We’re not sure which director first had to bright idea to throw a camera inside a refrigerator, but whoever it was spawned a generation of filmmakers who use it as a tool to depict everything from poverty, to insanity, to munchies-inspired food lust.

You can tell a lot about a person by what’s inside his or her fridge, which is why the refrigerator moment was such a critical part of MTV Cribs, and why one dating guru thinks he can predict romantic prospects based on the contents of singles’ fridges. No wonder the shot became a useful way to develop characters on screen.

As an homage to the classic trope, Roman Holiday put together the montage above with movie clips spanning from 1984 to 2014. Ghostbusters, Mrs. Doubtfire, A Nightmare On Elm Street 5, and The Fifth Element all get a shout-out. 

[via Foodbeast]