Movies can make us feel a lot of things. Comedies make us laugh, and tragedies make us cry. Horror movies make us jump at every shadow we see, and action movies keep us on the edge of our seats. And if you’re feeling hungry, movies with great food scenes can make you even hungrier.
Here’s our roundup of ten movies with the great food scenes, guaranteed to make you hungry! If your stomach is already rumbling, exercise caution — or run to the kitchen for a snack — before watching these titles.
Harry Potter Series (Eight Movies, 2001 – 2011)
This film has incredible feast scenes that will make you question all the pathetic school lunches you had in your school days. The kids of Hogwarts may be threatened by dark forces, but they certainly eat well. Every meal in the Harry Potter movies is an elaborate feast with dozens of dishes. You can practically smell the sweet apple pies, savory roast chicken, spicy bangers and mash…
And the delicious food in the Harry Potter movies doesn’t stop with the feasts. Right off the bat in the first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Harry buys the whole treat trolley for himself and Ron, and we get to watch them feast on cauldron cakes, pumpkin pasties and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans the entire ride to Hogwarts. There’s the elaborate candy store, Honeydukes in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), with magical candy stacked floor to ceiling. And don’t forget the Christmas dinner spread at the Weasley household in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), featuring a roast turkey and more plates of Christmas cookies and pies than you can imagine.
If you want to experience additional torture, read the books — J.K. Rowling’s descriptions of the feast spreads are even more frequent and detailed than those in the movies. Your stomach will be growling, and you’ll be dreaming of mincemeat pies, chocolate frogs, Butterbeer and more.
Ratatouille is the story of a rat in Paris with dreams of becoming a chef. Obviously, a movie about food easily makes one hungry. But what makes this movie unique is its attention to detail and the amazing showcase of French foods, from the ordinary and every day to the haute cuisine.
Even though it’s an animated flick, the animation is very realistic — meaning that the images of food will be more than enough to make your stomach rumble. To ensure they got all the food details right, Pixar’s animation team took cooking classes, ate at famous restaurants in Paris and trained under renowned chef Thomas Keller of the Michelin-starred French Laundry. Their goal was to make the food in the movie look so realistic that it would inspire people to want to go home and cook — or eat.
And they certainly succeed. The dishes served in Ratatouille look so delicious, it’s impossible not to get hungry looking at them — from the omelets and the fresh baguettes to the movie’s namesake ratatouille. You might even want to hop on a plane to Paris, or at least make a trip to your refrigerator for a snack.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
This one’s an obvious choice. Who can forget the famous chocolate room scene, complete with gummy bears growing on trees, lollipop groves and a chocolate river? If you’re trying to avoid sugar, stay away from this flick since it’s nearly impossible not to crave dessert after watching.
From start to finish, this film shows delicious treats. Even some of the wackier sweets, like lickable wallpaper, everlasting gobstoppers and fizzy lifting drinks, will get you hungry and craving a treat of your own.
Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, there are some food scenes that will get your appetite going. There’s the infamous gum scene, where Violet Beauregarde chews a piece of gum that gives her the experience of a three-course meal. She describes the meal, course by delicious course — creamy tomato soup, roast beef and buttery baked potato, topped off with luscious blueberry pie and ice cream. If that doesn’t make you hungry, nothing will.
Eat, Pray, Love (2010)
In Eat, Pray, Love, Julia Roberts’ character, Liz, journeys to Italy, where she spends her time eating through some of the country’s greatest culinary hits. Highlights include:
- Pizza Napolitana — flaky thin crust pizza served smothered in fresh mozzarella cheese and zesty tomato sauce. It’s mouth-watering, even just looking at it on a screen.
- Spaghetti all’Amatriciana — fresh spaghetti and tomato sauce mixed with onions, pancetta, olive oil and chili peppers. Served steaming hot, it’s every pasta lover’s dream.
- Figs and ham — a departure from some of the heavier, more traditional Italian foods, but just as delicious. Imagine the sweet figs together with the salty, smoky prosciutto ham.
- Gelato — a rainbow of flavors, creamy, sweet and cold. Ice cream in any form is crave-inducing.
The culinary bounty doesn’t end there, either. Liz travels to India and Bali, where she experiences an amazing spread of traditional foods. From curries and dals in India to fresh fruit platters in Bali, there are culinary delights for every taste and preference.
Home Alone (1990)
Home Alone will bring back some childhood nostalgia, as you watch character Kevin McAllister dig into some serious snackage. The movie features everything from a whole cheese pizza to Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese, so you can experience your childhood food dreams watching Kevin run wild with his food choices — no parental approval required.
And you can’t forget Kevin’s famous ice cream sundae, which he dishes up during one of his first nights at home alone. A heaping bowl of ice cream topped with a mountain of cherries and lake of chocolate syrup, and served with a can of Pepsi and bag of Crunch Tators — it’s a junk food dream, all in one.
While Kevin’s food choices aren’t exactly gourmet, they are still pretty crave-inducing. This movie will have you hankering to whip up a batch of your favorite childhood foods in no time, guaranteed.
In Matilda, after stealing cake from the school cafeteria, student Bruce Bogtrotter is forced to eat an enormous chocolate cake by the evil school principal, Miss Trunchbull. The cake is quite a culinary masterpiece — three layers of luscious chocolate cake, layered with thick, creamy frosting and nearly the size of a table.
It’s a pretty intense scene, with the wicked Miss Trunchbull forcing Bruce to eat cake until he’s stuffed to the brink. But it’s hard to look away from that towering, delicious chocolate cake. Watching Bruce take bite after bite, you can almost taste the rich chocolatey goodness yourself.
The chocolate cake in Matilda is so infamous, it’s even inspired cooks to create recipes imitating it. Maybe whip up this cake before hitting play on the movie — or you’re sure to be craving it by the end.
Julie and Julia (2009)
This movie tells the story of one woman’s quest to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s famous cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”, within 365 days. Just from the movie’s synopsis, it’s clear there’s some amazing food footage for your viewing pleasure.
And this film truly does provide a feast for the eyes. There’s French onion soup, piping hot and topped with bubbling, golden brown, drippy cheese. Bruschetta, made with crusty, rustic bread, topped with juicy, ripe tomatoes and drizzled with golden olive oil. Chocolate cream pie, filled with cool, creamy chocolate pudding and topped with sweet whipped cream.
If this movie doesn’t have you pulling out your oven mitts to whip up a recipe, you’ll certainly be running to the nearest French restaurant in search of beef bourguignon and chocolate mousse.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
There’s just one big food scene in this film, but it’s so good that it’ll definitely get you hungry and ready to eat. Bilbo Baggins is sitting down to a quiet dinner when he’s interrupted by a dozen dwarves who invite themselves in, raid the pantry and set up a feast, featuring the full contents of his pantry.
If you’re not familiar with the Lord of the Rings saga, it’s important to know that hobbits are pretty obsessed with food, eating double the number of normal meals a day and meticulously planning their mealtimes. So as a food-obsessed hobbit, Bilbo has a pantry that is more than equipped for a feast. From fish to chicken to cheese and fruits, pickles, eggs, wine and beer, pies and tarts — it’s an enviable spread.
The dwarves’ table manners leave much to be desired, but you have to admire their dedication to eating. The sheer amount of food and time spent eating make this feast scene one for the record books. You’ll be wishing you were a part of it!
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Who can forget the classic spaghetti and meatballs scene from Lady and the Tramp? Two adorable pooches, a plate of delicious spaghetti and meatballs — what’s not to love?
But if you watch this movie hungry, the spaghetti and meatballs scene won’t just be aww-inducing — it’s sure to make you even hungrier. Even though the dish is animated, it doesn’t take much to imagine how delicious a fresh plate of pasta would taste, from the chewy noodles to the tangy sauce and savory meatballs.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
If you’re a pizza lover, this movie is sure to have you craving a slice. The Ninja Turtles are well-known pizza enthusiasts, so references to pizza are a frequent occurrence. Even though the Turtles are known to come up with some pretty bizarre flavor combinations — think tuna fish, peanut butter and jelly, or butterscotch, onions and anchovies — it’s tough not to get a little hungry thinking about pizza.
True to the Ninja Turtles’ pizza obsession, the opening scene of The Secret of the Ooze features a montage of people eating delicious-looking slices of New York style pizza. Whether you like New York style, Chicago style or something else, it’s nearly impossible to watch someone else enjoy a slice of pizza and not want one yourself. Plan to get hungry with this movie, or any others in the Ninja Turtle franchise.
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