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10 Movie Scenes That Are Constantly Parodied

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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and if you make a movie scene that finds itself the subject of parody, you’re doing something right. In this piece, we’ll spotlight a handful of films that find themselves endlessly spoofed by jokesters.

10. Shower Scene, Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic black and white horror film added this into the cultural lexicon, and it’s been spoofed in flicks like National Lampoon’s Vacation and High Anxiety.


9. Mirror Scene, Taxi Driver

Travis Bickle’s iconic “You talkin’ to me” monologue has been tweaked in Back to the Future Part III and on SNL.


8. Beach Kiss, From Here To Eternity

The lip-lock between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr spawned literally hundreds of parodies, including one in Shrek.


7. Staircase Scene, Battleship Potemkin

This 1925 Russian silent film contains an unforgettable scene of a baby carriage clattering down the Odessa Steps that has been mocked in Woody Allen’s Bananas and Naked Gun 33 1/3.


6. “You Can’t Handle The Truth,” A Few Good Men

Jack Nicholson’s over-the-top courtroom speech got skewered on Seinfeld, Community and even Doctor Who!

5. Underpants Dance, Risky Business

Tom Cruise’s hallway boogie in his breakthrough flick has inspired dozens of spoofs on shows ranging from Married with Children to The O.C.


4. Bone Throw, 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick’s trippy sci-fi opus has an iconic shot where a caveman throws a bone into the air, which has been parodied in The Jerk and Thunderpants.


3. Cable Drop, Mission: Impossible

The second Tom Cruise bit on this list, the scene in the first Mission: Impossible movie where he lowers down on a wire to hack a computer has been recreated tons.


2. “I am your father,” The Empire Strikes Back

Darth Vader’s reveal that he’s Luke Skywalker’s dad was a major shock at the time, but it’s since been mocked by Austin Powers and Spaceballs.


1. Bullet Dodge, The Matrix

The innovative camera techniques used by the Wachowski siblings in the first Matrix movie launched hundreds of parodies.

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…