We all love food.

The combination of food and a great movie makes one of the bests night in.

Each night, all over the world, people and families get together to eat and watch great movies.

Sometimes the characters in these movies end up sitting down to eat while they entertain us.

If you were wondering what the 10 best food scenes in the movies of all time are then look no further. Here is Sofy.tv’s list of the top food scenes in film.

1. Alien

Dinner is supposed to be a relaxing and revitalizing experience.

Imagine then being alone in deep space with only a small crew as company and be sitting down having your last meal before you go into hyper sleep.

After having landed on an alien planet and having one of their crew attacked by an alien, the crew of the Nostromo think that they are finally about to get some peace on their way home.

Instead, as they sit and eat their final meal, crew member Kane erupts in violent spasms shortly before an alien bursts out of his chest.

One thing is for sure, the crew won’t be getting a good night sleep after this horrific dinner.

2. Animal House

After watching National Lampoon’s Animal House, for most of us, college was never going to be the same again.

The movie’s food fight scene is also one of its most iconic.


When oddball antihero Bluto, played by John Belushi, screams the words “food fight”, what follows is a hilarious fit of anarchy that all of us wish we could have been involved in.

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3. 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey remains a visionary work of cinema.

The film was years ahead of its time and rightly secured Kubrick’s place as one of the best filmmakers ever.

The film’s dinner scene, where we are introduced to the space ships onboard computer, Hal 9000, is on a really powerful piece of cinema.

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It begins with two astronauts eat dinner watching a repeat of an interview that they had earlier given to a news program back on earth. Soon we are introduced to Hal, the ship’s computer that sits and watches over the whole proceedings.

The only visible sign that Hal is awake is the now-iconic red eye that will become both a threat and eventually a focus of sympathy for the audience.

4. Breakfast Club

John Hughes’ Breakfast Club is arguably his finest film.

A linchpin of the Generation X film movement, The Breakfast Club also features a great food scene.

The scene brings together a bizarre youth rat pack of teenagers who come from all walks of life. It includes the jock, the outcast, and the straight-A student.

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In a hilarious scene, the gang sits down to eat their lunch. while the jock demolishes several large sandwiches and the misfit eats his bag of chips, the straight-A student looks on in horror as she tucks into her healthy sushi.

5. Pulp Fiction Big Kahuna Burger

Who would have thought that a dinner of burgers would have been so exciting?

When a group of former business partners to gangster Marcel Wallace in Quentin Tarantino’s movie Pulp Fiction get interrupted by his two henchmen, we get one of the most iconic food scenes ever.

After being surprised by marcels henchman, played by John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson, the group’s meal of burgers becomes the focal point of the conversation.

To intimidate the group, Samuel L Jackson begins to talk about his desire for a good burger. He even asks if he can try a bite before moving onto the business of the suitcase that the group has stolen from Marcel.

The scene is a great mixture of lighthearted entertainment that is overshadowed by the inevitable violence that is to follow.

6. Eraserhead

David Lynch’s Eraserhead is his finest work. The film took 4 years to complete due to a lack of budget.

It is one of the best dystopia movies ever made and paints a disturbing portrait of family life.

In one scene, Henry, the film’s lead, sits down to dinner with his wife’s family only to discover that he is being served some bizarre creature that is still alive.

Henry tries to keep his composure and maintain a normal relationship with his in-laws, despite the cries for help of his dinner.

What follows is a disturbing scene that you will never forget.

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7. Annie Hall

Though only a very brief scene in Woody Allen’s movie Annie Hall, the hilarious food scene, where Alan juxtaposes his Jewish family eating dinner with that of his girlfriend Annie Hall’s all American family doing the same is a classic cinematic moment.

The scene shows his girlfriend’s family sitting cordially and discussing some banal topics while Allen’s family discuss ridiculous themes like the right of their maid to steal from them because she is colored.

This scene is guaranteed to have you bent over in stitches.

8. When Harry Met Sally

Arguably one of the most famous movie scenes ever takes place in this film.

When Harry and Sally sit down for dinner and end up in yet another disagreement, Sally surprises Harry by faking an orgasm at the dinner table.

The scene ends with a hilarious one-liner from a bystander who informs the waiter that she will have whatever Sally has had to eat.

9. Cool Hand Luke

After iconic antihero Luke says that he can eat 50 eggs, his prison inmates decide to take him up on the challenge.

With the bets laid down, and his honor at stake, Luke sets about the task of eating 50 hard-boiled eggs.

Despite the sheer mountain of the task, Luke finally manages to eat the 50 eggs before passing out.

In a scene that has become synonymous with overcoming adversity, Cool Hand Luke gives hope to all of us that we can be as big as we want to be.

10. Dirty Harry

It seems as though detective Harry Callahan will never be allowed a moments peace.

After he nips into a hotdog joint to grab a bite to eat, he is interrupted by a bank robbery.

Harry heads into the street to confront the bank robbers while still eating his hotdog.

After shooting out the engine of a car, causing it to turn over, Harry breaks into the now infamous speech that ends with him asking the bank robber “Do you feel lucky, punk?”


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