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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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    George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees Parodied in Bart the General,Secrets of a Successful Marriage,Who Shot Mr. Burns?,Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming.

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    Stanley Kubrick, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio 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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    Sean Connery, John Wayne, Henry Fonda Parodied in Bart the General.

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    Malcolm McDowell, Steven Berkoff, Warren Clarke 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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    Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid Parodied in Bart the General.

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    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker Parodied in Call of the Simpsons,Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious,Bart Gets an Elephant.

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    Richard Gere, David Caruso, Ed Begley, Jr. 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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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw 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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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland 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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    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Ward Bond 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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    Jayne Mansfield, Groucho Marx, Joan Blondell Parodied in Simpson and Delilah.

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    Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, Alan Ladd 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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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers 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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    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair Parodied in Treehouse of Terror,Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily,Treehouse of Horror VII.

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    Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein Parodied in Treehouse of Terror,Treehouse of Horror VI.

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    Ryan Reynolds, Chloë Grace Moretz, Rachel Nichols Parodied in Treehouse of Terror.

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh 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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    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg Parodied in Treehouse of Terror,Duffless,A Star Is Burns,Treehouse of Horror VIII.

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    Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall 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, Mike Myers, Tia Carrere Parodied in Dancin' Homer",When You Dish Upon a Star.

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

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    Mara Wilson, Richard Attenborough, Dylan McDermott 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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    Walt Disney, Corey Burton, Jimmy MacDonald Parodied in Itchy and Scratchy and Marge,Simpsons Bible Stories,Itchy and Scratchyland,Treehouse of Horror IV.

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    Oliver Hardy, Larry Semon, Josef Swickard 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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    Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider Parodied in One Fish Two Fish Blowfish Blue Fish,Lisa the Beauty Queen.

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    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss Parodied in One Fish Two Fish Blowfish Blue Fish,Lisa's Substitute,Lady Bouvier's Lover.

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    Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Landau 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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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Martin Sheen, Ben Kingsley Parodied in Homer vs Lisa and the 8th Commandment.

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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, 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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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Bill Paxton 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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    Alex Van Halen, Leeza Gibbons, Peter Weller Parodied in Principal Charming,Treehouse of Horror II,Secrets of a Successful Marriage,Last Tap Dance in Springfield.

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    Patrick Dempsey, Donald Sutherland, Andrew McCarthy Parodied in Principal Charming.

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    Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy Parodied in Principal Charming,Black Widower,The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase.

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    Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield 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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    Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Jean Stapleton Parodied in Oh Brother Where Art Thou?.

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    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall 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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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Heather Graham, Danny DeVito Parodied in Oh Brother Where Art Thou?.

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers 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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    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover 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, Amanda Righetti, Danielle Panabaker 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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    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers Parodied in Bart's Dog Gets an F,Take My Wife Sleaze.

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