Our 5 Favorite Thanksgiving Movies

[ 1 ] November 24, 2010 |

Thanksgiving! A time when families can get together to eat giant turkeys and enjoy their family’s dysfunction lovingness. But if there’s one thing the Thanksgiving movie genre has taught us, it’s that no matter how wacky and crazy you think your family is, there’s always one that’s a bit crazier.

Here’s my pick for the best holiday Thanksgiving movies ever (all available at Netflix – see our coupons!):

1. Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Considered one of John Hughes’ best works, this film features John Candy and Steve Martin as two very different men trying to get home for the holidays any way they can. One is cheerful and accident prone, the other high-strung and uppity. Aaaaand…hilarity ensues.

2. Home for the Holidays

Starring Claire Danes, Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr. and Dylan McDermott, it follows a single mother going home to her crazy family for Thanksgiving. Although this Thanksgiving film offers up some classic movie-esque stereotypes, the performances are amazing, with laughs, tears and romance – everything a good holiday movie needs.

3. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Of course we had to include Charlie Brown in our Thanksgiving Day movies. In this special, he ends up in a bit of a pickle when his friends invite themselves over for Thanksgiving dinner. But with Snoopy and Woodstock helping, I’m sure all will go smoothly, right?

4. Pieces of April

What could be nicer than a daughter wanting to get her family together at her place while she cooks a Thanksgiving feast? Err – well, in this case, the daughter is fairly eccentric April played by Katie Holmes. And the family is one that doesn’t get along. And the turkey doesn’t have an oven to cook in. And…I’m sure you get the picture. But it’s a cute film and has an awesome performance by Holmes – pre-starlet days.

5. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Surprised? You shouldn’t be! If you remember correctly, this little piece of sweetness takes place in the Thanksgiving month of November! It may be stretching it, I admit, but it does have lots of good things to eat in it, and it’s a definite party pleaser, especially for the kids.


There are certain family Thanksgiving movies that bring warmth to your heart every Thanksgiving. What are your favorites? Is there one you watch every year?

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About Lindy: Lindy started writing at age 8, when she completed her first story entitled Clio the Talking Cat. Fast-forward a few years into the future, and she’s happily moved on to writing celebrity shopping and frugal posts. Lindy lives with her cat (who doesn’t talk), enjoys lazy weekends at the cottage and old episodes of The Golden Girls. View author profile.

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  1. Andrew says:

    I really love Pieces of April, Patricia Clarkson is amazing.

    If you enjoy dramas, The New World with Colin Farrell is really worth watching. It’s a less Disney-ized take on Pocahontas.

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