Top 5 Inspiring Food Movies

Movies about food are the best – feel-good stories that awaken your visual and aural senses, and allow your imagination of smells and tastes to wander. Whether you’re a committed foodie or just a casual fan of Instagram dishes, food movies are sure to pick you up.

Here are my top 5 food movie picks for your enjoyment and inspiration:


Remy the rat (Patton Oswalt) pursues his dream to become a chef despite disapproval from his family and obstacles from humans in the cuisine world. A film that shows the appeal of cuisine is universal to everyone – even non-humans, too.

Julie & Julia

The movie has two stories in parallel: one of renowned American chef, Julia Child (Meryl Streep), and one of a frustrated New Yorker who seeks to prepare all of Child’s recipes, Julie Powell (Amy Adams). A Nora Ephron masterpiece, this movie combines great performances from Streep and Adams with compelling showcases of eating and cooking.


The story begins when chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) quits his job after a fight with the restaurant owner, kickstarting his adventure as a food truck cook. This movie has everything: star-studded cast, witty social observation, family values, and of course food porn.

Eat Drink Man Woman

The movie is centred at Chu (Sihung Lung), a traditional master chef with three daughters. You will be anticipating for each of their Sunday banquet not just for the story, but also the dishes!

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

A food documentary about world-renowned sushi chef Jiro Ono in his pursuit of delicacy perfection. You will gain a newfound appreciation for food all over again.

Author: Joseph Campbell

Hi there! I'm Joseph Campbell, a Sydney-based writer and food blogger. Follow me each week as I take you around on my food adventures.