Thanksgiving

Discover where to watch the best Thanksgiving movies to celebrate the giving season.

Thanksgiving movies offer up the same sense of cozy or comedic sentimentalism as Christmas movies, though they often are lumped together in the same category. But if you’re not quite ready to start your cinematic Christmas binge, you still have a lot of movies on your plate. Whether you’re looking to laugh to the likes of Planes, Trains and Automobiles or cuddle up to a rom-com like You’ve Got Mail, the options are plentiful.

Keep scrolling for the best Thanksgiving movies and where to stream them.

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Black Friday
Black Friday
N/A
2021
1h 2m
Family

When game heads Digit and his gaming whiz dog Echo play the latest VR game Alien Busters, the game becomes all too real. Thanks to an electrical storm that causes a short circuit in the gaming machine, Alien Busters stars Squeak and Commander Hamsanders come out of the game and into Digit and Echo's lives. Dive into the virtual fun with Black Friday.

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Friendsgiving
Friendsgiving
R
2020
1h 35m
Drama/Comedy

Newly-divorced actress Molly, her recently-dumped lesbian best friend Abby and Molly’s mother Helen host a dysfunctional, comical and chaotic Thanksgiving dinner for their motley crew of close friends and strange acquaintances.

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The Oath
The Oath
R
2018
1h 33m
Horror/Mystery

In a politically divided America, a man struggles to make it through the Thanksgiving holiday without destroying his family.

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Krisha
Krisha
N/A
2015
2h 10m
Action/Romance

A young man falls in love with his childhood friends only to keep breaking up with them, not realising that he will always end up as a loser.

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Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow
Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow
PG
2015
1h 30m
Comedy/Action

Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow follows a family who goes on a hunt for a Bigfoot-like creature called the Howling Hoodoo during a visit to the house of their kooky aunt (played by Last Man on Earth’s Mary Steenburgen). The Howling Hoodoo itself is difficult to find, but they come across some other monsters in the woods that they didn’t even know they were looking for.

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Holidaysburg
Holidaysburg
N/A
2014
1h 28m
Comedy/Drama

Home for Thanksgiving break after their first semester at college, five friends discover just how much things change (and don't) after high school.

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Holiday Engagement
Holiday Engagement
G
2011
1h 37m
Comedy/Romance

Afraid to tell her family she's been dumped, Hillary hires an actor to play her fiancé during a four-day Thanksgiving weekend at her parents' house.

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Funny People
Funny People
R
2009
2h 26m
Drama/Comedy

When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship causes him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.

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The Vicious Kind
The Vicious Kind
R
2009
1h 32m
Drama/Comedy

A man tries to warn his brother away from the new girlfriend he brings home during Thanksgiving, but ends up becoming infatuated with her in the process.

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The Blind Side
The Blind Side
PG-13
2009
2h 9m
Drama/Biography

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All-American football player and first-round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

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Smart People
Smart People
R
2008
1h 35m
Drama/Comedy/Romance

Into the life of a widowed professor comes a new love and an unexpected visit from his adopted brother.

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An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving
An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving
PG
2008
1h 28m
Family/Drama

In the late 1880's, a widowed mother of three struggles to keep her family intact and to put food on the table. The oldest daughter sends a letter to her estranged, very wealthy grandmother urging her assistance, much to her mother's disapproval. When the grandmother arrives, old wounds are opened but eventually healed. From a story by Louisa May Alcott. Stars Jacqueline Bisset, Ted Atherton, Tatiana Maslany, Helene Joy, Paula Boudreau, and Michael Barbuto.

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Boogeyman
Boogeyman
PG-13
2005
1h 29m
Drama/Thriller/Horror

Every culture has one – the horrible monster fueling young children's nightmares. But for Tim, the Boogeyman still lives in his memories as a creature that devoured his father 16 years earlier. Is the Boogeyman real? Or did Tim make him up to explain why his father abandoned his family?

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Four Brothers
Four Brothers
R
2005
1h 49m
Drama/Action/Crime

When their adoptive mother is gunned down in a store robbery, four brothers decide to investigate the murder and find the killers themselves, but not all is what it seems.

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Pieces of April
Pieces of April
PG-13
2003
1h 20m
Drama/Comedy

A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Spider-Man
Spider-Man
PG-13
2002
2h 1m
Action/Science Fiction

After being bitten by a genetically-modified spider, a shy teenager gains spider-like abilities that he uses to fight injustice as a masked superhero and face a vengeful enemy.

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
PG
2002
1h 35m
Comedy/Romance

A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.

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Tadpole
Tadpole
PG-13
2002
1h 18m
Drama/Comedy/Romance

Beautiful, sophisticated women are all over Oscar Grubman. He is sensitive and compassionate, speaks French fluently, is passionate about Voltaire, and thinks the feature that tells the most about a woman is her hands. On the train home from Chauncey Academy for the Thanksgiving weekend, Oscar confides in his best friend that he has plans for this vacation--he will win the heart of his true love. But there is one major problem--Oscar's true love is his stepmother Eve. Oscar is certain that he could be a better mate to Eve than his work-obsessed father. He fails to win Eve's heart and is consequently dejected. Oscar's path to his true love is further crossed by Diane, Eve's best friend who, one night while wearing Eve's borrowed perfumed scarf, offers him temporary comfort in an unconventional tryst. For Diane, Oscar fills a void in her life. For Oscar, Diane is somewhat of a distraction, as his continued pursuit of Eve leads to an unexpected resolution.

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Chicken Run
Chicken Run
G
2000
1h 24m
Comedy/Animation

When a cockerel apparently flies into a chicken farm, the chickens see him as an opportunity to escape their evil owners.

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What's Cooking?
What's Cooking?
PG-13
2000
1h 49m
Drama/Comedy

Four families in LA of different ethnicity (Latino, Asian/Vietnamese, African and Jewish) gather together for Thanksgiving dinner.

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One Special Night
One Special Night
PG
1999
1h 32m
Drama/Romance

Two strangers take refuge in a small cabin during a stormy winter night and, despite their differences, or perhaps because of them, they are undeniably drawn to one another in this holiday classic.

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You've got mail
You've got mail
PG
1998
1h 59m
Comedy/Romance

Book superstore magnate, Joe Fox and independent book shop owner, Kathleen Kelly fall in love in the anonymity of the Internet—both blissfully unaware that he's trying to put her out of business.

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Soul Food
Soul Food
R
1997
1h 55m
Drama/Comedy

One person can keep a family together and, when that one person is gone, a family can be torn apart.

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The ice storm
The ice storm
R
1997
1h 52m
Drama/Thriller

In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle-class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.

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The House of Yes
The House of Yes
R
1997
1h 25m
Drama/Comedy

A mentally unbalanced young woman - who is convinced she is Jackie Kennedy - flies into a murderous rage when her brother returns home to reveal he is engaged.

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The War at Home
The War at Home
R
1996
1h 59m
Drama

Jeremy Collier is a Vietnam veteran who has returned home and is struggling to cope with the war experiences that haunt him. He is also at odds with his family, who cannot begin to understand what he has been through. Jeremy's battles with his family finally spiral out of control on Thanksgiving Day, when a bitter secret is revealed

Home for the holidays
Home for the holidays
PG-13
1995
1h 43m
Drama/Comedy

After losing her job, making out with her soon-to-be former boss, and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson faces spending the holiday with her family.

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Pocahontas
Pocahontas
G
1995
1h 21m
Drama/Animation/Musical

An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth century Virginia.

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Squanto A Warrior's Tale
Squanto A Warrior's Tale
PG
1994
1h 42m
Drama/Action

Fictional chronicle of Squanto's life prior to and including the arrival of the ""Mayflower"" in 1620.

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Addams Family Values
Addams Family Values
PG-13
1993
1h 34m
Comedy/Fantasy

The Addams Family try to rescue their beloved Uncle Fester from his gold-digging new love, a black widow named Debbie.

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Grumpy old men
Grumpy old men
PG-13
1993
1h 43m
Comedy/Drama

A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street.

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Son in Law
Son in Law
PG-13
1993
1h 35m
Drama/Comedy/Romance

Having gotten a taste of college life, a drastically changed farm girl returns home for Thanksgiving break with her best friend, a flamboyant party animal who is clearly a fish out of water in a small farm town.

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Dutch
Dutch
PG-13
1991
1h 47m
Comedy/Drama

To get to know his girlfriend's son, a man volunteers to pick him up from a prep school....only to learn that her son's not the nicest kid.

Avalon
Avalon
PG
1990
2h 6m
Drama/Family

Avalon is the third in Levinson's semi-autobiographical series of four ""Baltimore Films"": Diner (1982), Tin Men (1987), Avalon (1990), and Liberty Heights (1999). The film is set in Baltimore in the early 1950s and explores the themes of Jewish assimilation into American life.

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"Planes, Trains and Automobiles"
"Planes, Trains and Automobiles"
R
1987
1h 33m
Comedy/Drama

A Chicago advertising man must struggle to travel home from New York for Thanksgiving, with a lovable oaf of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.

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Hannah and her sisters
Hannah and her sisters
PG-13
1986
1h 47m
Drama/Comedy

Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.

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Broadway Danny Rose
Broadway Danny Rose
PG
1984
1h 24m
Comedy

In his attempts to reconcile a lounge singer with his mistress, a hapless talent agent is mistaken as her lover by a jealous gangster.

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The Big Chill
The Big Chill
R
1983
1h 45m
Drama/Comedy

A group of seven former college friends gather for a weekend reunion at a South Carolina vacation home after the funeral of another of their college friends.

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Annie
Annie
PG
1982
2h 7m
Drama/Drama

A spunky young orphan is taken in by a rich eccentric, much to the chagrin of the cantankerous woman who runs the orphanage.

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The Last Waltz
The Last Waltz
PG
1978
1h 57m
Drama/Musical

A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.

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A Charlie Brown Holiday Dinner
A Charlie Brown Holiday Dinner
G
1973
25m
Family/Comedy

Turkey, cranberries, pumpkin pie... and the Peanuts gang to share them with. This is going to be the greatest Thanksgiving ever! The fun begins when Peppermint Patty invites herself and her pals to Charlie Brown's house for a REALLY big turkey party. Good grief! All our hero can cook is cold cereal and maybe toast. Is Charlie Brown doomed? Not when Linus, Snoopy and Woodstock chip in to save the (Thanksgiving) Day. With such good friends, Charlie Brown - and all of us - have so many reasons to be thankful.

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Alice's Restaurant
Alice's Restaurant
R
1969
1h 51m
Drama/Comedy

Alice's Restaurant is a 1969 movie adapted from a song by Arlo Guthrie. The song is Arlo Guthrie's most famous work, a talking blues based on a true story that began on Thanksgiving Day 1965. The movie reproduces the events of the song, in addition to other scenes.

Miracle on 34th Street
Miracle on 34th Street
G
1947
1h 36m
Drama/Comedy

After a divorced New York mother hires a nice old man to play Santa Claus at Macy's, she is startled by his claim to be the genuine article. When his sanity is questioned, a lawyer defends him in court by arguing that he's not mistaken.

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