The Best Food Documentaries

List Rules
Any documentary about food, nutrition, cooking, or eating

List of the best food documentaries, as ranked by documentary and food fans. Documentaries often take people inside a world that would otherwise be unavailable to the viewer. These films can sometimes be disturbing because they can show a darker side of an industry or world that we never thought about before. That’s what makes food documentaries so fascinating and tough to take all at once. Everybody eats and, for many, food is an entire lifestyle. So films that take a sneak peek into the behind the scenes world of the food industry are often some of the most thought provoking movies becausethey touch what we care about most.

What are the best food documentaries to watch? This list offers a wide selection of movies made about many different aspects of the food industry. Movies like Super Size Me and Fat Head take polar opposite views on the fast food industry. Some of the films on this list discuss the process of making food, while others explore the exploitation of foreign farmers.

The movies on this list are perfect for any documentary or food enthusiast. Whether you want a lighthearted look at the food industry or something a bit deeper, this list has everything.

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  • Julia
    1
    Julia Childs, José Andrés Puerta, Marcus Samuelsson
    7 votes
    • Released: 2021
    • Directed by: Julie Cohen, Betsy West
    The story of the legendary cookbook author and television superstar Julia Child, who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women.

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  • Food, Inc.
    2
    56 votes
    Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain in the United States, from the farms where our food is grown to the chain ...more

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  • Super Size Me
    3
    Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker
    65 votes
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Morgan Spurlock, Mira King
    Super Size Me is a 2004 American documentary film directed by Morgan Spurlock. The film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003, during which Spurlock ate only McDonald's food.
  • Food Matters
    4
    24 votes
    Food Matters is a 2008 documentary film about nutrition. The film presents the thesis that a selective diet can play a key role in treating a range of health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, ...more