Favorite foodie moments from non-foodie films

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The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), which gets underway Thursday, is one of the highlights of my year. One thing I absolutely love about HIFF is that there’s always a great collection of food films, which appeals to both the foodie and movie buff in me.

At last year’s HIFF after-party at the Halekulani, I shared a table with festival judges Nate Kohn, director of Ebertfest, actress Tamlyn Tomita and Eric Nakamura of Giant Robot. The conversation, of course, centered around the festival’s films. They were interested in what films I had seen and liked. I told them I was a fan of foodie films, which started a rather enthusiastic discussion on food.

As the conversation progressed, I mentioned that aside from my list of favorite foodie films, I also had a list of foodie moments from non-foodie films. Kohn was amused by this concept and mentioned that it would probably make an interesting book. I don’t know about writing a book, but here is my Top 10 list.

'The Godfather' – Leave the gun, take the cannoli

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"The Godfather" is without a doubt one of the most quotable films ever made. The cannoli line is so ingrained in pop culture that it's even quoted in other films like the romantic comedy, "You've Got Mail." To this day, I can't look at a cannoli without thinking of thinking of "The Godfather."

What are your favorite foodie moments from non-foodie films?

Melissa808 moderator

Does the scene in "Big" with Tom Hanks and the baby corn count?


other great food scenes

1. Monty Python and the Meaning of Life ( 1983) : Terry Jones is the restaurant patron,  John Gleese is the waiter.  If you seen the movie, you know what I'm talking about.  If you haven't, prepare to laugh hysterically, and also maybe cover your eyes.

2. Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind ( 1977 )  : Richard Dreyfuss carves the Devil's Tower out of mashed potatoes.


1. Naked Gun 2.5  ( 1991 ) :  Leslie Nielson tries to eat a lobster during state dinner with President

2. Tom Jones ( 1963 )  :  Albert Finney seduces woman at table by eating a chicken dinner

3. Pretty Woman  ( 1990 )  :  Julie Roberts has a hard time eating escargot during business dinner

4. Alien ( 1979 ) :  John Hurt's last meal

5. 9 1/2 Weeks ( 1996 ) :  Mickey Rourke / Kim Bassinger food / sex scene

6.  Hot Shots ( 1991 ) :  Charlie Sheen and Valerie Golina spoof above scene

7.  The Gold Rush ( 1925 )  :  a starving Charlie Chaplin eats his shoe

8.  Hook ( 1991 ) :  Robin Williams finds his inner " Peter Pan " by imagining a feast with his Lost Boys

9.  Animal House ( 1978 )  F O O D      F I G H T   !!!!!

10.   Avengers ( 2012 )  :  final scene, after the credits roll


"When Harry Met Sally": Estelle Reiner "I'll have what she's having." They are having a sandwich at Katz Deli.