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Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant

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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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  • 1

    Waiting...

    Ryan Reynolds, Emmanuelle Chriqui
    168
    36

    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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  • 2

    Ratatouille

    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo
    105
    32

    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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  • 3

    Chef

    Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara
    87
    27

    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
    22

    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, Juhi Chawla
    43
    21

    Released2014

    Directed byLasse 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 novel The...  more
  • 6

    Mystic Pizza

    Julia Roberts, Matt Damon
    44
    24

    Released1988

    Directed byDonald 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, Adam...  more

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  • 7

    The Slammin' Salmon

    Michael Clarke Duncan, Jay Chandrasekhar
    38
    23

    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

    No Reservations

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Zoë Kravitz
    34
    22

    Released2007

    Directed byScott 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 adaptation...  more

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  • 9

    Waitress

    Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion
    32
    20

    Released2007

    Directed byAdrienne 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 limited...  more

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  • 10

    Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

    Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono
    30
    22

    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
  • 11

    Big Night

    Liev Schreiber, Isabella Rossellini
    26
    17

    Released1996

    Directed byStanley 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
  • 12

    Still Waiting...

    Danneel Ackles, Justin Long
    39
    34

    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
  • 13

    I Carry You With Me

    Armando Espitia, Christian Vazquez
    0
    1

    Released2021

    Directed byHeidi Ewing

    I 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

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  • 14

    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson
    14
    15

    Released1974

    Directed byMartin 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 son...  more
  • 15

    Dinner Rush

    Sandra Bernhard, Danny Aiello
    12
    17

    Released2000

    Directed byBob 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 Tribeca...  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

    The Chef

    Jean Reno, Santiago Segura
    9
    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
  • 18

    Tortilla Soup

    Raquel Welch, Constance Marie
    9
    16

    Released2001

    Directed byMaria 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, which was written by...  more

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  • 19

    Today's Special

    Dean Winters, Aasif Mandvi
    10
    18
  • 20

    Woman on Top

    Penélope Cruz, Ana Gasteyer
    10
    19

    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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  • 21

    Spinning Plates

    Grant Achatz, Cindy Breitbach
    9
    19

    Released2012

    Directed byJoseph Levy

    Spinning Plates is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Joseph Levy....
  • 22

    Love's Kitchen

    Dougray Scott, Sarah Sharman
    8
    19
  • 23

    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
  • 24

    Mostly Martha

    Ulrich Thomsen, Sergio Castellitto
    3
    18

    Released2001

    Directed bySandra 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, Germany,...  more
  • 25

    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