Food Movies & Documentaries We Love

by ebony_texan | created - 15 Nov 2014 | updated - 22 Dec 2017 | Public

A list of culinary creations that are a must see for foodies and anyome who has a passion for all things tasty.

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1. Chef (2014)

R | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 187,279 | Gross: $30.64M

2. The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

PG | 122 min | Comedy, Drama

55 Metascore

The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon

Votes: 74,001 | Gross: $54.24M

3. Big Night (1996)

R | 109 min | Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

New Jersey, 1950s. Two brothers run an Italian restaurant. Business is not going well as a rival Italian restaurant is out-competing them. In a final effort to save the restaurant, the brothers plan to put on an evening of incredible food.

Directors: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci | Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Marc Anthony, Larry Block

Votes: 16,703 | Gross: $11.88M

4. Soul Food (1997)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

One person can keep a family together and, when that one person is gone, a family can be torn apart.

Director: George Tillman Jr. | Stars: Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Michael Beach

Votes: 6,711 | Gross: $43.49M

5. Tortilla Soup (2001)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

58 Metascore

A Mexican-American master chef and father to three daughters has lost his taste for food, but not for life.

Director: Maria Ripoll | Stars: Hector Elizondo, Jacqueline Obradors, Tamara Mello, Judy Herrera

Votes: 4,077 | Gross: $4.45M

6. What's Cooking? (2000)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

In LA's Fairfax district, where ethnic groups abound, four households celebrate Thanksgiving amidst family tensions. In the Nguyen family, the children's acculturation and immigrant parents... See full summary »

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Joan Chen, Julianna Margulies, Mercedes Ruehl, Victor Rivers

Votes: 2,436 | Gross: $1.04M

7. Chocolat (2000)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss

Votes: 174,084 | Gross: $71.51M

8. Love's Kitchen (2011)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Rob Haley (Dougray Scott), an up-and-coming chef and restaurateur in London, is grief-stricken when he loses his wife. With encouragement from his infamous friend and real life TV Chef ... See full summary »

Director: James Hacking | Stars: Dougray Scott, Sarah Sharman, Katrine De Candole, Lee Boardman

Votes: 2,535

9. Ratatouille (2007)

G | 111 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

96 Metascore

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.

Directors: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava | Stars: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm

Votes: 617,494 | Gross: $206.45M

10. The Ramen Girl (2008)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An American woman is stranded in Tokyo after breaking up with her boyfriend. Searching for direction in life, she trains to be a râmen chef under a tyrannical Japanese master.

Director: Robert Allan Ackerman | Stars: Brittany Murphy, Toshiyuki Nishida, Tammy Blanchard, Soji Arai

Votes: 8,939

11. Julie & Julia (2009)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book.

Director: Nora Ephron | Stars: Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Chris Messina, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 103,364 | Gross: $94.13M

12. No Reservations (2007)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

The life of a top chef changes when she becomes the guardian of her young niece.

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Clarkson

Votes: 68,992 | Gross: $43.11M

13. Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

Not Rated | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Sihung Lung, Kuei-Mei Yang, Yu-Wen Wang, Chien-Lien Wu

Votes: 17,798 | Gross: $7.29M

14. Haute Cuisine (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Biography, Comedy

61 Metascore

The story of Danièle Delpeuch and how she was appointed as the private chef for François Mitterrand.

Director: Christian Vincent | Stars: Catherine Frot, Arthur Dupont, Jean d'Ormesson, Hippolyte Girardot

Votes: 5,729 | Gross: $0.21M

15. Today's Special (2009)

R | 99 min | Comedy

57 Metascore

In this super-feel-good foodie comedy, young Manhattan chef Samir rediscovers his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food.

Director: David Kaplan | Stars: Kevin Corrigan, Aarti Mann, Dean Winters, Aasif Mandvi

Votes: 6,207 | Gross: $0.40M

16. I Am Love (2009)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

Emma left Russia to live with her husband in Italy. Now a member of a powerful industrial family, she is the respected mother of three, but feels unfulfilled. One day, Antonio, a talented chef and her son's friend, makes her senses kindle.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Alba Rohrwacher

Votes: 19,551 | Gross: $5.01M

17. Tampopo (1985)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy

A truck driver stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business. The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food.

Director: Jûzô Itami | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kôji Yakusho

Votes: 14,742 | Gross: $0.22M

18. Mostly Martha (2001)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

72 Metascore

When a headstrong chef takes charge of her equally stubborn 8-year-old niece, the tensions between them mount... until an Italian sous-chef arrives to lighten the mood.

Director: Sandra Nettelbeck | Stars: Martina Gedeck, Maxime Foerste, Sergio Castellitto, August Zirner

Votes: 7,740 | Gross: $4.16M

19. Toast (I) (2006)

47 min | Drama

A young woman enters the kitchen and starts to prepare food mechanically. What first looks like a simple daily activity soon turns into obsessed preparing and eating.

Director: Jessica Hausner | Star: Susanne Wuest

Votes: 13

20. Dinner Rush (2000)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

At a popular NYC Italian restaurant on a dramatic, busy evening, there are 2 gangsters, cop detective, food-critic, ex bookmaker owner, his chef son, indebted gambler sous-chef etc.

Director: Bob Giraldi | Stars: Danny Aiello, Edoardo Ballerini, John Rothman, Frank Bongiorno

Votes: 4,811 | Gross: $0.11M

21. Three Stars (2010 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

56 Metascore

The feature doc takes a look behind the scenes at top-class restaurants and offers exclusive interviews with celebrity chefs from France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, the USA and Japan.

Director: Lutz Hachmeister | Stars: Yannick Alléno, Elena Arzak, Juan María Arzak, Sven Elverfeld

Votes: 345

22. A Good Year (2006)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

A British investment broker inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Abbie Cornish, Albert Finney, Marion Cotillard

Votes: 85,991 | Gross: $7.46M

23. Somm (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

Four sommeliers attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world.

Director: Jason Wise | Stars: Bo Barrett, Shayn Bjornholm, Dave Cauble, Ian Cauble

Votes: 4,230 | Gross: $0.17M

24. A Chef in Love (1996)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

The story of Pascal Ichak, a larger-than-life French traveller, bon vivant, and chef, who falls in love with Georgia and a Georgian princess in the early 1920s. All is well until the ... See full summary »

Director: Nana Dzhordzhadze | Stars: Pierre Richard, Nino Kirtadze, Micheline Presle, Jean-Yves Gautier

Votes: 598 | Gross: $0.60M

25. The Wedding Banquet (1993)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Winston Chao, May Chin, Ah-Lei Gua, Sihung Lung

Votes: 13,457 | Gross: $6.93M

26. La Grande Bouffe (1973)

NC-17 | 130 min | Comedy, Drama

A group of men go to a villa in the French countryside where they resolve to eat themselves to death.

Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, Ugo Tognazzi

Votes: 11,427

27. Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)

PG | 112 min | Comedy, Mystery, Crime

Mystery abounds when it is discovered that, one by one, the greatest Chefs in Europe are being killed. The intriguing part of the murders is that each chef is killed in the same manner that... See full summary »

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: George Segal, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Morley, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Votes: 1,955

28. The Lunchbox (2013)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.

Director: Ritesh Batra | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Lillete Dubey

Votes: 47,498 | Gross: $4.23M

29. Babette's Feast (1987)

G | 103 min | Drama

78 Metascore

During the late 19th century, a strict religious community in a Danish village takes in a French refugee from the Franco-Prussian War as a servant to the late pastor's daughters.

Director: Gabriel Axel | Stars: Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel, Jarl Kulle

Votes: 17,349 | Gross: $4.40M

30. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

PG | 81 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb | Stars: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama

Votes: 32,478 | Gross: $2.55M

31. Soul of a Banquet (2014)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

A documentary on Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food. Chiang opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in 1961 in San Francisco and ... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Cecilia Chiang, Ruth Reichl, Alice Waters

Votes: 61

32. Le Chef (2012)

PG-13 | 84 min | Comedy, Drama

43 Metascore

A veteran chef faces off against his restaurant group's new CEO, who wants to the establishment to lose a star from its rating in order to bring in a younger chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy.

Director: Daniel Cohen | Stars: Jean Reno, Michaël Youn, Raphaëlle Agogué, Julien Boisselier

Votes: 15,797 | Gross: $0.34M

33. Deli Man (2014)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

A look at the history of delicatessens in the United States.

Director: Erik Greenberg Anjou | Stars: Steve Auerbach, Adam Caslow, Alan M. Dershowitz, Fyvush Finkel

Votes: 460 | Gross: $0.48M

34. Eat with Me (2014)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

When Emma moves in with her estranged, gay son, the pair must learn to reconnect through food where words fail, and face the foreclosure of the family's Chinese restaurant and a stubborn fear of intimacy.

Director: David Au | Stars: Sharon Omi, Edward Chen, Nicole Sullivan, Aidan Bristow

Votes: 1,156

35. Open Tables (2015)

76 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Within the walls of the trendiest Chicago restaurants, behind the closed doors of private dinner parties, and on the banks of the Seine in Paris, OPEN TABLES explores true love, love lost and the importance of a good main course.

Director: Jack C. Newell | Stars: Bill Arnett, Desmin Borges, Bethany Cofer, Stew Cofer

Votes: 63

36. Burnt (I) (2015)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

42 Metascore

Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) is a chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.

Director: John Wells | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, Riccardo Scamarcio

Votes: 102,345 | Gross: $13.65M

37. Like Water for Chocolate (1992)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance

86 Metascore

When tradition prevents her from marrying the man she loves, a young woman discovers she has a unique talent for cooking.

Director: Alfonso Arau | Stars: Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torné, Mario Iván Martínez

Votes: 16,433 | Gross: $21.67M

38. Cook Off! (2007)

R | 98 min | Comedy

Amateur "chefs" from around the country compete for a million dollar prize in the ultimate food fight.

Directors: Cathryn Michon, Guy Shalem | Stars: Louie Anderson, Nick Rey Angelus, Diedrich Bader, Jordan Black

Votes: 799



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