Best Coffee Moments in TV and Movies

Thanks to the ubiquity of coffee (and ideal opportunity for product placement), our favorite beverage has found its way onto the silver screen, appearing in virtually every genre of TV and film, from contemporary urban scenes to Westerns.

This versatile beverage, suitable for a sip any time of day, has enjoyed more than 15 minutes of fame over the years. How many of these eight iconic coffee scenes from major motion pictures do you remember?


Naïve and lovable Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) exuberantly bursts into a typical New York diner to congratulate them for earning the distinction of being home to the “World’s Best Cup of Coffee.”

“Meet the Robinsons”

Watch how teacher Lucille Krunklehorn (Laurie Metcalf) uses her caffeine patch invention to help her push through after not sleeping for eight days “with no side effects.”

“Sudden Impact”

Tough-as-nails cop Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) walks into his local coffee shop, and his usual waitress catches his attention by pouring sugar into his typically black coffee. Callahan leaves, then reappears through the back door to confront several would-be robbers. With the last man standing at gunpoint, Eastwood utters his most famous line: “Go ahead… make my day.”

“Airplane 2”

Passengers react reasonably calmly when flight attendant Elaine Dickinson (Julie Hagerty) shares distressing news about the status of the flight. Mayhem and chaos only ensue when she adds, “We’re also out of coffee.”

“Miss Congeniality”

After getting a call from her captain, Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) pops the siren on her car, races to a scene, and flashes her FBI badge, just to cut to the front of a long line to place the team’s coffee order, much to the chagrin of patrons in line.

“Groundhog Day”

Realizing that his day just keeps repeating, Phil (Bill Murray) fills his table at the diner with endless treats and drinks his coffee directly from a carafe.

“L.A. Story”

As a typical L.A. group of movers and shakers led by Steve Martin orders coffee after a meal, the diversity of their personalized orders remains memorable.

“Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid”

Remember Rigby Reardon (Steve Martin) pouring an entire bag of ground coffee into a pan and adding two eggs?

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