Waitress (2007) This charming little film starring Keri Russell as a waitress at a local eatery who makes the best darn pies you're ever going to taste. Pregnant, and in a loveless marriage, she hopes that her pies will get her out of her small southern town, and her marriage. The pies she bakes are based on her hopes and dreams, as well as the desperation of her life such as the “I Don't Want Earl's Baby” pie.
Tortilla Soup (2001) The always splendid Hector Elizondo stars as the widowed patriarch of a Mexican-American family. Elizondo, a chef who has lost his sense of taste tries to hold together his family consisting of three lovely daughters through mandatory lavish Sunday dinners.
Chocolat (2000) Juliette Binoche is wonderful as a drifter who along with her young daughter opens a chocolate shop in a conservative 1960 French town. The town is mostly won over by her exquisite chocolate with the exception of the evil town mayor who organizes a boycott of her decadent immoral treats. Johnny Depp is along for the ride as an Irish gypsy. A fun, sexy and entertaining film filled with great performances.
Ratatouille (2007) You didn't think a blog written by a couple of guys named Anton and Gusteau wouldn't have this utterly charming animated gem on our list, did you? The Oscar winner for best animated film, it follows the adventures of an aspiring chef, and the gastronomic genius rat that helps him cook. It is remarkable how many true food principles are on display in this film, but the true message is that anybody can cook!
Tampopo (1985) You've heard of a spaghetti western? How about a Japanese noodle western? This funny and poignant Japanese story interweaves several stories all based around food. The central storyline involves a chef who wants to learn how to make the best noodles in the land, and the Clint Eastwood-like trucker/drifter who helps on the journey.
Julie & Julia (2009) The movie that drew droves of foodies to theaters follows the true story of blogger Julie Powell, played with abandon by Amy Adams who attempts cook her way through legendary chef Julia Child's seminal cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”