No Turkeys Here: The 11 Best Thanksgiving Movies of All Time

Best Thanksgiving Movies
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Whether you’re planning to spend the Thanksgiving holiday hosting family and friends at home or you’re heading out of town to celebrate, add one of these festive flicks to your post-feast itinerary. It’s time to take out the pumpkin pie  and get in the holiday spirit with these 11 Thanksgiving movies.

1. Home for the Holidays

There’s a good chance that your Thanksgiving won’t be as out of control as what Home For The Holidays presents. This movie tells the story of Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) whom after being laid-off from her job, learns that her daughter will spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend and that she’ll have to spend the holiday alone. Instead, she tests her luck and heads home for yet another chaotic dinner.

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2. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Speaking of chaotic dinners, Planes Trains and Automobiles (starring Steve Martin and John Candy), will have you laughing until your stomach hurts.The story focuses on the life of advertising executive, Neal Page (Steve Martin), who’s ready to fly home and spend Thanksgiving with the family, but instead finds himself in a disastrous cross-country road trip after crossing paths with a salesman (John Candy).

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3. Dutch

 It’s too bad road trips aren’t always as fun as they ought to be. Take Dutch for example: when a working-class boyfriend tries to impress his girlfriend during a road trip to Chicago, he must buckle down and also win the approval of her snobbish son. This movie shows that sometimes blessings in life must be earned rather than given.

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4. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

With a runtime of just twenty-two minutes,  A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is technically not a movie, but we will make an exception for this classic. Watching this Charlie Brown program during Thanksgiving season is enjoyable for both kids and adults alike.  How could anyone turn down the imperfect but heartfelt dinner hosted by Peppermint Patty?

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5. The Ice Storm

It may be best to wait for the kids to be tucked into bed before watching this movie. The Ice Storm is about two middle-class families experimenting with casual sex, drinks, and drugs during Thanksgiving break. As a result, they find their lives stumbling out of control. So if you’re looking for a movie that will make Thanksgiving more exciting, this R-rated flick is a good choice.

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6. Scent of a Woman

In Scent of a Woman, Frank (Al Pacino) is blind and difficult to get along with, but when a broke university student is desperate for money, he agrees to look after Frank during the Thanksgiving holiday. This movie shows us that there’s a lot to be grateful for.

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7. Pieces of April

If you’re looking to watch a Thanksgiving movie about an atypical Thanksgiving dinner, then Pieces of April is the right choice for you. The movie centers on a wayward daughter who invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving. What’s the worst that can happen?

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8. Hannah And Her Sisters

Hannah And Her Sisters shows the strength of a parent’s’ ability to remain collected amid some of the most difficult life situations. Though Hannah gives up a promising career as an actress to raise a family,  she continues to be the ideal wife and mother. Hannah And Her Sisters teaches us at that familial bonding isn’t always as easy as it looks, but the desire to remain a family will always outweigh the struggles that keep us apart.

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9. Jack and Jill

Perhaps the most quirky movie on our list is none other than Adam Sandler’s cross-dressing experience in the Thanksgiving comedy, Jack and Jill.

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10. Grumpy Old Men

Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau star in this romantic comedy about the love-hate relationship between two grumpy neighborsAlthough the movie does not take place during Thanksgiving, its premise involves the reunion of two rivaling neighbors, and illuminates the spirit of Thanksgiving and expressing gratitude.

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11. The New World

For a more adventurous audienceThe New World is an ideal Thanksgiving movie. This romantic epic tells the story of Pocahontas and her relationship with adventurer John Smith set during the chaotic beginnings of American conquest.

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