Akira is one of my favorite films of all time and certainly one of the most iconic anime films ever made, one that helped push the medium into the global spotlight. I've written about my love for the film before - everyone should watch it.
Akira has remained a major influence on animation ever since it came out be they in other anime or in western animation.
Here's a bunch of awesome references, all from the badass way that Kaneda slides his motorcycle to a stop.
Michiko to Hatchin
(not quite the same but you can see the similarity in how it's framed)