The Grifters (1990) Poster



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Psycho (1960)
The Sting (1973)
The stock con Myra describes to Roy when they first meet is a variation on the "Wire" con used in The Sting.

Referenced in 

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bride of the Monster (1993) (TV Episode)
Joel: It looks like Anjelica Huston in the Grifters.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: 'Manos' the Hands of Fate (1993) (TV Episode)
"This is gonna be just like in The Grifters."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Eegah (1993) (TV Episode)
Joel: "Looks like 'The Grifters' meets 'Quest for Fire.'"
Saturday Night Live: Jeff Goldblum/Aerosmith (1993) (TV Episode)
Cover on shelf in 'Karl's Video Store'
Mystery Science Theater 3000: 12 to the Moon (1994) (TV Episode)
Dr. Forrester tells Frank to wrap a bunch of oranges in a towel. Frank asks "What are you going to do with these, Clay?" He menacingly replies "Just call me Bobo, Frank."
Savage Harvest (1994) (Video)
poster seen
Kicking and Screaming (1995)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Head On (1998)
Sean tells Ari he reminds him of John Cusack in The Grifters. Later, Ari asks Dina if she's seen The Grifters.
Entrapment (1999)
References the wire con - the idea of the slight delay in information moving between two stock exchanges around the world.
The Best of Film Noir (1999) (Video)
Poster shown.
The Making of 'Cape Fear' (2001) (Video)
Jersey Girl (2004)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Swindled (2004)
Features characters, sequences, ideas and plot points that follow The Grifters very self-consciously.
Film Geek (2005)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party (2005)
Referenced by Greg Wagnowsky
Saturday Night Live: The Best of David Spade (2005) (TV Special)
Cover on shelf in 'Karl's Video Store'
Saturday Night Live: Annette Bening/Gwen Stefani/Akon (2006) (TV Episode)
referenced during the monologue
Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Community: Grifting 101 (2015) (TV Episode)
Abed says, "I've always wanted to learn more about grifting ever since I saw 1990's 'The Grifters.'"


The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Appears on TV set in motel
Ms. Pac-Man (1981) (Video Game)
Game appears in this film

Featured in 

Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1990 (1991) (TV Episode)
Ebert's #4 pick.
Siskel & Ebert: Oscar Nomination Surprises for 1990 (1991) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown for many of the year's Oscar-nominated movies, including this one.
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards (1991) (TV Special)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.15 (2010) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown in a montage of John Cusack films
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014) (TV Movie)
a clip from the Best Supporting Actress nominee is shown

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