18 Best Thanksgiving Movies to Watch With the Whole Family

Pick one (or two) of these classic Thanksgiving films to watch this year, whether with the kids or without.

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After a big Thanksgiving meal, there's nothing like gathering the whole family for a cozy movie night in. There are plenty of films set during fall, and you could easily pop in a Christmas movie to prepare for the next holiday. But if you're looking for a good Thanksgiving movie, here are a few family favorites.

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1 Holiday Inn (1942)

Although normally considered a Christmas movie, every holiday gets a song and dance in this classic Irving Berlin musical starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.

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2 A Family Thanksgiving (2010)

We're suckers for a good Hallmark movie. In this one, a successful woman gets the opportunity to see how her life could have been different.

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3 You've Got Mail (1998)

The charming remake of 1940's The Shop Around the Corner spans all seasons—including fall—and features a Thanksgiving scene.

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4 Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)

The hilarious Kevin James comedy is kid-friendly and takes place on Black Friday. Win, win.

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5 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)

While it's one of the best Thanksgiving movies for kids, people of all ages love this pick. Thanks to a last-minute invite from Peppermint Patty, Charlie Brown and the gang attempt to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner.

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6 Addams Family Values (1993)

Wednesday Addams flips the script during the Thanksgiving play portion of this family film.

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7 Rocky (1976)

At first glance, the inspiring story of an underdog boxer might not seem like a Thanksgiving film, but recall that Rocky and Adrian's first date fell on the holiday.

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8 Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

This classic Christmas movie begins at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, making it perfect thing to watch on Turkey Day.

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9 Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

You'll laugh, you'll cry: There's something so heartwarming about this classic movie that follows two men as they try to make it home for Thanksgiving.

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10 Free Birds (2013)


Two rival turkeys team up to try to get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good.

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11 The Blind Side (2009)

Get your tissues ready: The Blind Side is a touching movie about the real-life Tuohy family taking in a homeless teen who becomes an All-American football player.

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12 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

Get in the Christmas spirit as you watch the Griswold family attempt to host a big family Christmas party that ultimately turns into a disaster.

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13 Curly Sue (1991)

It's hard not to love the little heroine of this classic John Hughes film. She helps a homeless man con people into giving them food and shelter, which will make you feel extra thankful for your own food and home this year.

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14 A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving (1998)

Set on Thanksgiving in the Hundred Acre Wood, this animated film is a great option for the kids.

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15 Home for the Holidays (1995)

Claudia Larson's Thanksgiving doesn't exactly go as planned, but by the end of the movie, she's gained a new outlook on life.

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16 Grumpy Old Men (1993)

Two old men who have hated each other since they were kids now have a mutual love interest, which makes for the most hilarious Thanksgiving Day scene.

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17 The Family Stone (2005)

Even though this movie takes place over Christmas, The Family Stone presents a realistic and emotional (albeit dramatic) story about one family's issues.

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18 The New World (2005)

A story about the birth of America certainly seems appropriate considering the holiday.

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