After the table of food has been devoured, every member of your family has taken turn saying what they’re thankful for, you’ve conquered the entire menu of Thanksgiving desserts, and had a good, long nap, it’s only tradition that what comes next is to gather around the television to watch amazing Thanksgiving movies with the entire family.
Watching Thanksgiving movies is only appropriate for this festive season because, at the end of the day, the holiday is more than just loading up on all the amazing food you can get your hands on. It’s an opportunity to bond with the people you love most.
Rather than dive into Christmas-themed movies on Thanksgiving day, there are plenty of turkey day movies for you to enjoy with your family, friends, or by yourself on Thanksgiving and the day after (if you’re still in the spirit of the holiday).
Here are 13 of the best Thanksgiving movies to watch…
#1. The Oath (2018)
This movie isn’t your typical comedy content. It takes place in the future when the government decides everybody must take a loyalty pledge on Black Friday, which opens a rift during one family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Will they survive the weekend?
#2. Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow (2015)
Nothing screams Thanksgiving that a Jim Henson puppet show. And since it’s too early for a Christmas movie, we’d settle for this movie about kids who go to investigate a local legend about monsters while visiting relatives for thanksgiving.
#3. Free Birds (2013). Thanksgiving movies.
Voiced by Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, and George Takei, this animated comedy is the perfect family-friendly Thanksgiving film. In it, two time-traveling turkeys try to head back to the first feast to change the traditional Thanksgiving menu. Thanksgiving movies 2020.
#4. The Blind Side (2009)
In this movie, Michael Oher — a homeless 17-year-old — has Thanksgiving dinner for the first time with the Tuohys. This movie makes us realize how thankful we are for family and friends. Thanksgiving movies 2020.
#5. Pieces of April (2003)
In this movie, April invites her dying mother and the rest of her distant family over for Thanksgiving dinner. She ends up having problems in the kitchen and reaches out to someone in her apartment building for help. This person has to navigate her family dynamics.
#6. Home for the Holidays (1995)
This quaint and quirky Thanksgiving movie is about a family that gathers to feast, only to fight through every course. Politics, social norms, and who’s-dating-whom sparks every type of argument at Foster’s dinner table.
#7. Addams Family Values (1993)
The Addams Family are usually associated with Halloween. But The Addams Family Values features a Thanksgiving pageant so unlike any others — starring Wednesday Addams — that all ’90s kids make this a yearly rewatch.
#8. Rocky (1976). Thanksgiving movies.
Best saved for the adults in the family, this well-known Sylvester Stallone movie features an unforgettable Thanksgiving dinner scene. This movie paved the way for you to burn through the sequel.
#9. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
This is one of the best Thanksgiving movies because it’s an absolute classic. Charlie Brown and his gang never fail to give us the warmth and fuzziness that Thanksgiving requires. Being a classic, it also stirs up nostalgia and brings up childhood memories.
#10. Funny People (2009)
This movie feels like nothing else you’ve ever seen. it’s a somber but warm movie about friendship—fit with its own Friendsgiving scene—that feels like coming home. A famous comedian who’s diagnosed with a terminal illness hires a struggling comic to be his assistant and reconnects with old friends.
#11. Krisha (2016). Thanksgiving movies.
Krisha is a Thanksgiving movie about what happens when a sprawling family assembles around a single table. The title character, an alcoholic who hasn’t seen her son or her sister who took him in in years, returns sober, delicate, and ready to get her life in order. Thanksgiving movies 2020.
#12. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
This classic Nora Ephron film not only gives us that trademark bittersweet ache of “but will they work out?!” that only a really great rom-com can deliver, but the film is also much funnier. This movie is so iconic that it has a Thanksgiving grocery shopping scene that has cemented itself in the pop culture hall of fame.
#13. What’s Cooking? (2000). Thanksgiving movies.
This movie jumps around through four different Thanksgiving meals, all thrown by families from diverse backgrounds who have a few things in common: stress, food, and stressing over food.
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