What goes better with movies than food? Some of our favorite big screen characters are just as obsessed with food as we are. Before you chow down with Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, check out some of the most food-obsessed characters on the big screen. Just, uh, please don’t have what Hannibal is having…
10. The Lady and the Tramp
This Disney duo could’ve gone anywhere for their first date, yet they chose a fine Italian restaurant. Clearly no average pooches, these street-wise canines prove that love of food and romance can be linked to the same noodle.
9. Rusty, Ocean’s Eleven Trilogy
Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) may appear calm and cool on the outside, but this guy can’t keep his hands away from grub. Look out for him in all three Ocean’s movies, always accompanied by food or drink.
8. Claire, The Breakfast Club
While her Breakfast Club peers dined on average and sometimes disgusting lunches (Pixie Stix and bread? Eww!), Claire (Molly Ringwald) comes through with a sophisticated and healthy lunch. Well done, Princess. Sushi was really trendy in the ’80s. (Catch The Breakfast Club during IFC’s ’80s Weekend.)
7. Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) is a mad genius of the candy world. And much like his elevators, Wonka isn’t afraid to go in unconventional directions.
6. Jules, Pulp Fiction
Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) knows that a burger is the cornerstone of a nutritious breakfast. Even if that cornerstone occurs right before an execution. Just don’t ask him to eat bacon. Jules doesn’t dig on swine.
5. Harold Lee and Kumar Patel, Harold and Kumar movies
It’s a rare day when your dreams come true. And for Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn), that dream just happens to be consuming delicious and greasy White Castle.
4. Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd
They may be the worst pies in London, but Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) is determined to make her business a success– even if that requires a little extra man (or woman) power. Want to feast? Try the priest!
3. Jon Heder, Napoleon Dynamite
A champion of pocket tater tots, quesadillas, and dairy contests, Napoleon’s got some sweet food skills. Heck yes!
2. Hannibal Lecter, The Silence of the Lambs
“I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” Say what you will about the good doctor. Dude knows how to pair food and wine.
1. Remy, Ratatouille
No one understands food like ambitious rat chef, Remy. His brilliant instincts and fearless spirit prove that to succeed in the culinary world, you must be prepared to run a rat’s race.