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The Best Movies About Thanksgiving, Ranked 

Olivia Peterman
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Updated October 2, 2019 7.3k votes 1.7k voters 28.1k views 32 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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Planes, Trains and Autom... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Thanksgiving, Ranked
Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Hughes

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgi... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Thanksgiving, Ranked
Bill Melendez

Released: 1973

Directed by: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman

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 Movies About Thanksgiving, Ranked
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton

Released: 1992

Directed by: Brian Levant

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 Movies About Thanksgiving, Ranked
Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Jack Lemmon

Released: 1993

Directed by: Donald Petrie

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 Movies About Thanksgiving, Ranked
Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston

Released: 1993

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

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 Movies About Thanksgiving, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes, Holly Hunter

Released: 1995

Directed by: Jodie Foster

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 Movies About Thanksgiving, Ranked
Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

Released: 2009

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

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

Released: 1995

Directed by: Eric Goldberg, Mike Gabriel

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 Movies About Thanksgiving, Ranked
Tiffani Thiessen, Brendan Fraser, Carla Gugino

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steve Rash

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

Released: 1991

Directed by: Peter Faiman

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

Released: 1992

Directed by: Martin Brest

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

Released: 1986

Directed by: Woody Allen

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The Nightmare Before Chr... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Thanksgiving, Ranked
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Released: 1993

Directed by: Henry Selick

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Miracle on 34th Street ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Thanksgiving, Ranked
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Released: 1947

Directed by: George Seaton

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The Ice Storm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Thanksgiving, Ranked
Katie Holmes, Christina Ricci, Sigourney Weaver

Released: 1997

Directed by: Ang Lee

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Alice's Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Thanksgiving, Ranked
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Directed by: Arthur Penn

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Released: 2005

Directed by: Terrence Malick

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