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Food Films You Need To Watch

If you are a cinephile and a food lover, undoubtedly these films have to be part of your repertoire.

Yuleidy Ibeling
4 min readSep 23, 2021

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1. Big Night (1996 ) Watch - Trailer

This movie is fantastic and could be called a gourmet movie. A comedy-drama about two immigrant brothers Chef Primo (Tony Shalhoub) Secondo (Stanley Tucci) from Italy who open their dream restaurant.

I recommend you eat something first before start watching this movie because the food consumed and prepared during the film will have you drooling.

2. Chef (2014) Watch - Trailer

Is A Must Watch

This is the story of Chef Carl Casper (John Favreau) quits his job at a popular Los Angeles restaurant and buys a food truck.

This movie is about a chef finding himself rediscovering his passion for food and family.

3. Today Special (2009) Watch — Trailer

The best movie about the secret of spices.

This film is about a young Manhattan chef called Samir who is forced to put his dreams to go to Paris after his father gets sick and he has the responsibility to keep the family business alive.

Quotes:

Akbar: Eating with utensils is like making love through an interpreter.

4. The Search for General Tso (2014) Watch — Trailer

The film traces Tso’s real-life history in the Qing Dynasty as well as the history of Chinese Immigration to the United States.

5. Sweet Bean (2015) Watch — Trailer

This film is a Japanese drama film directed by Naomi Kawase. One of the greatest films ever teaches us about time and transformation.

Sentaro ( Masatoshi Nagase) runs a small dorayaki shop, the business takes off when he hires an eccentric 76- years old woman (Kirin Kiki) the taste of her secret homemade red bean paste convinces him to hire her, which starts a relationship

6. The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) Watch - Trailer

This movie is a comedy-drama about a battle between two restaurants in a french village. The story is about an Indian family who moves to France. Opens a restaurant across the road from Madame Mallory's Michellin- starred eatery.

7. Fried Green Tomatoes ( 1991) Watch - Trailer

Fried Green Tomatoes is an American drama. It is based on Fannie Flagg's 1987 novel called Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.

Fanny Flagg Quote:

“Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you are two steps ahead.”
Fannie Flagg, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

8. Ratatouille (2007) Watch - Trailer

It is a computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

Remi is a determined young rat that dreams of becoming a famous french chef. He has exceptional talent for cooking and enjoys the finest things in life, with the help that his human friend Linguini together they create a signature masterpiece called Ratatouille.

9. Chocolat (2000) Watch - Trailer

This film is about a single mother (Juliette Binoche) and her little daughter. A series of unexpected events are waiting for her when she decides to move to a small village in France to open a very unusual chocolate shop.

This movie will make you get up from your seat and open that box of chocolate that you had saved to give on a special occasion.

10. The Trip to Italy (2014) Watch -Trailer

British comedy written and directed by Michael Winterbottom.

It is the sequel of Winterbottom’s TV series. Two friends (Steven Coogan, Rob Brydon) reunite for a tour of Italy’s finest food.

11. Haute Cuisine (2012) Watch - Trailer

Based on the true story of Daniele Mazet — Delpeuch first female chef for the president of France. (Jean d’Ormesson) The story is framed by Hortense Laborie about the authenticity of her cooking.

This is one of the best movies you could watch on a cozy evening at home.

12. Julie & Julia (2009) Watch -Trailer

This film is a comedy-drama film written and directed by Nora Ephron starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci

Based on two true stories. The film is inspired by the life of the chef Julia Child and the life of Julie Powell who was inspired to cook all 524 recipes in Child’s cookbook in 365 days.

“People who love to eat are always the best people” — Julia Child

As Julia said, “You Can Never Have Too Much Butter.”

Bon appétit.

If you like this movie as much as I did, you might be interested in reading the book “My Life in France” is an autobiography by Julia Child, published in 2006.

P.S. I have to ask you this question “What’s your favorite food movie?”

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Yuleidy Ibeling

Freelance Writer, Content Creator, Artist! Welcome to the curious readers enjoy the reading with a warm cup of coffee or tea!