Dean's Movie & TV references

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There's no doubt that Dean loves watching films and television shows. Thoughout the series Dean often makes reference to either a film or TV show.

In compiling this list I have only listed films that Dean has directly mentioned. It also includes films where they have used aliases (making the assumption that if Dean knows the names he will know the film). I have not included references that have been said to Dean.

For more information on the movies and references please see the individual episode listings.


Sam: Dean can recite every Clint Eastwood Movie ever made. (6.18) (If this is true, add another 42 films to the list below)

Dean: I gotta tell you Untouchables is like one of my favorite movies ever. I must've seen it like 50 times. (7.12)


Movie references

Movie Title Episode/s referenced Year Genre/s
12 Monkeys 7.12 1995 Mystery, Sci-Fi
American Werewolf in London 2.17 1981 Horror
Amityville Horror 4.15 1979 Horror
Angels in the Outfield 4.10 1994 (and 1951) Comedy, Fantasy
Any Which Way You Can 6.18 1980 Action, Comedy
Apocalypse Now 3.01 1979 Drama, War
Army of Darkness – Evil Dead 3 5.19 1992 Horror, Comedy, Fantasy
Austin Powers 5.21 1997, 1999, 2002 Comedy
Babe 5.06 1995 Fantasy
Back to the Future (I, 2 and 3) 4.03 5.04 5.13 7.12 1985, 1989, 1990 Adventure, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Bambi 1.02 1942 Animation
Batman+++ 3.03 1989 (2005) Action, Adventure, Crime, Fantasy
Beaches 2.04 1988 Comedy, Drama
Beautiful Mind 7.02 2001 Biography, Drama
Big Fish 7.11 2003 Fantasy
Black Swan 7.16 2010 Mystery, Thriller
Blade Runner 6.10 1982 Sci-Fi, Thriller
Blazing Saddles 6.18 1982 Comedy
Blue Brothers 1.04 1980 Comedy, Action
Boogeyman 2.18 2005 Drama, Horror, Mystery
Bride of Frankenstein 5.15 1935 Horror, Sci-Fi
Carrie 6.16 1976 Horror, Thriller
Child’s Play 6.14 1988 Horror, Thriller
Cinderella 9.09 1950 Animation, Fairytale
Close Encounter of the Third Kind 6.09 1977 Sci-Fi, Drama
Cocoon 4.12 1985 Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Critters 2.18 1986 Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Cujo 2.17 7.04 1983 Horror, Thriller
Dawn of the Dead 8.16 1978 (2004) Horror
Dead Poets Society 4.13 7.08 1989 Drama
Death Wish 2.19 1974 Action, Thriller
Deliverance 1.01 1972 Drama, Thriller
Delta Force 1 &2++ 7.10 1986, 1990 Action
Die Hard 2.18 6.18 7.12 1988 Action, Thriller
Dirty Dancing 7.06 1987 Drama, Romance
Dogma 4.10 1999 Comedy, Fantasy
Dreamscape 6.22 1984 Sci-Fi, Thriller
E.T. 2.16 8.23 1982 Adventure, Family, Fantasy
East of Eden 5.05 1955 Drama, Romance
Escape from Alcatraz 2.19 1979 Crime, Drama, History
Every Which Way but Loose 6.18 1978 Action, Comedy
Evil Dead (The) 3.14 1981 Horror
Evil Dead II 3.14 1987 Horror
Fatal Attraction 5.13 1987 Drama, Thriller
Fletch (use of aliases) 4.11 1985 Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Forrest Gump 4.08 1994 Drama, Romance
Fright Night 6.07 1985 Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Full Metal Jacket 5.15 1987 Drama, War
Ghost 2.01 4.15 7.18 1990 Drama, Fantasty, Mystery
Ghostbusters 1.07 1.17 2.16 7.19 1984 Comedy, Fantasy
Girl, Interrupted 4.09 7.03 1999 Biography, Drama
Godzilla versus Mothra (Gojira vs Mosura) 1.15 1992 Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Groundhog Day 3.11 1993 Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Harry and the Hendersons 4.08 1987 Comedy, Fantasy, Family
Harry Potter films 7.20 2001-2011 Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Heathers 4.13 1988 Comedy
Hellraiser 3.10 1987 Horror
House of Wax 5.05 2005 Horror, Thriller
How the Grinch Stole Xmas 3.08 2000 Comedy, Family, Fantasy
I Spit on Your Grave 4.13 1978 Horror, Thriller
Iron Man+++ 9.02 2008, 2010, 2013 Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
James Bond Movies 6.03 (Dr. No) 6.18 7.04 Dr No: 1962

(other films 1954 -2012)

Action, Adventure, Crime
Jaws 6.07 1975 Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Jesus Christ Superstar+ 3.16 1973 Drama, History, Musical
Juno 4.11 2007 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Jurassic Park 6.22 1993 Adventure, Sci-Fi
Little Big Man 8.21 1970 History, Western
Mannequin 6.14 1987 Romance, Comedy, Fantasy
Marathon Man 6.06 1976 Thriller
Matrix 2.12 5.16 1999 Horror, Action
Maximum Overdrive 8.17 1986 Horror, Action, Sci-Fi
Memento 6.13 2000 Mystery, Thriller
Metal Storm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn 2.18 1983 Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi
Misery 7.04 1990 Thriller, Drama, Horror
Missing in Action (1,2 &3)++ 7.10 1984, 1985, 1988 Action, Drama
Mommie Dearest 1.19 1981 Biography, Drama
Monty Python and the Holy Grail 6.14 1975 Comedy, Fantasy
Motel Hell 5.19 1980 Horror, Comedy
National Lampoons Vacation 8.16 1983 Comedy
Natural Born Killers 8.06 1994 Crime, Drama
Nell 4.11 1994 Drama
Never Ending Story 6.12 1984 Fantasy, Adventure
New Jack City 4.15 1991 Drama, Crime
One Flew Over the Cockoo’s Nest 1.10 5.11 7.02 1975 Drama
Outbreak 4.06 6.19 1995 Drama, Action, Sci-Fi
Pet Sematary 2.04 1989 Horror
Pleasantville 6.19 1998 Fantasy, Drama
Poltergeist 1.09 2.18 5.16 1982 Horror
Pretty in Pink 2.04 1986 Romantic Comedy
Psycho 5.19 7.17 1960 Thriller, Horror, Mystery
Raiders of the Lost Ark 2.02 8.17 8.20 1981 Action, Adventure
Rain Man 3.03 8.05 1988 Drama
Rebel Without a Cause 5.05 1955 Drama, Romance
Revenge of the Nerds 4.13 1984 Comedy
Robocop 6.07 6.08 1987 Sci-Fi, Action, Crime
Rudy 8.17 1993 Biography, Drama, Sport
Saturday Night Fever 9.06 1977 Drama, Music
Se7en 3.01 1995 Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Sid and Nancy 6.15 1986 Biography, Drama
Silence of the Lambs 2.03 5.11 9.06 1991 Thriller, Crime, Drama
Silkwood 5.11 8.20 9.02 1983 Drama, Biography, Thriller
Something About Mary 2.06 1998 Comedy, Romance
Soylent Green 6.06 1973 Sci-Fi, Thriller
Spiderman+++ 5.03 4.08 2002 Fantasy, Action
Star Trek (movies & TV) 1.06 4.02 4.21 4.22 5.136.16 6.18 7.02 1979, 1982, 1986 Sci-Fi, Action
Star Wars 1.03 1.10 2.05 2.08 3.16 4.01 5.22 7.09 7.11 7.17 7.20 8.11 8.12 1977, 1980, 1983 Sci-Fi, Action
Taxi Driver 2.19 1976 Crime, Drama
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1.11 1974, 2003 Horror
The Apple Dumpling Gang 8.18 1975 Comedy, Western, Family
The Avengers +++ 9.02 2012 Action, Fantasy
The Blair Witch Project 3.10 1999 Horror, Mystery
The Bourne Idenity 8.20 2002 Action, Mystery, Thriller
The Butterfly Effect 6.17 2002 Sci-Fi, Thriller
The Da Vinci Code 1.19 2006 Mystery, Thriller
The Exorcist 1.22 9.05 1973 Horror
The Godfather 6.17 10.17 1972 Crime, Drama
The Great Escape 2.19 1963 Action, Drama, History
The Great Lebowksi 4.05 1998 Comedy, Crime
The Hangover 6.18 2009 Comedy
The Howling 2.17 1981 Horror
The Hunger Games 9.02 2012 Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The Incredible Hulk+++ 9.02 2008 Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The Karate Kid 4.15 1984 Action, Drama, Family
The Lord of the Rings 5.02 8.17 2001-2003 Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The Lost Boys 2.03 1897 Comedy, Horror
The Love Guru 5.04 2008 Comedy, Romance
The Omega Man 2.11 1971 Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The Parent Trap 5.04 6.14 1961 Comedy, Romance
The Shawshank Redemption 6.10 9.05 1994 Crime, Drama
The Shining 1.09 1.10 2.07 1980 Horror, Mystery
The Sixth Sense 1.10 2.16 3.05 1999 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The Stepford Wives 2.09 1975, 2004 Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
The Ten Commandments (1956) 6.03 1956 Adventure, Drama, History
The Terminator 2.12 5.13 6.06 1984 Action, Sci-Fi
The Untouchables 7.12 1987 Crime, Drama, History
The Wizard of Oz 2.16 2.20 6.15 1939 Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Thelma and Louise 5.03 1991 Action, Crime, Drama
This is Spinal Tap 1.10 1984 Comedy, Music
Three Men and a Baby 2.18 1987 Comedy, Drama, Family
Titanic 6.17 1997 Drama, Romance
Transformers 7.21 2007 Action, Adventure
Tron 8.20 1982, 2010 Action/Adventure
Twilight 5.03 6.05 2008 Drama, Fantasy, Romance
War Games 8.20 1983 Sci-fi, Thriller
War of the Roses 7.05 1989 Comedy, Romance
Wayne's World 7.01 1982 Comedy, Music
Weird Science 2.12 1985 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
When Harry Met Sally 5.14 1989 Comedy/Drama/Romance
Willard 1.08 2003 Drama, Horror, Sci-fi
Zero Dark Thirty 8.17 9.02 2012 Drama, History, Thriller
Zoolander 2.19 6.15 2001 Comedy
Zoombieland 6.19 2009 Comedy, Horror

+ Dean's probably referencing the movie rather than the stage musical. Though it's not clear which one.

++ In Chuck Norris American Hero Collection box set

+++ Comic books and televsion shows also


Star Wars References

Episode Dean's reference Year
1.03 Actors Harrison Ford (Han Solo) & Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker). Aliases Agent Ford & Hamill 1977
1.10 I love the guy, but I swear he writes like friggin' Yoda 1980
2.05 He full-on Obi-Wan-ed me! 1977
2.08 Maybe this place is full of babes in Princess Leia bikinis. 1983
3.16 Our slutty little Yoda. 1980
4.01 The name’s Antilles, Wedge. 1977
5.22 BOBBY: So, was I right?

DEAN: As always, Yoda.

1977
5.22 I got a bad feeling about this. 1980
7.09 Of course, the sketch looks more like a Chewbacca head. 1977
7.11 Relax, it's a field not the Death Star 1977
7.17 Quit being Dalai-friggin-Yoda about this 1980
7.20 Perfect, it's in the middle of the Death Star. 1977
8.11 (To Charlie) Your Worshipfulness. 1977
8.12 So you're like Yodas to our Jedis. 1977
8.20 Charlie: I love you. Dean: I know. 1980

NOTABLY:

There are 2 instances where Dean does not understand a movie reference directed at him. We can assumehe has not seen these movies:

Mary Poppins (3.08 A Very Supernatural Christmas)

DEAN: So, was I right? Is it the serial-killing chimney sweep?

SAM: Yep. It's, uh, it’s actually Dick Van Dyke.

DEAN: Who?

SAM: Mary Poppins.

DEAN: Who’s that?

SAM: Oh come on— never mind. (Waves his hand)


It's a Wonderful Life (9.03 I'm No Angel)

Dean: He's getting cagey - he's using a fake name. Clarence.

Sam: That's what Meg used to call him. Of course he doesn't get that he's using the name of a pretty famous angel.

Dean: What?

Sam: Dude! "It's a Wonderful Life"! Seriously!


Television Show references


TV Show Title Episode/s referenced
21 Jump Street (90s) 4.13
700 Club 2.13
Ally McBeal 7.04
Antiques Road Show 3.15
Batman 3.03 6.07 6.14 6.17
Bewitched 2.20 7.05
Bill Nye The Science Guy 8.17
Breaking Bad 7.14 9.02 9.05
Bugs Bunny 3.03
Candid Camera 8.17
Casper the Friendly Ghost 2.07 8.06
Creepshow 2.18
CSI 5.07
CSI Miami 3.15
Desperate Housewives 7.06
Dexter 6.08
Dr Quinn Medicine Woman 3.15 5.13
Dynasty 5.06
Friday Night Lights 8.04
Friends 2.19
Game of Thrones 9.04
Ghost Whisperer 2.01 2.16
Gigantor 6.08
Gilligan’s Island 4.22
Girls Gone Wild 6.14
Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. 7.15
Grey’s Anatomy 5.07
Gumby 3.02
Hannah Montana 7.13
Happy Days 3.08
Hello Kitty 4.13
Highway to Heaven 4.02
House 4.15
I Dream of Jeanie 2,20 6.18
Iron Man (TV series) 2,20 6.18
Jeopardy 9.02
Jersey Shore 6.14
Keeping up with the Kardashians 7.22
Knight Rider 5.07
Kojak 3.13 6.03 6.20
Let’s Make a Deal 2.08
Matlock 1.08 2.07
Medium 1.10
Mr Rogers Neighborhood 2.09
Mr Wizard 6.05
MTV Cribs 2.08
Oprah 1.08
Paris Hilton’s My New BFF 5.05
Perfect Strangers 6.20
Power Rangers 4.10
Punk’d 6.04
Robot Chicken 8.08
Saturday Night Live 7.14 8.13
Scooby Doo 2.11 6.08 9.04
Seinfeld 6.07
Sharkweek 7.14
Sony and Cher 4.03
Soul Train 6.09
South Park 8.16
Sponge Bob 2.13
Star Trek (see also movies) 1.06
Starsky and Hutch 4.15 5.10
Tales from the Crypt 7.12
Taxicab Confessions 6.06
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 5.03
That 70’s Show 7.05
That’s Incredible 1.20
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet 3.08 4.14
The Brady Bunch 8.18
The Crosby Show 8.18
The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982) 2.175.07 9.02
The Kids in the Hall 4.08
The Munsters 3.14
The Muppets 6.07 6.14
The Rockford Files 2.07
The Smurfs 1.01
The Suite Life of Zach and Cody 4.22
The Three Stooges 8.15
The Waltons 6.17
The Wonder Years 7.14
The X-Files 1.01 1.04 2.07 3.11 4.01 4.05 4.08 5.02
Touched by an Angel 2.13 4.02 4.10
True Blood 7.22
Twilight Zone 1.20
Unsolved Mysteries 1.01
Veronica Mars 7.20
Walker, Texas Ranger 6.18
Wonder Woman 7.13 7.14
Welcome Back Kotter 5.12


Television advertisements

Product / Advertisement Episode/s referenced
Beef, it’s what’s for Dinner 4.11
Life Call 6.04
Keebler 6.09
Crest Toothpaste 5.06
Snuggles Fabric Softener 1.12
Infomercials (generally) 1.04 2.08


Dean also mentions presenters on Food shows - Chef Fieri and Paula Deen (7.22)

We also know that Dean loves Soap Operas – as per Dr Sexy MD in 5.08 and while holed up in Rufus’ Cabin in 7.03 he’s watching telenovela.