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The Best Movies About Thanksgiving, Ranked

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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    What's Cooking?

    Alfre Woodard, Dennis Haysbert
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    Released2000

    Directed byGurinder Chadha

    Runtime109

    AdvisoriesAdult Language, Adult Situations

    PremieredJanuary 20, 2000

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    Siersha 2 addedDoris Day, Mary Wickes
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    Released1953

    Directed byDavid Butler

    By the Light of the Silvery Moon is a 1953 musical film. It is the sequel to On Moonlight Bay. Like its predecessor, the movie is based loosely on the Penrod stories by Booth Tarkington.  ...more
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    Siersha 2 addedArmin Mueller-Stahl, Aidan Quinn
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    Released1990

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Runtime126

    AdvisoriesAdult Language, Adult Situations

    PremieredOctober 5, 1990

    This drama, largely based on the family history of director Barry Levinson, follows the immigrant Krichinsky clan as they settle in Baltimore during the early 20th century. While Sam Krichinsky  ...more
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    ThanksKilling

    Chuck Lamb, Jordan Downey
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    126

    Released2009

    Directed byJordan Downey

    A homicidal turkey axes off college kids during Thanksgiving break.  ...more
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    One True Thing

    Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger
    9
    135

    Released1998

    Directed byCarl Franklin

    Runtime127

    AdvisoriesAdult Language, Adult Situations

    PremieredSeptember 18, 1998

    Kate (Meryl Streep), the undervalued matriarch of the Gulden family, is diagnosed with cancer. Daughter and journalist Ellen (Renée Zellweger) returns from New York City to care for her mother at the  ...more
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    ThanksKilling Sequel

    Kevin Stewart, Jeffery A. Baker
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    Released2012

    Directed byJordan Downey

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    Micro Men

    Alexander Armstrong
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    Released2009

    Directed bySaul Metzstein

    Micro Men is a 2009 tv film directed by Saul Metzstein.  ...more