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Top 10 Best Food Movies of All-Time

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, meaning that people will gather from all areas to enjoy food…and try to avoid the grandparents that bring up politics before the turkey is even cut.  Better yet, here’s the best food movies of all-time so that you’ll have something to occupy your mind before you slip into that dreaded food coma:

#10: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs won’t exactly be the deepest movie you’ve ever seen, but it’s filled with fast-paced humor and crazy, food-filled scenarios that will keep you entertained from start to finish.  Bill Hader rounds out a great cast of fun voices, providing enough zany, colorful fun for both adults and children to enjoy.  Plus, you can’t go wrong with a film that has food falling from the sky.

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#9: Julie and Julia (2009)

Julie and Julia isn’t exactly a film for a wide audience.  But, it’s a lovely, fluffy movie that intertwines two seemingly unrelated stories with the help of food…lots and lots of food.

Meryl Streep is lovely as always as Julia Child, diving into the character with ease.  All the French food will make your mouth water from start to finish, making up for any of the film’s shortcomings.

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#8: Soylent Green (1973)

Well, Soylent Green might not be the most traditional pick for the best food movies of all-time.  Not by a long shot.  In fact, this choice is more of a sick joke than anything else.

That being said, the film contains great discussion of the issues that this planet may have to endure sometime soon.  While overpopulation may not to lead to (ahem) the conclusion that Soylent Green presents, the social commentary on display here will keep you thinking long after the film is over.

Just don’t eat Soylent Green.  Please, for the love of humanity!

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#7: James and the Giant Peach (1996)

This adaptation of the popular Roald Dahl book works on all levels.  James and the Giant Peach captures the whimsy and twisted nature of the story with extreme care and cleverness.  The stop-motion animation style may be a turn-off to some, but it works perfectly for the quirky nature of a young British boy traveling in a giant peach with a bunch of bugs.  Let’s be honest, anything else would have been super, super weird.  It might be a stretch for consideration for the best food movies, but the term “best food movies” is certainly open to interpretation.

If you’re looking for a word to describe James and the Giant Peach, it would probably be “offbeat.”

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#6: Chocolat (2000)

Chocolat rests on the back of Julie Binoche’s performance…and Johnny’s Depp’s ability to eat sumptuous food sexually.

There’s a fun duality on display in the film with chocolate, the most tempting of all foods, used as a driving force in the discussion of pleasure vs. self-denial.  Even further, Chocolat contains a lovely discussion of the importance of faith in one’s life.  All in all, this film is just a lighthearted, rewatchable film that won’t offend.

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#5: Chef (2014)

Jon Favreau can do it all!  He can make CGI tigers come to life, but he can also cook a mean pasta dish.  Chef is a great for those who want to make it on their own in the world.  Creativity is something that a lof of people lose out on, and Favreau’s misadventures in opening up his own restaurant is a lovely, if somewhat generic, ride.

If nothing else, Chef will make you head to your latest food truck for a quick bite.

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#4: Sideways (2004)

Wine is food, right?

Sideways may best appeal to elderly, waspy people.  Actually, we’ll take that one step forward.  Sideways does appeal best to elderly, waspy people.  However, the film is still a thoughtful, insightful look into the struggles of growing older.  Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church provide a ton of comedy as the two leads, chugging more and more Pinot Noir as women flock.

Giamatti’s face in this photo says it all:

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#3: Super Size Me (2004)

McDonald’s was never the same after Super Size Me.  The documentary shed a light on just how bad fast food was over a decade ago.  In fact, Super Size Me’s content was so damning that McDonald’s and other fast food chains changed the way they operate and serve food.  You’re lying if you said that watching a man eat nothing but McDonald’s for a month didn’t gross you out.  Not only did the the individual gain a serious amount weight, but exposed the gross manner in which McDonald’s prepares its food.

Stick to salads, kids!

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#2: Ratatouille (2007)

Ratatouille may be the most underrated Pixar film to date.  Not only will the film create an appetite for actual ratatouille, but it creates a lovely underdog story for an unlikely hero in Remy.  Never judge a book by its cover, folks!  That book may just turn into a culinary master of epic proportions.

However, I am still a little curious in how Remy controls Linguini.  How does grabbing his hair control his movements?  What sort of cognitive level are these two on?  We may never fathom how deep the relationship for these two goes!

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#1: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Was there any doubt?

Calling Willy Wonka may be a stretch considering its unbelievably scarring moments.  But nevertheless, Willy Wonka is a lovely, totally memorable ride through the splendor of fantastical sweets.  Does a movie with a chocolate river deserve the moniker of the best of the best food movies ever?  I’d answer that with a resounding yes.

The late Gene Wilder was never better than his performance in Willy Wonka.  We all miss him, but at least he left an impeccable legacy behind him.

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Nick Kush

A current young professional, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016 in order to provide insightful film analysis that is meant to educate and entertain. Nick is also a member of the Internet Film Critics Society. You can follow Nick at the official MovieBabble Twitter account @MovieBabble_

22 Responses

  1. Kell Brigan says:

    Chocolat grotesquely misrepresents Faith and SuperSize Me grotesquely maligns and misrepresents the reality of fat people’s lives. Sorry folks, but EPIC FAIL, here.

    • Nick Kush says:

      You’re allowed to have that opinion! After all, these lists come down to personal opinion in the end for whoever makes them

      • Kell Brigan says:

        There is such a thing as truth. Fat people do not eat more or differently than thinner people. (The biggest “gluttons” are thin men between 17 and 25.) Self-denial during Lent is not about hating life or condemning innocent pleasures. It’s about gratitude for all that life offers. Both these movies are propaganda pieces — one against fat people and the other against Christians. Both are mind-numbingly stupid. FACT.

      • Nick Kush says:

        Calling something “mind-numbingly stupid” is inherently based in opinion. Keep doing you but there are different perspectives out there

      • Kell Brigan says:

        Claiming there is no such thing as truth is the refuge of a lazy coward.

      • Nick Kush says:

        Lol okay you have a good one ??

  2. My favourite is Ratatouille – but I’m a sucker for a Pixar movie. Good choices.

  3. Don’t forget Babette’s Feast. A well-deserved Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Film.

    • Nick Kush says:

      Funny, I watched it a little bit ago but totally forgot about it, I guess it didn’t have a solid effect on me

  4. Angela says:

    Great post. We love “Mostly Martha” and “Babette’s Feast.”

  5. great list! love that you included soylent green haha.

  6. floatinggold says:

    I always enjoy a list of “best” movies. Will try and check out one or two over the weekend, since I have not seen all of the ones you listed above. Thanks for the idea!

  7. raistlin0903 says:

    Hmm, had to think about your question for a bit I’m going to have to go with Fried Green Tomatoes. I just thought that was an absolutely lovely movie ?

    • Nick Kush says:

      Another tough omission! That’s the part I hate about these lists, there’s so many options that I love that sometimes don’t make it!

  8. Oh, I need to visit a chocolate factory one day!

  9. fivezero says:

    Great idea for a list, and I love your picks, especially Ratatouille and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!

    My list would include Big Night, Eat Drink Man Woman, and Like Water for Chocolate.

    • Nick Kush says:

      Those are some good ones as well! They were actually pretty tough omissions for this list. I’m glad you enjoyed it!!!!

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