The Top 10… Tastiest Movie Scenes
By Scott Feinberg
HollywoodNews.com: With summer barbecues just around the corner, I thought it might be fun to take a walk down memory lane and identify the 10 most memorable movie scenes involving food. It’s impossible to include everything—it especially pained me to leave off “To Catch a Thief” (1955, with Grace Kelly’s leg or breast double-entendre) to “Dumb and Dumber” (1994, with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels spicy pepper prank) to “Julie & Julia” (2009, with Meryl Streep’s orgasmic reaction to sole meuniere)—but I think I hit most of the big ones. Let me know your favorite examples in the comments section below!
10. “Sling Blade” (1996)
Iconic scene: Karl (Billy Bob Thornton) famously mumbles, “Mhmm. I like them French fried taters.”
9. “Forrest Gump” (1994)
Iconic scene: Forrest (Tom Hanks) regales strangers with the far-fetched tales of his life, but always comes back to the same aphorism: “Mama always told me life’s like a box o’ chocolates… you never know what you’re gonna get.”
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8. “There Will Be Blood” (2007)
Iconic scene: At the end of the movie, Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) shouts his twisted logic to Rev. Paul Sunday (Paul Dano): “I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!”
7. “Annie Hall” (1977)
Iconic scene: Chaos reigns as anxious Alvy (Woody Allen) and irrepressible Annie (Diane Keaton) try to boil lobsters but end chasing them around their kitchen instead.
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6. “Blazing Saddles” (1974)
Iconic scene: Cowboys gather around a campfire eating baked beans… and hilarity ensues.
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5. “The Godfather” (1972)
Iconic scene: After performing a hit in his car, Clemenza (Richard S. Castellano) instructs his sidekick: “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”
4. “Cool Hand Luke” (1967)
Iconic scene: When Luke (Paul Newman) says he can eat 50 hard-boiled eggs, a fellow prisoner bets him he can’t.
3. “Diner” (1982)
Iconic scene: Boogie (Mickey Rourke, when he was still dashing) bets his buds that he can get his prude date to touch his “pecker.” They want proof, so he tells them to be at the movies that night. He buys popcorn, puts it on his lap, she reaches in, and flips out!
2. “Five Easy Pieces” (1970)
Iconic scene: Robert (Jack Nicholson) tries to order a chicken salad sandwich with a simple substitution, but the waitress stubbornly insists that none are allowed. After he finally presenting his order in a way that doesn’t break the rules, the waitress disbelievingly says, “You want me to hold the chicken, huh?” He responds, “I want you to hold it between your knees!” and then flips the table.
1. “Animal House” (1978)
Iconic scene: John Belushi, tired of being treated badly by the more polished crowd, sits down at the lunch table and asks them, “See if you can guess what I am now?” Shoves a ton of mashed potatoes in his mouth, puffs out his cheeks, and then squeezes them together, spraying them all over the guy’s face. “I’m a zit! Get it?” Food fight ensues.