Top 10 Movies Featuring Chinese Food

Young couple eating chinese takeout food at home

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What could be better than indulging your love of Chinese cuisine while being entertained at the same time? To help you match up dinner with a great flick, let's explore classic films with memorable Chinese food movie scenes.

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    "Eat Drink Man Woman" (1994)

    This classic film by director Ang Lee looks at the relationship between a chef and his three daughters. Food plays a prominent role in the film. It's a treat just to watch the father (one of the best chefs in Taiwan) making elaborate preparations for Sunday dinner with his daughters, or supervising the action in his restaurant kitchen. An excellent film and a classic.

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    "The Joy Luck Club" (1993)

    The film version of Amy Tan's classic novel explores the relationship between three mothers and daughters. Many scenes take place around the kitchen table. Given the role food plays in Chinese culture, it's not surprising that many scenes take place in the kitchen or revolve around family meals.

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    "A Christmas Story" (1983)

    This movie is a holiday favorite for many families. How does Chinese food factor into a white family's 1960's Christmas in Indiana? Without giving too much away, there's a classic scene involving a duck dinner at a Chinese restaurant. You may end up making this movie part of your own family tradition.

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    "Mickey Blue Eyes" (1999)

    Set in New York, this film features British heartthrob Hugh Grant as an auctioneer who makes the mistake of marrying into the mob. Without too many spoilers, there is a wickedly funny marriage proposal scene that takes place at a Chinese restaurant.

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    "The Firm" (1993)

    Based on the John Grisham novel, this movie is about a recent law school graduate (Tom Cruise) who finds an offer of employment by a Memphis law firm too good to pass up. The food scene comes near the beginning of the film when Cruise and his wife (played by Jeanne Tripplehorn) celebrate his new job with Chinese takeout.

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    "The Four Seasons" (1981)

    The film is about four couples who always vacation together. On the first trip, a weekend getaway in a cabin somewhere, we find the men of the group cooking together. They make Chinese food, turning the kitchen into a smoky mess with woks clattering, food flying, and the chefs getting in each others' way. It's a memorable and comedic scene that you'll love.

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    "That Thing You Do!" (1996)

    This one comes with an equally fun soundtrack. "That Thing You Do!" is a great movie from the '90s about "The Wonders," a Beatles-like pop band in the '60s. In it, Guy Patterson, played by Tom Everett Scott, seals the deal with Mr. White for the band to record with Playtone Records in a Chinese restaurant in Pittsburgh.

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    "Catch Me If You Can" (2002)

    In this film, Tom Hanks plays a man, estranged from his family, who usually works every Christmas in the FBI office and eats takeout Chinese food. He lives in this rather sad state of existence as he pursues Leonardo DiCaprio, who is a counterfeiter and felonious imposter.

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    "Lethal Weapon 4" (1998)

    Uncle Benny's "front" is his Chinese restaurant. Mel Gibson and Chris Rock chase down the bad guys in Chinatown. If you gave up on the "Lethal Weapon" franchise before seeing this one, it's definitely worth catching.

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    "Rush Hour 2" (2001)

    Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are back in this classic comedy. The plot actually takes place in Hong Kong, so they talk about Chinese food a lot. A restaurant is also another front for their operations.