Thanksgiving is the perfect time to settle down, take a breather, and enjoy food while in the company of cherished loved ones. The dinner is plentiful, complete with the turkey and sides, the pies are already cut, and now is the perfect time to sit and watch some TV. A lot fo people tend to watch the popular titles on Thanksgiving, such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, the Purina Dog Show, or one of the multiple NFL games television that day. While there is nothing wrong with going the traditional route of parade or football watching, there are also some fantastic Thanksgiving movies to watch on the holiday to get you more in the spirit.
While there are plenty of movies about Halloween and countless ones centering around Christmas, there isn’t nearly as many about Thanksgiving, which can make people think that such movies don’t exist. There are certainly out there though! Looking for something outside the norm to watch on Thanksgiving? Pop on one of these top five movies to watch with the family!
Thanksgiving Movies – A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Though it may not be everyone’s favorite Charlie Brown holiday special, a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving warms the hearts of anyone who watches it and is perfect for adults and children. The short film originally aired on CBS back on November 20, 1973 and has since become a tradition to watch on Thanksgiving for families across the country.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving follows the gang as they try to make Thanksgiving dinner. The Thanksgiving feast is prepared by Snoopy, which features buttered toast, pretzel sticks, popcorn, jelly beans and an ice cream sundae. Peppermint Patty isn’t satisfied with the unconventional dinner and questions where the traditional foods are i.e. turkey, mashed potatoes, etc. Since the dinner didn’t go well, Charlie and Sally remember that they’re supposed to go to their grandmothers for Thanksgiving dinner, and upon hearing that Charlie’s friends haven’t eaten, she invites everyone to come.
A perfect classic that reminds us of the importance of spending time with family and loved ones.
Thanksgiving Movies – Home for the Holidays
In Jodie Foster’s directional debut, Home for the Holidays is one of those movies that makes you appreciate your family for everything they are and aren’t, for their flaws and all. The film centers around Claudia Larson, a woman who was just fired from her job and learns that her daughter has different plans for the holiday. Because of this, Claudia makes the trip from Chicago to Baltimore to spend Thanksgiving with her dysfunctional, outlandish, and hilarious family. Home for the Holidays has funny moments and more serious ones, but its a great movie that stresses the significance of family.
Thanksgiving Movies – Garfield Thanksgiving
Garfield was the original grumpy cat, and who doesn’t love the furry, bright orange feline? Not as popular as the other Thanksgiving cartoons but just a great, Garfield Thanksgiving follows Garfield, Odie, and Jon as they prepare for Thanksgiving. Garfield is bummed that he’s being put on a diet, trying multiple times to raid the fridge and steal cookies. Jon, on the other hand, is clueless on how to prepare the Thanksgiving meal, neglecting to make the stuffing or thawing the turkey, and roasting it a whopping 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Jon’s grandma ultimately makes the feast and everyone enjoys the company and meal together.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Written, produced, and directed by the brilliant John Hughes, this film stars hilarious duo Steve Martin and John Candy. Steve Martin plays Neal Page, an uptight marketing executive on a business trip in New York City who is trying to get home to his family in Chicago for Thanksgiving, a whole two days away. The film is based around Neal’s journey to get home with Del Griffith (played by Candy) by his side dealing with a ridiculous amount of misadventures along the way.
Free Birds is a cute animated film with a great cast of actors (Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler) about a group of turkeys who travel back in time to prevent Thanksgiving, and thus prevent the tradition of eating turkeys on the holiday. It’s funny, light-hearted, and perfect to watch with the kids on Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving only happens once a year, so why not spend an hour or two out of the special holiday to sit down and watch a movie! Do you have a favorite to add to this list?