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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    A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
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    • Initial Release: 1973
    • Actors: Bill Melendez
    • Directed by: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman
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    Planes, Trains and Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
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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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    Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
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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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    Grumpy Old Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
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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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    Home for the Holidays is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
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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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    Dutch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
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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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    The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
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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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    Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
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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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