Julie and JuliaThe new movie 'Julie & Julia' is based on two memoirs: that of Julia Child (Meryl Streep), who moved to Paris as a diplomat's wife and became one of the most influential food writers of our time; and that of blogger Julie Powell (Amy Adams), who, bored with her cubicle job, decided to cook her way through Child's 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking' over the course of one year.

Though 'Julie & Julia' tells the stories of these two women, what it's really about -- and what has foodies everywhere excited for its arrival -- is food. Cooking it. Eating it. Enjoying it as one of life's greatest pleasures. When Streep, as Child, goes into ecstasy over her first bite of fish in a Parisian restaurant, we know exactly how she feels.

In between salivating over Julia Child's boeuf Bourguignon and sympathizing with Julie Powell's kitchen meltdowns, we started daydreaming about our favorite movie food scenes. And then we ate a whole roast chicken. Bon appetit!

Related: 10 Most Disgusting Food Scenes

'Big Night' (1996)

Fresh off the disappointment of a dream ruined, Secondo (Stanley Tucci) cooks eggs for Cristiano (Marc Anthony -- yes, that Marc Anthony) and his brother Primo (Tony Shalhoub) in a gorgeous, uninterrupted scene that makes us wish all movies had less talking, more cooking.

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'Chocolat' (2000)

Vianne (Juliette Binoche) throws Armande (Judi Dench) a party for her 70th birthday in defiance of the entire town. Slow and sexy, and involving a lot of chocolate sauce, it epitomizes what we all believe French cooking to be. Plus, who doesn't want Johnny Depp at their dinner table?

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Master chef Chu (Sihung Lung) cooks dinner every Sunday for his unappreciative daughters. Based on this mouth-watering opening scene alone, we'd be happy for him to ditch them and adopt us instead.

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'Goodfellas' (1990)

Is it wrong that this "family dinner" scene makes us want to go to prison? With a bunch of wise guys, of course.

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Ted (Dustin Hoffman), newly in custody of his son Billy (Justin Henry), gamely tackles French toast with results that aren't all that disastrous. You like your French toast crunchy, don't you? (And on the ground?)

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When the Disney dogs share a spaghetti smooch on "this lovely bella notte," it shows animated movies can melt hearts just as much as the real deal. After all, nothing says true love like giving away your last meatball.

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Combine quail, rose petals and hot, hot, hidden passion, and you end up with not just an incredible dish, but also the overwhelming desire to take off all your clothes.

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Back when Mickey Rourke was hot, this steamy kitchen scene took onscreen intimacy to a whole new level, with Rourke feeding Kim Basinger everything from strawberries to fiery peppers. We haven't looked at food the same way since.

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Rats in the kitchen used to be a bad thing ... and then came 'Ratatouille.' The verve and efficiency of Remy's pals in cooking his signature dish proves that every chef could use a few vermin as sous chefs -- as long as they wash their hands (paws?).

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'Spanglish' (2004)

After meticulously preparing what looks like the most delicious egg sandwich in history, Adam Sandler's chef is about to take that first mouthwatering bite when he's berated by -- and instantly smitten with -- his live-in maid (Paz Vega). Is it love ... or was it the sandwich?

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'Tampopo' (1985)

In a comedy full of culinary vignettes, the basic, food-affirming lesson is this: Always, always slurp your spaghetti. (Also do not miss: the jaw-droppingly erotic raw egg scene.)

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'Tom Jones' (1963)

Wow, people in the 18th century sure knew how to flirt. On the verge of tumbling into bed, Tom Jones (Albert Finney) and Mrs. Waters (Joyce Redman) say far more with food -- and the giddily ravenous way they tear into it -- than bon mots or caresses ever could. Lusty!

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'Waitress' (2007)

"Baby don't you cry, gonna make a pie ..." If the pie that wistful waitress Jenna (Keri Russell) teaches her erstwhile lover Dr. Pomatter (Nathan Fillion) to make is even half as sweet as the intimacy they share, then that's going to be some pretty gosh darn good pie.

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Honorable Mention:
'Babette's Feast' - the entire movie
'Pieces of April' - the entire movie
'Soul Food' - family dinner scenes




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