After all the football, parades, family, travel and turkey, you might need a little comic relief to cap your night. Thanksgiving, like Christmas, compels us to gather, eat turkey and put up with each other for a few hours or a few days. Even, if all goes well, always, always find reasons to count your blessings and be thankful. These five movies, each in their own ways, explore and embellish those deep-seated longings they evoke in us all – to go home, to feel loved and to feel accepted. Complement your Thanksgiving with some of the best Turkey Day Movies of all time. Dust ’em off, kick back, relax and laugh a little – let it all out.
5 Thanksgiving Movies to Make You LOL
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
1987 – The reigning Champ! An advertising executive who just wants to fly home to spend Thanksgiving with his family is stuck with a loud but lovable salesman during an unbelievable succession of blizzards, transfers, strikes, and delays. They share a three-day odyssey of misadventures trying to get Neal home to Chicago from New York City in time for Thanksgiving dinner with his family.
Scent of a Woman
1992 | It has those key ingredients you want from your Thanksgiving, whether it is the dinner or a movie. It is both corny and heartwarming. When you think about this movie, you don’t think Thanksgiving, you think Al Pacino’s “huuhhhhh” catchphrase. A New England prep schooler, who agrees to spend his Thanksgiving weekend looking after a retired Army Lt. Colonel Frank Slade (played by Pacino)for a last fling in New York City in exchange for money to get home on Christmas.
Grumpy Old Men
1993 – They’re grumpy, they’re old and they’re men. This holiday favorite features a memorable Thanksgiving dinner, which includes the men spying on each other. Two neighbors and former friends turned rivals (over a stolen girlfriend) continue their years of pranking each other in the Minnesota wilderness. Both are now old and single and their rivalry kicks into high gear once a new love interest moves into town. Once family comes to visit for Thanksgiving everything gets interesting as we witness some of the most hilarious geriatric humor to ever exist on film.
Home for the Holidays
1995 – We’ll do it every year, until we get it right. Home for the Holidays is about a family reunion you wouldn’t wish upon your worst enemy. After losing her job, making out with her soon to be ex-boss, and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson has to face spending the holiday with her family in Baltimore. She wonders if she can survive their crazy antics.
Bonus for the Kid in Us All — A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
1973 – The true meaning of Thanksgiving. The 40th anniversary of the classic half-hour animated PEANUTS special, created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. Charlie Brown wants to do something special for the gang. However, the dinner he arranges is a disaster when the caterers, Snoopy and Woodstock, prepare toast and popcorn as the main dish. Humiliated, it will take all of Marcie’s persuasive powers to salvage the holiday for Charlie Brown.