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The Best Movies About Thanksgiving, Ranked

Updated October 2, 2019 8.0k votes 1.9k voters 30.0k 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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  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving1
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    Released1973

    Directed byBill Melendez, Phil Roman

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  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles2
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    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Beethoven3
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    Beethoven

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny

    Released1992

    Directed byBrian Levant

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  • Grumpy Old Men4
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    Grumpy Old Men

    Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah

    Released1993

    Directed byDonald Petrie

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  • Addams Family Values5
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    Addams Family Values

    Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1993

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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  • The Blind Side6
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

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  • Pocahontas7
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    Pocahontas

    Mel Gibson, Christian Bale

    Released1995

    Directed byEric Goldberg, Mike Gabriel

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  • Home for the Holidays8
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    Home for the Holidays

    Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes

    Released1995

    Directed byJodie Foster

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  • Son in Law9
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    Son in Law

    Tiffani Thiessen, Brendan Fraser

    Released1993

    Directed bySteve Rash

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  • Scent of a Woman10
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    Scent of a Woman

    Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released1992

    Directed byMartin Brest

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  • Dutch11
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    Dutch

    Ed O'Neill, JoBeth Williams

    Released1991

    Directed byPeter Faiman

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  • Hannah and Her Sisters12
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    Hannah and Her Sisters

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Allen

    Released1986

    Directed byWoody Allen

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  • The Nightmare Before Christmas13
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara

    Released1993

    Directed byHenry Selick

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  • Miracle on 34th Street14
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    Miracle on 34th Street

    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara

    Released1947

    Directed byGeorge Seaton

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  • Four Brothers15
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    Four Brothers

    Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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  • Free Birds16
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    Free Birds

    Amy Poehler, Owen Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJimmy Hayward

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    The New World

    Christian Bale, Colin Farrell

    Released2005

    Directed byTerrence Malick

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  • The Ice Storm18
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    Katie Holmes, Christina Ricci

    Released1997

    Directed byAng Lee

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    alice's restaurant

    Pete Seeger, M. Emmet Walsh

    Released1969

    Directed byArthur Penn

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    Emily Rose, Justin Bruening

    Released2013

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    Pieces of April

    Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Hedges

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  • Night Shift22
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    Night Shift

    Kevin Costner, Shannen Doherty

    Released1982

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • One True Thing23
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    One True Thing

    Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger

    Released1998

    Directed byCarl Franklin

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    Elijah Wood, Elizabeth Perkins

    Released1990

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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