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Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant

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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... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    Waiting...

    Ryan Reynolds, Emmanuelle Chriqui

    Released2005

    Directed byRob McKittrick

    Waiting... is a 2005 American comedy film starring Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, and Justin Long.... more on Wikipedia
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    Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    Ratatouille

    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo

    Released2007

    Directed byBrad Bird, Jan Pinkava

    Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation... more on Wikipedia

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    Chef is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    Chef

    Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara

    Released2014

    Directed byJon Favreau

    Chef is a 2014 American comedy-drama film directed by Jon Favreau. After a public altercation... more on Wikipedia

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    Burnt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    Burnt

    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

    Released2015

    Directed byJohn Wells

    Burnt is a 2015 American drama film directed by John Wells. After cleaning up his drug habits,... more on Wikipedia
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    Mystic Pizza is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    Mystic Pizza

    Julia Roberts, Matt Damon

    Released1988

    Directed byDonald Petrie

    Mystic Pizza is a 1988 American coming-of-age film directed by Donald Petrie. It stars... more on Wikipedia

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    The Hundred-Foot Journey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    The Hundred-Foot Journey

    Helen Mirren, Juhi Chawla

    Released2014

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    The Hundred-Foot Journey is an adventure drama film directed by Lasse Hallström and written by... more on Wikipedia
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    The Slammin' Salmon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    The Slammin' Salmon

    Michael Clarke Duncan, Jay Chandrasekhar

    Released2009

    Directed byKevin Heffernan

    The Slammin' Salmon is a 2009 comedy film by Broken Lizard. The film is about the owner of a... more on Wikipedia
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    Big Night is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    Big Night

    Liev Schreiber, Isabella Rossellini

    Released1996

    Directed byStanley Tucci, Campbell Scott

    Big Night is a 1996 American motion picture drama with comedic overtones directed by Campbell... more on Wikipedia
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    Still Waiting... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    Still Waiting...

    Danneel Ackles, Justin Long

    Released2009

    Directed byJeff Balis

    Still Waiting... is a 2009 American independent film starring John Michael Higgins, and Luis... more on Wikipedia
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    Waitress is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    Waitress

    Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion

    Released2007

    Directed byAdrienne Shelly

    Waitress is a 2007 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Adrienne Shelly, who... more on Wikipedia
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    Jiro Dreams Of Sushi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
    Jiro Dreams Of Sushi is a a 2011 documentary film directed by David Gelb. "An appetizing... more on Wikipedia
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    East Side Sushi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    East Side Sushi

    Diana Elizabeth Torres, Yutaka Takeuchi

    Released2014

    Directed byAnthony Lucero

    East Side Sushi is a 2014 drama film written and directed by Anthony Lucero.
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    No Reservations is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    No Reservations

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Zoë Kravitz

    Released2007

    Directed byScott Hicks

    No Reservations is a 2007 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Scott Hicks.... more on Wikipedia

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    Woman on Top is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    Woman on Top

    Penélope Cruz, Ana Gasteyer

    Released2000

    Directed byFina Torres

    Woman on Top is a 2000 fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Fina Torres. It is set in... more on Wikipedia

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    Dinner Rush is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    Dinner Rush

    Sandra Bernhard, Danny Aiello

    Released2000

    Directed byBob Giraldi

    Dinner Rush is an independent feature film, written by Brian S. Kalata and Rick Shaughnessy,... more on Wikipedia
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    Tortilla Soup is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    Tortilla Soup

    Raquel Welch, Constance Marie

    Released2001

    Directed byMaria Ripoll

    Tortilla Soup is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Maria Ripoll. The screenplay by... more on Wikipedia

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    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1974

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Martin... more on Wikipedia

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    Today's Special is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    Today's Special

    Dean Winters, Aasif Mandvi
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    Love's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    Love's Kitchen

    Dougray Scott, Sarah Sharman
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    Mostly Martha is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    Mostly Martha

    Ulrich Thomsen, Sergio Castellitto

    Released2001

    Directed bySandra Nettelbeck

    Mostly Martha is a 2001 German romantic comedy drama film written and directed by Sandra... more on Wikipedia
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    The Chef is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    The Chef

    Jean Reno, Santiago Segura

    Released2012

    Directed byDaniel Cohen

    Le Chef is a 2012 French comedy film, directed by Daniel Cohen and starring Jean Reno and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Wing or the Thigh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    The Wing or the Thigh

    Louis de Funès, Coluche

    Released1976

    Directed byClaude Zidi

    The Wing or the Thigh, from the French L'aile ou la cuisse is a 1976 French comedy film... more on Wikipedia
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    Spinning Plates is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    Spinning Plates

    Grant Achatz, Cindy Breitbach

    Released2012

    Directed byJoseph Levy

    Spinning Plates is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Joseph Levy.
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    The Big Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies About Working in a Restaurant
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    The Big Restaurant

    Louis de Funès, Bernard Blier
    The Big Restaurant, is a French comedy thriller film from 1966, directed by Jacques Besnard,... more on Wikipedia
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