Film The Best Thanksgiving Movies

Originally by
5.1k votes 21k views 19 items Embed
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!

Collection Photo: user uploaded image
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Photo: user uploaded image

More About

Initial Release: 1973

Actors: Bill Melendez

Directed by: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman

Also Ranked

#126 on The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

#2281 on The Best Movies of All Time

#78 on The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time

#6 on The Best '70s Kids Movies

see more on A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Photo: user uploaded image

More About

Initial Release: 1987

Actors: Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy, Ben Stein Michael McKean, + more

Directed by: John Hughes

Also Ranked

#59 on The Best Car Movies

#78 on The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

#151 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#57 on The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked

see more on Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Photo: user uploaded image
3
+ - 545 93

Beethoven


More About

Initial Release: 1992

Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton, Stanley Tucci Oliver Platt, + more

Directed by: Brian Levant

Also Ranked

#18 on The 45+ Best Joseph Gordon-Levitt Movies: Ranked Filmography

#95 on The Best Movies for Kids

#284 on The Worst Comedies Ever Made

#88 on The Very Best Movie Franchises

see more on Beethoven
Grumpy Old Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Photo: user uploaded image
4
+ - 167 65

Grumpy Old Men


More About

Initial Release: 1993

Actors: Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Jack Lemmon, Burgess Meredith Walter Matthau, + more

Directed by: Donald Petrie

Also Ranked

#586 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#83 on The Greatest Romantic Comedies of All Time

#1227 on The Best Movies of All Time

#85 on The Absolute Most Hilarious Movies Ever Made

see more on Grumpy Old Men
Home for the Holidays is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Photo: user uploaded image
5
+ - 112 84

Home for the Holidays


More About

Initial Release: 1995

Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes, Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft Steve Guttenberg, + more

Directed by: Jodie Foster

Also Ranked

#31 on The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies

#1376 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#123 on The Best Films Directed by Famous Actors

#67 on The Best Movies of 1995

see more on Home for the Holidays
Dutch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Photo: user uploaded image
6
+ - 85 95

Dutch


More About

Initial Release: 1991

Actors: Ed O'Neill, JoBeth Williams, E.G. Daily, Christopher McDonald Kathleen Freeman, + more

Directed by: Peter Faiman

Also Ranked

#1565 on The Best Movies of All Time

#569 on The Absolute Most Hilarious Movies Ever Made

#75 on The Best Movies of 1991

#173 on The Funniest '90s Movies

see more on Dutch
The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Photo: user uploaded image
7
+ - 116 93

The Blind Side


More About

Initial Release: 2009

Actors: Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates, Tim McGraw Kim Dickens, + more

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

Also Ranked

#4 on The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books

#265 on The Most Overrated Movies of All Time

#13 on The Best Sports Movies

#79 on The Best Movies Based on True Stories

see more on The Blind Side
Addams Family Values is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Photo: user uploaded image
8
+ - 165 93

5 people just voted on Addams Family Values


More About

Initial Release: 1993

Actors: Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston, Joan Cusack Cynthia Nixon, + more

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Also Ranked

#292 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#60 on The Best Movie Sequels

#39 on The Best Comedy Horror Movies

#5229 on The Best Movies of All Time

see more on Addams Family Values