- In the 2012 film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road, the book is seen as a connecting element between the film's three protagonists: Sal Paradise, Dean Moriarty, and Marylou.
- Andy Warhol's book, A La Recherche du Shoe Perdu (1955), marked Warhol's "transition from commercial to gallery artist".
- In Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 (2009), the main character Aomame spends an entire fall locked in an apartment, where the book becomes her only entertainment. Aomame's days are spent eating, sleeping, working out, staring off the balcony to the city below and the moon above, and slowly reading through Lost Time.
- The television series Monty Python's Flying Circus references the book and its author in two separate episodes. In the "Fish Licence" sketch, Mr. Praline mentions that Proust "had an 'addock" as a pet fish, and warns "if you're calling the author of À la recherche du temps perdu a looney, I shall have to ask you to step outside!" Additionally, there is a sketch entitled "The All-England Summarize Proust Competition," in which contestants are required to summarize all seven volumes of the book in 15 seconds.
- The novel is referenced in Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1975 film Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom.
- The television series "Gilmore Girls" references the book and its author in Season 3, Episode 17: "A Tale of Poes and Fire." Rory goes to visit her friend Paris, who's been in bed for five days after being rejected from Harvard. Paris says, "Proust wrote all 3,000 pages of In Search of Lost Time in bed. If it's good enough for him..."
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