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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Planes, Trains and Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Planes, Trains and Automobiles Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy

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

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Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Beethoven Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton

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Grumpy Old Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Grumpy Old Men Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Jack Lemmon

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Addams Family Values is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Addams Family Values Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston

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Home for the Holidays is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Home for the Holidays Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes, Holly Hunter

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The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
The Blind Side Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Pocahontas Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly

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Son in Law is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Son in Law Tiffani Thiessen, Brendan Fraser, Carla Gugino

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Dutch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Dutch Ed O'Neill, JoBeth Williams, E.G. Daily

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Scent of a Woman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Scent of a Woman Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gabrielle Anwar

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Hannah and Her Sisters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Hannah and Her Sisters Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Allen, Carrie Fisher

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Four Brothers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
pmmom38 added Four Brothers Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson

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The Ice Storm is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
The Ice Storm Katie Holmes, Christina Ricci, Sigourney Weaver

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Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
ahaera9 added Night Shift Kevin Costner, Shannen Doherty, Michael Keaton

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The New World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
The New World Christian Bale, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer

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Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Siersha 2 added Miracle on 34th Street Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Siersha 2 added The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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One True Thing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
GregBaine added One True Thing Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger, Lauren Graham

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Free Birds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
hellodalai added Free Birds Amy Poehler, Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson

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The Big Chill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Siersha 2 added The Big Chill Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum

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The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
JhunAnthonyReyes added The Passion of the Christ Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini

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By the Light of the Silvery Mo... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Siersha 2 added By the Light of the Silvery Moon Doris Day, Mary Wickes, Leon Ames

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Nobody's Fool is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Siersha 2 added Nobody's Fool Bruce Willis, Paul Newman, Melanie Griffith

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Pieces of April is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Siersha 2 added Pieces of April Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Alison Pill

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The Thanksgiving House is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
ZTV24 added The Thanksgiving House Emily Rose, Justin Bruening, Julia Jones - 2012

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Alice's Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Siersha 2 added Alice's Restaurant

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ThanksKilling is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Siersha 2 added ThanksKilling Chuck Lamb, Jordan Downey, Natasha Cordova

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Avalon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Siersha 2 added Avalon Elijah Wood, Elizabeth Perkins, Aidan Quinn

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ThanksKilling Sequel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Siersha 2 added ThanksKilling Sequel Kevin Stewart, Jeffery A. Baker, Jordan Downey

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What's Cooking? is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Siersha 2 added What's Cooking? Julianna Margulies, Kyra Sedgwick, Alfre Woodard

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Micro Men is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
fadsf added Micro Men Alexander Armstrong