Nighthawks

Painter: Edward Hopper

Year: 1942

Strangely enough, for a painting dripping with feelings of loneliness and estrangement it keeps pretty good company. Blade Runner's look was inspired by it. Wim Wenders famously recreated this scene for a film within a film in the History of Violence. The Simpsons featured it prominently in an episode. Tom Waits wrote an album of songs inspired by it. Gottfried Helnwein replaced the sitters with Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean and Elvis in Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Joyce Carol Oates penned a novel giving an interior life to the pictured characters.