Without question, The Simpsons is responsible for some of the most unforgettable scenes in modern television. It could also be argued that the show's writing has had an indelible mark on the nature of comedy and how we interact today. From the myriad of catchphrases and bits, it's had a huge impact on popular culture.

However, it also owes a lot to pop culture itself. Over the years, the citizens of Springfield have dropped numerous references to film. Whether it's a one-off scene or an entire episode made to parody a Hollywood film, here are nine of our very favorites.

The Shining

In "Treehouse of Horror V," Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece, The Shining, is spoofed. Rather than being driven crazy by a lack of access to the outside, Homer is driven mad when his beer supply is cut off. Causing him to grow homicidal and attempt to butcher his family. Luckily, Bart is able to communicate with Groundskeeper Willy via his paranormal talent is called "The Shinning." He's also able to avoid getting sued by adding that extra "n" to the name.

The Natural

In "Saturdays of Thunder," The Simpsons parodies old-fashioned baseball film The Natural. At a pivotal moment in his soapbox race, Bart looks into the grandstand for some support. He sees that Homer is there, similar to Robert Redford spotting Glenn Close. The theme from The Natural begins to play. Clever. Creepy but clever.

101 Dalmations

The Simpsons suddenly have a lot of mouths to feed when Santa's Little Helper becomes a dad. The enormous litter in "Two Dozen and One Greyhounds" proves too burdensome. Luckily Mr. Burns offers to give all of the puppies a new home. However, it's soon revealed that he intends to skin them for a fur coat. Bart and Lisa rally to save the hounds, but have to pause to acknowledge his gorilla chest vest is pretty swank. I totally want one.

Bram Stoker's Dracula

The annual Treehouse of Horror episodes are always a good place for film parodies. In ToH IV, the family is invited to Mr. Burns' castle for "Bart Simpson's Dracula." However, it's not a simple get-to-know-your-employee visit. Mr. Burns reveals himself to be a vampire intent on draining the family of blood.


When Mr. Burns cuts the nuclear power plant's dental insurance, Lisa is forced to go underground for her braces. Her new teeth are revealed to her in a scene that parodies Tim Burton's Batman. Much like the newly-scarred Joker, Lisa demands a mirror to marvel at her doctor's handiwork. The doctor is trepidatious but relents as he hands the mirror to the patient, who cackles with glee at their now deformed visage.

Citizen Kane

Orson Welles' Citizen Kane is sent up (sended up? upsent?) in the episode, "Rosebud." Here we learn of Mr. Burns' upbringing after he was picked out of a poor family and selected to inherit millions. The entire time, he strived to regain the only thing e ever loved -- his teddybear Bobo. Unfortunately, Maggie has the prized bear and doesn't want to hand it over.

Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

Though a parody in title only, "22 Short Films About Springfield" deserves mention for being one of the best episodes the of the series. Comprised of twenty two short bits, the episode highlights lives across Springfield. Hilarity ensues, but my favorite segment focuses on the foibles of Principal Skinner when he's unprepared for a dinner party with Superintendant Chalmers. When his attempt to make steamed clams goes awry, he returns with steamed hams (it's an Albany thing), and a fire in his kitchen that he tries to pass off as the Northern Lights.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Homer finds himself in critical condition after Bart's prank with a well-shaken beer can lands him in a coma. While the family holds vigil by his side, fond memories are shared via clips. Hence, the title: "So It's Come To This, A Simpsons Clip Show." Barney is so grief stricken at seeing his friend in that vulnerable state takes things to extremes by attempting to smother him with a pillow, before breaking free by throwing a water fountain through the window a la Chief in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


In "You Only Move Twice," Homer is promoted to a new job in the planned community of Cypress Creek. There, life is perfect. Everyone's needs are met and Homer's new boss, Hank Scorpio, is the most charismatic man imaginable. Unbeknownst to Homer, he's also a super-villain hellbent on taking over the Eastern Seaboard. In fact, with Homer's help, Scorpio is successful in killing off Agent 007 himself.