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15 Thanksgiving Movies to Feast On This Holiday

November 10, 2023

Thanksgiving is all about food and family. What better way to get in the mood than with a Thanksgiving-themed movie. From horror to animated classics, there's a holiday flick for every taste. Serve up the bird, then sleep it off in front of one of these timely options.

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1. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) Rated R
The incomparable Steve Martin and John Candy comedically try to make their way home for the holiday with plenty of classic shenanigans. Watch now on Paramount Plus, Pluto TV, or Spectrum.

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2. The Humans (2021) Rated R
Based on the Tony award-winning play, this film follows three generations of one family gathering for Thanksgiving and the comedic drama that ensues. Watch now with purchase on Prime Video or Apple TV.

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3. Krisha (2016) Rated R
More family drama from this little-known, but very well-received movie about relationships, holidays, and reconciling the past. Watch now on Max, Kanopy, or Spectrum.

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4. Lez Bomb (2018)
A funny movie with LGBTQ+ themes dives into family and choices and the messiness the holidays bring. Watch now on Sling, Tubi, Peacock, or FilmRise.

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5. The Ice Storm (1997) Rated R
This Ang Lee-directed movie stars a cast of familiar faces and plenty of Thanksgiving drama. Watch now on Max or Spectrum.

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6. Black Friday (2021)
Take your mind off family problems with this horror/sci-fi/comedy mashup about the terrors of Black Friday shopping. Watch now on Spectrum or Redbox.

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7. Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973) Rated G
It's a classic that never disappoints. When you think your meal is underwhelming, you could be eating toast and popcorn on a ping pong table. Watch now on Apple TV.

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8. Hollidaysburg (2014)
A funny coming-of-age story of four friends returning home for Thanksgiving during their first year of college that feels oh so relatable. Watch now on Google Play.

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9. The Oath (2018) Rated R
If your Thanksgiving isn't political enough, get the tension rolling with this movie full of contemporary satire. Watch now on Kanopy or with purchase on Prime Video.

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10. Home for the Holidays (1995) Rated PG13
More famous faces are found in this holiday comedy directed by Jodie Foster. Watch now on Spectrum, Paramount Plus, or Showtime.

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11. Garfield's Thanksgiving (1989) Rated G
Lighten up with everyone's favorite cynical cat, his bumbling owner, and plenty of overeating jokes.

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12. Scent of a Woman (1992) Rated R
This Al Pacino classic is a can't-miss Thanksgiving favorite. Watch now on Roku.

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13. What's Cooking (2000) Rated PG13
Get a taste of a multicultural Thanksgiving feast full of delicious food and relationship drama. Watch now on Freevee, Pluto TV, Roku, Spectrum, or Tubi.

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14. The Myth of Fingerprints (1997) Rated R
Another Thanksgiving drama full of siblings coming home for the holidays, need we say more? Watch now on Tubi or Fubo.

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15. Friendsgiving (2020) Rated R
Panned at the theater, fans of Ben Stiller might still give this Turkey Day comedy a look. Maybe still better than football? Watch now on Hulu or Tubi.