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The Best Thanksgiving Dinner Scenes In Movies, Ranked 

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Updated September 17, 2019 95 votes 16 voters 20 items

Thanksgiving dinner is known for several things: gathering with family, eating a delicious meal of turkey and cranberry sauce, and the uncle who starts a fight at the table by discussing politics. The best Thanksgiving dinner scenes in movies have these elements and many more. Unlike Christmas, Thanksgiving doesn't have a lot of films dedicated specifically to it. There are a few, like Home for the Holidays, as well as some that just happen to be set around the holiday, such as Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Other pictures make a pitstop around late November, allowing them to include a meal scene.

Thanksgiving dinner scenes can be funny or dramatic. Good luck not laughing when Rowan Atkinson gets the turkey stuck on his head in Bean, or when Charlie Chaplin has more fun playing with his food than eating it in The Gold Rush. Like more than a few actual Thanksgiving dinners, some can get bogged down in family feuding, as when an insensitive comment offends a couple looking to adopt a child in Instant Family. Even superheroes celebrate the holiday. Remember how awkward it was when Norman Osborne came to celebrate with Peter Parker in Spider-Man?

Vote up your favorites from this list of great Thanksgiving dinner movie scenes, regardless of the genre.

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Bean, also known as Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie or Mr. Bean: The Movie is a 1997 feature film based on the television series Mr. Bean. It stars Rowan Atkinson in the title role and Peter MacNicol. It was directed by Mel Smith. The film used many of the ideas and skits from the original television series. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Burt Reynolds, Sandra Oh, Rowan Atkinson, Johnny Galecki, Peter Capaldi, + more

Released: 1997

Directed by: Mel Smith

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Giant is a 1956 American drama film, directed by George Stevens from a screenplay adapted by Fred Guiol and Ivan Moffat from the novel by Edna Ferber. The film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean and features Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Rod Taylor, Elsa Cardenas and Earl Holliman. Giant was the last of James Dean's three films as a leading actor, and earned him his second and last Academy Award nomination. Nick Adams was called in to do some voice dubbing for Dean's role. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Dennis Hopper, Rock Hudson, Rod Taylor, + more

Released: 1956

Directed by: George Stevens

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The Gold Rush is a 1925 American silent comedy film written, produced, and directed by Charlie Chaplin. The film also stars Chaplin in his Little Tramp persona, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman, and Malcolm Waite. Chaplin declared several times that this was the film for which he most wanted to be remembered. Though it was a silent film, it received Academy Award nominations for Best Music and Best Sound Recording upon its re-release in 1942. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Georgia Hale, Henry Bergman, Malcolm Waite, + more

Released: 1925

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a 1987 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film stars Steve Martin as Neal Page, a high-strung marketing executive, who meets Del Griffith, played by John Candy, an eternally optimistic, overly talkative, and clumsy shower curtain ring salesman who seems to live in a world governed by a different set of rules. They share a three-day odyssey of misadventures trying to get Neal home to Chicago from New York City in time for Thanksgiving dinner with his family. ...more on Wikipedia

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

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Hughes

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