Food fights are rarely as epic in real life as they are onscreen, but maybe that’s because we’re not doing it right. Take your queues from the best food fight moments ever committed to film.
In no particular order (don’t ask us to choose), the best food fights on film are (drum roll, please)…
1. National Lampoon’s Animal House
As the lovably disgusting and totally outrageous Bluto in National Lampoon’s Animal House, John Belushi started one of the most epic food fights in history.
2. The Public Enemy
In The Public Enemy, James Cagney’s gangster-on-the-rise character is none too happy when his best gal, played by Mae Clarke, doesn’t have any booze for his breakfast and gives her a face full of grapefruit in protest.
Who could ever forget the playful food fight between a now-grown Peter Pan, portrayed by the late, great Robin Williams, and his Lost Boy pals? Bangarang! (Sorry, Tink…)
4. Blazing Saddles
In a movie this self-aware, it’s no surprise to see the actors break the fourth wall and have a pie fight with the tourists in the Warner Bros. cafeteria.
5. Little Darlings
Boys don’t get to have all the fun. In Little Darlings, Tatum O’Neal and Kristy McNichol start a food fight for the ages at their all-girls summer camp.
6. The Great Race
According to Wikipedia, the pie scene in The Great Race took five days to film, involved the throwing of 4,000 pies and lasted just over four minutes, making it the biggest pie fight ever filmed. It cost $200,000 to shoot, of which $18,000 was spent on pastry. They just don’t do it like they used to.
7. Fried Green Tomatoes
As this clip from Fried Green Tomatoes proves, you don’t ever insult a gal’s pastries.
8. Bugsy Malone
Perhaps the most adorable food fight ever is the one from Bugsy Malone, featuring young Jodie Foster and Scott Baio, a period gangster musical acted out by kids. Play it again, Sam!
Led by the incorrigible Droz (Jeremy Piven), Tom (Chris Young) aids in a raw assault on the campus animal rights activists.
Sometimes you have a fight using food as a weapon. Other people, like Rocky, prefer to use their fists as a weapon in a fight with food.
11. Dawn of the Dead
What’s missing from The Walking Dead? Throwing pies at zombies, of course.
12. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Sometimes a strawberry has to do what a strawberry has to do.
13. Whip It
We always suspected Drew Barrymore wasn’t to be trusted around foods that can be used as projectiles.
The reason Matilda is such a great move? All the moments we wished we could do in real life — like chasing away the big bully just by chucking food at her.
15. It Takes Two
Need to cause a diversion? Start a food fight. You got it, dude!