The local pizza parlour in the fishing town of Mystic, Connecticut, is the unlikely setting for a coming-of-age tale for two sisters and their friend who all work as waitresses there. Mystic Pizza was released in 1988 thus putting it into the category of 'an oldie but a goodie'. Among the now-famous actors who star in some of their earliest roles in Mystic Pizza are Vincent D'Onofrio, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon (whose sole line is 'Mum, do you want my green stuff?').
On the menu: Pizza marinara
Key quote: What the hell do you think Leona really puts in that pizza?
Like Water for Chocolate
Based on a magical realist tale by first-time author Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate features Tita, a woman who transmits her emotions through her cooking. Heartbroken when forbidden to marry her lover Pedro, she first bakes a wedding cake that leaves all those who taste it with a profound sense of longing and sadness.
On the menu: Quail in rose petal sauce
Key quote: Eat, my child. Food will make it hurt less.