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The quick-paced energy of the kitchen often leads to tension that you can cut with a knife. The top movies about working in a restaurant find chefs, waiters, and waitresses pursing their love of food and navigating complicated relationships. This is a list of the best cooking movies including everything from Waitress to Waiting... to Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

What films will you find on this list of great movies about restaurants? Chef tells the story of an elite chef who gives up the restaurant life to start his own food truck. Jon Favreau wrote, directed, and starred in this 2014 film. The animated hit Ratatouille is another fantastic movie about working in a restaurant, following a rat with culinary aspirations. Love was on the menu in Mystic Pizza, starring Julia Roberts. Other good movies featured on this list include Big Night, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, and No Reservations.

Which of these restaurant movies is your favorite? Give the best films a thumbs up and please add any great features that are missing.

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Waiting... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Waiting... 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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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Ratatouille 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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Chef is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Chef Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo 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 Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Burnt 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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Jiro Dreams Of Sushi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Jiro Dreams Of Sushi 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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Mystic Pizza is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Mystic Pizza Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Vincent D'Onofrio Mystic Pizza is a 1988 American coming-of-age film directed by Donald Petrie. It stars Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, and Lili Taylor. The film also stars Vincent D'Onofrio, William R. Moses, ...more

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The Slammin' Salmon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
The Slammin' Salmon Michael Clarke Duncan, Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan

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Still Waiting... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Still Waiting... Danneel Ackles, Justin Long, Vanessa Lengies Still Waiting... is a 2009 American independent film starring John Michael Higgins, and Luis Guzman, and the sequel to Waiting.... Some of the cast of the original film appear in the sequel. ...more

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No Reservations is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
No Reservations 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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Big Night is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Big Night 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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Dinner Rush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Dinner Rush 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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Waitress is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Waitress 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, making this her final appearance before her murder. The film debuted ...more

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The Hundred-Foot Journey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
The Hundred-Foot Journey 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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Woman on Top is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Woman on Top 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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Tortilla Soup is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Tortilla Soup 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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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymor... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson, Laura Dern Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Robert Getchell. It stars Ellen Burstyn as a widow who travels with her preteen ...more

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Mostly Martha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Mostly Martha 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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Spinning Plates is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Spinning Plates Grant Achatz, Cindy Breitbach, Mike Breitbach

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East Side Sushi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
East Side Sushi Diana Elizabeth Torres, Yutaka Takeuchi, Rodrigo Duarte Clark

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Today's Special is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Today's Special Dean Winters, Aasif Mandvi, Kevin Corrigan

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The Chef is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
The Chef 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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The Wing or the Thigh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
The Wing or the Thigh 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.

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The Big Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
The Big Restaurant 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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Love's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Love's Kitchen Dougray Scott, Sarah Sharman, Katrine De Candole