It’s no coincidence so many Hollywood blockbusters are released during Thanksgiving weekend. As one of the biggest days of the year in terms of sheer movie ticket sales, it’s a known tradition to hit up the cinema after you’ve had your fill of turkey and stuffing. But instead of having to deal with those long ticket lines, crowded theaters and the strong possibility of never finding a parking space, why not skip going to the cinema altogether and opt for watching a festive flick at home?
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.
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).
3. Son in Law
Sit down, chill out and munch on some grindage with one of the funniest Thanksgiving comedies of all time. Pauly Shore stars as Crawl, your not-so-typical college student who’s majored in almost everything. After befriending Rebecca, a small-town college girl, Crawl joins her to spend Thanksgiving with her farm-living, country-loving family. Naturally, the two cultures quickly collide with hilarious consequences.
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?
5. The Oath
A relative newcomer that’s sure to become a classic, The Oath is a dark comedy set in the not-too-distant future. After American citizens are asked to sign a loyalty pledge to the current political administration, Chris and his wife, Kai, are soon visited by two eerie government agents who help turn what was supposed to a normal Thanksgiving into a roller coaster ride they surely won’t forget.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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?
9. 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.
10. Jack and Jill
Perhaps the quirkiest movie on our list is none other than Adam Sandler’s cross-dressing experience in the Thanksgiving comedy Jack and Jill. While it may not offer the same no-holds-barred holiday cheer as some of the other movies on this list, it’s a hilarious take and one of Sandler’s recent best. The Thanksgiving dinner scene is pretty epic.
11. Grumpy Old Men
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau star in this romantic comedy about the love-hate relationship between two grumpy neighbors. Although 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.