Thanksgiving Movies

Roasted turkey, tasty stuffing, watching football and the Macy’s Day Parade, what could be better? Perhaps a Thanksgiving-friendly flick to help you through your food coma? Here are picks for the top Thanksgiving/Gratitude themed movies of all time.

The New World

2006| Rated PG-13 directed by Terrence Malick

This epic film is a dramatized (and romanticized) telling of the relationship between English explorer John Smith and the Native American princess Pocahontas. Even though most of the English settlers are distrustful of the Native Americans, John Smith is able to form a deep friendship with Pocahontas.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

1987| Rated R directed by John Hughes

This comedy movie stars Steve Martin and John Candy, so rest assured that all you will get from this movie is laughter. It’s about how Martin tries to go home for Thanksgiving, meets Candy along with one disaster after another. There are of course some touching scenes when Martin realizes the truth behind Candy’s life and how he becomes a part of Martin’s life.

The Best Years of Our Lives

1947 | Unrated directed by William Wyler

After returning home in glory, a group of World War II veterans experience a range of emotions as they try to assimilate back into “normal” life in a society that has stopped being thankful for the sacrifices they made.

The Game

1997 | Rated R directed by David Fincher

A wealthy businessman receives a mysterious invitation to join in a game that will play out in his everyday life. He jumps at the chance to relieve the tedium that plagues him. When the game spirals out of control, he realizes he is glad to be alive after all.

Raising Arizona

1987 | Rated PG-13 directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

An ex-con and an ex-cop kidnap one of the Arizona quintuplets in hopes of creating the family they couldn’t have on their own. On the run from the law and a bunch of outlaws, their journey leads them to be grateful for the joys they have always had.

It’s a Wonderful Life

1946 | Unrated directed by Frank Capra

In the wake of a financial crisis, bank manager George Bailey wonders if the world would be a better place without him. He’s proven completely wrong as he learns how thankful his family and friends are for his place in their lives.

Home for the Holidays

1995 | PG-13 directed by Jodi Foster

A family that insists on having Thanksgiving once a year even though they always seem to stir up trouble.

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