Great Food Films...by L P | created - 21 Feb 2013 | updated - 5 days ago | Public
Films [and a few shows] with, or about food/drink, cooking, baking, restaurants, pubs, eating, and/or meals [some, more so, than others (may be for one memorable scene)].
In no particular order after 10...
Thank you for the great comments, Mir, Simon, Jason, Yana, Splatter, Aji, Chris Bct, Yvette, Chris SK, Manish, Terri, Liarnie, Julia, Kyuketsuki, and Evelyne!
Evelyne B, thank you for the intro to your CulturEatz.com; it's a thoroughly delectable site.
Kyuketsuki, I've added 'Food Wars' based on your suggestion and look forward to opportunities to view it!
Mir Mayo, although many of your suggestions were already included on the list, you had some very intriguing suggestions that were not: "Stanley Ka Dabba", "Queen", "Tsukiji uogashi sandaime", "Mildred Pierce", and "Mistura", among others...thank you!
Jason, Splatter & Aji, thanks for the suggestions; I look forward to finding and viewing each of those films!
Jason, thank you for sharing your film 'Trattoria' ; I particularly look forward to experiencing this film. Any chance for a Ntflx listing?
Simon, I don't recall that film, but it does sound like something I should've seen/should see; if it comes up, I'll be sure to post! Any additional details would be helpful [was it an English language film?, made in US/UK?, etc.]...one possibility is, "The Linguini Incident" , w/Marlee Matlin?
Yana, 'SK' is currently at #206; thanks.
Manish, yes, apart from KB, #15's '9 1/2 Weeks' does have a little something to do with food...! ;) Additionally, it also had a prequel and sequel produced.
Yvette, 'Hundred Foot Journey' IS a wonderful film; I'm surprised you didn't see it listed at #35?...
Chris Bct, could you be speaking of #46's 'Woman on Top' with Penelope Cruz...?
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1. Como agua para chocolate (1992)
R | 105 min | Drama, Romance
When tradition prevents her from marrying the man she loves, a young woman discovers she has a unique talent for cooking.
Votes: 14,732 | Gross: $21.67M
NC-17 | 124 min | Crime, Drama
The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband's restaurant.
Votes: 29,396 | Gross: $7.72M
3. Chocolat (2000)
PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, Romance
A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.
Votes: 160,622 | Gross: $71.51M
5. Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
Unrated | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members.
Votes: 15,218 | Gross: $7.29M
6. Les émotifs anonymes (2010)
PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy, Romance
What happens when a man and a woman share a common passion? They fall in love. And this is what happens to Jean-René, the boss of a small chocolate factory, and Angélique, a gifted ... See full summary »
7. Mostly Martha (2001)
PG | 109 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama
When a headstrong chef takes charge of her equally stubborn 8-year-old niece, the tensions between them mount... until an Italian sous-chef arrives to lighten the mood.
Votes: 7,179 | Gross: $4.16M
8. Tampopo (1985)
Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy
A truck driver stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business. The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food.
Votes: 11,308 | Gross: $0.22M
9. Delicatessen (1991)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.
Votes: 71,293 | Gross: $1.79M
10. Babette's Feast (1987)
G | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
During the late 19th century, a strict religious community in a Danish village takes in a French refugee from the Franco-Prussian War as a servant to the late pastor's daughters.
Votes: 15,144 | Gross: $4.40M
11. Fast Food Nation (2006)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An ensemble piece examining the health risks involved in the fast food industry and its environmental and social consequences as well.
Votes: 21,883 | Gross: $1.00M
12. Julie & Julia (2009)
PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book.
Votes: 87,834 | Gross: $94.13M
14. The Lunchbox (2013)
PG | 104 min | Drama, Romance
A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.
Votes: 38,014 | Gross: $4.23M
15. 9½ Weeks (1986)
R | 117 min | Drama, Romance
A woman gets involved in an impersonal affair with a man. She barely knows about his life, only about the sex games they play, so the relationship begins to get complicated.
Votes: 32,304 | Gross: $6.73M
16. The Baker's Wife (1938)
Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama
In this little Provencal village, a new baker, Aimable, settles down. His wife Aurelie is beautiful and much younger than he. She departs with a shepherd the night after Aimable produces ... See full summary »
17. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical
Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything.
Votes: 146,083 | Gross: $4.00M
18. The Van (1996)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama
The third installment of Irish author Roddy Doyle's 'Barrytown Trilogy', following 'The Commitments' and 'The Snapper', depicts the hilarious yet poignant adventures of Bimbo. Upon being ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,759 | Gross: $0.62M
19. Le Chef (2012)
PG-13 | 84 min | Comedy
A veteran chef faces off against his restaurant group's new CEO, who wants to the establishment to lose a star from its rating in order to bring in a younger chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy.
Votes: 14,027 | Gross: $0.34M
20. Flakes (2007)
Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy
A cereal bar manager with dreams of making it big as a rock star, is admired by the locals in town until a greedy capitalist steals his entrepreneurial business.
Votes: 3,208 | Gross: $0.00M
21. Hotel Splendide (2000)
98 min | Comedy
The Hotel Splendide is on a remote and cold island, accessible only by a once-a-month ferry. It's a dark and dreary spa created by the late Dame Blanche, whose grown children now run the ... See full summary »
22. The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)
Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A little girl, Mui, went to a house as a new servant. The mother still mourns the death of her daughter, who would have been Mui's age. In her mind she treated Mui as her daughter. 10 years... See full summary »
Votes: 6,737 | Gross: $1.91M
23. Marie Antoinette (2006)
PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History
The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.
Votes: 87,352 | Gross: $15.96M
24. Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti (1996)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Romance
The story of Pascal Ichak, a larger-than-life French traveller, bon vivant, and chef, who falls in love with Georgia and a Georgian princess in the early 1920s. All is well until the ... See full summary »
Votes: 521 | Gross: $0.60M
25. Après Vous (2003)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Romance
Antoine (Auteuil) saves Louis (Garcia) from hanging himself, though in his attempt to get Louis back on his feet, Antoine gets caught in a romantic triangle.
Votes: 2,806 | Gross: $0.83M
26. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
PG | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.
Votes: 358,245 | Gross: $206.46M
27. Sideways (2004)
R | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.
Votes: 160,795 | Gross: $71.50M
28. My Dinner with Andre (1981)
PG | 110 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Two old friends meet for dinner; as one tells anecdotes detailing his experiences, the other notices their differing worldviews.
Votes: 13,800 | Gross: $5.25M
29. The Ramen Girl (2008)
PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An American woman is stranded in Tokyo after breaking up with her boyfriend. Searching for direction in life, she trains to be a râmen chef under a tyrannical Japanese master.
30. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.
Votes: 108,972 | Gross: $241.44M
31. The Road to Wellville (1994)
R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama
A story about the ins and outs of one unusual health facility in the early twentieth century, run by the eccentric Dr. Kellogg.
Votes: 10,318 | Gross: $6.51M
32. Kebab Connection (2004)
Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
In Hamburg, Ibrahim "Ibo" Secmez, of Turkish descent, wants to direct the first German kung-fu movie. For now, he makes commercials for his uncle's kebab restaurant. Titzie, an aspiring ... See full summary »
33. What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)
PG | 80 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
In Woody Allen's directorial debut, he took the Japanese action film Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi (1965) and re-dubbed it, changing the plot to make it revolve around a secret egg salad recipe.
35. The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
PG | 122 min | Comedy, Drama
The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery.
Votes: 62,848 | Gross: $54.24M
36. Vatel (2000)
PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Vatel is in charge of the reception to the king Louis XIV. With the prince's political ambitions at stake, its essential to please him. But when he falls in love with the king's lover, passion and duty seem to contradict each other.
Votes: 6,686 | Gross: $0.05M
37. Waitress (2007)
PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep south. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness.
Votes: 39,601 | Gross: $19.07M
38. Soylent Green (1973)
PG | 97 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi
In the world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a big company CEO.
44. Bottle Shock (2008)
PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama
The story of the early days of California wine making featuring the now infamous, blind Paris wine tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as "Judgment of Paris".
Votes: 13,207 | Gross: $4.04M
45. Woman on Top (2000)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Brazilian chef Isabella Oliveira moves to San Francisco when her husband, frustrated by her motion sickness, cheats on her.
Votes: 9,113 | Gross: $5.02M
47. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
PG | 81 min | Documentary
A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.
Votes: 28,340 | Gross: $2.55M
48. The Wedding Banquet (1993)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand.
Votes: 11,785 | Gross: $6.93M
R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Musical
The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a. Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.
Votes: 305,756 | Gross: $52.90M
50. Love's Kitchen (2011)
PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Rob Haley (Dougray Scott), an up-and-coming chef and restaurateur in London, is grief-stricken when he loses his wife. With encouragement from his infamous friend and real life TV Chef ... See full summary »
51. Mid-August Lunch (2008)
Not Rated | 75 min | Comedy, Drama
Gianni is a middle-aged man living in Rome with his imposing and demanding elderly mother. His only outlet from her and the increasing debt into which they are sinking, are the increasingly... See full summary »
Votes: 3,434 | Gross: $0.67M
52. The Stuff (1985)
R | 87 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A delicious, mysterious goo that oozes from the earth is marketed as the newest dessert sensation, but the tasty treat rots more than teeth when zombie-like snackers who only want to consume more of the strange substance at any cost begin infesting the world.
53. Pane e tulipani (2000)
PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Romance
After being forgotten in a highway café during a bus trip, a housewife decides to start a new life by herself in Venice.
Votes: 8,272 | Gross: $5.31M
54. Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)
PG | 112 min | Comedy, Mystery, Crime
Mystery abounds when it is discovered that, one by one, the greatest Chefs in Europe are being killed. The intriguing part of the murders is that each chef is killed in the same manner that... See full summary »
55. Frankie and Johnny (1991)
R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Johnny has just been released from prison, and gets a job in a café beside waitress Frankie. Frankie is a bit of a loner, but Johnny is determined their romance will blossom.
Votes: 24,719 | Gross: $22.77M
56. De grønne slagtere (2003)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama
Svend and Bjarne work for a butcher in a small Danish town. Fed up with their boss' arrogance, they decide to start their own butcher shop. After dismal beginnings, an unfortunate accident ... See full summary »
Votes: 16,409 | Gross: $0.00M
57. Salmer fra kjøkkenet (2003)
PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama
A scientific observer's job of observing an old cantankerous single man's kitchen habits is complicated by his growing friendship with him.
Votes: 7,417 | Gross: $0.35M
59. L'aile ou la cuisse (1976)
104 min | Comedy, Family
Charles Duchemin, a well-known gourmet and the publisher of a famous restaurant guide, is waging a war against fast-food entrepreneur Tri-Catel to save the French art of cooking. After ... See full summary »
60. Today's Special (2009)
R | 99 min | Comedy
In this super-feel-good foodie comedy, young Manhattan chef Samir rediscovers his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food.
Votes: 5,013 | Gross: $0.40M
61. Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart (1985)
PG | 88 min | Comedy
In San Francisco, an immigrant Chinese widow welcomes the new year with some unhappiness: she's 62 now, she wants to make a trip to China to pay last respects to her ancestors, a fortune ... See full summary »
62. Sik san (1996)
95 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
The most renowned and feared chef in the world loses his title of God of Cookery because of his pompous attitude. Humbled, he sets out to reclaim his title.
63. Moonstruck (1987)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Loretta Castorini, a bookkeeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry.
Votes: 39,494 | Gross: $80.64M
65. The Search for General Tso (2014)
Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Comedy, History
Who was General Tso, and why are we eating his chicken? This feature documentary explores the origins and ubiquity of Chinese-American food through the story of an iconic sweet and spicy chicken dish.
Votes: 1,503 | Gross: $0.01M
68. Bridesmaids (I) (2011)
R | 125 min | Comedy, Romance
Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.
Votes: 235,669 | Gross: $169.11M
69. Short Order (2005)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Adventure
A little bit of life, love, and wisdom come together over one night in the culinary underbelly, where life is a buffet, and everything is "Short Order".
70. Estômago (2007)
113 min | Drama
In the great restaurant of life, there are those who eat and those who get eaten. Raimundo Nonato finds an alternative way, a life of his own: he cooks in order to survive and find a place ... See full summary »
73. Love Serenade (1996)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
In Sunray, a backwater town on Australia's Murray River, there's little to do but fish or listen to the local radio station. D.J. Ken Sherry arrives from the hustle of Brisbane to run the ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,275 | Gross: $0.58M
74. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama
A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.
Votes: 56,929 | Gross: $82.42M
77. Sweet Bean (2015)
Not Rated | 113 min | Drama
The manager of a pancake stall finds himself confronted with an odd but sympathetic elderly woman looking for work. A taste of her homemade bean jelly convinces him to hire her, which ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,465 | Gross: $0.12M
79. A Private Function (1984)
R | 92 min | Comedy
In post-war Britain, food rationing continues, leading a married couple to become involved in the flourishing bacon black market.
Votes: 2,092 | Gross: $2.53M
81. What's Cooking? (2000)
PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In LA's Fairfax district, where ethnic groups abound, four households celebrate Thanksgiving amidst family tensions. In the Nguyen family, the children's acculturation and immigrant parents... See full summary »
Votes: 2,346 | Gross: $1.04M
83. Merci pour le Chocolat (2000)
Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
In Lausanne, the aspirant pianist Jeanne Pollet has lunch with her mother Louise Pollet, her boyfriend Axel and his mother. Lenna leans that when she was born, a nurse had mistakenly told ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,164 | Gross: $0.44M
86. 18 comidas (2010)
101 min | Comedy, Drama
In the city of Santiago de Compostela, the meals are more important than just eating. The important conversations, socially and for all other reasons, are done around food. This happens one day with intertwined lives in the historic city.
87. Pieces of April (2003)
PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy, Drama
A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.
Votes: 18,707 | Gross: $2.53M
88. Chicken Tikka Masala (2005)
90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Jimi is surprised when his family announces an arranged wedding to Simran, especially as he is gay and has a boyfriend, Jack. The easy way out? No - he decides to arrange something a little unorthodox instead.
89. Mildred Pierce (1945)
Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.
91. The Cook (I) (2008)
Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Horror
Over a long holiday weekend, unable to escape the confines of their sorority house, a handful of unsuspecting girls are left behind to enjoy the quiet sanctuary. The normal house staff has ... See full summary »
93. Doenjang (2010)
107 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
The Recipe centers on a TV producer searching for the recipe for an enchanting spicy bean-curd stew--and its elusive creator. Producer/presenter Choi Yu-jin smells a scoop when he learns ... See full summary »
96. Nankyoku ryôrinin (2009)
125 min | Comedy
Nishimura has a passion for cooking, but never would he have imagined the task before him now: He is unexpectedly assigned to a south polar mission to serve as head chef at the Dome Fuji ... See full summary »
98. Eat Your Heart Out (1997)
Unrated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama
Daniel, Sam(antha) and Peter are three old friends living together in a Los Angeles loft. Being gifted with a great cooking skill and good looks, Daniel uses his talent to bring home one ... See full summary »
99. The Mistress of Spices (2005)
PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Romance
In India, Tilo has the ability of foreseeing the future. When their parents are killed by bandits, she is kidnapped but escapes and is raised by the First Mother in a sort of traditional ... See full summary »
100. Good Burger (1997)
PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family
Two dim-witted teenagers are forced to save the fast food restaurant they work at from going out of business, despite a new-and-improved burger joint opening across the street that want to be the "Top Dog" in the fast food industry.
Votes: 22,567 | Gross: $23.69M