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The Best Movies About Thanksgiving, Ranked

Updated October 2, 2019 7.5k votes 1.9k voters 29.7k views32 items

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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    By the Light of the Silvery Moon
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    By the Light of the Silvery Moon

    Doris Day, Mary Wickes

    Released1953

    Directed byDavid Butler

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    Nobody's Fool
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    Nobody's Fool

    Bruce Willis, Paul Newman

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Benton

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    The Oath
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    Ike Barinholtz, Tiffany Haddish

    Released2018

    Directed byIke Barinholtz

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    What's Cooking?
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    What's Cooking?

    Julianna Margulies, Kyra Sedgwick

    Released2000

    Directed byGurinder Chadha

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    ThanksKilling
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    ThanksKilling

    Chuck Lamb, Jordan Downey

    Released2009

    Directed byJordan Downey

    A homicidal turkey axes off college kids during Thanksgiving break.
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    ThanksKilling Sequel

    Kevin Stewart, Jeffery A. Baker

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    Micro Men
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    Micro Men

    Alexander Armstrong

    Released2009

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