This is a must see movie list that focuses on the magic of food and the passionate, loving emotion it evokes.
“Como agua para chocolate” Directed by Alfonso Arau, 1992
Subtitled in Spanish
Based on a popular novel in 1989 by Laura Esquivel.
It’s a story about forbidden love that takes place during the Mexican Revolution era. It includes recipes and ties each dish to an event pertaining to the protagonist’s life.
“Babette’s Feast” Danish film directed by Gabriel Axel, 1987
Its about a woman who sacrifices her lottery winnings to create a delicious dinner as a gesture of gratitude to the two sisters who took her in as their cook fourteen years earlier.
“Woman on Top” Directed by Fina Torres, 2000
Starring: Penelope Cruz
A very sensual love story about a woman who has terrible motion sickness, and must remain in control of everything in order not to feel ill. She immerses herself in the art of cooking help her deal with her problems, and her roller coaster of a love life.
“Chocolat” Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, 2000
Starring: Johnny Depp and Alfred Molina
This movie is about a woman and her daughter that open up a chocolate shop in a small French village with high moral standards. Her decadent chocolate recipes have the power to stir up passionate emotions from within.
“Simply Irresistible” Directed by Mark Tarlov, 1999
Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar and Patrick Flanery
A young woman inherits her mother’s restaurant, minus the ability to cook; until she
bumps into a mysterious, magical man at the local market.
“Ratatouille” Directed by Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava, 2007 (Disney/ Pixar animation)
An adorable plot involving a rat who forms an alliance with a French restaurant’s garbage boy to fulfill his dreams of becoming a chef.
“No Reservations” Directed by Scott Hides, 2007
Starring: Catherine Zeta Jones
Its about an uptight, workaholic master chef who runs the kitchen at an upscale restaurant in Greenwich Village. Her lifestyle suddenly turns upside down when she gains custody of her young niece who just lost her mother. She also unexpectedly falls in love.
“Julie & Julia” Directed by Nora Ephron, 2009
Starring: Meryl Streep
It’s a true story based on the life of Julia Child and a woman named Julie Powell who
aspires to cook all 524 recipes from Child’s cookbook in a single year.
“The Princess and The Frog” Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, 2009
A Disney animated feature about a girl who dreams of fulfilling her father’s legacy by opening a restaurant, only to be turned into a frog by a dark curse.