Top Thanksgiving Movies To Watch During Turkey Weekend
Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday for filling up on tasty food, and then settling down in front of the TV to watch a terrific movie. However, you don't have to throw just any old DVD in the player. There are actually a plethora of great Thanksgiving movies that are perfect for watching the day of or the day after the holiday. We found the best movie options in every category, from family-friendly to comedy to drama. Rent some of these flicks in anticipation of a delightful Thanksgiving movie marathon.
Want Something Funny?
- Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987): This is a Thanksgiving tale that will have your whole family laughing. The classic '80s film follows Steve Martin as he tries to get home in time for Turkey Day. Meanwhile, John Candy makes every step of the journey more difficult—and a lot funnier.
- Son-in-Law (1993): One of Pauly Shore’s standard '90s comedies, this movie focuses on a college student’s return home for Thanksgiving break. Prepare for tons of great pratfalls as Shore’s typical "California dude" character has to learn how to function on a South Dakota farm.
- Home For The Holidays (1995): This movie, which is directed by Jodie Foster, plays heavily into the theme of dysfunctional family holiday gatherings. Plenty of funny scenes ensue as Holly Hunter plays a recently fired single mom dealing with her crazy siblings and parents.
Do You Love Drama?
- The Ice Storm (1997): Based on a 1994 novel of the same name, this tense drama is set during Thanksgiving 1973. It follows two families that deal with serious issues like adultery and political changes. As a bonus, you get to see stunning performances from Elijah Wood, Christina Ricci and Tobey Maguire in their younger years.
- Hannah And Her Sisters (1986): Though it also has some humorous scenes (it is a Woody Allen movie, after all), this movie deals with the highs and lows in the lives of three sisters over the course of three Thanksgivings. Plus, it includes Academy Award-winning performances from Michael Caine and Dianne Wiest.
Want A Good Tearjerker?
- Pieces Of April (2003): This indie movie stars Katie Holmes as April, who attempts to bring her dysfunctional family together for Thanksgiving dinner. While a tiny Manhattan apartment with a broken oven makes for comical cooking scenes, the film is ultimately quite moving since it deals with April’s mother’s breast cancer diagnosis.
- Scent Of A Woman (1992): In one of his most moving roles, Al Pacino plays a blind veteran being looked after by a young prep school student over the Thanksgiving break. The film follows the pair’s adventures in Manhattan, as well as the somber lessons they learn from one another.
Need Something Family-Friendly?
- A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973): This animated TV special has become one of the most popular Thanksgiving movie choices. The whole family will love this funny and touching tale about the Peanuts gang’s Thanksgiving plans. Meanwhile, each viewer is reminded of the true meaning of the holiday.
- Mouse On The Mayflower (1968): Another TV-special-turned-movie, this animated story follows a mouse named Willum, who is discovered aboard the Mayflower. Willum’s story follows him on his eventful trip to America and his participation in the first Thanksgiving.
- A Rugrats Thanksgiving (1997): This cartoon offers something a little more modern than the other family-friendly films here. The story focuses on the Rugrats crew as they experience Thanksgiving for the first time. Plenty of fun ensues at the Pickle household, especially when a live turkey shows up at the door.
Love Offbeat Flicks?
- Tadpole (2002): This oddball film follows the quest of a precocious 15-year-old boy as he attempts to sleep with his stepmother, played by Sigourney Weaver. Fortunately, these escapades are captured in a hilarious light and the film leaves viewers pleasantly entertained rather than disturbed.
- The House Of Yes (1997): This strange film seems to begin like another Thanksgiving family homecoming movie, but viewers soon see a much stranger story once a sister with bipolar disorder and incestuous fraternal twins is thrown into the mix. Despite the disturbing story lines, the film remains a dark comedy with several awkwardly funny scenes.
Are Horror Movies Your Favorite?
- ThanksKilling (2009): Believe it or not, there’s actually a Thanksgiving horror movie. This indie film has a crazy storyline to boot. It tells the story of a cursed turkey that goes around killing college students over Thanksgiving break. Rumor has it, a sequel is planned for release in 2012.
Are You A Fan Of Classic Films?
- Miracle On 34th Street (1947): Perhaps one of the most beloved holiday films, this movie is perfect for those who love the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which plays an important role in the film. Save this flick for the day after Thanksgiving to help get you in the Christmas spirit.
After eating third helpings of the Thanksgiving feast, very little sounds better than kicking back, relaxing and watching a festive Thanksgiving film. Spend lots of time with your loved ones and enjoy the special holiday!