Once Upon a Time in America (1984) Poster


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Edited into 

Bellissimo: Immagini del cinema italiano (1985)
Clips from this are shown as part of the documentary.


Out of the Past (1947)
Like Jeff Markham from the earlier film, Max Bercovicz uses the name "Bailey" as his longtime alias
The 400 Blows (1959)
When young Noodles is arrested, he is put in a paddywagon and driven off--framed exactly as Antoine is in the 400 blows.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Both these titles of movies by Leone are based on the "Once upon a time..." expression. In both the Italian titles: "C'era una volta..."
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
Ending on a close up of a person (lit by candles) forgetting thier worries in an opium den. A store with a sign that says "Altman's" is seen less than 2 minutes later.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The 4 gang members enter the hospital dressed in costume to The Thieving Magpie, the same as the gang of 4 in a clockwork orange breaking into the house of the cat woman dressed in costume with The Thieving Magpie playing.
The Getaway (1972)
Sam Peckinpah film features a lengthy scene involving a suitcase full of money in a train station locker.

Referenced in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Annie Potts/Shelley Winters/Ronnie Shakes (1984) (TV Episode)
Johnny comments on Robert De Niro's new movie
Body Rock (1984)
A billboard promoting this film is shown when Chilly D and Magick are dancing in the city.
What Is Brazil? (1985) (TV Short)
The Lost Boys (1987)
VHS seen at video store
Speaking Parts (1989)
VHS box seen on shelf at Eddie's Video Store.
At the Movies: Bird on a Wire/Last Exit to Brooklyn/Back to the Future Part III/Cadillac Man/Longtime Companion (1990) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Last Exit to Brooklyn" review.
Goodfellas (1990)
Miller's Crossing (1990)
The "endless" ringing of the phone at Tom Reagan's apartment
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Both the films show the events that occurred before and after a "well planned heist that had gone wrong", omitting whatever happened in between, during the actual crime
Carlito's Way (1993)
Il giudice ragazzino (1994)
A VHS of this movie can be seen.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The briefcase scenes in Pulp Fiction directly reference those in Once Upon a Time in America.
Casino (1995)
Women of the House: Women in Film (1995) (TV Episode)
The rape scene is mentioned.
Heat (1995)
Trainspotting (1996)
At the Movies: The Game/The End of Violence/L.A. Confidential/The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1997) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "L.A. Confidential" review.
Jackie Brown (1997)
Ordell: "I'm not asking you, I'm telling you"
Pi (1998)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The endless ringing mobile phone when The Dude and Walter are bowling after the failed hand-off.
Analyze This (1999)
The Matrix (1999)
The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #3.1 (1999) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name in Bobby De Niro song
The Directors: The Films of Terry Gilliam (2000) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Gilliam.
Sass (2001)
The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
The apron lifting/crotch reveal scene is referenced
Learning to Lie (2003)
Conversation between Mücke and Helmut "What have you been doing all these years" - "I've been going to bed early" is a carbon copy of the same conversation between Fat Moe and Noodles.
An Opera of Violence (2003) (Video)
mentioned once
The Wages of Sin (2003) (Video)
mentioned once
Behind the Scenes of 'House of Sand and Fog' (2004) (Video)
mentioned once
The Reapers (2004) (Short)
character, "Noodles"
Shark Tale (2004)
Don Lino's line: "I'm not asking you, I'm telling you"
The Untouchables: The Script, the Cast (2004) (Video)
mentioned once
A Bittersweet Life (2005)
The endlessly ringing phone.
Le petit lieutenant (2005)
Movie poster on wall
Pastewka: Der Gutschein (2006) (TV Episode)
Pastewka and the prostitute talking about James Woods and how good he was in "Once Upon a Time in America"
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)
It is mentioned in a magazine.
The Holiday (2006)
The first bars of this movie's main thema are taken verbatim from "Deborah's Theme" (in an homage to Ennio Morricone)
Surf's Up (2007)
Big Z faked his death and assumed a new identity as The Geek.
The Brothers Bloom (2008)
In Once Upon a Time in America, the character Maximilian 'Max' Bercovicz disappears near the end of the film by walking behind a dump truck. This is echoed in Bang Bang's exit.
Essayette (2008)
The sleeping girl that frames the film.
L'âge d'or de la musique de film 1965-1975 (2009) (TV Movie)
Mentioned and LP Cover.
The Simpsons: Once Upon a Time in Springfield (2010) (TV Episode)
Title Reference
The Book of Eli (2010)
One of the characters repeatedly whistles Cock Eye's theme by Ennio Morricone from Once Upon a Time in America
Boardwalk Empire: Boardwalk Empire (2010) (TV Episode)
The funeral dirge with the giant cake bottle of alcohol to commemorate the start of prohibition is reminiscent of the funeral for prohibition in Once Upon a Time in America.
Special Collector's Edition: Zombie Town (2010) (TV Episode)
Appears on the list of Blu-ray releases of December/January
Once Upon a Time in Algeria and France: The Making of 'Outside the Law' (2010) (Video)
Title reference. Both this film and 'Outside the Law' (2010) (which is the subject of this DVD extra)re films in the gangster movie genre. Algeria and France effectively replace America in the title.
Aliens vs. Avatars (2011)
Poster seen on the wall in Jake and Tyler's room.
Nørdernes Rejse (2012) (Short)
"Cockeye's Song" is playing during the chase scene.
Ennio Morricone: TVC Perth Concert (2012) (TV Movie)
extract of music is played
End Roll (2012)
DVD is shown ("C'era una volta in America").
Homeland: Q&A (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
The Grandmaster (2013)
Morricone's soundtrack is featured and Zhang Ziyi's smile under the influence of opium is a reference to the famous final scene.
Archer: Midnight Ron (2013) (TV Episode)
Ron's flashback sequence, set in old-time New York, is a visual and thematic homage.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
Ending scene with a close-up on the protagonist's face, showing a change of his/her facial expression.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Christmas (2013) (TV Episode)
Shot of the Brooklyn Bridge from the exact same location
Rémy Julienne: 50 ans de cascades (2013) (TV Movie)
poster shown
Strange Thing (2014) (Short)
Movie poster on bedroom wall.
Na plovárne: Na plovárne s Christopherem Lambertem (2014) (TV Episode)
Christopher Lambert mentioned it.
Red Oaks: The Wedding (2015) (TV Episode)
Sam mentions they are playing the movie on TV.
Sing (2016)
Judith the evil banker's initial appearance is heralded by the pan-flute stinger from the Sergio Leone epic.
Shed Skin Papa (2016)
Poster seen
The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs: Demons (2018) (TV Episode)
Joe Bob mentions the film.
Mad Dog Express (2019) (Short)
The briefcase is direct reference to Once Upon a Time in America
Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019)
Title reference

Featured in 

Modern Talking: Brother Louie (1986) (Video)
clips shown
At the Movies: The Best Films of the '80s (1989) (TV Episode)
One of their picks.
At the Movies: You Blew It! (1990) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Bitter Moon (1992)
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV Movie)
clips featured
Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema (2005) (Video)
footage from this film is shown in this documentary
Bullets Over Hollywood (2005) (TV Movie)
De Niro: A Self Portrait (2007) (TV Short)
movie discussed and clips shown
Great Movie Mistakes (2010) (TV Movie)
Clips of mistakes shown
The Story of Film: An Odyssey: The Arrival of Sound (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Greatest Mafia Movies (2012) (TV Episode)
Once Upon a Time in America is #3.
At the Movies: Ennio Morricone in Conversation (2012) (TV Episode)
Clips shown during the interview.
Smashing UK Top 10: Top 10 Film Directors (2013) (TV Episode)
Uvda: Episode #20.1 (2013) (TV Episode)
Clips shown and the movie is discussed
WatchMojo: Top 10 Mob Movie Characters (2014) (TV Episode)
Noodles Aaronson is #9.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Crime Epics (2014) (TV Episode)
Once Upon a Time in America is #2.
Chuck Norris vs. Communism (2015)
Clips shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Director's Cut Special Editions of Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
The restored version of Once Upon a Time in America is #3.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Non-Linear Narratives in Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
Once Upon a Time in America is #10.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies Ruined by Studio Interference (2016) (TV Episode)
Once Upon a Time in America is #6.

Spoofed in 

Street of Pain (2003) (Short)
A few shots - most noticeably the ending - are high-crane shots that pull back as someone walks away into the distance. This is a reference/spoof of Leone's high-crane shot in "Once Upon a Time in America."
Tropic Thunder (2008)
When Ben Stiller is back in his hut after his Simple Jack performance in the PoW camp, removing make up, and he turns to Halfsquat's knock is a direct reference to Elizabeth McGovern removing her make up when Robert De Niro meets her again after all those years.

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