Dances with Wolves (1990) Poster


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Remake of 


The Searchers (1956)
Run of the Arrow (1957)
Even filmmaker Samuel Fuller has acknowledged this film as "a virtual remake" of his film "Run of the Arrow" which bears striking similarities to his picture.

Referenced in 

L.A. Law: Dances with Sharks (1991) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Golden Girls: Older and Wiser (1991) (TV Episode)
Sophia jokes about Dorothy's "Indian name," Dances with no one, in a reference to the name of this film.
Designing Women: I'll See You in Court (1991) (TV Episode)
Berniece misquotes the film's name.
Top of the Heap: Behind the Eight Ball (1991) (TV Episode)
The film is referenced several times.
Roseanne: Dances with Darlene (1991) (TV Episode)
title reference
Doogie Howser, M.D.: Dances with Wanda (1991) (TV Episode)
title reference
Full House: Rock the Cradle (1991) (TV Episode)
Jesse guesses "Dances with Cheese" at picture charades
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: My Fair Shelly (1991) (TV Episode)
Jerry asks Shelly if she has seen "Dances with Wolves."
Robin Hood: The Myth, the Man, the Movie (1991) (TV Short)
Mentioned by Pierce Brosnan.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
The scene where Azeem first shows Robin (Kevin Costner) his telescope is similar to a scene where Dunbar (Costner) hands a telescope to Kicking Bird.
Night Court: Pop Goes the Question (1991) (TV Episode)
Title reference
The Golden Girls: Where's Charlie? (1991) (TV Episode)
The film is mentioned by name.
Michael Jackson: Black or White (1991) (Video)
Michael dances with Native Americans.
Siskel & Ebert: Doc Hollywood/Return to the Blue Lagoon/Hot Shots!/Paris Is Burning/Another You (1991) (TV Episode)
Roger Ebert notes that a character in "Hot Shots!" (1991) is named Dances with Bikers.
Siskel & Ebert: Once Around/Men of Respect/Flight of the Intruder/White Fang/Not Without My Daughter (1991) (TV Episode)
Roger Ebert says that "Windwalker" (1981) (his video recommendation) is in the tradition of this movie.
WWF Superstars: Episode #7.5 (1992) (TV Episode)
Features the TV debut of Tatanka, whose character was derived from Dances with Wolves.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Cycles with Wolves"
Rugrats: Reptar on Ice/Family Feud (1992) (TV Episode)
Howard mentions this during the game of charades
Tiny Toon Adventures: A Cat's Eye View (1992) (TV Episode)
At the party, Kevin Costner is shown dancing with wolves.
Civil Wars: Dances with Sharks (1993) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Les visiteurs (1993)
Ginette (Marie-Anne Chazel) says Godefroy rides a horse "like Kewin Coster"
Home Improvement: Dances with Tools (1993) (TV Episode)
title reference
Saved by the Bell: The New Class: Home Shopping (1993) (TV Episode)
Tommy D. refers to the film.
Married with Children: Dances with Weezy (1993) (TV Episode)
title reference
Animaniacs: Turkey Jerky/Wild Blue Yonder (1993) (TV Episode)
In "Turkey Jerky," Wakko's Native American name is "Wakko Who Waltzes with Wolves."
The Critic: The Pilot (1994) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that he had a part in the film
On Deadly Ground (1994)
Big Mike uses a number of derogatory racial slurs and nicknames while bullying the Native American in the bar, including "dances with whiskey".
The Silence of the Hams (1994)
mentioned by Antonio
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)
Frank Drebin must watch an adult film in hospital. But he asks if they have Dances With Wolves, The Rocketeer, or Spartacus.
Maverick (1994)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Last of the Wild Horses (1994) (TV Episode)
"Dances with...Something"
The Simpsons: Bart's Girlfriend (1994) (TV Episode)
At the beginning of the episode, Lisa calls Bart "Dances in Underpants".
Savage Harvest (1994) (Video)
poster seen
Eggs (1995)
The two old men are listening to the radio, it's a show about movies. The host talks about the new western heroes, who move in with the indians and dance with the animals. Clearly a reference to Dances with Wolves (1990).
Waterworld (1995)
Saved by the Bell: The New Class: Welcome to Bayside (1995) (TV Episode)
There is a poster of the film in Lindsay's bedroom.
The Red Green Show: Men's Night on the Mountain (1995) (TV Episode)
Edgar claims to have seen this movie and that the native in the movie (ironically played by Graham Greene, who also plays Edgar) should have received the Oscar
Wishbone: Dances with Dogs (1995) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Boy Meets World: New Friends and Old (1996) (TV Episode)
Shawn refers to Robert as "Dances with Sweaters."
Frasier: Come Lie with Me (1996) (TV Episode)
Frasier refers to Niles as "waltzes with snobs"
Animaniacs: Jokahontas/Boids on the Hood/Mighty Wakko at the Bat (1996) (TV Episode)
Yakko refers to Wakko as "Slobbers with Wolves."
Snowboard Academy (1996) (Video)
Sky Dancers: Getting the Story (1996) (TV Episode)
Breeze says he wants to make a musical out of Dances with Wolves.
Frasier: Halloween (1997) (TV Episode)
After an hors d'oeuvre accidant, Gil tells Niles to call him "Fumbles with crab puffs".
Siskel & Ebert: The Postman/Mr. Magoo/Jackie Brown/An American Werewolf in Paris/Afterglow/The Education of Little Tree (1997) (TV Episode)
In his review of "The Postman" (1997), Roger Ebert mentions this previous movie from Kevin Costner.
Smoke Signals (1998)
Friends: The One with All the Rugby (1998) (TV Episode)
Ross talks about the time he was in the line-up to buy tickets to see the movie.
Get Bruce (1999)
mentioned by Bruce
V.I.P.: Mudslide Val (1999) (TV Episode)
Quick refers to Frank Zeit as "Dances with Swizzle Stick".
Movie Stars: Pilot (1999) (TV Episode)
Todd references the film.
The Simpsons: Bart to the Future (2000) (TV Episode)
Indian named "Dances with Focus Groups"
Gladiator (2000)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Mary McDonnell stars in Dances with Graham Greene, in Donnie she speaks of a different Graham Greene
City Guys: Dances with Malcolm (2001) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Inside the Actors Studio: Episode #8.5 (2001) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by James Lipton in the introduction, still images from the movie are shown, and Kevin Costner talks about the movie.
How High (2001)
Creation Science 103: Class 5 (2001) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Kent.
Gilmore Girls: Richard in Stars Hollow (2002) (TV Episode)
Lorelai suggests renting it for a "Three Faces of Costner" movie night.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
Little Creek draws a blue circle around one of the horses eyes.
King of the Hill: Dances with Dogs (2002) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Hollywood and the Muslim World (2003) (TV Movie)
Johnson Family Vacation (2004)
Nate mentions the title while in the casino.
Incident at Loch Ness (2004)
The Onscreen creative team making the film within a film lists this movie among their real life credits
Da Ali G Show: Respek (2004) (TV Episode)
Ali G says "Has it not got a connection with that guy from Dances with Wolves then?
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide: Crushes and Dances (2004) (TV Episode)
Mr. Monroe says the theme of the dance is "Dances with Wolves"
Gilmore Girls: We Got Us a Pippi Virgin (2004) (TV Episode)
Zach tells Lane that her seeing him cry during the film is proof that she knows him better than even his parents.
QI: Bills (2004) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Alan
Vecinos: Con el portón cerrado (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name by Frankie as Dance with Coyotes.
Stacked: Goodwizzle Hunting (2005) (TV Episode)
Stuart: "Bye Skyler. Bye ... Dances with Skyler."
To kokkino domatio: To stoihima: Part 2 (2005) (TV Episode)
American Dad!: Finances with Wolves (2006) (TV Episode)
title reference
Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (Video)
It is mentioned in a newspaper article. Also, a photograph is shown.
Gilmore Girls: 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous (2006) (TV Episode)
Arguing that a film should be more than its title, Lorelai cites the film, saying it wasn't just one long wolf dance.
Big Bang: Episode #1.1 (2007) (TV Episode)
Referenced in dialogue
The Kevin Bishop Show: Episode #1.3 (2008) (TV Episode)
Referenced in a Five ad
The Thank You Girls (2008)
A person said that he loves this movie.
Boston Legal: Dances with Wolves (2008) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Nip/Tuck: Manny Skerritt (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)
mentioned when talking about killing artists after their greatest works
Nostalgia Critic: Twister (2009) (TV Episode)
Critic: "Just ask Dances-with-Funnel-Clouds over there!"
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 2 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $50,000 question
Rules of Engagement: Dad's Visit (2009) (TV Episode)
Russell summarises the second half of Gone with the Wind to Adam - unfortunately he neither hasn't seen it and summarises Dances with Wolves to Adam instead.
Parks and Recreation: Boys' Club (2009) (TV Episode)
From Mark's online profile, April learns that his favorite movie is "Dances with Wolves."
The Butch Factor (2009)
Mentioned in film and still photos shown.
Cleanflix (2009)
DVD cover
Packed to the Rafters: Only a Heartbeat Away (2009) (TV Episode)
Julie mentioned the movie.
South Park: Dances with Smurfs (2009) (TV Episode)
"Dances with Smurfs" is a play on the title "Dances with Wolves."
30 for 30: The U (2009) (TV Episode)
A TV announcer says, "Texas was dancing with wolves today."
Richard Roeper & the Movies: Avatar (2009) (TV Episode)
Roeper compares the plot of "Avatar" to "Dances with Wolves"
RiffTrax Live: Christmas Shorts-stravaganza! (2009) (TV Movie)
"Before Dances with Wolves, this was the most significant portrait of Native Americans"
Bum Reviews: Avatar (2009) (TV Episode)
Plot compared to "Avatar"
Richard Roeper & the Movies: The Best of 2009 (2010) (TV Episode)
Roeper compares the plot of "Avatar" to "Dances With Wolves"
Saturday Night Live: Sigourney Weaver/The Ting Tings (2010) (TV Episode)
Sigourney reads a blog in which Avatar is referred to as Dances with Smurfs
Jeopardy!: 2010 Tournament of Champions Semifinal 1 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of an $800 clue in the category "Best Picture Letter Drop"
The Breakfast Club: A XXX Parody (2010) (Video)
Renegade says: "Two Clocks is a little more Dances with Wolves but I like it"
The Hard Times of RJ Berger: Over the Rainblow (2010) (TV Episode)
The jocks refer to Claire as "Dances with Losers".
The Vampire Diaries: Memory Lane (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Good Bad Flicks: Super Mario Bros (2011) (TV Episode)
Gintberg på kanten: Bogense (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Jan
Vamos a por vosotros (2011) (TV Movie)
poster shown
At the Movies: 25 Years of Margaret & David (2011) (TV Episode)
Margaret mentions that her only issue with the Academy is that they gave Best Film to Dances with Wolves instead of Goodfellas.
Raimo ei näytä Kevin Costnerilta (2011) (Short)
Film mentioned by a character.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.76 (2012) (TV Episode)
a woman's Facebook comment mentions that she watched the film on a date with a man
Nostalgia Critic: Jungle 2 Jungle (2012) (TV Episode)
"...and her getting it on with Dances With Mullets."
Glee: Props (2012) (TV Episode)
In Tina's dream sequence, Will as Sue claims his/her Comanche Indian name is "Cheerleads with Wolves".
Honest Trailers: Avatar (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by the narrator
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: I Want Sandwiches, I Want Chicken (2012) (TV Episode)
The movie is at Carl's house
Movie Nights: Aliens vs. Avatars (2012) (TV Episode)
"She's kinda like the reverse Dances with Wolves avatar."
CinemaSins: Everything Wrong with Avatar in 4 Minutes or Less (2013) (TV Episode)
"Sunkmanitu tanka owaci!"
Holliston: Blobby (2013) (TV Episode)
Joe mentions that Adam's pilot script for Holliston was unoriginal like the movie Avatar which is known as having the exact same storyline as Dances With Wolves. Adam defends Avatar by saying he liked "Dances With Avatar."
The Chase: Episode #1.4 (2013) (TV Episode)
Incorrect answer by the Beast.
Instant Mom: Dances with She-Wolves (2013) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.190 (2013) (TV Episode)
Trace Adkins mentions the movie in relation to Kevin Costner.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Party (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jake.
Hollywood Game Night: Show Me Your Music, I'll Show You Mine (2014) (TV Episode)
Jason Sudeikis mentions this movie by name during the game Celebrity Name Game
Worst Cooks in America: Timer's Up (2014) (TV Episode)
Amber mentions the movie when hearing about bison
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Taylor Swift/Andrew Rannells/Ryan Adams and the Shining (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jimmy in his opening monologue
BoJack Horseman: The Telescope (2014) (TV Episode)
"Dances with Wolves" poster
Sleepy Hollow: And the Abyss Gazes Back (2014) (TV Episode)
Hawley calls Ichabod Mr. Dances with Wendigos.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 11 February 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
mentioned in conversation with Kevin Costner
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kevin Costner/Portia de Rossi/David Frei (2015) (TV Episode)
Seth mentions the film when introducing Kevin Costner
Better Call Saul: Marco (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jimmy
Brickleberry: Campin' Ain't Easy (2015) (TV Episode)
"Dances with Rhythm"
Your Family or Mine: The Durnins (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Open Season: Scared Silly (2015) (Video)
Elliot says, "We should call you Dances with Werewolves."
Blackcatloner: Movie Madness (2016) (TV Episode)
Blackcatloner describes Avatar as "Dances With Wolves in Space."
Les Tuche 2 - Le rêve américain (2016)
Mamie Suze reveals she got drunk while watching this movie.
Half in the Bag: The Revenant (2016) (TV Episode)
Mike says The Revenant reminded him of Dances with Wolves
Blackcatloner: How You Doin'? (2016) (TV Episode)
"James Cameron shouldn't feel too bad. Dances With Wolves didn't get a sequel either."
Everything Wrong with...: Everything Wrong with Troll 2 in 19 Minutes or Less (2016) (TV Episode)
"How in the world did this movie not beat Dances With Wolves for Best Picture? It was between this, Goodfellas, Ghost, and Awakenings".

Featured in 

The Making of 'Dances with Wolves' (1990) (TV Short)
clips shown
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1991) (TV Special)
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards (1991) (TV Special)
Siskel & Ebert: Oscar Nomination Surprises (1991) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown for many of the year's Oscar-nominated movies, including this one.
Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) (Video)
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Short)
Wyatt Earp: Walk with a Legend (1994) (TV Movie)
Siskel & Ebert: Villains: So Bad, They're Good (1995) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
This film is #75 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
Inside the Actors Studio: Episode #8.5 (2001) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
Dances with Wolves: The Creation of an Epic (2003) (Video)
clips shown
I Love the '90s: 1990 (2004) (TV Episode)
Footage from this film was edited into this mini-series.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies (2006) (TV Movie)
This film is #59 on the list.
The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV Special)
Featured in Best Picture montage.
Reel Injun (2009)
A clip is shown
Special Collector's Edition: Bailando con lobos (2010) (TV Episode)
frames shown
Rich Hall's Inventing the Indian (2012) (TV Movie)
Clips seen and discussed
Brows Held High: Dead Man (2013) (TV Episode)
clip shown

Spoofed in 

Hot Shots! (1991)
Back to the Future: Time Waits for No Frog/Einstein's Adventure (1991) (TV Episode)
After Marty has danced among all the frogs, the indian chief calls him 'Dances with Frogs'.
A Wish for Wings That Work (1991) (TV Short)
Tiny Toon Adventures: Weekday Afternoon Live (1992) (TV Episode)
Hampton and Dizzy review a spoof of the film in the segment "Samurai Film Critic".
The Ben Stiller Show: With Flea (1992) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in the "Jazzercise with Wolves" step aerobics segment, with Bob as Kevin Costner
Zombies Ate My Neighbors (1993) (Video Game)
one level is called "Dances with Werewolves"
Roseanne: The Last Thursday in November (1995) (TV Episode)
Roseanne says to DJ's teacher that she will never ever laugh about "Dance with Wolves"
ECW Gangstas Paradise (1995) (Video)
The ECW Arena debut of Dances With Dudley
Incredible Crisis (1999) (Video Game)
Shanghai Noon (2000)
Happy Feet (2006)
Lovelace yells at Mumble from the top of a cliff like Wind In His Hair yelled at Dunbar.
Mad: Dances with Wolverine: A Footloose Parody/Tater Tots & Tiaras (2011) (TV Episode)
The title Dances with Wolverine is a spoof of this movie.
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
Albert earns the trust of the Native Americans after he is able to communicate fluently with them.
José Mota presenta: La profecía está pronta (2016) (TV Episode)
Trailer parody

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