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Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant 

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Updated January 28, 2020 937 votes 294 voters 15.3k views 24 items

List Rules Vote up the best movies about restaurants, chefs, cooks, waiters, and waitresses.

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.

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Waiting... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Ryan Reynolds, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Anna Faris

Released: 2005

Directed by: Rob McKittrick

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
Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

Released: 2007

Directed by: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava

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
Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo

Released: 2014

Directed by: Jon Favreau

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
Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy

Released: 2015

Directed by: John Wells

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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No Reservations is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Abigail Breslin

Released: 2007

Directed by: Scott Hicks

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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Mystic Pizza is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Vincent D'Onofrio

Released: 1988

Directed by: Donald Petrie

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
Michael Clarke Duncan, Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan

Released: 2009

Directed by: Kevin Heffernan

The Slammin' Salmon is a 2009 comedy film by Broken Lizard. The film is about the owner of a restaurant initiating a contest to see which of his waiters can earn the most money in a single ...more
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The Hundred-Foot Journey... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
The Hundred-Foot Journey Helen Mirren, Juhi Chawla, Om Puri

Released: 2014

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

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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Still Waiting... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Danneel Ackles, Justin Long, Vanessa Lengies

Released: 2009

Directed by: Jeff Balis

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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Jiro Dreams Of Sushi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant

Released: 2011

Directed by: David Gelb

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 Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Andy Griffith

Released: 2007

Directed by: Adrienne Shelly

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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Big Night is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Liev Schreiber, Isabella Rossellini, Minnie Driver

Released: 1996

Directed by: Stanley Tucci, Campbell Scott

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) 13 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Sandra Bernhard, Danny Aiello, Vivian Wu

Released: 2000

Directed by: Bob Giraldi

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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Alice Doesn't Live Here ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson, Laura Dern

Released: 1974

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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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Tortilla Soup is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Raquel Welch, Constance Marie, Héctor Elizondo

Released: 2001

Directed by: Maria Ripoll

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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Today's Special is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Today's Special Dean Winters, Aasif Mandvi, Kevin Corrigan
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Love's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Love's Kitchen Dougray Scott, Sarah Sharman, Katrine De Candole
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East Side Sushi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
East Side Sushi Diana Elizabeth Torres, Yutaka Takeuchi, Rodrigo Duarte Clark

Released: 2014

Directed by: Anthony Lucero

East Side Sushi is a 2014 drama film written and directed by Anthony Lucero.
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Woman on Top is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Penélope Cruz, Ana Gasteyer, Harold Perrineau

Released: 2000

Directed by: Fina Torres

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 Chef is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Jean Reno, Santiago Segura, Julien Boisselier

Released: 2012

Directed by: Daniel Cohen

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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Spinning Plates is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Spinning Plates Grant Achatz, Cindy Breitbach, Mike Breitbach

Released: 2012

Directed by: Joseph Levy

Spinning Plates is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Joseph Levy.
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Mostly Martha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Mostly Martha Ulrich Thomsen, Sergio Castellitto, Martina Gedeck

Released: 2001

Directed by: Sandra Nettelbeck

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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The Wing or the Thigh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
Louis de Funès, Coluche, Julien Guiomar

Released: 1976

Directed by: Claude Zidi

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) 24 on the list Great Movies About Working in a 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