Eating dinner might not seem like the most exciting activity to depict onscreen, but the best dinner scenes in movies prove otherwise. Filmmakers like to use them because it's a chance to demonstrate things about the characters to the audience. Such moments are an easy way to get the story's players together, have them reveal motivations through their dialogue, and help set the stage for developments still to come. These are times when the characters can just talk. If the writing is sharp, they can be just as exciting as any action scene.
Some of the most famous dinner scenes in movies are comedic. If you've ever seen The Nutty Professor, you won't forget how funny the Klumps were at the table. Fans of Talladega Nights concur that Ricky Bobby's pre-pizza and fried chicken prayer is one of the funniest scenes in the movie. Other dinner scenes are more dramatic. The one in American Beauty goes a long way toward establishing the inner rage that the lead character barely suppresses. Then there's the 1981 classic My Dinner with Andre, which is nothing but a dinner scene -- one that runs 110 minutes.
Get yourself something to eat and vote up your favorite dinner scenes from the list below, whether comedic, dramatic, or even musical.
Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus, based on the novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. A recently divorced actor (Robin Williams) decides to dress up as a female housekeeper to be able to interact with his children. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field, Mara Wilson, Harvey Fierstein, + more
Directed by: Chris Columbus, Chuck Jones
Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. An artificial man (Johnny Depp), who was incompletely constructed and has scissors for hands, leads a solitary life until he meets a suburban lady (Winona Ryder) who introduces him to her world. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price, Anthony Michael Hall, Alan Arkin, + more
Directed by: Tim Burton
Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a 2005 American action comedy film directed by Doug Liman. Bored upper-middle class married coupleJohn (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie) learn that they are agents belonging to competing agencies, and that they have been assigned to take each other out. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Morrison, Kerry Washington, Vince Vaughn, + more
Directed by: Doug Liman
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a 2006 American sports comedy film directed by Adam McKay. Number one NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton (John C. Reilly), Jr., but when a French Formula One driver (Sacha Baron Cohen) makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby's talent and devotion are put to the test. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Amy Adams, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jane Lynch, + more
Directed by: Adam McKay