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The Best Thanksgiving Movies  

Olivia Peterman
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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
Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy
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 ...more
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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Bill Melendez
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is the tenth prime-time animated TV special based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was originally aired on the CBS network on November ...more
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Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton
Beethoven is a 1992 family comedy film, directed by Brian Levant and starring Charles Grodin as George Newton and Bonnie Hunt as Alice Newton. The film is the first in the Beethoven film series. ...more
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Grumpy Old Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Jack Lemmon
Grumpy Old Men is a 1993 American romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret, with Burgess Meredith, Daryl Hannah, Kevin Pollak, Ossie Davis and Buck Henry. ...more
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Addams Family Values is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston
Addams Family Values is a 1993 American dark comedy film, which is the sequel to the 1991 American film The Addams Family. It was written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, and ...more
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Home for the Holidays is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes, Holly Hunter
Home for the Holidays is a 1995 comedy-drama film directed by Jodie Foster and produced by Peggy Rajski and Foster. The screenplay was by W. D. Richter based on the short story by Chris Radant. ...more
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The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates
The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael ...more
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Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly
Pocahontas is a 1995 American animated musical romantic-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 33rd film in the Walt Disney Animated ...more
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Son in Law is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Tiffani Thiessen, Brendan Fraser, Carla Gugino
Son in Law is a 1993 American comedy film starring Pauly Shore, Carla Gugino, Lane Smith, Cindy Pickett, Tiffani Thiessen, Patrick Renna, Dan Gauthier and Dennis Burkley.
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Dutch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Ed O'Neill, JoBeth Williams, E.G. Daily
Dutch is a 1991 American comedy-drama film directed by Peter Faiman and written by John Hughes. The original music score was composed by Alan Silvestri. The film stars Ethan Embry, Ed O'Neill ...more
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Scent of a Woman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gabrielle Anwar
Scent of a Woman is a 1992 American drama directed and produced by Martin Brest that tells the story of a preparatory school student who takes a job as an assistant to an irascible, blind, ...more
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Hannah and Her Sisters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Allen, Carrie Fisher
Hannah and Her Sisters is a 1986 American comedy-drama film which tells the intertwined stories of an extended family over two years that begins and ends with a family Thanksgiving dinner. The ...more
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Four Brothers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
pmmom38 added Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson
Four Brothers is a 2005 American action film directed by John Singleton. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin, and Garrett Hedlund. The film was shot in Detroit, Michigan ...more
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The Ice Storm is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Katie Holmes, Christina Ricci, Sigourney Weaver
The Ice Storm is a 1997 American drama film directed by Ang Lee, based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Rick Moody. The film features an ensemble cast of Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Tobey ...more
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The New World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Christian Bale, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer
The New World is a 2005 British-American romantic historical drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick, depicting the founding of the Jamestown, Virginia settlement and inspired by the ...more
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Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
ahaera9 added Kevin Costner, Shannen Doherty, Michael Keaton
Night Shift is a 1982 American comedy film, one of former actor Ron Howard's earliest directorial efforts. It stars Howard's Happy Days co-star Henry Winkler along with Michael Keaton, in his ...more
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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Siersha 2 added Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson.
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Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Siersha 2 added Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter
Miracle on 34th Street is a 1947 Christmas film written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. It stars Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund ...more
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One True Thing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
GregBaine added Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger, Lauren Graham
One True Thing is a 1998 American drama film directed by Carl Franklin. It tells the story of a woman who is forced to put her life on hold in order to care for her mother who is dying of ...more
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The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
JhunAnthonyReyes added Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini
The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 American epic biblical drama film directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ. It depicts the Passion of Jesus largely according to the ...more
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Free Birds is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
hellodalai added Amy Poehler, Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson
Free Birds is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated buddy comedy film produced by Reel FX Creative Studios, directed by Jimmy Hayward and it stars the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and ...more
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The Big Chill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Siersha 2 added Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum
The Big Chill is a 1983 American comedy-drama film directed by Lawrence Kasdan, starring Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, and ...more
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Alice's Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Siersha 2 added
"Alice's Restaurant Massacree", commonly known as "Alice's Restaurant", is a musical monologue by singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie, released on his 1967 debut album Alice's ...more
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By the Light of the Silvery Mo... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
Siersha 2 added Doris Day, Mary Wickes, Leon Ames
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.
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Alice's Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thanksgiving Movies
KevinGallagher added Pete Seeger, M. Emmet Walsh, Arlo Guthrie
Alice's Restaurant is a 1969 American comedy film co-written and directed by Arthur Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1967 folk song "Alice's Restaurant Massacree," originally written ...more