Top 10 Foodie Flicks

July 23, 2010

Top 10 Food Films

With the final of Masterchef around the corner we’ll need to get over our daily foodie withdrawals somehow. How about settling in with something delicious and one of these best ever food flicks…

1. Julie and Julia

Whether you relate to Julie Powell’s (Amy Adams) struggles in the kitchen or just sit back and lap up Julia Child’s (Meryl Streep) sumptuous love affair with French food (the market scenes are delightful), this is a food flick to enjoy over and over again.

2. The Godfather

Food is just one of the nuances in this beautiful mafia movie – you probably don’t notice to role of food but the movie wouldn’t be as rich without it. “Leave the gun, take the cannolis” says it all. Dark moody restaurants, red and white tablecloths and plates of American-Italian dishes that we all secretly crave.

3. Big Night

Speaking of Italian-American, the characters plan an Italian feast to show everyone what real Italian food is about. Set in 1950s New Jersey and featuring an all-star cast (Stanley Tucci, Minnie Driver), the food, the music…it’s all delicious.

4. Tampopo

“Have you seen Tampopo?’ is a requisite get-to-know-you question for foodies, and this sexy Japanese flick looks at the sensual obsession of food (mmm…noodles). Settle in with a bowl of ramen and enjoy.

5. Like What For Chocolate

This beautiful Mexican movie is as sad and sensual, and is so erotically-charged it literally brings the house down. Makes the perfect date night in movie.

6. Babette’s Feast

This is a feast for the senses. This Academy Award winner set in Denmark about quiet Babette who takes refuge with a bickering family and after winning the lottery prepares a dream-like banquet that changes everybody.

7. Sideways

Ok so it’s more wine than food but the pleasures of drink are no less enjoyable in this road trip through California’s stunning Napa Valley. Enjoy with a bottle of the shamed merlot.

8. Ratatoulle

How wonderful that kids get their own food flick (that everyone can enjoy). It’s so beautifully animated that you almost forget it’s not real, and the moment the critic tastes the food that transports him back to his childhood is magic.

9. Eat Drink Man Woman

Directed by Ang Lee, this film is pure food porn. Watching the father and his three daughters prepare magnificent Chinese banquets is enough to get you dialling for home delivery, although we can only dream of such an amazing feast.

10. 9 ½ Weeks

…do we need to say anything about the food scene? And if that’s not enough, it’s worth it for remembering how young and raw Mickey Rourke once was.

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