Favorite Thanksgiving Movies to Put You in the Holiday Spirit

By FPL_Sunita

Thanksgiving is about spending time with friends and family, enjoying each other’s company over some tasty food.

2020 has been a tough year and we all probably want a stress free, easygoing holiday film to help us relax. Once your family is done enjoying turkey and ending the day in a food coma, get everyone together to curl up on the couch and enjoy one of these great films.

Here is a list of movies that have something we all can relate to this holiday season—and more importantly, they remind us to be thankful for what we have in our lives.

What's your favorite Thanksgiving movie?

Thanksgiving Movies

List created by FPL_Sunita

Here is a list for queuing up a good movie after a long day of feasting on Thanksgiving.

Home for the Holidays is a star-studded 1995’s all-time classic big family movie, which will allow you a moment to focus on other people's chaotic family reunions rather than your own! We get some star '90s talent in this one, too, including Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Dylan McDermott, Steve Guttenberg, and Anne Bancroft

This classic '80s film doesn't have a Thanksgiving theme, but it's sure to become a family favorite any time of the year. Get ready for a roller coaster of emotions—laughter, sadness, and everything in between—as the universe's most lovable alien steals your heart.

In this flick, April invites her mother (who is dying of cancer) and the rest of her distant family over for Thanksgiving dinner. She ends up having problems in the kitchen and reaches out to someone else in her apartment building for help. The new guest has to navigate the prickly family dynamics

Whether you're old enough to remember when it first aired in 1973, it's a favorite TV special that everyone can enjoy. A fun short animated classic watch for the kids and families together.

A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with a lovable oaf of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion

It's family comedy-drama, which tells the intertwined stories of an extended family over two years that begins and ends with a family Thanksgiving dinner.

The family, friends, and feasting in this animated film make it the perfect thing to watch post-pie. Bonus: Taking in director Wes Anderson's signature autumnal color palette is the best way to wave goodbye to fall

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.

Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love over the Internet. A classic rom com with a little song and dance.

This is a Christmas classic — but it technically starts at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. What better way to get the whole family geared up for the upcoming holiday season? This classic Christmas movie begins at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, making it the perfect thing to watch on Turkey Day and usher in the Christmas season

Michael Oher — a homeless 17-year-old — has Thanksgiving dinner for the first time with the Tuohys. It's this moment that makes him realize how welcome he really is (and makes us realize just how thankful we are for our own family and friends).

Set on Thanksgiving in the Hundred Acre Wood, this animated film is a great option if little ones are joining in movie night

Lez Bomb, a suburbia comedy about a Brooklyn woman who comes out to her family over Thanksgiving weekend in Jersey. Spilling her big news, of course, doesn’t go as planned. But it does make for a raucous fun time.

Equal parts humor and heart, this classic hits all the requisite family-movie-night metrics: You’ll belly laugh, silent cry, and cringe at all the ’90s fashion, hair, and cornball comedy

This Disney feel-good movie is one kids, and parents will love any day of the year, but why not make it a Thanksgiving tradition? A story about friendship, family, and being thankful for what you have is the perfect way to wrap up the day after a big meal

All hell breaks loose when Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) falls in love with serial killer Debbie (Joan Cusack). Feel free to engage in a friendly debate with your family members about any of the following topics: the better Addams Family film; Wednesday’s iconic style; the Thanksgiving pageant; the theme song

Disney hit a home run with Zootopia and this family movie will appeal to ALL ages and generations. Zootopia is funny, exciting, and the animation is stellar!

Almost as important as the turkey, football is a huge Thanksgiving staple for almost every family. So while you're all waiting for the big game to start, why not pop this movie in to remember what football is all about.

The early-'90s wilderness adventure movie about two dogs and a cat trying to find their way home is a beloved classic among millennials, and will also be a hit among children and adults alike.

The hilarious Tiffany Haddish and The Mindy Project’s Ike Barinholtz try to survive the holidays with a family who doesn’t share their opinions about a political oath they're supposed to sign by Thanksgiving.

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