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20 Delicious Movies For Food Lovers
Getting hungry? From Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to Julie and Julia, food-based films have long been a staple in Hollywood. Check out 20 of the best mouthwatering movies, ahead.
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Juliette Binoche, Victoire Thivisol, Johnny Depp, and Judy Dench star in the 2000 film about a French chocolaterie. Highlighting the true power of food, Binoche's character of Vianne Rocher reawakens those around her with her "sinfully delicious" chocolate treats.
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The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
Helen Mirren teamed up with Om Puri and Manish Dayal for 2014's The Hundred-Foot Journey, taking the journey all the way to France. The dame stars as Madame Mallory, the purveyor of the elegant traditional French restaurant, Le Saule Pleureur. Hassan (Dayal) enters her life as the young rising chef at the new Maison Mumbai restaurant across the street. Sweeping food porn scenes of delectable French and Indian food, to boot!
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Julie and Julia (2009)
Hollywood heavyweight Meryl Streep joins the genre as Julia Child, starring opposite Amy Adams in 2009's Julie and Julia. Based on the true story of New York writer Julie Powell, Adams plays the blogger who rises to fame with her undertaking of the recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Complete with sizzling scenes of said French cooking, Julie and Julia earned Streep an Oscar nod.
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When celebrity chef Roy Choi is involved, you know it's going to be good. Serving as co-producer, the food truck maven contributed to Jon Favreau's star-studded film about a famed chef who starts a Cuban food truck after his gourmet career falls apart.
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Big Night (1996)
The Paradise Italian restaurant steps into the spotlight in 1996's Big Night. Starring Minnie Driver, Marc Anthony, Isabella Rossellini, Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci, the dramedy tells the tale of an Italian immigrant family attempting to save their restaurant with one huge, celebrity-filled night. Come for the impressive cast, stay for the many-course meal.
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Babette's Feast (1987)
A winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Babette's Feast has its central moment — as the title suggests — in one massive feast. Title character Babette joins pious Danish sisters Filippa and Martine as their housekeeper, and gives them the gift of a lifetime when she prepares an enviable French dinner for them and their guests.
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Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)
The celebrated documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi follows legendary Japanese chef Jiro Ono. Jiro is shown practicing his craft of sushi at his Michelin-starred restaurant as he prepares to leave his knowledge and legacy to his son.
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Keri Russell stars as Jenna, the waitress in question in 2007's Waitress. The small-town woman bakes stunning pies to escape the sadness and mediocrity of her everyday life, and catches the eye of a man who just might mix things up.
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Aspiring chef Alfredo Linguini finds an unlikely ally in a talented rat named Remy. The rodent teaches the human the ways of French cooking and they work together to develop a stunning pot of soup.
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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
An OG foodie movie, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory stars Gene Wilder as the eccentric chocolate maker. In one famous scene, Charlie Bucket and his fellow golden ticket-winners explore the wondrous chocolate factory complete with a chocolate river, edible wallpaper, and foliage made out of treats.
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Tortilla Soup (2001)
Inspired by Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman, 2001's Tortilla Soup introduces viewers to the Naranjo family, led by patriarch and chef Martin Naranjo (Héctor Elizondo). Drama and milestones unfold between Martin's three daughters, often over delicious feasts.
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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Joining Ratatouille in the realm of animated flicks that still manage to make viewers hungry, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs hit theaters in 2009. An adaptation of the children's book by the same name, the tasty flick follows an inventor's town as the weather turns rain into food.
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Like Water for Chocolate (1993)
The award-winning Like Water for Chocolate follows a young woman who cannot be with the man whom she loves because of family obligation and tradition. As she despairs over her stock in life, she cooks up delicious meals and treats that tempt those around her.
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I Am Love (2010)
Tilda Swinton stars in 2010's I Am Love as Emma, a Russian woman who marries into the powerful Recchi family in Milan. She is soon tempted away from her husband, however, by a man with skills in the kitchen.
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Soul Food (1997)
A star-studded ensemble cast brought soul food to the big screen in 1997. Focusing on the trials and tribulations of a family in Chicago, the family gets together over the dinner table each week for traditional food from the matriarch (Irma P. Hall).
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Woman on Top (2000)
Penélope Cruz leads 2000's Woman on Top as Isabella, a talented chef with a husband who takes advantage of her. She leaves Brazil for San Francisco and finds success in her popular cooking show, Passion Food.
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Simply Irresistible (1999)
In a bit of '90s cheese, Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in Simply Irresistible as Amanda, a restaurant chef who picks up some magical new culinary skills. She entices her love interest with her dishes, which makes the diner feel whatever she was feeling when cooking the food.
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The Trip (2010)
A feature film adaptation of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's BBC show, The Trip stars the two men as themselves. The UK stars eat their way through England on a road trip, cracking jokes all the while.
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Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
The acclaimed Ang Lee effort that inspired Tortilla Soup, 1994's Eat Drink Man Woman centers on a family in Taipei. Much like its successor, the film follows a father and this three daughters, and their many gourmet meals around the dinner table.
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Hyped as a "ramen western," the 1985 Japanese film brings a simple ramen shop back to life. The cafe's widow proprietor, Tampopo, learns her skill from a roving truck driver, and brings her food to the next level.