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Mmm, Delicious Food Porn

The new Criterion Blu-ray edition of ''Babette's Feast'' (out July 23) got us craving these five other cinematic odes to gastronomy

1. Tampopo 1985
An endlessly charming, heart-and stomach-warmingly funny Japanese film about a young woman’s attempts to create the perfect noodle restaurant and the ragtag crew that helps her. It throws endearing characters, humane vignettes, and timeless comedy into a pot and stirs vigorously.

2. Eat Drink Man Woman 1994
Right before his move to Hollywood, Ang Lee made this scrumptious generational dramedy about a widowed father and the weekly banquets he tenderly prepares for his three daughters. Much like the 2001 Latino remake Tortilla Soup, it’s a paean to familial love made edible.

3. Big Night 1996
Stanley Tucci codirected, co-wrote, and costarred in this culinary drama about two brothers (Tucci and Tony Shalhoub) in the ’50s who hope a visit from Louis Prima will save their flailing Italian restaurant. The result is as hearty as the film’s enormous pasta-bomb timpano, but somehow still as delicate as a soufflé.

4. Julie & Julia 2009
Julia Child stormed the Bastille of haute cuisine and opened its doors to the masses, democratizing demi-glace and putting vichyssoise in the vernacular. In Nora Ephron’s delectable biopic, Meryl Streep adopts Child’s unmistakable swooping voice and adds eight extra inches to play the legendary cuisinière, opposite a parallel story of blogging acolyte Julie Powell (Amy Adams).

5. Jiro Dreams of Sushi 2012
If food can be elevated to art, then Jiro Ono’s exquisitely composed sushi is the height of the minimalist movement. This documentary follows the octogenarian master and his two sons, both sushi chefs, and examines what it means to strive for perfection with nothing more than raw fish and rice.