The best Thanksgiving movies offer a welcome respite for anyone looking to escape the craziness that is the holiday. If you are watching TV on Thanksgiving, it's usually all parades and football, but there are a few films with Turkey Day themes that fit. That's what this list is about: The greatest Thanksgiving films that everyone can enjoy. Some are dramas and some are more family-oriented, but each movie on this list is either about Thanksgiving or contains an iconic Thanksgiving scene or two. Vote for your favorites and add any great Thanksgiving movies you think are missing.
Families who want to watch a good Thanksgiving movie together can always opt for the classic 'Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.' Seeing Peppermint Patty trying to pull together a great holiday feast is always amusing. Other possible family Thanksgiving films include Disney's animated 'Pocahontas' and 'Addams Family Values' (which features a really funny Thanksgiving scene.
Thanksgiving movies aren't nearly as plentiful as oh, say, heartwarming Christmas movies (or Halloween movies for kids for that matter) but there are some options. Some of the best include the always hilarious 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles,' the Jodie Foster-directed 'Home for the Holidays,' ("That was absurd! Let's eat dead bird!") and Woody Allen's 'Hannah and Her Sisters' (definitely one of his best). If you want to go super heavy on the drama, 'The Ice Storm' is a good choice. For historical perspective, Terrence Malick's 2005 drama 'The New World' might be an option.
Whether your personal preferences lie more with the dramatic or with comedies, you've got plenty of choices on this list of the best Thanksgiving movies. Again, this list is far from complete, so be sure to add your favorites too!
Initial Release: 1987
Actors: Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy, Ben Stein, Michael McKean, + more
Directed by: John Hughes
#11 on The Funniest '80s Moviessee more on Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Initial Release: 1973
Actors: Bill Melendez
Directed by: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman
Also Rankedsee more on A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Initial Release: 1992
Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton, Stanley Tucci, Oliver Platt, + more
Directed by: Brian Levant
#94 on The Best Movies for Kids
#75 on The Funniest '90s Movies
#37 on The Greatest Animal Moviessee more on Beethoven
Initial Release: 1993
Actors: Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Jack Lemmon, Burgess Meredith, Walter Matthau, + more
Directed by: Donald Petrie
#24 on The Best Movies of 1993
#74 on The Funniest '90s Moviessee more on Grumpy Old Men