Any food connoisseur knows the joy of seeing their love for food translate on screen—whether it’s how a film captures those behind-the-scenes kitchen moments just right or how the making of a certain dish brings you back to your childhood.
Food brings people together—that’s just a fact. But there’s something about sitting down with friends and family for a feel-good movie night that’s made all the more nostalgic when a food story is involved. Make these films your next Friday night picks for a mouth-watering night-in.
This Netflix favorite has quickly become a go-to flick for foodies everywhere. Based on the story of a restaurant-turned-food truck aficionado, Chef embodies what gathering around the table is all about: family. Plus, after all those close-ups of Cuban sandwiches, you’ll be instantly tempted to head to the nearest food truck and pick one up for yourself.
This Disney film may be geared towards kids, but don’t let that hold you back for popping on this classic for a mid-week pick-me-up. A rat, a dream, and drool-worthy animation make up this story that quickly finds its way into your heart, and stays there for years to come.
Julie & Julia
Julie Powell was on the brink of having a mid-life crisis in her thirties when she decided to go on the year-long journey of cooking her way through Julia Child’s world-famous cookbook, The Joy of Cooking. This movie focuses on both women, and their journeys through the different trials and tribulations in their lives. Set against two different settings, this is a movie with equal parts heart and feel-good humor.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Gene Wilder Willy Wonka is a classic not to be forgotten, but the twenty-first century Johnny Depp-take on this old favorite is a stand-out for food lovers across the world. The imagery mixed with the zany humor makes for one enjoyable movie from start to finish. Edible grass, a chocolate river, and Thanksgiving dinner-flavored gum are all you need to make this your next pick.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Another animated feature to keep in mind when in the mood for a food-centered film is this sensory-overload movie that focuses on a genius inventor who turns a problem into a solution…and back into a problem. But, at its core, this is a movie about embracing what makes you different and taking chances. Add a few massive pancakes, hamburgers, and well, meatballs, to top off this colorful picture, and you’ll be transported right back to your childhood.
Queen Latifah plays Georgia Byrd, a department store clerk with a love for cooking and a life-threatening misdiagnosis. Mix the two and you have one woman set on having a winter European adventure with nothing to lose, including treating herself to endless five-star meals fit for royalty. This is one of those stories that you’re always in the mood for, which might be due in part to the authenticity of the food scenes. Food Network chefs were actually on set throughout the making of Last Holiday, resulting in one flavorful flick.