We love anything to do with food, especially food-related movies. While it’s hard to pick a favourite, we’ve created a list of ten must-watch movies that we think are perfect foodie viewing.
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This Jon Favreau movie is a surprisingly accurate depiction of chef life with gorgeous food shots to boot. Following chef Carl Casper (Favreau) as he abandons a bleak role in a fine dining restaurant, the movie sees Casper work to rebuild his love for food by starting a food truck with both his son and trusted sous chef at his side. As Casper’s relationship with food and his family improves, we see him truly embrace his creativity, which makes for a stellar viewing experience – the grilled cheese scene will have you drooling for days. Watch the trailer below.
The Founder (2016)
This film about the founder of McDonald’s flew under the radar when it was released, which is a real shame because it is a fantastic watch. Michael Keaton stars as Ray Kroc, the man who encouraged the McDonalds brothers to franchise their business. Kroc goes on to show his ruthless colours, eventually double-crossing the brothers. Keaton truly shines in this role, further showing how sad it is that this movie didn’t get the recognition it deserved upon its release.
Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
Directed by Ang Lee (of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain fame), this Taiwanese comedy-drama received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Movie. Detailing the contentious relationship between a widower and his three grown-up daughters, who are struggling against traditional Chinese roles, the movie showcases delicious weekly banquets that the family shares together.
Another feel-good favourite, this movie stars Keri Russell as Jenna, a waitress stuck in an abusive relationship who expresses her emotions through the inventive pies she bakes. When she finds herself pregnant, Jenna begins to dream of winning the local pie contest, leaving her deadbeat husband and starting a new life for herself and her unborn child, all the while engaging in a secret affair with her doctor.
Big Night (1996)
This Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott movie focuses on two Italian immigrant brothers who operate a restaurant on the Jersey Shore in the 1950s. Trying to save their failing business, the pair prepares a lavish feast for a famous jazz singer (who never shows), only to impress their diners with the delicious food. A true examination of family ties through food, this is a must watch.
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Tampopo, a Japanese comedy, highlights the art of noodle soup making. Throughout the movie, restaurant owner Tampopo works with five local men to perfect her recipes for broth and noodles.
A Disney Pixar masterpiece, Ratatouille tells the story of Remy, a culinary genius (who happens to be a rat), who lives out his food dream by taking charge of a hopeless American teenager in Paris. Showcasing Remy’s true culinary flair, this animated caper will please viewers of all ages. The piéce de résistance comes towards the end of the movie where Remy prepares a ratatouille so delicious that a food critic is transported back to his childhood, enjoying the taste of a time gone by.
Babette’s Feast (1987)
While this movie is a little old at this stage, it truly is a classic – Babette’s Feast was the first Danish movie to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film details the life of Babette, a French refugee who cooks bland meals for two pious spinster sisters in exchange for a place to stay. When Babette wins a lottery of 10,000 francs, she decides to spend it preparing a delicious feast for the sisters and their small congregation. More than just a feast, the meal is a way for Babette to showcase her appreciation and culinary talent, highlighting how food can truly bring people together.
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The Lunchbox (2013)
This romantic movie highlights Mumbai’s dabbawalla system (also known as tiffin wallahs) where home-cooked meals are delivered to workers by hand. Due to a mix-up, a lunchbox made by a young woman to help her husband fall back in love ends up in the wrong hands, resulting in an unexpected friendship between the young woman and an almost retired widower. This hugely successful Bollywood movie is a great watch and will help to open your eyes to food systems abroad.
Julie & Julia (2009)
This movie, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, tells the story of two amazingly strong women who are obsessed with food. Julie (Adams) discovers a love of food when she sets up a blog, deciding to cook her way through Julia Child's classic book 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking' to cope with the misery she feels in her job post-9/11. Through Julie's endeavours, we connect with Child (Streep) as she learned to cook while living in Paris in the 1950s. The two women's feelings of love, grief and hope are echoed through their food journeys, even though they take place decades apart.
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
This movie starred Helen Mirren as Madame Mallory, a strict restaurateur in rural France, longing for a new Michelin star. To her dismay, a tragedy-stricken Indian family open a restaurant across the road from her, showcasing exotic food and an interesting family dynamic. The highlight of the movie is watching Hassan (Mannish Dayal) as he undergoes a culinary journey, learning from Mallory and growing in skill. Ultimately the film showcases how the food of two cultures can bring taste and people together to make something truly unique.