4 Best Chocolate Movies

Chocolate, that decadent treat holds seemingly universal appeal. Add the theme of chocolate to films and the result is a foodies delight. There are many well known movies featuring the word Chocolate in the title. The most commonly referred to flick is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but there are several more that may be well known in certain genres of the population.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a timeless classic. This film is based on the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Ronald Dahl. Charlie and his family live in poverty. All of his family members share one bed. By chance, Charlie scrounge up money to buy a Willy Wonka Chocolate bar. His love of decadence is so great that he is willing to spend the little money he has his tasty indulgence. Low and behold, Charlie finds a winning golden ticket, inside the Chocolate bars wrapper from a contest to gain entrance for a tour of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory. He ends up going on this grand excursion with his once bedridden grandfather, who gains the ability to walk once he learns if his opportunity to tour the Chocolate factory. Charlie and his grandfather win the contest and the prize is to own the Chocolate factory! This movie is central to displaying a deep love of chocolate.


Chocolat is a movie based on the book with the same title by Joann Harris. It has a stellar cast including Johnny Depp, Judi Dench and Juliette Binoche. Taking place in a French Village during Mardi Gras and Lent, this film unfolds into an interesting plot.  Vianne is a talented chocolate maker who operate by her own set of rules. This leads to love and conflict and lots of decadent chocolate. Chocolate boasts healing powers for some and proves itself to be so delicious and addictive, it sets forth a diabetic attack for another. There are many characters in this movie, with a complex intricacy interweaving them all. Chocolate is the underlying theme in this film, as well as the connection between characters. Chocolat is a foreign film worth viewing.

Like Water for Chocolate

Cover of "The Chocolate War"
Cover of The Chocolate War

Like Water for Chocolate is based on the book by Laura Esqivuel is an exotic, tantalising novel about a love based on attraction against all odds. A blend of recipes and told in a novella type style, this film is intriguing and food plays an integral role.Tita cares for her mother and feels burdened to do so. Her heart belongs to Pedro.

Driven by unbridled passion, Tita feels stuck in a life that leaves her feeling desolate and fettered. She longs to live a life with Pedro and not adhere to her mother’s plans for her to care for her, sacrificing her own life and freedom. Just as chocolate can be romantic and sensual, this film is, too. Like Water for Chocolate is a must see movie, that will stay with you long after viewing it.

The Chocolate War

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier is also been made into a movie. Considered a young adult classic, this movie has a involved plot.Due to the colorful language, sexual indiscretions and the concept of a secret society within a high school setting, the book this movie was based on has been put on the banned books list for many years.Based on a mob mentality, this film is intense as it challenges social norms.