Thanksgiving is a time for food, family, rest and relaxation. Is there a better way to unwind than a lazy day or night filled with fabulous, festive features to get in the spirit of the season?
Grab your family, y’all. Let’s gather ’round and catch a flicker!
Thanksgiving provides lots of fodder for drama — from family conflicts to romance to dining disasters. There are light, feel-good ones to chaotic family dram. The Silver Screen is full of Thanksgiving talkie.
Here is our little list of Thanksgiving Movies to watch at home:
Home for the Holidays. Classic family dysfunction is played out with a sense of humor over the Thanksgiving holiday. The cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Holly Hunter and Dylan McDermott.
Scent of a Woman. Ahh, you an Al Pacino fan? Or crazy about Chris O’Donnell? This is one of the best family Thanksgiving pics for you! It’s about a young student that changes the life of a blind, medically retired army officer and how he saves his life and how that same officer changes the life of this student for the better — and how he finds the woman who loves him truly.
Funny People. Brian is an Adam Sandler fan. Okay, HUGE one. This movie is Adam’s Turkey-Day toast! At the very least it will make you laugh.
Planes Trains and Automobiles. Speaking of funny, Thanksgiving doesn’t get more hilarious. John Candy and Steve Martin on a cross-country Thanksgiving journey provide enough barreled-over laughter that you can count watching this movie in your workout schedule!
Miracle on 34th Street. Though it usually gets billed as a Christmas movie, this classic begins on Thanksgiving Day. It is gauranteed to make you thankful you watched it.
Pieces of April. Remember Katie Holmes before Tom Cruise? No? Well, me either. You can see her back in the day in this film in which she stars as the family black sheep. The story centers around a Thanksgiving reunion with her estranged family, including her cancer sick mom.
Winnie the Pooh — Seasons of Giving. So if, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving isn’t for you but you are looking for a family-friendly movie, Pooh and friends delivers. It’s a sweet story about family and friends and the true meaning of the season. It’s straight from the Hundred Acre Woods.
The Ice Storm. This is a raw, real look at life in the suburbs during the 70’s – all the angst of sexually frustrated teenagers and adults. A memorable Thanksgiving blessing given by Christina Ricci: “Dear Lord, thank you for this Thanksgiving holiday. And for all the material possessions we have and enjoy. And for letting us white people kill all the Indians and steal their tribal lands. And stuff ourselves like pigs, even though children in Asia are being napalmed.”
Hannah and Her Sisters. Here’s a classic starring Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, it begins and ends with Thanksgiving dinners. In between it’s a sweet, deep, and somewhat dark look at familial relationships – total WA style.
These are just a few that we can think of off the top of our head. There are so many more Turkey Day cinematicss to put on the living room box eye.
Do you have a favorite? Can you think of anothers to list? Tell us. We want to share!
May you be blessed with lots of blessings, grace, gobble-gobble and good home movies!