These movies are high quality in story, character and especially food.
Iconic Food Scenes from Classic Films
Generally considered to be one of the best movies ever made by audiences and critics alike, The Godfather also knew the importance of good food. Whether coining phrases like “Leave the gun, take the cannolis” or teaching young gangsters how to make a great tomato sauce, the film tells an incredible tale, touches on hugely important themes and is filled with several memorable meals along the way.
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This list would be incomplete without Martin Scorsese’s wise guy masterpiece, Goodfellas. Prison for wise guys was filled with home-cooked meals including a pasta course followed by a meat or fish dish.
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Making a steak right is important to Jake LaMotta. In his own wise words, "You overcook it, it's no good. It defeats its own purpose." Jake's preference is further proof that Scorsese cares about what his characters like to eat!
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Cool Hand Luke
Prison food makes another appearance on this list in the form of the famous — and unpleasant — scene in Cool Hand Luke, where Paul Newman attempts to eat 50 eggs in a hour. We'll pass on the experience.
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If ever there was a reason to serve candy at the movies, Willy Wonka is it! Touring through Mr. Wonka's magical factory is one prolonged — albeit, imaginative — visit to a candy store. It also highlighted the importance a good old fashioned chocolate bar.
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Fried Green Tomatoes
One of the central stories in Fried Green Tomatoes centers around a Southern cafe. As you can imagine, the food is incredibly appetizing, especially when the two protagonists have a great time throwing food at each other.
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In a touching scene in The Apartment, Baxter (Jack Lemmon) a perennially lonely bachelor, makes pasta for Fran (Shirley MacLaine) with a tennis racquet! Even though she's been seeing his boss, Fran finds Baxter is someone she can rely on.
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Since the Oscars are fast approaching, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the iconic meals and foods that appeared in classic films. From famous scenes with spaghetti and steak to moments with candy and lobster, it’s no wonder these films are so beloved!
Check out the slideshow above for the most memorable food moments in classic films.