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Best of Thanksgiving Movies

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The Best of Thanksgiving Movies

I’ve been so wrapped up with Hallmark’s Christmas movies (and now Lifetime, UP, and ION), I forgot about the Thanksgiving movies. It’s now been 2 days since the holiday, but it is still November. So taking time out from my reading time, I’ll post this.

My Favorite Thanksgiving Movies Are:

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(1.)ย Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) 9/10 All Stars
(A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.)

I first saw this at the drive-in theaters for a double feature in the 1980s. My sisters and weren’t fans when we first saw it. In fact, we hardly watched it. We were too busy playing.
30 years later, I finally got around to watching it. It’s soooo funny!!!! Steve Martin AND John Candy! They were great together.


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(2.)ย Miracle on 34th Street (1947) 10/10 All Stars
(When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.)

Ya, technically this is a Christmas movie. BUT, it does begin with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. And you can’t have Thanksgiving without that parade.

Edmund Gwenn is the best Santa. No others compare.


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(3.) A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973 TV Special) 10/10 All Stars
(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.)

Oh Charlie Brown. You’re the Charlie Brown-iest!


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(4.) Sleepless in Seattle (1993) 10/10 All Stars
(A recently widowed man’s son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner.)

I love this movie. I watch it every year during the holidays (and non holiday too). I really like Meg Ryan andย Tom Hanks as a camera duo.


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(5.) Addams Family Values (1993) 9/10 All Stars.
(A comical Gothic horror-movie-type family tries to rescue their beloved uncle from his gold-digging new love.)

At camp, Wednesday is cast as Pocahontas in Gary’s saccharine Thanksgiving play. It’s funny. And here you thought the Addams Family was just for Halloween.


Honorable Mentions:

  1. Grumpy Old Men (1993) 8/10 All Stars
  2. Dutch (1991) 7/10 Stars
  3. Scent of a Woman (1992) 8/10 Stars
  4. Home for the Holidays (1995) 7/10 Stars
  5. Sweet November (1968) 8/10 Stars

(IMDb.com synopsis)

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