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Simpsons Movie References

A collection of films parodied by The Simpsons, including info on the episodes or episodes of The Simpsons that referenced each movie. Since its debut in 1989, "The Simpsons" has parodied thousands of popular films, ranging from one-off jokes or even brief, obscure allusions to full-on parody episodes. Some of these full-episode riffs on popular movies include "Cape Feare," a take on the Martin Scorsese thriller of the same name, "Rosebud," which redoes the plot of Citizen Kane with Mr. Burns, "Two Dozen and One Greyhounds," with Disney's dalmatians replaced by the titular canines, and "Marge on the Lam," which tackles Ridley Scott's controversial "Thelma and Louise."

Additionally, a number of individual Simpsons episode titles parody or send up movie titles or quotes. These include "Boy Scoutz 'n the Hood" (a play on "Boyz in the Hood"), "22 Short Films About Springfield" ("Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould"), "The Springfield Connection" ("The French Connection") and "Dumbbell Indemnity" ("Double Indemnity.")

A number of bloggers and TV critics have also pointed out how closely the show's animation has managed to mirror famous movie shots and sequences. Homer tumbling down the stairs takes on the appearance of the boulder crashing down after Indiana Jones in "Bart's Friend Falls in Love," for example. The field of children hurt by the Simpson family's trampoline resembles the shot of "Gone with the Wind" showing innumerable wounded Civil War soldiers. The Itchy and Scratchy short "Reservoir Cats" recreates many of the details from Quentin Tarantino's film "Reservoir Dogs," even reusing the song "Stuck in the Middle with You" from the film.

"The Simpsons" has become a cultural touchstone in many ways because it has consistently found funny ways to reimagine and reappropriate classic film characters, scenes and moments. This list compiles films that have been referenced by "The Simpsons" and the episodes featuring each reference.


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    David Healy, Lowell Thomas, Peter Barkworth Parodied in Bart the General,Secrets of a Successful Marriage,Who Shot Mr. Burns?,Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming.

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    Vincent D'Onofrio, Dorian Harewood, Kenneth Head Parodied in Bart the General,Dead Putting Society,Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadassss Song,Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming,The Secret War of Lisa Simpson,Hungry, Hungry Homer

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    Alexander Knox, Roddy McDowall, Sal Mineo Parodied in Bart the General.

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    John Savident, Patrick Magee, Margaret Tyzack Parodied in Bart the General,Dog of Death,Treehouse of Horror III,Duffless,Homer goes to College,Homer the Smithers,Hurricane Neddy,Homer Simpson in: "Kidney Trouble",Hellow Gutter, Hellow

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    Harold Ramis, Bill Paxton, Dennis Quaid Parodied in Bart the General.

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    Anna Lee, Maria von Trapp, Debbie Turner Parodied in Call of the Simpsons,Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious,Bart Gets an Elephant.

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    Richard Gere, David Caruso, Robert Loggia Parodied in Jacques to be Wild,The Springfield Connection,The Secret War of Lisa Simpson,Mayored to the Mob.

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    Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring Parodied in The Crepes of Wrath.

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    John Searle, Steven Spielberg, Carl Gottlieb Parodied in Some Enchanted Evening,Bart the Daredevil,Bart's Dog Gets an F,Radio Bart,Homer goes to College,Itchy & Scratchyland,Bart Carney,Treehouse of Horror IX,Lisa Gets an A,Mayored to the

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    Richard Farnsworth, Cliff Edwards, Butterfly McQueen Parodied in Bart Gets an F,Principal Charming,Brush with Greatness,Three Men and a Comic Book,Black Widower,Bart's Inner Child,The Old Man and the "C" Student.

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    Donna Reed, Charles Lane, Gloria Grahame Parodied in Simpson and Delilah,Two Cars in Every Garage, Three Eyes on Every Fish,When Flanders Failed,Fear of Flying,My Sister, My Sitter,Miracle on Evergreen Terrace,Beyond Blunderdome,Grift of the

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    John Williams, Groucho Marx, Jayne Mansfield Parodied in Simpson and Delilah.

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    Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Orson Welles Parodied in Two Cars in Every Garage,Three Eyes on Every Fish,Blood Feud,A Streetcar Named Marge,Marge Gets a Job,Mr. Plow,Rosebud,Sideshow Bob Roberts,Bart Sells His Soul,Treehouse of Horror

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    Scatman Crothers, Shelley Duvall, Jack Nicholson Parodied in Treehouse of Terror,Brother >From the Same Planet,The Last Temptation of Homer,Homer and Apu,Bart Sells His Soul,Treehouse of Horror VI,The Springfield Files,Realty Bites,Treehouse of

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    Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Mercedes McCambridge Parodied in Treehouse of Terror,Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily,Treehouse of Horror VII.

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    Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight, Richard Lawson Parodied in Treehouse of Terror,Treehouse of Horror VI.

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    Melissa George, Philip Baker Hall, Danny McCarthy Parodied in Treehouse of Terror.

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    Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Ted Knight Parodied in Treehouse of Terror,Itchy and Scratchy and Marge,Black Widower,Treehouse of Horror III,Brother >From the Same Planet,Marge in Chains,Cape Feare,Treehouse of Horror IV,Homer Loves

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    Jeff Goldblum, Leslie Carlson, George Chuvalo Parodied in Treehouse of Terror,Duffless,A Star Is Burns,Treehouse of Horror VIII.

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    Robert Duvall, Richard Farnsworth, Kim Basinger Parodied in Dancin' Homer,aturdays of Thunder,Homer at the Bat,Hellow Gutter, Hellow Fadder.

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    Nearly any other movie about baseball Parodied in Dancin' Homer.

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    Pride of the Yankees Parodied in Dancin' Homer,Homer at the Bat.

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    Alice Cooper, Chris Farley, Rob Lowe Parodied in Dancin' Homer",When You Dish Upon a Star.

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    Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson, Liang Geliang Parodied in Dead Putting Society,Faith Off,Lisa the Tree Hugger.

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    Jane Leeves, Dylan McDermott, J. T. Walsh Parodied in Itchy and Scratchy and Marge,Bart Gets Hit by a Car,New Kid on the Block,Miracle on Evergreen Terrace.

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    Leopold Stokowski, Walt Disney, Corey Burton Parodied in Itchy and Scratchy and Marge,Simpsons Bible Stories,Itchy and Scratchyland,Treehouse of Horror IV.

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    Bryant Washburn, Mary Carr, William Hauber Parodied in Bart Gets Hit by a Car,Treehouse of Horror II,Black Widower,Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes,Lisa's First Word,Selma's Choice,Rosebud,The Last Temptation of Homer,$pringfield,Lisa's

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    DOA Parodied in One Fish Two Fish Blowfish Blue Fish.

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    Ben Vereen, John Lithgow, Ann Reinking Parodied in One Fish Two Fish Blowfish Blue Fish,Lisa the Beauty Queen.

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    Anne Bancroft, Buck Henry, Elizabeth Wilson Parodied in One Fish Two Fish Blowfish Blue Fish,Lisa's Substitute,Lady Bouvier's Lover.

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    Martin Landau, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock Parodied in Homer vs Lisa and the 8th Commandment,Flaming Moe's,Grampa Sexual Inadequacy,Fear of Flying,Bart After Dark,Homer Simpson in: "Kidney Trouble",I’m With Cupid.

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    Trevor Howard, Bernard Hill, John Gielgud Parodied in Homer vs Lisa and the 8th Commandment.

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    Barbara Bel Geddes, Henry Jones, Alfred Hitchcock Parodied in Principal Charming,Homer Loves Flanders,Bart the Fink,I'm Going to Praiseland.

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    The Thirty Nine Steps Parodied in Principal Charming.

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    Paul Winfield, Bill Paxton, William Wisher Parodied in Principal Charming,Selma's Choice,Treehouse of Horror VI,When You Dish Upon a Star,Treehouse of Horror X,Grift of the Magi.

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    Paul McCrane, Leeza Gibbons, Ray Wise Parodied in Principal Charming,Treehouse of Horror II,Secrets of a Successful Marriage,Last Tap Dance in Springfield.

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    Patrick Dempsey, John Heard, Wallace Shawn Parodied in Principal Charming.

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    J. D. Cannon, George Kennedy, Jo Van Fleet Parodied in Principal Charming,Black Widower,The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase.

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    Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Brian McConnachie Parodied in Principal Charming,Team Homer,Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield,Burns Baby Burns,Faith Off.

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    Tucker Parodied in Oh Brother Where Art Thou?,Lisa vs Malibu Stacy.

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    Jean Stapleton, Rae Allen, Mickey Mantle Parodied in Oh Brother Where Art Thou?.

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    Robert Duvall, Sofia Coppola, Diane Keaton Parodied in Oh Brother Where Art Thou?,Bart the Murderer,The Homer They Fall,Mayored to the Mob,The Twisted World of Marge Simpson,The City Of New York vs Homer Simpson,Mom and Pop Art,Guess Who’s

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    Terry Bozzio, Chloe Webb, Kelly Preston Parodied in Oh Brother Where Art Thou?.

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    Steve Boyum, R. G. Armstrong, Sven-Ole Thorsen Parodied in Bart's Dog Gets an F.

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    2001 Parodied in Bart's Dog Gets an F,$pringfield,Homer Loves Flanders.

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    Gary Busey, Tom Atkins, Traci Wolfe Parodied in Bart's Dog Gets an F,Saturdays of Thunder,Homer to the Max.

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    G Gordon Liddy Parodied in Bart's Dog Gets an F.

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    E.T. Parodied in Bart's Dog Gets an F,Burns' Heir,A Star Is Burns,The Springfield Files,The Joy of Sect.

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    Jared Padalecki, Willa Ford, Julianna Guill Parodied in Bart's Dog Gets an F,Boy vs Scoutz N the Hood,Treehouse of Horror V,Treehouse of Horror IX,Marge Simpson in "Screaming Yellow Honkers",Treehouse of Horror X,Take My Wife Sleaze.

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    Paul Le Mat, Mackenzie Phillips, Kay Lenz Parodied in Bart's Dog Gets an F,Take My Wife Sleaze.

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