The best food movies and movie scenes

Ratatouille making an omelet

We’re doing a two-part food and movie blog this weekend in honor of the Oscars. Today we’re looking at two compilations – from Serious Eats  of  their favorite food movies  and‘s collection of chefs’s favorite movie scenes.

In 12 of Our Favorite Food Movies, Serious Eats lists movies that are either about food or have great food scenes. Here’s the list (with a few of our editorial comments):

  • Big Night
  • Babette’s Feast (Definitely – this movie personifies M.F.K. Fisher’s approach to food)
  • The Breakfast Club (not so sure about this choice, the teen angst sticks longer than the food scenes)
  • Chocolat (wow – Johnny Depp – wow)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (despite the above comment, we like the Gene Wilder version better)
  • Jir0 Dreams of Sushi
  • Fried Green Tomatoes (we ordered these for the first time just because of this movie) 
  • Tampopo
  • Eat Drink Man Woman
  • Ratatouille (defines “for all ages”)
  • When Harry Met Sally (solely for the deli scene, which you can view here at  You Tube if you haven’t seen it)
  • Julie and Julia (you’ll never love Meryl Streep more)

And turning to’s Chefs pick scenes for best screen cuisine, we find a very eclectic mix – check out the article for the explanations behind the choices:

  • The Goodfellas scene that shows Paulie slicing garlic with a razor (Fabio Viviani)
  • The scene in Hook where the grown-up Peter Pan figure (Robin Williams) joins the Lost Boys in a banquet of nonexistent ‘Neverfood.’ (Colman Andrews)
  • The scene from The Jerk, in which a gauche Steve Martin, after first ordering some ”fresh” wine, ”no more of this old stuff,” is horrified to find that his date’s plate is covered with snails (Steven Barber)
  • The dialogue between Jules and Vincent as they have breakfast at a diner in Pulp Fiction (Michael Mina)

Feel free to contribute your own selections and opinions. And stay tuned for tomorrow when we look at the best movie food fights and a tribute to 50 years of James Bond.

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  •  on  February 23, 2013

    I agree whole heartedly with Babette's Feast, Ratatouille and Chocolat – loved them, all very different. One missed 'Like Water for Chocolate' fabulous movie!

  • sir_ken_g  on  February 23, 2013

    From Tampopo is hilarious

  • Christine  on  February 23, 2013

    This makes me want to go watch Chocolat (again!) — I love that movie and have to agree with your commentary ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Solarkite  on  February 23, 2013

    The best food scene for me was eloquence exhibited in Solent Green. A moment of bliss from a veneer of jelly on a spoon. A shared meager feast that reminds one of how fortunate we are to be able to indulge in cookbooks.
    And of course Tampopo rocks the existential gourmet.

  •  on  February 25, 2013

    One of the movie food scenes that always stuck with me was the escargot scene in Pretty Woman. It was awkward and endearing, and had an 'I know the feeling' quality for me. Every once in a while I go to a restaurant and order something that seems to require instructions to eat. If none are forthcoming… comedy ensues.

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