10 Classic Thanksgiving Movies To Get You In The Mood For Turkey Day

Before or after shamelessly stuffing your face. You choose. 

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Are you excited for Thanksgiving yet?

Whether you celebrate or not, we gathered our favourite Thanksgiving movies to watch this November with lot’s and lot’s of food in front of the TV. Whether you’re looking for romance in ‘You’ve Got Mail’ or drama in any of the Gossip Girl Thanksgiving episodes, here’s a surefire way to get you in the mood for Turkey Day.

  1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)

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This animated classic follows the Thanksgiving Day traditions of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts crew, and will get you reminiscing on your own. (And also Charlie Brown).

  1. Hannah and her Sisters (1986)

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Hannah (Mia Farrow) and her sisters (Barbara Hershey and Dianne West) come together for Thanksgiving three years in a row, with a lot of emotional baggage. Look out for Woody Allen and Michael Caine, who also star in this sweet movie of holiday reunions.

  1. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

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Due to a surprise snowstorm, Neil Page (Steve Martin) is rerouted through Kansas and forced to seek refuge with Del Griffith (John Candy), before he can reach home safely for Thanksgiving. Complete with travel madness and truly comedic scenes, you cannot miss this hilarious holiday classic.

  1. Dutch (1991)

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When Dutch (Ed O’Neil) offers to drive his girlfriend’s pretentious young son (Ethan Embry) home for the holidays, what starts out as disaster, ends in a wonderful friendship.

  1. Scent of a Woman (1992)

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Al Pacino won an Oscar for best actor in this movie, and the touching storyline of the drama makes this movie an all-time classic. Charlie (Chris O’Donnell) looks after the blind, retired Army colonel Frank (Al Pacino) over Thanksgiving, who is then whisked away to New York for an extravagant weekend.

  1. Grumpy Old Men (1993)

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Neighbours and serious frenemies, these adorable ‘grumpy old men’ compete for the heart of a woman who moves into the neighbourhood during the holidays.

  1. The Ice Storm (1997)

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Perfect because it makes our own family dramas seem small, this star-studded Ang Lee movie drama plays out not one but two families getting stuck under one roof during a snowstorm (there always happens to be a heavy snowstorm) at Thanksgiving.

  1. You’ve Got Mail (1998)

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Back when email was still a thing, business rivals Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) and Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) do not realise they hate each other in real life, when they fall hopelessly into e-romance in an anonymous chatroom. Such a classic rom-com, kinda making us miss AOL. And being excited about email.

  1. Home For the Holidays (1995)

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In a comedy directed by Jodie Foster, Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) returns home for Thanksgiving, with her quirky family reminding her of all the reasons why she left home in the first place. Look out for a young Robert Downey Jr, and swoon.

  1. Pieces of April (2003)

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When April (Katie Holmes) learns her mother has breast cancer, she invites her estranged family to her (small, New York) apartment to celebrate Thanksgiving. But when (once again) the family is stuck in travel delays, April has to prepare the feast herself. Recipe for disasters and endearments.


  1. All The Gossip Girl Thanksgiving Episodes

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Who doesn’t remember the “classic” GG episodes where multiple storylines and multiple dramas would come to light all in the course of one day, or even one meal. Admire the table setting of the New York Upper East Side, and feast yourself on some really great gossip.

  1. All The Friends Thanksgiving Episodes. (Of course.)

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What better way to look back than with our favourite friends. Throwbacks, ‘I Hate Thanksgiving’ dinners, snowstorms, Monica’s cooking, and that one episode where Brad Pitt plays a character who hates Rachel Greene (Jennifer Aniston). Awks.

Happy Holidays, Happy Watching & Happy Eating!