The 10 Most Memorable Movie Refrigerators

A dear friend of mine passed away the other day. This friend was there for me every step of the way. In my toughest times, my friend was always right there with a cold beer. When I wanted to grab a bite to eat, my friend knew just the right meal. And no matter how hot-tempered I was, my friend always stayed cool. That’s because my friend was a refrigerator, and it finally crapped out on me the other day. In honor of my once trusty, but now dead, fridge, I created this list of the 10 most memorable movie refrigerators.

Ghostbusters (1984)
My poor, deceased refrigerator fortunately didn’t have a lot of perishable items in it. If it had, I’d be deathly concerned that it would transform into a rotten dimension crawling with gatekeepers. And that thought never would have crossed my mind if not for Dana Barrett’s fridge in Ghostbusters.

The Odd Couple (1968)
If you’re a screenwriter and you want to illustrate that a character is a slob, a refrigerator is a really quick and easy way to do it. And that’s exactly what happened in The Odd Couple when Oscar was asked why his sandwiches were green. “It’s either very new cheese,” he said, “or very old meat.”

Wall-E (2008)
Most refrigerators you’ll see on this list house grisly items but Wall-E scores one for the good guys. The refrigerator in Wall-E contains the hope that all of mankind can one day return to Earth, thanks to a well-preserved plant. The irony is that the fridge itself has been dead for hundreds of years. And yet, there it is protecting the plant.

Quick! Get to the refrigerator!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Apparently, 2008 was a banner year for refrigerators in movies. This qualifies for the list in a schaudenfreude sort of way, because it’s only memorable for how laughable it was. If you’re an Indy fan at all, then you know the schtick. To survive a nuclear blast, Indy hides in a fridge in a desert. It’s the antithesis of Wall-E, where a fridge keeps something around that SHOULD be kept around. This was so memorable for all of the wrong reasons that it even spawned a phrase- “nuked the fridge”- to describe a beloved series disappointing its fans.

American Psycho (2000)
As The Odd Couple illustrates, the bachelor fridge is a trusty trope of TV and film writers. American Psycho twists this convention on its ear in a really hilarious and perverted way, placing  Patrick Bates’ sorbet right next to a model’s severed head. In fairness, I’d still eat the sorbet. It’s well contained inside that carton.

Requiem for a Dream (2000)
It would appear that 2000 was a banner year for refrigerators in movies, as well. Face it. When you’ve eaten too many diet pills and your refrigerator tries to eat you, the only way to calm everything down is with the dulcet tones of Shooter McGavin in an infomercial. Also, let’s not lose sight of something here. Don’t blame the fridge. Blame the drugs. The fridge is blameless.

The Muppets (2011)
I’ve never actually seen anything in my refrigerator that could talk. But if I did, I’d call in the Swedish Chef and his flamethrower. Really, any muppet with a flamethrower would work, but certainly the Swedish Chef’s culinary background makes him more qualified than most.

Repulsion (1965)
Other refrigerators are memorable for the way they were used. This one is memorable for the way it wasn’t used. If Carol (Catherine Denueve) had only put that damned rabbit corpse in the refrigerator, maybe she wouldn’t have lost her mind.

The Machinist (2004)
The idea of finding unwanted post-it notes hanging on my refrigerator is enough to make me want to become a gaunt insomniac. And since my refrigerator is currently out of order, the gaunt part of that equation just become a little bit easier. Also, since this is the second time Bale appears on the list, he’s the King of the Memorable Refrigerator.

The Wasp Woman (1959)
Suppose for a minute that you’re ever fired from a honey farm for questionable wasp experimentation. And while harvesting the royal jelly from queen wasps, you discover an anti-aging enzyme. How else are you going to preserve it? If you can name a better way than a refrigerator to do it, I need to hear it now.

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30 responses to “The 10 Most Memorable Movie Refrigerators

  1. I was really digging this list and then I got to the Indiana Jones fridge and was reminded of how much that movie pissed me off. Now my morning is ruined.

  2. Although a fan of Indy, I was told that the crystal skull was not worth seeing and now I know why. Thanks for your lists, they always bring a smile to my face and this was no exception.

    • impsndcnma

      You should see Crystal Skull. Although it’s blaspheme around the internet I actually find the 4th film better than Temple of Doom. Take that as you will.

    • Thanks, Dave. Did you ever end up seeing Crystal Skull? It’s one I love to make fun of. I’m trying hard to get beyond being snobby about movies, but there are some where I can’t help making fun of them. Crystal Skull is one.

  3. A unique post, indeed, love it. Great list.

  4. Excellent post- pleasantly surprised you have “Wasp Woman” on the list! However, you missed my all-time favorite, the refrigerator that houses “The Stuff”- that’s all I need, open the fridge door and see disco dancing yogurt!

  5. Sorry that you lost this friend. I’m sure you’ll find someone else who could hand you a cold one and stay cool. It won’t be the same but it will be different.
    I always think of Ghostbusters when I come home with my groceries. Especially when I forget my eggs on the island of the kitchen.

  6. impsndcnma

    Sorry for your loss.

    When I saw the title for this article I instantly thought…”Indiana Jones better be included” and there it was! For everything the latest Indy movie did wrong they sure made the refrigerator iconic on a whole new level.

  7. goregirl

    So sorry to hear about your fridge….I hope you drank the beer before it got warm! Be sure to leave it out where children can play with it. The kids do love their old appliances! I’m with Karl…the first flick I thought of was THE STUFF. It may actually hold some type of record for showing the contents of refridgerators more often than any other film. And of course there is the “classic” early 90s horror film The Refrigerator…oh yeah keymaster I got a gate for you to open! Yep, you bet..killer fridge! I think a lot of horror films feature refridgerators if you work in fleeting moments where they find heads in fridges and body parts in freezers. Not much can top the Ghostbusters icebox scene though! Poor Carol…didn’t anyone tell her trix was for kids? “Bale is the King of the Memorable Refrigerator” -you really tickle me sir…these lists always give me a chuckle.

  8. FilmFather

    How about honorable mention to a newcomer…the fridge from The Raid: Redemption (jump to 3:30 mark if you’re busy)…

  9. Sorry for your loss. But, b/c I’m a jerk…. No mention of the fridge in 9 & 1/2 weeks? Gah! ;)

  10. this all reminds me of this great skecth … hope it is new to you!!

  11. I would also like to mention the one in 9 1/2 weeks, just because it was important for that scene ;)

  12. Sorry to hear about your friend John. Interestingly, two of my co-workers just got a new fridge so when I saw this post I started laughing!! Great list here, I don’t usually pay attention to refrigerators but now that I see this, I immediately remember the one in 9 1/2 Weeks, ahah, same like Nostra I guess :)

    • There’s a dirty confession… I’ve never actually seen 9 1/2 Weeks. I remember seeing it at the video store when I was a kid and thinking “There’s no way my parents will let me watch that”.

      • Ahah, I’m surprised by that John, I mean even I have watched it, and I usually don’t go for that kind of movies. Now you’re old enough to watch it so go for it ;)

  13. ilovethatfilm

    It’s all about Requiem for a Dream. That fridge would be best dead and buried. Terrifying bastard!

  14. JR

    In the not-very-good 1982 slasher Madman (a Friday the 13th ripoff), a character being chased by the killer hides in a refrigerator, possibly the dumbest decision I’ve seen a character make in a horror movie.

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