The Best Thanksgiving Movies Films

The Best Thanksgiving Movies

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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!


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    • Initial Release: 1987
    • Actors: Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy, Ben Stein, Michael McKean, + more
    • Directed by: John Hughes
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    • Initial Release: 1973
    • Actors: Bill Melendez
    • Directed by: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman
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    • Initial Release: 1992
    • Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton, Stanley Tucci, Oliver Platt, + more
    • Directed by: Brian Levant
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    • Initial Release: 1993
    • Actors: Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Jack Lemmon, Burgess Meredith, Walter Matthau, + more
    • Directed by: Donald Petrie
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    • Initial Release: 1995
    • Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes, Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft, Steve Guttenberg, + more
    • Directed by: Jodie Foster
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    • Initial Release: 1991
    • Actors: Ed O'Neill, JoBeth Williams, E.G. Daily, Christopher McDonald, Kathleen Freeman, + more
    • Directed by: Peter Faiman
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    • Initial Release: 2009
    • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates, Tim McGraw, Kim Dickens, + more
    • Directed by: John Lee Hancock
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    • Initial Release: 1993
    • Actors: Tiffani Thiessen, Brendan Fraser, Carla Gugino, Pauly Shore, Flea, + more
    • Directed by: Steve Rash
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    • Initial Release: 1995
    • Actors: Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly, Linda Hunt, Frank Welker, + more
    • Directed by: Eric Goldberg, Mike Gabriel
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    • Initial Release: 1992
    • Actors: Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gabrielle Anwar, Chris O'Donnell, Frances Conroy, + more
    • Directed by: Martin Brest
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    • Initial Release: 1986
    • Actors: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Allen, Carrie Fisher, Michael Caine, Mia Farrow, + more
    • Directed by: Woody Allen
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    • Initial Release: 1997
    • Actors: Katie Holmes, Christina Ricci, Sigourney Weaver, Elijah Wood, Kevin Kline, + more
    • Directed by: Ang Lee
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    • Initial Release: 2005
    • Actors: Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, André 3000, + more
    • Directed by: John Singleton
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    • Initial Release: 2005
    • Actors: Christian Bale, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer, David Thewlis, Jonathan Pryce, + more
    • Directed by: Terrence Malick
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    • Initial Release: 1993
    • Actors: Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston, Joan Cusack, Cynthia Nixon, + more
    • Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
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    • Initial Release: 1982
    • Actors: Kevin Costner, Shannen Doherty, Michael Keaton, Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, + more
    • Directed by: Ron Howard
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    • Initial Release: 1969
    • Actors: Pete Seeger, M. Emmet Walsh, Arlo Guthrie, Patricia Quinn, James Broderick, + more
    • Directed by: Arthur Penn
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    • Initial Release: 2013
    • Actors: Emily Rose, Justin Bruening, Julia Jones, Lindsay Wagner
    • Directed by: Kevin Connor
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    • Initial Release: 1998
    • Actors: Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger, Lauren Graham, William Hurt, Diana Canova, + more
    • Directed by: Carl Franklin
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    • Actors: Alexander Armstrong
    • Directed by: Saul Metzstein
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