"The Dinner Scene"

I don't make lists very often but I compiled this short list of films off the top of my head and thought it was interesting. These are films with what are called in the world of cinema "The Dinner Scene". Now these aren't just any dinner scenes. A dinner table/dinner in theory is a symbol of tranquility, family, home, or familiarity. Many of us have dinner tables and have had dinner with family members/friends, its a common thing. Well the director takes this familiar practice and uses it as a vessel to either further the plot or build on tension and/or atmosphere. I love the dinner scene because its a great way to fully display a characters psyche or their…

  • Before Midnight
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • A Bigger Splash
  • Beetlejuice
  • It's Only the End of the World
  • Brothers
  • Django Unchained
  • American Beauty
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • The Aviator
  • Revolutionary Road
  • Get Out
  • Frances Ha
  • The Invitation
  • American History X
  • Boyhood
  • Step Brothers
  • 20th Century Women
  • Sicario
  • La La Land
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • August: Osage County
  • You're Next
  • Coherence
  • I Am Love
  • Logan
  • My Dinner with Andre
  • Wedding Crashers
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Beatriz at Dinner
  • A History of Violence
  • Moonlight
  • Baby Driver
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Atonement
  • Black Mass
  • Fury
  • Whiplash
  • The Incredibles
  • The Blackcoat's Daughter
  • Eraserhead
  • The Big Sick
  • GoodFellas
  • Life of Pi
  • Carol
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Signs
  • Alien
  • The Matrix
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • The Witch
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • The Celebration
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Donnie Darko
  • Sexy Beast
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • Scent of a Woman
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Kill List
  • Gosford Park
  • The Exterminating Angel
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  • Krisha
  • Stoker
  • Room
  • Love & Mercy
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  • mother!
  • The Beguiled
  • Brooklyn
  • Captain Fantastic
  • Hannibal
  • The Godfather
  • Elle
  • The Dark Knight
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Dinner for Schmucks
  • Shrek 2
  • Blue Valentine
  • The Master
  • This Is England '90
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Family Stone
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Spectacular Now
  • Hereditary
  • Eighth Grade
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Ratatouille
  • First Man
  • The Dinner
  • Spider-Man 3