17 Best Thanksgiving Movies Of All Time
17 Best Thanksgiving Movies Of All Time

17 Best Thanksgiving Movies Of All Time

Before discussing the Thanksgiving movies first let us know what is Thanksgiving and why it is celebrated.

What is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is a popular American holiday. It is celebrated every year. It is primarily associated with the United States. It is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday in November.

Thanksgiving is an important part of the country’s culture and marks the beginning of the holiday season, which also includes Christmas and New Year.

Why Is Thanksgiving Celebrated?

Thanksgiving is known as a way to commemorate the colonial Pilgrims’ harvest meal that they shared with Indians in the year 1621.

As years went on, designating feasts dedicated to giving thanks “on an annual or occasional basis became common practice in other New England settlements as well.”

Now, Let us discuss the Best Thanksgiving Movies Of All Time.

Here is a list of the 17 Best Thanksgiving Movies Of All Time. Let us take a look at each one by one.

S.NoMovie NamesRelease YearAge Rating
1. Planes, Trains & Automobiles1987R
2.Hannah and Her Sisters1988PG-13
3.Addams Family Values1993PG-13
4.The Ice Storm1997R
6.She’s Gotta Have It1986TV-MA
7. Krisha2015R
8.Home for the Holidays1995PG-13
10.Scent of a Woman1992R
11. Pieces of April1992PG-13
13.The Last Waltz1978PG
14.The House of Yes1997R
15. Alice’s Restaurant1969R
16.Broadway Danny Rose1984PG
17.Tadpole 2002PG-13
17 Best Thanksgiving Movies Of All Time

Let us take a look at the 17 Best Thanksgiving Movies Of All Time one by one.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

A Chicago advertising man must struggle to travel home from New York for Thanksgiving, with a lovable oaf of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.

DirectorJohn Hughes
IMDB Rating7.6/10
GenreDrama, Comedy
Release Year1987
DistributorParamount Pictures
17 Best Thanksgiving Movies Of All Time

Hannah and Her Sisters

Hannah, Holly, and Lee are adult sisters from a show business family, their boozy actress mother still believes she’s an ingénue who can attract any man she wants, despite still being married to the girls’ father, Evan.

DirectorWoody Allen
IMDB Rating7.9/10
GenreDrama, Comedy
Release Year1988
DistributorHBO/Cannon Video
17 Best Thanksgiving Movies Of All Time

Addams Family Values

The members of the family are up to more macabre antics in this sequel. Gomez Addams and his wife, Morticia are celebrating the arrival of a baby boy. But siblings Wednesday and Pugsley are none too happy about the new addition and try their best to eliminate the infant. When nanny Debbie Jelinsky appears to keep the kids in line her presence leads to an unexpected twist.

DirectorBarry Sonnenfeld
IMDB Rating6.8/10
GenreDrama, Fantasy
Release Year1993
DistributorParamount Pictures
17 Best Thanksgiving Movies Of All Time

The Ice Storm

The Ice Storm is about two dysfunctional New Canaan, Connecticut, upper-class families who are trying to deal with the tumultuous social changes of the early 1970s, and their escapism through alcohol, adultery, and sexual experimentation.

DirectorAng Lee
IMDB Rating7.4/10
Release Year1997
DistributorTwentieth Century Fox
17 Best Thanksgiving Movies Of All Time


A Polish-Jewish family came to the U.S. at the beginning of the twentieth century. There, the family and their children try to make themselves a better future in the so-called promised land.

DirectorBarry Levinson
IMDB Rating7.2/10
Release Year1990
DistributorTriStar Pictures
17 Best Thanksgiving Movies Of All Time

She’s Gotta Have It

It is a story of a woman and her three lovers.

DirectorSpike Lee
IMDB Rating6.8/10
GenreComedy, Romance
Release Year1986
DistributorIsland Pictures
17 Best Thanksgiving Movies Of All Time


Krisha returns for Thanksgiving dinner after ten years away from her family, but past demons threaten to ruin the festivities.

DirectorTrey Edward Shults
IMDB Rating7.1/10
Release Year2015
17 Best Thanksgiving Movies Of All Time

Home for the Holidays

The film follows Claudia Larson, who after losing her job, kissing her ex-boss, and finding out that her daughter has plans of her own for the holidays, departs Chicago to spend her Thanksgiving with her dysfunctional family.

DirectorJodie Foster
IMDB Rating6.5/10
GenreDrama, Comedy, Romance
Release Year1995
DistributorParamount Pictures


Parody of holiday slasher movie trailers.

DirectorEli Roth
IMDB Rating7.7/10
Release Year2007

Scent of a Woman

Frank is a retired Lt. Col. in the US army. He is blind and impossible to get along with. Charlie is at school and is looking forward to going to college. To help pay for a trip home for Christmas, he agrees to look after Frank over Thanksgiving. Frank’s niece says this will be easy money, but she did not reckon on Frank spending his Thanksgiving in New York.

DirectorMartin Brest
IMDB Rating8.0/10
Release Year1992
DistributorUniversal Pictures
17 Best Thanksgiving Movies Of All Time

 Pieces of April

Quirky and rebellious April Burns lives with her boyfriend in a low-rent New York City apartment miles away from her emotionally distant family. But when she discovers that her mother has a fatal form of breast cancer, she invites the clan to her place for Thanksgiving. While her father struggles to drive her family into the city, April — an inexperienced cook runs into kitchen trouble and must ask a neighbor for help.

DirectorPeter Hedges
IMDB Rating7.0/10
GenreComedy, Drama
Release Year1992
DistributorUnited Artists


A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight the world heavyweight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

DirectorJohn G. Avildsen
IMDB Rating8.1/10
GenreSport, Drama
Release Year1976
DistributorSony Pictures Home Entertainment

 The Last Waltz

After joining seventeen years of forces as the backing band for rockabilly cult hero Ronnie Hawkins, Canadian roots rockers The Band called it quits with a lavish farewell show at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom on Nov. 25, 1976. Filmed by Martin Scorsese, this documentary features standout performances by rock legends such as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, and Muddy Waters, as well as interviews tracing the group’s history and discussing road life.

DirectorMartin Scorsese
IMDB Rating8.1/10
GenreDocumentary, Biography, Music
Release Year1978
DistributorUnited Artists

The House of Yes

A man and his fiancee visit his warped clan, complete with a dark mansion and incestuous twin sister.

DirectorMark Waters
IMDB Rating6.6/10
GenreComedy, Drama
Release Year1997
17 Best Thanksgiving Movies Of All Time

 Alice’s Restaurant

It is a cinematic adaptation of Arlo Guthrie’s classic song story.

DirectorArthur Penn
IMDB Rating6.2/10
GenreComedy, Drama
Release Year1969
DistributorUnited Artists

Broadway Danny Rose

In his attempts to reconcile a lounge singer with his mistress, a hapless talent agent is mistaken as her lover by a jealous gangster. Danny Rose is a manager of artists, and although he’s not very successful, he nevertheless goes out of his way to help his acts.

DirectorWoody Allen
IMDB Rating7.4/10
Release Year1984
DistributorOrion Pictures
17 Best Thanksgiving Movies Of All Time


Oscar is a renaissance man. He is very sensitive and compassionate, he speaks fluent French, is conversant in the classics, has a passion for Voltaire, and can tell all he needs to know about a woman with one look at her hands, and he is 15 years old. When he returns home from boarding school to his parents’ New York City apartment for Thanksgiving, Oscar has one thing on his mind an older woman.

DirectorGary Winick
IMDB Rating6.2/10
GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
Release Year2002
17 Best Thanksgiving Movies Of All Time

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