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The French Connection (1971) Poster

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Followed by 

Popeye Doyle (1986) (TV Movie)

Version of 

N.Y.-70 (2005) (TV Movie)

Edited into 

Spin-off 

The Seven-Ups (1973)
Spin off with the secondary Roy Scheider character, renamed from Buddy Russo to Buddy Manucci

References 

Dick Tracy (1945)
one of the informants compares Doyle to Dick Tracy
Popeye the Sailor (1960) (TV Series)
Gimme Shelter (1970)
101 Acts of Love (1971)
The title is advertised on CIRCUS Cinema marquee.

Referenced in 

Nearest and Dearest: A Place in the Sun (1972) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Eli.
Black Caesar (1973)
Cinema marquee when Tommy Gibbs walks down the street
Raw Meat (1973)
Saturday Night Live: Charles Grodin/Paul Simon (1977) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Charles Grodin while introducing his film clip
Alice: The Cuban Connection (1978) (TV Episode)
title reference
One Day at a Time: The Arab Connection (1978) (TV Episode)
Movie title used in title
B.J. and the Bear: The Murphy Contingent (1979) (TV Episode)
Murphy asks B.J. whether he's seen this film and desribes the scene where drugs are stolen from the police evidence room.
Cruising (1980)
There is a shoot that is identical to one of the more known scenes in The French Connection. It's filmed from the top of the stairs to a subway station straight down the stairs. It's a clear reference and both movies are of course directed by William Friedkin.
The 52nd Annual Academy Awards (1980) (TV Special)
One Day at a Time: The Amarillo Connection (1980) (TV Episode)
Movie title used in title
Dallas: The Venezuelan Connection (1980) (TV Episode)
title reference
Prince of the City (1981)
The French Connection ripoff is mentioned throughout the film.
House Calls: The Kensington Connection (1981) (TV Episode)
title reference
Dallas: Caribbean Connection (1983) (TV Episode)
title reference
Hill Street Blues: Spotlight on Rico (1983) (TV Episode)
Belker says: "Nobody said this was gonna be the French Connection, LaRue."
Le marginal (1983)
The bust in the Marseilles bar is exactly the same as the bust in the Brooklyn Bar in the William Friedkin film.
Trapper John, M.D.: The Fred Connection (1984) (TV Episode)
title reference
Dallas: The Ewing Connection (1985) (TV Episode)
title reference
Dempsey and Makepeace: Wheelman (1985) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Spikings
Rate It X (1986)
"The new French Connection" is printed in a magazine advertisement.
Memories of Videodisc (1986) (Video)
The Facts of Life: The Greek Connection (1987) (TV Episode)
title reference
Matar al Nani (1988)
characters watch the movie on TV
Who's the Boss?: Prom Night II (1988) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Angela.
Traffik (1989) (TV Mini-Series)
referenced in episode
Kamillions (1990)
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
The car abduction borrows straight from "French Connection" (notice the baby cart).
Isten hátrafelé megy (1991)
mentioned in dialog
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mighty Jack (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel: "This is just like the chase scene from 'The French Connection.'"
Seinfeld: The Good Samaritan (1992) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Elaine
Little Sharks (1992)
Johannes acts out a Gene Hackman scene in Ingo's flat.
Birds of a Feather: The Chigwell Connection (1992) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Policenauts (1994) (Video Game)
A wannabe cop makes references to characters from this film/
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Skydivers (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow: Instead of The French Connection, they based the chase scene off of The French Lieutenant's Woman.
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Resurrection (1995) (TV Episode)
Clark: The French Connection... it was Mayson's favorite movie.
The Simpsons: The Springfield Connection (1995) (TV Episode)
title reference
Oliver's Travels: Why Did We Eat the Frogs? (1995) (TV Episode)
When they are being followed, Oliver compares the situation from the Friedkin cop movie.
Anyone for Pennis? (1995) (TV Movie)
Poster framed on wall when Dennis talks to Angus Deayton.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Escape 2000 (1996) (TV Episode)
"The French Connection"
Mad About You: Astrology (1997) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Paul.
Taxi (1998)
Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998) (TV Movie)
Ronin (1998)
Law & Order: Bait (1998) (TV Episode)
Detective Eggers refers to the film.
The Fear of God: 25 Years of 'The Exorcist' (1998) (TV Movie)
Blatty: "I had seen 'The French Connection.'"
French Connections Part One: Temptation (1998) (Video)
title reference
The Simpsons: Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner? (1999) (TV Episode)
"The French Confection" booth at the food fair
Oxygen (1999)
Boiler Room (2000)
100 Girls (2000)
Behind the Rules of Engagement (2000) (Video)
The narrator mentions that William Friedkin also directed this film.
Relic Hunter: French Connection (2001) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Swordfish (2001)
Max Payne (2001) (Video Game)
Training Day (2001)
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Making the Connection: Untold Stories of 'The French Connection' (2001) (TV Movie)
Documentary on the making of "The French Connection"
Narc (2002)
Teachers: Episode #2.10 (2002) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Kurt.
Orion's Cloud (2002) (Short)
Chapter 8 in the film is titled "The Wrinkles Connection" and features the movie's car chase. Also when Kroller and Tibbs go undercover, their names are Russo and Doyle.
The World of 'Minority Report': An Introduction (2002) (Video)
mentioned once
Hollywood High (2003) (TV Special)
Narc: Shooting Up (2003) (Video)
Crash Course (2003) (Video)
mentioned once
Give and Take, and Take (2003)
Chase scene similar
Stargate SG-1: Chimera (2004) (TV Episode)
Pete: "I believe the term 'classic' is reserved for the likes of 'The French Connection', 'Dirty Harry', 'Serpico'."
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
The sequence in which Spider-man chases the elevated subway
EastEnders: Episode dated 27 September 2004 (2004) (TV Episode)
Billy asks, "What film does Dennis think has the best action sequence?". Zoe says "Bullit". The correct answer is French Connection.
Batman: The Tumbler (2005) (Video)
mentioned once
Life on Mars: Episode #1.8 (2006) (TV Episode)
One of the confiscated porn films is called "French Letter Connection"
The Making of 'Enemy of the State' (2006) (Video)
mentioned once
Cinematographer Style (2006)
Mentioned by Owen Roizman.
Shooting the Police: Cops on Film (2006) (TV Movie)
Film referenced.
Black Dahlia (2006) (Video)
The stairwell scene is recreated
Black Rain: Making the Film - Part 1 (2006) (Video)
mentioned once
Sale of the Century (2006) (Video Game)
Referenced by name
NCIS: Driven (2006) (TV Episode)
Abby can't think of the name of the film when they're dissassembling a Hummer and asks McGee what they title of the film was.
The O.C.: The French Connection (2007) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
At the end of the Waterloo Station sequence when Bourne and Paz stare at each other through the glass window of the train
American Gangster (2007)
Mentioned by Richie Roberts, references to the drug testing and car commandeering scenes, and the mention of actor Fernando Rey.
The Visions of Stanley Kubrick (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001 (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) (Video Game)
A mission titled 'The Puerto-Rican Connection' involves chasing a train in a car.
Wanted (2008)
chase scene under the bridge is visually modeled on famous chase scene from "The French Connection"
Psych: Disco Didn't Die. It Was Murdered! (2008) (TV Episode)
Shawn tells Henry, "You stand down, Popeye Doyle."
Lakeview Terrace (2008)
mentioned by a character when the police were giving him a hard time.
The Starter Wife: The French Disconnection (2008) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Samantha Who?: The Family Vacation (2008) (TV Episode)
mentioned during a game of charades
NCIS: Deliverance (2009) (TV Episode)
Character named Victor 'Popeye' Carmado, ties in with references to other classic 70s ffilms
Law & Order: All New (2009) (TV Episode)
Bernard refers to the film.
The Cinema Snob: Impulse, Starring William Shatner! (2009) (TV Episode)
"Taking a note from a movie called The French Connection"
A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers (2009) (TV Movie)
still picture and poster
The Ministers (2009)
on movie marquee
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
A man is seen at the Lotus Casino playing a French Connection pinball game
Bad Movie Beatdown: Nighthawks (2010) (TV Episode)
Nighthawks was originally going to be the third film in this franchise
Making the Boys (2011)
Mentioned in connection with William Friedkin, who was the director; poster for the film also shown.
Midsomer Murders: Death in the Slow Lane (2011) (TV Episode)
The movie is referenced when drugs are found inside the rocker panels.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.153 (2011) (TV Episode)
a "Jaywalking" participants says he likes movies like the film
Breaking Bad: Bullet Points (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Walt.
Driver: San Francisco (2011) (Video Game)
Mission "LA Connexion" with objective "Tear Up The Streets In This Checkpoint Time Trial"
Rich Hall's Continental Drifters (2011) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by Rich Hall.
Lovelace (2013)
Chuck Traynor talks about watching The French Connection when he was stoned and thought it was in a foreign language.
Rewind This! (2013)
Video case is shown.
Perception: Warrior (2013) (TV Episode)
Kate's dad brings this movie over for her to watch.
Grand Theft Auto V (2013) (Video Game)
There is a GTA Online mission called 'The Los Santos Connection'.
A Night at the Movies: Cops & Robbers and Crime Writers (2013) (TV Movie)
Discussed, with film images shown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.64 (2014) (TV Episode)
a person says he likes "French Connection-type of movies"

Featured in 

The 59th Annual Academy Awards (1987) (TV Special)
Big (1988)
On TV in hotel room where "big" Josh eats Oreos.
Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) (Video)
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Movie)
Citizen X (1995) (TV Movie)
Kiss of Death (1995)
Biography: Darryl F. Zanuck: 20th Century Filmmaker (1995) (TV Episode)
Driving/baby carriage scene with Hackman
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) (TV Movie)
Chase scene with Hackman
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
This film is #70 on the list.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies (2001) (TV Special)
This film is #8 on the list.
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
New York at the Movies (2002) (TV Movie)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV Special)
Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle is #44 on the "Heroes" list.
Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
Excerpts appear in the film.
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)
Clip included; editing analysed.
The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) (TV Special)
I Love the '70s: Volume 2: 1971 (2006) (TV Episode)
clips; discussed
Best! Movies! Ever!: Chases (2007) (TV Episode)
clips featured to illustrate the best movie chase scenes
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007) (TV Movie)
This film is #93 on the list.
The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV Special)
Featured in Best Picture montage.
Hollywood's Hottest Car Chases (2010) (TV Movie)
Discussed and clips shown in part 1.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Birth of the Cinema (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Die Harald Schmidt Show: Episode #1.4 (2011) (TV Episode)
some scenes from French Connection in the Käßmann Interview sequence
AFI's Master Class: The Art of Collaboration: Robert Zemeckis and Don Burgess (2013) (TV Episode)
film clip shown and discussed

Spoofed in 

Stuck on You! (1982)
A clown, on foot, chases a taxi under a New York elevated train track and stops suddenly to avoid hitting a woman pushing a baby carriage.
Police Squad!: Testimony of Evil (Dead Men Don't Laugh) (1982) (TV Episode)
spoofs the scene where Gene Hackman searches the car to find the drugs
Speed (1994)
Pól serio (2000)
One of the planned action films is to be called "The Bulgarian Connection".
Adrift in Manhattan (2007)
Subway cat-and-mouse scene between Rose and Simon, including wave goodbye.
The Simpsons: Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes (2008) (TV Episode)
Homer and Flanders pursue Fat Tony in a spoof of the movie's famous chase scene.

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