You have to be hungry to make it in Hollywood so maybe that’s why there were so many choices to select from when compiling a list of the 10 best movies about food. Or, maybe filmmakers just can’t resist the undeniable seductiveness of cooking on film in practically every genre – here are the best in the cornucopia.
- “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" From the scrumpdiliciously Wonka Bars that hold the golden ticket to the Everlasting Gobstoppers to the chocolate river that runs through it all, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" is the best movie about food ever made. And it’s far tastier than Tim Burton’s re-imagining “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
- "Julie and Julia" This flick had all the ingredients to make the list of the best movies about food. A heaping portion of America’s sweetheart Amy Adams as the blogger on a mission to whip up all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in one year. A dash of Meryl Streep as the TV legend on a culinary journey to master French cuisine. And a perfectly saccharine director, Nora Ephron, to stir it all together. Voilà.
- "Big Night" This 1996 film written, directed by, and starring Stanley Tucci won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. Set in the 1950’s, Two Italian brothers and restaurateurs prepare for the promised arrival of singer Louis Prima with a gorgeous feast. In this richly visual film, the onscreen meal unfolds like a gigantic and super glossy edition of the elegant food in gourmet magazines.
- "Diner" The best scenes in Barry Levinson’s first and finest film play out in the Fells Point diner. The understated comedy about a group of 1950’s friends at crossroads in their lives, occurs amidst the food in the local Baltimore eatery where Steve Guttenberg can’t stop asking, “Are you gonna eat that?”
- "Ratatouille" This Academy Award winning masterpiece is the best movie about food in the animation genre. The heartwarming tale follows a rat named Remy who dreams of being a French chef and befriends a restaurant garbage boy to realize his goal. Animators actually went to cooking school to make the culinary creations in this movie look as delicious as possible.
- "Supersize Me" If Morgan Spurlock’s documentary doesn’t make you look at the way you eat differently, then none of the list of best movies about food ever will. The filmmaker’s quest to eat only McDonald’s for 30 days is a shocking testament to the affects of fast food on the human body.
- "The Joy Luck Club" This multi-generational epic film makes the list of the best movies about food because the meals represent the heart of the film. Each feast becomes a loving bond between friends, mothers, and daughters.
- "Eat Drink Man Woman" In Ang Lee’s film food becomes a metaphor for communication and love in a series of flawed relationships. With each meal that is cooked, a bond is forged, a feeling expressed, in this most beautifully filmed addition to the best movies about food.
- "Chocolat" As if the name wasn’t enticing enough to any food-loving viewer, director Lasse Hallströmmade the movie even more appealing by casting Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. When Binoche’s character opens her own chocolate shop, she also opens her heart to the possibility of love with Depp. Their love affair is delicious.
- "Like Water For Chocolate" This film directed by Alfonso Arau is the most romantic on the list of best movies about food. Food is a catalyst for feelings of happiness and passion in this masterpiece about star-crossed lovers, who although forced to be apart are destined to be together. Their desire is reflected in the meaning of the film’s title, a common expression of passionate feelings in Mexico.
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