway and Beatty are entirely electrifying in their efficiencies. The film sets a high bar for the brand-new Cowboy Bebop cast, and what trailers recommend is a wild-but-often-violent tone for the brand-new series.

Bonnie and Clyde is readily available to stream on HBO Max.

2001: An Area Odyssey

2001 a space odyssey: dave in close up in his space helmet

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2001: An Area Odyssey is an undisputable classic of science-fiction movie theater, a work of spectacular visual accomplishment and operatic scale whose tradition looms as everywhere over the stretch of movie history as the shadow of among its renowned monoliths. Co-written by science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, Stanley Kubrick’s landmark 1968 movie follows the impressive trip of the Discovery One from Earth to Jupiter following the discovery of a strange artifact on the surface area of the Moon. As mankind efforts to understand after an understanding of an inscrutable alien intelligence far older and large than their own, the journey is made complex when the onboard AI in charge of Discovery One gains life and tries to threaten the lives of its team. From the movie’s opening flashback to the dawn of human advancement to its stunning and renowned “star gate” series, 2001: An Area Odyssey is an outright must-watch for any major sci-fi fan. Likewise, excellent spaceships. And Nemec has actually assured excellent spaceships.

2001: An Area Odyssey is readily available to stream on HBO Max.

Dirty Harry

Clint Eastwood as Harry in Dirty Harry

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Clint Eastwood stars in Don Siegel’s 1971 action-thriller Filthy Harry as “Dirty” Harry Callahan, a San Francisco Cops Inspector with a track record for unconventional approaches and a mercenary mindset towards killers and lawbreakers. When a serial sniper calling themselves “the Scorpio killer” starts to intimidate the city, Callahan is designated to capture the killer and bring them to simply — by any and all suggests needed. With thrilling weapon battles, goes after, and Eastwood’s fantastic efficiency, Dirty Harry set the plan for cops action thrillers. Spike Spiegel may be the polar reverse of a police officer, however he does live by a values while swinging his handgun around.

Dirty Harry is readily available to lease for $3.99 on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu.

Lethal Weapon

Detective Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson, right) with LAPD veteran Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover, left) in the 1987 movie “Lethal Weapon.” 

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Danny Glover and Mel Gibson in Richard Donner’s initial 1987 pal police action drama Lethal Weapon as Roger Murtaugh (Glover), a veteran LAPD investigator simply a couple of brief years far from retirement and Martin Riggs (Gibson), an unhinged police distraught over the death of his spouse. When the 2 are partnered together, they’ll need to reserve their exceptional distinctions to remove a powerful drug and prostitution ring run by General Peter McAllister (Mitchell Ryan). Lethal Weapon saw Gibson and Glover at the height of their appeal, generating a franchise of follows up and a 2016 tv series starring Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford. Nevertheless, in between Glover’s “too old for this shit” straight male character and Gibson’s wild-eyed ferocity, the initial Lethal Weapon perhaps stays the very best entry in the series. You can quickly see why somebody like Nemec would recall to Donner’s film to strike the provided for an IRL Spike and Jet Black.

Lethal Weapon is readily available to stream on HBO Max and Peacock.

The Crow

Brandon Lee as Eric Draven in “The Crow”

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Based Upon James O’Barr’s dark dream comic series, Dark City director Alex Proyas’ 1994 superhero movie The Crow stars the late Brandon Lee as Eric Draven, a poetic up-and-coming rock artist who is completely killed by the henchmen of an effective criminal offense lord along with his fiancée Shelly. Reanimated by strange crow on Halloween Eve, a year after his murder, Eric returns as an avenging angel with supernatural powers to specific revenge on the lawbreakers who took his life from him. Made notorious for the death of its star Brandon Lee, who was shot and fatally injured throughout production, The Crow is a sensational visual phenomenon and a fascinating vengeance thriller. As numerous have actually kept in mind throughout the years, Watanabe appears to have actually raised rather straight from the movie for “Ballad Of Fallen Angels,” which the Netflix series is most likely to translate in its own method.

The Crow is readily available to stream on Paramount Plus.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.