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The 10 Greatest Simpsons Movie References

04 April 2013 | Features, Other Lists | by David Zou

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As everybody’s favorite cartoon family for about 10 years (let’s forget years 2000-now, shall we?), The Simpsons is famed for its numerous hilarious references to movies. Part of the fun of watching this smart TV show is to identify these classic scenes in an animation form.

Those carefully observed homages are either blink-and-miss single frames or shot-to-shot scene recreations. There is a tumblr blog called Movie Simpsons which is dedicated to find these movie references in the show. We’ve put together ten of our favorite gifs to share with you.


10. Paranormal Activity referenced in “Treehouse of Horror XXIII” (S24E2)



9. Basic Instinct referenced in “Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part Two” (S7E1)

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8. Terminator 2 referenced in “The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular” (S7E10)

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7. Big referenced in “Lisa vs Malibu Stacy” (S5E14)

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6. Raiders of the Lost Ark referenced in “Bart’s Friend Falls In Love” (S3E23)

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5. Taxi Driver referenced in “Burns’ Heir” (S5E18)

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4. The Godfather referenced in “Lisa’s Pony” (S3E8)

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3. 2001: A Space Odyssey referenced in “Lisa’s Pony” (S3E8)

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2. North By Northwest referenced in “Fear of Flying” (S6E11)

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1. Fantasia referenced in “Itchy & Scratchy Land” (S6E4)

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  • Ben Musick

    i miss the old simpsons…

  • pick up bart

    I didn’t stick around long enough to watch upto season 24, I tuned out at around season 12?

    I think we can do without #10 though. Plenty of others that are great; the T2 parody along with Veritgo/ The Deadly Tower in “Homer Loves Flanders” Season 5, ep.16.

    “Last Exit to Springfield” Season 4 ep.17, reference to Tim Burton’s Batman, or hell just put in the softball episode even though it’s not a movie reference, it’s that damn good. Darryl Darryl Darryl Darryl. Tear.