Dinner And A Movie: We Celebrate Thanksgiving With 10 Feasty Films

Thanksgiving, as we all know, is about family, friends, and giving thanks for the many blessings in our lives. But it’s also about eating—eating big, eating well, and ultimately, eating so much food that your navel inverts, your chair gives way and candied yams dribble out of your earholes. So in honor of the Turkey Day feast, we’ve put together a list of our favorite food-related movies.

Just don’t try to watch them on an empty stomach, or you may try to eat your TV.

An animated rat with aspirations of chef-dom makes this movie cute and kid-friendly. The food montages and behind-the-scenes look at the kitchen of a snooty French restaurant make it mouth-watering.

“Julie & Julia”
Based on the true story of a blogger who cooked her way through every recipe in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” this film intercuts modern-day eating with flashbacks to Julia’s gustatory adventures in France. Focus on the food, and try to ignore Amy Adams’ haircut.

“Eat, Pray, Love”
Julia Roberts stars in this film about one woman’s journey to self discovery through yoga and romance, and… yeah, actually, we don’t care about the “pray” and “love” parts. Just bring on the gratuitous shots of pasta, and nobody gets hurt.

Pretty girl, pretty pies, pretty great flick. Keri Russell shines here as a downtrodden waitress who escapes into cooking, with inventive dishes like “I Hate My Husband Pie,” “Bad Baby Pie” and “Old Joe’s Horny Pie”.

“Woman on Top”
Penelope Cruz plays a heartbroken woman who starts a new life as the host of a food network show. The only thing hotter than the habaneros she cooks with are Penelope’s… um, melons.

Set in the late 1950s, “Chocolat” features Juliette Binoche as a nomad chocolatier who sets up shop in a tiny, conservative French village. Her presence causes a townwide outbreak of chocolate-fueled sexcapades, a Lent-related scandal and a wild denouement that involves Alfred Molina and a choco-statue of the Venus de Milo.

What goes best with food? Wine, duh. And “Sideways” is all about the vino. Slurp, sip and chug your way through this movie, but don’t get so tipsy that you miss a pre-“Grey’s Anatomy” Sandra Oh playing a bad-ass, motorcycle-riding single mom.

“Fried Green Tomatoes”
The tomatoes make the title, but our favorite food-related scene from this film is a little, er, meatier—as Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary Louise Parker turn the latter’s no-good schmuck of a husband into a delicious plate of barbecue.

“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”
Between the chocolate waterfall, the edible forest and the lickable schnozzberry wallpaper housed inside Wonka’s mysterious candy factory, just looking at the sets for this movie should satisfy your sweet tooth.

“Sweeney Todd”
Meat is murder, y’all—LITERALLY. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter star in this charming film about a vengeful barber who murders his clients and dumps them down a chute, where they’re ground up and put into pies. How…appetizing.

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