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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!

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 1 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

Also Ranked

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

#32 on The Absolute Most Hilarious Movies Ever Made

#11 on The Funniest '80s Movies

#72 on The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
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Beethoven


Initial Release: 1992

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

Directed by: Brian Levant

Also Ranked

#94 on The Best Movies for Kids

#73 on The Funniest '90s Movies

#38 on The Greatest Animal Movies

#16 on The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids

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Grumpy Old Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
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Grumpy Old Men


Initial Release: 1993

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

Directed by: Donald Petrie

Also Ranked

#85 on The Absolute Most Hilarious Movies Ever Made

#25 on The Best Movies of 1993

#75 on The Funniest '90s Movies

#21 on The Best Bromance Movies

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