Born on the Fourth of July (1989) Poster


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Platoon (1986)

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Edited into 

Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)
Footage from this movie is used.


The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Title on marquee during 1950s Fourth of July parade
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
"Moon River" being played at prom

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Christopher Walken/Bonnie Raitt (1990) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned and poster shown on Weekend Update.
Wogan: Episode dated 26 February 1990 (1990) (TV Episode)
Ron Kovic promotes the film based on his life on this chatshow
Siskel & Ebert: Die Hard 2/Ghost Dad/Days of Thunder/May Fools (1990) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Days of Thunder" review.
Drive (1991)
The Driver states: "I maintain that Rambo and Born on the Fourth of July are the same film."
Good Blokes & Superstars (1992) (TV Movie)
Mentioned in dialogue
Forrest Gump (1994)
Kicking and Screaming (1995)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Siskel & Ebert: Assassins/Dead Presidents/How to Make an American Quilt/Strange Days/Persuasion (1995) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Dead Presidents" review.
The Burly Man Chronicles (2004) (Video)
mentioned once in extended version
Film Geek (2005)
Video case is shown in a video store.
The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV Movie)
One of the films on the list
Entourage: The Boys Are Back in Town (2005) (TV Episode)
Ari Gold mentions this film.
Last Laugh '05 (2005) (TV Movie)
The Office: The Injury (2006) (TV Episode)
Michael mentions the film
Drawn Together: A Tale of Two Cows (2006) (TV Episode)
In Toot's flashback, her legs are amputated, she becomes wheelchair bound and takes on the appearance of Ron Kovic, and she is spit on and called a "baby killer." She also says, "Or was that a Tom Cruise movie?"
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Ethan Hunt disguise when he flies to China
100 höjdare: Sveriges skönaste människor: Stockholm (2006) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name
Star Stories: The Church of Scientology Presents... Being Tom Cruise: Why Scientology Isn't in Any Way Mental (2007) (TV Episode)
Tom Cruise is nominated for an Oscar for this film.
Californication: California Son (2007) (TV Episode)
About an actor who looks like Tom Cruise, Al Moody says "I liked him in that Vietnam movie. He played a good cripple."
Family Guy: Padre de Familia (2007) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Tom Tucker during Oliver Stone's appearance at the parade
Live fra Bremen: Episode #1.1 (2009) (TV Episode)
The movie is referenced in a sketch
American Dad!: In Country... Club (2009) (TV Episode)
during the re-enactment
The Thick of It: Episode #3.6 (2009) (TV Episode)
Ollie refers to Ben as "Ben on the Fourth of July".
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.77 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $400 clue in the category "Actors & Their Roles"
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.96 (2010) (TV Episode)
Included in a $7,500 question
The Cleveland Show: Beer Walk! (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Tim
The Simpsons: Moms I'd Like to Forget (2011) (TV Episode)
Comic Book Guy says that Bart's "scar, like Tom Cruise's last good movie, was 'Born on the Fourth of July.'"
NCIS: Bulletproof (2014) (TV Episode)
Tim mentioned Tom Cuise in this movie
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.104 (2014) (TV Episode)
A Tom Cruise movie called "Born on the Fourth of _____" is mentioned.
Difficult People: The Courage of a Soldier (2015) (TV Episode)
Garry mentions the film
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #7.16 (2016) (TV Episode)
Answer to a question; still shown


D' Fightin' Ones (1961) (Short)
It is shown in a movie theater at one point of the film (scene was deleted).
Laugh-In (1967) (TV Series)

Featured in 

Siskel & Ebert: Family Business/Blaze/We're No Angels/The Wizard/The Rosegarden (1989) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown in the teaser for the next week's show.
Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1989 (1989) (TV Episode)
Ebert's #4 pick; Siskel's #5 pick.
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) (TV Special)
Siskel & Ebert: Tom Cruise: The Star Next Door (1990) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown of various Tom Cruise movies, including this one.
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall (1990) (Video)
features clips from the film
Oliver Stone: Inside Out (1992) (TV Movie)
Sto ypsos tis haramadas (1992)
Scene is seen on TV in control room.
Siskel & Ebert: Why Gump? Why Now? (1994) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown. Roger Ebert's video recommendation for those who like "Forrest Gump" (1994).
Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) (Video)
The Universal Story (1996) (TV Movie)
clip shown
The Directors: The Films of Oliver Stone (2000) (TV Episode)
Clips are presented.
The Spirit of America (2001) (Short)
The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
Hollywood Vietnam (2005) (TV Movie)
Clip(s) from this film were included. The film was identified by title/year/director in a sub-caption.
The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) (TV Special)
20 to 1: Hollywood's Hot List (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on Tom Cruise.
The Oscars (2014) (TV Special)
Ordinary heroes presentation.
Top 5 Best/Worst: Top 5 Best Tom Cruise Performances (2016) (TV Episode)
Tom Cruise as Ron Kovic at Number 2

Spoofed in 

Porn on the Fourth of July (1990)
Porn parody.
The Ben Stiller Show: With Bobcat Goldthwait (1992) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as part of the comedy routine in "Tom Cruise: Dress Casual"
The Ben Stiller Show: With Sarah Jessica Parker (1992) (TV Episode)
"Oliver Stoneland" features a "bumper wheelchairs" ride, based on "Born on the Fourth of July."
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Charlie Gets Crippled (2006) (TV Episode)
Charlie dresses up like Tom Cruise's character, and Charlie and Frank fight while sitting in wheelchairs similar to the fight between Tom Cruise and Willem Dafoe.

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