Gastronomy in Film

A list of films that have a major emphasis on food or dining. Despite its length the list is far from comprehensive.

The films are given in alphabetical order, with colour indicating the IMDb rating out of ten (grey is 4/10, blue is 5/10, green is 6/10, yellow is 7/10 and red, the best, is 8/10).

Trailers are given for those that commonly occur in listings of "10 best", "25 best" etc.

Those with an asterisk are animated movies. Recent foodie movies are listed here and a few absurdist, or surrealistic movies that relate in some way to food are given on the next page - here.....

Waitress (1981)

What's Up Tiger Lily? (1966)

Whats Cooking? (2000)

What's on your plate (2009 Documentary)

Wheels on Meals (1984)

When do we eat? (2005)

Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)

Yougashiten Koandoru (2011)

The Wing or Thigh (1976)

Toast (2010)

Today's Special (2009)

Tortilla Soup (2001)

Trattoria (2013)

Udon (2006)

Un Air de Famille (1996)

Vatel (2000)

Vegucated (2011 Documentary)

Viridiana (1961)

Waitress (2007)

The Mistress of Spices (2005)

The Naked Kitchen (2009)

The Nude Restaurant (1967)

The Nutty Professor (1996)

The Phantom of Liberty (1984)

The Ramen Girl (2008)

The Recipe (2010)

The Road to Wellville (1994)

The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)

The Secret Life of Mrs Beeton (TV movie 2006)

The Slammin Salmon (2009)

The Stuff (1985)

The Trip (2010)

The Kitchen (2012)

The Linguini Incident (1991)

The Lunch Box (2013)

Tapas (2005)

The Baker (2007)  

Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World (2008 Documentary)

The Cabbage Soup (1981)

The Coca-cola Kid (1985)

The Chef (2005)

The Chinese Feast (1995)

The Cook (2008)

The Cook, the thief, his wife and her lover (1989)

The Dead (1987)

The Dinner Game (1998)

The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

The future of food (2004 Documentary)

The Gleaners and I (2000 Documentary)

The Green Butchers (2003)

The House of Pancakes (1997)

The Hundred Foot Journey (2014)


Stanley and Iris (1990)

State Fair (1945)

Step Up to the Plate (2014)

Super size me (2004)

Sushi King Goes to New York (2008)

Tampopo (1985)  


Spirited away (2001)*

Soup of the Day (2006)

Soup Opera (2010)

Soylent Green (1973)

Spanglish (2004)

Spinning Plates (2012)


Simply Irresistable (1999)

Soul Kitchen (2009)

Soul Food (1997)


18 Meals (2010)

301/302 (1995)

A Chef in Love (1996)

A Hot Dog Program (1999 Documentary)

A Feast at Midnight (1984)

Alice's Restaurant (1969)

A Private Function (1984)

A Taste of Romance (2012)

A Question of Taste (2012)

A Touch of Spice (2003)

A Woman, a gun and a noodle shop (2009)

A Year in Provence (1993)

Babette's Feast (1987)


Bad Seed: The truth about our food (2006 Documentary)

Bad Taste (1987)

Bagdad Cafe (1987)

Beer (1985)

Beerfest (2006)

Big Night (1996)

Blood Diner (1987)

Bon Appetit (2010)

Bottle Shock (2008)

Bread and Tulips (2000)

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Burnt (2015)

Buena Vida Delivery (Good Life Delivery) (2004)

Cafe (2011)

Cafe Seoul (2009)

Caffeine (2006)

Caffeine (1999)

Cannibal Girls (1973)

Catfish in Black Bean Sauce (1999)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Chef (2014)

Chef (TV series) (1993)

Chef's Special (2008)

Chicken and Duck Talk (1988)

Chicken Rice War (2000)

Chicken Tikka Masala (2005)

Chocolat (2000)



Chungking Express (1994)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)*

Comfort and Joy (1984)

Conspirators of Pleasure (1996)

Consuming Passions (1988)

Conte d'Automne (1998)

Cooking with Stella (2009)

Couscous (2007)

Cuisine Americaine (1998)

Delicatessen (1991)

Dim Sum - a little bit of heart (1985)

Diner (1982)

Dinner Rush (2000)

Dumplings (2004)

Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)


Eat the Rich (1987)

Eat Your Heart Out (1997)

Eating (1990)

Eating Raoul (1982)

Eat Pray Love (2010)

El Bulli : Cooking in Progress (2010 Documentary)

Estomago: A Gastronomic Story (2005)

Fast Food Fast women (2000)

Fast Food Nation (2006)

Fatso (1980)

Felicia's Journey (1999)

Final Recipe (2013)





Fish n' Chips (2011)

Five Easy Pieces (1970)

Flakes (2007) 6

Food Inc (2008)

Franky and Johnny (1991)

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

Funny About Love (1990)

Good Burger (1997)

Greedy Guts (2000)

Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle (2004)

Hamburger - the motion picture (1986)

Haute Cuisine (2012)

Heavy (1995)

Hotel Splendide (2000)

How to cook your life (2007 documentary)

I am love (2009)

Ice Cream Man (1995)

I Like Killing flies (2004 Documentary)

I Love you to death (1990)

It's a Gift (1934)

I want someone to eat Cheese With (2006)

In the weeds (2000)

James and the Giant Peach (1996)*

Jamon, Jamon (1992)

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)


Julie and Julia (2009)

Just Desserts (2004 TV movie)

Kebab Connection (2004)

Killer at Large (2008 Documentary)

Kitchen Stories (2003)

La Femme du Boulanger (1938)

Le Chef (2012)

Le Grand Boeffe (The Big Feast) (1973)

Le Grand Chef (Best Chef) (2007)

Le Grand Restaurant (The Big Restaurant) (1966)

Like water for chocolate (1992)


Lung Fung Restaurant (1990)

Love Serenade (1996)

Love's Kitchen (2011)

Man Push Cart (2005)

Mango Yellow (2002)

Margarette's Feast (2003) 6

Marie Antoinette (2006)  


Mediterranean Food (2009)

Merci Pour le Chocolat (2000)

Mildred Pierce (1945)

Moonstruck (1987)

Mostly Martha (2001)


Mystic Pizza (1988)

Nankyoku Ryorinin (2009)

Nina's Heavenly Delights (2006)

No Reservations (2007)

Only lovers left alive (2013)

Osso Bucco (2008)

Our Daily Bread (2005 documentary)

Oyster Farmer (2004)

Pane e Cioccolata (Bread and Chocolate (1974)

Papadopoulos and Sons (2012)

Perfect Sense (2011)

Pig Business (2009 Documentary)

Planeat (2010 Documentary)

Queen of Hearts (1989)

Ratatouille (2007)*  


Romantics Anonymous (2010)

Sandwiches that you will like (2002 Documentary)

Seven Days of Grace (2006)

Short Order (2005)

Sideways (2004)

Mouse Hunt (1997)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

My Dinner with Andre (1981)