Thanksgiving Movies You Should Watch with Your Loved Ones in 2022

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Are you looking for a movie to watch with your family on Thanksgiving? Read our blog to explore the best of the best thanksgiving movies.

We all know when it comes to holiday movies, tv shows, and films, Christmas gets the lion’s share, and why not? It is the most celebrated festive day of the year.

But what is Thanksgiving, if not a rich source of material for comedic and otherwise movie-worthy family arguments, culinary disasters, and other gaffes?

Following a massive feast of delicious stuffing and mac ‘n’ cheese, we’ve produced a list of the finest Thanksgiving movies to watch this year in honor of the holiday.

After devouring that second (OK, third) slice of Thanksgiving pie, all we want to do is settle in for a long weekend in front of the television. The best movies, from A Family Thanksgiving to You’ve Got Mail, are included here.

1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

  • Released in: 1973
  • Run time: 25 minutes
  • Rating: G

In the manner that only a timeless masterpiece can, this 25-minute animated picture manages to break our hearts. See Charlie Brown and the lovable Peanuts gang discover the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

With Bill Melendez and Phil Roman as co-directors, the film stars Jimmy Ahrens, Todd Barbee, and Christopher DeFaria.

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2. Holidate

  • Released in: 2020
  •  Run time: 104 minutes
  •  Rating: TV-MA

As played by Emma Roberts, Sloane is a twentysomething single lady who is sick of her family set her up on bad dates. To celebrate the holidays with someone other than a romantic partner, she recruits an attractive stranger to be her “Holidate,” a term coined for this situation.

3. Dutch

  • Released in: 1991
  • Run time: 107 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13

Before he became famous for his role on Modern Family, Ed O’Neill acted in a Thanksgiving comedy about a guy who tries to win over his fiancĂ©e by transporting her son from Atlanta to Chicago in time for the holiday. The film stars Ethan Embry, JoBeth Williams, Christopher McDonald, Ari Meyers, and Elizabeth Daily. Enjoy the nostalgia of the early 1990s.

4. Friendsgiving

  • Released in: 2020
  • Run time: 95 minutes
  • Rating: R

Come celebrate Thanksgiving with Molly, Abbey, and their zany group of pals. Comedic actresses, including Wanda Sykes, Kat Dennings, and Chelsea Peretti, are included in the film.

5. Scent of a Woman

  • Released in:1992
  • Run time:157 minutes
  • Rating: R

In this Oscar-winning drama, a young man is charged with caring for a grumpy Army veteran, and the two spend Christmas taking in all that New York City has to offer.

Al Pacino, Chris O’Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar, and Philip Seymour Hoffman are just a few of the actors featured in the over three-hour-long film. This film is universally adored by mothers, although few people realize that.

6. Tower Heist

  • Released in: 2011
  • Run time: 104 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13

An upscale apartment complex is managed by Josh (Ben Stiller). After one of his tenants steals from his retirement fund, he plans a theft over the days leading up to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in order to exact his vengeance. Brett Ratner helmed this comedy feature film that also stars Eddie Murphy and Matthew Broderick.

7. You’ve Got Mail

  • Released in: 1998
  • Run time: 119 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13

One of our favorite romantic comedies features not one but two Thanksgiving-themed moments. As a snapshot of a certain era (the late 1990s), this is Nora Ephron at her finest.

Actors Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Jean Stapleton, Heather Burns, and Dave Chappelle are all a part of the ensemble cast. Does anybody else long for the days of “You have mail” alerts? Those were the days, right?

8. Home for the Holidays

  • Released in: 1995
  • Run time: 103 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13

An all-star cast, including a young Robert Downey Jr. and Dylan McDermott, will help you feel better about your own dysfunctional family. We assure you that your family is no match for this oddball crew. The film is directed by Jodie Foster, and it stars not just herself but also Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft, and Charles Durning.

9. Free Birds

  • Released in: 2013
  • Run time: 91 minutes
  • Rating: PG

If you have little children tearing up the house after the Thanksgiving feast, this is the movie to put on. Use this animated buddy comedy to help calm them down. Voice acting by the likes of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, and George Takei ensures that the film is entertaining for older viewers as well.

10. Pieces of April

  • Released in: 2003
  • Run time: 79 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13

Katie Holmes, playing a free-spirited young lady who invites her mother to spend Thanksgiving with her in New York City, has our full support. Seeing this film may help you laugh off your first-time hosting blunders.

11. Krisha

  • Released: 2015
  • Run time: 81 minutes
  • Rating: R

Trey Edward Shults’s first foray behind the camera, we follow his aunt Krisha Fairchild as she spends Thanksgiving with her long-lost relatives. Although his genuine aunt plays a major role in the film, the story is largely made up.

12. What’s Cooking?

  • Released in: 2000
  • Run time: 109 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13

In the film, we meet four distinct households all gathered together for Thanksgiving. They come from all walks of life, but they’ve all experienced the heartbreak of an irreparable culinary disaster. The cast includes Joan Chen, Julianna Margulies, Mercedes Ruehl, Victor Rivers, and Douglas Spain.

13. A Family Thanksgiving

  • Released in: 2010
  • Run time: 88 minutes
  • Rating: PG

When Claudia’s sister coerces her into making a handmade pie for Thanksgiving, chaos ensues (played by Daphne Zuniga). In light of the hilarious scenario, consider how you could be stereotyping men and women this Christmas season.

14. For Your Consideration

  • Released in: 2006
  • Run time: 86 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13

Home for Purim is a new film in that the mockumentary follows the three actors who play the lead in.
Seeing Oscar excitement, the studio renames the film Home for Thanksgiving since the original title was deemed “too Jewish.” Catherine O’Hara, Harry Shearer, Parker Posey, and Eugene Levy (from Schitt’s Creek) are among the cast members.

15. Sweet November

  • Released in: 2001
  • Run time: 120 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13

Despite meeting by complete chance at the DMV, Charlize Theron’s Sara Deever and Keanu Reeves’ Nelson Moss hit it off instantly.

Consequently, he accepts her invitation to spend the entire month of November with her. But he has no idea that she is about to take him on the adventure of a lifetime.

16. Funny People

  • Released in: 2009
  • Run time: 152 minutes
  • Rating: R

George Simmons (Adam Sandler), a famous actor who has been stricken with leukemia, decides to pursue stand-up comedy once more. Even George’s heartfelt Thanksgiving speech couldn’t make me happy.

17. The New World

  • Released in: 2005
  • Run time: 135 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13

Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) and Pocahontas (Q’orianka Kilcher) are the legendary lovers at the center of this film. It’s a great Thanksgiving movie for the whole family because it focuses on the beginning of a new nation in the form of Jamestown, Virginia.

18. The Blind Side

  • Released in: 2009
  • Run time: 128 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13

The sports drama film starring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw is based on a true tale. A destitute kid finds shelter with an affluent family, where he discovers that with love and perseverance, everything is possible. It’s uplifting, and it’ll help tide you over until next Friday night’s football game.

19. Turkey Hollow

  • Released in: 2015
  • Run time: 87 minutes
  • Rating: PG

The Emmerson family travels to Turkey Hollow in search of the enigmatic Howling Hoodoo, a local legend. The Lifetime movie stars Mary Steenburgen, Jay Harrington, and Graham Verchere.

20. Dan in Real Life

  • Released in: 2007
  • Run time: 98 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13

It’s hardly the first thing you think of when you hear “turkey flick,” but it has that holiday spirit just the same. Dan Burns (Steve Carell), a divorced father of one, and Marie (Rachel McAdams), a lovely young lady, fall in love throughout the course of the film. The one and only catch? It just so happens that he has a brother who has recently found love with her.

21. Hollidaysburg

  • Released in: 2014
  • Run time: 127 minutes
  • Rating: NR

A group of friends who have just finished their first semester of college get together around Thanksgiving break to discuss how much they have matured since they were in high school.

22. Annie

  • Released in: 1982
  • Run time: 127 minutes
  • Rating: PG

Even if the film isn’t explicitly about the holiday, it’s guaranteed to have the whole family humming “Tomorrow” before you can say “pumpkin pie.” The young protagonist and her dog, Sandy, are out on an adventure, and you’re invited to join them.

23. The Turkey Bowl

  • Released in: 2019
  • Run time: 120 minutes
  • Rating: R

Ryan Hansen’s Patrick Hodges, a successful businessman and star quarterback in high school, is fooled into spending Thanksgiving with his family. The old gang needs his assistance in finishing a football game from 15 years ago called “The Turkey Bowl,” and he shows there thinking he’s been invited to a funeral.

24. An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving

  • Released in: 2008
  • Run time: 87 minutes
  • Rating: G

Tilly (Tatiana Maslany) writes an overblown letter to her affluent grandmother, Isabella (Jacqueline Bisset), pleading for financial assistance after discovering that her mother can barely afford to put food on the table for Thanksgiving. However, Tilly’s mother is not overjoyed with Isabella’s arrival.

25. Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • Released in: 2013
  • Run time: 86 minutes
  • Rating: G

Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day parade is a source of pride for Emily Rogers (Autumn Reeser), but she is concerned that the city’s decision to employ a rich consultant to oversee the finances would put an end to the celebration’s longstanding tradition. Will they be able to coordinate and put on a good show?

26. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • Released in: 2018
  • Run time: 123 minutes
  • Rating: TV-PG

Though it lacks the traditional trappings of a Thanksgiving film (namely, turkeys and pumpkins), this sweet romantic comedy has all the makings of a heartwarming autumn classic. The film takes place in 1946 and centers on a writer who forms an attachment to a local of Guernsey through their correspondence.

27. The Preacher’s Wife

  • Released in: 1996
  • Run time: 123 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13

Remember those two words: Whitney Houston. This unforgettable classic stars the iconic singer with Denzel Washington and Courtney B. Vance in the story of a young preacher going through a difficult period of his life. In spite of the angel’s best efforts to aid him, the preacher’s lovely young wife manages to divert his attention.

28. Cold Turkey

  • Released in: 2013
  • Run time: 84 minutes
  • Rating: NR

It all goes south for the retired professor and his oddball family around Thanksgiving when his estranged daughter Nina returns home after 15 years. In the meantime, his kid is keeping a huge secret from everyone.

In Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed reading this list of the best thanksgiving movies you should watch with your loved ones.
Thanksgiving is all about scrumptious meals, spending time with families, and celebrating all the blessings. So, ensure to enjoy it with all your heart.
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An animation enthusiast who enjoys explaining complex animation techniques, mediums, and videos. Her love for animated films drives her. In her spare time, she enjoys watching animated films from Pixar, Disney, and Illumination productions.

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