Everyone has their favorite Christmas movie, but what about Thanksgiving movies? We have 10 great options (many of which are available on TDS TV and TDS TV+!) for you to watch.
So if you find yourself too tired for cleaning dishes after your Thanksgiving meal, settle in and turn on one of these movies to make the holiday last just a little bit longer.
- Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow (Amazon.com)
Follow along on a magical Thanksgiving adventure in the town of Turkey Hollow. This family’s rustic Thanksgiving at the farm soon turns into an investigation for the monsters they heard about in a local legend. Will they find them?
This movie makes you realize how fortunate you are to have friends and family on special holidays. Michael Oher, a homeless 17-year-old, has his first Thanksgiving dinner with the Tuohy family while navigating the hardships going on in his life. Oh—and bring the tissues.
- What’s Cooking? (com)
This comedic drama showcases four ethnically different families- Vietnamese, Latino, Jewish, and African American across the Thanksgiving holiday and how they all have their own traditional meals as well as family issues. After this movie, you may realize your family isn’t as dysfunctional as you think.
- Free Birds (Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Vudu)
Ever wondered how turkeys must feel to be the iconic Thanksgiving dinner food of choice? In this lighthearted animated movie, follow turkeys Reggie and Jake on a life changing mission back to 1621 to see if they can get turkeys off the Thanksgiving chopping block for good.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is the classic that just keeps on giving. Charlie is stuck between two Thanksgiving dinners- one at his house and one at his grandma’s. Can Charlie pull them both off? Grandparents and grandkids will all enjoy watching the beloved, Charlie Brown.
- Planes, Trains and Automobiles (AMC, November 24 @ 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11 p.m. CT; Amazon Prime Video)
What lengths would you go to get home for Thanksgiving? If you’re anything like Neal Page, that means bearing a rerouted flight to Kansas due to a freak snowstorm and even worse navigating your way with a talkative shower curtain ring salesman, Del Griffith. This is the perfect Thanksgiving holiday comedy.
- Friendsgiving (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Vudu, Apple TV)
This movie is the definition of chaos, but in the best way possible. Abby’s laid-back Thanksgiving turned into the unexpected when guests kept coming and coming- one of those being an old flame. This dramatic comedy will have you laughing the holiday away and locking your own doors as to not have any unexpected visits.
- Home for the Holidays (Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, YouTube, Vudu)
Home for the Holidays has it all- the holiday spirit and the dysfunctional family. Home is the last place that Claudia Larson wants to be this Thanksgiving but after losing her job, making out with her soon-to-be former boss, and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, this is Claudia’s last option. Comedic, relatable, and light-hearted is the only way to describe Home for the Holidays.
- Dutch (Amazon.com)
When push comes to shove, sometimes you have to ride home from your fancy prep school for the holidays with your mom’s working-class boyfriend. The worst. Follow along on the journey with Dutch Dooley and Doyle as they struggle to navigate through two very different lifestyles in order to get home to Doyle’s mother Natalie for the holidays.
- Scent of a Woman (Showtime, Peacock)
Charlie Simms attends the Baird School, an expensive boarding school. Yearning for cash so he can return to his family in Oregon for Christmas break, Charlie accepts a “babysitting” job for what is promised to be an easy way to earn some cash. The tables turn when he is tasked with overlooking an unlikeable, horrifically behaved blind ex-colonel named Slade. Before Charlie can even decide if the job is right for him, he is unexpectedly whisked away to New York City with the colonel, where the ex-military man has an agenda or two of his own.
By Meagan Brown, TDS Communications Intern