Friday, November 18, 2011

Top 10 Thanksgiving themed movies

Thanksgiving is not traditionally a holiday that is associated with films. However there are many films that
include at least some scenes set at Thanksgiving.

Here’s the list of the top 10 films with a Thanksgiving theme.

10.      “Home for the Holidays” (1995) — Directed by Jodie Foster, starring Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes and Holly Hunter. In this story of a family on the mend, Hunter plays a single mother that decides to fly home for Thanksgiving, only to find out that her teenage daughter insists on staying home to spend the holiday with her boyfriend. The whole family is filled with crazy characters that leave the viewer thinking about the special characters within their own families.
9. “Funny People” (2009) — Adam Sandler plays George Simmons, a world famous comedian that finds out that he has a terminal illness. He hires a new writer to help him return to his first love of doing stand-up comedy, and along the way the two of them become friends. Most of this film doesn't include Thanksgiving themes, but one of the best scenes in the movie is set in the apartment of the newly hired assistant in which we find out that you don't have to be related to be family.
8.         “Dutch” (1991) — Dutch Dooley is getting married, but he hasn't ever met his fiancĂ©’s son. In an attempt to get to know him, Dutch volunteers to pick the boy up from prep school and return home in time for Thanksgiving. Wacky adventures ensue as the two guys learn to share the love of the most important woman in their lives.
7.         “ThanksKilling” (2009) — What happens when the turkey decides to eat you for dinner? Watch this one to find out. This is the only horror movie to make the list.
6.         “Son in Law” (1993) — Yes, a Pauly Shore movie made the list, not because he is a good actor, but because there aren't a lot of movies on the topic of Thanksgiving. It's about college freshman that returns home with a fake fiancĂ© to upset her parents.
5.         “The Ice Storm” (1997) — Set the weekend after Thanksgiving, 1973, this film tosses an eclectic bunch of family and neighbors together that frankly don't get a long, yet are stuck together due to the worst ice storm in more than a century.
4.         “The Big Chill” (1983) — Not to be confused with the made-for-TV film of the same name from 1999 is a completely different story. This film is about a group of seven friends returning to a post Californian neighborhood around Thanksgiving time to mourn the loss of a dear friend.
3.         “Scent of a Woman” (1992) — Again not generally considered a “Thanksgiving” film, but it does have an excellent scene set around the holiday, and it is an excellent film that won Al Pacino an Academy Award for best actor in a leading role.
2.         “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947 and 1994) — both versions are excellent, and of course few would consider it a movie about Thanksgiving, instead considering it a Christmas flick. It's a fair thought, with Santa Clause being a main character, but the whole movie is set around the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
1. “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (1987) — One of the funniest films ever made. This tosses Steve Martin and John Candy together and tells them just to be funny, and it worked. The men suffer through various modes of transportation while trying to get home to see their families for the holiday.


  1. I've only seen three of these films (entries 1, 3 and 9) and I'd rank them the same way.

  2. Not a lot to see here. Though I omitted my personal favorite, deciding it wasn't long enough to be called a 'film' that being the Charlie Brown halloween special.