American Graffiti (1973) Poster


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Edited into 

Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)
scenes are taken from this film


The Lone Ranger (1949) (TV Series)
Debbie says that John Milner is "just like the Lone Ranger."
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952) (TV Series)
Curt watches the show on a TV set in a store window.
South Pacific (1958)
Bob Falfa sings "Some Enchanted Evening" from "South Pacific."
Dementia 13 (1963)
THX 1138 (1971)
John Milner's license plate number is THX 138

Referenced in 

All in the Family: Mike and Gloria Mix It Up (1974) (TV Episode)
Mike and Gloria are considering seeing the movies American Grafitti (1973) and Paper Moon (1973), both showing at local theaters.
Earthquake (1974)
poster of the film in one scene
Cooley High (1975)
Drive-In (1976)
Saturday Night Live: Steve Martin/Kinky Friedman (1976) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned at the end of Plato's Cave sketch
Saturday Night Live: Richard Dreyfuss/Jimmy Buffett, Gary Tigerman (1978) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Bill Murray on Weekend Update
It's Not Me, It's Him (1980)
Poster visible in Pierre's apartment
Un pasota con corbata (1982)
A poster of this film can be seen
Christine (1983)
One in a Billion (1984)
Mentioned by the television host.
Akira (1988)
Influenced Kaneda's biker gang.
Saved by the Bell: Save the Max (1990) (TV Episode)
Zack's DJ name is "Wolfman Zack".
Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) (TV Episode)
Joel (as a Cadillac drives by): "Hey, Suzanne Somers was in that!"
Step by Step: The Boss (1992) (TV Episode)
Carol says the '50s restaurant reminds her of American Graffiti.
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Princeton, February 1916 (1993) (TV Episode)
Monster truck 'Mertle' features poster art from this movie on the side
Emmerdale: Episode #1.1926 (1994) (TV Episode)
Typewriter scene mentioned
NYPD Blue: UnAmerican Graffiti (1995) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Making of Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws' (1995) (Video)
Title mentioned by Steven Spielberg
After Sunset: The Life & Times of the Drive-In Theater (1995) (Video)
Michael Wallis confirms that the activites in this movie are a genuine example of teenage life in the 1950's
Dawson's Creek: Road Trip (1998) (TV Episode)
Dawson: Good angel this, Pacey. You guys ever see American Grafitti?
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
When Ghost Dog introduces himself to the gangsters at the secluded hideaway, he says his name is "Bob Solo," a combination of two Harrison Ford characters, Bob Falfa (from American Graffit and Han Solo.i)
Drive Me Crazy (1999)
When Nicole and Chase are listening to "Keep on Loving You", there is a yellow deuce coupe just like the one in American Graffiti.
The Simpsons: Take My Wife, Sleaze (1999) (TV Episode)
Debbie Dunham is a thinly veiled caricature of the character from this movie
The Unauthorized 'Star Wars' Story (1999) (Video)
Mentioned several times during the documentary
R2-D2: Beneath the Dome (2001) (TV Special)
Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure (2001) (Video Game)
Mel's Drive-In and the 1932 Ford appear in this game.
The Beginning: Making 'Episode I' (2001) (Video)
mentioned once
Just Shoot Me!: The Burning House (2002) (TV Episode)
Maya says George Lucas threw up while making this movie.
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
Cafe scene is reference as stated by George Lucas.
Hungarian Graffiti (2003) (Video)
title reference
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet: Britannia Waives the Rules (2004) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
The Simpsons: Margical History Tour (2004) (TV Episode)
In the end of the episode Homer sings that it will be explained what happened to the characters afterwards like it was done in American Graffiti.
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV Movie)
The title is mentioned and also displayed in the "Carrie" article.
Saving 'Star Wars' (2004)
Referenced by a character
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy (2004) (Video)
Mentioned and the movie poster is shown.
The Untouchables: The Script, the Cast (2004) (Video)
mentioned once
MythBusters: Ultimate Mythbusters (2005) (TV Episode)
Real Axil myth based off this movie is shown in a flashback
MythBusters: Hollywood on Trial (2005) (TV Episode)
Real Axil myth based off this movie is shown in a flashback
Les 10 Ans de 'La Haine' (2005) (Video)
mentioned once
Strongbad_email.exe: Disc Four (2005) (Video)
In "Montage", the photos and text montages at the end of the email reference the "Where are they now" ending first seen in this movie
Munich (2005)
Eric Bana walks past the poster of this film in London
Dennis Muren Interview (2006) (Video)
This film is mentioned by name.
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)
Amy Holden Jones mentions it.
Veronica Mars: Un-American Graffiti (2007) (TV Episode)
title reference
Dissecting the Campus Corpse: A Look Back at 'The Hazing' (2008) (Video)
References made to actor Charles Martin Smith having worked on this film previously
Lego Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 (2009) (TV Short)
Paul LeMat's yellow Ford Deuce Coupe hot rod car parked in front of theme park
Remembering Messiah of Evil (2009) (Video)
Filmmakers Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz refer to making "Messiah of Evil" in the midst of working on the screenplay for "American Graffiti for George Lucas
Saturday Night Live: Charles Barkley/Alicia Keys (2010) (TV Episode)
A still from this movie is seen on the wall of the "Reel Quotes" game show.
The People vs. George Lucas (2010)
Referenced during the opening credits
Brian Wilson: Songwriter 1962 - 1969 (2010) (Video)
Mentioned by the narrator.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.84 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that the film took place in Timothy Olyphant's home town
Take Me Home Tonight (2011)
Poster is shown in a video store.
Hop (2011)
Fred and EB eat at Mel's Diner.
The Cinema Snob: Pink Flamingos (2011) (TV Episode)
"The movie is American Graffiti now."
Special Collector's Edition: Especial Halloween - Braindead (2011) (TV Episode)
Appears on the list of Blu-ray/DVD releases of November/December
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.24 (2011) (TV Episode)
Christy says that "The Myth of the American Sleepover" was influenced by the film
Brian Wilson: Songwriter 1969 - 1982 (2012) (Video)
Mentioned by the narrator.
Blackcat Riffs: The Bottle and the Throttle (2013) (TV Episode)
"And here's the stock footage from John Milner's accident."
The Cinema Snob: Friday the 13th (2013) (TV Episode)
"...or the American Graffiti?"
AmeriCarna: Hot Rods and Dragsters (2014) (TV Episode)
Title is referenced and movie stills are featured
James & Mike Mondays: Universal Studios Theme Park Adventure: Part 1 (2014) (TV Episode)
James & Mike comment on the appearance of Mel's Diner in the Universal Studios game.
James & Mike Mondays: Universal Studios Theme Park Adventure: Part 2 (2014) (TV Episode)
Mike mentions that the Mel's Diner in the game has no trash cans.
Need for Speed (2014)
Chaining the cop car's rear axle.
The Cinema Snob: Cruisin' 57 (2015) (TV Episode)
"It picks up where American Graffiti left off". Also, Snob frequently compares the film to Cruisin '57.
Blackcat Riffs: Chevrolet: What's New? (2015) (TV Episode)
"A car so awesome even a nerd can get laid in it."
Community: Intro to Recycled Cinema (2015) (TV Episode)
Abed says that his film is "my 'American Graffiti,' my 'Elephant Man,' my 'Four Rooms' - the Robert Rodriguez segment."
Moondog Airwaves (2015) (Short)
references Wolfman Jack


Featured in 

Airport 1975 (1974)
The Making of 'Star Wars' (1977) (TV Movie)
Leonard Nimoy Demonstrates the Magnavision Videodisc Player (1981) (Video)
clip from film is shown as a sample of what is available
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Siskel & Ebert: The Future of the Movies (1990) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown.
The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993) (TV Special)
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Short)
The scene in American Graffiti in which John Milner and Carol spray the windshield of the other car is featured.
Siskel & Ebert: On the Sunny Side of the Screen (1994) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown. One of Roger Ebert's recommendations for a summertime movie on video.
The Universal Story (1995) (TV Movie)
Williams/Howard scene and Dreyfuss/Sommers scene
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
This film is #77 on the list.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies (2000) (TV Special)
This film is #43 on the list.
Troldspejlet: Episode #25.4 (2001) (TV Episode)
DVD release reviewed + footage used
MythBusters: Explosive Decompression/Frog Giggin'/Rear Axle (2004) (TV Episode)
Clip used to demonstrate 'Rear Axel' myth
Happy Days: 30th Anniversary Reunion (2005) (TV Movie)
Shows clips from the film
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to George Lucas (2005) (TV Special)
It's featured
I Love the '70s: Volume 2: 1973 (2006) (TV Episode)
Shown as part of the 1973 episode of this show on VH1.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007) (TV Movie)
This film is #62 on the list.
Brian Wilson: Songwriter 1962 - 1969 (2010) (Video)
Clips are shown.
Hollywood's Top Ten: Cool Cars (2011) (TV Episode)
Brian Wilson: Songwriter 1969 - 1982 (2012) (Video)
A clip is shown.
The Dirties (2013)
Opening credits and letter style of the title of this film are used.

Spoofed in 

Saturday Night Live: Phil Hartman/Gin Blossoms (1996) (TV Episode)
Shot of Mel's Drive In used during 'You're The Man' sketch, with Mel changed to Sal
The Simpsons: Summer of 4 Ft. 2 (1996) (TV Episode)
When Homer wants to buy illegal fireworks he buys all kinds of stuff first, so that it looks like he'd buy fireworks everyday - just like the way Terry "The Toad" tries to get some booze in American Graffiti
The Simpsons: The Bart Wants What It Wants (2002) (TV Episode)
As the Simpsons visit the filmstudio, they see how "Canadian Graffiti" is filmed

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