Want a movie that’s good enough to eat? Here are five featuring some of the most mouth-watering scenes in movie history:

“It’s Complicated”

In this 2009 hit, Meryl Streep and Steve Martin consummate their midlife romance by making chocolate croissants. As food cinema goes, it doesn’t get any better than this.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey”

East Indian restaurateurs clash with a venerable French eatery in a battle-of-the-tastebuds story released last year. In this Helen Mirren vehicle, tomatoes fairly burst in the golden sunlight of southern France. “Words like ‘cèpes’ (mushrooms), ‘garam masala,’ ‘écrevisses’ and ‘tandoor’ are uttered with almost erotic intensity,” noted New York Times film critic A.O. Scott.

“Babette’s Feast”

In this 1987 feature set in a 19th-century Danish village, the title character, a French servant, decides to honor her newfound friends by cooking the feast of a lifetime. Among the delights: turtle soup, buckwheat cakes with caviar and sour cream, and quail in puff pastry shell with foie gras and truffle sauce. Babette’s meal serves up a transcendent experience for her guests — and the audience.

“Julie & Julia”

A movie based on the life of Julia Child is bound to make you hungry, and on that score, this 2009 film starring Meryl Streep as Child doesn’t disappoint. A scene of Julia’s early attempts to perfect an omelette is priceless.


In this 2014 film, Jon Favreau plays a troubled culinary genius who cooks his way back to what matters most. Check out those Cuban sandwiches, browned to perfection, and the chocolate lava cake that, despite one character’s dissent, still looks divine.

— Danny Heitman