Best Movies Commonly Referenced in TV Shows

If there's one thing TV shows always love doing, it's referencing popular movies in one of more episodes and some movies have been referenced more than others. Feel free to add more movies to this list and comment which we're you favorite movie references.

The Top Ten

Indiana Jones Indiana Jones Product Image

Indiana Jones was mentioned in many TV shows such as Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, American Dad, South Park, The Simpsons, Futurama, Community, Doctor Who, How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs, Family Guy, The Fairly Odd Parents, Gravity Falls, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Magnum P.I. and many, many, many more.

especially the "rolling ball" scene

Star Wars Star Wars Product Image

Almost every popular TV show in the last decade has referenced this epic saga. A few examples include: The Office, The Big Bang Theory, Family Guy, South Park, Friends, How I met Your Mother, That 70's Show and many more.

There are a lot of references in sitcoms I've noticed. They usually have someone dress up as Darth Vader for some costume party like in The Office or they watch the movies like in The Big Bang Theory.

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Product Image

This movie was referenced in all of Matt Groening (The Simpsons, Futurama and Disenchantment). It was also referenced in Breaking Bad, South Park, SpongeBob Squarepants, American Dad, Family Guy, Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Big Bang Theory, The Office, Rick and Morty, Brickleberry, Bob's Burgers

Matt Groening sure loves this movie lol

The Breakfast Club The Breakfast Club Product Image

The Breakfast Club was referenced in Community, How I Met Your Mother, Family Guy, South Park, The Simpsons, Scrubs, The Office, etc.

And also a surprising amount of kids shows lol

Lord of the Rings Trilogy Lord of the Rings Trilogy Product Image

There are multiple references to The Lord of the Rings in cartoons: The Simpsons, Futurama, South Park, Family Guy, etc, and in shows like The Big Bang Theory, The Sopranos, The Office and Babylon 5 for example.

2001: A Space Odyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey Product Image

Referenced multiple times in The Simpsons, South Park, Futurama, Doctor Who, Community, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Teen Titans Go and, of all things, My Little Pony.

Alien (1979) Alien (1979) Product Image

Referenced multiple times in The Simpsons, Family Guy and Red Dwarf. Also referenced in Star Trek Voyager, Firefly, Doctor Who and Gravity Falls.

Braveheart Braveheart Product Image

Referenced in South Park, The Simpsons, Family Guy, The Office, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Malcolm in the Middle, Rick and Morty, and many more.

Avatar Avatar Product Image

Referenced in The Simpsons, South Park, Futurama, Family Guy, American Dad, The Big Bang Theory, Community, The Office and, for some reason, Jay Leno has mentioned this movie over 20 times on his TV show.

Die Hard Die Hard Product Image

This iconic action movie was mentioned in all sorts of TV shows including: Friends, Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Office and Family Guy.

The Contenders

The Terminator The Terminator Product Image
Armageddon Armageddon Product Image
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Monty Python and the Holy Grail Product Image
The Wizard of Oz The Wizard of Oz Product Image
Pulp Fiction Pulp Fiction Product Image
Rocky Rocky Product Image
28 Days Later 28 Days Later Product Image
Toy Story Toy Story Product Image
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Product Image
The Godfather The Godfather Product Image
Psycho Psycho Product Image
The Shining The Shining Product Image
Citizen Kane Citizen Kane Product Image
Fight Club Fight Club Product Image
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Product Image
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