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Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant

List RulesVote 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.

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...

    Ryan Reynolds, Emmanuelle Chriqui
    170
    41

    Released2005

    Directed byRob 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

    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo
    104
    34

    Released2007

    Directed byBrad 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 and  ...more

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    Chef

    Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara
    87
    29

    Released2014

    Directed byJon 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 restaurant  ...more
  • 4

    Burnt

    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller
    59
    25

    Released2015

    Directed byJohn 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
  • 5

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

    Helen Mirren, Om Puri
    42
    23

    Released2014

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    Runtime122

    AdvisoriesAdult Language, Adult Situations, Violence

    PremieredAugust 8, 2014

    Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is an extraordinarily talented and largely self-taught culinary novice. When he and his family are displaced from their native India and settle in a quaint French village,
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    Mystic Pizza

    Julia Roberts, Annabeth Gish
    45
    26

    Released1988

    Directed byDonald Petrie

    Runtime102

    AdvisoriesAdult Language, Adult Situations

    PremieredOctober 14, 1988

    "Mystic Pizza" charts the lives and loves of three unforgettable waitresses in a little town called Mystic. For sexy Daisy Araujo (Julia Roberts), her sensible sister Kat (Annabeth Gish) and their  ...more

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  • 7

    The Slammin' Salmon

    Michael Clarke Duncan, Jay Chandrasekhar
    39
    26

    Released2009

    Directed byKevin 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 night,  ...more
  • 8

    Waitress

    Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion
    32
    20

    Released2007

    Directed byAdrienne Shelly

    Runtime107

    AdvisoriesAdult Language, Adult Situations

    PremieredMay 2, 2007

    Jenna (Keri Russell) works in a diner in a small Southern town and is a genius at creating luscious desserts, but her marriage to an overbearing lout (Jeremy Sisto) makes happiness impossible. When  ...more

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  • 9

    No Reservations

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart
    33
    25

    Released2007

    Directed byScott Hicks

    Runtime104

    AdvisoriesAdult Language, Adult Situations

    PremieredJuly 27, 2006

    Master chef Kate Armstrong (Catherine Zeta-Jones) runs her life and her kitchen with intimidating intensity. However, a recipe for disaster may be in the works when she becomes the guardian of her  ...more
  • 10

    Still Waiting...

    Danneel Ackles, Justin Long
    41
    35

    Released2009

    Directed byJeff 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. Adam  ...more
  • 11
    Minnie Driver, Ian Holm
    26
    17

    Released1996

    Directed byCampbell Scott, Stanley Tucci

    Runtime107

    AdvisoriesAdult Language

    PremieredJanuary 24, 1996

    Chef Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and businessman Secondo (Stanley Tucci) are immigrant brothers from Italy who open their dream restaurant, Paradise, in New Jersey. However, Primo's authentic food is too  ...more
  • 12

    Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

    Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono
    30
    23

    Released2011

    Directed byDavid 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, paying  ...more
  • 13
    Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson
    20
    15

    Released1974

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Runtime112

    AdvisoriesAdult Language

    PremieredDecember 9, 1974

    After her husband dies, Alice (Ellen Burstyn) and her son, Tommy, leave their small New Mexico town for California, where Alice hopes to make it as a singer. Money problems force them to settle in  ...more
  • 14

    Boiling Point

    Stephen Graham, Vinette Robinson
    1
    0

    Released2021

    Directed byPhilip Barantini

    Boiling Point is a 2021 British thriller-drama film directed by Philip Barantini. Enter the relentless pressure of a restaurant kitchen as a head chef wrangles his team on the busiest day of the year.  ...more
  • 15
    Danny Aiello, Edoardo Ballerini
    13
    18

    Released2000

    Directed byBob Giraldi

    Runtime98

    AdvisoriesAdult Language, Adult Situations, Violence

    PremieredSeptember 28, 2000

    One unlucky evening, Louis Cropa (Danny Aiello), a part-time bookmaker, discovers that his restaurant has become a hotbed of conflicting characters. In addition to having to please a whiny food  ...more
  • 16

    East Side Sushi

    Diana Elizabeth Torres, Yutaka Takeuchi
    8
    16

    Released2014

    Directed byAnthony Lucero

    East 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
  • 17

    Woman on Top

    Penélope Cruz, Ana Gasteyer
    10
    20

    Released2000

    Directed byFina 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 Benício, Harold  ...more

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    Tortilla Soup

    Héctor Elizondo, Jacqueline Obradors
    9
    18

    Released2001

    Directed byMaria Ripoll

    Runtime102

    AdvisoriesAdult Situations

    PremieredAugust 24, 2001

    Three grown sisters, Maribel (Tamara Mello), Leticia (Elizabeth Peña) and Carmen (Jacqueline Obradors) try to cope and live with their father Martin (Héctor Elizondo) ; a veteran chef who is slowly  ...more

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    Today's Special

    Dean Winters, Aasif Mandvi
    9
    20
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    The Wing or the Thigh

    Louis de Funès, Coluche
    6
    17

    Released1976

    Directed byClaude 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.  ...more
  • 21

    Love's Kitchen

    Dougray Scott, Sarah Sharman
    8
    20
  • 22

    Mostly Martha

    Martina Gedeck, Sergio Castellitto
    4
    18

    Released2001

    Directed bySandra Nettelbeck

    Runtime105

    AdvisoriesAdult Language, Adult Situations

    PremieredAugust 16, 2002

    Martha (Martina Gedeck) relies on her culinary skills as her primary means of communication. She lives for her work and presides with obsessive care over her spotless, precise kitchen. When a fateful
  • 23

    The Chef

    Jean Reno, Santiago Segura
    4
    17

    Released2012

    Directed byDaniel 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 Festival in 2012.  ...more
  • 24

    Spinning Plates

    Grant Achatz, Cindy Breitbach
    3
    19

    Released2012

    Directed byJoseph Levy

    Spinning Plates is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Joseph Levy.
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    The Big Restaurant

    Louis de Funès, Bernard Blier
    2
    16

    Released1966

    Directed byLouis de Funès

    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. The film is known  ...more