Alexander Payne never misses, and Sideways is no exception. A film about two friends experiencing a midlife crisis disguised as a trip through wine country, the movie has all kinds of good-looking food and expensive potables on full display.
One would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t like Ramen noodles. One would struggle even harder to find someone who didn’t want to make Ramen noodles while watching Tampopo, which features enough Ramen to feed the masses.
A big hit at Sundance back in the mid-90s, Big Night sees a couple of immigrant restauranteurs banking on a celebrity night at their eatery to completely change their lives for good. Stanley Tucci stars and directs, resulting in some really excellent shots of meals.
The first movie Jon Favreau made after departing the Iron Man series, Chef follows a man who leaves his safe career as a chef to open up a small, independent food truck. Mirroring the director’s own career, the film subs Favreau’s satiating filmography for a superb-looking menu.
Based on the incredibly successful children’s book of the same name, Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs managed to show off some seriously gargantuan plates while also introducing their signature brand of comedy to the world. They’ve gone on to great heights since then, but it’s hard to top the image of a gigantic stack of pancakes destroying a school.
A post-apocalyptic film of a completely different breed, Delicatessen takes place in a world where meat is in high demand and almost impossible to find. The exception here compared to the other films in this collection is that the food in Delicatessen isn’t apetizing—it’s humans.
A gripping documentary about Japan’s most famous sushi chef, Jiro Dreams of Sushi profiles Jiro Ono and his ten-seat restaurant. Incredibly small (but extremely expensive), Jiro’s restaurant serves patrons twenty courses—all of which look absolutely divine.
The inimitable Nora Ephron’s final film, Julie & Julia, follows the rise of famous cook Julia Child and the parallel story of up-and-coming food blogger Julie Powell as the two work through the same recipes decades apart. Child is one of the most notable chefs in history, so it’s no surprise the food on display here is absolutely divine.
Disney/Pixar seems to lean pretty heavily into sequels as of late, but there actually was a time where Toy Story 2 was the only sequel they had to offer. Ratatouille arrived at the perfect time in the mid-2000s and remains one of their very best films to date, showing off delicious-looking Italian cuisine (regardless of the fact that it’s all animated and made by a talking rat).