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There aren’t many movies out there where pizza plays the starring role, but these flicks would be nothing without that saucy, cheesy goodness.

Spaceballs (1987)

Pizza The Hutt, perhaps the greatest fictional character in all of pizza, had a major role in Spaceballs. The half man, half pizza is one of the most notorious Hutt crime lords in the galaxy and his name does play off of the franchise Pizza Hut. Did you know the costume was made with real cheese?

Mystic Pizza (1988)

Mystic Pizza (Image source:

When three teenage girls work in a pizza parlor in Mystic, CT, there is bound to be some serious girl talk and growing up. Think an 80s version Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but with pizza.

Do The Right Thing (1989)

Do The Right Thing

The pizza place serves as the center of the plot in this movie. When the boss and Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn has his Wall of Fame include pictures of Italian actors, a neighborhood local becomes upset and believes that since it is in a black neighborhood, the pizzeria should feature black actors as well.

Home Alone (1990)

(Image credit: 20th Century Fox)

It is near impossible to watch Home Alone and not want a cheese pizza. After all, it’s Kevin’s dream to have his “very own cheese pizza,” and the iconic moment when he is home alone and finally gets his own piping hot pie from Little Nero’s on a cold winter’s night. When you think about it, if his brother Buzz had not eaten the first pizza the night before the family left for Paris, Kevin would not have been banished to the attic, later forced to protect his home from burglars.

The film’s sequel takes on New York’s pizza, when Kevin enjoys yet another perfect plain cheese pie in a limousine complete with a refreshing can of Coca Cola on his way to the toy store, upon getting lost in New York while his family vacations in Florida.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

They’re turtles named after Italian Renaissance artists who kick butt and eat pizza in a sewer. Perfectly normal. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had every ‘90s kid clad in green gear with a colored bandanna eating pizza for lunch growing up. Those heroes in a half shell made pizza that much cooler.

Mr. Deeds (2002)

Mr. Deeds (Image source:; credit: Columbia Pictures)

Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler) runs a pizzeria in the small town of Mandrake Falls, NH. He also writes greeting cards on the side. Seems like a pretty easy, cheesy job. It gets better when he receives a massive fortune from his great-uncle, leading to a major news story and an even bigger romance.

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Jennifer Fauci
Jennifer Fauci is the former managing editor of Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group's award-winning special sections and Anton’s local magazines. Her passion for literature, travel and the arts lend to the unique content in her publications. In her time at Anton, she has received first place in the Folio Awards, second place for the NYPA awards and is the recipient of six PCLI awards.

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