The Statue of Liberty after its unveiling quickly became a popular icon, featured in scores of posters, pictures, and books. Later was used or featured in motion pictures, television programs, music videos and video games. Images of the statue has been used as a logo, on commmorative coins, and in theatrical productions. It remains to this day a popular local, national, and international political symbol and marketing image. The following is a list of its many appearances in different media.


  • On April 8, 1983, CBS broadcast a program, the fifth of a series featuring illusionist David Copperfield, in which he made the statue apparently vanish. The effect took place at night. The program showed the statue from the point of view of an audience seated on a ground-level platform, viewing the statue between two scaffolding towers in which a large curtain was raised.[1]

In numismaticsEdit

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The Statue of the liberty has been depicted in several coins, not only in the USA, but all over the world. Once of the most recent silver coin is the 20 euro S.M.S. Sankt Georg commemorative coin. The obverse shows the armored cruiser S.M.S. Sankt Georg sailing into New York Harbor on May 17, 1907; passing right in front of the Statue of Liberty. This was to be the last visit of an Austrian naval vessel in the U.S.A.

As a political symbolEdit

  • The artist Joseph Pennell created a poster 1918 for the fourth Liberty Loans campaign of 1918, during World War I, showing her headless and torchless while around her the New York area was in flames, under enemy attack by air and by sea. The poster is sometimes referred to on the Web as "That liberty shall not perish" since these are the first words that appear on it.[3][4][5]
  • In 1978, at University of Wisconsin–Madison, Jim Mallon and Leon Varjian of the "Pail and Shovel Party" won election by promising to give campus issues "the seriousness they deserve." In 1979 (and again in 1980), they created their own version of the Planet of the Apes scene by erecting replicas of the torch and the top of the head on the frozen surface of Lake Mendota, creating a fanciful suggestion that the entire statue was standing on the bottom of the lake.[6][7]
  • Many libertarian organizations use images of the statue as their symbol.[8][9][10][11]
  • The Conservative Party of New York uses the statue's torch and flame as its symbol.


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(In American Football, the "Statue of Liberty play" is an old trick play in which the quarterback holds the ball high over his head as if to throw a pass, and then does a stealthy handoff to a running back.)

  • New York and New Jersey have featured the statue on license plates. The statue was on the regular New York plate from 1986 until 2001. A New Jersey speciality plate,[13] celebrating Liberty State Park has been available for many years and is still available as of 2005.

In literatureEdit

  • A 1911 O. Henry story relates a fanciful conversation between "Mrs. Liberty" and another statue;[14]

"The Lady Higher Up" relates a fanciful dialog between the statue and the then-famous Statue of Diana at Madison Square Garden. In the story, Diana asks "Mrs. Liberty" why she speaks with what Diana terms a "City Hall brogue." Liberty answers: "If ye'd studied the history of art in its foreign complications ye'd not need to ask. If ye wasn't so light-headed and giddy ye'd know that I was made by a Dago and presented to the American people on behalf of the French Government for the purpose of welcomin' Irish immigrants into the Dutch city of New York."[15]

  • During the 1940s and 1950s, the iconography of science fiction in the United States was filled with images of ancient, decayed Statues of Liberty, set in the distant future. The covers of famous pulp magazines such as Amazing Stories and Astounding Science Fiction all featured Lady Liberty at one time, surrounded by ruins or by the sediments of the ages, as curious aliens or representatives of advanced or degenerate humans of the future gazed upon her remains. The February 1941 cover of Astounding showed a primitive man and woman approaching on a raft a Statue of Liberty surrounded by wild growth. During the 1940s and 1950s, pulp Science Fiction magazines featured Lady Liberty surrounded by ruins or by the sediments of the ages.
  • Jack Finney's 1970 novel Time and Again takes advantage of the presence, in 1882, of just the arm and torch of the statue in Madison Square Park for an important plot development.
  • In the final scene of Maggie-Now by Betty Smith, two characters scatter Maggie's late husband's ashes from the statue's torch.[citation needed]
  • In Amerika by Franz Kafka, the author inaccurately depicts the statue as holding aloft a sword rather than a torch.
  • The DC Comics superhero Miss America was originally granted her powers by the Statue in a vision. This was later retconned to have been a dream; she had really gained her powers from an experiment.
  • In the Marvel Comics universe, the torch of the Statue of Liberty is the secret meeting spot between superheroes Spider-Man and his friend/confident Human Torch.
  • The final chapter of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach reveals that "The Glow-worm became the light inside the torch on the Statue of Liberty, and thus saved a grateful City from having to pay a huge electricity bill every year."
  • Ellen Kushner's 1986 Choose Your Own Adventure book Statue of Liberty Adventure has the protagonist exploring the statue to find its original inspiration.
  • In a special gibi Cinema Classics of the Monica's Gang, the name of the history of the planet was Coelinhos, a page in the Statue of Liberty appears mired in the sand.
  • The history of the Statue of Liberty is retold in the hit 2008 illustrated book Lady Liberty: A Biography.

In television and filmEdit

In Men in Black II, an emergency neuralizer is built into the statue's torch to erase everyone's memories in case of a mass display. It has been in dozens of motion pictures. It is a setting in the 1942 Alfred Hitchcock movie Saboteur, which featured a climactic confrontation at the statue. Half submerged in the sand, the Statue provided the apocalyptic revelation at the end of 1968's Planet of the Apes. The statue walked from Liberty Island to Manhattan in the 1989 film, Ghostbusters II, to defeat the villain with positive energy when it inspired hope amongst cheering New Yorkers. It was the setting for the climax of the first X-Men film. It can also be seen lying broken on the ground in the movie Independence Day, after the first wave of attacks by extraterrestrials. In the 2004 movie The Day After Tomorrow, the statue gets frozen, and in the 2008 movie Cloverfield, it is decapitated by a giant monster; its head lands in a Manhattan street. In the 1994 Gundam series G Gundam, the protagonist hides his Gundam in the abandoned statue and then makes it jump out of the statue, destroying it. In the film, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, the sister statue in Paris provides a clue.

  • During the early episodes of the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire, the Statue is often seen during the introduction sequence.
  • In Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry, Tom and Jerry "strip" Statue of Liberty leaving her in bikini. The Statue then gives a pose and Tom whistles at her.
  • In an episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series, The Green Goblin creates his own version of the Statue of Liberty with his own face and hat instead.
  • Statue of Liberty appears in Ben 10 episode Kevin 11.
  • The 1942 Alfred Hitchcock movie Saboteur features a climactic confrontation at the statue, ending in a fall from the torch.[16]
  • The final joke in the 1940s Warner Bros. cartoon Baseball Bugs depicted the statue coming alive and admonishing a ballplayer who was disputing the umpire's call.
  • The statue is seen in various episodes of Futurama. In the very first episode, Fry is shot through a transportation tube that has replaced the statue's torch. The opening sequence shows the statue holding a ray-gun, whilst other appearances show it with its normal torch.
  • In the ending of the 1968 film Planet of the Apes, the statue appears decayed and half-buried in sand, serving as painful, undeniable proof to the film's protagonist, Taylor, that he has been on Earth the whole time.[17] (This scene is parodied in the animated comedy Madagascar, the Mel Brooks film Spaceballs, the Kevin Smith film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and in two episodes of The Simpsons—one where Homer is an astronaut ("Deep Space Homer"), and another where Troy McClure appears in a Planet of the Apes musical dates Marge's sister Selma to revive his career and quell the rumors about his sexual fetish with fish ("A Fish Called Selma"). It also appears in the beginning of the first Planet of the Apes sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
  • Beginning in the late 1970s, Miss Piggy has been featured in over a dozen different interpretations of the Statue of Liberty.
  • At the end of Men in Black II, Tommy Lee Jones' character uses the statue's torch to erase the memory of an alien spacecraft from the minds of thousands of New Yorkers.
  • Much of the advertising for the film The Day After Tomorrow (2004) used an image of the Statue of Liberty nearly buried in snow and ice (much like the University of Wisconsin "Pail and Shovel Party" prank), after a storm surge and catastrophic climate change. In this image, the Statue of Liberty is facing the wrong way - West towards New Jersey, with the New York skyline to its right. This image is parodied in the Disaster Movie teaser poster.
  • In the episode of The Critic, Jay Sherman, who inherited a billion dollars from his supposed deceased parents, took some of that money to clean up New York. One of his tasks was him personally lowering himself down to the armpit of the Statue of Liberty and spraying her with a large can of deodorant. In a Valentine's Day themed episode, Jay fantasizes about the statue coming to life and telling him she has needs. A cop then points to a sign that tells people not to fantasize about the statue.
  • In Mel Brooks' History of the World Part I, after escaping the Roman Army in the "The Roman Empire" segment, the gang head to Judea. The Statue of Liberty can be seen in the cityscape.
  • The American Dad! episode "A Smith in the Hand" has Stan carving The Statue of Liberty on a wooden plank to kill his urge to masturbate, only to pleasure himself to the picture.
  • In the series Seinfeld, George Costanza works for a time at a fictional company called Kruger Industrial Smoothing. The company is said to have participated in the 1980s restoration of the statue. In a different episode, George and Jerry discuss whether or not the statue was assembled prior to its transportation to America.
  • In the disaster film, Deep Impact the statue is toppled and her severed head is pushed roughly into the intersections of Wall Street and William Street by the tidal wave of water created from the asteroid impact.
  • From 1985 until early 1988, the Statue of Liberty was used for the opener of all the NBC News programs, accompanied by The Mission, a music package composed by John Williams.
  • The statue assists the Ghostbusters to defeat the evil Vigo the Carpathian in the comedy, Ghostbusters II. The statue is shown to move like a human being would. An earlier scene in the film, however, showed the mood slime used to animate the statue could cause solid substances to animate (as a bathtub was shown to become flexible).[18]
  • A pre-release poster for the 1984 film Supergirl was a painting that showed the film's star flying by the Statue of Liberty, which was depicted holding up its torch with its left hand.
  • The statue is one of the first glimpses of the United States seen by Bronson Pinchot's Balki Bartokomous character in the opening credits of the ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers.[citation needed]
  • The climax of the film X-Men took place within the pedestal, museum, inside the statue, and atop the torch of the statue.[citation needed]
  • A 2006 episode of Doctor Who, "New Earth", features a planet 5 billion years in the future on which humans have settled following the end of the world. The Doctor and Rose visit the city of New New York, the fifteenth city of this name since the original. Incorporated into the city is the statue dwarfed by skyscrapers. It is unrevealed if it is the original which has been rescued from Earth before its destruction, or a copy. As New New York is the fifteenth city to hold the name then it is possible the statue is a copy. The statue is also seen in the 2007 episodes "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks", both based in New York in November 1930.
  • In Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning the statue is destroyed by Emperor Pirk's forces as a symbol of the fall of the old world order as the propaganda film narrator proclaims "The time was right for a brave new empire: the P-Fleet was born".
  • Bart Simpson shouts to a boatload of immigrants "Hey, immigrants! Beat it! Country's full!" from the statue in the Simpsons episode "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson". The official aboard the boat tells the group, "OK people, you heard the lady. Back into the hold. We'll try Canada." The immigrants moan and go back below the deck.
  • The statue frequently appeared in the background of the Disney animated show Gargoyles. It was the setting for the first battle between the gargoyle clan and the main antagonist David Xanatos after the latter was released from prison.
  • In Aftershock: Earthquake in New York, the statue collapses during an earthquake.
  • In the Family Guy episode "I Take Thee Quagmire", Peter Griffin brings Glenn Quagmire the Statue of Liberty's foot as a wedding present because Quagmire has a foot fetish. Later in the episode Adam West sees the foot and believes the statue has been destroyed, parodying the scene with the statue's ruins in Planet of the Apes.
  • In the episode "The Edge" in the cartoon series Gargoyles, the aerial fight between the Gargoyles' clan and the 'Metal Clan' takes place around the statue, with one of the two secondary robot Gargoyles crashing into Lady Liberty's book, the other being shot down and exploding on the lawn of Liberty Isle. The leader Robot Gargoyle is then trapped on top of the Statue's head, and (revealed later on as Xanatos in a power-suit) surrenders, flying off.
  • In an episode of The Simpsons, Grandpa Simpson tells the family about when he first arrived at America, stating that he and his mother and father lived in the statue for a while, until they filled it up with trash and moved.
  • In an episode of Ed, Edd n Eddy, a poorly-built replica of the Statue of Liberty is built to cause an "accident" to befall upon Ed's violin (which he plays very poorly). However, this plan is foiled when Edd gives Wilfred (Rolf's pig) a powerful magnet, which he eats.
  • The Statue of Liberty was the stage for a massive Cobra attack in the opening sequence of G.I.-Joe The Movie.
  • In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show episode Flatbush Koopa, the Mario Bros. find the statue modified with King Koopa's head on it. This happens again in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 episode Recycled Koopa, and at the end of the episode, the statue, having returned to normal, praises the Mario Bros..
  • In the film Cloverfield, a giant monster decaptitates the statue and throws it onto a Manhattan street. Later in the film, the decapitated statue is seen from the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • In the CSI: NY episode Can You Hear Me Know?, blood is present on the crown and visible from long range. Two security guards were murdered during a systems update where the security system was temporality down.
  • The statue is frequently seen on School House Rock.
  • In the TV movie by Hallmark, "Category 7: The End of the World", the statue is destroyed by a tornado.
  • In the movie Resident Evil: Extinction, the New York-New York version of the statue is seen abandoned in Las Vegas.
  • In the French film, "The Triplets of Belleville", the statue is fat and holding a hamburger on a tray instead of a tablet.
  • In the last Busytown episode, "The Big Apple Christmas Caper", the statue is a pig and gets its torch and crown ripped off by a giant magnet.
  • In the documentary Earthquake in New York City, the torch arm of the Statue of Liberty falls during the earthquake.
  • During auditions in Season 5 of American Idol, a young man who hailed from New York was dressed up as the Statue of Liberty. As soon as he sings "Start Spreading the...." (from the song New York, New York), Simon Cowell immediately interrupts and ends the young man's audition.
  • In episode 53 of Digimon Adventure, the Statue of Liberty is seen in the background behind some people, as they watch at the sky in support of the Digi-Destined's efforts in stopping Apocalymon in the Digital World. The presence of this statue in the background in this scene highlights the people's strong hope and desire for the Digi-Destined's victory, which would prevent the fulfilment of Apocalymon's apocalyptic desires.
  • In the movie Titanic (1997 film), the statue is seen when the RMS Carpathia arrives in New York City.
  • In the movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence, the statue is seen submerged in the ocean up to the bottom of her torch due to global warming.
  • In the movie Independence Day (film), the statue is seen toppled after the alien invasion.
  • In the season nine premiere of Smallville, Clark dives off a simulation of the Statue of Liberty as part of his training.
  • Many scenes in the film Jungle 2 Jungle take place around the statue, including having one of the cast members climb atop the statue's head.
  • Kimberly-Clark's 2010 TV campaign for Poise adult underwear with Whoopi Goldberg as Liberty [19]

In video gamesEdit

  • In the video game Grand Theft Auto IV, in which it's called "The Statue of Happiness". This version depicts the statue smiling and holding up a cup of coffee instead of a torch, referencing the Hot Coffee minigame, a controversial disabled feature in a previous game of the series.
  • In the opening cut scene for the video game Parasite Eve, the Statue of Liberty can be seen crying what appears to be blood. Later in the game, the main protagonist and antagonist battle on Liberty Island near a fallen and gooey Statue of Liberty.
  • In the arcade/Sega Genesis game Chelnov (Atomic Runner in the US and Europe of the Sega Genesis version) the final boss's third and final form takes place on Liberty Island with Chelnov defeating the deathtarian leader on the statue itself. The deathtarian explodes in front of the statue, thus illuminating the Manhattan skyline.
  • In the PlayStation game Tekken 2, character Paul Phoenix's stage is set in New York City, with the statue visible in the background.
  • In opening scenes of the video game Star Ocean: Till the End of Time for PlayStation 2, the statue and its pedestal are shown 780 years in the future perched atop a domed building called 'The Art Museum of Statue'. A floating ring-shaped building (presumably an observation deck) encompasses her head. The surrounding skyscrapers suggest the statue has been moved far from Liberty Island (not that the museum was built on Liberty Island).
  • In Spider-Man 2, Mysterio turns the Statue of Liberty into a giant Mysterio Statue, where Spider-Man must destroy the power core to change it back to normal and stop Mysterio's invasion. Spider-Man could not get back to land due to the "alien ships" being destroyed. He hitches a ride on a boat.
  • In Punch-Out!! for the NES, after completing the circuit (only the Minor and Major), there will be a cutscene with a password showing Little Mac jogging following Doc on a bike. At the end, the Statue of Liberty is shown, along with the password.
  • The first level of the 2000 computer game Deus Ex takes place on Liberty Island and inside the statue pedestal. The statue itself has been heavily damaged in a bombing that occurred several years before the events of the game. In the sequel Deus Ex: Invisible War, the last level is again at the statue, which has been re-erected as a light sculpture.
  • The statue appears in Ultimate Spider-Man, but can only be seen in the distance. A token at the southern tip of Manhattan nearest the statue is the Statue of Liberty Landmark token, however.
  • In the 2007 multi-platform title Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, the Statue is briefly seen in the opening cutscene, bombed by German planes and zeppelins, completely engulfed by explosions and with its torch arm falling off. Teaser images showed the Statue near neck-deep and sinking in the water, with its torch on fire and others showed a Nazi banner on its torch hand.
  • The 1998 Nintendo 64 game Duke Nukem: Zero Hour features a level set in the statue.[citation needed]
  • Two video games in the turn-based Civilization franchise (Civilization II and Civilization IV) both have the Statue of Liberty as a World Wonder that one civilization in total during the game can achieve. In Civilization II, actual footage of immigrants coming to the United States in the mid 1900's, on a boat and seeing the Statue in the distance of New York Harbor is used after the players civilization acquires the Statue of Liberty in the game.[20]
  • In the opening cutscene of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 the statue is heavily damaged by an invading Soviet fleet. The first mission of US campaign depicts the statue being destroyed by a truck-mounted V3 missile. Its ruins are used as symbol of America's downfall by Soviet propaganda.[citation needed]
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  • A parody of the statue appears in fictional Liberty City in Grand Theft Auto IV as the "Statue of Happiness", holding a styrofoam coffee cup in place of a torch and featuring the likeness of Hillary Rodham Clinton. The inside of the statue contains a chained beating heart, and the statue is said to have been presented to the United States of America in 1886 by France to mark "100 years free from British food and spelling".
  • The opening credits of the game Freedom Fighters are followed by a view of the Statue of Liberty with Soviet Su-47 fighter jets flying overhead.
  • In the last level of Splinter Cell: Double Agent, the player must disarm the last nuclear device on a boat in the waters around Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty is visible.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time, the mission is to retrieve the Statue of Liberty after it is stolen by Krang and Shredder. The statue appears in the background during the final battle with Shredder inside the Technodrome, and wen the game is completed the statue is taken back to its foundations.
  • The computer game Tycoon City: New York allows players to build the statue (though its ownership rests with the city).
  • In World in Conflict the statue can be destroyed during the Soviet attack on New York City, however a mission objective in the single player campaign is to save her from occupying Soviet forces. Also in World in Conflict, the front of the disk, packaging and instruction manual features the Statue of Liberty in front of the USSR symbol. Also, online advertisements for the game showed a brief timeline ending at 1989, when the ad turns static for a moment and then shows Lenin's head on the Statue.
  • The Statue of Liberty makes an appearance as an Alliance-controlled structure in the Sierra game Manhunter: New York.
  • In The Simpsons Game, at the end of the level Around the World in 80 Bites, Homer must take down a miniature Simpsons statue. Groundskeeper Willie also comments on how Homer had destroyed the statue, in a reference to Planet of the Apes. Comic Book Guy adds to that by roughly saying "Less quotes, more cleaning"
  • In Crash of the Titans, a statue of Doctor N. Gin represents him as the Statue Of Liberty.
  • In The Godfather the statue can be seen at certain points.
  • In Dino Stalker the statue appears half-buried in a desert in level 4.
  • In Driver: Parallel Lines the statue appears as itself.
  • The original ending of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty would have had Arsenal Gear crashing into and displacing the statue, and a scene during the credits would show it now resting on Ellis Island. This and other ending scenes were removed due to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
  • In JumpStart Adventures 3rd Grade: Mystery Mountain, the scene in which Botley explains Polly's plan to alter time, shows that Polly caused the Statue of Liberty to be built entirely out of red licorice, giving it the name "The Statue of Licorice". In JumpStart Adventures 4th Grade: Haunted Island, it is mentioned in several tablets in the Mummy's Tomb.
  • In Twisted Metal 2: World Tour, the statue is seen in the distance in the New York stage. After shooting it repeatedly it will lose its clothes, revealing a red bikini underneath. Continuing to shoot it will result in the statue to become an extremely fat woman, still in a red bikini, before being destroyed completely.
  • In Ninja Gaiden II A Fiend named Alexei has taken over the entire New York and sits atop of the Statue. Ryu Hayabusa must stop him in order to save the City and the world. Ryu is shown meeting him from the head of the statue while Alexei sits on the torch. The game's upcoming PS3 version, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, will feature the statue as one of the new bosses.[citation needed]
  • In the Sega Genesis game Comix Zone, Lady Liberty's ruined head can be seen in several panels in the first episode, "Night of the Mutants".
  • In the Sim City Series, the statue can be built as a world landmark.
  • In the PC game Jump Start Music, the statue is called "The Statue of Lullaby" and is holding a violin.
  • In the puzzle game Magic Jewelry for Famicom, a depiction of the Statue appears on the right side of the screen while playing. When a level is cleared, it switches its color along with all the screen.
  • The Statue of Liberty re-appears on the game Spider-Man 3, only more minor, appearing only at the map of Spider-Man.
  • In Civilization IV, the Statue of Liberty may be built by any player who has discovered Democracy, even in non-democratic states. The civilization that builds it may not donate it to another nation.
  • In Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 In the Soviet campaign, the player must destroy the Statue of liberty to build Lenin Statue in its place.
  • In LittleBigPlanet on PlayStation 3, a "Sacktue of Liberty" costume was available for a limited time to celebrate the Fourth of July in 2009. There is also a sticker of the Statue of Liberty that can be collected in one of the levels.
  • In a downloadable mission for Mass Effect 2, the player finds the statue's head in the vault of a weathy smuggler. A codex entry explains the original staute was destroyed in a domestic terrorist attack, triggering the Second American Civil War.

In musicEdit

  • Michael Jackson's music video Black and White where you can see him at the torch.
  • In 1968, Al Kooper posed as the Statue of Liberty on his first solo album, "I Stand Alone."
  • The cover of the 1973 Atlantic Records compilation album Let It Rock has the statue holding aloft a microphone instead of the torch, winking, and flashing 'her' legs.
  • The album cover of Supertramp's Breakfast in America shows a rendering of the downtown New York skyline made from egg cartons, coffee mugs, and other dining utensils. In the foreground a waitress with a name tag reading "Libby" holds a glass of orange juice on a saucer in her outstretched right hand, and a menu in her left, as she mimics the statue's pose.
  • XTC recorded a single called Statue of Liberty, about the singer's apparent attraction to the statue.
  • The Statue of Liberty has been used as a symbol of protest, as in the cover for the Dead Kennedys 1986 album Bedtime for Democracy.
  • In the music video to Franz Ferdinand's song, Eleanor Put Your Boots On, the titular character (an animated Eleanor Friedberger) runs up the Statue of Liberty.[citation needed]
  • The front cover for metal band God Forbid's album, IV: Constitution of Treason featured the Statue with the torch torn away from the arm with a hellish environment.
  • In the music video Go West of the Pet Shop Boys, Statue of Liberty is symbolising socialism
  • In the Music Video Black or White by Michael Jackson. He is dancing in the torch and a pan out happens and it shows famous places from around the world.
  • A claymation version of the statue is briefly featured in Michael Jackson's Moonwalker right before the "Speed Demon" segment. When Michael is hiding from various claymation characters, he ducks behind the statue, who starts saying "land of the free, home of the weird."
  • The deathcore band All Shall Perish used an edited picture of the Statue on the cover of their third album Awaken the Dreamers, where the torch has been replaced by a gun, most likely to reflect the band's radical left wing political perspective.
  • The alternative band The Smashing Pumpkins featured a red and black Statue of Liberty on their album Zeitgeist, partially submerged in a red sea and in front of a rising sun.



As a famous landmark, destruction of the statue has been to symbolize the end of mankind. In addition, it is often used on websites and images related to global warming. The table below lists some examples of movies which feature the statue destroyed.

Year Film was Released Film How its destroyed
1933 Deluge The statue is surrounded by a tsunami.
1961 The Day the Sky Exploded The statue is seen on the DVD cover, a sign of humanity coming to an end.
1968 Planet of the Apes The statue is seen half buried in sand, Astronaut Taylor sees it and realizes he has been on earth the whole time.
1970 Beneath the Planet of the Apes The half-buried statue is again seen at the beginning of the film.
1979 Meteor The statue is seen when the meteor fragment enters New York City. Although its destruction is never shown, this scene proves that the statue might have been destroyed by the meteor fragment.
1981 Escape from New York The statue's head is seen decapitated and in the streets of New York City on the poster. However, it is intact in the film.
1985 National Lampoon's European Vacation Griswold family returning to U.S. sees the Statue of Liberty. Clark accidentally opens cockpit door while searching for a bathroom, bumps pilot, and causes plane to hit the statue's torch, damaging it.
1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Nuclear Man lifts the The Statue of Liberty from her pedestal and hurls her towards Metropolis. Superman catches and re-attaches her to her pedestal.
1989 Ghostbusters II The statue is brought to life by the Ghostbusters to help save New York City. After she helps, she is seen lying on the street. At the end of the film, she is rebuilt.
1995 Batman Forever It says Gotham in the crown. Its head is damaged by the helicopter.
1996 Independence Day The statue is seen after the satellite crashes into the mother ship and the camera points at her tablet to indicate July 4th, Independence Day. The statue is also seen being covered in the shadow of an alien destroyer that arrives in New York City. After the aliens destroy New York City, the statue is seen toppled into the river.
1997 The Fifth Element The statue can be briefly spotted as the spacecraft takes off over New York Harbor. The oceans have receded drastically so that the pedestal under the Statue of Liberty, roughly five times as tall as it currently is, is now connected directly to the mainland.
1998 Deep Impact The statue is toppled by a tsunami created from an asteroid impact. The severed head is pushed into the streets of New York City.
1998 Earthquake in New York City In this documentary, the torch of the statue collapses during an earthquake.
1999 Aftershock: Earthquake in New York The statue is destroyed by an earthquake. At the end of the film, it is shown being rebuilt.
1999 Futurama episode "When Aliens Attack" The statue is seen being covered in the shadow of an alien destroyer that arrives in New York City. After the aliens leave Earth, there is a shot of the torch of the statue collapsing, due to it being damaged by the invasion.
2000 The Busy World of Richard Scarry episode "The Big Apple Christmas Caper" The statue is depicted as a pig. A giant magnet rips the crown and torch off. Later, the torch and crown fall into the streets of the city after the villain with the magnet is defeated. In an error of continuity, the torch and crown are seen to have fallen on top of skyscrapers, and the spire of the Chrysler Building is shown to have fallen onto the head of the statue, serving as the "new crown" of the statue.
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence The statue is seen submerged in the ocean up to the bottom of her torch due to global warming.
2004 Freedom fighters(video game) Russian's take over America and presumabley destroy it, The statue's head and torch are seen in a garbage dump on governers island and demolished in pieces on a bonus mission.
2004 The Day After Tomorrow The statue is hit by a tsunami and is later shown to have frozen due to global warming.
2004 Godzilla: Final Wars The statue is seen destroyed after Rodon destroys New York City.
2005 Category 7: The End of the World The statue is hit by a tsunami and destroyed by tornadoes due to global warming. The torch is ripped off by a tornado and thrown into the streets of New York City, narrowly killing some main characters (Tommy Tornado and Faith Clavell).
2006 Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut Superman is kicked into the torch of the statue by General Zod, destroying it. The destruction is later reversed when Superman turns back time to repair the damage cause by the 3 Supervillains.
2006 Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York The statue is seen several times in the skyline, but is not destroyed.
2008 Life After People The statue is seen decaying over time. First, the torch, head, and tablet would fall into the river. Then the whole statue would collapse as nature takes over Liberty Island.
2008 Aftermath: Population Zero The statue is seen decaying over time. First, the torch, head, and tablet would fall into the river. Then the whole statue would collapse as nature takes over Liberty Island.
2008 Cloverfield The statue is decapitated by a giant monster and the head is thrown into the streets of New York City. The decapitated statue is later seen from the Brooklyn Bridge.
2008 Disaster Movie One of the movie's posters depicts the statue wearing scuba gear while being hit by a tsunami. This is a parody of The Day After Tomorrow's poster.
2008 NYC: Tornado Terror A tornado forms over the statue, ripping the torch and tablet off.
2008 The Day the Earth Stopped A giant robot is seen decimating Central Park in New York City. Although its destruction is never shown, we can assume that the Statue of Liberty was destroyed too.
2009 Knowing The statue is seen when Nicholas Cage drives across the Brooklyn Bridge in his car. It can be assumed that the statue was destroyed in the massive solar flare that destroys New York City at the end of the film.
2009 2012 The statue is destroyed by a tsunami.


  1. Poundstone, William. (1986). Bigger Secrets. Houghton Mifflin
  2. "Lady Liberty on Lake Mendota". 
  3. UCSD History Project, Slide: WP-A-29 "Poster: That Liberty Shall Not Perish from the Earth"[1] (512x768 pixel image. Caption: "Poster, "That Liberty Shall Not Perish from the Earth... Buy Liberty Bonds. Fourth Liberty Loan, 1918. The Statue of Liberty has been attacked. The head and arms have been knocked off and lie by the edge of Bedloe's Island as enemy planes fly over New York harbor in a fiery red glow. Joseph Pennell." Citation from the page: "Public domain. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, DC 20540. LC-USZC4-1347. In Walton Rawls, Wake Up America!, 1988, p. 66."
  4. Royal Albert Museum, "That at Liberty Shall Not Perish From The Earth 1918, Joseph Pennell (1857-1926), U.S.A. 103 x 71 cm"[2]
  5. "Posters American Style: Advice to Americans" (website)[3]
  6. Lady Liberty on Lake Mendota, pictures of the University of Wisconsin prank
  7. Image of Lake Mendota prank
  12. New York Liberty website, showing Statue of Liberty in logo. Note that the team's mascot is not the statue, but a dog, named Maddie after Madison Square Garden.
  14. Henry, O., Sixes and Sevens, "The Lady Higher Up." Project Gutenberg text
  15. op. cit
  16. Duncan, Paul (2003). Alfred Hitchcock. Taschen. ISBN 3-8228-1591-8.  pp. 92-93: "On the set of Saboteur: Hitchcock explains what he wants inside the head of the Statue of Liberty for the climactic sequence..." [4]
  17. Planet of the Apes clip
  18. Sony Pictures DVD, ASIN B00000J11I, scene selections 23, "The Statue of Liberty" and 24, "A Harbor Chick" [5]
  19. "Whoopi Goldberg as the Statue of Liberty" 23 April 2010
  20. YouTube - Civilization 2 Wonder Statue Of Liberty
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