One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Poster


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Remade as 

Thalavattam (1986)
Tamil remake
Manasukkul Mathappu (1988)
indian remake
Kyon Ki... (2005)
Hindi remake

Edited into 

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Sweet Dee Has a Heart Attack (2008) (TV Episode)
one of Danny DeVito's scenes was cut into the episode
Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)
Footage from this movie is used.


Dracula (1931)
Dracula is mentioned
THX 1138 (1971)
Both films made with the assistance of psychiatric patients.

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Lily Tomlin (1975) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Landshark
Welcome Back, Kotter: One Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1976) (TV Episode)
This episode's title is a play on that of Kesey's book and Nicholson's film.
Sneak Previews: Taxi Driver/The Man Who Would Be King/Hester Street/Manson/The Story of Adele H. (1976) (TV Episode)
Siskel and Ebert discuss the recently Oscar-nominated movies, including this one.
Laverne & Shirley: One Flew Over Milwaukee (1976) (TV Episode)
title reference
Baby Rosemary (1976)
Title seen on movie marquee.
That Lady from Rio (1976)
Title seen on theater marquee.
Ob's stürmt oder schneit (1976)
Charlie's Angels: Angels at Sea (1977) (TV Episode)
Frank Gorshin recites several of McMurphy's lines, impersonating Nicholson.
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour: Episode #1.5 (1977) (TV Episode)
The Brady kids brainstorm about the title of a movie they want to make, and Jan suggests "One Flew Over the Brady's Nest."
Cinderella (1977)
When the Lord Chamberlain encounters Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters, he exclaims, "Three flew over the cuckoo's nest!"
Ils sont fous ces sorciers (1978)
French poster visible in Picard's apartment.
Saturday Night Live: Richard Benjamin/Rickie Lee Jones (1979) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Bill Murray's Celebrity Corner Oscars predictions
Taxi: Hollywood Calling (1979) (TV Episode)
Seen on theater marquee
Dizengoff 99 (1979)
The Jeffersons: One Flew Into the Cuckoo's Nest (1980) (TV Episode)
title reference
Il lupo e l'agnello (1980)
Cuckoo says he was nicknamed Cuckoo after seeing this film numerous times.
Times Square (1980)
The title is mentioned.
Student Bodies (1981)
Hardy mentions this movie
Only When I Laugh (1981)
Georgia calls Toby, "Nurse Ratched".
Three's Company: Two Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1981) (TV Episode)
title reference
Remington Steele: Steele Trap (1982) (TV Episode)
Character reference, "Nurse Ratched".
10 to Midnight (1983)
Poster is shown in a video store.
Charade (1984) (Short)
The Facts of Life: It's Lonely at the Top (1985) (TV Episode)
Natalie compares Blair to Nurse Ratched, a character from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
Newhart: Summa Cum Larry (1985) (TV Episode)
Stephanie calls Joanna 'Nurse Ratched'.
Betty Blue (1986)
suffocation of drugged (kinda lobotomized) girl with pillow in hospital
Saturday Night Live: Oprah Winfrey/Joe Jackson (1986) (TV Episode)
Blown up still picture part of 'Actors on Film' set.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Episode dated 7 May 1986 (1986) (TV Episode)
The film was mentioned during Buddy Hackett's interview.
Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)
Steve suggests that Taylor could be a native American escapee from the asylum. Taylor is played by Will Sampson who starred as Chief Bromden in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - an Indian who breaks out of an asylum.
Saturday Night Live: Anjelica Huston and Billy Martin/George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic (1986) (TV Episode)
Still picture visible as part of the 'Actors on Film' set.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Danny DeVito/Joan Embery/John Searing (1986) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Johnny as he introduces Danny DeVito
First Among Equals: Episode #1.7 (1986) (TV Episode)
Character mentions film by name
Designing Women: Oh, Brother (1988) (TV Episode)
Julia is compared to Nurse Ratched.
Monkey Shines (1988)
Allan calls Maryanne "Nurse Ratchett."
Kukolka (1988)
title mentioned by lead character
The Munsters Today: One Flu Over the Munsters' Nest (1989) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Siskel & Ebert: The Dream Team/Sing/Troop Beverly Hills/Crusoe/Powwow Highway (1989) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "The Dream Team" review.
The Dream Team (1989)
The sanitarium segment is loosely inspired by the movie.
Batman (1989)
When we see Jack in Grissom's office there is a shot of him sitting in a seat and shuffling a deck of cards. This is similar to the shot we see of McMurphy(Jack) shuffling cards when he is attending the ward meeting in One flew over the cuckoo's nest.
Blackadder Goes Forth: General Hospital (1989) (TV Episode)
Nurse Fletcher Browns is named after actress Louise Fletcher who plays Nurse Ratchett and Alonzo Brown who plays Dr Miller.
ALF: Break Up to Make Up (1989) (TV Episode)
ALF refers to the film.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Breast (1989) (Video)
Title reference
Siskel & Ebert: Miami Blues/Vital Signs/Lisa/Chattahoochee (1990) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Chattahoochee" review.
Columbo: Uneasy Lies the Crown (1990) (TV Episode)
A character makes a joke about a possible sequel to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Murder, She Wrote: Shear Madness (1990) (TV Episode)
Movie title is mentioned.
Who's the Boss?: One Flew Over the Empty Nest (1990) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Golden Girls: Stand by Your Man (1990) (TV Episode)
Sophia calls Dorothy Nurse Ratched.
Gabriel's Fire: One Flew Over the Bird's Nest (1991) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Simpsons: Stark Raving Dad (1991) (TV Episode)
The scenes at the mental hospital
Seinfeld: The Truth (1991) (TV Episode)
mentioned by George
Intimate Stranger (1991)
Mentioned in voiceover.
Saturday Night Live: Christian Slater/Bonnie Raitt (1991) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during the monologue
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Obscene and Not Heard (1991) (TV Episode)
Parker says, "The word's all over school that my dad's flown over the cuckoo's nest."
Ulladakkam (1991)
WIOU: One Flew Over the Anchor Desk (1991) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Golden Girls: One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest (1992) (TV Episode)
title reference
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Manhunt in Space (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Thanks, Nurse Ratched."
Dinosaurs: If I Were a Tree (1993) (TV Episode)
While in Earl's body, the Spirit of the Tree explains that he escaped from the mental hospital by throwing a sink through a window.
Wild Palms (1993) (TV Mini-Series)
Tully Woiwode and his sister talk about a depressing movie starring Jack Nicholson and in which "the Indian got away"
Frasier: Beloved Infidel (1993) (TV Episode)
Martin compares Daphne to Nurse Ratched.
Philadelphia (1993)
Andy refers to a nurse as "Nurse Ratched"
Witchcraft VI (1994) (Video)
mentioned in dialogue
Iron Man: The Grim Reaper Wears a Teflon Coat (1994) (TV Episode)
Julia refers to the physical therapist as Nurse Ratched.
Melrose Place: The Cook, the Creep, His Lover and Her Sister (1994) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Kitten with a Whip (1994) (TV Episode)
Mike: "Nurse Ratched!"
Green Day: Basket Case (1994) (Video)
The video is set in a mental institution and several scenes are a homage to the movie.
The Ren & Stimpy Show: Galoot Wranglers/Ren Needs Help (1995) (TV Episode)
The Ren Needs Help segment has a few parodies to this movie.
Ice Cream Man (1995)
Stripteaser (1995)
ER: Welcome Back Carter! (1995) (TV Episode)
Open reference by a character.
Beavis and Butt-Head: Spanish Fly (1995) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Endoresu warutsu (1995)
Movie is referenced.
Melrose Place: Two Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1995) (TV Episode)
Title reference
It's My Party (1996)
Friends call Tony as Nurse Ratched.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Escape 2000 (1996) (TV Episode)
"They dress like Randall P. McMurphy to leave the Bronx!"
Siskel & Ebert: The Pallbearer/Barb Wire/Last Dance/The Great White Hype/The Craft (1996) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the Brad Pitt interview.
Bordello of Blood (1996)
Rafe mentions Nurse Ratched
The Simpsons: Hurricane Neddy (1996) (TV Episode)
The nurse looks like Nurse Rachett
Asylum: Episode #1.4 (1996) (TV Episode)
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is guessed by Adam in charades.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Terror from the Year 5000 (1997) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Louise Fletcher is Clara Barton as Florence Nightingale in 'The Piano 2: Southern Comfort.'"
Swing Blade (1997) (Short)
Trent says, "I don't want you to be nuts like that guy in 'Rain Man'; I want you to be nuts like Nicholson in 'Cuckoo's Nest' - pre-lobotomy."
Martin: One Flew Over the Hoochie's Nest (1997) (TV Episode)
title reference
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Parts: The Clonus Horror (1997) (TV Episode)
"I'm gonna free Randle McMurphy."
Hav Plenty (1997)
Spin City: Paul Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1997) (TV Episode)
title reference
Nash Bridges: One Flew Over the Cuda's Nest (1997) (TV Episode)
title reference
WCW Monday Nitro: Episode #3.11 (1997) (TV Episode)
Bobby Heenan compared Raven's Flock to the waiting room in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Scream 2 (1997)
mentioned / character of Mickey looks like Jack Nicholson
Completely Cuckoo (1997) (Video)
Documentary is about the film
WCW Monday Nitro: Episode #3.18 (1998) (TV Episode)
Lodi's sign reads One Flew Over the Raven's Nest.
Lukas: Wem die Stunde schlägt (1998) (TV Episode)
Ludwig spoofs the title ("Flora flog übers Kuckucksnest").
Bride of Chucky (1998)
Chucky kills one of his victim's by suffocating him with a pillow (also another film staring Bras Dourif)
Gideon (1998)
Mrs. Willows is referred to as "Nurse Ratched" from one flew over the cuckoo's nest.
One World: Two Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1998) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Siskel & Ebert: Instinct/The Loss of Sexual Innocence/Limbo (1999) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Instinct" review.
Dharma & Greg: One Flew Over the Lawyer's Desk (1999) (TV Episode)
title reference
Ballykissangel: Two Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1999) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Sports Night: Kafelnikov (1999) (TV Episode)
Casey says to Dan ~"Listen McMurphy if it were up to me I'd let you and the big Indian out of the hospital".
Flawless (1999)
Direct reference: Rusty is calling the ambulance attendant: "Nurse Ratched"
Twice in a Lifetime: Second Service (1999) (TV Episode)
Markie refers to a tough nurse as Nurse Ratched.
Freaks and Geeks: Carded and Discarded (2000) (TV Episode)
Toby refers to Daniel as "McMurphy," the Jack Nicholson character, because of his hat
The Sinister Saga of Making 'The Stunt Man' (2000) (Video)
mentionned once
Na plovárne: Na plovárne s Miroslavem Ondríckem (2000) (TV Episode)
Marek Eben mentioned it.
Chump Change (2000)
A movie studio exec pitches a new version of "Cuckoos Nest," only this time having it take place in an office building and Nurse Ratched is a secretary.
The Simpsons: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge (2000) (TV Episode)
Krusty says that Marge "just flew in from the cuckoo's nest."
DAG: Meet Sullivan Pope (2000) (TV Episode)
Agent Dag tells the First Lady, "I'm usually aware of your travel schedule but, tell me, when did you fly over the cuckoo's nest?"
Bicho de Sete Cabeças (2000)
Character emprisoned in a mental institution.
Money Never Sleeps (2000) (Video)
Mentioned by Oliver Stone.
Seven Days: Top Dog (2001) (TV Episode)
When Parker is being lead into the rubber room, he asks the attendent's 'Which one of you is Nurse Rathced?"
Teachers: Episode #1.2 (2001) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jenny.
Futurama: Insane in the Mainframe (2001) (TV Episode)
A nurse in the asylum is named Nurse Ratchet.
The Chronicle: Only the Young Die Good (2001) (TV Episode)
references the movie by comparing the villain with Nurse Ratched.
The Omen Legacy (2001) (TV Movie)
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Repli-Kate (2002)
Eugene Levy references an all hamster cast of one flew over the cuckoo's nest when a hamster is smacking itself against the bars of its cage.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Normal Again (2002) (TV Episode)
Willow: "No more Cuckoo's Nest?"
The West Wing: The U.S. Poet Laureate (2002) (TV Episode)
C.J. has an outburst to Josh in which she compares the members of his fansite to the ward members in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and tells him to "Climb out the ward window before they give you a pre-frontal lobotomy and I have to smother you with a pillow!"
About Schmidt (2002)
So schnell Du kannst (2002) (TV Movie)
dialog in the bar
ER: A Hopeless Wound (2002) (TV Episode)
a nurse is called "Nasty Ratchet"
Final Destination 2 (2003)
In the sanitarium, where the only surviving characters from part 1 lives, we see a giant Indian with long hair behind bars.
Agent Cody Banks (2003)
School's nurse is "Nurse Ratched"
Alien Sex Party (2003)
Porn title of "One Flew Over the Poo Poo's Nest" parodies this film
Ghost Master (2003) (Video Game)
What Lies Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Finding Nemo (2003)
Smala Sussie (2003)
Tore Tumör pretends to be mute during large parts of the film, but later reveals in a very casual way that he's been pretending all along, much like Chief Bromden in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Tore's appearence has also most likely been inspired by Chief Bromden's (both of them are large men with long dark hair).
The Year of the Rat (2003) (Video)
Crispin Glover references the film in an interview situation
Something's Gotta Give (2003)
Diane Keaton comments "I don't want to play the role of the uptight nurse to your bad-boy patient" to Nicholson, referencing Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched to Nicholson's McMurphy
Angel: Damage (2004) (TV Episode)
Harmony: "A girl over in the nuthouse went all Cuckoo's Nest."
King of the Hill: DaleTech (2004) (TV Episode)
Dale asks Cotton if he's seen this film then he attempts to smother him with a pillow like the climax.
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV Movie)
Mentioned in a magazine article.
Arrested Development: Let 'Em Eat Cake (2004) (TV Episode)
On the whiteboard in the hospital, the RN on duty is listed as Ratchet, likely a reference to the character Nurse Ratched from the movie.
Saving Star Wars (2004)
The name "Nurse Ratchett's" referenced
Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate (2004)
A still is used to show the type of films United Artists was making in the 1970's.
Entourage: Busey and the Beach (2004) (TV Episode)
mentioned as "Cuckoo's Nest"
Noel (2004)
Randy refers to the nurse as "Nurse Ratched"
The West Wing: N.S.F. Thurmont (2004) (TV Episode)
When Josh is told by a nurse to turn off his cell phone he calls her Nurse Rachett.
The China Syndrome: A Fusion of Talent (2004) (Video)
talked about Douglas' success with this film
The China Syndrome: Creating a Controversy (2004) (Video)
mentioned once
High Chaparall: Ilona Staller (Cicciolina) (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name
Film Geek (2005)
Video case is shown in a video store.
The Ring Two (2005)
When Rachel is looking through the video tapes at the fair, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest is one of them.
Jolly Roger: Massacre at Cutter's Cove (2005)
Officer Lowenstein (while waiting to get dna) says "I'm to get Nurse Ratched down here to take a DNA sample"
The Island (2005)
When Jordan and Jones are at work in "The Island", and when McMurphy and nurse Ratched disagree over the music on the ward in "Cuckoo's Nest", the music playing is "Charmaine", by Lew Pollack and Erno Rapee and performed by the Mantovani orchestra.
Favouritism: Zippy and George's Puppet Legends (2005) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Grey's Anatomy: Make Me Lose Control (2005) (TV Episode)
Alex calls another nurse "Nurse Ratched".
Veronica Mars: Cheatty Cheatty Bang Bang (2005) (TV Episode)
Logan calls the school nurse Nurse Ratched
Grey's Anatomy: Deny, Deny, Deny (2005) (TV Episode)
Cristina says: "I am flying over the cuckoo's nest here."
The Alice: Episode #1.13 (2005) (TV Episode)
In an early scene, Jess says that she sounds like the evil nurse from One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.
Kyon Ki... (2005)
salman khan in mental institution with lots of other patients. medicine handed out individually to each patient.
Smallville: Solitude (2005) (TV Episode)
Lois mentions that Lex spent some time in the Cuckoo's Nest.
Peep Show: Sectioning (2005) (TV Episode)
Jeremy alludes to the film when he's talking to the psychiatrist.
Supernatural: Asylum (2005) (TV Episode)
Dean says: "Man, electroshock, lobotomies, they did some twisted stuff to these people. Kind of like my man Jack in Cuckoo's Nest."
Stroker and Hoop: The Wrath of Kahn'Ja (2005) (TV Episode)
Stroker mentions it in dialogue while in mental hospital
The Green Green Grass: One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock (2005) (TV Episode)
Referenced in title
... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2005) (TV Movie)
the Douglases argue over the film
Driving Lessons (2006)
Evie tells Ben, that she once auditioned for the part of Nurse Ratched.
'Dog Day Afternoon': After the Filming (2006) (Video)
mentioned once
Footballers' Wives: Episode #5.7 (2006) (TV Episode)
Garry tells Bruno that he had been acting like an extra from the film.
The Dark Side of Porn: Does Snuff Exist? (2006) (TV Episode)
claims Snuff beat it in the box office for 3 weeks
Kyle XY: Pilot (2006) (TV Episode)
Josh: ''Oh man, sweet. He's like that Indian from Cuckoo's Nest.''
Screenwipe: Episode #2.3 (2006) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Brooker.
Bernard and Doris (2006)
"She's one of those Nurse Ratched types."
Sam and Max: Culture Shock (2006) (Video Game)
The giant mute Indian Max mentions was the Chief.
Friday Night Lights: El Accidente (2006) (TV Episode)
Jason, Tim, and Lyla spend the day away from Jason's rehab facility. When they return that night, Phil, the attendant at the rehab facility says to Jason, "the next time you want to fly over the cuckoo's nest..."
Frisky Dingo: Flowers for Nearl (2006) (TV Episode)
In the background of Nearl's flashback to the mental hospital, you can see a large man carrying a drinking fountain.
Memory (2006)
nurse is called "Nurse Ratched"
Psychology of Human Behavior (2006) (Video)
Professor Martin mentions the movie in reference to shock therapy.
Saturday Night Live: Jeremy Piven/AFI (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during Weekend Update
Good Eats: Fruit Ten from Outer Space (2007) (TV Episode)
Alton describes pomegranate gelatin as having, "a wee bit of flavor even Nurse Ratched could love."
South Park: Cartman Sucks (2007) (TV Episode)
Bradley's appearance and mannerisms are modeled after Billy Bibbit.
My Name Is Bruce (2007)
Bruce calls a girl in a nurse outfit 'Nurse Ratched'
Hustle: As One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest, One Flew In (2007) (TV Episode)
Title Reference
The Cinema Snob: Crazy Fat Ethel II (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as a better film about mental illness.
Star Stories: The Take That Story: How Our Success Was Nothing to Do with Robert Williams (2007) (TV Episode)
"Medication Valse" is played in the metal asylum scene
Manhunt 2 (2007) (Video Game)
Dr. Whyte looks similar to Nurse Ratched.
Neues aus der Anstalt: Jahresabschluss-Therapie (2007) (TV Episode)
Quote by Urban Priol concerning birdflu: "Tamiflu over the cuckoo's nest."
NCIS: Tribes (2008) (TV Episode)
Ziva and DiNozzo are playing "Identify the Reference". DiNozzo says, "Juicyfruit"... Ziva responds with "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Next"
Minutemen (2008) (TV Movie)
Mr. Tolkan refers to the school nurse as "Nurse Ratched" over the school PA system
Neues aus der Anstalt: Episode #2.3 (2008) (TV Episode)
Urban Priol says the movie, especially Nurse Ratched, reminds him of Angela Merkel every time he watches it.
Saturday Night Live: Ashton Kutcher/Gnarls Barkley (2008) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Dode the bouncer
Heroes Unmasked: New World Disorder (2008) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Berlin Calling (2008)
party in mental hospital
General Hospital: Night Shift: Playing with Fire (2008) (TV Episode)
Nurse Ratched mentioned
Futurama: Bender's Game (2008) (Video)
Nurse Ratchet is based on Nurse Rached.
Private Practice: Let It Go (2008) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Rolf De Heer (2008) (Video)
This film is mentioned and discussed.
Screenwipe: Review of the Year 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Brooker compares The X Factor to this show.
Biography: Jerry Brudos (2008) (TV Episode)
The subject in the documentary spent time in the same hospital that was the basis for the novel and film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," and the film is mentioned by name
Spring Breakdown (2009)
mentioned during The Movie Numbers Game
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Some Must Watch While Some Must Sleep (2009) (TV Episode)
a nurse is called Nurse Ratched
Skins: JJ (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 3 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $25,000 question
NCIS: Toxic (2009) (TV Episode)
A nurse is referred to as Nurse Ratched, the main antagonist from Cuckoo's Nest
Have I Got News for You: Episode #37.2 (2009) (TV Episode)
An audience member suggests "One Flew Over the Cookie's Nest" as a biscuit-related pun on a film title.
Top Gear Australia: Episode #2.8 (2009) (TV Episode)
The hosts compare one of the people in a classic commercial for the Ford Cortina 6 to Nurse Ratched after the commercial is shown.
The Closer: Strike Three (2009) (TV Episode)
Lt. Provenza refers to Capt. Raydor as Nurse Ratched.
Road Trip: Beer Pong (2009) (Video)
a crazy woman (who says that she escaped from somewhere) mentions a Dr. Ratched
Mercy: Pulling the Goalie (2009) (TV Episode)
Veronica is referred to as Nurse Ratched
42nd Street Forever, Volume 5: The Alamo Drafthouse Edition (2009) (Video)
This film's title is seen on a theater marquee in the U.S. theatrical trailer for 'The Bodyguard'.
Private Practice: Slip Slidin' Away (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Violet
Runaway, a Twist of Fate (2009) (Video Game)
Mentioned in Marcelo's movie play
Supernatural: Sam, Interrupted (2010) (TV Episode)
Dean references the movie. "Alright look, Nurse Ratchet, let's get one thing straight. "I've seen Cuckoo's Nest, so don't try any of that soul crushing, authoritarian crap on me, hmm?"
White Collar: Vital Signs (2010) (TV Episode)
Neal refers to the nurse who gives him a sedative as "Nurse Ratched."
The Cinema Snob: Death Nurse 2 (2010) (TV Episode)
"Surprise, surprise, Nurse Rachid"
The Footy Show: Episode #17.2 (2010) (TV Episode)
When Sam Newman shows a picture of Kevin Sheedy to someone in the Street Talk segment, he describes him as having come off the set of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)
Mentioned in dialogue
What If... (2010)
Ben acts it out in charades.
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) (Video)
Mentioned in dialogue
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Tooth (2010) (TV Episode)
When Chuck is institutionalized there are numerous references to the movie. Additionally, Christopher Lloyd, who played a supporting role in the film, is a guest star.
Alan Wake (2010) (Video Game)
During Alan's short stay at the mental hospital, Doctor Hartman says "Jack has taken the other patients out on a fishing trip".
Brief Film Reviews: My DVD/Blu-Ray Collection (2010) (TV Episode)
DVD cover shown.
Neues aus der Anstalt: Umzingelt von Rücktritten und Ausfällen (2010) (TV Episode)
Angela Merkel gets compared with Nurse Ratchet. There are also quotes from that movie.
Nostalgia Critic: Theodore Rex (2010) (TV Episode)
"It's like what Jack Nicholson would see in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" after he got lobotomized."
Sodankylä ikuisesti: Elokuvan vuosisata (2010) (TV Episode)
Movie is mentioned
Grey's Anatomy: Shock to the System (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Cristina
Better with You: Better with Ben (2010) (TV Episode)
"One Flew Over the Christmas Nest"
Richard Roeper & the Movies: It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010) (TV Episode)
Roeper says "It's Kind of a Funny Story" plays like a Cliffs Notes version of this movie
Psych: In Plain Fright (2010) (TV Episode)
Shawn asks Holloway if he has seen "Cuckoo's Nest."
Wishful Drinking (2010) (TV Movie)
Title mentioned once
Robot Chicken: Kramer Vs. Showgirls (2011) (TV Episode)
Woody has to smother Buzz to death with a pillow after Andy used Buzz as a bong.
Hall Pass (2011)
Fred sees a girl who looks like the chief.
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations: Cambodia (2011) (TV Episode)
"...to looking like someone from One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest."
The Cinema Snob: Grizzly II: The Predator (2011) (TV Episode)
Snob refers to Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched.
The Ricky Gervais Show: Art (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Ricky
Always Kabhi Kabhi (2011)
DVD cover in Nandini's room when she is burning a letter
The Big C: Musical Chairs (2011) (TV Episode)
Nurse Ratched mentioned
Impossible Dreams (2011) (Short)
poster shown in rental store
Brows Held High: Otto, or Up with Dead People (2011) (TV Episode)
poster visible on Michael's wall.
Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (2011)
title reference
Nostalgia Critic: Exorcist 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
"...where she undergoes counseling sessions from Nurse Rachid."
Monitor (2011) (Video)
a poster appears behind one character
Psych: Shawn Interrupted (2011) (TV Episode)
There are multiple "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" references, including Brad Dourif as a patient and a silent Cherokee patient who keeps to himself.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.40 (2011) (TV Episode)
Altered news report says that the film is Michele Bachmann's favorite
Craven Images: The Horror Hits of Michael Berryman (2011) (Video)
Spoken about by Berryman
Homeland: Marine One (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Stars of the Silver Screen: Clark Gable (2011) (TV Episode)
The film is mentioned.
House M.D.: Nobody's Fault (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by House
The Darkness II (2012) (Video Game)
One of the mission of the game is titled "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
Once Upon a Time: Skin Deep (2012) (TV Episode)
When the Evil Queen enters the mental ward, she first meets a Nurse Ratched look-a-like. Shortly afterwards, we see 'Chief Bromden' sweeping the floor.
Conan: Death Wish Six: Natural Causes (2012) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during interview with Artie Lang and Nick di Paolo
Broken (2012)
The children discuss how McMurphy was lobotomized
Suits: Meet the New Boss (2012) (TV Episode)
Nurse Ratched mentioned by Harvey
The Ricky Gervais Show: World Cup (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Stephen
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
In a deleted scene a still of McMurphy from this movie is seen as a book cover.
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Nurse Noakes resembles Nurse Ratched
The Thick of It: Episode #4.1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Fergus compares Terri to Nurse Ratched.
Grey's Anatomy: Remember the Time (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Meredith
General Hospital: Episode #1.12659 (2012) (TV Episode)
"[Heather] flew the cuckoo's nest"
Flight (2012)
Call the nurse "Ratched".
The Real St. Nick (2012) (TV Movie)
One of the characters thinks he's R.P. McMurphy and quotes lines from this film
This Is 40 (2012)
Mentioned in dialogue
Path of Souls (2012)
Grace refers to Jon's first meeting with her parents as Will Sampson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Legit: Dreams (2013) (TV Episode)
Jim tells Billy they're breaking him out of Cuckoo's Nest.
Bob's Burgers: Lindapendent Woman (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
The Vampire Diaries: She's Come Undone (2013) (TV Episode)
Damon Salvatore says, "I just want to show you all the things you've been mising out on since you took the giant leap over the cuckoo's nest," to Elena when he's in her head in the very beginning of the episode.
Anime Abandon: A Wind Named Amnesia (2013) (TV Episode)
"That would be like calling Randall McMurphy Jesus Christ."
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.134 (2013) (TV Episode)
This movie is on Chuy's movie knowledge quiz.
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Woodroof calls the doctor "Nurse Ratched"
Birth of the Living Dead (2013)
Poster and photographs are shown.
The Cinema Snob: Halloween (2013) (TV Episode)
"See, this is what happens when you throw a water fountain through the window..."
Duck Dynasty: Boomerang Becca (2014) (TV Episode)
One of the scene's title is the same as this movie
Life Itself (2014)
Siskel & Ebert do a review on this movie.
Hollywood Game Night: Show Me Your Music, I'll Show You Mine (2014) (TV Episode)
Several celebrity contestants mention this movie by name
One Flew Over the Cuckold's Nest: A DreamZone Parody (2014) (Video)
Several references to the film.
The Cinema Snob: Ilsa, the Wicked Warden (2014) (TV Episode)
"Maybe the Chief will show up to smother her with a pillow."
Hollywood Game Night: Clue Boom-Boom Pow (2014) (TV Episode)
Title used in Movie Mashup game.
Coronation Street: Episode #1.8387 (2014) (TV Episode)
Peter calls Tracy "Nurse Ratched".
Veep: Debate (2014) (TV Episode)
Jonah calls Dan "Dan Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".
Inspector Lewis: Beyond Good and Evil: Part 1 (2014) (TV Episode)
Dr. Rook is compared to Nurse Ratched.
Revenge: Repercussions (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Nolan
Brickleberry: Baby Daddy (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Backchat: Episode #2.2 (2015) (TV Episode)
After attending the laughter yoga seminar Michael says that there were moments when he felt like he was an extra in the film.
The Wolfpack (2015)
When Mukunda is hospitalized on his first walk outside by himself, they compare the hospital with the one from this movie
The Cinema Snob: Jungle Holocaust (2015) (TV Episode)
"Now when I close my eyes, I can sort of hear the soundtrack to"
The Cinema Snob: Exorcist II: The Heretic (2015) (TV Episode)
"The last time she (Louise Fletcher) was put in charge of patients, she did this to R.P. McMurphy!"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Michael Douglas/Kat Dennings/St. Vincent (2015) (TV Episode)
Michael Douglas talks about working with his father producing the movie
Coronation Street: Episode #1.8624 (2015) (TV Episode)
Sinead says she and the other patients watched the film.
Lang historie kort (2015)
A character says that his life is so crazy it's like he's in the cookoo's nest.
iZombie: Astroburger (2015) (TV Episode)
segment title reference: One Flew out of the Cuckoo's Nest
The Cinema Snob: Windows (2015) (TV Episode)
"Who doesn't love the book on stuttering from famed writer Billy Bibbet?"
Halt and Catch Fire: Heaven Is a Place (2015) (TV Episode)
Gordon refers to Donna as Nurse Ratched.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 14 January 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mike Greenberg reads from the American Film Institute's list of the top ten movie villains and the movies they appear in
Once Upon a Time When I Tried Committing Suicide (2016) (Short)
Brad Jones mentions that his time in the hospital to cure depression after suicide attempt was not like this movie.
Detour (2016)
Mentioned in a discussion between Harper and Cherry in the car.
Traceroute (2016)
reference to lobotomy
Mom: A Catheter and a Dipsy-Doodle (2016) (TV Episode)
Bonnie nicknames Wendy "Nurse Ratched".
La pazza gioia (2016)
In both movies the act of rebellion of the main character triggers a revolt in the asylum.
Bones: The Jewel in the Crown (2016) (TV Episode)
Hodges calls his physical therapist Nurse Ratched, a character in the movie, made from the book by the same name, written by Ken Kesey in 1962
NCIS: Privileged Information (2016) (TV Episode)
When Nick sees Juan, the parrot which Abby is taking care of, flying through the office, he remarks: "Juan flew over the cuckoo's nest"
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.17 (2016) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Best Picture Oscar Winners by Setting" category
Lorraine: Episode dated 4 October 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
20th Century Women (2016)
Julie talks about losing her virginity during this movie
The Cinema Snob: Spaced Invaders (2016) (TV Episode)
"That's what more shock treatment would've done to McMurphy..."
Tvoje tvár má známý hlas: Episode #2.7 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jitka Schneiderová.
Assassin's Creed (2016)
In the clashes between Callum Lynch and his captors there are references to this movie, according to Michael Fassbender.
Hviezdna párty: Episode #1.3 (2016) (TV Episode)
Subject of a question.
This Is Us: The Right Thing to Do (2017) (TV Episode)
Toby mentions the character of Nurse Ratched.
Hviezdna párty: Episode #1.6 (2017) (TV Episode)
Subject of a question.
Once Upon a Time: The Final Battle: Part 1 (2017) (TV Episode)
Henry calls breaking his mother out of the insane asylum "Operation Cuckoo's Nest".
The Cinema Snob: Windy City (2017) (TV Episode)
"This is just like the sailing scene from Cuckoo's Nest, only if there were no steaks."
GLOW: Slouch. Submit. (2017) (TV Episode)
Melrose refers to Cherry as 'Black Nurse Ratched'.
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #10.9 (2017) (TV Episode)
Answer to a question; Swedish poster shown
Cash Trapped: Episode #2.12 (2017) (TV Episode)
Correct answer.
Cult of Chucky (2017)
When Nica traded the piece of gum for a cigarette with Malcolm, he opened the gum and chewed it before saying "Mmm... Juicy Fruit." This same line was uttered by Chief in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The movie was referenced by Chucky at when he met Angela as well.
The Andrew Klavan Show: Who's To Blame for the Alabama Disaster (2017) (TV Episode)
Drew talks about the novel and mentions the movie.
The Andrew Klavan Show: Steve Bannon Confirms Russia Collusion? Or Is It All Fake News? (2018) (TV Episode)
Andrew Klavan mentions Randle McMurphy, the main character in the book, play and movie.
The Next James Bawnd: The Man with the Golden Handsake (2018) (TV Episode)
Character has same name, also setting is similar.

Featured in 

The 48th Annual Academy Awards (1976) (TV Special)
The night's big winner
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
The Siskel & Ebert 500th Anniversary Special (1989) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown.
Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) (Video)
The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993) (TV Special)
The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997) (TV Special)
Biography: Kirk Douglas: A Lust for Life (1997) (TV Episode)
clips shown, talked about
Completely Cuckoo (1997) (Video)
Clips are shown
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV Special)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
This film is #20 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 73rd Annual Academy Awards (2001) (TV Special)
Clip during In Memoriam tribute
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV Special)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV Special)
Nurse Ratched is #5 on the "Villains" list.
The Ultimate Film (2004) (TV Movie)
number 59
E! True Hollywood Story: Jack Nicholson (2005) (TV Episode)
About starring and earned his first oscar
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies (2006) (TV Movie)
This film is #17 on the list.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007) (TV Movie)
This film is #33 on the list.
20 to 1: Movie Saints and Sinners (2007) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on Nurse Ratched.
The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV Special)
Featured in Best Picture montage.
Reel Injun (2009)
A clip is shown
Hollywood's Top Ten: Movie Villains (2010) (TV Episode)
Louise Fletcher takes #9 top villain in movies
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The A-Team/The Karate Kid/Winter's Bone (2010) (TV Episode)
Russell Brand's #4 Favorite Film
Maltin on Movies: The Social Network (2010) (TV Episode)
Movie reviewed in this episode.
Library of Dust (2011) (Short)
Clip shown
Hollywood's Top Ten: Best Actor Oscar Winners (2011) (TV Episode)
Jack Nicholson takes #3
Brows Held High: Dead Man (2013) (TV Episode)
recalling Will Sampson
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
De Palma (2015)
Clip shown.
Rebel Citizen (2015)
discussion of Wexler's removal toward end of filming, suspectly at behest of FBI
Lorraine: Episode dated 4 October 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
The Cinema Snob: Dr. Strange (2016) (TV Episode)
Snob inserts the theme when one scene starts to resemble this movie
The Great Canadian Supercut (2017) (Short)
Clip shown
Paul O'Grady's Hollywood: Heroines (2017) (TV Episode)
Clips seen and discussed
The Oscars (2018) (TV Special)
Seen in 90 Years of Oscars montage

Spoofed in 

Saturday Night Live: Raquel Welch/Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian (1976) (TV Episode)
spoofed as One Flew Over The Hornet's Nest
Virgin Snow (1976)
Actress Vanessa del Rio's character is named "Nurse Ratched".
High Anxiety (1977)
Nurse Diesel and the Mental Institution in the movie is a parody of Nurse Ratched and the Institution in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
Dead End (1985)
huge Indian zombie wearing pajamas throwing sink through window
Are You Being Served? Again!: Episode #1.5 (1992) (TV Episode)
When Mr. Moulterd is dressed up as a bellhop, trying to make a smile, Mr. Humphries says he looks like an advert for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".
The Simpsons: So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show (1993) (TV Episode)
Barny tries to smother Homer, then picks up a drinking fountain, smashes a window and runs off into the distance parodying a scene from this film along to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest-esque music.
The Critic: Dr. Jay (1994) (TV Episode)
Duke's Phillipsvision changes the film's ending
Ranma ½: One Grew Over the Kuno's Nest (1994)
Viz Media's title is a parody.
Heavy Weights (1995)
When the kid comes back from being away mysteriously, he acts as if he were lobotomized.
High School High (1996)
Principal Doyle (Louise Fletcher) is a parody of Fletcher's character in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'
Good Burger (1997)
The scene in that they escape from the sanatorium by throwing Dexter through the window (originally a drinking fountain, on "One flew over...")
The Simpsons: The Old Man and the 'C' Student (1999) (TV Episode)
Chief Brake-Everything
Daria: Psycho Therapy (2000) (TV Episode)
Daria says: "Uh-oh, four flew into the cuckoo's nest"
Strangers with Candy: Trail of Tears (2000) (TV Episode)
Jerri leaves camp the same way Chief escapes the asylum
Daria in 'Is It Fall Yet?' (2000) (TV Movie)
Mr. DeMartino imitates Big Chief Bromden's triumphant climax
Spaced: Mettle (2001) (TV Episode)
The Daisy sub-plot spoofs this movie, all the characters spoof characters from this film and the basic plot of the woman manipulating everyone else and being over-come by the new person is the same. Costumes and music also parody it.
Futurama: Insane in the Mainframe (2001) (TV Episode)
The majority of the 1st half of the plot and most of the characters within the mental home are based on this film.
Gorillaz: Phase One - Celebrity Take Down (2002) (Video)
A scene in a documentary on the DVD set in a mental hospital spoofs this film.
Itse valtiaat: Koukussa (2003) (TV Episode)
One of the characters, Paavo Lipponen, escapes from the asylum like Chief in the Forman's film.
Stella Street (2004)
Features a spoof of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
The Simpsons: Don't Fear the Roofer (2005) (TV Episode)
when homer gets electroshock therapy spoofs when mcmurphy gets electroshock therapy
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Sweet Dee Has a Heart Attack (2008) (TV Episode)
Escape scene echoes that from film, which also featured Danny DeVito
Parásitos: Alguien voló sobre el nido del parásito (2012) (TV Episode)
spanish title spoofed
The Venture Bros.: Momma's Boys (2013) (TV Episode)
A Native American inmate throws a water fountain through a window, like the iconic scene from this movie.
Bild mit Ton: Episode VI (2013) (TV Episode)
Scene is spoofed
The Camp X Files: The Spy Who Came in from the Cuckoo's Nest (2015) (TV Episode)
Title spoof / parody
Still Game: Down and Out (2016) (TV Episode)
The episode spoofs "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975). As an insider joke the character who spoofs Nurse Ratched is named Mrs. Fletcher as a nod to Louise Fletcher, who won the Oscar for her performance.
Trial & Error: A Change in Defense (2017) (TV Episode)
Basketball scene is parodied.

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