Thanksgiving-Themed Movies to Watch This Holiday Season
After a nice big Thanksgiving meal, there’s almost nothing better than kicking back and putting on a movie to watch with the rest of your loved ones. Unfortunately, when compared to other holidays, it’s relatively slim picking when it comes to Hollywood entertainment centered around our favorite turkey day. That said, there are a few precious gems worth watching as you work off your turkey coma.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
It’s the Peanuts gang – does anything more really need to be said? “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” might not get the same recognition as other Peanuts offerings like “A Charlie Brown Christmas” or “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” but it’s still a must-watch that’s great for the whole family. Laugh along with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang as they host an ill-fated Thanksgiving dinner. At half an hour long, it isn’t too much of an investment, either.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
If you’re up for more adult laughs, “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” is a Thanksgiving classic. The film, which pairs comedy superstars Steve Martin and John Candy at the height of their success, is well-known for combining slapstick comedy with down-to-earth drama. The plot revolves around Martin playing the straight man to Candy’s over-the-top curtain ring salesman, Del. When the two find themselves stranded on their way back to Chicago for Thanksgiving, they team up to get home on time – to disastrous (and hilarious) results.
Hannah and Her Sisters
“Hannah and Her Sisters” is a Woody Allen movie that, like many of his films, mines comedy and drama from the dysfunctional relationships of an ensemble of characters. While that may not be the lighthearted entertainment you’re looking for on Thanksgiving, the film was and still is critically acclaimed, having earned rave reviews and won multiple Oscars. “Hannah and Her Sisters” takes place over two Thanksgivings and follows the overlapping and changing love interests of a large group of friends and family. If anything, it’ll make your family’s Thanksgiving seem serene in comparison.
Pieces of April
Much like “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Pieces of April” follows a dysfunctional family as they get together for Thanksgiving, with a bit of a twist. In this movie, the journey is just as important as the destination, as the film cuts back-and-forth between two parallel plots. In the first, black sheep April attempts to scrounge together a Thanksgiving meal in order to appease to her estranged family. In the other plot, the rest of the family makes the trek from the suburbs and into the city, running into obstacle after obstacle.
Miracle on 34th Street
OK, “Miracle on 34th Street” isn’t strictly a Thanksgiving movie – you probably know it better as a Christmas movie. After all, the entire plot of the film involves a young girl named Susan who contends that a mall store Santa is the real deal. However, the beginning of the film does indeed take place on Thanksgiving, and much of the plot takes place between the two major holidays, making it a great way to start getting into the season. By the way, there are multiple adaptations of this movie, and most agree that the 1947 version is the best.