Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Poster


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Remake of 

Firelight (1964)

Edited into 

The Dream (2010) (Short)
Part of the UFO scene is shown
Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)
Footage from this movie is used.


Metropolis (1927)
The India sequence features a close shot of hands pointing at the sky, which closely echoes a shot in the 'Babel' sequence of Metropolis.
Pinocchio (1940)
The score makes multiple references to "When You Wish Upon a Star"
The Searchers (1956)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
The children of Richard Dreyfuss' character refer to and watch The Ten Commandments on television.
North by Northwest (1959)
Dreyfuss and Dillon climbing the rock with Dreyfuss slipping, arms stretched out, hands touching
Star Trek (1966) (TV Series)
Models of the original Enterprise and a Klingon battlecruiser are hanging over Roy's model train where he built his replica of Devils Tower.
Sesame Street (1969) (TV Series)
"The Square Song" from Sesame Street is featured in a significant scene from the film. A cover of the song plays on a record player which is brought to life in a little boy's room, and plays over the commotion created by all of his other toys which have seemingly been stimulated by extra-terrestrial visitors.
Duel (1971) (TV Movie)
Jaws (1975)

Referenced in 

Beyond Reason: Episode #1.21 (1977) (TV Episode)
The movie is mentioned by name.
Saturday Night Live: Ray Charles (1977) (TV Episode)
Reviewed by Bill Murray on Weekend Update
Saturday Night Live: Mary Kay Place/Willie Nelson (1977) (TV Episode)
Referenced in optical as Luncheon Counters of the third kind
Science Fiction Film Awards (1978) (TV Movie)
Referenced throught out the event.
Alice: Close Encounters of the Worst Kind (1978) (TV Episode)
title reference
All in the Family: Aunt Iola's Visit (1978) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #11.21 (1978) (TV Episode)
Plot of "As the Stomach Turns" sketch based on film's plot.
Good Times: Something Old, Something New (1978) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Micheal.
Saturday Night Live: Jill Clayburgh/Eddie Money (1978) (TV Episode)
Ronnie is taking Connie Conehead to see Close Encounters at a drive-in
Saturday Night Live: Christopher Lee/Meat Loaf (1978) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Weekend Update
Saturday Night Live: Buck Henry/Sun Ra (1978) (TV Episode)
The Nerd's prom is called Close Encounters of the Prom Kind
Ils sont fous ces sorciers (1978)
Poster visible in Picard's apartment with french title "Rencontres du troisième type".
Mork & Mindy: A Mommy for Morky (1978) (TV Episode)
While explaining his childhood to Mindy, Mork mentions his "Mother" Nanny-Vac 3000 and refers to her voice by giving the five tones (d e c C G) used to communicate with the aliens in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Sesame Street: Episode #10.1 (1978) (TV Episode)
Bob asks Linda if she's seen it
The Tomorrow People: War of the Empires: Close Encounter (1979) (TV Episode)
Several references made to "close encounters" in dialogue
Fyre (1979)
An advertisement is visible outside of a theater.
Summer Camp (1979)
Actor Matt Michaels stacks his mashed potatoes as he whistles the theme from Close Encounters.
Moonraker (1979)
The music for when the alien spaceship is landing is used as the music for the code to open a door
Last of the Summer Wine: Here We Go Again into the Wild Blue Yonder (1979) (TV Episode)
Ivy uses the expression "close encounters of the most common kind".
Spider-Woman: Invasion of the Black Hole (1979) (TV Episode)
Flying saucers attempt to kidnap a mother and son, Spider-Woman mentions a close encounter of the worst kind.
Saturday Night Live: Martin Sheen/David Bowie (1979) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Bill Murray on Weekend Update
Dizengoff 99 (1979)
Don't Answer the Phone! (1980)
movie poster shown in radio station
El erótico enmascarado (1980)
The film is mentioned in a conversation
Caddyshack (1980)
Chevy Chase mimicking sounds from this movie while playing golf
Time Bandits (1981)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
There is a poster for the 1980 Special Edition in the Tottenham Court Road tube station.
Poltergeist (1982)
Deux heures moins le quart avant Jésus-Christ (1982)
The code entered to open the door makes a sound in 5 notes. This is a wink to the famous notes of the film "Close Encounters from the third kind".
The Making of 'Cannery Row' (1982) (Video)
Mentioned as part of Michael Phillips filmography.
Benson: Close Encounters on the Third Hole (1983) (TV Episode)
title reference
V (1983) (TV Mini-Series)
"For those of us accustomed to the likes of Close Encounters and Darth Vader's Star Destroyer..."
Ghostbusters (1984)
Gremlins (1984)
The movie theater marquee in the opening credits advertises "Watch the Skies," the original title for "Close Encounters."
Happy Easter (1984)
In the cake shop, Stéphane holds a huge chocolate Easter chicken. He says : I've never seen such a hen ! A science fiction hen ... Close encounter of the third hen !
Muppet Babies: Close Encounters of the Frog Kind (1984) (TV Episode)
The title of the episode is a take on this movie.
Combat Shock (1984)
Morons from Outer Space (1985)
Communication with the aliens is first attempted with lights and music like in Close Encounters.
The Stuff (1985)
Return to Oz (1985)
Amazing Stories: Fine Tuning (1985) (TV Episode)
Call & Answer-Sound-Game for purpose of making the connection with the aliens
St. Elsewhere: Close Encounters (1985) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Fright Show (1985)
In the Thing in the Basement segment, the five notes from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are played.
Highway to Heaven: Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind (1986) (TV Episode)
This episode's title is a play on that of the sci-fi classic.
Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
Max spoofs the title when the police helicopter flies overhead
The American Way (1986)
Near the end of the movie, when the bomber ans the approching fleet are seen on a radar, one pilot says a green man commes to him. The 5 notes melody of Close Encounters is then heard.
Aliens (1986)
Star Tours (1987) (Short)
The Star Tours five-note jingle is based off five notes from the Close Encounters theme, which was conducted by John Williams, the same conductor of the Star Tours music (actually Star Wars themes, but mixed by Disney to fit the attraction).
No 73: Demolition (1987) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during a game of charades
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards (1987) (Video Game)
One of the questions in the age verification test is "Close Encounters of the Third Kind is about -".
Ground Zero (1987)
A poster for this film can be seen on the wall of Harvey's flat.
Zombie High (1987)
Mentioned in dialogue
Adventures of the Gummi Bears: Water Way to Go/Close Encounters of the Gummi Kind (1987) (TV Episode)
This title is from the 1977 science-fiction film.
DTV Monster Hits (1987) (TV Movie)
"They're about to have a close encounter of the weird kind."
Zeg 'ns Aaa: Opgeruimd staat netjes (1987) (TV Episode)
Poster visible at KoJo Video store
Zeg 'ns Aaa: Goudeerlijk (1987) (TV Episode)
Poster visible at KoJo Video store
DuckTales: Duckworth's Revolt (1987) (TV Episode)
Louie says, "Talk about close encounters of the weird kind!"
Zeg 'ns Aaa: Op de groei (1987) (TV Episode)
Poster visible at KoJo Video store
Valerie: Close Encounters (1988) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Siskel & Ebert: Who Framed Roger Rabbit/Aria/The Great Outdoors (1988) (TV Episode)
Roger Ebert compares "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988) to this film: "a technical breakthrough and a lot of fun both at the same time."
Super Xuxa Contra o Baixo Astral (1988)
Montain shaped similarly to the Devil's Tower.
Mac and Me (1988)
Out of This World: Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind (1988) (TV Episode)
Title is a reference.
Only Fools and Horses....: Dates (1988) (TV Episode)
Del says "My favourite bit is when the big spaceship comes down."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Humanoid Woman (1989) (TV Episode)
Someone whistles the five-note theme from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Time of the Apes (1989) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Last Chase (1989) (TV Episode)
Someone whistles the five-note theme from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Legend of Dinosaurs (1989) (TV Episode)
Crow hums the five-note theme from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
The Abyss (1989)
Saved by the Bell: The Gift (1989) (TV Episode)
Zack says, "Like Richard Dreyfuss in 'Close Encounters.'"
The Wizard (1989)
The sounds made by Lucas' Power Glove as he punches its keys are the famous five tones from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Close But No Guitar (1990) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Parker after being blinded by the light when Mikey enters the school
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: G.A.G. Dance (1990) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Mikey
Saved by the Bell: Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind (1990) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Lost Continent (1990) (TV Episode)
Tom (as the characters look at a far-off mountain): "Did you make that out of mashed potatoes?"
One Foot in the Grave: Who's Listening (1990) (TV Episode)
VHS in video shop.
Wings: Plane Nine from Nantucket (1991) (TV Episode)
Helen says its her favorite movie.
Grotbags: Close Encounters of the Nurd Kind (1991) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Blobermouth (1991)
Seinfeld: The Cafe (1991) (TV Episode)
Referenced in Jerry's stand-up act
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Indestructible Man (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow: "This is kind of like 'Close Encounters of the Turd Kind.'"
Goof Troop: Close Encounters of the Weird Mime (1992) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind (1993) (Video Game)
Full title is "Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind"
Hexed (1993)
Poster displayed in Matthew's apartment.
Beavis and Butt-Head: Burger World (1993) (TV Episode)
"Chode Encounters of the Turd Kind"
The X-Files: Squeeze (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom Colton - "Found any Close Encounters of the Third Kind?"
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror IV (1993) (TV Episode)
In Homer's fridge there's a cake replica of DEVIL's Peak, like the ones Neary made in the movie.
Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993) (TV Movie)
Harry says that Nancy had a "close encounter" when she sees a UFO
Beach Babes from Beyond (1993)
"encounters of the 69th kind"
Step by Step: Close Encounters of the Marital Kind (1993) (TV Episode)
title reference
Roswell (1994) (TV Movie)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Creeping Terror (1994) (TV Episode)
Servo: Oh, it's a Clothes encounter of the third kind.
Lunar: Eternal Blue (1994) (Video Game)
Coach: Close Encounters of the Worst Kind (1995) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Street Sharks: Close Encounters of the Shark Kind (1995) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Heartbeat: Gone Tomorrow (1995) (TV Episode)
The famous five notes from "Encounters" are heard in the background at one time, and a few minutes later PC Ventress is sculpturing his food like the Roy Neary character does it in "Encounters"
The Making of 'Jurassic Park' (1995) (Video)
The movie poster is seen on the wall of the editing room.
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Tale of the Unexpected Visitor (1996) (TV Episode)
Alien contact through musical notes.
Siskel & Ebert: Screamers/Richard III/Bed of Roses/Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored/Angels and Insects (1996) (TV Episode)
Gene Siskel wants to remind sci-fi screenwriters of this movie.
Saturday Night Live: John Goodman/Everclear (1996) (TV Episode)
TItle mentioned during the Joe Pesci Show
Saturday Night Live: Christine Baranski/The Cure (1996) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Richard Dreyfuss (Darrell Hammond)
Doctor Who (1996) (TV Movie)
The Making of '1941' (1996) (Video)
references it
Future Fantastic: Alien (1996) (TV Episode)
Movie mentioned in discussion of what aliens look like.
Independence Day (1996)
Movie title mentioned in a line of dialogue; also, the chopper pilot's using lights (and playing the same "duh-dah-duh-duhh-duhm" tune, complete with improvised "lowered octave and artificially fuzzed" final two notes) to communicate with the alien ship is similar to the officials' doing the same to communicate with the alien ships in "Close Encounters."
3rd Rock from the Sun: Hotel Dick (1996) (TV Episode)
The poster in the beginning of the episode is the poster of this film, however, the upper part has a made-up title on it.
The Making of 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' (1996) (Video)
E.T. was always a sequal to this film in Stevens mind
You Don't Know Jack! Movies (1996) (Video Game)
One of the question intros references this film.
Troldspejlet: Troldspejlet Special: Væsener fra fremmede planeter (1996) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann recaps the history of aliens from other worlds featured in sci-fi films, comic books and other fiction, mentioning the film
The Simpsons: The Springfield Files (1997) (TV Episode)
Kent Brockman describes Homer's video clip of the alien as a "close encounter of the blurred kind'.
For the Love of...: Lunar Conspiracy (1997) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by David Percy.
Late Show with David Letterman: Episode dated 19 May 1997 (1997) (TV Episode)
Henriksen mentions his clash with Spielberg while working on the movie.
Cube (1997)
Referenced in dialogue
Pinky and the Brain: Pinky at the Bat/Schpiel-Borg 2000 (1997) (TV Episode)
Referenced in "Schpiel-Borg 2000"
Flash Forward: Just Friends (1997) (TV Episode)
Tucker sculpts a volcano out of his mashed potatoes.
Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends: UFOs (1998) (TV Episode)
During a UFO-watching session, Louis plays an audio sample of the greeting tones and response from the spaceship landing scene in this film. The woman next to him says it's her favourite movie of all time.
Siskel & Ebert: Spice World/Hard Rain/Fallen/The Gingerbread Man/Phantoms/Star Kid (1998) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Star Kid" review.
Dawson's Creek: Boyfriend (1998) (TV Episode)
Movie poster on Dawson's wall.
The Big Hit (1998)
Video case is shown in a video store.
The Mighty (1998)
The X Files (1998)
Casper Meets Wendy (1998) (Video)
Will & Grace: The Buying Game (1998) (TV Episode)
Grace references the film as an easy crossword puzzle
Playboy: The Story of X (1998) (Video)
The New Addams Family: Close Encounters of the Addams Kind (1999) (TV Episode)
Title is spoof of this name.
Dawson's Creek: Uncharted Waters (1999) (TV Episode)
Poster on Dawson's wall.
Farscape: Premiere (1999) (TV Episode)
John says, "Boy was Spielberg ever wrong. Close encounters my ass."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Girl in Gold Boots (1999) (TV Episode)
Crow: 'Soon as I finish my sculpture of Devil's Tower'
Notting Hill (1999)
Muppets from Space (1999)
A replica of Gonzo's head is made out of mashed potatoes.
Good Eats: This Spud's for You (1999) (TV Episode)
Brown mentions the mashed potato mountain made by Richard Dreyfuss' character.
Spaced: Gatherings (1999) (TV Episode)
While Tim is on the phone with Mike he is making a mashed potatoe mountain with his fork similar to the one the Richard Dreyfus' character made in Close Enounters.
Dawson's Creek: Home Movies (1999) (TV Episode)
Mitch says that he hums the theme to Close Encounters in his sleep.
Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine (1999) (Video Game)
A secret room contains a scale model of Devils Tower.
Dawson's Creek: First Encounters of the Close Kind (1999) (TV Episode)
title reference
The X-Files: Closure (2000) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name.
That '70s Show: Kitty and Eric's Night Out (2000) (TV Episode)
Eric asks Kitty if she wants to go to this movie next time they go out.
On the Edge of 'Blade Runner' (2000) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Mysterious Ways: The Ties That Bind (2000) (TV Episode)
Referenced in episode.
George Shrinks: Close Encounters of the Bird Kind (2000) (TV Episode)
Tittle Reference
Becker: Heart Breaker (2001) (TV Episode)
Because Becker is dating a woman almost half his age, Bob refers to him as "Close Encounters with the Third Grade".
That '70s Show: Who Wants It More? (2001) (TV Episode)
Hyde makes a model of the Devil's Tower out of mashed potatoes, and says that it means something
Shrek (2001)
50 Years of NBC Late Night (2001) (TV Special)
Alien Evolution (2001) (TV Movie)
Leva livet (2001)
doorbell plays the alien melody
The Making of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' (2001) (Video)
They continously refer to this movie.
Smallville: Leech (2002) (TV Episode)
Lana tells Clark that her parents met when her father worked at the Talon's concession stand and her mother walked out of the film because she was bored. Clark says, "How do you get bored watching 'Close Encounters'?" Lana responds, "I don't know. Maybe she had a thing against aliens."
Creating A.I. (2002) (Video)
mentioned twice
Disappearance (2002) (TV Movie)
The Greenskeeper (2002)
The film is mentioned.
Even Stevens: Close Encounters of the Beans Kind (2002) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Ring (2002)
Taken (2002) (TV Mini-Series)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) (Video Game)
At one point in the game, a film poster can be seen on a wall called ''Close Encounters'', referencing Spielberg's science-fiction classic.
The 'Alien' Saga (2002) (TV Movie)
The Music of 'A.I.' (2002) (Video)
Mentioned by John Williams
Day for Night: Truffaut in the USA (2003) (Video)
mentioned once
Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles (2003) (TV Series)
The "communication melody" from CEotTK is played in one episode.
Tremors: Hit and Run (2003) (TV Episode)
In the opening scene, the mobsters are watching the news on TV where the reporter talks about a "video taken by a tour group in Perfection Valley, when they had a close encounter of the worm kind."
Koi... Mil Gaya (2003)
The communication with space aliens through music comes from this film.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (2003) (Video Game)
"Oh, close encoubters of the painful kind."
Gothika (2003)
Halle Berry manages to stop the car just before the road ends. After a brief pause, the car suddenly starts up again, causing her to scream in shock.
F.A.T. (2003)
in Steve's vision scene. But Steve is forced to eat his mountain of potatoes.
That's So Raven: Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind (2004) (TV Episode)
title reference
Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles: K.I.T. B.F.F. (2004) (TV Episode)
Robot Number 2's first line starts with the first four of the five-note alien tonal signal.
Very Close Encounters of the Small Kind (2004) (Short)
The title
War of the Worlds (2005)
shots of the pickup truck and Dakota before the aliens pick her up, camera shots appear to be modelled after the 1977 movie.
Destroy All Humans! (2005) (Video Game)
A Majestic agent is overheard saying "This is a close encounter of the UGLY kind."
Chibi robo! (2005) (Video Game)
The UFO in the gameclosely resembles the Big UFO in this movie.
Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us (2005) (TV Movie)
Title mentioned by Steven Spielberg
Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs (2005)
Mentioned by David Sereda.
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Gilda Radner (2005) (Video)
Referenced in The Nerds' Prom Night
Doom (2005)
When Samantha Grimm unlocks the first door using the electronic keypad, the key tones played are the five iconic notes from Close Encounters.
Películas para no dormir: Cuento de navidad (2005) (TV Movie)
Tito whistle the five notes used to communicate with the aliens
'War of the Worlds': Previsualization (2005) (Video)
mentioned once
'War of the Worlds': Revisiting the Invasion (2005) (Video)
mentioned once
Scoring 'War of the Worlds' (2005) (Video)
mentioned once
We Are Not Alone (2005) (Video)
mentioned once
High Hopes: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (2005) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Final Days of Planet Earth (2006) (TV Movie)
Nick says: This is a "Close encounter of the weird kind"
Hooked (2006) (Short)
Scotty has memorabilia from the film on display in his cubicle.
The Making of 'Event Horizon' (2006) (Video)
mentioned once
Munich: Editing, Sound and Music (2006) (Video)
mentioned once
Munich: The Experience (2006) (Video)
mentioned once
Silence Is Golden (2006) (Short)
Billy Fletcher has fantasy about Close Encounters
Lifted (2006) (Short)
Farm shots
Recon 2022: The Mezzo Incident (2007)
"Come on E.T., I got a close encounter right here for you."
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
Homer looking down from the mountain with helicopters circling above.
Shaun the Sheep: Shaun Encounters (2007) (TV Episode)
Title reference; episode includes an alien encounter
Smallville: Kara (2007) (TV Episode)
Grant Gabriel asks Lois about her "close encounter."
Our World (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
The Visions of Stanley Kubrick (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001 (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner (2007) (Video)
Mentioned once.
Cinematic Titanic: The Oozing Skull (2007) (Video)
Frank: "Close Encounters..." Trace: "... of the Turd Kind."
Supernatural: Jus in Bello (2008) (TV Episode)
When the demon smoke comes through the gas station it looks just like the UFOs going thru the toll booth
Sam and Max: Chariots of the Dogs (2008) (Video Game)
In the Bosco's' toilet, Sam looks on the pile of unfinished model volcanoes and then states that "it's like Bosco was obsessed with this shape",
Doctor Who: Partners in Crime (2008) (TV Episode)
The spaceship that picks up the Adipose.
South Park: Over Logging (2008) (TV Episode)
Organ keynotes to communidate with the Internet
Phineas and Ferb: Sleepwalk Surprise/Sci-Fi Pie Fly (2008) (TV Episode)
Dad's description and flashback of an encounter from the other night resembles Roy Neary's first encounter with aliens.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 28 August 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Bill references this film when talking about Richard Dreyfuss.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
"Close Encounters With the Turd from Behind" porn title mentioned.
Eagle Eye (2008)
dvd cover shown as part of Jerry's life while at Circuit City
Indiana Jones 4: The Return of a Legend (2008) (Video)
Mentioned by Spielberg.
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (2008) (TV Episode)
Listed among one of Speilberg's earlier alien films upon watching the "Major Speilberg" scene.
Kevin Smith: Sold Out - A Threevening with Kevin Smith (2008) (Video)
Referenced in Kevin's speech during the credits
Yes Man (2008)
DVD is shown in a video store.
Labou (2008)
"Close encounters of the bizarro kind"
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
The famous five-notes are played
South Park: Pinewood Derby (2009) (TV Episode)
The space police make reference to 'mathematical semi-tonal' communication.
Kingdom: Episode #3.2 (2009) (TV Episode)
The film is mentioned in the answer to a pub quiz question.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.161 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $300 question
University of Andy: Internet Dating (2009) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Andy
Aliens in the Attic (2009)
When Hannah plays a few off-key notes on a toy piano, you can hear the same melodic greeting as heard in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
District 9 (2009)
When the spaceship first begins moving it blasts out a loud tone that causes window panes to crash.
Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009)
Mentioned by Roger Ebert
Bitch Slap (2009)
The melody played when Hel punches in the code.
Bad Movie Beatdown: Meteor (2009) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Fourth Kind (2009)
The movie subject is the same.
Watchman Video Broadcast: DNA Special (2009) (TV Episode)
Talked about by Mike.
Mater's Tall Tales: Unidentified Flying Mater (2009) (TV Episode)
The railroad signs going crazy before Mator appears; the Mothership appearing over a rock formation.
A Child's Christmases in Wales (2009) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
The Pool Boys (2009)
Wyoming/Devil's Tower/mashed potatoes mentioned
Hunting Grounds (2009)
What seems at first to be a UFO is actually proven to be a truck. In Close Encounters of the Third Kind, what seems to be a truck's headlights are actually the lights from a UFO.
Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection (2009) (Video)
Mentioned by Gary.
The Answer to the Lost Riddle: Prophets of the New Order (2009) (TV Episode)
Talked about by Mike, and still images from the movie are shown.
Jeopardy!: 2010 College Championship Quarterfinal 3 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $600 clue in the category "Movie Objects"
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.131 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $200 clue in the category "Movies' Alternate Endings"
South Park: Sexual Healing (2010) (TV Episode)
Butters becomes obsessed with a bush the same way Roy becomes obsessed with Devils Tower, and even makes a sculpture of one.
Family Guy: Peter-assment (2010) (TV Episode)
Peter makes a joke about Richard Dreyfuss using the bathroom.
SGU Stargate Universe: Faith (2010) (TV Episode)
Eli nervously observes, "We're 0-for-3 on close encounters of the third kind."
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Alarm Monkey is a reference to the Cymbal Banging Monkey.
Psych: Not Even Close... Encounters (2010) (TV Episode)
Shawn attempts to imitate the five-note alien greeting from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010)
Film artwork is shown in a magazine.
White Collar: Point Blank (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Peter.
The Snatching (2010) (Short)
The image of the child in the blinding light is similar to that of Close Encounters
Castle: Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind (2010) (TV Episode)
The episode title is a reference to the film title. The car's power goes off, as well as all other electronics and the light shining directly down on the car.
Supernatural: Clap Your Hands If You Believe (2010) (TV Episode)
tune from the end of the film is heard
Good Eats: Egg Files VII: Meringue (2010) (TV Episode)
Alton scrapes the sides of a sculpture of Devil's Tower with a fork.
Paul (2011)
Paul says their final destination is somewhere the human characters will recognize. It is the Devils Tower National Monument, the location for the contact between human and the alien ships in 'Close Encounters.' Also, the firework used to signal the ship plays the same five tones used to communicate with the aliens in 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind.'
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Cat Squad (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Morgan when the Cat Squad picks up Sarah with a helicopter.
Take Me Home Tonight (2011)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.9 (2011) (TV Episode)
Christy mentions that the film is referenced in "Paul"
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.10 (2011) (TV Episode)
Christy mentions that the film is referenced in "Paul"
Pure Bible Study: Revelation 2: The Seat of Satan (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mike.
Watchman Video Broadcast: UFO's: Chariots of the Beast (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mike.
Conan: The Title Will Be Added in Later (2011) (TV Episode)
Simon Pegg compairs himself to Richard Dreyfous in Close Encounters
Futurama: Möbius Dick (2011) (TV Episode)
When Leela steps out of the whales mouth, the shot closely resembles the film's final scene.
Ugly Americans: Little Ship of Horrors (2011) (TV Episode)
The security code Leonard enters is the five-note musical motif from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Secret Access: UFOs on the Record (2011) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by Douglas Trumbull.
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.6 (2011) (TV Episode)
Roger mentions that the film was one of the top-grossing holdovers from 1977 in 1978
Mad: Super 80's/Captain America's Got Talent (2011) (TV Episode)
The Devil's Tower from this movie was shown.
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Classics from the Vault: Movies that Changed the Movies (2011) (TV Episode)
Gene says that the film's director Steven Spielberg got the opportunity to direct films thanks to "Easy Rider"
UFOs: Chariots of the Beast (2011) (Video)
Talked about by Mike.
The Cinema Snob: Badi (2011) (TV Episode)
Snob names a film he'd rather watch
Storage Hunters: Dirty Deeds, Dirtier Dealings (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by BJ.
The True Story: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (2012) (TV Episode)
Documentary about the inspirations behind the screenplay
Pastor Mike Online: Episode #1.64 (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mike.
Ain't It Cool with Harry Knowles: The Future of Cinema with Douglas Trumbull Part 1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Douglas Trumbull created the visual effects in the film.
Something's Happening in Room C241 (2012) (Short)
Marsden and Ian have a poster in their room
Dreaming Alaska (2012)
Thomas homephone plays that legendary tune. Steven Spielberg is one of Emanuele Valla's reasons that made him a passionate about movies willing to direct motion pictures.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
In both films Bob Balaban's character interrupts a discussion by saying "Excuse me!"; both characters also have knowledge of cartography.
The Glades: Close Encounters (2012) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Watch (2012)
Evan seeks to establish peaceful communication with an alien using musical tones.
Midsomer Murders: Written in the Stars (2012) (TV Episode)
Peter Groves' ringtone is the aliens' five-note tonal phrase from the film.
Edición Especial Coleccionista: Christine (2013) (TV Episode)
Pastor Mike Online: Agenda 21, Moloch and Alien Grays (2013) (TV Episode)
Talked about by Mike, and still images from the movie are shown.
Watchman Video Broadcast: Mystery Creatures of the Bible: Part 2 (2013) (TV Episode)
Talked about by Mike.
Cougar Town: Restless (2013) (TV Episode)
"Close Encounters of the Travis Kind"
Tell 'Em Steve-Dave Puppet Theatre (2013)
During an interaction between Brian Quinn and two extra-terrestrials, they meet at Devil's Tower, where the alien visitors' ship is docked.
The Cinema Snob: Heartbeeps (2013) (TV Episode)
also produced by Michael Phillips
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
The musical floor to access the elevator is replied by bass ending notes when the door opens, as at the end of the Spielberg's film.
Futurama: 2-D Blacktop (2013) (TV Episode)
The chandelier at the beginning is modelled after the mothership ufo.
Perception: Alienation (2013) (TV Episode)
The door bell chime is the famous melody from the film.
Watchman Video Broadcast: The Comic Con: Part 3 (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mike.
Rabbids Invasion: Omelet Party/Rabbid Mollusk/Rabbid, Are You There? (2013) (TV Episode)
In Omelet Party, the rabbids greet the chickens and cow with musical notes and Curwen hand signs reminiscent of the musical greeting from the Aliens in Close Encounters.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)
mentioned by Simon
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.134 (2013) (TV Episode)
This movie is on Chuy's movie knowledge quiz.
My Weekly Bond: Goldfinger Review: Part 1 (2013) (TV Episode)
The Simpsons: White Christmas Blues (2013) (TV Episode)
"Claus Encounters of the Third Kind"
The Cinema Snob: Hitler's Harlot (2014) (TV Episode)
"I hear this guy wrote a movie called Close Encounters of the Third Reich."
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014) (TV Movie)
mentioned in Steven Spielberg montage
The Neighbors: Close Encounters of the Bird Kind (2014) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
American Dad!: Honey, I'm Homeland (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Rick and Morty: Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind (2014) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Pastor Mike Online: Bundy Ranch Nevada Land Dispute with the Feds (2014) (TV Episode)
Talked about by Mike.
16mm: The Continuing Story of Ssgt. Raymond Shaw (2014) (Short)
"This means something. This is important."
Godzilla (2014)
The electromagnetic pulse that the Mutos have causes many of the surrounding city lights to go off (and then soon on again), bearing a slight visual similarity to the power outage the town experiences in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Chris Stuckmann Movie Reviews: Complete Blu-Ray Collection (2014) (TV Episode)
Chris mentions it. Also, DVD is shown.
Encounters (2014)
Fjord alludes to it.
Comedy Bang! Bang!: Wayne Coyne Wears a Halloween Costume (2014) (TV Episode)
Wayne describes the plot.
Atari: Game Over (2014)
Howard Warshaw mentions the sandstorm at the beginning of the film.
Animation Lookback: The Best of Stop Motion - Will Vinton (2014) (TV Episode)
The Smooth Criminal segment in Moonwalker is said to contain more effects than this film.
Home (2015)
When Oh is trying to give the stone back to the Gorgs, you can hear snippets of the Close Encounters theme in the music.
Tosh.0: Shoenice (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Tosh
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jeremy Piven/Ariana Grande/Joshua Topolsky (2015) (TV Episode)
In the Ew! sketch, Alexa asks Sara if she's seen the movie starring Richard Dreyfuss
Moone Boy: Unidentified Feckin' Objects (2015) (TV Episode)
Martin and Padraig play the five note motif on a xylophone in the home of attracting aliens.
Face Off: Deadly Dolls (2015) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned
Pixels (2015)
The video game aliens make a turn on the high way that pays tribute to Close Encounters.
Tomorrowland (2015)
A poster of this film can be seen in the sci-fi memorabilia store.
500 Questions: Episode #1.2 (2015) (TV Episode)
correct answer in "Composers" category
Roboshark (2015) (TV Movie)
Song used to call the shark sounds like the one in CEOTTK
Geeks Who Drink: Matthew MacCaull vs. Andrew Daly (2015) (TV Episode)
listed as a film directed by Steven Spielberg
Kendra on Top: Close Encounters of the Hank Kind (2015) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Quarter Bin (2015)
Mentioned when group tries to pick out movie.
The Earth Is NOT a Ball... The Biggest Deception! (2015) (Video)
A still frame is shown
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks: The Sadist (2015) (TV Episode)
Ryan mentions film by name.
Freaks of Nature (2015)
Someone asks if the aliens are talking with music and sounds.
The Earth Is Not... A Spinning Ball (2016) (Video)
Mentioned by Darren.
Ashens: Ashens Valentines Special 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
"This is like Close Encounters of the Third Kind!"
Traceroute (2016)
Johannes creates an ice cream version of Devils Tower
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
While fighting alien ships, Dylan says, "Get ready for a close encounter!"
Danger Mouse: Attack of the Clowns (2016) (TV Episode)
The Alien ship lands on a mountain drawn to resemble Devil's Tower.
Stranger Things: Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly (2016) (TV Episode)
Joyce tries to communicate Will though lamps and christmas lights.
Who's Doing the Dishes?: Su Pollard (2016) (TV Episode)
The film's theme plays when Brian serves dessert.
Halt and Catch Fire: Yerba Buena (2016) (TV Episode)
Someone having a Close Encounters lunchbox is mentioned.
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.63 (2016) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Directors on Film" category
Supergirl: Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk (2017) (TV Episode)
When J'onn asks Winn to look for encounters of humans with fifth-dimension beings, Winn tells him he'll look for Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind.
Family Guy: A House Full of Peters (2017) (TV Episode)
Peter's children fart the theme song to this movie.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Wanya Morris (2017) (TV Episode)
Referenced in "Hollywood Director"


Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953) (Short)
Silvia watches the cartoon on television.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Brad and Toby watch the Parting of the Red Sea scene on television.
Days of Our Lives (1965) (TV Series)
The series is playing on television when Roy builds the mashed potato sculpture of Devils Tower.
The Road Runner Show (1966) (TV Series)
The introduction is shown on television.
Police Woman: The Chasers (1975) (TV Episode)
Playing on TV as Jillian gets out of bed.

Featured in 

Science Fiction Film Awards (1978) (TV Movie)
Clips of the film are shown.
The 50th Annual Academy Awards (1978) (TV Special)
Star Wars: Music by John Williams (1980) (TV Movie)
Example of John Williams Music
SP FX: Special Effects - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (TV Movie)
special effect scenes from this film are featured in this special
Sneak Previews: Invasion of the Outer Space Movies (1980) (TV Episode)
Clips of the musical space ships scene shown
E.T. and Friends: Magical Movie Visitors (1982) (TV Movie)
Clips from the film is showed during the show
Monsters, Madmen & Machines: 25 Years of Science Fiction (1984) (TV Movie)
Dreyfuss in truck at railroad crossing
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Citizen Steve (1987) (Short)
Footage of this movie is shown.
Siskel & Ebert: The Future of the Movies (1990) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown.
Making Close Encounters (1990) (Video)
Hero (1992)
Before Hoffman's character is going to jail he's calling his son, who is watching "Close Encounters..." on TV.
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Short)
The Siskel & Ebert Interviews (1995) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown of various Steven Spielberg movies, including this one.
100 Years of Horror: Aliens (1996) (TV Episode)
Monster Mania (1997) (TV Movie)
Film clips included
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
This film is #64 on the list.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies (2001) (TV Special)
This film is #31 on the list.
I Love the '70s: 1977 (2003) (TV Episode)
The Ultimate Film (2004) (TV Movie)
number 81
Troldspejlet: Episode #33.13 (2005) (TV Episode)
DVD release reviewed + footage used
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies (2006) (TV Movie)
This film is #58 on the list.
Spielberg on Spielberg (2007) (TV Movie)
clips shown
De wereld draait door: Episode #4.35 (2008) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009) (TV Special)
Clips shown during Steven Spielberg tribute.
Watchman Video Broadcast: DNA Special (2009) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
Ahate pasa (2010) (Short)
Clip of the film shown.
De wereld draait door: Episode #5.156 (2010) (TV Episode)
In the background, a fragment is shown.
Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time (2011) (TV Movie)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind is the #5 Best Sci-Fi Film
Edición Especial Coleccionista: Matilda (2011) (TV Episode)
clips shown in DVD trailer
The 85th Annual Academy Awards (2013) (TV Special)
Featured during an obituary.
Labor Day (2013)
The family watches it on TV
Smashing UK Top 10: Top 10 Film Directors (2013) (TV Episode)
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
The Real History of Science Fiction: Invasion (2014) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Mandorla (2015)
A few seconds appear in the film.
Film '72: Episode #44.10 (2015) (TV Episode)
Footage shown
JonTron: StarCade: Episode 8 - Everything Else! (2015) (TV Episode)
Footage is shown.
One Hit Wonderland: Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band by Meco (2015) (TV Episode)
Meco's remix of the film's theme is discussed, and clips are shown.
Score: A Film Music Documentary (2016)
Footage is shown.
Scope (2017) (Video)
clips shown


Jaws (1975)

Spoofed in 

Saturday Night Live: Richard Dreyfuss/Jimmy Buffett, Gary Tigerman (1978) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as 'Cone Encounters of the third kind'
Sensual Encounters of Every Kind (1978)
Film's title is a humorous takeoff on the mainstream film's title.
Carnal Encounters of the Barest Kind (1978)
Title is a takeoff on the mainstream film's title from a year earlier.
Superwoman (1979)
Actor Mike Horner states, "Boy, was that a close encounter!" regarding a sexual encounter with aliens.
The Goodies: U-Friend or UFO (1980) (TV Episode)
Episode has similar plot to the movie
Danger Mouse: Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind (1982) (TV Episode)
Title reference, variaton on theme is heard
Young Doctors in Love (1982)
Spoofed in the last scene (surgery room)
The Young Ones: Boring (1982) (TV Episode)
Just before the end credits, a space ship is hovering over the house playing music similar to the space ship in this film.
Spitting Image: Episode #2.5 (1985) (TV Episode)
From "I've Never Met a Nice South African": "I've had a close encounter of the twenty-second kind/That's when an alien spaceship disappears up your behind"
Monster in the Closet (1986)
The notes Dr. Pennyworth continually repeats on the xylophone are reminiscent of the 5 tones featured heavily in Close Encounters. The doctor attempts to communicate with the monster using these notes and is killed.
UHF (1989)
George carves a Devil's Tower out of mashed potatoes at Teri's home and says, "This means something."
The Simpsons: Homer's Night Out (1990) (TV Episode)
"Close Encounters Of The Mud Kind"--the subtitle for Mud City, a strip joint in Springfield--is a play on the film.
Rugrats: Destination: Moon/Angelica's Birthday (1993) (TV Episode)
Lou, Stu and Didi walk into the garage behind a wall of light
The Simpsons: Homie the Clown (1995) (TV Episode)
Homer builds a circus tent out of mashed potato spoofing the scene where the man builds a mountain with it at the dinner table in the film.
Animaniacs: Variety Speak/Three Tenors and You're Out/Bingo (1995) (TV Episode)
In "Three Tenors and You're Out," a UFO appears over Dodger Stadium and repeatedly plays the first four notes of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," spoofing the five-note extra-terrestrial greeting from "Close Encounters."
Toy Story (1995)
The X-Files: Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space' (1996) (TV Episode)
Lieutenant Schaefer sculpts a mountain out of his mashed potatoes while at the diner with Agent Mulder.
Pinky and the Brain: Plan Brain from Outer Space (1996) (TV Episode)
Pinky and the Brain go to Roswell, New Mexico, to meet Zalgar at Devil's Doughnut, which spoofs Devil's Tower, the meeting place for the aliens in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Rapture (1996) (TV Episode)
Sisko's food "sculpturing".
Spice World (1997)
Antz (1998)
Muppets from Space (1999)
There is a scene in which dozens of people witness Gonzo's declaration of his alien origins on live TV. One follower explains that they were drawn to the Muppet Boarding House and produces a mashed potato sculpture in the shape of Gonzo's head. The concept spoofs a similar phenomenon from Close Encounters of the Third Kind whereupon earthlings were drawn to Devil's Tower by images of the monolith implanted in their brains by the aliens.
Spaced: Gatherings (1999) (TV Episode)
The blinding light and music heard when Daisy opens the door spoof that of the spaceship from this film.
Poloiset ja paranormaali (2000) (Short)
The short film spoofs the end of Spielberg's film.
D4G (2001) (Video)
the mash pottatos scene
Imaginary Heroes (2004)
When the Travis family is eating dinner, Tim can be seen making a sculpture of Devil's Tower in his mashed potatoes. Richard Dreyfuss does the same thing in "Close Encounters of a Third Kind".
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude (2004) (Video Game)
Movie poster on store & cinema wall: "Close Encounters of the Behind"
Robot Chicken: Gold Dust Gasoline (2005) (TV Episode)
a sketch titled 'Close Encounter of the Pantsed Kind'
Tropic Thunder (2008)
the pile of heroin was molded exactly in the shape of the Devil's Tower mashed potatoes
Beethoven's Big Break (2008) (Video)
crazy credits: poster "Close Encounters of the Third K9"
The Prototypes (2009) (TV Movie)
a spaceship hits Devil's Tower
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
The President plays the 5-note "alien communication" theme on a keyboard for the alien robot.
Eureka: What Goes Around, Comes Around (2009) (TV Episode)
The movements of the mailboxes and stop sign by Jo's car.
The IT Crowd: Italian for Beginners (2010) (TV Episode)
Roy creates a Sea Park out of mashed potato.
Robot Chicken: The Core, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (2011) (TV Episode)
The aliens and humans have a music battle and dance-off at Devil's Tower.
Grabbers (2012)
Woman reaching up the chimney and racing to close the vent against a creature coming down it
Saturday Night Live: Josh Brolin/Gotye (2012) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in the "Laser Cats 7" digital short
Futurama: Game of Tones (2013) (TV Episode)
Music from spaceship, mountain
Epic Rap Battles of History: Steven Spielberg vs. Alfred Hitchcock (2014) (TV Episode)
title is parodied in lyrics
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
One of Earl and Greg's movies ("Gross Encounters of the Turd Kind")

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