There is nothing better than watching a great Thanksgiving movie with the entire family.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to get the family together and enjoy some quality time. It’s also a great time to watch a movie!

Best Thanksgiving Movies

Here are some of the greatest movies to watch during your holiday celebrations:

The Ice Storm (1997)

The Ice Storm is a 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 Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes, Glenn Fitzgerald, Jamey Sheridan and Sigourney Weaver.

Set over Thanksgiving weekend, 1973, the film revolves around two families: the Hoods and their neighbors, the Carvers. Ben Hood (Kline) is an executive at an insurance company in Connecticut; his wife Elena (Allen) is an artist who has given up her career to raise their children Paul (Fitzgerald) and Wendy (Holmes).

The Hoods’ teenage son, Paul (Glenn Fitzgerald), is out of synch with the world around him; he is nerdy and obsessed with Richard Nixon’s impending resignation.

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The Ice Storm (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
  • The Ice Storm (Criterion Collection) - Blu-ray Brand New
  • Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver (Actors)
  • Ang Lee (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)

Scent of a Woman (1992)

“Scent of a Woman” is a movie about a bunch of jerks who learn life lessons. The main jerk, Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade (Al Pacino), is an obnoxious blind man in his 50s who has been teaching at West Point for 30 years and has never done anything besides that.

He’s full of wisdom and insight, just like people who spend half their lives in academia tend to be, but his methods are questionable.

He sleeps with his students, he yells at kids for minor infractions like not washing their hands before dinner, and he flirts with women who aren’t interested in him, since he can’t tell the difference.

When Slade gets court-martialed, he’s forced to defend himself in front of a military tribunal. He brings Charlie Simms (Chris O’Donnell), a student who is also his guide dog, as a witness.

This is not the only issue on which “Scent of a Woman” betrays its age.

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Scent of a Woman
  • Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn (Actors)
  • Martin Brest (Director)
  • Spanish (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Hannah and Her Sisters is the most mature film of Allen’s career. It was one of his first films to be shot in color and it features a wider range of characters than in any previous work.

The film also includes several of his strongest performances: Mia Farrow as Hannah; Michael Caine as her husband Elliot; Dianne Wiest as her sister Lee; and Barbara Hershey as Hannah’s other sister Holly.

The film follows the three sisters over an extended period of time, as they deal with the problems created by their respective husbands.

We see Hannah and Elliot begin to grow apart, their marriage slowly falling apart for lack of communication.

Lee and her husband Max (Allen) have begun a life together that is successful on the surface, but riddled with unseen emotional conflicts which eventually erupt into open hostility.

Holly is married to the musician Michael (Elias Koteas), who has lost his sense of direction and purpose in life, taking refuge from his own self-loathing only through alcohol.

These are all issues that Allen had dealt with before in his films, but never with this degree of maturity or insight. The dialogue is sharp and funny on the surface, but there is also a layer.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

In the movie, John Candy’s character is forced to hitch a ride to Chicago with Steve Martin’s character.

Their trip has many trials and tribulations, as Martin’s character is uptight and very particular about his schedule. Candy takes the passenger seat in a rental car and tries to relax while Martin is driving.

Toward the end of the film, they are both tired, hungry and cranky. As the two sit at a stoplight, they get into a heated argument about directions.

The lights turn green and Candy cannot see Martin because of his seating position. As he stares at the passenger side mirror, he sees Martins eyes appear right in front of him in that mirror.

Candy then looks in front of him and becomes shocked as he sees Martin sitting behind him as well. The two look at each other momentarily until they realize they are both driving.

They simultaneously yell out “I’m driving! I’m driving!” Martin then grabs the steering wheel from Candy, grabs his briefcase from on top of the car, jumps out of the moving vehicle, runs across an empty street and disappears into a cornfield.

Planes, Trains And Automobiles [Blu-ray]
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  • Various (Actor)
  • Various (Director)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

The Big Chill (1983)

“The Big Chill” is a drama about the reunion of a group of former college friends who haven’t seen each other in years.

It stars Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum and William Hurt as people from an elite college who meet up again after one of their group commits suicide.

The movie was directed by Lawrence Kasdan and written by Kasdan and his wife Meg, based on her book. Its famous cast also includes JoBeth Williams, Mary Kay Place, Kevin Kline, Meg Tilly and Mary Beth Hurt.

For years it was difficult to find the film on video or DVD because the rights to it belonged to Warner Bros., which hadn’t bothered to issue it because they didn’t think it would sell very well.

People who wanted to see it had only two choices: They could rent the laserdisc version (on which many copies have worn out) or they could try to make their own videotape by filming the television screen.

In 2005 Warner finally released a DVD version of “The Big Chill.” However, this new disc is actually a re-release of the old laserdisc.

It has been given new packaging but contains no extras at all. The friends recall their personal triumphs and tragedies since graduation.

Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow (2015)

Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow is a TV movie that was broadcast on the Lifetime television channel in the United States on November 21, 2015.

It is a family comedy-adventure film, and it is set in the fictional town of Turkey Hollow.

The plot revolves around a young man named Timmy (played by Graham Verchere) who is trying to find out what happened to his mom when she was a kid. His dad (played by Jay Harrington) doesn’t seem too bothered by this, but his aunt (played by Mary Steenburgen) has been searching for years to find her sister, who disappeared mysteriously on Thanksgiving Day.

Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • The Jim Henson Company (Director) - Tim Burns (Writer) - Lisa Henson (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

The War at Home (1996)

The War at Home is a 1996 drama film written and directed by Emilio Estevez, starring Martin Sheen and Kathy Bates.

The ensemble cast also includes Emilio Estevez, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Tom Bower, Christian Slater, Shea Whigham, Harry Dean Stanton, and Marlon Brando.

The film depicts the Vietnam War’s impact on American society during the 1960s and 1970s through the lens of a middle-class family in suburban California.

Set in the fictional town of Madison County (located near Los Angeles) between 1965 and 1971, the film follows the Wilson family as they are affected by the war.

Michael “Mike” Wilson is drafted into the military for service in Vietnam despite having a wife and young child; his younger brother Tommy grows from boyhood to manhood in his absence, and their parents David and Helen deal with their children’s decisions as well as their own marital problems.

The film was a first attempt at writing and directing by Estevez — who is better known as an actor — inspired by his father’s experiences during the conflict. It received mixed reviews from critics but was nominated for numerous awards including Academy Award nominations for Best Actor (for Brando) and Best Actress (for Bates).

The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)

The Myth of Fingerprints is a 1997 drama film written and directed by Bart Freundlich and starring Noah Wyle, Blythe Danner, Roy Scheider, Julianne Moore, and Arija Bareikis.

Written by Bart Freundlich, The Myth of Fingerprints tells the story of three adult siblings who return to their family home for Thanksgiving for the first time in four years.

The eldest (Ethan Hawke) is an aspiring writer who has yet to produce anything publishable; his girlfriend (Allison Janney) is also there.

The middle child, Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is a musician struggling with the loss of his band. The youngest sister (Julianne Moore) has been living in California with her husband (Michael Vartan) and their two children. The film was shot in Maine and Massachusetts.

The House of Yes (1997)

This is a story about Jackie-O and the Kennedy family. The opening scene shows us that Jackie-O does wear her pink Chanel suit. Her brother, Anthony, is spinning records so fast that they’re skipping and blurring his voice.

Jackie-O (Parker Posey) returns home for Thanksgiving. Anthony (Josh Hamilton) is happy to see her but Mother (Genevieve Bujold) can’t seem to remember her name.

Jackie-O has some surprises to share with her twin brother. They were once lovers and she still wants to be more than just his sister.

The House of Yes is a 1997 comedy film directed by Mark Waters and starring Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Geneviève Bujold, Freddie Prinze Jr., Tori Spelling, and Rachael Leigh Cook.

The House of Yes
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  • Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Tori Spelling (Actors)
  • Mark Walters (Director) - Mark Waters (Writer) - Beau Flynn (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

 

best thanksgiving movies

What Are thanksgiving movies?

The American holiday of Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of each November. It’s a time for family and friends to gather, give thanks for the harvest, and to enjoy some fantastic food.

With so many Thanksgiving movies out there, it’s hard to know which ones to watch during your Thanksgiving movie marathon.

Thanksgiving movies are films that are set on or around the famous American festival of Thanksgiving.

 

 

The Oath (2018)

The Oath is a satirical black comedy thriller film directed by Ike Barinholtz (in his directorial debut) from a screenplay by Barinholtz and David Stassen.

The film stars Barinholtz, Tiffany Haddish, John Cho, Carrie Brownstein, Billy Magnussen, Meredith Hagner and Jon Barinholtz.

The plot follows a man who attempts to keep his family together after his politically divided family are forced to sign an oath to the President of the United States in order to remain free citizens.

The Oath
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ike Barinholtz, Tiffany Haddish, John Cho (Actors)
  • Ike Barinholtz (Director) - Ike Barinholtz (Writer) - Ike Barinholtz (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Alice’s Restaurant (1969)

Alice’s Restaurant (1969) is a comedy-drama film written and directed by Arthur Penn with a screenplay by Venable Herndon adapted from the 1967 eponymous folksong by Arlo Guthrie.

The film is a true story that takes place on Thanksgiving Day 1965, when 18-year old Arlo is caught littering and must appear in court as a result. The film stars Guthrie, Patricia Quinn, James Broderick, and Pete Seeger.

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Alice's Restaurant [Blu-ray]
  • Arlo Guthrie, James Broderick, Pete Seeger (Actors)
  • Arthur Penn (Director)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Grumpy Old Men (1993)

Directed by Michael Lehmann, who was no stranger to directing comedies at this point (his resume includes Heathers (1989) , Hudson Hawk (1991) , and Malice (1993) ), the film follows three men (played by Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, and Ann-Margret) and their longtime friendship.

Lemmon and Matthau play old friends who are still very close, but Ann-Margret’s character is a newcomer to their relationship.

She’s Matthau’s live-in nurse/companion and she has brought a breath of fresh air into Lemmon’s life that he hasn’t felt in quite some time.

But as you might expect, things get complicated when Ann-Margret finds herself falling in love with both of them…and they begin to fall for her as well!

This was a great movie! I loved the plot and storyline. It was funny and entertaining. I totally recommend this movie to anyone who loves comedy, drama and romance.

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Grumpy Old Men Collection
  • Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret (Actors)
  • English (Publication Language)

Home for the Holidays (1995)

Home for the Holidays is a comedy-drama film directed by Jodie Foster and produced by Peggy Rajski and Foster. The screenplay was written by W. D. Richter based on the short story “Christmas ’59” by Chris Radant.

It was filmed primarily in Vancouver, Canada, and features an ensemble cast including Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott, Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Guttenberg, Cynthia Stevenson, and Claire Danes.

The film centers on Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter), a woman who is told that she will be fired from her job as an art restorer if she does not produce more work.

On top of that, her daughter Karin (Claire Danes) announces that she has dropped out of college and decided to move back home to live with her family in Baltimore.

Claudia must then break the news to her family that she is being let go from her job as they sit down for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner together.

The stress of the holidays brings out the worst in Claudia’s tense relationship with her mother Adele (Anne Bancroft).

The Blind Side (2009)

The Blind Side is a 2009 sports drama film directed by John Lee Hancock. It was released on November 20, 2009. The film stars Quinton Aaron as Michael Oher, alongside Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw, with Kathy Bates, Ray McKinnon and Jae Head.

The film is based on the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African American youngster from a broken home who is adopted by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, a well-to-do white family.

Michael Oher is a young man with nowhere to go after his parents die in quick succession, so he winds up living on the streets of Memphis.

One day he’s spotted by the Tuohys at their local Presbyterian church, and they decide to take him in.

Initially reluctant to have him in their house — a decision that’s not helped by Oher’s surly attitude — Sean Tuohy soon begins to see the potential in the young man and puts him through rigorous behavior modification therapy to turn him into an academic star who can get into college on an athletic scholarship.

Quinton Aaron plays Michael Oher as an adult. Sandra Bullock plays his adoptive mother Leigh Anne Tuohy, who is driven to make sure that he goes to college.

Blind Side [Blu-ray]
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  • Sandra Bullock (Actor)
  • John Lee Hancock (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Funny People (2009)

Funny People is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written, produced and directed by Judd Apatow and starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jason Schwartzman and Jonah Hill.

The film is about the lives of stand-up comedians who are trying to make people laugh. George Simmons (Adam Sandler), a middle-aged retired stand-up comedian turned movie star, learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition and is forced to reevaluate his life.

Ira Wright (Seth Rogen) is an aspiring stand-up comedian in his twenties who shares an apartment with his two best friends Mark Taylor Jackson (Jason Schwartzman) and Leo Koenig (Jonah Hill).

Mark is a musician struggling to find success in his career. Ira becomes George’s assistant and spends most of his time with him.

The Vicious Kind (2009)

The Vicious Kind is a romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Lee Toland Krieger. It stars Adam Scott, Brittany Snow, and J. K. Simmons.

Peter (Adam Scott) is a cynical, foul-mouthed construction worker still recovering from a painful breakup with his ex-fiancée when he reluctantly agrees to drive his estranged father’s girlfriend home for Thanksgiving.

But when they arrive at her house, he discovers she has an attractive younger sister named Emma (Brittany Snow) and immediately becomes obsessed with her.

Peter continues to pursue Emma despite her boyfriend’s objections but soon begins to realize that his feelings may not be as deep as he thought they were.

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

You’ve Got Mail is a 1998 American romantic comedy film directed by Nora Ephron, written by Nora Ephron and David S. Ward, and starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

The film is about two people in an online romance who are unaware that they are also rival business partners. It was released on June 2, 1998 by Warner Bros. Pictures.

In 1995, Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) is a successful book publisher in New York City, who has built his company using extensive research of consumer purchasing patterns.

He foresees an imminent decline of paper-based media such as books and magazines within ten years due to the explosion of e-commerce – while at a bookstore one day he meets Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan), a children’s book publisher from Manhattan’s Upper West Side, with whom he begins a regular correspondence by mail.

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You've Got Mail
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Spanish, French, English (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Hollidaysburg (2014)

Hollidaysburg is a comedy film. It was directed by Anna Martemucci and stars Shannon Woodward, Taissa Farmiga, Allison Scagliotti, and Blair Underwood. It was released in the United States on November 21, 2014.

Hollidaysburg is a comedy about four high school friends who are home for Thanksgiving break. Told over the course of four consecutive Thanksgivings, the film follows their exploits as they struggle to find their place in the world.

The original screenplay was written by Anna Martemucci and Margaret Dunlap and was a semifinalist in the 2011 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.

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Addams Family Values (1993)

The Addams Family is a single-family dwelling belonging to Gomez and Morticia Addams, their children Wednesday and Pugsley, Uncle Fester and Grandmama. It first appeared in the cartoons by Charles Addams, in The New Yorker magazine. The house was a Victorian style mansion located in an unnamed fictional town near New York City.

The Addams Family Mansion has had many incarnations on television, in film, and in print. It has been converted into a hotel, burnt down at least twice, and rebuilt each time.

Since its first appearance in the Charles Addams cartoons of the 1930s, the Mansion has undergone many changes from the original design by Charles Addams to fit different mediums.

The Mansion was originally depicted as a Victorian-style house with a peaked roof and turret on one side. In the 1960s television series it became a large two-story Colonial Revival house with white pillars out front. For the 1991 film it became a large Victorian mansion with stained glass windows and many gables, resembling a cross between an old church and a haunted house.

In the original cartoons and early merchandise the house is depicted as white with black shutters; but in later cartoons it is depicted as black with white shutters.

Addams Family Values [Blu-ray] [2019] [Region Free]
  • English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Tadpole (2002)

Tadpole is a romantic comedy film directed by Gary Winick, written by Heather McGowan and Niels Mueller, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Bebe Neuwirth, Aaron Stanford, John Ritter, and Kate Mara.

The film premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival before being purchased by Miramax for distribution. It was released in the United States on November 8, 2002.

The film received generally positive reviews from critics. The film holds a 75% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 94 reviews with an average rating of 6.8/10.

The website’s critical consensus states: “While its plot may be too precious for some viewers, Tadpole offers a quirky charm that’s hard to resist.”

Roger Ebert gave the film three out of four stars, saying “The movie is not so much concerned with plot as with character – and the character is Oscar.”

Pieces of April (2003)

Pieces of April is a comedy-drama film written and directed by Peter Hedges. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by United Artists in North America. I

t stars Katie Holmes as April Burns, a young woman living in New York City who invites her estranged and seriously ill mother (Patricia Clarkson) to the apartment she shares with her boyfriend (Derek Luke) for Thanksgiving dinner. Oliver Platt, Alison Pill, and Sean Hayes play April’s family members.

The title refers to the date of Thanksgiving, which is in November, and traditionally celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month.

The film received mostly positive reviews from critics; it was praised for its acting, particularly from Clarkson as well as from Holmes in her first non-teenage role.

Avalon (1990)

Avalon is a 1990 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson, starring Armin Mueller-Stahl, Elijah Wood in his feature film debut, and Aidan Quinn.

The film is about three generations of a Jewish immigrant family, who settle in Baltimore, Maryland during the early 20th century. It is told as a story being relayed to the main character’s grandson (Elijah Wood), with flashbacks to the past.

The film is set in Baltimore, Maryland, and was mostly filmed on location there. It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design.

It is the fourth in Levinson’s four-part series of “Baltimore Films”: Diner (1982), Tin Men (1987), Avalon (1990), and Liberty Heights (1999). It is an autobiographical film about his childhood in Baltimore, Maryland, during the 1940s. It is also the last film for which Miles Davis ever recorded music.

Avalon
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  • Elizabeth Perkins, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Aidan Quinn (Actors)
  • Barry Levinson (Director) - Barry Levinson (Writer) - Barry Levinson (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Krisha (2015)

Krisha is a 2015 American drama film written and directed by Trey Edward Shults in his directorial debut. It stars Krisha Fairchild, Robyn Fairchild, Trey Edward Shults, and Bill Wise.

A woman returns to her Texas home for a family Thanksgiving after years of living on the road. The film was shot on 16 mm film. The film had its world premiere on March 13, 2015 at South by Southwest and was released in a limited release on November 13, 2016, by A24.

Based on an original story and characters co-written by Shults and Krisha Fairchild; the screenplay was co-written with Eric Edelstein. The film also features performances from family members of the cast and crew including Shults’s mother

Bill Wise (who plays Krisha’s grandfather), as well as his brother and frequent collaborator, writer/producer Tom Shults as Krisha’s son, Trey Shults as her nephew, and his wife, Caroline Shultz as Krisha’s niece.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) is a wonderfully heartwarming film that I can watch over and over again every year. It’s a timeless tale of the true meaning of Christmas that must be watched by everyone at least once in their lifetime!

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) is a movie that you must see this Christmas season! The story has so many wonderful lessons to teach us about life, love and the true meaning of Christmas. This is the original version and is far better than any remake.

This movie will have you crying happy tears, laughing out loud and touched by the heartfelt message it delivers. Anyone can relate to this movie as it has a message for everyone from children to adults.

This classic film was directed by George Seaton with such amazing cinematography by Frank Arrigo and such an excellent cast including Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood, Edmund Gwenn and the legendary Edmund Gwenn who gives one of the best performances in this movie as Kris Kringle/Santa Claus.

The story and script were written by Valentine Davies who did an amazing job adapting this timeless tale.

The music was so beautiful and magical that it truly had me mesmerized from the moment I heard it.

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  • Miracle On 34th Street
  • Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn (Actors)
  • George Seaton (Director)
  • English, French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: G (General Audience)

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (2003)

“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” is a 2003 animated film produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based on the Peanuts comic strip. It is the third Peanuts animated film and the first one since “You’re in Love, Charlie Brown” (1992) to be based directly on a specific Charles Schulz comic strip.

The film centers on Charlie Brown attempting to give thanks for what he has, despite his best efforts falling short, and his family trying to show him what Thanksgiving is all about.

It was the third Peanuts-based animated primetime special (following It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which was produced in 1966), and was first aired on ABC, on November 20, 1973.


 

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