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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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    Lee Jung-jae, Jang Jin-young, Jung Chan Parodied in Homer's Phobia.

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    Tokusatsu Parodied in Homer's Phobia.

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    John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes Parodied in Homer's Phobia.

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    Tom Laughlin, Howard Hesseman, Alan Myerson Parodied in Homer's Phobia.

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    Brother from Another Planet Parodied in The Brother from Another Series.

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    Elvis Presley, Dean Jones, Gloria Pall Parodied in The Brother from Another Series.

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    My Sister My Sister Parodied in My Sister My Sitter.

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    Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D'Onofrio, Penelope Ann Miller Parodied in My Sister My Sitter.

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    Universal Citywalk Parodied in My Sister My Sitter.

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    12 Monkeys Parodied in My Sister My Sitter.

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Cyril Cusack, Fiona Shaw Parodied in My Sister My Sitter.

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    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve Parodied in The Eighteenth Amendment,King of the Hill,Hellow Gutter Hellow Fadder.

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    Charlie Chaplin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Michael Landon Parodied in Grade School Confidential.

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    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn Parodied in Grade School Confidential.

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    Morgan Freeman, Robert Guillaume, Michael Imperioli Parodied in Grade School Confidential.

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    Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer Parodied in The Canine Mutiny.

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    Jim Varney, Gailard Sartain, Patty Maloney Parodied in The Canine Mutiny.

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    Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly Parodied in The Canine Mutiny,This Little Wiggy.

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    Ace Ventura Parodied in The Old Man and the Lisa.

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    Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Chuck Connors Parodied in The Old Man and the Lisa,Treehouse of Horror XII.

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    Bobby Deol, Shreyas Talpade, Mugdha Godse Parodied in In Marge We Trust.

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    Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Natasha Richardson Parodied in In Marge We Trust.

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    Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Tuesday Weld Parodied in Homer's Enemy,Lisa The Skeptic.

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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young Parodied in Homer's Enemy,Treehouse of Horror X.

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    All Is Quiet On The Western Front Parodied in The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase.

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    Ally Sheedy, Michael McKean, Cynthia Gibb The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase.

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    Charlton Heston, Sal Mineo, Julie Adams Parodied in The Secret War of Lisa Simpson.

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    Police Squad Parodied in The Secret War of Lisa Simpson.

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    Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn, Robert Prosky Parodied in The Secret War of Lisa Simpson.

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    Woody Allen Films Parodied in The City Of New York vs Homer Simpson.

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    John Goodman, Daniel Stern, John Heard Parodied in The City Of New York vs Homer Simpson,Hellow Gutter Hellow Fadder.

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    Guy Williams, Correy Lennox, Richard Earl Sawdon Parodied in The City Of New York vs Homer Simpson.

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    Ernest Films Parodied in The City Of New York vs Homer Simpson.

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    Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Barton MacLane Parodied in The Principal And The Pauper.

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    Gérard Depardieu, Tchéky Karyo, Nathalie Baye Parodied in The Principal And The Pauper.

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    Laurence Olivier, Michael York, Olivia Hussey Parodied in The Principal And The Pauper.

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    The Woody Allen vs Mia Farrow marriage Parodied in Lisa’s Sax.

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    Charlton Heston, Eric Laneuville, Lincoln Kilpatrick Parodied in Treehouse of Horror VIII.

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    Dan Aykroyd, Bo Derek, Rob Lowe Parodied in Treehouse of Horror VIII.

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    Clu Gulager, James Karen, Linnea Quigley Parodied in Treehouse of Horror VIII.

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    Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jeffrey Jones Parodied in Treehouse of Horror VIII.

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    Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, Robert Duvall Parodied in Treehouse of Horror VIII.

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    Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Alexis Smith Parodied in The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons.

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    Michael Gaston, Winston Chao, May Chin Parodied in The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons.

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    Mary-Louise Parker, Kathy Bates, Chris O'Donnell Parodied in The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons.

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    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg Parodied in Lisa The Skeptic.

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    Winona Ryder, Renée Zellweger, Ben Stiller Parodied in Realty Bites.

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vanessa L. Williams, James Caan Parodied in Realty Bites.

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    Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey Parodied in Realty Bites,Marge Simpson in "Screaming Yellow Honkers.

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    Senior Week Parodied in Realty Bites

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    Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Woody Harrelson Parodied in Treehouse of Horror V.Bart Carney,Natural Born Killers.

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    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht Parodied in Das Bus,E-I-E-I-(ANNOYED GRUNT).

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    Suddenly Last Summer Parodied in Das Bus.

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    10 Commandments Parodied in Das Bus.

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    John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Cecil Parker Parodied in Das Bus.

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    Return of the Jedi Parodied in The Last Temptation of Krust.

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    June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton Parodied in The Last Temptation of Krust.

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    1997 Oscars Parodied in The Last Temptation of Krust.

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    Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce Parodied in The Last Temptation of Krust.

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    Heather Graham, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert Parodied in This Little Wiggy.

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    Jennifer Aniston, Warwick Davis, Ken Olandt Parodied in This Little Wiggy.

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    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger Parodied in This Little Wiggy,Beyond Blunderdome.

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    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin Parodied in This Little Wiggy.

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    Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman Parodied in Simpson Tide.

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Glenn Close Parodied in Simpson Tide.

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    An Office And A Gentleman Parodied in Simpson Tide.

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    Deerhunter Parodied in Simpson Tide.

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    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall Parodied in The Trouble with Trillions.

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    Andy Griffith, Rip Torn, Walter Matthau Parodied in Girly Edition.

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    Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear Parodied in Girly Edition.I

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    Fortress of Solitude Parodied in Girly Edition.

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    Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes Parodied in Trash of the Titans.

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    Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett Parodied in Trash of the Titans.

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    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Parodied in Trash of the Titans,Simpson Safari.

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    Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle, Anne Heche Parodied in Trash of the Titans.

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    Steve Carell, Jim Belushi, Kelly Lynch Parodied in King of the Hill.

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    Mother May I Sleep With Danger? Parodied in Natural Born Killers.

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    Old Faithful Parodied in Natural Born Killers.

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    Gremlins 2 Parodied in Natural Born Killers.

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    It's A Beautiful Life Parodied in Natural Born Killers.

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    Terry Bradshaw, Bruce Dern, Robert Shaw Parodied in Natural Born Killers.

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    Something About Mary Parodied in Lard of the Dance,The Old Man and the "C" Student,Take My Wife sleaze.

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    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd Parodied in Lard of the Dance.

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    Laurence Olivier, Gregory Peck, Steve Guttenberg Parodied in Lard of the Dance.

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    Raymond Burr, Robert Clarke, Harry Harvey, Sr. Parodied in Lard of the Dance.

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    the sinking of the Titanic Parodied in Lard of the Dance.

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    James Cagney, Edmond O'Brien, Virginia Mayo Parodied in The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace.

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    Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen Parodied in Bart the Mother.

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    Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Nicola Stapleton Parodied in Bart the Mother.

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    John Goodman, Brandy Norwood, Jeff Daniels Parodied in Bart the Mother.

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche Parodied in Treehouse of Horror IX,Viva Ned Flanders,Treehouse of Horror X.

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jack Black, Brandy Norwood Parodied in Treehouse of Horror IX,Treehouse of Horror X.

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    I Married an Axe Murderer Parodied in Treehouse of Horror IX.

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    Bride of Chuckie Parodied in Treehouse of Horror IX.

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    Re Animator Parodied in Treehouse of Horror IX.

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    Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff Parodied in Treehouse of Horror IX.

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    The Bride of Frankenstein Parodied in Treehouse of Horror IX.

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    Bela Lugosi Parodied in Treehouse of Horror IX.

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    Wes Craven's Shocker Parodied in Treehouse of Horror IX.

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    Brad Dourif, Kim Delaney, Jeff Fahey Parodied in Treehouse of Horror IX.

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