It should pretty much go without saying that we love food here at The Pioneer Woman. One look at our favorite fall, winter, spring, and summer recipes, and you’ll see just how seriously we (and our very own Ree Drummond) take this topic, 365 days a year!
So it only makes sense that some of our favorite movies also have to do with food. And you might be surprised to learn just how many movies about food there are! We’ve curated a list of our favorite food movies, that either have culinary arts as the central theme or at least have iconic, unforgettable food scenes.
Here you’ll find plenty of acclaimed dramas, side-splitting comedies, and romantic movies that will sweep you off your feet. If you’re looking for a feel-good movie, you’ve got to check out Julie & Julia. (All you really need to know for now is that it involves mouthwatering meals, Meryl Streep, and plenty of butter!) Or, if you’re after a film that will spark your own creativity in the kitchen, check out Chief or even Ratatouille.
There’s truly something for everyone here. Go ahead and browse this list, and let us know in the comments which movie you’ll be watching—and what you’ll be eating when you do!
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No one questions chef Adam Jones’ (Bradley Cooper) ability to cook—he can whip up the most mouthwatering of meals. But his awful attitude leaves a bad taste in the mouths of critics and customers alike, ruining his reputation in the industry. So, with a slight change of heart and a newly hired crew of foodies, Adam hopes to reinvent his image.
Julie and Julia
Watch Amy Adams transform into a blogger with some pent-up foodie energy. You can live vicariously through her as she launches a mission to try every recipe from Julia Child’s famous French cookbook and then write about it. Meryl Streep’s performance in this film earned her an Oscar nomination.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Toula Portokalos is 30 years old and single. Of course, we know there’s nothing wrong with that, but her family thinks otherwise! After making a major transformation in her life, Toula finally finds the one—but can her family accept a non-Greek into their hearts?
We didn’t say that every movie on this list was going to be a happy one. A group of prisoners is separated by floor, with the top floor receiving a heaping tray of food for sustenance. What remains is sent to the prisoner directly below them, and so on, floor by floor. When the inmates on the bottom floors receive nothing but scraps, they take matters into their own hands…and mouths.
Ever wonder how the billion-dollar corporation McDonald’s got to where it is today? Find out in this film starring Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, a struggling businessman with a bright idea.
You probably expected to see this one on the list, and rightly so. This classic Disney flick centers around the world’s best (and possibly only) rat chef, who helps a struggling human chef whip up meals that soon become the talk of Paris.
Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, and Jon Favreau lead this all-star cast. Prepare to laugh a lot as you watch this story of a disgraced chef who starts his own food truck business and discovers his true purpose in life.
These two teens couldn’t care less about their job at a local burger joint. But when they’re both almost fired, they go above and beyond to save their job. This hilarious flick is a Nickelodeon classic!
Eat Pray Love
Julia Roberts stars in the memoir-turned-movie about a woman who yearns to find herself after a tough divorce and a burnt-out career. When she travels to India, Italy, and Bali, she forms new friendships and creates unforgettable experiences that are all bound by the beauty of food.
Three waitresses at a local pizza shop want nothing more than to leave their small town. But a food reviewer who might put their restaurant on the map just might change their minds—and their lives.
The Parent Trap
Okay, it may not be immediately clear how this beloved Lindsay Lohan classic ties into our food theme. What you may be forgetting is that these separated-at-birth twins don’t fully bond until they realize they share a love of Oreos dipped in peanut butter. And we think that’s beautiful.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
You don’t need a golden ticket to watch this iconic film about a chocolate factory tour gone very, very wrong.
Food brings people close together, and perhaps no food does this better than soul food.
Two passionate Italian brothers bump heads when trying to figure out how to run their new restaurant in a beach town in the late 1950s.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Two restaurants battle it out to be the best in town. The “friendly” competition will have you craving French food and Indian food all at once.
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