30. Batman (1989)
Episode: Last Exit To Springfield (Season 4)
The original moment: The camp, gothic-horror reaction of villain Jack Napier to his new face, following a dunk in caustic acid and plastic surgery. He grabs the surgeon’s mirror and laughs, manically, as he sees The Joker for the first time…
The Simpsons moment: With union negotiations leaving the Simpsons without dental insurance, Lisa has a set of cheap and monstrous braces fitted, reacting to her new smile just like Tim Burton’s comic book nasty.
29. Apocalypse Now (1979)
Episode: Lisa The Beauty Queen (Season 4)
The original moment: GIs in Vietnam are treated to a show from a group of Playboy bunnies, but the lusty grunts turn the spotlight event into a riot and the girls are air-lifted to safety.
The Simpsons moment: Guest-starring Bob Hope presents Lisa – reigning Miss Springfield – to a group of soldiers at Fort Springfield. Expecting a full-grown beauty queen, they revolt (‘First Tony Randall cancels, now this!’) and Bob and Lisa escape in a chopper.
28. Goodfellas (1990)
Episode: Bart The Murderer (Season 3)
The original moment: ‘As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster.’ Scorsese’s teenage Henry Hill shows his flash new suit to his disapproving Ma.
The Simpsons moment: Having fallen in with the local mafia following a baseball accident, Bart starts earning money as their bartender, and buys a suit just like Henry. The ep also has references to The Godfather, The French Connection and The St Valentine’s Day Massacre.