Thanksgiving Movies to Watch This Year
I've mentioned before that I watch lots of movies... like every weekend. It's kind of pathetic. But, that just means I know the movies that are worth watching.
While Christmas and Halloween have a plethora of movies to choose from for the holiday, Including movies are a little harder to find.
So I'm here to share a list of Thanksgiving movies that I have come across over the years.
Steve Martin's marketing executive just wants to get home to New York for Thanksgiving, but fate constantly stymies those plans–well, fate and John Candy's shower-ring salesman, a chipper and clumsy clown who becomes his unlikely traveling partner during this rollicking three-day trip.
Maybe it's not as iconic as A Charlie Brown Christmas or It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, but this Peanuts holiday special is definitely a fun movie to get that feeling of Thanksgiving.
Peppermint Patty infiltrating Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving holiday, which he naturally scrambles to put together with his trademark anxiety.
Katie Holmes plays the titular April, who bravely invites her dysfunctional family from suburban Pennsylvania to her tiny apartment on the Lower East Side. Disaster strikes early when her stove breaks and she is forced to find a working oven in her building. Meanwhile, her cancer-stricken mother dreads the trek into the city to see her somewhat estranged daughter.
Judd Apatow's dramatic comedy stars Adam Sandler as George Simmons, a wealthy movie star who seeks to get back to his stand-up comedy roots after being diagnosed with leukemia. He meets a young aspiring comic (Seth Rogen) in search of a mentor, and the two tour the country as George performs his new material and reconnects with his ex-fiancée. It's a film about the comedy world and how friendships evolve into familial relationships, highlighted by a Thanksgiving toast George delivers in honor of his chosen family.
Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, and George Takei lend their voices to this animated comedy. Reggie is a turkey who was lucky enough to be pardoned on Thanksgiving by the President of the United States. Jake, on the other hand, is a wild turkey with a political agenda: he kidnaps Jake in an effort to promote the Turkey Freedom Front, a guerrilla group set to end Thanksgiving for good. Together, they maneuver a time machine, going back to the very first Thanksgiving to rid turkeys from the menu for good.
This sequel to the big-screen adaptation of the classic TV sitcom finds the Addams family once again up to their weird, gothic ways. But their family is thrown into turmoil when a new nanny, Debbie, has her sights on Uncle Fester—and plans on marrying him for his riches before killing him off. Wednesday and Pugsley know something's up, but Debbie convinces Gomez and Morticia to send them to summer camp—where they are forced to participate in a completely bonkers musical rendition of the first Thanksgiving.
Greg Mottola's low-budget indie comedy stars Hope Davis as Eliza, a New York woman who's happily married to Louis (Stanely Tucci)—or so she thinks. While at her parents' home for Thanksgiving, Eliza finds a love letter from Louis to an unknown woman. When she confides in her family, the whole lot stuff themselves into the family station wagon and make their way from Long Island into Manhattan in search for answers.
After losing her job and learning that her daughter will be spending Thanksgiving with her boyfriend instead of her family, everything that could go wrong does when Holly Hunter's character Claudia heads to her parent's house for Thanksgiving. Her dysfunctional family brings plenty of laughs as they all come together for the holiday.
In this Woody Allen movie, a whole lot of family drama happens between the span of two Thanksgivings. Hannah, played by Mia Farrow, watches as her husband falls in love with one sister, while her ex-husband rekindles a romance with her other sister.
And for those who aren't quite over Halloween yet, you can check out some of these Thanksgiving Horror Movies!
Blood Freaks (1972)
"Blood Freak" is a fantastically cheesy horror film that follows a drug-addict who works on a turkey farm. After getting exposed to genetically-modified turkey meat, he is turned into a crazed mutant human turkey (aka a man with a super fake turkey head on), who feasts on the blood of other drug-addicts in order fuel his own addiction.
Featuring a homicidal and fowled-mouth turkey that terrorizes five college kids who are home for Thanksgiving break, you can expect to hear classic lines such as "I'm gonna drink your blood like cranberry sauce" and "You just got stuffed."
Before becoming popularized by such films as "The Blair Witch Project" and later on in "Paranormal Activity," this found-footage horror flick caused a lot of uproar upon its release, with many believing the events to be real.
Finding herself alone at school over Thanksgiving break, a young college student soon becomes the target of a group of crazed outcasts.