Title is pretty self explanatory, but for one reason or another (and, admittedly, some of these are random), the scenes listed below all give me insatiable cravings. It is interesting that many of these scenes were first witnessed when I was a child. An analyst might have fun with that. Be sure to tell me which movie scenes most make your stomach rumble in the comments!
10.) The Omelet – The Big Night (1996)
The morning after having a hellacious argument, restaurant owner Secondo (Stanley Tucci) cooks up an omelet for his chef brother, Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and the waiter who works for them (Marc Anthony). The scene is nearly dialogue free, takes place in one long take, and is perfect for a multitude of reasons.
9.) The Sauce – Goodfellas (1990)
The prison sequence – in which Paul Cicero painstakingly slices garlic with a razor blade – could easily be here as well, but for me, nothing gets my mouth watering more than Henry Hill spending the entire day prepping a pasta sauce for dinner. If you’ve seen the film, you know Henry invests just as much emotional stock in that sauce as he does in his most recent drug run, and his possible police capture. Priorities, you know?
8.) The Breakfast – Pee-wee Herman’s Big Adventure (1985)
Really, what kid didn’t want Pee-wee’s breakfast machine growing up? Eggs, toast, pancakes, cereal, fresh squeezed orange juice – all prepared with Mouse Trap-like inquisitiveness. This is Tim Burton at his most ridiculous, and I absolutely love it.
7.) The Candy Store – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
I don’t go in for sweets now, but back in the day, this candy store scene drove me nuts. You couldn’t NOT want to get your hands on everything it had to offer.
“The candy man can…”
6.) The Feast – Hook (1991)
What’s better than wishing you could have any and every food in the world, and then having it magically appear? BANGARANG!
5.) The Eggs Benedict – Somewhere (2010)
A Hollywood-raised 11-year-old making eggs benedict from scratch (hollandaise sauce and all) in a suite at the Chateau Marmont…
Seriously, what’s not to love about this?
4.) The Cheese and Crackers – Wallace & Gromit: A Grand Day Out (1989)
Everytime I watched this marvelous short film as a kid, I couldn’t make it through its brief running time without craving cheese and crackers. “Everybody knows the moon’s made of cheese.”
3.) The Hard Boiled Egg – Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
Don’t ask me to explain it, because I really cannot, but there’s something about the way Jeremy Irons eats a hard boiled egg (yes, as he’s shooting Samuel L. Jackson in the leg) that’s always made me want one. It just looks so damn good.
2.) The ‘Za – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (1991)
Had a noted pizza chain sponsored the opening credits of this movie, I can guarantee their stock would’ve risen dramatically. I’ve never wanted a slice(s) of cheese pizza more.
1.) The Big Kahuna Burger – Pulp Fiction (1994)
Quentin Tarantino has a thing for food. Or, more specifically, a thing for making food look so damn good on screen. Nachos grande in Death Proof, steaming rice in Kill Bill: Vol. 2, steak in Jackie Brown, strudel in Inglourious Basterds (wait from the crème…), white cake in Django Unchained, coffee in Reservoir Dogs, toaster pastries in Pulp Fiction, pancakes in Pulp Fiction, $5 shake in Pulp Fiction, and, of course, The Big Kahuna Burger in Pulp Fiction. The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast.
I’ve been a vegetarian for seven years, and nothing has made me wonder what it would be like to cross back over more than Samuel L. Jackson’s massive Big Kahuna bite.
Mmm, that IS a tasty burger.
and the Top 5 Scenes that DO NOT Make Me Hungry
The Shoe – Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980)
The Lard Ass – Stand By Me (1986)
The Dead Bodies – Alive (1993)
The Octopus – Oldboy (2003)
The Entire Movie – Super Size Me (2004)
18 thoughts on “Top 10 Scenes that Make Me Hungry”
Thanks! I love that Vinny scene as well. The menu is just priceless. And the way Pesci just eats one single grit… hilarious.
Oh god, the feast from Hook always had me wondering what the hell all that frosting-covered junk they were eating was and where I could pig out on some. Nice list!
Ha, thanks man! I always wondered what that stuff was too, but it looked So. Good.
There is an Iranian film called ‘The Fish Fall In Love’ which is set in the north of Iran by the Caspian Sea and, as you might predict by the title, features a lot of beautiful seafood. I’m not really sure if it’s available with English subtitles, but who needs those to look at good food, right?
No doubt! Food has a language of its own. Sounds like good stuff there.
Mmmm… I’m definitely hungry right now. I want a Big Kahuna Burger w/ fries as well. I’m not fond of “Hook” but I do love that scene. Would “Ratatouille” be a honorable mention for the way Remy creates his own version of Ratatouille?
I’m not into Hook either, but that scene… so yummy. That Ratatouille sequence definitely deserves an honorable mention.
Great list. Willy Wonka and Hook made me feel like a starved child. But, the scene in cinema that makes me the hungriest is the one in Pan’s Labyrinth will the juicy ass grapes and other assortments on the table (just forget about the eyeless creature). Hmmmm.
Thanks man! Ohhh damn, I forgot about that Pan’s sequence. Yeah, eyeless creature kind of lessened my appetite there.
I really badly need to eat a Big Kahuna Burger once. Sigh Willy Wonka.
There really should be more movies about food. People watch food shows all day and don’t actually do anything about it in life. Food is entertaining.
I agree, it is entertaining. Those food shows do nothing for me at all, because very little attention is actually paid on the food itself, you know? It’s all about the lame competition.
Clearly you have not watched Fabulous Cakes, my friend. Makes me want to make a film about pastry chefs.
The opening scene(s) from Eat Drink Man Woman for sure….
Great call there.
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