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.
Directed by: Rob McKittrickWaiting... 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
Directed by: Brad Bird, Jan PinkavaRatatouille 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 and... more
Directed by: Jon FavreauChef 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 restaurant... more
Directed by: John WellsBurnt 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
The Hundred-Foot JourneyHelen Mirren, Juhi Chawla
Directed by: Lasse HallströmThe 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 novel The... more
Directed by: Donald PetrieMystic 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, Adam... more
Directed by: Kevin HeffernanThe 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 night,... more
Directed by: Scott HicksNo 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 adaptation... more
Directed by: Adrienne ShellyWaitress 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 limited... more
Directed by: David GelbJiro 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, paying... more
Directed by: Stanley Tucci, Campbell ScottBig 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
Directed by: Jeff BalisStill 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. Adam... more
Directed by: Heidi EwingI Carry You With Me is a 2020 Spanish-language drama film directed by Heidi Ewing. Aspiring chef (Armando Espitia) and a teacher (Christian Vázquez) lives restart in incredible ways as societal... more
Directed by: Martin ScorseseAlice 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 son... more
Directed by: Bob GiraldiDinner 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 Tribeca... more
East Side SushiDiana Elizabeth Torres, Yutaka Takeuchi
Directed by: Anthony LuceroEast 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.... more
Directed by: Daniel CohenLe 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.... more
Directed by: Maria RipollTortilla 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, which was written by... more
Today's SpecialDean Winters, Aasif Mandvi
Directed by: Fina TorresWoman 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 Benício, Harold... more
Spinning PlatesGrant Achatz, Cindy Breitbach
Directed by: Joseph LevySpinning Plates is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Joseph Levy....
Love's KitchenDougray Scott, Sarah Sharman
Directed by: Claude ZidiThe 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.... more
Mostly MarthaUlrich Thomsen, Sergio Castellitto
Directed by: Sandra NettelbeckMostly 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, Germany,... more
Directed by: Louis de FunèsThe 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. The film is known... more