Eating is one of the great pleasures in life. But if you can’t get together with all your friends and family at the moment, these films provide some of the most memorable dinners Hollywood has ever seen.
One of the most iconic dinner scenes of all-time is the centerpiece of this 10-time Oscar nominated classic, which took home four wins including Best Picture and Best Director (Tony Richardson). Albert Finney is a charm as Henry Fielding’s rascal social climber who takes you on a vivid journey through the ins and outs of English society.
Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?
If you thought Knives Out needed to focus on fine food, then feast your eyes on this Agatha Christie-style whodunit set in the world of great European cuisine. George Segal and Jacqueline Bisset team up to find out who’s bumping off Europe’s most famous chefs using their own recipes, all accompanied by a frothy score by the legendary Henry Mancini.
Prepare to cook up lots of noodles after viewing this quirky Jûzô Itami comedy about a trucker who gets roped into a unique restaurant scheme. One of the most food-obsessed films you’ll ever see, it’s not one to watch with the kids, but is perfect for when you want to walk on the wild side.
Denmark’s first Oscar-winning Foreign Language Film is one of the screen’s top odes to the power of cuisine. Directed by Gabriel Axel, Babette's Feast tells the story of two sisters and a community that is forever changed by the arrival of a French refugee with very special cooking skills.
An Oscar winner for its inventive makeup designs, Tim Burton’s phantasmagorical afterlife comedy-fantasy also changed the way we listen to Harry Belafonte with its unforgettable “Day-O” dinner scene.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
The third big-screen comedy with the Griswold family has become a Yuletide favorite around the world. As fans of this holiday classic might recall, their big Christmas dinner becomes highlighted by an unlucky cat, a tragic turkey, and a most unorthodox way of saying grace.
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
Need the title say more? Controversy erupted immediately over this mixture of sumptuous revenge and a scalding social statement from writer-director Peter Greenaway. With future Oscar winner Helen Mirren headlining a stellar cast — a gangster-owned French restaurant serves as the backdrop for infidelity, murder, and some of the most outrageous banquet scenes ever filmed.
Like Water for Chocolate
Alfonso Arau drizzles a layer of fantasy into this adaptation of Laura Esquivel’s popular novel about a young woman who discovers she has the ability to infuse her emotions into the food she cooks. One of the most successful international releases from Mexico, this remains a defining entry in the ‘90s indie film revolution.
Eat Drink Man Woman
Before becoming a two-time Oscar winner for directing Life of Pi (2012) and Brokeback Mountain (2005), Ang Lee gave audiences this heartfelt look at a Taiwanese chef and the relationships with his three daughters — all based around their weekly Sunday dinners that bring more than a few surprises.
Though best known as actors, Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott teamed up to direct this tasty, cinematic dish. With the fate of their restaurant at stake, two Italian-American brothers are forced to cook the meal of a lifetime.
Meet the Parents
Family dinners are never more awkward — or hilarious — than the ones in this hit comedy with a nervous Ben Stiller sharing some tense meals with his prospective father-in-law, Robert De Niro.
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes took home an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for this witty and class-conscious 'whodunit' directed by Robert Altman. Among its many highlights are the gripping dining scenes, with actors like Maggie Smith and Jeremy Northam delivering dialogue sharper than silverware.
L.A.’s Mexican-American food scene is the backdrop for this charming tale in which seasoned chef Héctor Elizondo uses his culinary skills to delight and encourage his three daughters, despite losing his own sense of taste. Inspired by Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman, it’s an equal opportunity showcase for great acting and mouthwatering Mexican food.
Pixar delivered a love letter to foodies with this Parisian charmer that earned five Oscar nominations and won the honor of Best Animated Feature Film. After watching nearly two hours of resourceful rodent chef Remy, you’ll be heading to the kitchen by the time the credits begin.
Julie & Julia
You get not one but two true stories of cuisine culture in this Oscar-nominated depiction of blogger Julie Powell (played by Amy Adams) and her mission to pull off every recipe in the first book by the
legendary Julia Child (Meryl Streep). This delectable dish was the final film by writer-director Nora Ephron, who revolutionized the rom-com with Sleepless in Seattle sixteen years earlier.
The Princess and the Frog
The fairy tale princess gets a zesty New Orleans twist in this tale of cook and aspiring restaurateur, Tiana, whose plans take a sudden detour with a fateful kiss. This Disney fan favorite was nominated for three Oscars including Randy Newman’s song “Almost There,” the first musical ode to opening up your own eatery.
Even if you can’t hit your favorite food truck at the moment, this heartwarming father-son road movie is just the thing to satisfy your appetite. Jon Favreau stars as a renowned chef whose tantrum at work
forces him to come up with a new way to deliver tasty meals to the masses, with his son in two for the journey.