When it comes to a night in with a good movie, we don't just stick to snacking on popcorn. We've learning that the best viewing experience is usually accompanied by thematically-complementary bites. For example, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles equals pizza, while Big Night goes with Italian. More often than not, the visceral experience of watching someone plan, prepare, and enjoy an amazing meal on-screen stimulates our appetites — and we all have cinematic moments à table that resonate!
With the biggest night in film coming up (the Oscars. As if you forgot...), we got together with our pals at GrubHub to sort through archives for movies that have inspired us to new heights of culinary delight. From sushi as art-form to cartoon cupcakes, there's something for every taste bud. Want in on the action? Leave a comment with your your top food scene, and 10 lucky winners will receive $40 to Grub Hub — to splurge with for your next movie night, of course!
When Harry Met Sally
Aside from the famous fake orgasm, there are some very yummy descriptions in this movie. We never realized coconut cake with chocolate sauce was such a complicated dish, but leave it to Sally to order it in the best way possible!
Photo courtesy of Castle Rock Entertainment.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
This documentary detailing the work of one of the world's most famous sushi chefs has an upside and a downside. On the one hand, it will make you love sushi more than ever. On the other hand, you'll never be able to eat anything but the absolute best from here on out.
Photo courtesy of Preferred Content Pictures.
This is a classic for any movie-lover-cum-foodie. When Babette invests 10,000 francs for the greatest meal a tiny Danish town has ever seen, things get crazy-delicious — these exotic ingredients and true French dishes would make anyone hungry!
Photo courtesy of Panorama Films.
This movie offers one serious challenge. Which is most beautiful: Cher, Nicolas Cage, or that egg-in-a-hole scene at the end? As much as we love a young Nic, when you add the numerous pasta dishes and hand-made bread, we have to go with the food.
Photo courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Beauty and the Beast
We try not to play with our food, but when there's song, dance, and cupcakes? We just can't resist. Also, there's something about cartoon food that almost looks better than the real thing.
Photo courtesy of Disney.
If consisting on a regular diet of pizza made you look like Julia Roberts, we'd get rid of our kale smoothies any day. But, as Jane Krakowski found out on 30 Rock, that's not the case.
Photo courtesy of The Samuel Goldwyn Company.
Sure, there's a lot of less-than-appetizing gore in this movie. But that shake with a cherry on top? Delicious, every single time.
Photo courtesy of A Band Apart.
Food is a blessing and a curse in this film, and some of the scariest and most affecting scenes revolve around snack time. From the terrifying buffet that turns Chihiro's parents into pigs to the rice bun that lifts her spirits during her darkest hour, everybody's gotta eat!
Photo courtesy of Ghibli International.
When you've caught your breath after the intense laughing fits this movie will undoubtedly inspire, take a minute to notice what they're eating on this tour of England's most ridiculously avant garde restaurants.
Photo courtesy of the BBC.
I Am Love
Sally might've had to fake it, but in this film, a main character actually does experience the highest pleasure from the simple act of eating. Who knew a simple shrimp had the power to ignite such powerful love?
Photo courtesy of First Sun.