5 Movies to Watch For Thanksgiving

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Nov 24, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day falls on November 27th this year, and is celebrated both in the United States as well as in Canada. It is a special day that we set aside to be thankful for all of the blessings from the previous year. There are plenty of wonderful movies that work very well on Thanksgiving Day, and here are a few of the favorites.

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays brings a reality to the movie screen that many face during the hectic holiday season with family. It stars Holly Hunter as Claudia Larson, your average hard working individual who loses her job right before the Thanksgiving holiday arrives. With plans to spend Thanksgiving with her family in Baltimore, Claudia begins to feel even more “on edge” than usual when going home for the holidays. Claudia’s husband, Walter (Steve Guttenberg), is disliked by her brother Tommy (Robert Downey Jr.) who is openly homosexual, her daughter, Kitt (Claire Danes), is staying behind and has informed Claudia that she intends on losing her virginity to her boyfried, Claudia’s sister, Joanne (Cynthia Stevenson), is stuck in a phase that nobody likes, and her aunt, Gladys (Geraldine Chaplin), has a bad habit of drinking too much when visiting and confesses her past lust for Claudia’s father Henry (Charles Durning). Needless to say, Claudia can look forward to one of the most interesting Thanksgiving holidays she has ever been through.

Funny People

George Simmons (Adam Sandler) is a comic superstar with a talent for what he does. The only problem is that he finds out that he doesn’t have much longer to enjoy doing it. You see, George finds out that he has a very rare blood disorder, very early on in the movie, and that it is very likely that he will die within a year. He decides to do something that he really enjoyed doing, and gets back into stand-up comedy. During one of his club performances, George meets a fellow stand-up comedian, Ira Wright (Seth Rogen), who is struggling to make it in the business. He notices something about Ira that he likes and decides to hire Ira as a personal assistant. He also tasks Ira with the job of writing the jokes that he will use for his performances. The relationship between the two starts out very well, and Ira is more than happy to be able to move off of his friend’s pull-out sofa, and in with George. But things begin to change when Ira starts to see George for who he really is, an egocentric and very selfish individual.

Free Birds

Free birds is the animated tale of two turkeys who must learn to work together if they are to going to succeed at keeping turkeys’ off of the holiday menu forever. This task will not be easy as the two turkey heroes are different in every way. However, they quickly learn that it is more important to put their differences aside and succeed, than it is to work individually and fail.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

While traveling back home to be with his family for the Thanksgiving holiday, Neal Page (Steve Martin) gets unexpectedly bumped from first-class to coach on his flight. He learns, all too quickly, that he will be seated next to Del Griffith (John Candy), an annoying salesman who he can’t seem to get away from. It begins with a snowstorm that forces their plane to land in Wichita instead of Chicago, and continues with the lack of any rooms available in the four-star hotels in the area. With no other options to choose from, Neal is forced to stay with Del in one of the cheapest motels around. After a torturous and sleepless night, Neal blows his top, and has a few choice words for Del. Del responds with the all too familiar “your welcome anyway” speech which makes Neal feel as guilty as can be. Their journey continues with a bumpy train ride, and an even bumpier refrigerator truck ride, but Neal and Del are destined to be bosom buddies before the movie is over.


Pocahontas tells the story of an Indian princess, and an English sailor, who share a forbidden love that everyone disagrees with, but no one can stop in the end. Capt. John Smith lands in the New World on a mission to plunder its riches, but ends up on a completely different mission of his own. Pocahontas is destined to marry the village’s greatest warrior, but soon finds out that plans are meant to be changed. The two meet and begin a romance that seems to be wrong in every way. The only problem is that it feels nothing but right to them both.


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With Thanksgiving approaching; you might be thinking about starting some new family traditions. Watching a Thanksgiving movie is a great way to relax and enjoy family time together. This list of Thanksgiving themed movies will help you choose the best movie to indulge upon this Thanksgiving Day.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
In a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Charlie finds himself in a predicament as usual; he is supposed to eat Thanksgiving dinner at his Grandma’s but his friend Patty invites herself over to his house for dinner. Charlie ends up attempting to make dinner with his limited cooking skills; but ultimately Charlie and his friends all end up heading to Charlie Brown’s grandma’s to eat. This is a fun film with relatable Thanksgiving themes; balancing different obligations and trying to make everyone happy, and struggling to put together a great meal.

Disney’s Pocahontas
Pocahontas relates to Thanksgiving in a very traditional sense. English soldier John Smith is part of the group of colonists who invade Virginia in the 17th century. John Smith and Pocahontas ultimately fall in love and Smith learns about peace and being thankful from Pocahontas. Since Thanksgiving is said to have originated during this time period as a result of the Native Americans’ kindness toward English colonists; this movie is a very appropriate choice for Thanksgiving.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
If you are looking for a fun film with a positive Thanksgiving message; Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a must see. An unlikely pair, Neal and Del, end up traveling home together based on some traveling mishaps. The two drive each other crazy on an accident prone and very funny journey. In the end they make it home only for Neal to discover that Del is actually spending the holiday alone. Neal shows a generous Thanksgiving spirit and invites Del to his home to share Thanksgiving with his family.

Home for the Holidays
Home for the Holidays chronicles the journey of a single mom, Claudia, facing some stressful situations like a job loss and a rebellious child as she travels home to spend Thanksgiving with her family. The visit is filled with arguments with eccentric and sometimes annoying family members. In the end, in classic Thanksgiving fashion, she sees that they while they have their differences; they actually have her best interest at heart. Her brother had secretly brought along a friend for Claudia to meet and the two end up hitting it off.

Pieces of April
Families are not perfect; and many viewers will be able to relate to the thanksgiving journey April and her dysfunctional family go on. She invites her family, including her terminally ill mother, for Thanksgiving dinner. The family’s journey to her apartment and her preparations for their arrival are filled with problems and some laughs. In the end April receives help form some generous neighbors to make her Thanksgiving dinner a success and comes away with a little bit more of an appreciation for her family.

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