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Top 10 Fast Food Movies

10:  Grease (1978)

Grease

The high school musical that effectively launched Olivia Newton John's acting career follows the rocky relationship between Sandy and Danny, who are reunited after a summer holiday romance when Sandy attends Rydell High as an exchange student. On home ground, Danny finds it difficult to merge his bad boy T-Bird's image with his feelings for the squeaky-clean Sandy. Featuring scenes in Rydell High's canteen, the Twi-Light drive-in and the Frosty Palace malt shop, singing and fast-food are focal to the 50s gang culture.

9: Waitress (2007)

Waitress (2007)

Waitress follows Jenna's (Keri Russell) attempt to escape an unhappy abusive marriage and start up a new life elsewhere. Living in the American South and working in Joe's Pie Diner, with the support of her friends/co-workers and a new lover, talented pie-maker, Jenna, gets the courage to make the break. While the film's ending may be happy, the writer/director's wasn't – Adrienne Shelly was murdered three months before its debut and never learnt of its acceptance into the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

8: Batteries Not Included (1987)

Batteries Not Included (1987)

Hovering tiny robotic aliens help to keep the place clean, saving the livelihood of Frank (Hume Cronyn) and Faye Riley (Jessica Tandy), elderly residents of a run-down New York apartment block and the proprietor's of the ground floor restaurant diner. This 80s classic challenged Mary Poppins' tidying skills, giving the impression that alien's aren't to be feared and aren't always giant squid-like creatures. The friendly “fix-its” come from a “very small planet” and appear to be able to reproduce, shown in that memorable and strangely touching roof-top labour scene.

7: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café (1991)

Fried Green Tomatoes

Jessica Tandy is back for more cafe action but this time instead of being saved by minute aliens, she is the one doing the saving. Her character, Idgie Threadgoode, gives hope and a new lease of life to dissatisfied and unappreciated housewife, Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates), by recalling stories of her youth, all set around the Whistlestop Cafe. Based upon the Irondale Cafe in Alabama, Whistle Stop is famed for its fried green tomatoes. Adapted from a successful novel by Fannie Flag, with an all-star cast (Mary Stuart Masterson, Chris O'Donnell, Mary-Louise Parker, Cicely Tyson) the film skips through time in keeping with Idgie's jumbled narration.

6: Legion (2010)

Legion (2010)

So bad it's hilarious, this year's offering, Legion, stars Paul Bettany as Archangel Michael, who comes to earth as the protector of humanity. Sick of all mankind’s “bullshit” a traditionally merciful God has implemented mass extermination and the only hope of salvation is the birth of a chain-smoking diner waitress' child. Holed up in Paradise Falls diner in the middle of the New Mexico desert, a group of strangers must fight off wave after wave of spider-like demonic shark-teethed angels protecting pregnant, Charlie, until she goes into labour heralding mankind's redemption.

5: Pulp Fiction (1994)

Pulp Fiction (1994)

From the infamous coffee shop hold-up to Thurman sucking on a milk shake and the legendary “Royale with cheese” burger dialogue, Pulp Fiction is steeped in fast food. Written and directed by Tarantino, Pulp Fiction was his second major offering and transformed the cult following he received after Reservoir Dogs into widespread critical acclaim. As well as receiving a whole array of nominations it won various awards and relaunched Travolta's career. Need I say more?

4: American Graffiti (1973)

American Graffitti (1973)

The lesser known, George Lucas classic, American Graffiti, follows the adventures of coming of age teens in the post-war baby boom generation as they cruise around 1960s America listening to Rock n Roll and regularly checking in at Mel's Drive-In. The impetus for the film came from Francis Ford Coppola challenging Lucas to write a film to appeal to mainstream audiences. Channelling his own experiences of growing up with a nod to the old generation of cruisers whose cars were pulling machines, American Graffiti was the end result.

3: Mystic Pizza (1988)

Mystic Pizza (1988)

“A romantic comedy with the works”, Mystic Pizza is another 80s number charting the lives of three young women as they “come of age”. Living in the small fishing village of Mystic in Connecticut, sisters Kat (Annabeth Gish) and Daisy Araujo (Julia Roberts) are pizza waitresses together with their friend Jojo Barboza (Lili Taylor), all seeking love. Kat is soon to attend Yale, Daisy starts dating a local rich boy and Jojo is scared of commitment – meanwhile news of the pizza parlour that binds them spreads.

2: Clerks II (2006)

Clerks II (2006)

One of the earliest examples of sequels arriving a decade after the original, Kevin Smith's Clerks II, reunites Dante and Randall, following the duo's misinformed adventures and those of their loitering pals Jay and Silent Bob. After disaster strikes at Quick Stop Groceries convenience store, the pair have to find new jobs and end up working in fast-food restaurant Mooby's. Dante is keen to leave New Jersey for a new life with his fiance in Florida but past indiscretions come back to haunt him.

1: Diner (1982)

Diner (1982)

Another 80s coming-of-age flick but this time focusing on guys. Diner explores a life “beyond french fries, gravy and girls.” Resisting adulthood, cocooned in the safety of their local Baltimore diner, Fells Point, five college friends (Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Kevin Bacon, Tim Daly and Mickey Rourke) in their 20s reunite for a wedding and start to realise they can't live their lives sitting at a booth recounting amusing anecdotes and playing childish games. Diner is Barry Levinson's (Avalon, Tin Men, Liberty Heights) directional debut favouring ad-libbing over a rigid script and the first of his Baltimore films.

Honorary mentions:

A History of Violence (2006)
Another novel adaptation, A history of Violence breaks away from stories of friendship to explore what happens when small-town Michigan Cafe Owner, Tom McKenna's (Viggo Mortensen) murky past comes back to haunt him. When Tom defends his cafe from an attempted robbery, he becomes a local hero and with this comes fame and unwanted recognition, unearthing his old identity and dark past. David Cronenberg loosely basis the film on the 1997 graphic novel by John Wagner.

Goodfellas (1990)
Come Back To The Five And Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
(1982)
Swingers
(1996)
Whip It (2010)
My Blueberry Nights
(2007)
As Good As It Gets (2007)
The Back To The Future trilogy (1986-90)

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#1 Stephanie 2010-04-15 18:48
I like that Whip It deserves honourable mention. Some of the cutest scenes from the film were in the Oink Joint.

Also, possibly, Fast Times at Ridgemont High?
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#2 Guest 2010-04-19 21:47
uhh hharold and kumar?
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#3 http://www.meratvforum.com Indian T.v Serials 2010-12-20 09:28
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#4 RE: Top 10 Fast Food Movies khan 2011-03-14 04:38
What? No mention of Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986)?
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#5 RE: Top 10 Fast Food Movies z 2011-08-11 22:09
no good burger, i know it's cheesy, no pun intended, but it's still a good movie
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#6 RE: Top 10 Fast Food Movies Travis 2012-03-10 14:12
Thanks khan! That's the movie I remember seeing once when I was staying up late as a little kid. I thought it was "Fast Food". So I just put myself and my wife through misery watching that thing, saying to her, "No. It must get better towards the end. I don't remember any of these other parts."
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#7 RE: Top 10 Fast Food Movies Derrick 2014-02-23 09:23
Where's Peter Jackson's Bad Taste? In which alien invaders wipe out a small New Zealand town to sell to intergalactic consumers as fast food. Low budget classic.
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