1. Five Easy Pieces (1970):
Ordering the chicken sandwich…hold the chicken.
2. Cool Hand Luke (1967):
The boiled egg eating wager.
3. Last Tango in Paris (1970):
The butter scene. Well, butter is a food, and the scene sure is memorable…
4. The Godfather (1972) :
Three memorable food scenes: A) Clemenza says, “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.” B) The guys are holed up and making gravy. Clemenza give a few culinary tips to Michael. C) “Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.”
5. Tom Jones (1963):
Tom and his new acquaintance enjoy dinner (i.e., foreplay) at the country inn.
6. Animal House (1978):
The food fight.
7. A Christmas Story (1983):
The ill fated Christmas turkey sends the family to the Chinese restaurant.
8. The Public Enemy (1931):
Cagney smashes the famous grapefruit into Mae Clarke.
9. What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (1966):
Woody Allen rewrote the screenplay so that the entire Japanese spy movie is a search for an egg salad recipe.
10. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984):
The monkey brains at the banquet. Sure, it’s a cheap “yuck” moment, but nothing says “adventure” like monkey brains.
Bonus: The Help (2011):
Octavia Spencer tells Bryce Dallas Howard to “Eat my shit!”.
Bonus: Encounters of the Third Kind (1977):
The mashed potato model of Devil’s Tower.
Bonus: The Caine Mutiny (1954):
The missing strawberries send Captain Queeg over the edge.
Bonus: Killer Joe (2012):
Angry that her duplicity has kept him from getting paid, hitman Matthew McConaughey forces Gina Gershon to fellate a chicken drumstick from KFC. Later McConaughey bludgeons Emile Hirsch to death with a can of Libby’s pumpkin.
Bonus: The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989):
I hate, hate, hate this movie so much that I apparently blocked it from my memory, but a friend correctly pointed out that it is one memorable dining scene, so it belongs on the list.
Bonus: The Freshman (1990):
Marlon Brando’s Don Corleone send-up runs The Fabulous Gourmet Club that charges a $1 million prix fixe “for the privilege of eating the very last of a species”.