9 Delicious Food Movies That’ll Make You Want to Cook
We love movies. We love food. And, of course, we love movies about food. Especially these delicious, scrumptious movies that make us want to cook everything.
Even if we can’t make it exactly like they do in the films (who can, right?) at least the movies inspire us to try.
Of course, there should be a word of warning: food movies aren’t generally known to be the most fantastic in cinematography or plot or any of those Oscar-worthy categories. These are just food movies that make us want to get in the kitchen and do something. Some of these are really great in terms of reputation, but all of them have great food.
So let’s check out our favorite food movies that inspire us (and you) to cook.
IMDB rating: 6.4
People never expect this one. Queen Latifah and LL Cool J? Surprisingly, it’s absolutely enticing. This film has two things going for it: amazing food, and amazing location.
Plot-wise, Latifah’s character Georgia Byrd gets diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor. The shy and aspiring cook decides to spend her savings before she dies. So she goes to the beautiful Grandhotel Pupp, meets her favorite chef and cooks amazing food.
IMDB rating: 7.3
This is a great, feel-good family film, wonderful for Indian-inspired cooking, elegant locations in France and endearing life lessons.
In the movie, the Kadam family leave India to find new opportunities abroad. On their way to England, they end up in a village in France and decide to set up shop there—right across from a Michellin-starred restaurant. Lots of traditional Indian food, modern food and classic French cuisine.
IMDB rating: 7.3
Fun, good music, and Miami—what else do you need? In this great movie, chef Carl Rasper decides to up and quit his glamorous job and open up a food truck in Miami. So he drives down there, cooking and learning along the way with his son and former co-worker.
Lots of great music and a fantastic way to make grilled cheese we’d never seen before.
IMDB rating: 6.7
Another feel-good one, guys. This is a calm comedy based on the importance of and respect for family.
Here, aspiring Manhattan chef Samir is about to go for an internship in Paris when his restaurant-owner father has a heart attack. Reluctantly, he takes over control of the restaurant and accidentally finds a taxi cab driver who teaches him how to cook from his heart.
IMDB rating: 7.0
Any movie about the famed chef and author Julia Child ought to be great, and this one does not disappoint. Child brought French cuisine to the modern American household, and Julie Powell decides to write a blog with one challenge: cook all of the recipes in Child’s book.
This based-on-a-true story doesn’t focus very much on food as with the other food movies above, but it certainly inspires you to hunt down a copy of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
IMDB rating: 8.0
We have to be honest here: at first the thought of a rat in the kitchen wasn’t the most inspiring idea.
But when we sat down and watched it, we saw just how amazing and fun it was—and how hungry we became. Again in France, a rat who can cook amazing food teams up with an aspiring cook to charm theeir harshest food critic. A fun food movie for the whole family.
IMDB rating: 6.3
As we said before, most of these food movies aren’t really Oscar-worthy. However, they have a good mood, wonderful locations and usually amazing food.
Here is no different, and Jones’ character chef Kate ends up having to take care of her niece when her sister dies. Then to make it even more complicatd, her restaurant hires a second chef, Italian-trained who messes up her whole, strictly-made life. In the end, of course, she learns about love, life, and everything else—and we get to see some delicious food.
IMDB rating: 7.3
A great intersection between seduction and cuisine, this is perhaps one of the most popular food movies.
In it, a single mother and her 6-year old daughter open up a chocolate shop in a rural French village. Of course, there’s some antagonism, especially since they’ve opened it right across the local church. Expect any and all deliciousness possible when talking about chocolate. Great for those with a sweet-tooth, this one might cause your stomach to grumble throughout.
IMDB rating: 7.8
It may not be a secret here: we love Indian food. In fact, we love all foods with strong flavors. None of that bland stuff.
So it’s obvious why three of our favorite food movies are Indian-inspired. In Mumbai housewives usually send food through the city’s efficient lunchbox system. In this romantic film, however, an older man accidentally receives the wrong lunchbox sent by a young housewife. Instead of a quick resolution, they begin to exchange notes and try different and better food. A truly inspiring, wonderful movie.
Any more delicious food movies?
These are (currently) our favorite food movies. Have you seen any of these, or do you have any others to recommend? Let us know in the comments below!