neala broderick

Merging Food and Film: Top 25 Food Scenes

neala broderick
Merging Food and Film: Top 25 Food Scenes

I fell in love with film at a really young age. My parents were both huge movie buffs and it rubbed off on me almost immediately. I would escape into movies when home got too boring. My dad had an extensive horror film collection and I watched each one (IT, Alien, The Exorcist, The Thing) repeatedly until nothing scared me. This has resulted in a borderline unhealthy obsession with horror movies, constantly searching for something scarier, but there are worse addictions so I'm totally okay with it. Alternately, my mom had her substantial romantic comedy collection which I indulged on as well (Shakespeare in Love, Sliding Doors, Notting Hill, Never Been Kissed). She would fast forward through the sex scenes but I would peak through my fingers and then brag about it to my girlfriends at school. These two genres produced my current favorite (oddly specific) genre/era: 90's uncomfortably dark comedies (Jawbreaker, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Heathers, Poison Ivy, Sugar and Spice, Slums of Beverly Hills). 

As I'm sure I've made very apparent, my food obsession started at a very young as well. My family didn't frown upon watching TV while eating dinner either so the two coincide flawlessly in my mind. I actually hadn't thought about how many really influential food scenes were in some of my favorite movies, but once I started pondering the list goes on and on. Here are, in my opinion, a collection of the all time best food scenes in film.

9 1/2 Weeks

“I want you to close your eyes. I want you to slide on the floor.” I don’t know how Mickey Rourke makes the sound of a can opening so sexy, but it’s working. 

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You've Got Mail

“What are you doing? What is that? What are you doing? You're taking all the caviar? That caviar is a garnish!” Joe Fox is a complete asshole. But that's why we like him, right?

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The Apartment

“You’re pretty good with that racket. You should see my backhand. Wait till you see me serve the meatballs”. I think it took me nearly 6 months to get a strainer in my first apartment, so this is unfortunately relatable. 

Stand By Me- Lardass

Lardass has some serious dedication. "Suddenly, Lardass opens his mouth and before Bill Travis knew it he was covered with five pies worth of used blueberries".

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Tampopo

This list wouldn’t be complete without this insane egg yolk scene. That is all.

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Pulp Fiction

“Hamburgers! The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast.” 

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Simply Irresistible

For one, this movie flew under the radar and I DO NOT know why. We’ve all had those incredible meals that were so delicious they had us convinced magic was real so why can’t that be the case for Sarah Michelle Gellar?

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Pleasantville

"Well come on, dig in!" This is the kind of breakfast everyone dreams of. 

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The Simpsons- Any and All Scenes with Homer Simpson

I don't think this one needs any explanation. 

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Mr. Bean

I'm constantly told I'm a disgusting eater, so Mr. Bean going to town on prawns and oysters sits well with me. Despite the fact that he can't seem to stomach it all because that's my dream spread right there.

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Matilda

Stick it to the man, Bruce. I can't wait for a moment in my life when taking a stand involves eating a shit ton of cake. I'm also going to mention a bonus scene; Matilda making pancakes because that is one of the most feel good scenes and nothing pairs better than breakfast and Rusted Root.

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Paid in Full

“Fuck the soy sauce, man!” This is one of my all time favorite intro scenes. Champagne and Chinese food. This is the kind of meal I can get behind.

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Lady and the Tramp

I truly believe Lady and the Tramp is one of the best love stories ever told. I want to find a love who gives me the last meatball.

Babette's Feast

"I'd like to prepare a French dinner". If I won the lottery I don't think my plans would differ much. 

Goodfellas

Damn, I just love this scene so much. It’s one of the greatest illustrations of how food brings people together and makes everyone human. “Paulie did the prep work. He was doing a year for contempt, and he had this wonderful system for doing the garlic. He used a razor, and he used to slice it so thin that it used to liquefy in the pan with just a little oil. It was a very good system.”

Eat Drink Man Woman

Another perfect opening scene. Watching Chef Chu gut a fish is mesmorzing. "Raising daughters is like cooking a meal. You lose your appetite by the time you're finished".

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Cool Hand Luke

“Nobody can eat 50 eggs”. I share Paul Newman’s confident stubborn attitude when it comes to how much I can eat. 

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The Breakfast Club

One of the best paragons of class and puberty right here. Your lunch says a lot about you. "You won't accept a guys tongue in your mouth, and you're gonna eat that?"

Bridget Jones's Diary

"If you ask me, there isn't enough blue food". Could Mark Darcy possibly be any more polite?

The Christmas Story

I guarantee plenty of others share the tradition of watching this movie every year on the holiday, and it doesn't seem to ever get old. Chop Suey Palace sure knows how to prepare a Christmas duck, and sing Deck the Halls.

Clueless

Cher is so cute it's borderline painful. "Whenever a boy comes, you should always have something baking". I'm not going to lie, I will take this advice with me to the grave.

Pretty Woman

Barney taught Vivian well before her snazzy dinner, but those "slippery little suckers" won't abide any rules.

Under the Tuscan Sun

I feel like this is everyones mom's favorite movie. I'll roll my eyes but, come on, this scene gets me EVERY TIME. "I realized I already had someone to cook for—plenty of someones".

Tom Jones

Here we have another oddly, somehow sexual dinner scene. Joyce Redman's tough antics and ability to destroy a chicken leg make her the perfect woman in my eyes.

Big Night

And, of course, the best for last. I know this is a bold statement but I think Big Night is the all time greatest movie centered around food. With a dozen amazing scenes, the final scene says it all without saying a word.