16 More Food Documentaries You Should Drop Everything to Watch

Whether you're searching for cinematic genius or you're simply curious about how fast food is made, we have the right movie for you.

Photos: Loft Cinema,

Photos: Loft Cinema, Sriracha Movie

Hungry for something really great to watch?

Food documentaries are more popular than ever, and we couldn’t be happier about that fact. They give viewers a chance to step behind the chef’s counter, eavesdrop on government debates about poverty, and learn something new about the food we love so much.

Last year, we brought you a list of 20 Must-See Documentaries available on Netflix and iTunes. But with so many great short films and non-studio releases available online, it’s time for an update.

From a film on the history of Sriracha to a portrait of beloved Brooklyn institution Peter Pan Bakery, we have a documentary for every food lover.

Scroll down to see the best food documentaries that you can watch right now.

The Fruit Hunters

Released: 2012
Why watch? Actor Bill Pullman takes us inside the lives of rare fruit seekers. In doing so, he gives a glimpse of the history behind eating fruit and how important it is to our survival.
Watch: Amazon Instant Video

Sriracha, the Movie

Released: 2014
Why watch? Sure, Sriracha is a splash of spicy heaven. But do you know it’s history? This is one for all the hot sauce nerds out there.
Watch: Vimeo On Demand

Hamburger America

Released: 2004
Why watch? In this Americana classic, author and documentary filmmaker George Motz takes a look at the richness of the country’s hamburger tapestry.
Watch: YouTube


Hot Coffee

Released: 2011
Why watch? Think you know the real story of the infamous Liebeck v. McDonald’s case, in which an elderly woman sued the fast food company for a burn? Think again.
Watch: Amazon Instant Video

Lunch Hour

Released: 2014
Why watch? If you have children or wonder what goes into America’s National School Lunch Program, watch this film. The movie examines the childhood obesity epidemic, as well as the problem of poverty and nutrition.
Watch: Amazon Instant Video


A Place at the Table

Released: 2013
Why watch? Poverty is a huge, largely unaddressed problem in America. This film interviews a wide range of struggling families across the nation, seeking to find a nutritious solution to their hunger. The film was produced by the team behind Food, Inc.
Watch: Amazon Instant Video

Peter Pan Bakery

Released: 2014
Why watch? Greenpoint’s famed bakery keeps an entire community together. As new neighbors move in, Peter Pan Bakery films their favorite regulars with a heavy dose of nostalgia.

Peter Pan Bakery: A Documentary Film from Peter Haas on Vimeo.


Soul Food Junkies

Released: 2013
Why watch? Soul food is inherent to Southern black culture. This documentary examines the history of black food during slavery, and how it evolved into what it is today.
Watch: Amazon Instant Video

The Greenhorns

Released: 2013
Why watch? This-low budget film focuses on a small subculture of young people who have taken up farming as an active resistance to corporate culture.
Watch: Amazon Instant Video


The Best Thing I Ever Done

Released: 2011
Why watch? Here’s the story of Di Fara‘s Domenico DeMarco, Italian immigrant and father of seven. Watch the film to see DeMarco in his element, working in his Brooklyn pizzeria.

In Organic We Trust

Released: 2013
Why watch? America has a fascination with organic food, but do we really know what “organic” means? This movie dives into the marketing behind the label.
Watch: Amazon Instant Video


The Perfect Human Diet

Released: 2013
Why watch? Sometimes it sounds like the food media is just randomly picking ingredients that we all should eat. In this film, scientists and nutritionists attempt to examine biology and physiology in order to find the ideal human diet.
Watch: Amazon Instant Video

May I Be Frank

Released: 2012
Why watch? Frank Ferrante is a tough-guy Brooklynite who loves a good meal. But when he discovers a raw, vegan restaurant, it sparks a change. In the course of 42 days, Frank changes his life completely.
Watch: Amazon Instant Video


A Connecticut Hot Dog Tour

Released: 2010
Why watch? Connecticut residents, we’re looking at you. PBS takes you across the state, attempting to understand just what exactly draws customers to the tasty pink logs that are hot dogs.
Watch: YouTube

Oma & Bella

Released: 2012
Why watch? Oma and Bella are two elderly Jewish Holocaust survivors who share their lives, memories, and emotions through cooking. This sentimental, gentle film follows their adventures in Berlin.
Watch: Amazon Instant Video


Fäviken

Released: 2013
Why watch? Peek inside the door’s of Sweden’s incredible Fäviken Magasinet restaurant. Head chef Magnus Nilsson explains his inspiration and evolution.

Fäviken from Dark Rye on Vimeo.

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