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:
(1.) 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.
(2.) 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.
(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!
(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 and Tom Hanks as a camera duo.
(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.
- Grumpy Old Men (1993) 8/10 All Stars
- Dutch (1991) 7/10 Stars
- Scent of a Woman (1992) 8/10 Stars
- Home for the Holidays (1995) 7/10 Stars
- Sweet November (1968) 8/10 Stars