Most Memorable Movie Food Scenes

1.  Five Easy Pieces (1970):

Ordering the chicken sandwich…hold the chicken.


2.  Cool Hand Luke (1967):

It's a lot of eggs

The boiled egg eating wager.


3.   Last Tango in Paris (1970):

A dairy-free scene from earlier in the film.

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):

Next best thing to a dog-ravaged roast turkey

The ill fated Christmas turkey sends the family to the Chinese restaurant.


8.  The Public Enemy (1931):

Take that!

Cagney smashes the famous grapefruit into Mae Clarke.


9.  What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (1966):

But it's really great egg salad!

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):

Nothing says "adventure" like monkey brains

The monkey brains at the banquet.  Sure, it’s a cheap “yuck” moment, but nothing says “adventure” like monkey brains.


Bonus:  The Help (2011):

Minnie and her "chocolate pie"

Octavia Spencer tells Bryce Dallas Howard to “Eat my shit!”.
Bonus:  Encounters of the Third Kind (1977):

Don't play with your food.

The mashed potato model of Devil’s Tower.


Bonus:  The Caine Mutiny (1954):

I'll find out who stole the strawberries!

The missing strawberries send Captain Queeg over the edge.


Bonus: Killer Joe (2012):

You need to pay the hit man.

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):

Matthew Broderick in charge of dinner

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”.

7 thoughts on “Most Memorable Movie Food Scenes

  1. It was strawberries that got stolen in The Caine Mutiny, not cherries. Sorry, but I’m a devil for the details.

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