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The Best Movies About Thanksgiving, Ranked

Updated October 2, 2019 7.7k votes 1.9k voters 30.1k 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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    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon
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    Grumpy Old Men

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    Addams Family Values

    Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins
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    Home for the Holidays

    Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes
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    Son in Law

    Tiffani Thiessen, Brendan Fraser
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    Scent of a Woman

    Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

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    Hannah and Her Sisters

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    The New World

    Christian Bale, Colin Farrell
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    Miracle on 34th Street

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    Four Brothers

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    The Thanksgiving House

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    The Ice Storm

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    Free Birds

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    Night Shift

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