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The Most Memorable Dinner Scenes, Ranked

Updated April 15, 2020 592 votes 64 voters 2.4k views50 items

List RulesVote up the best movie scenes that feature characters eating at the dinner table.

"Dinner scenes" may not have the same automatic exciting ring to it that something like "chase scenes" or "fight scenes" do, but done properly, a well-executed dinner scene can be as tense, awkward, scary, funny, ridiculous, imporant, or memorable as anything else. Plus it's the most relatable setting in the world -- we've been in our fair share of uncomfortable or hilarious dining experiences, and few (if any!) high speed car chases.

Get yourself something to eat and vote up your favorite dinner scenes from the list below, whether comedic, dramatic, or even musical.

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  • 'Beetlejuice' - Banana Boat So is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Memorable Dinner Scenes, Ranked
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    Beetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-horror film directed by Tim Burton. The spirits of a deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit (Michael Keaton) to drive them out.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Jeffrey Jones
    • Released: 1988
    • Directed by: Tim Burton
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  • 'Mrs. Doubtfire' - Robin Willi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Memorable Dinner Scenes, Ranked
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    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
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Chris Columbus, Chuck Jones
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  • 'Meet the Parents' - Robert De is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Memorable Dinner Scenes, Ranked
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    Meet the Parents is a 2000 American comedy film directed by Jay Roach. Male nurse Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) meets his girlfriend's parents before proposing, but her suspicious father (robert De Niro) is every date's worst nightmare.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Jay Roach
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  • 'The Nutty Professor' - Mealti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Memorable Dinner Scenes, Ranked
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    The Nutty Professor is a 1996 American slapstick science-fiction comedy film directed by Tom Shadyac, and a remake of the 1963 film, which starred Jerry Lewis. Grossly overweight yet good-hearted professor Sherman Klump (Eddie Murphy) takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle, James Coburn, Larry Miller
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Tom Shadyac
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