Food and Movies: What to Eat, What to Watch

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Julie & Julia is the obvious food and movie pairing, but it's not alone

Julie & Julia is the obvious food and movie pairing, but it's not alone

Food and movies make a beautiful pairing. That’s why TV trays were invented, right? While I wouldn’t recommend eating in front of the tube every night, I do suggest making it special when you do.

A list of movies about food or including food is obvious and has been done. Even the University of California, Berkeley has a list in their Media Resources Center of Food and Eating in the Movies. It’s a big, long alphabetized list. Chow has a list of best food scenes in a movie in Film Feast. Monsieur Anton has a list of the 10 Best Food Movies on the blog At The Pass. An LA Weekly blog also has a list, Top 10 Food Movies: Eat, Drink, Watch.

Let’s do something a little different. Let’s assume you know how to cook. I don’t mean gourmet cooking – that would be a bonus, but not necessary. Let’s also assume you like to watch movies. Let’s look at some movies that would pair nicely with distinct styles of cooking.


  • Julie & Julia
  • Ratatouille
  • Babette’s Feast


  • The Godfather
  • Big Night
  • Under the Tuscan Sun
  • Moonstruck


  • The Joy Luck Club
  • Eat Drink Man Woman
  • The Chinese Feast
  • The God of Cookery
  • Rice Rhapsody


  • Tampopo
  • The Ramen Girl
  • Supermarket Woman
  • Seagull Diner


  • Tortilla Soup
  • Like Water for Chocolate
  • A Walk in the Clouds


  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Mamma Mia!


  • Diner
  • American Graffiti
  • Mystic Pizza
  • Pulp Fiction


  • Chocolat
  • Waitress

Finally, let’s remember that take-out is a viable option if you want to skip the cooking and get straight to the movies.