With the holidays upon us, many families gather around the television to rewatch holiday classics. But while Christmas has a litany of holiday films, Thanksgiving often gets overlooked. So, to spotlight some of the great Thanksgiving films, here are our favorites.

 

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Kicking things off, we have this animated classic following Charlie Brown and the Peanuts crew as they experience the traditions and festivities of Thanksgiving Day. Coming in at just 25 minutes, this is an easily digestible stalwart and one of the few Thanksgiving movies to become part of the holiday tradition among families.

 

The Big Chill

When a group of old friends reunite at the funeral of one of their mutual friends, they find themselves reminiscing about the past, including a Thanksgiving feast, as they deal with regret, insecurity, and a growing sense of disillusionment.

 

Dutch

After Dutch, played by Ed O’Neill, offers to pick up his girlfriend’s pretentious son (Ethan Embry) from his prep school in Atlanta and bring him home to (shock) Chicago for Thanksgiving, a curious friendship begins to bloom.

 

Alice’s Restaurant

Based on the 1960’s song of the same name by Arlo Gutherie, Alice’s Restaurant follows the chaos that ensues when Gutherie (who plays himself) and his friends are arrested for littering after Thanksgiving dinner.

 

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

During his trip home to Chicago, businessman Neal Page, played by Steve Martin, ends up being rerouted due to a snowstorm. Along the way, he finds himself inescapably tied to a well-meaning magnet of misfortune, Del Griffith, played by the late John Candy. Together, the two must survive the madness of holiday travel as they try to beat the clock and help Page make it home to Chicago for Thanksgiving Day.


Darreck W. Kirby

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