L.A. Confidential (1997) Poster


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L.A. Confidential (2003) (TV Movie)


Vreemde ontmoeting (1950)
Curtis Hanson screened the film for his cast and crew.
Als de wereld vergaat (1951)
Title visible on theater marquee in background as Jack and Sid carry out a drug raid
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Title on marquee of Pantages Theater as Jack leaves the Frolic Room
Roman Holiday (1953)
Bud White and Lynn Bracken watch Roman Holiday in a theater
Serpico (1973)
Chinatown (1974)

Referenced in 

Baywatch: Lifeguard Confidential (1997) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Siskel & Ebert & the Movies: Palmetto/Senseless/Dangerous Beauty/Mrs. Dalloway/Nil by Mouth/Live Flesh (1998) (TV Episode)
A still is shown for the "Now in Theaters" bumper. Two thumbs up.
Melrose Place: M.P. Confidential (1998) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Final Sacrifice (1998) (TV Episode)
"Winnipeg confidential."
The Negotiator (1998)
Cop is set up for stealing from cops, but gets away by letting the chief culprit confess while others overhear it.
The Simpsons: When You Dish Upon a Star (1998) (TV Episode)
referenced in dialogue
The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999) (TV Special)
Good Eats: Gravy Confidential (1999) (TV Episode)
Title Reference
A Slight Case of Murder (1999) (TV Movie)
The Practice: Boston Confidential (1999) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Best of Film Noir (1999) (Video)
Poster shown.
Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
In L.A. Confidential, both a maroon Mercury coupe and the Pantages Theatre play important roles; in Gone In Sixty Seconds, a maroon Mercury coupe is stolen from in front of the Pantages Theatre.
Angel: First Impressions (2000) (TV Episode)
Cordelia says Gunn should act more like Guy Pearce in L.A. Confidential
Dawson's Creek: Self Reliance (2000) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mr. Brooks.
James Ellroy's Feast of Death (2001)
their is a large one sheet poster of LA con. during one of the interviews with james ellroy
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001) (Video Game)
The phrase "hush-hush" and the way the character says it is directly based off of Danny DeVito's way of saying it.
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Minority Report (2002)
Danny Witwer/Jack Vincennes goes to Burgess's/Dudley Smith's home to discuss the case, only to be killed because what he knows will soon implicate Burgess/Smith.
Dark Blue (2002)
Corruption at LAPD
Mystic River (2003)
Cited by screenwriter Brian Helgeland as influence.
44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out (2003) (TV Movie)
One of the cops compares real life cops to movie cops and specifically mentions how it's not like "LA Confidential, Heat or Joe Friday."
101 Biggest Celebrity Oops (2004) (TV Special)
Actors turn down roles: Rene Russo and Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jersey Girl (2004)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Mystic River: From Page to Screen (2004) (TV Short)
mentioned once
Triple Threat (2005) (Video)
Michael says that he has been studying a movie starring Kevin Spacey, La Confidential (1997)
The O.C.: The O.C. Confidential (2005) (TV Episode)
title reference
A History of Violence (2005)
In the beginning of the movie Billy's shirt reads "Night Owl Cafe" -- a reference to the cafe and murders therein that were central to the plot of L.A. Confidential.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (2005) (Video Game)
A mission in GTA:LCS is named 'L.C. Confidential' parodying the name of this title.
Sleeper Cell: Family (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by Lynn
Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light (2006) (Video)
James Ellroy, Brian Helgeland and Peter Honess are credited in connection with this film.
The Girls Next Door: Here's Looking at You, Hef (2006) (TV Episode)
Kendra's birthday present is a poster inspired by the movie
The Black Dahlia (2006)
District Attorney Ellis Lowe appears in both movies, played by different actors. The stories come from the same book series.
Blackout - Die Erinnerung ist tödlich (2006) (TV Mini-Series)
the cops talk about L.A. Confidential
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Russell Crowe mentions Bisbee Arizona here and in L.A. Confidential (1997) in which he co-starred with Kim Basinger.
Dancing with the Stars: Series 7 Grand Final (2007) (TV Episode)
In the introduction, Daryl Somers suggests that Sonia Kruger reminds him of someone from L.A. Confidential.
Numb3rs: Blowback (2008) (TV Episode)
Lynn mentions falling asleep on her couch watching "LA Confidential." The plot of the episode is loosely based on the film.
Hollywood Mouth (2008)
The Frolic Room cocktail lounge location on Hollywood Boulevard is shown.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 5 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $250,000 question, and included in a $16,000 question
Cleanflix (2009)
director interviewed
Brief Film Reviews: My DVD/Blu-Ray Collection (2010) (TV Episode)
DVD cover shown.
Puppet Master: Axis of Evil (2010) (Video)
The spy the Germans are looking for is named Rolo Tomassi.
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day: Jennifer Todd (2010) (TV Episode)
Jennifer Todd mentions this movie during interview
Southland: Fixing a Hole (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
L.A. Noire (2011) (Video Game)
Shares some similar cases, atmosphere and plot points. It even shares some of the same actors.
Excuse Me for Living (2012)
Dan says Hush-hush! Top secret and on the QT
Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic (2012) (Video)
Monsters Universiteit (2013)
When they first meet, Mike tells Randall to "lose the glasses" to become a more effective scarer. In L.A. Confidential, Guy Pearce's character wears similar glasses, and is advised to "lose the glasses" by his superior, when he was made a detective lieutenant.
Suits: The Other Time (2013) (TV Episode)
Harvey decides to use the Nite Owl murders as a reference, and Cameron informs him that he cannot use L.A. Confidential as inspiration.
The Cinema Snob: Caddyshack II (2014) (TV Episode)
"Thanks, Guy Pearce from L.A. Confidential."
Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014)
Formosa Cafe location is shown.
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #5.28 (2015) (TV Episode)
Subject of a question; poster shown
The Blacklist: The Director (No. 24) (2016) (TV Episode)
The use of the story about Tommy Markin is nearly identical to the story about Rollo Tomasi.
The Chase Australia: Episode #2.42 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Andrew O'Keefe as a possible answer to a question about the movie in which Matt Damon plays a gifted university janitor asked when Sue and the Chaser go head to head.
Paralytic (2016)
The bedroom scene is a near shot-for-shot homage to one in L.A. Confidential.
The Nice Guys (2016)
Just before Judith Kuttner (Kim Basinger) appears, Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) is asked if he's the diner guy. In L.A. Confidential, Crowe plays a cop investigating murders at a diner.
The Chase Australia: Episode #2.97 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Andrew O'Keefe as a possible answer to a question about which Guy Pearce crime thriller features reverse chronology asked when Kat and the Chaser go head to head.
The Task: Pilot (2016) (TV Episode)
It is referenced.
NCIS: New Orleans: NOLA Confidential (2017) (TV Episode)
title reference
Endeavour: Icarus (2018) (TV Episode)
The bloody shoot-out at Eddie Nero's pub, resulting in several deaths on both sides, may be inspired by the massacre at the Nite Owl Cafe in Curtis Hanson's film.
iZombie: My Really Fair Lady (2018) (TV Episode)
Babineaux says he learned to be a detective from this movie
The Cinema Snob: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (2018) (TV Episode)
The Snob mentions it and a poster is shown.
Take the Tower: Episode #1.3 (2018) (TV Episode)
Title referenced in one of the questions.
Take the Tower: Episode #1.5 (2018) (TV Episode)
Trivia questions loosely connected to the title of the film.


Noah's Outing (1932) (Short)
watched on tv by nude rapist
De wreker (1942)
Lynn and a client watch the movie at her home using a small projector
The Perry Como Show (1948) (TV Series)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Bud and Lynn watch the movie in a theater

Featured in 

Siskel & Ebert & the Movies: The Best Films of 1997 (1998) (TV Episode)
Siskel's #2 pick; Ebert's #7 pick.
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1998) (TV Special)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Academy of Robots' Choice Awards Special (1998) (TV Special)
Features clips from this film.
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV Special)
L.A. Confidential: Off the Record... (1998) (Video)
clips shown
If We Picked the Winners (1998) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown for all the major Oscar nominees.
Central Casting (2000)
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
footage appears throughout
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.30 (2010) (TV Episode)
a clip is included in a montage of Russell Crowe films
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Robin Hood/Letters to Juliet/Just Wright (2010) (TV Episode)
Ellen's #2 Russel Crow line
The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Post-War Cinema (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.202 (2012) (TV Episode)
Clip of Ellis Loew being dangled out a window is juxtaposed between conflicting Martin O'Malley interviews
WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Conspiracy Movies (2012) (TV Episode)
L.A. Confidential is #5.
Uvda: Episode #20.1 (2013) (TV Episode)
A short clip
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014) (TV Movie)
clips from the Best Art Direction nominee are shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Detectives (2014) (TV Episode)
Det. Lt. Edmund Exley is #7.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Neo-Noir Films (2014) (TV Episode)
L.A. Confidential is #4.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Shootouts (2014) (TV Episode)
Victory Motel Shootout is #9.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Kevin Spacey Performances (2014) (TV Episode)
Det. Sgt. Jack Vincennes is #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Serious Movie Interrogation Scenes (2014) (TV Episode)
Good Cop, Angry Cop is #9.
WatchMojo: Another Top 10 Unexpected Movie Deaths (2014) (TV Episode)
The death of Det. Sgt. Jack Vincennes is #4.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Crime Epics (2014) (TV Episode)
L.A. Confidential is #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Murder Mystery Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
L.A. Confidential is #6.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Double-Crossing Movie Mentors (2016) (TV Episode)
Capt. Dudley Smith gets an honorable mention.
Have You Seen My Movie? (2016)
The film contains highlights of this movie
The Oscars (2018) (TV Special)
Best Supporting Actress montage


Dragnet (1951) (TV Series)
The series "Badge of Honor" is an imitation of "Dragnet", with the lead character using the phrase "Just the facts"

Spoofed in 

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Harry's game of Russian roulette while asking the suspect "Where is the girl?"

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