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Remade as 

Kabzaa (1988)
The movie was remade into this Hindi film.
Ghulam (1998)
On the Waterfront (2001) (TV Short)
Spoof/homage to film

Edited into 

Referenced in 

The 27th Annual Academy Awards (1955) (TV Special)
humphrey bogart announces that the winner for best cinematography goes to On the Waterfront
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show: Gracie Plays Talent Scout for Imitator (1955) (TV Episode)
Tommy does an impression from one of Brando's scenes.
Chicago Syndicate (1955)
On a movie marquee as Barry is shopping.
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show: Ronnie Meets Sabrina (1955) (TV Episode)
Velma Rogers makes an indirect reference to Brando "making 'Waterfront'."
You Bet Your Life: Episode #6.4 (1955) (TV Episode)
Part of quiz question.
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show: George Becomes a Dictator (1955) (TV Episode)
Ronnie ponders whether "He" (Brando) had similar problems before filming "Waterfront" and "Streetcar".
Crime in the Streets (1956)
The Waterfront is mentioned by one of the kids
The Bob Cummings Show: Bob Digs Rock 'N' Roll (1958) (TV Episode)
Chuck and Carol want to see it at the theater.
Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967)
J.R. and the girl on the roof and the mentioning of pigeons strongly resembles Terry and Edie in "On the Waterfront."
Steptoe and Son: A Star Is Born (1972) (TV Episode)
Harold mentions the taxi scene from On the Waterfront, and does an impersonation of Marlon Brando.
Saturday Night Live: Peter Boyle/Al Jarreau (1976) (TV Episode)
Quoted during 'Dueling Brando's'
Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
During the drive-in scene, Walter Paisley mimics Marlon Brando's line "I coulda been a contender" from On the Waterfront.
Bugsy Malone (1976)
Bugsy says I couldda been a contender" to Blousey
Saturday Night Live: Steve Martin/Kinky Friedman (1976) (TV Episode)
Quoted by John Belushi in Plato's Cave sketch
Rocky (1976)
Rocky wears similar clothes to Marlon Brando
Saturday Night Live: Sissy Spacek/Richard Baskin (1977) (TV Episode)
Muhammad Ali claims to be doing a remake of this on Weekend Update
Raging Bull (1980)
WKRP in Cincinnati: Three Days of the Condo (1981) (TV Episode)
Johnny says he would rather live in On The Waterfront Estates
Police Squad!: Ring of Fear (A Dangerous Assignment) (1982) (TV Episode)
A boxer is told he could've been a contender
Police Squad!: Revenge and Remorse (The Guilty Alibi) (1982) (TV Episode)
A stripper tells Drebin she saw this film with a suspect.
Night of the Comet (1984)
The movie-poster is hanging on the wall in the cinema.
The Tomb (1986)
mentioned in song lyrics
Labyrinth (1986)
The Morning After (1986)
Alex describes her acting career by saying she "could've been a contender".
Sword of Honour: Episode #1.4 (1986) (TV Episode)
Esse says "I could've been a contender" in reaction to her dismissal from television.
Filthy Rich & Catflap: Episode #1.2 (1987) (TV Episode)
Eddie says 'I could have been a contender'
Stakeout (1987)
The Golden Girls: The Audit (1987) (TV Episode)
Dorothy mentions the movie by name.
Red Dwarf: Me² (1988) (TV Episode)
Rimmer: "I could have been an admiral by now! Instead of a nothing, which is what I am, let's face it."
On the Waterfront: Episode #1.1 (1988) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Andew O'Connor's monologue
Splendor (1989)
Movieposter can be seen
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Superdome (1989) (TV Episode)
Servo: "I coulda been a contender!"
Quantum Leap: The Right Hand of God - October 24, 1974 (1989) (TV Episode)
Imitating Marlon Brando, Sam says, "I coulda been a contender."
The Abyss (1989)
Wired (1989)
Queens Logic (1991)
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991)
mentioned once
Blobermouth (1991)
Malcolm X (1992)
quote, "He doesn't need a doctor, he needs a priest"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Rebel Set (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Kazan wants me for 'On the Waterfront II: Electric Boogaloo.'"
Animaniacs: Buttermilk, It Makes a Body Bitter/Broadcast Nusiance/Raging Bird (1993) (TV Episode)
Narrator: "He coulda been a contender."
Down on the Waterfront (1993) (Short)
Sunny Side Up (1994)
The Day Today: Big Report (1994) (TV Episode)
The actor Marlon Brando is being auctioned, some of his films are mentioned including this.
Jimmy Hollywood (1994)
Jimmy likens his tough, but vulnerable, demeanour in his first S.O.S. video to "Terry Malloy, On the Waterfront. Brando. He had vulnerability", and he goes on to mention the glove scene.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Draws influence on Butch's washed up boxer character. Also, the fighter Butch is supposed to take a dive against is named Wilson, the same name as the fighter Terry Malloy actually does dive against.
Rebel Highway: Jailbreakers (1994) (TV Episode)
Tattoo mentions it by name, Skinny says, "Marlon Brando is the coolest," then Skinny, Tattoo, and Whale all quote the movie.
Quiz Show (1994)
Incorrectly given as answer to a question
ER: Into That Good Night (1994) (TV Episode)
Ross says "I could have been a contender"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: High School Big Shot (1994) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Terry Malloy!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Beast of Yucca Flats (1995) (TV Episode)
Tom (as Tor): "Tor could have been contender; instead, bum."
The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995) (TV Special)
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man: In the Nam of the Father (1995) (TV Episode)
The Kurtz-style character says "I coulda been somebody, I coulda been a contender".
The Critic: Frankie and Ellie Get Lost (1995) (TV Episode)
a newsreel from 1955 mentions that the film won the Oscar for Best Picture
Caught (1996)
NewsRadio: In Through the Out Door (1996) (TV Episode)
Joe: "I could have been a contender"
Trees Lounge (1996)
Tommy does an impression of Brando's "I could have been a contender" speech to Debbie.
Everybody Loves Raymond: I Love You (1996) (TV Episode)
Frank quotes Terry Malloy when he says, "I could been a contender"
Career Girls (1997)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Rushmore (1998)
ER: Sticks and Stones (1999) (TV Episode)
"I could've been a contender."
The Best of Film Noir (1999) (Video)
referenced when the clips from the 1955 Oscar Awards are shown
Even Stevens: Louis in the Middle (2000) (TV Episode)
Louis impersonates another character made famous by Marlon Brando -- Terry Malloy.
Film Club (2000) (Short)
The "Film Club" members walk past a display for "On the Waterfront" at a theater.
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: My Best Shot (2001) (TV Episode)
Salem quotes Marlon Brando from this film in his accent
James Dean (2001) (TV Movie)
mentioned in dialogue
You Rock My World (2001) (TV Short)
The Waterfront Hotel
Extreme Championship Wrestling: The Best of Cactus Jack (2001) (Video)
A fan yells, "Mikey, you coulda been a contenda!"
Alias: Mea Culpa (2001) (TV Episode)
Alternate candidate than "His Girl Friday" for best film ever, suggested by Francie
Lovers & Leavers (2002)
seen in tv
Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) (TV Movie)
New York at the Movies (2002) (TV Movie)
Dinner for Five: Episode #1.4 (2002) (TV Episode)
Rod Steiger talks about the taxi cab scene.
The Sopranos: The Strong, Silent Type (2002) (TV Episode)
Pauly Walnuts tells Silvio that he's seen it in HD.
Inside the Actors Studio: Martin Scorsese (2002) (TV Episode)
Mentioned
Daredevil (2003)
Who Killed 'Winter Kills'? (2003) (Video)
mentioned once
Anglian Lives: Alan Partridge (2003) (TV Movie)
Alan mentions seeing pictures of an actor taken from this movie.
Scarface: Acting (2003) (Video)
Michael Jackson: Number Ones (2003) (Video)
Segment You Rock My World has Waterfront Hotel, and features Brando
Sin (2003)
Ca. 12 minutes into the film Bella calls her porn movie a remake of the older film.
Hellboy (2004)
scene with Hellboy and small child on the roof of the apartment complex features caged pigeons, which get considerable screentime. this is clearly a reference to On the Waterfront, where Brando spends many important scenes on the roof with his pigeons.
Panel Quiz Attack 25: Episode dated 3 April 2005 (2005) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name.
Facing the Past (2005) (Video)
mentioned once
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)
It is mentioned in a magazine.
Destroy All Humans! (2005) (Video Game)
One character mentions this movie when comparing Marlon Brando to Montgomery Clift.
EastEnders: Episode dated 30 May 2006 (2006) (TV Episode)
Denise tells Kevin On the Waterfront is her second favourite film of all time.
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.218 (2006) (TV Episode)
all Jeopardy! round categories are inspired by movie catch phrases, including "I Coulda Been a Bartender"
The Rise of Two Legends (2006) (Video)
Laurence Fishburne and John G. Avildsen mention the film.
Gettin' It (2006)
"I coulda been a contender."
Crossing Criminal Cultures (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
Control (2007)
The line "We are gonna be contenders. We are gonna be somebodies." is similar to the famous line "I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody."
Indie Sex: Censored (2007) (TV Movie)
The title is seen
Rescue Me: Seven (2007) (TV Episode)
Johnny's "ghost" quotes Brando from this movie.
The Curse of Steptoe (2008) (TV Movie)
One of the characters performs a scene from On the Waterfront
Frank in the Fifties (2008) (Video)
Brando's role is compared to Sinatra's in The Man with the Golden Arm
Hollywood Mouth (2008)
Publicity item from Rick's collection.
Perkins' 14 (2009)
Mentioned in dialogue
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 2 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $16,000 question
City Island (2009)
main character's idolatry of Marlon Brando
General Hospital: Episode #1.11777 (2009) (TV Episode)
"You could've been a contender."
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.160 (2009) (TV Episode)
A line from the film is included in a $16,000 question
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.22 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $200 clue in the category "Name That Movie"
The Good Wife: Crash (2009) (TV Episode)
Will uses the "I coulda been a contender!" line.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.72 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $12,500 question
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.75 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $12,500 question
A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics (2009) (TV Movie)
mentioned by Omar Sharif
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 5 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $2,000 question
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.193 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of an $800 clue in the category "Tales from the Script"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.76 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jeremy Piven says Mike Tyson is halfway between Terry Malloy from the film and Col. Kurtz from "Apocalypse Now"
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day: Gary Sinise (2010) (TV Episode)
Gary Sinise mentions this movie during interview
Bored to Death: The Case of the Grievous Clerical Error! (2010) (TV Episode)
Ray does a Marlon Brando impression, and says "I coulda been somebody". He also mentions the film by name, and the fact that it was set in Red Hook.
Saturday Night Live: Scarlett Johansson/Arcade Fire (2010) (TV Episode)
In the "Stars of Tomorrow" segment, Laura acts out a scene from "On the Waterfront."
The Young and the Restless: Cane's Lost Letter Reveals a Shocking Truth (2011) (TV Episode)
One of the DVDs Sofia collects for Lily.
Days of Our Lives: Episode #1.11621 (2011) (TV Episode)
Brady Black: "I coulda been a contender."
Chillerama (2011)
"I could have been a better contender"
Just a Minute: Episode #1.1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Graham Norton says "I coulda been a contender"
Girls: The Return (2012) (TV Episode)
Hannah's father jokingly attributes his Woody Allen quotation to On the Waterfront.
Dave's Old Porn: Artie Lange/Vanessa Del Rio (2012) (TV Episode)
Artie Lange says: 'It's like the cab scene in On the Waterfront'
Portlandia: Nina's Birthday (2013) (TV Episode)
"I coulda been a consigliere"
Before Midnight (2013)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Crazy Ones: Pilot (2013) (TV Episode)
"I could've been someone."
Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier (2013)
Aladdin sing the line "I could have been a contender."
TCM: Twenty Classic Moments (2014) (TV Movie)
mentioned
You Bet Your Life: Episode #5.36 (1955) (TV Episode)
Groucho names two films directed by Elia Kazan, during a quiz.

Featured in 

Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963) (TV Movie)
Brando discusses his philosophy of life with Eva Marie Saint
Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) (Video)
Hexed (1993)
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Movie)
Elia Kazan: A Director's Journey (1995)
scenes shown/discussed
Marlon Brando: The Wild One (1996) (TV Movie)
Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) (TV Movie)
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV Special)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
This film is #8 on the list.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: Against the Grain (1998) (TV Movie)
Cited as one of best 100 movies in last 100 years
The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999) (TV Special)
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 (1999) (TV Movie)
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 features many clips and references from movie and television history.
Contender: Mastering the Method (2001) (Video)
Many clips from "On the Waterfront" are included in this documentary 'making-of' featurette.
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV Special)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV Special)
Terry Malloy is #23 on the "Heroes" list.
American Masters: None Without Sin (2003) (TV Episode)
Scenes from the movie are featured.
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004) (TV Special)
Clips featured during Karl Malden's Life Achievement Award presentation.
The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) (TV Special)
Memorial Tribute: Elia Kazan
The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) (TV Special)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases (2005) (TV Special)
The quote "You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am." is #3 on the list.
Bullets Over Hollywood (2005) (TV Movie)
clips
The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) (TV Special)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies (2006) (TV Movie)
This film is #36 on the list.
Gridiron Gang (2006)
Brando (2007) (TV Movie)
clips
20 to 1: 50 to 01: Great Movie One Liners (2007) (TV Episode)
Some clips from this movie are shown in a segment on the line "I could have been a contender, I could have been somebody."
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007) (TV Movie)
This film is #19 on the list.
October Road: Spelling It Out (2008) (TV Episode)
Janet and Eddie watch it on TV, and Janet uses the movie as a euphemism for sex.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 20 February 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
A scene from this film is show when talking about Elvis Presley and Marlon Brando.
The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV Special)
Featured in Best Picture montage.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 28 March 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips of this film are featured during a repeat of a 'Great American Culture Quiz' segment.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Episode #13.114 (2008) (TV Episode)
Clip of Marlon Brando is shown
Fired Up! (2009)
Playing on a TV in Coach Byrnes office when Nick and Shawn try to get out of football camp.
20 to 1: Hollywood's Hot List (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on Marlon Brando.
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) (TV Special)
A clip from On the Waterfront was shown at the Oscars.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Salt/Ramona and Beezus/Summer Doc Round-Up (2010) (TV Episode)
George A. Romero's #5 favorite film
Drop Dead Diva: Will & Grayson (2010) (TV Episode)
Stacy watches the film at home.
American Masters: A Letter to Elia (2010) (TV Episode)
shots from the film
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood: Peepshow Pioneers (2010) (TV Episode)
Clip shown during intro: Terry walks down waterfront.
Huckabee: Episode dated 6 November 2010 (2010) (TV Episode)
Clip of Terry Malloy edited into commentary
Hollywood's Top Ten: Best Actor Oscar Winners (2011) (TV Episode)
Marlon Brando takes #8
Friends with Benefits (2011)
Dylan and Jamie watch this film.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Episode #1.6 (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Hollywood's Top Ten: Movie Speeches (2011) (TV Episode)
#8
Boxing at the Movies: Kings of the Ring (2013)
Clips seen and discussed
Maltin on Movies: Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) (TV Episode)
Movie reviewed in this episode.
Smashing UK Top 10: Top 10 Film Quotes (2013) (TV Episode)
Clips

Spoofed in 

Take Off (1978)
"You could have been somebody." "I was. I was a contender. It sucked." "So instead you're a bum."
SCTV: On the Waterfront Again (1979) (TV Episode)
Parodied in "On the Waterfront Again".
Knightriders (1981)
Bors spoofs Brando's taxi scene.
The Freshman (1990)
At the end, when Carmine and Clark are walking through the field, Carmine tells the Komodo dragon, "You turned out to be a bum. ... You coulda been a handbag."
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
The line "I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody" is taken from On the Waterfront
Animaniacs: The Tiger Prince/All the Words in the English Language/The Kid in the Lid/Method to Her Madness (1995) (TV Episode)
In the "Method to Her Madness" segment, Skippy reads lines from "Beyond the Waterfront" with a Marlon Brando caricature.
The Godson (1998)
Robots (2005)
"I want to be an inventor...I wanna be somebody"
Rocky Mountain Oysters: Terminal (2012) (TV Episode)
T-Bird's monologue in the backseat of the car spoofs Marlon Brando's monologue in On the Waterfront
The Critic: Episode #1.5 (TV Episode)
Jay shows a clip from the film in which Marlon Brando describes his later career

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