Thanksgiving is not all about football, parades, and eating. Its time when the family is all together and that’s a perfect time to sit down and watch a movie about turkey day.
We’ve put together a list of our favorite Thanksgiving movies that range from an animated classic to dysfunctional family comedies. So loosen up your belt, grab your dessert, and pop in one of these Thanksgiving flicks.
Home for the Holidays
If you love a good dysfunctional family comedy, this is the movie for you. Holly Hunter stars as a just fired single mother, Robert Downey Jr. as her brother, and Ann Bancroft as her mother. This film from 1995 was directed by Jodie Foster.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Steve Martin plays a stressed ad exec trying to get home to Chicago for Thanksgiving, and the great John Candy is the guy throwing him off course at every turn in this 1987 John Hughes film.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
It is not a true Thanksgiving without Charlie Brown. Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving, and with Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, he attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner.
Pieces of April
Another dysfunctional family comedy from 2003. Katie Holmes stars as April, who invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.
Pauly Shore stars as Crawl, a big city boy, who travels to the Midwest for Thanksgiving, pretending to be the fiancé of a farmer’s daughter he befriended at an L.A. college.
Miracle on 34th Street
Yes, this one is a Christmas movie. But if you recall the opening scene to the movie, it is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. What better way to celebrate the end of one holiday, then looking ahead to the next one.
If we missed one, leave me a comment and we’ll add it to the list.