If there’s one thing we love as much as delicious food, it’s a flick that features a whole tonne of it. Fortunately, over the years Hollywood has delivered us a mouth-watering smorgasbord of tasty movies that are sure to induce serious hunger pains (as well as some tears and laughs along the way).
Our advice? Gather bulk snacks, have your favourite local takeaway on speed dial and settle in for the tastiest movie marathon of your life.
Here are nine of the best food films of all time.
Julie & Julia
Featuring powerhouse duo Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, Julie & Julia follows parallel storylines of Julia Child's training at Le Cordon Bleu and the modern-day efforts of New Yorker Julie Powell (Adams), as she vows to cook every recipe (524 to be exact) in Child's cookbook, Mastering The Art Of French Cooking, in just one year. In this flick, the food is all about decadence and a whole lot of butter. You’ll want to lick the screen when Julie finally masters Beef Bourguignon.
Warning: you’re at severe risk of drooling when watching Chef. In the movie, Jon Favreau stars as a, you guessed it, chef, who has become disillusioned by the restaurant business. In an effort to regain his passion he sets out on a tasty road trip with his estranged son in a food truck selling the most heavenly looking Cuban sandwiches. It’s funny, light-hearted and feel good. But best of all, it shows that you don’t have to spend big to enjoy something seriously delicious. We highly recommend ordering some Rueben’s to devour while to watching this one, and then tackling the pasta he makes for Scarlett Johansson after.
Don’t let the title fool you, there is not a single sighting of burnt food in this tasty flick. Burnt stars Bradley Cooper has a down and out, recovering addict who also happens to be an incredibly talented chef. In his quest for redemption he commandeers a London restaurant and assembles a motley crew of foodies in the hopes of attaining the holy grail—three Michelin stars. Expect food that looks like works of art. But our favourite part? The way the chefs describe the food, it’s like edible poetry.
Carb lovers, this one is for you. Big Night is a heart-warming story of food, family and first-generation immigrants as two Italian brothers (played by Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci), attempt to save their failing Jersey Shore restaurant. The Italian food is ‘too authentic’ for locals, which means it’s utterly delicious for us to look at. Fortunately, the brother’s luck takes a turn, when famous Italian-American bandleader Louis Prima is scheduled to appear at the restaurant so they pull out all the stops for their “big night”.
Don’t fight us on this one, rom coms and food flicks go hand in hand and No Reservations is the perfect example of that. The film centres around big time chef Kate (Catherine Zeta Jones) whose life turns upside down when she becomes the guardian of her young niece—who absolutely hates her five-star cooking. Sparks (and food) fly when a new sous chef (Aaron Eckhart) is brought in to help at the restaurant. You’ll get to see the inner workings of a fine dining restaurant, including the creation of some seriously stunning dishes. The best bits though? The staff meal spreads which include buckets of fresh pasta.
Sweet tooths rejoice, this film, as the name suggests, is about all things chocolate-related. The film centres on single mum Vianne (Juliette Binoche) and her daughter, who move to a quaint French village and open a chocolaterie across the street from the local church… during Lent. Her ability to perceive her customers' desires and satisfy them with just the right sweet treat, ensures she draws many fans, including a young Johnny Depp. From chili-infused hot chocolate to bite-sized truffles, this movie will have you reaching for something sweet five minutes in.
This foodie flick has become so popular it’s been adapted to Broadway—one viewing and it’s not hard to see why. The movie centres on Jenna (Kerri Russell), a waitress stuck working in a small-town diner and a bad marriage. Practicing the art of pie-making in an effort to win the local bake off, Jenna’s luck changes when she meets a cute doctor. Baking quickly goes from being her hobby to a form of therapy—you’ll get lost in the dreamy cooking sequences. If this film doesn’t make you want to bake, nothing will.
Sure, this film is animated but that won’t stop your stomach from growling as you watch the inner workings of a French kitchen. Ratatouille is about Remy the rat (stick with us) who is utterly obsessed with good food. He decides to share his vast knowledge and sophisticated palette with a clumsy kitchen assistant. The result? Incredible food. Our favourite part though (aside from watching Remy whip up his first soup) is the message behind the film: that literally anyone can cook.
We wouldn’t be human if we left the OG of foodie films off this list. Whether you’re a fan of the original or the remake, you can’t watch Willy Wonka and not wish this place was real, just so you could smash your face into a river of chocolate. While there’s too many favourite scenes to mention, the classic candy shop sequence will always have our hearts because at least we might be able to recreate that for ourselves in real life.
Need more movies to binge? Check out our current faves on Netflix here.
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