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The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
The opening of the movie with narration and character introduction was influenced by 'The Magnificent Ambersons'.
Now, Voyager (1942)
copies famous scene in which Paul Henreid lights 2 cigarettes in his mouth and offers one to Bette Davis
The Red Shoes (1948)
Both films open with a book being opened. Wes Anderson has stated this as a reference.
The Fire Within (1963)
Richie's line "I'm going to kill myself tomorrow" is a quote taken from Le feu follet, a film that influenced The Royal Tenenbaums.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) (TV Short)
The song "Christmastime is Here" from 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' recurs as Margo's theme.
The Graduate (1967)
The shots filmed beneath the surface of a pool directly reference 'The Graduate'.
The Big Shave (1967) (Short)
Richie meticulously cuts off his beard and then loses a huge quantity of blood by attempting suicide.
Kes (1969)
The scenes with Richie's falcon Mordecai reference 'Kes', a film similarly about a boy and his pet falcon.
The French Connection (1971)
The scene when Gene Hackman is racing go-karts under a bridge with his grandchildren references the famous chase scene under the bridge in "The French Connection".
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
Bob Dylan's "Main Title Theme" from 'Billy' can be heard in the film.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1973)
When they are explaining that Margot ran away and hid with his brother in a museum like in this movie
Mean Streets (1973)
The Last Detail (1973)
The phrase "let's shag ass" was taken from 'The Last Detail' (1973).
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Early on when Dudley is introduced, Bill Murray is administering a psychological test across a desk from him in an academic setting, much as he did early in 'Ghost Busters'.
The Terminator (1984)
Right before Richie attempts suicide
Witness (1985)
Royal yells "I know you, asshole!" at Eli; this is a direct quote from 'Witness', in the film it is also yelled at Danny Glover, who is similarly featured in 'Tenenbaums'.
Se7en (1995)
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Rushmore (1998)
Magnolia (1999)
Zoolander (2001)
Owen Wilson's character arrives to the wedding with a strange Indian paint design on his face. In 'Zoolander' (with Ben Stiller), there is a fashion picture of Hansel (Owen Wilson) wearing the exact same Indian face paint.

Referenced in 

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
When Wilson places the football on the tee he says "Winds blowin' up gale." That same line was improvised by Wilson near the end of Royal Tenenbaums, while Eli is at the rehab center.
Old School (2003)
At end, Will Ferrell instructs frame hanging just as Richie Tenenbaum does.
Clone High: Snowflake Day: A Very Special Holiday Episode (2003) (TV Episode)
Joan is in a beauty salon looking ultra depressed like Margot Tenenbaum (Gweneth Paltow), Ghandi does the very cool Eli Cash (Owen Wilson) impersonation complete with cowboy hat, and Scudworth and Mr. B resemble Chas Tenenbaum (Ben Stiller) and son in red Adidas suits shaving.
Turnbuckle (2003)
The scene where Lobo shaves his head in Turnbuckle is an homage to the similar scene in The Royal Tenenbaums with Richie. This homage was made because the filmmakers were largely inspired by The Royal Tenenbaums during the creation process.
Daybreak (2003)
One persons says he has rented this movie on VCR.
Klais? (2003)
Jersey Girl (2004)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Dinner for Five: Episode #3.8 (2004) (TV Episode)
Alec Baldwin is attributed to working on this film.
The Door in the Floor (2004)
Larry Pine plays a Charlie Rose-like television interviewer in this, just as he does in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
The score that plays on the soundtrack when Steve Zissou gives the tour of his boat is actually a theme from 'The Royal Tenenbaums' being played in reverse.
50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) (TV Movie)
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
Starz Inside: Fashion in Film (2008) (TV Movie)
Fashion from this film discussed.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 5 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $4,000 question about Bill Murray's roles in Wes Anderson films
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) (TV Episode)
Listed as a movie directed by Wes Anderson
Happy Endings: Blax, Snake, Home (2011) (TV Episode)
Max and Brad discuss the movie
Seven Days with Scot Weisman (2012)
Scot states how he admires Luke Wilson's suicide attempt in "The Royal Tenenbaums".
The Dirties (2013)
Matt mentions "The Royal Tenenbaums" and quotes it.
Happy Hour Sketch Comedy: That Hipster Indie Hit (2013) (TV Episode)
Wes Anderson Homage
Trainwreck (2015)
the "where's the doctor?" bit is an acknowledged "rip-off"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Gwyneth Paltrow/Tyler Oakley/The Who (2016) (TV Episode)
Jimmy says that for Halloween, his daughter was costumed as Gwyneth Paltrow's character
The Cinema Snob: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (2016) (TV Episode)
"Meanwhile, His Royal Tannenbaum is serving his sentence for a ponzi scheme."
The Chase Australia: Episode #2.81 (2016) (TV Episode)
The contestants are asked a question about the director of the film during the Final Chase.
24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters (2016)
Screen-print poster shown
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #15.88 (2016) (TV Episode)
Included as a possible answer to question.

Featured in 

The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002) (TV Special)
50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips shown.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Year One/Whatever Works/The Proposal (2009) (TV Episode)
"Ode to the Indy Movie" segment.
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #16.24 (2009) (TV Episode)
Clip shown.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The Best of Music in the Movies (2010) (TV Episode)
"Ode to the Indy Movie" segment
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.58 (2010) (TV Episode)
a clip is included in a montage of Owen Wilson films
Film '72: Episode dated 26 February 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Footage shown


Charlie Rose (1991) (TV Series)
Eli is seen briefly on a Charlie Rose Show-esque talkshow.
The Piano (1993)

Spoofed in 

God of War Indie Movie Trailer (2010) (Video)
Scenes are re-enacted.
CollegeHumor Originals: If Other Directors Made the Social Network (2010) (TV Episode)
Mark Zuckerberg is depicted as a child prodigy in 'Wes Anderson's The Social Network'.
The Simpsons: Holidays of Future Passed (2011) (TV Episode)
Homer gets into hi-jinx around town with his two male grandsons while "Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard" plays.
Legends of Chamberlain Heights: Come Out to Play (2016) (TV Episode)
Maquee for "The Royal Elevenbaums"
The Box (2016) (TV Movie)
Irina Gorovaia, who played the Young Margot in The Royal Tenenbaums, spoofs herself in the episode "Margot from the Movie."

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