Thanksgiving is a time for sharing and spending time with your loved ones. After you’ve indulged on that delicious turkey dinner, the best way to digest is by cozying up by the TV with your loved ones and enjoying a classic movie. Here is a list of the 10 best Thanksgiving movies to enjoy with your friends and family this holiday!
Thanksgiving is just two days away, which means American families across the country are busy cooking turkeys and calling family over for the holidays. While Thanksgiving is a time to have fun and relax, it can be stressful for dinner hosts. A great way to unwind after devouring a turkey and all the fixings is for the whole family to come together and watch a Thanksgiving movie. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best Thanksgiving Day movies of all time, just for you!
#1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
The 24-minute long movie is a classic Thanksgiving movie and therefore a must-watch during this holiday! Children and adults alike enjoy this family affair as Peppermint Patty joins Chuck’s Thanksgiving dinner. When she is less than impressed by his culinary skills (he serves toast instead of turkey) Marcie reminds both Patty and Charlie that the holiday is not about food, but about spending time with loved ones. Well said!
#2. What’s Cooking? (2000)
This Thanksgiving movie focuses on four families: the Nguyens, the Avilas, the Williams’, and the Seelings. Each family has their own set of traditions for the holiday, as well as their own problems to deal with. By celebrating Thanksgiving, diversity, and above all, family, this heart-warming film is guaranteed to bring a smile to your family this year.
#3. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)
This Thanksgiving movie boasts a valuable lesson in love and friendship, as an obnoxious shower curtain salesman named Del (John Candy) helps an advertising executive named Neal (Steve Martin) reach Chicago in time for Thanksgiving dinner with his family.
#4. The Blind Side (2009)
Sandra Bullock won a rightly deserved Oscar Award for best actress in this inspiring true story. Grab a box of tissues as you watch a homeless 17-year-old Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) have his first proper bed, home, and Thanksgiving dinner with his adoptive family, the Tuohy’s.
#5. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
A Woody Allen classic about Hannah (Mia Farrow) and her younger sisters, Lee (Barbara Hershey) and Holly (Dianne Wiest), who bring their emotional baggage to the Thanksgiving dinner table in this moving family drama, also starring the legendary Michael Caine.
#6. Dutch (1991)
A touching Thanksgiving tale about Dutch (Ed O’Neill), who offers to drive his girlfriend’s pretentious son (Ethan Embry) to Chicago, when a funny friendship is born amidst the bumpy and snowy ride.
#7. Scent of a Woman (1992)
Charlie (Chris O’Donnell) agrees to look after Frank (Al Pacino), a blind and retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. army over Thanksgiving, but he is in for more than he bargained for. What was supposed to be an easy way to make money to pay for a trip home, turned into an impromptu trip to New York. Winning Pacino an Oscar for best actor, this is a Thanksgiving film you don’t want to miss!
#8. Home for the Holidays (1995)
A classically dysfunctional family comes together to celebrate Thanksgiving, as Claudia (Holly Hunter) heads to her parents’ house after losing her job and finding out that her daughter is spending the holidays with her boyfriend.
#9. Pieces of April (2003)
April (Katie Holmes) hosts Thanksgiving dinner for her estranged family and discovers that her mother has advanced cancer. Watch this sweet and funny Thanksgiving favorite, as April does everything in her power to ensure that the dinner is a success, despite her oven not working!
#10. A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving (1998)
A holiday favorite for families, the beloved Winnie the Pooh returns with a Thanksgiving tale to captivate the little ones in your family.