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The Best Movies About Cooking

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Vote up the best movies that have chefs preparing food you wish you could eat off the screen.

The films on this list of the best movies about cooking are ranked from best to worst based on your votes. This list features the best cooking movies - featuring some truly envy-inducing kitchens - and is compiled from the best titles on the subject of cooking and cinematic 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 good cooking films below to determine the best cooking movie of all time.

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  • Remy (Patton Oswalt), a resident of Paris, appreciates good food and has quite a sophisticated palate. He would love to become a chef so he can create and enjoy culinary masterpieces to his heart's ...more
  • Chef
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    After a controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman) pushes him too far, chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) quits his position at a prestigious Los Angeles restaurant. As he tries to figure out what his next step ...more
  • Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is an extraordinarily talented and largely self-taught culinary novice. When he and his family are displaced from their native India and settle in a quaint French village, ...more
  • Burnt
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    Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) was once a top chef in Paris until drugs and alcohol led to a meltdown that put his career on hold. After moving from New Orleans to London, Adam gets a shot at redemption ...more
  • Frustrated with a soul-killing job, New Yorker Julie Powell (Amy Adams) embarks on a daring project: she vows to prepare all 524 recipes in Julia Childs' landmark cookbook, "Mastering the Art of ...more
  • Chocolat
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    When mysterious Vianne and her child arrive in a tranquil French town in the winter of 1959, no one could have imagined the impact that she and her spirited daughter would have on the community ...more
  • Master chef Kate Armstrong (Catherine Zeta-Jones) runs her life and her kitchen with intimidating intensity. However, a recipe for disaster may be in the works when she becomes the guardian of her ...more
  • On one of trapped housewife Evelyn Couch's (Kathy Bates) Wednesday nursing home visits, she encounters Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy), a colorful old woman who brightens Evelyn's outlook by ...more
  • Big Night
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    Chef Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and businessman Secondo (Stanley Tucci) are immigrant brothers from Italy who open their dream restaurant, Paradise, in New Jersey. However, Primo's authentic food is too ...more
  • The Chef
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    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 Festival in 2012.
  • 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 Benni ...more
  • Boiling Point is a 2021 British thriller-drama film directed by Philip Barantini. Enter the relentless pressure of a restaurant kitchen as a head chef wrangles his team on the busiest day of the year.
  • Master Chef Chu (Sihung Lung) is semi-retired and lives at home with his three unmarried daughters, Jia-Jen (Kuei-Mei Yang), a religious chemistry teacher; Jia-Chien (Chien-Lien Wu), an airline ...more
  • 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 of ...more
  • Waitress
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    Jenna (Keri Russell) works in a diner in a small Southern town and is a genius at creating luscious desserts, but her marriage to an overbearing lout (Jeremy Sisto) makes happiness impossible. When ...more
  • Abandoned by her boyfriend in Tokyo, a woman (Brittany Murphy) learns how to become a ramen chef.
  • Three grown sisters, Maribel (Tamara Mello), Leticia (Elizabeth Peña) and Carmen (Jacqueline Obradors) try to cope and live with their father Martin (Héctor Elizondo) ; a veteran chef who is slowly ...more
  • East Side Sushi is a 2014 drama film written and directed by Anthony Lucero. Against all odds, single Latina mum Juana aspires to become a sushi chef while working in a Japanese restaurant.
  • Martha (Martina Gedeck) relies on her culinary skills as her primary means of communication. She lives for her work and presides with obsessive care over her spotless, precise kitchen. When a fateful ...more
  • 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
  • Haute Cuisine is a 2012 biographical, comedy film written by Etienne Comar and Christian Vincent and directed by Christian Vincent.
  • When churlish mobster Albert Spica (Michael Gambon) acquires an upscale French restaurant in London, he dines there nightly, effectively scaring off the clientele with his bad manners. His wife, ...more
  • La Grande Bouffe is a 1973 French–Italian film directed by Marco Ferreri. It stars Marcello Mastroianni, Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Piccoli and Philippe Noiret.
  • Food critic Max Vandeveer (Robert Morley) is a gluttonous gourmand whose appetite is killing him. His doctor tells him he needs to lay off the fine dining, or else. That prescription gets a little ...more
  • 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 is ...more