Food and Wine in the Movies

Food and wine have figured prominently in movies, even when the movie wasn’t about food or wine.  Who will ever be able to forget gluttony-as-foreplay in “Nine 1/2 Weeks” or the butter scene in “Last Tango in Paris?”  Paul Newman and the eggs in “Cool Hand Luke?” There are many famous scenes in which food played a part. Here are five of my personal favorite movie moments in which eating and drinking are involved.


Rodney Dangerfield runs off quotable after quotable in the scene where he’s having dinner at the country club.

While we’re on the subject of Rodney Dangerfield, there’s a worthwhile scene of him making in sandwich in “Back to School.”

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Steve Martin masterfully asks for permission.

This is Spinal Tap

Nigel does not want this.  He wants large bread.

The Godfather

In the greatest film of all time, Clemenza teaches Michael about making the gravy.


Sideways isn’t really a movie about wine, it’s a love story with a wine backdrop.  Nonetheless, Paul Giamatti is adamant about his preferences.

Our favorite subjects in our favorite medium.  There are dozens and dozens more I could name, and I’m sure you have a list of your own.


About sheldonmenery

Sheldon Menery is a self-taught food and wine aficionado who has circled the globe in search of the riches it has to offer. He's wined and dined at some of the best (and worst) places in the world.
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0 Responses to Food and Wine in the Movies

  1. DH Thomas says:

    I was working in the kitchen one day when the boss came by and asked me where I got the red sauce recipe since we didn’t have one in the book.

    “From the Godfather, obviously.”

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