The best movies have the best food moments, right? Some movies have better moments than others, though. Which are the most iconic?
1. Slurp-lude to a kiss (Lady and the Tramp)
“Oh, this is the night, it’s a beautiful night, and we call it bella notte.” Cartoon or not, there’s never been a more romantic kissing scene in the history of film than the first kiss between Lady and the Tramp.
2. Flip the chocolate fountain (Bridesmaids)
Everyone can sympathize with the emotional roller coaster Kristen Wiig’s character goes through in Bridesmaids, and let’s face it — haven’t we all wanted to throw over the chocolate fountain at someone’s wedding celebration?
3. Monkey brains? (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)
Lessons we learned from Indiana Jones: 1. A gun is superior to fancy moves; 2. You can encode secret messages to your professor by writing in eyeliner on your eyelids; and 3. Serving food using the receptacle nature put it in always makes an impact.
4. Name a cooking scene from Ratatouille (Ratatouille)
It’s hard to pick just one, so we didn’t. Each and every scene in Ratatouille is worth watching over and over and over again.
5. Food fi-i-i-i-ight! (Animal House)
Food fights aren’t uncommon on the silver screen, but few are as freakin’ epic as the one led by John Belushi.
6. Lachanophobia (Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!)
The fear of vegetables is a real phobia, and if you have it, you should steer clear of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!
7. Slit your garlic (Goodfellas)
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Food and wine is always a big part of mob movies, but no foodie can forget the perfectly thin garlic slices Goodfellas showed you can get with a razor blade and a deft hand.
8. Nom-nom-nom (Ocean’s Eleven)
Did you notice that Brad Pitt’s character Rusty is always eating in Ocean’s Eleven? Pitt thought it would be funny, because guys who are always on the go would also eat on the go.
9. Rapidly expanding blueberry (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Violet Beauregarde wasn’t particularly pleasant, but watching the poor dear expand into a blueberry after ignoring Wonka’s directive to keep her hands off the gum was… well, OK, let’s face it. It was totally satisfying.
10. Bee-ah! (Willow)
Kevin Pollak plays a puckish, beer-loving Brownie in a film that’s equal parts kid flick and cult classic. How many times have you been tempted to exclaim “bee-ah!” when handed a frosty beverage? (And we all know you’ve done it after a keg stand.)
11. White Castle, cheetahs and NPH (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle)
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Sometimes you just have to have White Castle burgers, even if it means getting arrested by racists, riding a (possibly imaginary) wild cat and putting up with a really horny and (oh, so ironically) womanizing Neil Patrick Harris.
12. Playing with your food (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)
The mashed potato sculpture from Close Encounters surely rates as one of the weirdest movie food moments.
13. Baby Ruth! (The Goonies)
Who wouldn’t rip their shackles out of the wall for a Baby Ruth? This classic scene from The Goonies‘ best two characters (IMHO) is one of the sweetest and most fortuitous (for the Goonies, at least) moments of the film.
14. Please, sir, I want some more (Oliver Twist)
Those hopeful eyes, those ratty clothes… We’re all gunning for Ollie Twist despite his nefarious future. This oft-misquoted scene is one of the most famous in history, food-related or otherwise.
15. Oh, yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! (When Harry Met Sally)
Perhaps the most iconic food scene ever was Meg Ryan’s fake orgasm right in the middle of the diner in When Harry Met Sally. I’ll have what she’s having too.