10 Best Thanksgiving Movies

What better way to celebrate the holidays with your family than a good old-fashioned movie night – and these are the best Thanksgiving movies around!

From heartwarming family dramas to hilarious comedies to dark dramas, there are plenty of movies that capture the essence of Thanksgiving.

These movies aren’t all about getting stuffed with turkey or about the familial meltdowns that happen at so many turkey dinner gatherings.

Enjoy the crazy movies as well as the sappy one.

My personal favorite? Planes, Trains and Automobiles. I have to watch it every Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness, reflection and gratitude.

Whether it’s spending time with family and friends, sharing a meal or watching a movie, this holiday is all about connecting with others and celebrating the good things in life.

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While there are many Thanksgiving traditions to enjoy, watching movies is a great way to relax and get into the spirit of the season (both good and bad!!)

Best Thanksgiving Movies


  1. Planes and Trains is a classic! On this list I have to admit I LOVE Scent of a Woman. Al Pacino is the best! And Chris O’Donnell, so cute. I haven’t seen most of the others, looks like I’ll have to watch some over the holidays. Thanks for another great list!

    1. You do have some watching to catch up on… just be warned that a couple of the movies I chose are definitely meant for adults!

  2. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    Thanks for this list of movies. My grandchildren and myself love to watch movies together.

    1. You’re more than welcome, Lisa! If you’re planning on watching with the grandchildren, just know that a couple of these films are really for adults — most notably The House of Yes and The Ice Storm. Happy viewing!

  3. Christina Swenson says:

    A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a must every year for my family, but this year will be special because it will be the first time my daughter will get to watch it as well!

  4. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is a definite must! And Charlie Brown of course!

    1. Some of these movies are a little more “grown-up” but they’re all fabulous. Planes, Trains and Automobiles is my hands down favorite to watch with my own dad 😀

  5. Thanks for the list. My must see movies this month are Dutch and Planes, trains and automobiles. Gotta try some new ones too. Thanks for the inspiration. Linda @Crafts a la mode

  6. Nice list. You don’t often see movies related to Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing at #OMHGWW

  7. Great list! You can’t go wrong with John Candy and Steve Martin! Trains, Planes, and Automobiles is a classic! Happy Thanksgiving Season!

  8. Seems like Christmas movies get all the attention, but I’m glad Thanksgiving gets some film love too! Charlie Brown has always been a favorite of mine. 🙂

    1. Christmas often trumps our poor Thanksgiving holiday.. but I love these gems. Can’t wait to get Trains, Planes and Automobiles out this week 🙂

  9. Fun list! I think I’ve only seen a couple of those movies. I might have to try out a “new” one from the list and really get in the Thanksgiving mood.
    Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty link party.

  10. From a fellow Jenny, this is a great list! My kids still like to prepare for holidays (and sports seasons) with movies. Might pull some of these out after Thanksgiving dinner!

  11. I just saw Pieces of April for the first time last year – really good. I forgot that House of Yes took place then. I loved that movie. But, Charlie Brown is my absolute favorite!

    1. Planes, Trains and Automobiles is my favorite to watch — particularly with my Dad. But I also love Hannah and Her Sisters. So good!

  12. Susan Larson says:

    Love the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. But I’m surprised “Home for the Holidays” didn’t make your list. All about Thanksgiving and Families. Love it, watch it every year, just wish they didn’t take our Lord’s name in vain.

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