Thanksgiving Movies: 8 Great Festive Flicks

Julie Ryan Evans

Home for the HolidaysThanksgiving is a time for food, family, and hopefully for forgetting some of the day-to-day stress and relaxing. And what better way to unwind than a lazy day or night (or both) filled with fabulous flicks to get into the spirit of the season.

Thanksgiving provides plenty of fodder for drama -- from family conflicts to romance to dining disasters, movies depicting Thanksgiving abound.

Some are fun, feel-good ones, while others depict such chaotic family drama that they may make you feel better about your own crazy relatives.

Here are eight great movies with a take on Thanksgiving:

Home for the Holidays (1995) Classic family dysfunction is played out with a sense of humor over the Thanksgiving holiday in this film. The cast is amazing and includes the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Holly Hunter, and Dylan McDermott.

Funny PeopleFunny People (2009) Adam Sandler's Turkey-Day toast in this film may give you some great inspiration for one of your own. At the very least it will make you laugh.

Planes Trains and Automobiles (1987) Speaking of funny, Thanksgiving doesn't get much more hilarious than this. John Candy and Steve Martin on a cross-country Thanksgiving journey provide enough laughs that you can probably count watching this movie as a workout of sorts.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Though it usually gets billed as a Christmas movie, this classic actually begins on Thanksgiving Day and is always guaranteed to make you thankful you watched it.

Pieces of April (2003) Remember Katie Holmes before Tom Cruise? Difficult, but you can see her back in the day in this film in which she stars as the black sheep of her family. The story centers around a Thanksgiving reunion with her estranged family, including her mother (played by Patricia Clarkson) who has cancer.

Winnie the Pooh -- Seasons of Giving So if, like April, you hate A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, but are looking for a family-friendly flick, Pooh and friends can deliver. It's a sweet story about family and friends and the true meaning of the season straight from the Hundred Acre Woods.

Hannah and Her SistersThe Ice Storm (1997) This is a raw and real look at life in the suburbs during the 1970s and all the angst of sexually frustrated teenagers and adults alike. A memorable Thanksgiving blessing given by Christina Ricci (who plays Wendy Hood): "Dear Lord, thank you for this Thanksgiving holiday. And for all the material possessions we have and enjoy. And for letting us white people kill all the Indians and steal their tribal lands. And stuff ourselves like pigs, even though children in Asia are being napalmed."

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) A classic starring Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, it begins and ends with Thanksgiving dinners. In between it's a sweet, deep, and somewhat dark look at familial relationships.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving movies?

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