There Are A Few Thanksgiving Movies, Actually

You can probably think of ten Christmas movies off the top of your head, but when it comes to Thanksgiving movies, that's not so easy. Even though, like Christmas, Thanksgiving is a holiday when people spend hours sitting around doing nothing but eating, but there aren't many feel-good Thanksgiving-specific movies to watch while you're doing all that sitting around. Make us some genuine Turkey Day rom-coms, Hollywood!

Until that happens, there are actually some Thanksgiving movies out there. We've rounded up 12 of them, randing from movies that are actually Thanksgiving-focused to good movies that that merely contain Thanksgiving scenes, to one that is definitively not about Thanksgiving because it definitively is about the mob. We have our reasons; just hear us out.


But don't expect to get too many of the warm and cozy feelings with these Thanksgiving movies, like you do with Christmas films. A lot of them are about estranged family members and fights at the dinner table, whether they're dramas or comedies or some mix of the two. But, hey, maybe something a little emotional and relatable is what you need during this stressful time of year.

If not, there's also a superhero movie on this list. In case you didn't know, Spider-Man eats Thanksgiving dinner, too.

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Pieces of April

Let's start with a movie that is explicitly about Thanksgiving. Katie Holmes stars in 2003's Pieces of April, a dramedy about a young woman who invites her estranged family to Thanksgiving dinner in her New York City apartment.
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Holidate, which was dropped on Netflix this year, is a Thanksgiving movie because it's an every holiday movie. Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey star as two people who pretend to be dating at every holiday gathering that they're invited to in order to avoid questions about being single. Of course, they start to actually have feelings for each other. It's not great, but it's the closest we've got to a Thanksgiving rom-com right now.
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The Oath

The Oath is a comedy about a family who gets together for Thanksgiving just as the U.S. asks residents to sign a "Patriot's Oath." Things get more unhinged from there. Ike Barinholtz, who also wrote and directed, and Tiffany Haddish star.
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Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays stars Holly Hunter as a single mom who visits her family for Thanksgiving after losing her job. Her wacky relatives include Robert Downey Jr. as her brother and Anne Bancroft as her mother.
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A group of friends — and a sassy mom played by Jane Seymour — get together at a big, gorgeous house for a Thanksgiving full of drinking and innuendos. Malin Åkerman, Aisha Tyler, Kat Dennings, Chelsea Peretti, and more make up the ensemble cast.
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Miracle on 34th Street

Yes, Miracle on 34th Street is a classic Christmas movie, but it's also technically a Thanksgiving movie since it starts with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The story about the parade's Santa (Edmund Gwenn) claiming to actually be the real Santa continues from there.
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Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Steve Martin stars in Planes, Trains and Automobiles as a man who is trying to get home to his family for Thanksgiving, but due to a flight issue, ends up stuck with a traveling salesman (John Candy). They set off on an adventure filled with hijinks as they try to make their way to Chicago.
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If you're in the mood for something dark this Thanksgiving, look no further than Krisha. It stars director Trey Edward Shults actual aunt Krisha Fairchild as a woman suffering from addiction, who visits her family for Thanksgiving after years of being estranged.
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The Ice Storm

1995's The Ice Storm features all sorts of drama taking place during one family's Thanksgiving weekend in 1973. There's young love, an affair, a key party, and more. Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire, Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, and Sigourney Weaver star.
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Spider-Man? A Thanksgiving movie? That's right. In 2002's Spider-Man (that's the Tobey Maguire one), there is a scene in which Aunt May (Rosemary Harris) holds Thanksgiving dinner and Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin very menacingly prepares to carve the turkey.
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For Your Consideration

For Your Consideration is a mockumentary about the production of a horrible-looking movie and the Oscar buzz it generates. The melodramatic movie they're making ends up being titled Home for Thanksgiving. You see, it's a stretch, but the Thanksgiving theme is still there. Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, and Harry Shearer star.
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The Godfather

Lastly, we have a very Thanksgiving-y movie that has absolutely nothing to do with the holiday. The Godfather has become a Thanksgiving movie thanks to it being played on TV all day long on Turkey Day for years. This year, you can check out the marathon on BBC America.
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