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A Few of The Best Food Movies

Updated on September 24, 2014

My List Of Some Of The Best Food Movies

Do you love movies? Do you love to cook? If you answered yes to these two questions, then you probably love food movies, too, just like I do. Welcome to my list of some of the best food movies out there.

Picking the best movie has proven to be very difficult though as best lists are always subject to interpretation. What each individual enjoys in a movie is different. You could be looking for drama, romance, comedy or a myriad of other qualities in your movies. Maybe you LOVE an actor like Johnny Depp (I do) or maybe you do not.

I was, therefore, fairly loose with this list. I chose to include those movies that appeal to me from Amazon's bestseller lists and those that are frequently discussed on other best food movie lists.

I will definitely be looking for your ideas and recommendations. As a matter of fact, you can vote for your favorite food movie which will help us come up with a short list of the best-ever food movies. Plus, you can add your recommendations in the comment box near the end on this page and I'll consider adding them to the master list.

By the way, I have chosen to exclude foreign language movies with English subtitles because, generally speaking, I do not enjoy them. I have also excluded food documentaries as I was looking for entertaining movies and not-so-much informative ones.

Since I keep finding new cooking movies that I have NOT seen but which sound interesting, this page is sure to be a growing resource. Be sure to bookmark it and to come back and see what new movies we have added to the list. It would also be great if you come back to add your review of any new movies that you see.

Feast On These Movies!

"One Taste Is All It Takes" - Chocolat



Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, Chocolat is a wonderful movie packed with it all. That is, with great talent, chocolate and sizzle. The star studded cast features Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Juliette Binoche, Alfred Molina and Lena Olin.

Chocolat Movie Trailer

Chocolat Movie
Chocolat Movie

The story? Vianne Rocher travels with her young daughter, encountering much skepticism and resistance in France in a conservative, rural town when they open a beautiful chocolate shop during Lent. However, the townsfolk soon embrace her zest for life and her chocolates. All that is, except the major who wants to have her shop closed. In this movie, Vianne teaches the townsfolk about acceptance when a group of river drifters arrives and she falls in love at the same time.

I definitely love this movie. I love the book and I love the soundtrack.

Amazon Customer Review of Chocolate

Mark Zablotny says, "This is NOT a chick flick!"

"First off, I like good movies with "guts" - i.e. - if you liked Armageddon (or most of the movies produced today) we are in two different worlds. Chocolat is not a "girlie" movie. It was very cleverly written and has great acting. Dame Judith Dench was particularly outstanding (my favorite movie of hers). The blu-ray version is clear and vibrant. Superlative movie in every way." ~~ Mark Zablotny

"He's dying to become a chef!" - Ratatouille


Ratatouille Movie Poster
Ratatouille Movie Poster

Ratatouille (Rat-a-too-ee) ~~ Remy spices up life in this Acadamy Award winning movie.

Ratatouille Movie Trailer

No, I haven't gone crazy and no, I'm not a particularly big fan of animated movies, either but Ratatouille is another story altogether. I love Ratatouille. It is the animated movie that I set out to buy FOR ME and NOT for my children. I love the fact that this movie is set in Paris (it is actually installed as my wallpaper on my computer) and I love the food in the kitchen where Remy aspires to work. That pot of soup, c'est magnifique!

And no, I wouldn't ordinarily want a rat in my kitchen, but for this world-famous, well-loved rat named Remy, I would make an exception!

How can you resist a food movie that was nominated for FIVE Academy Awards which included Original Score, Achievement in Sound Editing, Achievement in Sound Mixing, Original Screenplay and Animated Feature Film and the category in which it won, Best Animated Feature?

Amazon Customer Review of Ratatouille

"A Rat Chef Dishes Up Delights...Bon Appetit!" ~~ Gerard D. Launay

"Everything about this film is wonderful...the streets of Paris are recreated in rich colors and exquisite detail. I haven't seen a European city look this good in an animated film since Disney's "Pinocchio." Yes, it is definitely worth experiencing this delight on Blu-Ray. Oh my, even the French copper pots look authentic." ~~ Gerard D. Launay

The Julie/Julia Project

Julie and Julia Movie Trailer

"I cook my way through Julia Child's cookbook, 365 days, 524 recipes."

If you like cooking and you like movies, there is no way you could have missed the presence of this movie this past year. You might, however, have been unable to fit it into your busy schedule yet. (I have not.) However, do to the immense popularity of the Julie and Julia blog, the Julie and Julia book and the movie, I am assuming it is a must add movie to this list and I have put it firmly on my list to watch this weekend. I will definitely report back.

Meanwhile, the story, in case you just happen to have missed it. Young Julie was a bored office worker who decided to give her life a focus by cooking every recipe in Julia Child's cookbook...and blogging about it. One book and one movie later, I guess you'd have to call her experiment a success!

The cast features Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci and Vanessa Ferlito. About Streep, Rolling Stone reviewer Peter Travers wrote, "Meryl Streep - at her brilliant, beguiling best - is the spice that does the trick for the yummy Julie & Julia."

Kenneth Turan, writing for the Los Angeles Times, said "[Julie & Julia] does it right. A consummate entertainment that echoes the rhythms and attitudes of classic Hollywood, it's a satisfying throwback to those old-fashioned movie fantasies where impossible dreams do come true. And, in this case, it really happened. Twice."

Definitely sounds like a food movie worthy of any foodie's attention.

Julie and Julia The Movie

High Def Digest Review of Julie & Julia

"Julie & Julia is a delightful homage to food, perseverance, and dreams, and features another knockout performance from the grande dame of American cinema, Meryl Streep. Nora Ephron's film won't change the world, but it will get your stomach growling and just might inspire you to pick up a pound or two of butter on your next trip to the supermarket. Good quality video and audio and some nice supplements beef up this Blu-ray disc, but it's Streep's spot-on portrayal of Child that makes 'Julie & Julia' a truly delicious dish. Recommended." ~~

Cooking With Stella
Cooking With Stella | Source

Cooking With Stella Information

A food movie that will transport you to Delhi, India!

The story? That of a diplomatic family on a Canadian diplomatic post in India. She is on an assignment which means that he is the stay-at-home Dad. By training, he is a cook and part of his reason for moving to India is to "broaden his palate." He learns about Indian food and cooking through his own cook who has been working for the diplomatic families for her entire life...and he learns a bit more than that, too.

© 2010 Treasures By Brenda

What is your favorite food movie? What cooking movie(s) do you think I should add to this list?

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      james 12 months ago

      nice tips

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      alexandre bastien 19 months ago

      Chocolat is definitely one of the best food movie. You can see my own list at

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      Sadia Mais 22 months ago

      I am searching this kinds of review. It will help for choosing the best popcorn maker. I can get this also in

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      Chris 23 months ago

      I absolutely loved Chef! Owning my own popcorn supplies business, I found it very inspiring and relatable. Highly recommended!

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      annie 2 years ago

      get the latest bollywood buzz only on

    • profile image 2 years ago

      My favorite movie is Legends of the Fall. I don't really care for any of the movies on your list. Julie and Julia is alright but I wouldn't want to watch it twice.

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      Ghoomato 2 years ago from Pune

      Nice collection....this year blockbuster movie Bajirao Mastani... great chromatography, great acting

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      foodistto lm 3 years ago

      Good movie List, your all movie list is based on love and food.

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      RedMastering 4 years ago

      La Grande Bouffe by Marco Ferreri, would be my favorite film, maybe presents eating in more psycho-artistic way, but, well, it's a great film, innit ?

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks for your suggestions!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I love both those movies, too.

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      renewedfaith2day 5 years ago

      Would you consider a wine move (like "Uncorked") to be on this list? Or would you consider that to be a different category?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great list! Another two that I think will enhance it more: 1) Under the Tuscan Sun and 2) Kamome Shokudo

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think Chocolat and Ratatouille would be on my list. Great list here.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 5 years ago

      And I loved The Big Night

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      MargoPArrowsmith 5 years ago

      AND I love that you put Eating Raoul in here, wicked sense of humor!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 5 years ago

      At the top, I mean

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      MargoPArrowsmith 5 years ago

      Good lens, but Like Water for Chocolate should be there too!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank u sooo much!! Love this list as im a massive to cook, love to EAT n feed :-D

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      DeannaDiaz 6 years ago

      Chocolate is by far the best! The only movie that could ever beat it is if Johnny Depp made a movie called "bacon!"

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      SalmonRecipes 6 years ago

      My favorite movie is Ratatouille it is awesome movie.I am going to my childhood automatically when I watch this movie.:D

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Had to stop by again your headline in my paper. *Blessed as I flit on outta here to read the rest :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Never heard of Chocolate. You have a very interesting lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Short Order is pretty amazing

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      ValarieMiller 6 years ago

      Love Ratatouille...and it's health! Love your lens too!

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      howdoyouspellst 7 years ago

      What a great list of food movies!! I've only seen a couple of these... including Ratatouille, which was awesome! Now I'm hungry, and I want to watch these!!

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      Cheryl Paton 8 years ago from West Virginia

      I recommend two Brenda; Ramen Girl, and No Reservation.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      @TopMovieSoundtr: Another interesting recommendation. Thank you!

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      @indigoj: Taste away!

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      @giacombs-ramirez: Two more movies that are on my list!

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      TopMovieSoundtr 8 years ago

      Love the idea of this lens. Have one more movie to add -- Tanpopo -- a Japanese movie about ramen noodles

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      BW Duerr 8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      What a great topic. I didn't realize how much i liked cooking and food movies until viewing your listing. I've seen most of these and like them all, so it's hard to pick a favorite

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Okay. I did it, Susan. I watched Julie & Julia and I loved it. I loved the scenes in Paris and the food. Good story but make sure you don't miss the extras. One is all about Julia Child's career; the other about the making of the movie. Meryl Streep put on 15 pounds making this film!

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      @mariatjader: I just watched Pieces of April. I had absolutely NO idea what to expect and while it was somewhat unconventional, I loved it and my heart went out to April and her boyfriend. That's one more movie crossed off my list...and one more vote for Pieces of April on this list!

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      Indigo Janson 8 years ago from UK

      Mmm, delicious! A wonderful selection here, and some new ones for me to taste.. er, watch. ;)

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      such a great idea

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting list of movie. Makes me hungry.

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      Bellezza-Decor 8 years ago from Canada

      My favorite food movie that I see listed here is "Friend Green Tomatoes" though I wouldn't want to taste the (real theme recipe) of the movie - blaaah! I also enjoyed Chocolat, and would like to see Julie & Julia. I have one of Julia Child's old recipe books and she's the master.

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      mistyriver 8 years ago

      Chocolat is one of my favorites (it doesn't hurt that Johnny Depp is in it!). I also love Julie and Julia, it surpassed any of my expectations based on reviews! And Ratatouille is so cute, who can pick a favorite, they are all so good!

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      Kylyssa Shay 8 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Awesome collection of movies! I really want to see Julie & Julia. Since I enjoy cooking and looking at what my roommate calls "food porn" these are my kind of movies.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      @SusanDeppner: I must...I must...I must watch Julie & Julia. Will do, Susan! It's on my short list for this weekend.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      @mariatjader: I have a copy of Pieces of April on hand and ready to be viewed, I was glad to receive your comment at this time.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      @clouda9 lm: Great minds think alike! I feel exactly the same way about Chocolat and Ratatouille!

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      mariatjader 8 years ago

      Great collection of wonderful films!I was especially happy to see the Pieces of April on the plexo, although my ever favourite is the Chocolat. Enjoyed the Julie & Julia a lot as well ..

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      pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      What a great idea - combining food and the movies! Well done Brenda lovely lens

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      gia combs-ramirez 8 years ago from Montana

      Fabuuuulous! Outstanding..Your approach was fun and informative. My favorite food movie is Woman on Top but another fave is Tortilla Soup.

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      Oh for goodness sake your main picks are mine, I've not seen Julie & Julia yet either. Now let's talk Chocolat...swoon, knees get weak I could watch that movie a million times and still have the same reaction and Ratatouille is just too ding-dang endearing to pass up - never thought I'd love a rat. Ab-fab listing for best food movies!PS I could not leave a comment on your wonderful blog post about my hobby niche lens because I am not a member. Did you know you had the blog set like that?

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      What a great topic! Chocolat is the only one of these I've seen and I did enjoy it.

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      aniasquid 8 years ago

      My favorite food movie is Babette's Feast! I also like Chocolat. And maybe (very controversial) The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Food Movies!! What a super subject!

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      You MUST watch Julie & Julia! I really enjoyed the movie - actually went to the theater (our one trip last year) to see it - and I got a copy of the DVD for Christmas, along with a cookbook. It's absolutely charming. Great topic for a lens! You've given me some good ideas for my Netflix list!