Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant

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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.

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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  • Boiling Point
    Stephen Graham, Vinette Robinson, Alice Feetham
    • Released: 2021
    • Directed by: Philip Barantini
  • Waiting...
    Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, Justin Long
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Rob McKittrick
  • Chef
    Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Jon Favreau
  • Ratatouille
    Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Lou Romano
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Brad Bird
  • Burnt
    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: John Wells
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey
    Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Lasse Hallström
  • Big Night
    Minnie Driver, Ian Holm, Isabella Rossellini
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci
  • Mystic Pizza
    Julia Roberts, Annabeth Gish, Lili Taylor
    • Released: 1988
    • Directed by: Donald Petrie
  • The Slammin' Salmon
    Michael Clarke Duncan, Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Kevin Heffernan
  • Jiro Dreams Of Sushi
    Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: David Gelb
  • No Reservations
    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Scott Hicks
  • Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
    Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Green Bush
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: Martin Scorsese
  • Waitress
    Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Adrienne Shelly
  • Still Waiting...
    Danneel Ackles, Justin Long, Vanessa Lengies
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Jeff Balis
  • East Side Sushi
    Diana Elizabeth Torres, Yutaka Takeuchi, Rodrigo Duarte Clark
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Anthony Lucero
  • Dinner Rush
    Danny Aiello, Edoardo Ballerini, Vivian Wu
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Bob Giraldi
  • Today's Special

    Today's Special

    Dean Winters, Aasif Mandvi, Kevin Corrigan
    • The Wing or the Thigh
      Louis de Funès, Coluche, Julien Guiomar
      • Released: 1976
      • Directed by: Claude Zidi
    • Woman on Top
      Penélope Cruz, Murilo Benício, Harold Perrineau
      • Released: 2000
      • Directed by: Fina Torres
    • Tortilla Soup
      Héctor Elizondo, Jacqueline Obradors, Elizabeth Peña
      • Released: 2001
      • Directed by: Maria Ripoll
    • Love's Kitchen

      Love's Kitchen

      Dougray Scott, Sarah Sharman, Katrine De Candole
      • Mostly Martha
        Martina Gedeck, Sergio Castellitto, Maxime Foerste
        • Released: 2001
        • Directed by: Sandra Nettelbeck
      • The Chef
        Jean Reno, Santiago Segura, Julien Boisselier
        • Released: 2012
        • Directed by: Daniel Cohen
      • Spinning Plates
        Grant Achatz, Cindy Breitbach, Mike Breitbach
        • Released: 2012
        • Directed by: Joseph Levy
      • The Big Restaurant
        Louis de Funès, Bernard Blier, Maria-Rosa Rodriguez
        • Released: 1966
        • Directed by: Louis de Funès