Whether we like it or not, films unarguably possess suggestive powers. A good romantic comedy can spark a hope for love in even the strongest cynics. A boisterous musical can (and will) leave you singing for days. A period piece may, in fact, subtly convince you that modern wardrobes are highly overrated and you should invest solely in colorful vintage garb (or maybe that's just me — thanks a lot Brooklyn). Regardless of our film genre preferences and levels of susceptibility, there is one thing that is universally irresistible: food. These delicious films will leave your mouths watering for both classic treats and meals you never dreamed could be appetizing.
10. Waitress (2007)
Waitress is a truly sweet film, but at the heart of its sweetness lies exquisite, homemade pies! Watching Jenna (Kerri Russell) lovingly create these sugary delicacies will have you immediately jogging to your favorite local diner (because if you run there, the calories don't count — I think). Aside from these treats, you will have a hankering for comfort food as you watch two hours of classic American breakfasts being delivered from table to table.
9. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
While this film's fantastical and infamous feast scene is mildly terrifying, it can't be denied that grapes have never looked so tempting. As an audience we are praying that Ophelia strays from the food to avoid waking the dreaded "Pale Man," and yet aren't we all secretly yearning for just a nibble of the ripe fruit and moist pastries? I want to hate Ophelia for choosing food over safety (and causing viewers an ungodly amount of stress), but I can't say I wouldn't have done the same. Who knew danger could taste so good?
8. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
This may be a stretch for some, but I'm sure brave individuals will admit that Sweeney Todd makes human meat pies look, well, rather inviting. Something about the flaky dough and juicy meat just draws the senses in. Now, if cannibalism isn't your thing, you can at least recognize that the film rightly generates a craving for a chicken pot pie. Luckily, you can hop on down to Marie Calendar's and satisfy those munchies in a non-murderous fashion.
7. Big Night (1996)
Olive Garden doesn't even begin to cut it after watching Big Night. This tale of two brothers attempting to save the family business is full of flavorful Italian dishes that will make your heart sing. Watching platter after platter of rich and creamy goodness will have your stomach grumbling, but it is impossible to mentally prepare for the hunger you will experience when faced with the monstrous sized Timpano served up in the film's most iconic scene. The creation of perfectly tender pasta is equivalent to the miracle of life, right?
6. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Try as you might to resist — a film featuring a chocolate river is bound to leave anyone with a sweet tooth squirming in their seat (Augustus Gloop was a twerp but he had the right idea). When viewing this enchanting classic make sure to have snacks at the ready or your journey through the Wonka Factory will be filled with torturous envy. Around every turn is some form of imaginative, sugary goodness that no ordinary sweet will be able to truly satisfy. "Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-dee, I know a film that will make you hungry."
5. Chef (2014)
It is almost difficult to remain fully invested in the story of Chef because of the mind's tendency to drift into food land. How can we be expected to root for the blossoming relationship between a man and his son when there are perfectly crafted Cuban sandwiches in front of our faces? The film's food truck goodies alone are enough to leave you unabashedly drooling, but the real show-stopper is when Jon Favreau's character skillfully concocts the earth's most delectable grilled cheese. It's moments like these that cause a real-life dramatic single tear.
4. Ratatouille (2007)
For those of us that can't visit Europe on a whim (i.e. most of the population minus the Kardashians), Ratatouille is our ticket to gourmet French cuisine. Typically, a rat in the kitchen would cause an immediate loss of appetite. However, Remy's culinary skills make your tummy feel warm with desire for all-you-can-eat carbs. There is something so simple and yet so satisfying about the perfect pairing of bread, cheese, and wine. But once the appetizers have passed, let's not forget the true beauty of the film's titular meal. Bon Appétit.
3. Marie Antoinette (2006)
Sofia Coppola has a flair for style: Her films are almost always commendable for their distinct costumes and music. But if we're being honest, the real scene-stealer in Marie Antoinette is the fluffy pink cake fit for royalty: The frosting. The berries. The delicate dollops of whipped cream. It's a scene straight out of a wild, sugar-rush-induced daydream. Never in my life have I felt more taunted by the sentence: "Let them eat cake."
2. Julie & Julia (2009)
Julia Child was a gastronomical queen, so it is no surprise that this delightful flick features French-inspired meals pleasing to the eye and the stomach. The story weaves together the professional beginnings of Child herself with the culinary journey of a blogger — giving viewers a wide variety of goodies to feast their eyes upon. Knowing the passion and love that went into creating these dishes makes them all the more appetizing. After all, aren't we all just trying to flawlessly roast a duck in life?
1. Spirited Away (2001)
We have all learned over time (especially from the Krabby Patties on Spongebob) that animated food can be just as appealing, if not more appealing, than anything tangible in our refrigerators. Spirited Away is the ultimate example of this. From the moment the film showcases Chihiro's parents indulging on dumplings, steam buns, and balls of rice, you will become painfully aware of the hollow space in your stomach (that happens to be just big enough for a savory Japanese meal). That void will only intensify after being subjected to the delectable smorgasbord that is No Face's feast. So order some takeout, sit back, relax, and be thankful to experience the exceptional pleasure that is dinner and a movie.