The 10 Best Thanksgiving Movies


The 10 Best Thanksgiving Movies You Can Watch With Your Kids!

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Its one of those ironies of life: you spend your childhood wanting to be grown up, and your adult life wistfully wishing you could be a child again. The best movies about childhood capture that nostalgia, that time of wonder and scabby knees, when the world seemed bigger and more full of surprises. From dramas about kids who dared to be different to fantasies about embracing the unknown, here are some fun Thanksgiving films that will remind the whole family how great it was to be a child.


  • 10. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Alvin’s Thanksgiving Celebration (Not Rated): Those little rascals engage in a series of adventures, one of which features Alvin inviting his relatives for Thanksgiving just so they can watch him star in the community Thanksgiving play. But he changes his tune when he doesn’t exactly get the part he wanted.
  • 9. Winnie the Pooh’s: Seasons of Giving (Not Rated): A collection of Winnie the Pooh’s memorable holiday adventures, as Winnie, Piglet, and Tigger set out to find the right ingredients for Winter, Rabbit learns how to manage a complicated Thanksgiving dinner, and everyone gets a special visit from a new friend. Featuring a number of sweet songs for singing along.
  • 8. Mouse on the Mayflower (Rated G): A little known masterpiece about the famous ship’s smallest passenger. The movie is a good way to entertain children while preparing Thanksgiving dinner and at the same time teach them a little about the history of Thanksgiving. Originally released in 1968, the animation is outdated, but the story is still a classic and can be shared with kids of all ages.
  • 7. Dutch (Rated PG-13): An alternately hilarious and poignant road trip movie in which the working-class Dutch of the title volunteers to pick-up his rich girlfriend’s snobby son from prep school for Thanksgiving. High jinks ensue, to the entertainment of all.
  • 6. Avalon (Rated PG): The heart-warming and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family that settles in Baltimore, the tale is told through the eyes of the family’s patriarch and tells a story of the importance of family in good times and in bad. Much of the movie centers around Thanksgiving and its meaning, and will have your whole family in tears by the end.
  • 5. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (Rated PG): One of the late John Hughes’ lesser known films, it’s a little gem and the first real adult movie he made after spending the ’80s in high school. Watching Steve Martinand the late John Candy in a series of misadventures that are even better than the ones Macauley Culkinwent through in his Home Alone movies will keep the whole family entertained.
  • 4. Holiday Inn (Rated G): We don’t care that this silly little flick doesn’t have much of a plot, or that it isn’t much more than a bunch of terrific Irving Berlin songs held together by a thin stream of scenes, we just love it and can watch it over and over again.
  • 3. Curly Sue (Rated PG): Another from John Hughes (actually, his last movie), an underrated tale of a homeless man, his precocious daughter, and the lawyer who takes them both in
  • 2. Miracle on 34th Street (Rated G): Sure, you might think it’s about Christmas, what with the whole Santa Claus theme, but the movie opens on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which makes it one of our favorites for this time of year.
  • 1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Not Rated): What is there to say about this gem? Snoopy and the gang having that dinner, with Charlie Brown in charge and simply everyone showing up, it never fails to get us where it counts.


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