Top 10 Movie and TV Schemes That Inspired Real Dumb Crimes
10. Fight Club
Source: 20th Century Fox
It takes a pretty twisted mind to look at a crazy satire from the equally twisted mind of director David Fincher and think that it's a good idea to emulate it in real life to solve all of society's problems. If anything, it pretty much proves what the film is trying to say about keeping unstable men trapped in soul-sucking office jobs and keeping their brains sedated with mind-numbing anti-depressants.
One New York City teenager who should be at the top of the "To Medicate" list got the brilliant idea to fight back against the oppression of the modern male by not only starting his own fight clubs but also by making a bomb and setting it off in front of a Starbucks. Fortunately, the teenager, like the film's antagonist/protagonist, had his own mental problems, a disorder scientists call "stupid brain." He bragged about the plot to his fellow fight clubbing friends and even told one of them to watch the news the day he planned to detonate it. Plus, the bomb he made might have hurt some innocent bystanders but it wasn't powerful enough to destroy anything except a nearby bench, which only would have sent a strong message to the oppressive forces of the parks and recreation department.
9. The Town
Source: Warner Bros.
Following a bank plot from a movie for an actual bank robbery is like following directions from MapQuest. It might look precise and easy to follow but it will ultimately get you to a place where you would never want to go.
Some suspects in Illinois saw Ben Affleck's bank robbery epic "The Town" and thought that dressing up like haggard nuns and producing semi-automatic weapons in a real world bank would produce the same score. The plan was actually executed fairly efficiently since the robbers knew the level of security in the bank branch and the location of the high priced bills and notes in the vault. Unfortunately, upon further investigation, the robbers seemed to know the bank a little too well, which pointed investigators to a former employee of the bank and one of his friends.
8. Taxi Driver
Source: Columbia Pictures
Art often strives to imitate life and once in a rare while, life imitates art. However, when art imitates life and life imitates that art, existence moves one step closer to being sucked into a time-space continuum rift.
John Hinckley Jr. will forever be known as the guy who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan to impress actress Jodie Foster, a feat that would later prove futile when Jodie Foster came out of the closet. The film that initially inspired him to win the young actress's heart was Martin Scorsese's classic "Taxi Driver" in which she starred as an underage prostitute who the film's anti-hero tries to save from her abusive pimp after he tries to kill a presidential candidate. The film is also based loosely on Arthur Bremer, the man who tried to shoot and kill presidential candidate George Wallace in an attempt to gain celebrity through political assassination. Hinckley's plot failed, however, because nothing could kill Ronald Reagan, except maybe kryptonite or silver bullets.
7. The Matrix
Source: Warner Bros.
Once again, it takes a special kind of mind to look at a movie as goofy and far out as "The Matrix" and somehow let your brain make you believe that what you are watching is a documentary (Hint No. 1: No one has ever uttered the phrase "I know kung fu" in real life WITH a straight face).
Yet somehow a total of three grisly crimes including the ones perpetrated by the infamous "D.C. Sniper" were inspired by something called "the Matrix." The criminals even went so far as to cite the film's as part of their legal defense with varying results.
Believe it or not, this classic TV comedy about nothing served as the basis for schemes that almost netted their perpetrators a buttload of cash but ended up netting them a buttload of prison time (try not to think about that last phrase for too long, unless that's what you're into).
The famous scheme cooked up by Kramer and Newman to deposit hundreds of thousands of bottles in another state for a higher price could have worked if the twosome hadn't come across Jerry's stolen car taken by a crazed mechanic. Unfortunately the real life crooks who tried to do the same thing in Maine with more than 100,000 out-of-state cans and bottles turned out to be a committing a real life crime.