9. The Natural (1984)
Episode: Homer At The Bat (Season 3)
The original moment: Baseball prodigy Roy Hobbs carves a bat from the ruin of a blasted tree under which his father died, and calls it Wonder Boy. He goes on to resist the pressure of corruption in the pro game.
The Simpsons moment: During the softball season in Springfield, the workers of the nuclear power plant start their own team led by Homer, with his homemade slugger called Wonder Bat, also made from a blasted tree.
8. Ben-Hur (1959)
Episode: Saturdays Of Thunder (Season 3)
The original moment: A climactic chariot race where Heston’s slave-turned-charioteer Ben-Hur settles a score with old enemy Messala, whose cart has barbed wheels to attack his rivals.
The Simpsons moment: Bart takes up Soap Box racing and builds his own street racer to compete against Martin and Nelson, whose cart has barbed wheels. The grinding shots during the final face-off are nabbed straight from the biblical epic.
7. The Godfather (1972)
Episode: Lisa’s Pony (Season 3)
The original moment: Hollywood studio boss Jack Woltz is persuaded to give Corleone family friend Johnny Fontane another crack at stardom after finding the severed head of his prize horse Khartoum under his silk sheets.
The Simpsons moment: Lisa screams when she wakes to find a horse’s head in her bed – but the rest of the animal is attached, and it turns out to be her ruinously expensive birthday present, called Princess.