There are some movies that instantly touch your soul; there are some that you hate to the core. Then there are some movies that add meaning to your life and should be part of your bucket list. Here is a list of seven such movies based on food and more that will make you think and also hungry.

1. Julie and Julia

Running Time: 123 minutes

Reason to Watch: Julia is excited to wake up at 6:30 am just to cook. Similarly, coming back home from work and cooking is what makes Julie happy.  The movie helps us realise that just like Julie and Julia were ‘saved by food’ as Julie puts it, we too can find our true passion in life.

The part I love the most is that while achieving their respective goals, their partners are their support systems. There are there for them through every thick and thin, burnt vegetables and perfectly cooked chocolate cake. Thereby giving us hope that one can truly have it all.

Seriously, those people are couple goals.

2. Ratatouille

Running Time: 111 minutes

Reason to Watch: It is a very inspiring movie. Even though I can’t cook, it almost encouraged me to become a chef. It is a movie that makes you wants to enjoy your food and try this French dish, ratatouille. It also teaches us to give compliments to the chef for two reasons. To make them feel good about themselves. To check if you are lucky enough to have a rat cook for you. Because as Ego says “Not everyone can become a great artist; but a great artist can come from anywhere.”


Running Time: 114 minutes

Reason to Watch: When life gives you an angry food critic, you should run a food truck. The movie is all about rediscovering and reconnecting. The movie made me rediscover my love for sandwich and fries. There is a scene in the movie when Carl and Martin cook cubanos, Cuban sandwich. It makes me craves for Cubanos even though I have no clue what they taste like. They do sure look like food of the gods; the ones who aren’t on diets.

4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Running Time: 90 Minutes

Reason to watch This movie has pretty amazing things. It includes a machine which transforms water into food. A monkey voiced by, wait for it, Neil Patrick Harris. And also a scientist and journalist that kiss in a weird way in a jell-o house. But focusing on the machine, how cool is that! You can have any food item you like. Of course, too much fun can cause diabetes. But the silver lining is, if a food hurricane hits you, a technically challenged father can try to use an email which can lead to mending of broken bonds.

5. English Vinglish

Running Time: 134 minutes

Reason to Watch: The movie is about delicious ladoos. It is also about respecting our parents. It makes us want to respect our Ma Ke Haath Ka Khaana. It also makes us want to attend Indian weddings in New York City. But most importantly it teaches us that French fries is not a French dish but an American concept. Hot French chef Laurent confirms it in the movie.

6. The Lunchbox

Running Time: 105 minutes

Reason to Watch: It is claimed that the the dabbawalas make less than one mistake in every six million deliveries. This movie is based on that one mix up. Irrfan Khan not only gets delicious food because of this mix up but also a connection with an unknown source. It makes one think of how things happen and connections are made; all thanks to food.

7. Stanley Ka Dabba

Running Time: 96 minutes

Reason to watch: The film makes us nostalgic about our school days. It reminds us about the various friends’ tiffin box that we use to gorge upon. It makes us grateful of the fact that we had a person to pack our lunchbox. It also makes us think about all those chotus that work in dhabas who are surrounded by food yet remain hungry. 

Go. Watch. Learn. Eat. Burp. But not on other people's faces. And Enjoy.