15 Best Food Scenes in Movies

The most memorable food-related moments in film history


When it comes to the greatest food moments in film history, several iconic scenes come to mind. Meg Ryan's memorable fake orgasm in When Harry Met Sally. Stallone gulping down raw eggs in Rocky. Everybody references those Goodfellas scenes — you know, the ones where they cut garlic into paper-thin slices, and go to Joe Pesci's mother's house after killing Bill Bats. We all know the Animal House cafeteria scene and the Chez Paul scene in Blues Brothers. We're tired of Cool Hand Luke, and the scene in Alien where the creature bursts out. Even the opening sequence in The Godfather III is cliché. So, besides the obvious, what are the most outstanding food moments in cinema?

Lady and the Tramp sharing spaghetti? Diane Keaton hurling a lobster at Woody Allen in Annie Hall? Willy Wonka? Mystic Pizza? These are scenes worth noting. Forget the Weird Science laser-popped popcorn. Forget Chunk's Baby Ruth in Goonies. Let's not discuss Ghostbusters' Stay Puft marshmallow man, or E.T. and Reese's Pieces. Let's stick with unrecognized classics — the lunch scene in The Breakfast Club. The intro to The Big Lebowski. There's more good food beyond the scenes routinely noted on average sites.

So, which great cinematic food scenes made The Daily Meal's cut of the best ever? Look for your favorites. Think we missed one? Comment below or write us an email.

 

• The Big Lebowski — The opening scene features The Dude (Jeff Bridges) drinking milk from the carton in a grocery store while in his bathrobe, then paying for it by writing a check for 69 cents. Need we say more?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Big — Between eating ears of baby corn kernel-by-kernel and his putrid reaction to tasting beluga caviar, Josh Baskin (played by Tom Hanks), certainly shows his true age in this scene. 



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15 Comments

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...and you missed La Grande Bouffe!!!!

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SOME YOU INCLUDED WERE NON-STARTERS FOR ME. MOST OF COMMENTS WERE AS GOOD, IF NOT BETTER, WITH BABETTE'S FEAST & TOM JONES HEADING THE LIST AS THE
REAL CLASSICS

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These are great, but you totally missed the dinner scene in "Babette's Feast"

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You left out Oscar Best Picture of the Year TOM JONES and the sensual eating scene between Tom Jones and his companion wench. Delightful. Usually on these Web lists, the writer draws from limited experience of the history of cinema.

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Where is Tampopo??

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Really?
9 1/2 Weeks.

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The oyster slurping, seductive meal in Tom Jones. The food fight in Animal House. Like Water for Chocolate. Grace Kelly and Cary Grant's picnic in To Catch a Thief.
The "extended" meal showing the couple's growing distance in Citizen Kane.

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I would think that the "just one more sliver" scene in Monty Python's "Meaning of Life" would have to rate in the top ten.

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Here are three entire movies that are filled with unbelievable,fabulous food scenes:
"Eat, Drink, Man, Woman," "Like Water for Chocolate," and "Tortilla Soup"
Maybe a mention to "Babette's Feast" These are all favorites of mine!!!

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How are the shrimps in Tampopo not on this list?!

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How can you have missed the eating scene In "Tom Jones"? It's simply unforgettable. Sexy, too, without so much as a hint of nudity.

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Seriously, you missed " The Big Night." Almost any scene qualifies, but where they make eggs in the kitchen at the end is one of the best in cinema.

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you're right! Big Night is a favorite food movie -- so many good scenes. however we tried to limit the number of movies that were solely about food. Thanks for your comment though!

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what about the dinner party in Big Night??

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I agree!

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