15 Movies That Always Make You Hungry

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Vote up the films that make your mouth water.

A moviegoer can practically smell the finely sliced garlic and onions simmering in a red sauce during the prison scene in Goodfellas. These movies with good food are guaranteed to make you hungry. The creative pies in Waitress. The chocolate river in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The exquisite cakes in Marie Antoinette. The straight-up foody goodness that is Chef.

We eat with our eyes first. Unfortunately in a movie experience, that’s the only “taste” a viewer can achieve. But in these films, seeing is almost enough. Make your voice heard. Vote up the movies that make you hungry. 

  • 1
    152 VOTES

    The Film: Renowned chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) and his restaurant-owning boss spar on how to impress a local food critic. The boss wins and Carl is forced to stick with the old, boring “classics.” The critic is not impressed. After a Twitter snafu, Carl goes out on his own to operate a traveling food truck. He remembers his roots, falls back in love with Cuban cuisine, and rediscovers his passion for food.  

    The Food: Jon Favreau set aside his big-budget Marvel blockbusters to make Chef, a small-budget love letter to cooking and chefs. Favreau's Chef is delightful; the cuisine is framed lovingly in lingering close-ups. We see the steam and can taste the flavor. The Latin music complements the food. The spectator vicariously tastes Carl's newfound passion. 

    Favreau even hired famed L.A. chef Roy Choi to make all of the dishes in the movie. "The way we designed the food, I really tried to get into Carl as a character, as a person, and what he was going through," said Choi. "I really tried to tell a story with the food."

    Mojo Pork Cubanos, Spicy Braised Chicken, and Chocolate Cake are just a few of the mouth-watering dishes lovingly featured in Chef

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  • 2
    111 VOTES

    The Film: Brad Bird's 2007 Pixar animated movie features a rat named Remy with an impeccable palate. All Remy wants to do is cook in a fine French restaurant. But who would want a rat in their kitchen? Somehow, Remy finds a way to cook in one of the finest French restaurants, and the customers can't get enough of his cuisine.

    The Food: One of the top movies ever made featuring food. Ratatouille is the perfect movie for foodies and chefs. We see how each vegetable gets chopped and diced in vivid animation. Ratatouille is a complicated dish to make with special love given to every ingredient. The tomatoes, sautéed garlic, onions, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, herbs, and spices make any movie watcher's palate jump with delight. 

    All of the food in the film, 270 pieces, was prepared in an actual kitchen. It was then photographed and animated. 

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  • 3
    66 VOTES

    The Film: A single mom named Vianne (Juliette Binoche) moves to a conservative rural village in France and opens up a chocolate shop. After the townspeople get over their reservations of an outsider coming to town, they allow Vianne's sweet treats with a touch of magic to change their old, static ways. Vianne becomes like the town therapist and her chocolate treats serve as the medicine to cure their problems. 

    The Food: As advertised, a movie called Chocolat is all about the delicious power of chocolate. A salivating spectator can almost taste Vianne's creations. The chocolate in the movie reminds us that simple joys like a piece of candy have the capacity to bring pleasure. Chocoholics beware.

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    75 VOTES

    The Film: Nora Ephron's biographical dramedy Julie & Julia features a young New Yorker named Julie (Amy Adams) with a passion for cooking. She decides to cook her way through Julia Child's (Meryl Streep) famous 1961 book Mastering the Art of French Cooking with its 524 recipes in just one year while blogging about her experiences. The film is also intercut with Child's early career as she battles sexism and writes her soon-to-be-famous cookbook. 

    The Food: Julie literally brings to life Child's French cuisine. Sometimes, it's a disaster. However, when it works, Julie's food journey is a culinary adventure through France. Beef Bourguignon, Fried Brushetta Bread, and Chocolate Cream Pie are just some of Child's famous recipes recreated in the movie.

    Food is the central theme of Julie & Julia. How it brings people together, how it advanced Child's career, and how Julie's food journey changed her life. 

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