What's a perfect way to goose our emotions on screen? Drop a delectable food line into the conversation.

There’s nothing like a mouth-watering closeup of a perfectly prepared meal.

Think “Big Night,” “Chef” and a dozen other movies dedicated to our love of fabulous food. We watch them over and again just to savor what they serve.

Some films simply evoke a favorite dish or drink with a well-executed line of dialogue.

  • Comedies
  • Dramas
  • Horror movies
  • Romances

They all understand our deep connection to the food on our plate.

We can’t resist.

That’s the case with the following 27 food-related movie lines. Some whet our appetites. Others make our skin crawl … on purpose. They all connect, and that’s why they’re so memorable.

“My mama always said, ‘Life is (was) like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.'” – “Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) in “Forrest Gump” (1994)

“As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.” – Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) in “Gone with the Wind” (1939)

“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.” – Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)

“Soylent Green is people!” – Det. Robert Thorn (Charlton Heston) in “Soylent Green” (1973)

“A martini. Shaken, not stirred.” – James Bond (Sean Connery) in “Goldfinger” (1964)

“Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” – Mame Dennis (Rosalind Russell) in “Auntie Mame” (1958)

“Normally, both your asses would be dead as f***ng fried chicken, but you happened to pull this s*** while I’m in a transitional period, so I don’t wanna kill you. I wanna help you.” – Jules Winfield (Samuel L. Jackson) in “Pulp Fiction” (1994)

“Put that cofee down! Coffee is for closers. I don’t see any closers here.” Blake (Alec Baldwin) in “Glengarry Glen Ross” (1992)

“My dear girl, there are some things that just aren’t done, such as drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!” – James Bond (Sean Connery) in “Goldfinger” (1964)

“I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie” Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) in “When Harry Met Sally…” (1989)

“Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.” – Clemenza (Richard Castellano) in “The Godfather” (1972)

“It’s so damn hot! Milk was a bad choice.” – Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) in “Anchorman” (2004)

“I Drink Your Milkshake! I drink it up!” — Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) in “There Will Be Blood” (2007)

“Fish are friends, not food.” – Bruce the shark (Barry Humphries) in “Finding Nemo” (2003)

“Mighty fine cereal flakes, Ms. McDounough.” – Evelle (William Forsythe) in “Raising Arizona” (1987)

“If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff.” – Remy (Patton Oswalt) in “Ratatouille” (2007)

“Jenny and me was like peas and carrots.” Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) in “Forrest Gump” (1994)

“Sonny, true love is the greatest thing, in the world-except for a nice MLT – mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe. They’re so perky, I love that.” – Max (Billy Crystal) in “The Princess Bride” (1987)

“To eat good food is to be close to God.” – Primo (Tony Shalhoub) in “Big Night” (1996)

“A food truck’s a great idea. We’re talking about a white-on-white, ’88 Chevy food truck. It’s a blank canvas for your dreams. I’m going to have them pull it around.” – Marvin (Robert Downey, Jr.) in “Chef” (2014)

“Alright, when you …. into a movie theatre in Amsterdam, you can buy beer. And I don’t mean in a paper cup either. They give you a glass of beer.” – Vincent (John Travolta) in “Pulp Fiction (1994)

“There’s no point to any of this. It’s just a… a random lottery of meaningless tragedy and a series of near escapes. So I take pleasure in the details. You know… a quarter-pounder with cheese, those are good, the sky about ten minutes before it starts to rain, the moments where your laughter becomes a cackle… and I, I sit back and smoke my Camel Straights and I ride my own melt.” – Troy (Ethan Hawke) in “Reality Bites” (1994)

“Is Butter a carb?” – Regina George (Rachel McAdams) in “Mean Girls” (2004)

“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.” – Buddy (Will Ferrell) in “Elf” (2003)

“‘I Hate My Husband Pie’… You take bittersweet chocolate and don’t sweeten it. You make it into a pudding and drown it in caramel.” – Jenna (Kerri Russell) in “Waitress” (2007)

“Subtle… Zesty? Disgusting.” – Roux (Johnny Depp) in “Chocolat” (2000)

“I’ll get you for this, Wonka if it’s the last thing I’ll ever do! I’ve got a blueberry for a daughter.” – Mr. Salt (Roy Kinnear) in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971)

Brooke Lark