If movies were made about our morning routines, then coffee would likely win an award for best supporting actor, or at least be a major plot point. And while we may never become Hollywood A-listers, our favorite wake-up beverage is no stranger to the silver screen. Here are some of our favorite coffee movie scenes from a few films you might have seen and loved.
Office Space – Lumbergh Nightmare
When disgruntled programmer Peter Gibbons learns that his love interest (played by Jennifer Aniston) once had a romantic relationship with his insufferable boss, Hal Lumbergh, he has a terrible nightmare of a mini-coffee movie featuring the two of them doing the deed as Lumbergh casually sips from his ever-present Initech coffee cup.
Glengarry Glen Ross – Coffee Is for Closers
“Put that coffee down! Coffee’s for closers only,” begins Alec Baldwin in his scenery-chewing scene from the David Mamet’s cult classic Glengarry Glen Ross. The diatribe that follows is far too salty to be repeated here, but if you’ve never seen the movie, Baldwin’s character leaves no room for doubt about whom coffee is for.
The Usual Suspects – The Coffee Drop
For much of the film, we’re led to believe that Roger “Verbal” Kint is just a patsy – a crippled small-potatoes con-man who got in over his head. During his interrogation, he weaves a tail about the mysterious and murderous Mafioso named Keyser Soze. By the time agent Dave Kujan realizes that Kint was the mastermind behind the whole operation, it’s too late; the real Keyser Soze has gotten into a car and disappeared. He drops his coffee cup on the floor and it shatters in slow motion, just as all of the pieces of the mystery come together.
Mulholland Drive – Bad Coffee
In David Lynch’s cryptic film Mulholland Drive, fictitious Hollywood director Adam Kesher has his film taken over by mobsters. In a meeting with the mob, he is informed that: A. he is going to cast Camilla Rhodes in his film, or else, and B. his taste in espresso is sub-par, to say the least.
L.A. Story – The Coffee Order
Don’t ever try to order a “half double decaffeinated half-caff with a twist of lemon” from your local barista. It may have worked for Steve Martin in L.A. Story, but there’s really no such thing. This is one coffee movie scene you might want to forget!
Heat – The Legendary Tete-a-tete
Pacino. De Niro. Coffee. Three legends have a sit-down. It’s a tense moment: the hard-boiled police lieutenant and the criminal mastermind… the hunter and the hunted, though it’s hard to tell which is which. Both make their intentions quite plainly known. The coffee in the movie doesn’t say much, but you can tell it has the situation under control.
Coffee Movies Might Be Overstating It
Okay, so these are all “famous” movie scenes where coffee the beverage features heavily. They’re not really Coffee Movies, but from where we’re standing, the films would not have been the same without our favorite beverage!