Thanksgiving Movies

Because there aren't very many.
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1.
Home for the Holidays (1995)
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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. (103 mins.)
Director: Jodie Foster
“ This gets put on a lot of "Best Christmas Movie" lists, and it always makes me kind of mad. I think this movie is absolutely brilliant. ” - erin-mccann-heintz
 
2.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
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A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ An absolute classic. ” - erin-mccann-heintz
 
3.
Son in Law (1993)
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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. (95 mins.)
Director: Steve Rash
“ You can claim it's generational all you want, but this is a great Thanksgiving movie. ” - erin-mccann-heintz
 
4.
Dutch (1991)
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To get to know his girlfriend's son, a working-class good guy volunteers to pick him up from a prep school - only to learn that her son isn't the nicest kid. (107 mins.)
Director: Peter Faiman
“ Another Thanksgiving flick that gets a lot of Christmas play for some reason. ” - erin-mccann-heintz
 
5.
Pieces of April (2003)
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A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner. (80 mins.)
Director: Peter Hedges
“ Depressing but good. Be forewarned. ” - erin-mccann-heintz
 
6.
Alice's Restaurant (1969)
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A cinematic adaption of Arlo Guthrie's classic song story. (111 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
“ Again, depressing but good. It is the same story as the song, but not the same happy standpoint. I think it's one of those times when a story is funny when told to you after the fact but NOT funny at the time. Still, wonderful film. ” - erin-mccann-heintz
 
7.
The House of Yes (1997)
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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. (85 mins.)
Director: Mark Waters
“ One of my favorite films of all time. Just don't sit down with the family to watch it. ” - erin-mccann-heintz
 
8.
Scent of a Woman (1992)
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A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated. (156 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
 
9.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973 TV Special)
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Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown's for Thanksgiving, and with Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, he attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner. (30 mins.)
“ I'm only adding this because I feel an obligation to the Peanuts franchise. It is a crappy Thanksgiving movie, and it's not true to the Charlie Brown style. Dude spends every other movie wishing he had real friends, then he spends this entire move trying to ditch Peppermint Patty. What a crock. ” - erin-mccann-heintz