February 14, 2016

Times When 'The Simpsons' Referenced the Best Films in Cinema

Whether it's Homer rolling down the stairs a la Raiders of the Lost Ark or Groundskeeper Willie chasing Bart and Lisa around in a red and green striped sweater like Freddy Krueger, everyone has a favorite film reference from The Simpsons.

Being from Springfield, OR, the actual city the show is based off of (it's true, the debate is over, get over it), I've known plenty of Comic Book Guy-level Simpson nerds and connoisseurs who would debate in the middle of the street with people about facts regarding the show. (I mean -- I reached "Flamin' Moe" status on Quiz Up, so...I wouldn't mind dodging cars all afternoon.) So, if you're any type of Simpsons fan, you've got to be well versed in the many, many, many cinematic references that have appeared on the show, from the obvious (Homer busting through a door with an axe like Jack Torrence from The Shining) to the obscure (the fidgety and completely inept salesman Gil Gunderson, who is basically Jack Lemmon's character from Glengarry Glen Ross).

In this Vimeo Staff Pick supercut from Celia Gómez, we get to see some of the greatest movie references from the most successful animated show of all time. Check it out below:

This is not a complete list, obviously. There are hundreds more, including one of my favorites -- a Twin Peaks reference that appears in the episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns".

If you want a more exhaustive list, check out this supercut which contains every single film reference -- from the first five seasons, anyway.

What are your favorite Simpsons references? Let us know in the comments below!

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This must be the most "stolen" video of recent times... I've seen it re-uploaded in dozens of Youtube channels, Facebook and so on. The source was never quoted, the original video was never linked. What a bunch of losers. It's nice to see the original source here on Nofilmschool, thank you!

February 17, 2016 at 4:03AM

David R. Falzarano
Director / Writer / Editor

There are great Tumblr pages about this stuff

February 17, 2016 at 12:25PM

Tony Wesh

No retelling of Cape Fear with Sideshow Bob in the De Niro / Mitchcum role?

February 19, 2016 at 9:38PM

Dan Horne