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The 31 best Thanksgiving movies to watch after your big meal
November 1, 2022
Preparing meals for Thanksgiving can take hours, sometimes days (unless you eat to go). Whether you’re waiting for the turkey to finish cooking or the turkey has already put you to sleep, good Thanksgiving videos are a must.
This year the holiday falls on Thursday, November 24. As you collect cooking tips and new recipes, also collect a few pop culture recommendations in the form of a Thanksgiving movie list – from tips for kids and families to comedy movies you’ll want to watch everyone Thanksgiving.
Line up some animated classics like Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving, live family action movies like Mighty Ducks, Disney movies on Disney Plus plot of them) and everything Netflix has to offer.
There are classics like “Planes, Trains and Cars” and hidden gems like “The Dutchman” which some consider to be the best Thanksgiving movie.
And above all, there is something for you.
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Dutch Dooley (Ed O’Neil) volunteers to pick up his new girlfriend’s son from school. Little does he know, he has a dangerous new enemy in the form of a teenager. “Dutch” is a story about dysfunctions that can arise with the mixing of families and the awe-inspiring power of the brat.
“Funny People” (2009)
In Funny People, life is presented from a different perspective quick after billed comedian George Simmons (Adam Sandler) learns he has a terminal illness. To preserve his legacy, he begins to pass on all his tricks to the struggling performer Ira (Seth Rogen). This experience breathes new life into Simmons – literally and figuratively.
“Blind Side” (2009)
“Blind Side” tells the true story of Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), a homeless teenager who falls behind in school and life. A local couple – Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) and her husband Sean (Tim McGraw) – invite Oher to live with them and go to school with their two children. They help him get into the soccer team, which becomes a path to a new life and career.
The black humor is fully evident in The Oath, a comedy starring Tiffany Haddish and Ike Barinholtz in which a dystopian government sets Thanksgiving as the deadline to declare loyalty or face the consequences.
Alice’s Restaurant (1969)
Alice’s Restaurant is a dramatic comedy starring folk singer Arlo Guthrie how Arlo Guthrie. Guthrie plays a college student who escaped drafting. Fresh out of college, after Friendship Day, and falling in love when a simple bug hits the police radar.
“Friendsgiving” comes as a surprise in the form of unexpected guests in the house, unwanted changes to events and a return to previously resolved problems. The film is starring Malin Åkerman, Kat Dennings, Aisha Tyler, Chelsea Peretti, Christine Taylor, Jane Seymour, Wanda Sykes and Deon Cole.
“The Turkey Bowl” (2019)
The Turkey Bowl is a sports comedy in which competing school football teams in a rural community shred up old beef in a rematch of the classic football tournament, the title Turkey Bowl. The game will settle 15 years of unfinished business, but the stakes get even higher as the movie progresses.
“Sweet November” (2001)
“Sweet November” is a film adaptation of the book of the same title from 1968. There are endless Christmas romances – but here’s one for Thanksgiving. During November 30, Charlize Theron’s character has a short-lived but deep affair with Keanu Reeves.
Autumn in New York (2000)
This dramatic romantic comedy tugs at the heart’s strings. In the film, the famous playboy falls in love with a young woman who is struggling with a terminal illness. Richard Gere, Winona Ryder and Anthony LaPaglia star in Autumn in New York
“Instant Family” (2018)
“Instant Family” is the quintessence of how Thanksgiving dinners can be full of pressing questions that no one wants to answer. Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne play new parents who adopt three siblings after years of saying they will never have children. Becoming an “instant family” is not easy.
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
Nothing is more brand-name than this 1973 Christmas classic “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”. Peppermint Patty invites everyone to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving to the iconic scene where everyone sits together at the table to eat and chat the holiday like just the kids.
“House for the Holidays” (1995)
In House for the Holidays, Holly Hunter plays Claudia Larson, a middle-aged mother whose daughter plans Thanksgiving without her. Left alone, Larson returns home from her childhood with her dysfunctional family that gets on her nerves but ends up remembering the importance of the family – and finding a new love.
Garfield’s Thanksgiving (1989)
In Garfield’s Thanksgiving, the cat owner puts him on a diet just before Thanksgiving. Of course, Garfield doesn’t have it, so he comes up with ways to keep getting the food he usually pampers himself with.
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Nothing washes off a turkey like a romantic comedy you can pull up for. Tom Hanks stars alongside Meg Ryan as two New Yorkers who meet online without knowing they are actually business rivals.
Watching NFL and NBA games on Thanksgiving is a tradition for many. Once the game is over, start your own overtime by playing “Hoosiers”, the classic tale of Indiana’s college basketball team and its incredible stature.
“Film about peanuts” (2015)
After watching Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, you may miss the next Peanuts characters. “The Peanuts Movie” is a new version of the characters, starring Noah Schnapp from “Stranger Things” as Charlie Brown.
“Mighty Ducks” (1992)
In Mighty Ducks, a disgruntled lawyer is forced to do community service and ends up coaching a kids’ hockey team. In the end, work is not like work.
“Little Women” (2019)
Thanksgiving is all about getting together – and when it does, there is a drama from time to time. The latest adaptation of Little Women is the definition of cosiness in which the four March sisters (Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen) help each other in love and disappointment in Massachusetts during the Civil War.
“Family Thanksgiving” (2010)
Thanks to the Christmas magic, Claudia (Daphne Zuniga) has a chance to see what her life might be like after a few tweaks. In the Hallmark movie, Claudia goes from a high-ranking lawyer seeking a promotion to a wife and mother trying to cope with new responsibilities. Is there a place where he can meet in the middle?
Toy Story 4 (2019)
Or just make it a Toy Story marathon. Toy Story 4 concludes Pixar’s beloved film series about sentient toys whose owners greatly underestimate their ability to adventure. Warning: you will be cry.
“Free Birds” (2013)
Free Birds is a Thanksgiving caper told from the turkey’s point of view. In the movie, a turkey named Reggie (Owen Wilson) is pardoned by the president to live without fear of being eaten for Thanksgiving. He works with fellow turkey Jake (Woody Harrelson) to travel back in time to 1621, before the first Thanksgiving, to keep the bird from becoming a trademark of the holidays.
Nothing expresses Thanksgiving like good food! Set in Paris, ‘Ratatouille’ is a celebration of Pixar’s film. Remy is an aspiring cook … who is also a rat. He tries to climb the culinary ladder, despite being skeptical on all sides.
“National Treasure” (2004)
Thanksgiving is a celebration centered on American history – and “National Treasure” is the story of one very famous American document. When Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) searches for a rumored treasure, his pursuit uncovers a series of clues on the back of the Declaration of Independence.
“Paul Blart: A Cop in a Shopping Center” (2009)
Every Thanksgiving has a little Christmas to it. Paul Blart: Mall Cop is a good segue to celebrate both. Paul Blart (Kevin James) is routinely ridiculed for taking his job as a mall security guard too seriously. But as soon as he can save buyers from rebellious Santa Claus in the mall, everyone relies on him.
Addams Family Values (1993)
This funny drama is great for laughing in front of the turkey while dinner is still cooking. In Addams Family Values, the family celebrates the birth of a new baby … well, some are, while others try to remove the baby and keep the family as it was before birth.
“We’re Back: The History of the Dinosaur” (1993)
The way Thanksgiving is celebrated in small towns is very different to the way it is celebrated in big cities. We’re Back: A Dinosaur’s Story shows four dinosaur friends leaving their little town for a Big Apple adventure that they aren’t even big enough to deal with.
“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)
Imagine if one of the many Santa Clauses for rent in the United States was really a real deal? Susan Walker (played by young Natalie Wood) is convinced that the jovial man (Edmund Gwenn) she meets at Macy’s may really be Santa Claus and tries to convince the world to believe her.
“Planes, Trains and Cars” (1987)
There would be no Thanksgiving in the Northeast without the unpredictable weather, especially in the Midwest region. Unfortunately, Neal Page (Steve Martin) in “Planes, Trains, and Cars” may miss his Thanksgiving plans after canceling a flight to Chicago and redirecting him to a random city in Kansas. It overcomes every imaginable obstacle trying to make it home, and learns a lot along the way.
“Winnie the Pooh: The Times of Giving” (1999)
This one-hour special “Victory of the Pooh” tells three stories: “Ground Pig Day”, “Winnie the Pooh’s Thanksgiving” and “Find and Keep Her.” The stories share the meaning of Thanksgiving and soothe the tense story behind it.
“Looney Thanksgiving Melodies” (2014)
“A Looney Tunes Thanksgiving” is a true feast of laughter, consisting of two parts: “Bugs Bunny’s Thanksgiving Diet” and “Daffy Duck’s Special Thanksgiving.” They have an unconventional approach to traditional holidays, but it works.
“Jim Henson’s Turkey Valley” (2015)
Last but not least, the TODAY Thanksgiving movie package is “Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow.” Join the Emmerson family as they track down an elusive monster some don’t even believe existed.
This story will be updated with more favorite movies as Thanksgiving is approaching.
This article was originally published on TODAY.com