Julie & Julia
Meryl Streep stars as the famous chef and cookbook writer Julia Child in this charming ode to the romance of cooking. Stanley Tucci shines as her devoted husband. Half the film follows Child's adventures, while the other half focuses on Julie, played by the fetching Amy Adams. She plays the real-life blogger who struggled to follow Child's recipes and documented her success and disasters online. These are the baking mistakes you probably don't know you're making.
Cooking movies don't have to be just for grown-ups—parents and kids alike will enjoy Disney Pixar's ode to French cuisine. Ratatouille follows a determined little rodent, Remy, on his adventures to become a chef. Remy befriends a garbage boy named Alfredo Linguini with the same dream. The two aspiring chefs clash with a villainous restaurant owner to perfect the famous soup. Everything rests on getting a great review from a food critic. At the end the two friends open a bistro, "La Ratatouille." Bon Appetit! Here are some more children's movies that the whole family will enjoy.
There's no shortage of cooking movies that have a dash of romance mixed in. In this one, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhardt play star-crossed chefs competing for culinary perfection. Catherine loses her edge once she's forced to take care of her niece, Abigail Breslin, after a family accident. Aaron comes aboard to help out as her kitchen underling, but his skills threaten to take over the lead role. It's the perfect love-hate conflict to stir up some love. Highlights include gorgeous shots of artistic food platings.
Juliette Binoche sparkles as the single mom owner of La Chocolaterie Maya where the ingredients are literally dusted with magic. Johnny Depp plays the handsome gypsy who shows up to sweep Juliette off her feet. Your mouth will water as the camera pans across the delectable delights. The scene where the oppressive mayor played by Alfred Molina finally indulges in some chocolate is a celebration of giving into temptation. Watch with a box of bonbons close by! Here's what it's like to be a professional chocolate taster.
Not many cooking movies can say they've ended up on the Broadway stage! Keri Russell stars as a talented pie-maker trapped in a bad marriage in this film that was adapted into a hit musical. Russell's trapped by circumstance after she finds herself pregnant, but she unleashes transformative power when she bakes her famous pies. This movie is all about women's creativity in the kitchen. Look out for pies with names like "Marshmallow Mermaid" and "Bad Baby." Nathan Fillion shows up as her doctor love interest, but the highlights take place in the kitchen! Here are some more of our favorite Broadway musicals (some of which also got their start as movies!)
The Hundred Foot Journey
This delightful dramedy uses fusion cooking to send a positive message about multicultural acceptance. An Indian family fleeing violence finds a haven in a tiny French town. They buy a restaurant to start over, but soon find themselves embroiled in competition with the bistro next door. Helen Mirren has a stake in the other restaurant so she tries to sabotage the Indian café. But she learns a big lesson when townspeople vandalize the new start-up. Soon enough, competing chefs are falling in love as they combine ingredients in a delectable merger of recipes and cultures. Check out some more of our favorite movies with happy endings.
Like Water for Chocolate
This beautiful Mexican romance is infused with magic and the mysteries of every great cook. It follows the story of a young woman whose food has the power to affect whoever consumes it with her mood at the time. Her tears cause intense emotion. And when she adds in some rose petals passions rise. She's forbidden from seeing her great love because of class differences, but the magical recipes keep the two close. In the mood for romance? These are our favorite romantic movies of all time.
Pieces of April
Katie Holmes and Patricia Clarkson play mother and daughter in this drama about the stress of making Thanksgiving dinner. It's hard enough to get the special meal perfect, but when the oven breaks, pressure skyrockets. Holmes's makeshift meal and limited cooking skills are crises enough without adding in mom's cancer. Good food, family, and a little help from your friends prove that comfort food really does have the power to heal. Here are some more of our favorite movies to watch in the fall.
Critics loved this cinematic love letter to Italian cooking. Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub shine as rivalrous brothers trying to keep their restaurant afloat. When a famed singer is supposed to make an appearance, the two throw everything into creating a perfect feast for the big night. The stakes are high in this ode to culinary perfection, but the celebrated guest never shows. It's the meal of a lifetime and a true celebration of Italian cuisine. Here's what professional chefs order when they dine at Italian restaurants.
This popular movie takes place around the crowded, lively dinner table of an African-American family dealing with their matriarch's illness. The table overflows with comfort staples like macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, potato salad, and mouthwatering biscuits. Vanessa Williams, Nia Long, and Vivica A. Fox show up as sisters who know that all good cooking comes from the heart. Love really is food for the soul. Watch the best movies about sisters to keep the family theme going.