The 8 Best Thanksgiving Movies

Thanksgiving Movie

With temperatures dipping and the evenings getting shorter, there’s no better time to curl up and watch a movie with your significant other. And since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, why not cue up a holiday-appropriate flick next date night?

1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
It just isn’t Thanksgiving without this Emmy Award-winning TV special. Make it a theme night and snack on toast, pretzels, jelly beans and ice cream sundaes while you watch. (This cute story will make all non-cooks feel better about their Thanksgiving spreads.)

2. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Planning on road-tripping to family this Thanksgiving? This hilarious 1987 John Hughes’ classic will put your travelling stress in perspective. It can’t be worse than this.

3. Pieces of April
April tries to cook Thanksgiving dinner for her estranged family, including her dying mother. By the time the end credits roll in this quirky, touching flick, you’ll be wanting to hug your mom — and your oven, if it works.

4. Hannah and Her Sisters
This star-studded Woody Allen film begins and ends with Thanksgiving dinners two years apart. Considered to be among Allen’s best films — he won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay — the dysfunctional tale is equal parts humour and heart.

5. Scent of a Woman
Al Pacino won the Oscar for Best Actor for this 1992 drama. Pacino’s character, blind retired army colonel Frank Slade, hires a poor college student to take care of him over one Thanksgiving weekend. The goal: to eat, drink and be merry — then commit suicide. While somewhat predictable, this earnest film will be pulling at your heartstrings by the end.

6. Funny People
Arguably one of Adam Sandler’s better films of late, Judd Apatow’s Funny People tells the story of a lonely, terminally ill comedian (Sandler) and the young comedy writer (Seth Rogen) he hires as both his joke writer and companion. A standout scene: Sandler’s speech at Thanksgiving dinner.

“Okay, so, first let’s give thanks for our families not being here. It’s always easier without the family.”

7. Home for the Holidays
“Going home” for the holidays as an adult isn’t always fun. This film reminds us of this — but then adds a little hope for reconciliation.

8. Miracle On 34th Street
This holiday classic — we like both the 1947 and 1994 versions — begins with Thanksgiving and ends on Christmas Day, making it the perfect film to get you in the mood for the upcoming holiday season. (Thanksgiving and Christmas always tend to blend into one another, don’t they?)

Bonus: Holiday Inn.
This 1942 musical starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby works for every holiday. And the premise is a great one: Instead of taking the holidays off and working the rest of the year, why not ONLY work on holidays?

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