The Thanksgiving Day 2016 comes November 24th, 2016. As a holiday surrounded by turkey, pumpkin pie, traveling, football, and family strife, nowadays a new Thanksgiving holiday celebrating method rises. That’s Thanksgiving movie. Picking a wonderful and classic Thanksgiving related movie to watch with your family or friends is also a wonderful way to celebrate this big holiday event. Thanksgiving movies could better deliver and explain the thankful spirit of this holiday.
To help you easier get a wonderful and classic Thanksgiving movie to watch for Thanksgiving 2016 with your family or friends, we’ve collected 10 best Thanksgiving movies that have widely been considered as the most popular Thanksgiving movies all time. Pick one and have a wonderful Thanksgiving movie night and holiday.
The Blind Side (2009)
When an African-American boy from a poor neighborhood is taken in by a wealthy Tenneessee woman, life changes for both of them. Thanks to Leigh Anne Touhy (Bullock) and her family, “Big Mike” Oher is given an opportunity to put his athleticism and protective instincts to use on the football field, eventually becoming a first-round NFL draft pick. A Thanksgiving Day scene when Big Mike causes the family to pause and appreciate their meal and one another is particularly touching—one that might even convince your family to flick off the game for a while next year.
Plains, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
This 1987 film follows Neal Page (Steve Martin) and Del Griffith (John Candy) on a journey of Odysseus-like proportions. The impromptu duo's nearly failed attempt to return from a business trip in time for Thanksgiving dinner leads to a likeable stint of self-discovery. Soon, each man realizes he isn't quite the easy-going-peach-of-a-guy he assumed he was, and we figure out that what started as a comedy offers a few redemptive lessons, too, like caring for a nearly total stranger. It's enough to make us feel a little smarmy and wistful -- which is just the right mood for a family Thanksgiving.
Son in Law (1993)
Crawl (Pauly Shore) is a big city boy who travels to the Midwest for Thanksgiving, pretending to be the fiancé of a farmer's daughter he befriended at an L.A. college. His guise as Rebecca's fiancé is designed to discourage an overly ambitious suitor in her hometown, but the strait-laced innocent (Carla Gugino) eventually falls for Crawl as he bungles his way through a series of down-home traditions. Even her suspicious family comes around in the end, as Crawl's unflagging enthusiasm wins them over. For a fun watch that doesn't require a lot of cerebral musings, this is a great pick for Thanksgiving viewing -- for the whole family.
The Ice Storm (1997)
Thanksgiving is anything but jovial in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm, which is set around the holiday in 1973 Connecticut, where two well-off families struggle with all manner of the-times-they-are-a'-changin' upheaval. Adultery and alcohol inevitably play a big factor in their problems, which are dramatized by director Lee–and handled by his cast, including Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, and Elijah Wood–with chilling incisiveness.
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Opening and closing with scenes of its characters at Thanksgiving dinner, Woody Allen's 1986 comedic drama–which won him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor and Actress statuettes for Michael Caine and Diane Wiest, respectively–tells a raft of interconnected stories, all in some way related to Mia Farrow's Hannah and her two siblings. Equal parts hilarious and touching, it remains one of the writer-director's crowning achievements.
Home for the Holidays (1995)
A starlit cast, including Robert Downey Jr., Dylan McDermott and Anne Bancroft, lends acting prowess to a movie that explores the stressors of gathering with one's family during the holidays. We particularly like this biting comedy for its gently redeeming conclusion. It's a satisfying close to a storyline that finds Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) losing a job, smooching the guy who used to be her boss and coping with a daughter who insists on spending Thanksgiving with her boyfriend. As this extended family gathers around a turkey dinner, the antics step up a notch, which is why this movie made our list. It's entertaining, and has just the right feel for our Thanksgiving movie marathon.
Ed O'Neill's great unsung big-screen performance is in this 1991 comedy, which (like Planes, Trains and Automobiles) involves a road-trip home for Thanksgiving by two combative men. In this case, they're O'Neill's boorish slob and Ethan Embry's snobby prep-school kid–the son of O'Neill's girlfriend (JoBeth Williams)–who, through a series of misadventures, forge a lasting friendship.
The New World (2005)
Pastoral landscapes, swelling instrumentals and gripping narratives make "The New World" a compelling recount of the Thanksgiving settlers we've heard about since early childhood. At the heart of this movie is a story of love found and lost, but don't let that sway your opinion. There's plenty of action, too. Still, the dynamic between John Smith (Colin Farrell) and native princess Pocahontas -- each sent reeling by a clash between cultures -- offers a number of scene-stealing moments. In many ways, this movie is a coming of age story, not only for these pivotal characters, but for an emerging nation. Intense, and sometimes unflinchingly poignant, this depiction is worth a watch.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Sure, this is as classic a Christmas film as they come, but its jumping-off point is none other than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in NYC! When Santa Claus gets tipsy before his annual ride on the parade float, he gets the boot—but his bearded replacement, Kris Kringle, be the real deal? His commitment to the job has all the kids in awe and sets off a media firestorm that ends up in a court of law. What a perfect way to close out Turkey Day and get the kids excited for Santa's visit! Rated G.
Curly Sue (1991)
Bill Dancer and his young companion Curly Sue are the classic homeless folks with hearts of gold. Their scams are aimed not at turning a profit, but at getting enough to eat. When they scam the rich and beautiful Grey Ellison into believing she backed her Mercedes into Bill, they're only hoping for a free meal. But Grey is touched, and over the objections of her snotty fiance, insist on putting the two up for the night. As they get to know each other, Bill becomes convinced that this is where Curly Sue belongs - in a home, cared for by someone that can give her the advantages that his homeless, nomadic existence lacks. He plans to leave the young girl in the care of Grey and take off.... but Curly Sue has other ideas!