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
    162 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
    117 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
    80 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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  • 4
    71 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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  • 5
    61 VOTES

    The Film: Martin Scorsese's award-winning biopic tells the story of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), a New Yorker who grows up in the mafia. The film spans Hill's early life to the point where he has to rat out his mob friends. Scorsese's violent, stylish drama shows the highs and lows of a blue-collar guy's life in crime. 

    The Food: Italians love to cook almost as much as they like to eat. Goodfellas has several mouth-watering scenes, all featuring Italian staples like ziti with meat gravy, meatballs, and chicken cutlets. Perhaps the most famous food scene in the film actually takes place in a prison where Henry and his mob pals are serving extended time together. However, these mobsters still eat like kings. 

    “In prison, dinner was always a big thing,” Henry says in voice-over. “We had a pasta course, and then we had a meat or a fish. Paulie did the prep work, he was doing a year for contempt, and he had this wonderful system for doing the garlic. He used a razor and he used to slice it so thin that it used to liquefy in the pan with just a little oil. It was a very good system. Vinnie was in charge of the tomato sauce. I felt he used too many onions, but it was still a very good sauce.”

    Add in a box of lobsters, steaks, red wine, prosciutto, and fresh bread - and it's a meal that many would not mind serving time for. 

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  • 6
    42 VOTES

    The Film: Francis Ford Coppola's Academy Award-winning film is at heart a family drama. Decorated war hero Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) never wanted anything to do with his family's mafia business. However, when his father Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) is gunned down, Michael must enact revenge in the name of his family.

    The Food: As expected from any film featuring Italians, The Godfather is filled with family all eating together in what looks like a feast but what they would call Tuesday night dinner. One of the sweetest and most delicious scenes in the epic is when family Capo Clemenza (Richard Castellano) is cooking his meatball and sausage gravy. Michael's father has just been shot and Michael has decided that he has no choice but to get involved in the family business. 

    Clemenza waves Michael over to his large pot of simmering red sauce. He tells Michael: “You start out with a little bit of oil. Then you fry some garlic. Then you throw in some tomatoes, tomato paste, you fry it; you make sure it doesn't stick. You get it to a boil; you shove in all your sausage and your meatballs. Add a little bit of wine, and a little bit of sugar - that's my trick."

    In the weight of the moment, it seems frivolous to talk about red sauce. But, it's a teaching moment. Clemenza is also the one who taught Michael how to handle the gun he will use to take down his family rivals; an event that ultimately changes the entire direction of Michael's life. 

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