Cooking The Best Movies About Cooking  

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The films on this list of the best movies about cooking are ranked as the greatest. This list features the best cooking movies and is compiled from the best titles on the subject of cooking and chefs. From kids movies like Ratatouille to Oscar nominees like Chocolat, the movies on this list all deal with cooking in some way. What are the top cooking movies of all time?

This list includes titles that have been top box office hits and many of the films featured on this list have received multiple awards as well. Some of the titles here feature true events and real people that inspired stories these films tell, while others are completely fictional in nature. A variety of genres are also covered, including drama, action, comedy, and romance.

The top cooking movies on this list include Julie and Julia, Babette’s Feast, Like Water for Chocolate, Waitress, No Reservations, Pieces of April, and Tortilla Soup. Vote up the best cooking films below or add one you think is great but isn't already on the list.

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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was co-written ...more

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The Hundred-Foot Journey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
josephnewofcali added Helen Mirren, Juhi Chawla, Om Puri The Hundred-Foot Journey is an adventure drama film directed by Lasse Hallström and written by Steven Knight. The film stars Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal and Om Puri. The film is based on a ...more

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Chef is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
namansletterbox added Saif Ali Khan, Padmakriya Janakirama

Chef Roshan Kalra sets out to find the true source of happiness and reignite his passion for food while being more present in his son's life. It is a remake of 2014 Hollywood movie Chef. 

Chef is a 2014 American comedy-drama film directed by Jon Favreau. After a public altercation with a food critic, a professional chef (Jon Favreau) quits his job at a popular Los Angeles ...more

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Burnt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Jason Farrell added Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy Burnt is a 2015 American drama film directed by John Wells. After cleaning up his drug habits, hotheaded chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) returns to London, determined to redeem himself by ...more

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Julie & Julia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Jane Lynch Julie & Julia is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nora Ephron starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina. The film contrasts the life of chef ...more

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No Reservations is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Abigail Breslin No Reservations is a 2007 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Scott Hicks. Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart and Abigail Breslin, the screenplay by Carol Fuchs is an ...more

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The Chef is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Jean Reno, Santiago Segura, Julien Boisselier Le Chef is a 2012 French comedy film, directed by Daniel Cohen and starring Jean Reno and Michaël Youn. The film had its international premiere at the 62nd Berlin International Film

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Chocolat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina Chocolat is a 2000 American-British romantic drama film based on the novel of the same name by Joanne Harris, and was directed by Lasse Hallström. Adapted by screenwriter Robert Nelson ...more

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Big Night is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
looksharp added Liev Schreiber, Isabella Rossellini, Minnie Driver Big Night is a 1996 American motion picture drama with comedic overtones directed by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci. Produced by David Kirkpatrick and Jonathan Filley for the Samuel Goldwyn ...more

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Jiro Dreams Of Sushi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Beverly Millson added Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto Jiro Dreams Of Sushi is a a 2011 documentary film directed by David Gelb. "An appetizing documentary in every sense, Jiro Dreams of Sushi follows 85-year-old master sushi chef Jiro Ono, ...more

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Waitress is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Andy Griffith Waitress is a 2007 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Adrienne Shelly, who also appears in a supporting role. The film debuted at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and went into ...more

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Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Chris O'Donnell Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Directed by Jon Avnet. It tells the story of a Depression-era friendship ...more

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Babette's Feast is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Bibi Andersson, Stéphane Audran, Jarl Kulle Babette's Feast is a 1987 Danish drama film directed by Gabriel Axel. The film's screenplay was written by Axel based on the story by Isak Dinesen. Produced by Just Betzer, Bo Christensen, and ...more

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Like Water for Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Marco Leonardi, Yareli Arizmendi, Mario Vazquez Like Water for Chocolate is a 1992 film in the style of magical realism based on the popular novel, published in 1989 by first-time Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel. It earned all 11 Ariel awards ...more

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Eat Drink Man Woman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Sylvia Chang, Chien-lien Wu, Winston Chao Eat Drink Man Woman is a 1994 Taiwanese film directed by Ang Lee and starring Sihung Lung, Yu-wen Wang, Chien-lien Wu, and Kuei-mei Yang. The film was released on August 3, 1994, the first of ...more

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The Ramen Girl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Brittany Murphy, Gabriel Mann, Tammy Blanchard The Ramen Girl is an 2008 American–Japanese comedy–drama film starring Brittany Murphy about a girl who goes to Japan and decides to learn how to cook ramen. Murphy is also listed in the ...more

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Mostly Martha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Ulrich Thomsen, Sergio Castellitto, Martina Gedeck Mostly Martha is a 2001 German romantic comedy drama film written and directed by Sandra Nettelbeck and starring Martina Gedeck, Maxime Foerste, and Sergio Castellitto. Filmed in Hamburg, ...more

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Haute Cuisine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Beverly Millson added Arly Jover, Jean d'Ormesson, Hippolyte Girardot Haute Cuisine is a 2012 biographical, comedy film written by Etienne Comar and Christian Vincent and directed by Christian Vincent.

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Simply Irresistible is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amanda Peet, Patricia Clarkson Simply Irresistible is a 1999 American romantic comedy film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sean Patrick Flanery. It was directed by Mark Tarlov and was written by Judith Roberts.

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Today's Special is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Naseeruddin Shah, Madhur Jaffrey, Jess Weixler Today's Special is a 2009 independent comedy film loosely inspired by Aasif Mandvi's play, Sakina's Restaurant. The film was directed by David Kaplan. The script was adapted by Aasif Mandvi and ...more

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Tortilla Soup is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Raquel Welch, Constance Marie, Héctor Elizondo Tortilla Soup is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Maria Ripoll. The screenplay by Tom Musca, Ramón Menéndez and Vera Blasi is based on the film Eat Drink Man Woman, ...more

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Love's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
LaChance added Claire Forlani, Gordon Ramsay, Dougray Scott Love's Kitchen is a 2011 British romantic comedy film directed by James Hacking and starring Dougray Scott, Claire Forlani, Michelle Ryan, and featured celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay in his first ...more

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Waiting... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
daneclark added Ryan Reynolds, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Anna Faris Waiting... is a 2005 American comedy film starring Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, and Justin Long. It was written and directed by Rob McKittrick. McKittrick wrote the screenplay while working as a ...more

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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Helen Mirren, Tim Roth, Michael Gambon The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover is a 1989 British-French romantic black comedy crime drama film written and directed by Peter Greenaway, starring Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, ...more

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The Princess and the Frog is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terrence Howard The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical romantic fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 49th film in the ...more

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Woman on Top is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Penélope Cruz, Ana Gasteyer, Harold Perrineau Woman on Top is a 2000 fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Fina Torres. It is set in Salvador, Brazil and San Francisco, United States. The film stars Penélope Cruz, Murilo ...more

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The Big Feast is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Ugo Tognazzi La Grande Bouffe is a 1973 French–Italian film directed by Marco Ferreri. It stars Marcello Mastroianni, Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Piccoli and Philippe Noiret.

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Soul Food is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Vanessa L. Williams Soul Food is a 1997 American comedy-drama film, produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Tracey Edmonds, and Robert Teitel, and released by Fox 2000 Pictures. Featuring an ensemble ...more

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Who Is Killing the Great Chefs... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Jacqueline Bissett, George Segal, Robert Morley Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? is a 1978 comedy mystery film starring George Segal, Jacqueline Bisset, and Robert Morley. It is based on the novel Someone is Killing the Great Chefs ...more

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The God of Cookery is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Stephen Chow, Christy Chung, Karen Mok The God of Cookery is a 1996 Hong Kong comedy film directed by Hong Kong comedian, actor and director, Stephen Chow, best known in the West for his films Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle. This ...more

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A Touch of Spice is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Georges Corraface, Kakia Panagiotou, Tamer Karadağlı A Touch of Spice is a 2003 Greek film directed by Tassos Boulmetis and starring Georges Corraface as the character of the adult Fanis Iakovides. The character of Fanis Iakovides as a child is ...more

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Kung Fu Chefs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Kung Fu Chefs Sammo Hung, Ai Kago, Louis Fan Kung Fu Chefs is a 2009 Hong Kong action film directed by Ken Yip, starring Sammo Hung, Louis Fan, Vanness Wu, Sammo Hung's real life son Timmy Hung, Ku Feng and Lee Hoi San. This was Lee Hoi ...more

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Salaam Namaste is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
namansletterbox added Preity Zinta, Abhishek Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan

A 2005 romantic comedy about a head chef and a radio jockey who can't see eye to eye.

Salaam Namaste is a 2005 Bollywood musical romantic comedy film. It is directed by first-time director Siddharth Anand and produced by Aditya Chopra and Yash Chopra under the Yash Raj Films ...more

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Bawarchi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
namansletterbox added Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan

Squabbling Sharma family has a dubious reputation of not having any cook last there for more than a few months. Word spreads out about this family to such an extent that no person wants to be employed as a cook in this household, ironically named Shanti Nivas. Then one day a young man named Raghu offers to work as a cook, and he is hired. Raghu quickly gets a grip on his job and on each of the family members, and soon the squabbles and arguments come to an end. And then the Sharmas find the family jewels and Raghu missing.

Bawarchi is a 1972 Indian film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee starring Rajesh Khanna and Jaya Badhuri with Asrani, A.K. Hangal, Usha Kiran and Durga Khote in supporting roles. In Mukherjee's ...more

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Cheeni Kum is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
namansletterbox added Amitabh Bachchan, Paresh Rawal, Tabu

An egotistical 64-year-old chef and confirmed bachelor falls for a woman 30 years his junior.

Cheeni Kum is a 2007 Bollywood romance film directed by R. Balki, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Tabu, Paresh Rawal, Zohra Sehgal and Swini Khara.

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Dandelion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
josephnewofcali added Ken Watanabe, Kōji Yakusho, Tsutomu Yamazaki Tampopo is a 1985 Japanese comedy film by director Juzo Itami, starring Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kōji Yakusho, and Ken Watanabe. The publicity for the film calls it the first ...more

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The Chinese Feast is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Leslie Cheung, Vincent Zhao, Anita Yuen The Chinese Feast is a 1995 Hong Kong film co-written, produced and directed by Tsui Hark, and starring Leslie Cheung, Anita Yuen, Kenny Bee, and Law Kar-ying.

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Pieces of April is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Alison Pill Pieces of April is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Peter Hedges. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. The name is taken from a 1972 hit song by Three Dog ...more

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A Matter of Taste is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Éric Ripert, Frank Bruni, Thomas Keller A MATTER OF TASTE: SERVING UP PAUL LIEBRANDT (June 13) documents the career of the acclaimed chef – and the cutthroat world of haute cuisine – over eight years. The film follows Liebrandt as he ...more

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Cooking with Stella is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Shriya Saran, Lisa Ray, Maury Chaykin Cooking with Stella is a film written by siblings Deepa Mehta and Dilip Mehta. The film is a light comedy about a Canadian diplomat and her husband living in New Delhi, and their cook, Stella. ...more

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Dinner Rush is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Sandra Bernhard, Danny Aiello, Vivian Wu Dinner Rush is an independent feature film, written by Brian S. Kalata and Rick Shaughnessy, and directed by Bob Giraldi. It stars Danny Aiello as a restaurateur-bookmaker in New York City's ...more

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Le Grand Chef is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Lee Ha-na, Kim Kang-woo, Ahn Gil-Gang Le Grand Chef is a 2007 South Korean film starring Kim Kang-woo, Im Won-hee and Lee Ha-na. Produced by ShowEast and distributed by CJ Entertainment, it was released on November 1, 2007 and ran ...more

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The Big Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Louis de Funès, Bernard Blier The Big Restaurant, is a French comedy thriller film from 1966, directed by Jacques Besnard, written by Jean Halain and Louis de Funès, starring Louis de Funès and Bernard Blier. ...more

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Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Kim Jung-eun, Jin Goo, Choi Jong-won Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle is a 2010 South Korean film starring Kim Jung-eun and Jin Goo. It was released on January 28, 2010. Loosely based on characters that appeared in Huh Young-man's ...more

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Estômago is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Estomago: A Gastronomic Story Paulo Miklos, João Miguel, Jean Pierre Noher Estômago, or Estômago, a Gastronomic Story, is a 2007 Brazilian–Italian film directed by Marcos Jorge. The film won several awards. It was shot in several locations of Curitiba,

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Just Desserts is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Lauren Holly, Brenda Vaccaro, Rodger Bumpass Just Desserts is a 2004 television romantic comedy film. It premiered on Hallmark Channel on February 8, 2004.

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Osaka Wrestling Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Sammo Hung, Gloria Yip, Timmy Hung Osaka Wrestling Restaurant is a 2004 Hong Kong comedy film directed by Tommy Law, starring Timmy Hung, Sammo Hung and Mang Hoi. This was Mang Hoi's final film appearance, who has retired from ...more

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The Wing or the Thigh is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies About Cooking
Louis de Funès, Coluche, Julien Guiomar The Wing or the Thigh, from the French L'aile ou la cuisse is a 1976 French comedy film directed by Claude Zidi, starring Louis de Funès and Coluche.