Friday's Top Five: Mall movies
December 16th, 2011
09:45 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: Mall movies

There are only 8 shopping days left to find holiday gifts, and less than that if your family will be frying latkes.

As a result, your local shopping mall may be terrifyingly packed, and for many Americans, the thought of parking lots, bypassing kiosk salespersons, and dining at the food court isn’t high on the to-do list.

Next to high school, the shopping mall is probably the most popular setting in the suburban genre. So if you’re set on fighting the crowds and can tolerate the offers to floss your eyebrows, I’d recommend watching some movies that have featured these suburban jungles.  At least then you’ll have a better idea of what you’ll be getting yourself into before heading out.

Tell us what films you think best capture a trip to the mall.  Here are our picks:

1. "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982): “Look at you: member of the honor roll, assistant to the assistant manager of the movie theater. I'm tellin' ya, Rat, if this girl can't smell your qualifications, then who needs her, right?” – Mike Damone

2. "Mallrats" (1995): “Eateries that operate within the designated square downstairs count as food court. Anything outside of said designated square counts as an autonomous unit for mid-mall snacking.” – Brodie

3. "Dawn of the Dead" (1978): As the synopsis goes, “Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.”

4. "Scenes from a Mall" (1991): “Eleven hundred bucks for sushi already. That's a lot of dead fish.” – Nick Fifer

5. "Bad Santa" (2003): Tagline? “He doesn't care if you're naughty or nice.”

Honorable Mention:

"Observe and Report" (2009): A more vulgar version of "Paul Blart: Mall Cop."

"Paul Blart: Mall Cop" (2009): For more vulgarity, see "Observe and Report."

"Night of the Comet" (1984): “THE STORES ARE OPEN!” – Regina Belmont

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  1. PlanetDrew80

    Blues brothers in the only one I like and think of with the best mall scean where Elwood decide tto drive the Blue Brother mobile into the whole intire mall and crash into the music shopp. Then Elwood saids The new modles are in, then saids about a hair cut and then Jake saids this place has everything.

    December 23, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Zuri

    Best mall scene was The Blues Brothers.

    December 16, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. @1:21

    Still playing your games, i see.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. smithy

    "The Human Centipede" starring the Kartrashian family.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. C

    I was shocked to see two of my favorite movies make the list(Dawn of the Dead, Mallrats).

    Oh and Observe and Report was terrible, absolute crap but I guess Paul Blurt was too.

    December 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. @aod

    Hi evel. How u luv ?

    December 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anomic Office Drone

    Why does Paul Blart: Mall Cop get an honorable mention?

    December 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Skegeeace

    Bad Santa was so freakin' hilarious! Poor John Ritter...may he RIP.

    December 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Forrest

    I clicked in expecting to find fault with this Mall Movie list, and was pleasantly surprised to see that I agreed with all the choices. Excellent list. Though I do agree with an above poster that Jingle All The Way should have been included, as well. Just wouldn't take any out for it. Maybe a top 6 list.

    December 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jefe

    Good list, but the best Mall Scene is from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

    December 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. @guest

    We still have all of those and a drive in about 2O minutes away.

    December 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bob

    What??? No Chopping Mall??

    December 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arjay Em

      Chopping Mall! First movie I thought of when I saw the headline. Then I got upset with myself cause I didnt thik of Mallrats first. One of my all time favorites!

      December 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. aguest245

    How is Mannequin not on this list????

    December 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. @@guest -11:50

    I'm sure NJ hates you too swamp rat. lol

    December 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sarah S

    love Fast Times and Mallrats. and @Guest where i live we still have all those things.

    December 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  16. @guest

    @DeeNYC I hate N.J.

    December 16, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  17. @guest

    There's still a drive-in near Nashville,Tennessee.

    December 16, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |

    There's a drive-in near Nashville,Tennessee.

    December 16, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
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    December 16, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  20. Guest

    Do people still go to malls since the advent of the Internet?
    Ever since the late 90s,Ive seen movie theaters go out of business,bowling alleys,arcades(they dont even put arcade games in food places anymore)no more traveling carnivals(although those things werent that safe to begin with)no skating rinks,no,umm

    I cant remember what else we dont have anymore

    December 16, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • DeeNYC

      ever been to new jersey? nothing to do there but go to malls and eat chain restaurant food.

      December 16, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • ajack008

      Are you being sarcastic???? Do people still go to malls??? From Boston to NJ to Md/DC/Va...from Atlanta to Baton Rouge, I can attest that yes! People are still going to malls.

      December 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Mall Baby

    No Mall Rats? That was filmed at my local mall. No Jingle All the Way? Filmed at the Mall of America. Seeing the Bad Santa poster just reminds me that Bernie Mac is missed.

    December 16, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  22. monkeys

    The top 3 are all super good movies. I really agree with the choices.

    December 16, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  23. Lords and Taylor

    Yes,forgot Firsty woopee.

    December 16, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  24. Lords and Taylor

    I hate malls.

    December 16, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |

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