While SZA’s sophomore album S.O.S. is an undeniable hit, one track in particular has fans ready to suit up and channel Beatrix Kiddo of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, as the Jersey singer’s song of the same name entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3 upon the album’s Dec. 9 release.
Making note of the breakout song’s success, SZA will soon be dropping the official video for the track, which directly references the action flick in the teaser she shared via social media shortly before the new year.
The TDE songbird is far from the first artist to draw inspiration for her music from movies, with artists such as Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar penning multiple songs named after inspiring motion pictures.
Check out 14 additional songs — including one more from SZA’s latest album — named after famous films below.
“Gone Girl” – SZA
In addition to “Kill Bill,” SZA channeled her inner cinephile when she named another song on her new album after a popular flick, 2014’s Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.
“Moonlight” – Jay-Z
Hov channeled a modern day classic of Black cinema with 2017’s “Moonlight,” named after the Oscar winning film starring Trevante Rhodes, Mahershala Ali, and Janelle Monáe. The Brooklyn MC’s accompanying video featured young Black actors such as Issa Rae, Jerrod Carmichael, and LaKeith Stanfield recreating a classic episode of ’90s sitcom Friends.
“Die Hard” – Kendrick Lamar
A fan favorite from his latest, Grammy-nominated album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, Kendrick Lamar’s “Die Hard” featuring Amanda Reifer and Blxst was named after the classic 1988 Bruce Willis action flick.
“A Better Tomorrow” – Wu-Tang Clan
Of course, Wu-Tang Clan would draw inspiration from a classic Kung Fu flick, in this case 1986’s Hong Kong crime-action film A Better Tomorrow, directed by John Woo and starring Ti Lung, Leslie Cheung and Chow Yun-fat.
“Cinderella Man” – Eminem
Eminem song “Cinderella Man” shares its title with the 2005 film of the same name starring Russell Crowe and Renée Zellweger.
“Disturbia” – Rihanna
One of Rihanna’s many dance records, her 2009 track “Disturbia” dropped two years after the suspenseful thriller of the same name.
“Clueless” – Usher
A fan-favorite, technically unreleased deep cut from Usher, “Clueless” shares its name with the classic teen film starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, and Paul Rudd.
“Escape From LA” – The Weeknd
Several films inspired The Weeknd’s 2020 album After Hours, including Escape From L.A., a song title he borrowed from the 1996 action flick starring Kurt Russell.
“Forrest Gump” – Frank Ocean
A favorite from his popular album Channel Orange, Frank Ocean’s “Forrest Gump” is a clear reference to the Oscar-winning 1994 film starring Tom Hanks and Robin Wright.
“Dead Presidents” – Jay-Z
Jay-Z’s “Dead Presidents,” featured on his classic debut album Reasonable Doubt, dropped in 1996, one year after the film of the same name starring Larenz Tate and Chris Tucker hit theaters.
“Poetic Justice” – Kendrick Lamar
Long before “Die Hard,” Compton rep Kendrick Lamar drew inspiration from the big screen with “Poetic Justice.” The name was only fitting, as the track samples Janet Jackson, the star of the 1993 film.
“Snow On Tha Bluff” – J. Cole
J. Cole’s 2020 track “Snow On Tha Bluff” directly references the 2011 documentary of the same name centered on Atlanta dope dealer, Curtis Snow.
“The Crying Game” – Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj drew inspiration from 1992 thriller The Crying Game for her The Pinkprint song of the same name.
“Django Jane” – Janelle Monáe
While Janelle Monáe’s “Django Jane” isn’t exactly eponymous to Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained, they clearly drew from its themes of rebellion and resilience when penning the popular track.