Hollywood can boast of countless movies that revolve around the idea of cooking, eating and traveling. The idea of enticing audiences with the heady combination of awe-inspiring scenery, finger licking food and a heavy dose of romance have always worked wonders at the box office. This particular genre has undergone drastic changes since its inception in the early days of film making; today food is more than just filler for our stomach, it is a metaphor to tell inspiring and captivating human stories. The list below features some of the most innovative and genre defining films where food plays a significant role in carrying forward the narrative. With that said, here’s the list of top food movies ever made. You can watch some of these best food movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. Big Night (1996)
It is a sweet, tender and mildly tension filled tale of two immigrant Italian brothers trying to make a living by running a restaurant in the 1950s America. The local people are however not much into their traditional Italian delicacies – they expect an Americanized version of Italian food. Naturally tension mounts up and creeps into their domestic lives and one of the brothers even contemplates going back to Rome. Destiny gives them a second chance and they jump right at it. Will they be able to save their restaurant? The film deserves to be seen for its assimilation of two cultures and how food can bring people together.
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9. Julie & Julia (2009)
It is a smart comedy about two women living in different time periods sharing one common link – the love for food and cooking. Let’s talk about the title of the film; Julia refers to Julia Child, a French-American chef credited with introducing the art of French cooking in America. Julie on the other hand is Julie Powell who undertook a challenge upon herself to try and cook all the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s cook book. Her story came into focus when she started blogging about her experiences – an exercise which eventually led to her signing a book contract. The film focuses on the two remarkable women’s journey from being a regular person to celebrated personalities. Highly recommended!