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Best Food Movies Ever

Updated on June 21, 2014

Foodies Unite!

Food Movies Are Porn

I don't know about you but food movies are some of my absolute favorite type of movies to watch. The imagery of the food and the process of making it, ugh it's like porn to me. I myself am a self proclaimed foodie (even though I'm a slightly picky eater) and I always love to watch food movies because I appreciate the art and skill that goes into the preparation and process of cooking and baking. It really is a beautiful thing to watch. Makes you want to try new foods and sometimes you can imagine what it could possibly smell like.

After seeing the movie Chef a couple of weeks ago I was inspired to seek out more food movies. I've looked through dozens of lists on websites and I've found them to be pretty lackluster. So I decided to take up the challenge of creating my own favorite food movie lists.

What Makes a Food Movie a Food Movie

What constitutes a food movie is a movie that highlights food and the techniques in the cookery. The passion behind the food is what shines. Such as the opening scene of Julie and Julia where the waiter brings the pan fried fish to the table and proceeds to debone it at the table. The beginning of Chef where Jon Faverau's character is prepping food and one of the sous chefs brings in a whole pig and he starts to butcher it and break it down. It's the little details that matter.

Chef

Chef is an amazing movie about a chef who feels stuck in a rut and after going on a trip with his ex wife and son, he rediscovers his passion for cooking. Chef is written, co-produced and directed and starring Jon Favreau.

The imagery, sounds and technique make this an amazing film, and the awesome cast is just an added bonus!

Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia just had to be in this list. It was my first favorite food movie and I never get tired of watching it. The movie is based off of two books, My Life in France written by Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme and a memoir written by Julie Powell based off of her food blog where she conquered Julia Child's cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year time span. I love how it shows that learning how to cook is a struggle and nobody gets it perfect the first time around.

Toast

I was so amazed when I never saw this movie on any of the lists that I read. I stumbled across this film on Uverse onDemand and I have absolutely no regrets. Toast is a film that's based on the autobiography of Nigel Slater. Nigel Slater is a renown British food writer, cookbook author and journalist. It shows Nigel growing up on canned foods to eventually learning how to make food from scratch so he can attempt to have a relationship with his father who is never in a very good mood. It stars Freddie Highmore and Helena Bonham Carter who end up competing against each other for the father's attention. The food evolution of this movie is amazing and is definitely worth watching.

More Food Movies!

I know I've listed a very limited amount, but I feel that these movies are true food movies. I know that I still need to see more. There were a few that kept popping up on all of the lists:

  • Big Night
  • Like Chocolate for Water
  • Ratatouille
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • No Reservations
  • Soul Food
  • Babette's Feast
  • Eat Drink Man Woman


I haven't seen them so if I feel that they constitute a food movie then I shall add them to my list above.

Some honorable mentions should be:

  • Soylent Green
  • Eat Pray Love (I haven't actually seen this all of the way through lol)

Both have food elements but not a ton.

I will add to this list as I explore the many more food movies that I have yet to view. Stay tuned!

If you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments!

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