The Best Thanksgiving Movies to Watch This Holiday Season

Because football isn't the only option

It’s Thanksgiving weekend and you’ve stuffed yourself silly with your family’s epic dinner. Yep, you’re in a food coma and there’s no way you’re leaving the couch, ever. If you’re not in the mood for watching some football (it happens!), then you might want to tune into these Thanksgiving movies that feature extravagant feasts, eccentric families and all the feels. If anything, they’ll make you thankful for the cray cray family you do have.

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)

Clocking in at 30 minutes, the flick is less a movie than a glorified TV special, but whatevs — it’s a holiday classic and is pretty much required viewing for Turkey Day. It’s cute and heartwarming and we can all identify with Charlie Brown struggling to impress the Peanuts gang who happened to invite themselves over for dinner.

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Garfield’s Thanksgiving (1989)

Everyone’s favorite fat kitty is forced to go on a diet when his veterinarian — and Jon’s new girlfriend — comes over for Thanksgiving dinner. Well, Garfield is having none of that and hijacks the whole thing (his love for lasagna, apparently, has no bounds) and disaster strikes. Oh, kitty.


Addams Family Values (1993)

The best thing about the Addams family is that they’re never afraid to be different and stir up a little controversy. Wednesday Addams (Christina Ricci) does precisely that in this sequel as she righteously educates her summer camp on the real story behind Thanksgiving. Another plus? This fam always makes yours look goooood.


Home for the Holidays (1995)

After losing her job and making out with her boss and then learning her daughter wants to spend the holiday with her boyfriend, Claudia (Holly Hunter) reluctantly goes home for the holidays. Unfortunately, her family, which includes a young Robert Downey Jr., is pretty dysfunctional, but you’ll definitely identify with all the craziness, and Dylan McDermott as Claudia’s crush is prettttyyyy cute.


Free Birds (2013)

Animal lovers and veggies will love this animated flick about two different turkeys (voiced by Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson) who must put aside their differences when they are forced to travel back in time to the very first Thanksgiving dinner and end the practice of eating turkey. Spoiler alert: they come up with the tradition of pizza, which is something we can totally support.


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