Thanksgiving is a time for reflecting, giving thanks, spending time with your (fully vaxxed) loved ones, and, well, eating. A lot. Like, until you can’t take another bite. Traditionally, the menu includes turkey with all the trimmings – like stuffing and butternut squash with apples – and a delicious gluten-fre pumpkin pie for dessert.
After dinner, you’re stuffed and either in need of a nap from the tryptophan or desperately need to sit back, test the elastic in your waistband, and breathe deep through the digestion. In both cases, finding a comfy place to recover is the post-big meal tie that binds everyone. What better way to pass the time through your food feast discomfort, than queueing up a few of the Thanksgiving movies to binge from our list below?
Thanks to the many streaming services available, movies are just a few clickety-clicks away too. Now, not all films on this list are specifically about Thanksgiving per se, but they all demonstrate the spirit of Thanksgiving. Like, they all either highlight autumn, contain a meal shared with family/friends, and/or are about giving thanks/finding gratitude in life. In all cases, they will keep you entertained and distracted from your full tummy. And they require little more effort than sitting, so it’s easy to get onboard. Just put your feet up and enjoy.
Movies are ranked in alphabetical order. All summaries are courtesy of IMDB.
30 Thanksgiving Movies to Binge
Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving, and with Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, he attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner.
The Addams Family try to rescue their beloved Uncle Fester from his gold-digging new love, a black widow named Debbie.
A Polish-Jewish family comes 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.
A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to “find herself”.
Three actors learn that their respective performances in the film “Home for Purim,” a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are generating award-season buzz.
6. Free BIrds
Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history, and get Turkeys off the Thanksgiving menu for good.
Molly and Abbey, along with their crew of close friends and acquaintances, host a dysfunctional, comical and chaotic Thanksgiving dinner.
8. Funny People
When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship causes him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.
Jon falls for Garfield’s veterinarian–who puts Garfield on a diet–and invites her to Thanksgiving dinner.
10. Happiest Season
A holiday romantic comedy that captures the range of emotions tied to wanting your family’s acceptance, being true to yourself, and trying not to ruin Christmas.
Fed up with being single on holidays, two strangers agree to be each other’s platonic plus-ones all year long, only to catch real feelings along the way.
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, Claudia Larson faces spending the holiday with her family.
The Emmerson family heads to the quaint town of Turkey Hollow to visit Aunt Cly. Tim and Annie quickly grow bored without the Internet, and soon try to track the howling hoodoo, an elusive monster the locals dismiss as a legend.
Krisha returns for Thanksgiving dinner after ten years away from her family, but past demons threaten to ruin the festivities.
15. Lez Bomb
A still closeted young woman brings her girlfriend home for Thanksgiving, only to have her coming out efforts thwarted by the unexpected arrival of her male roommate.
An eager Thanksgiving parade coordinator is shocked when a wealthy consultant is hired to analyze its finances. Faced with teaching him that the parade means so much more to her than money, she finds herself reluctantly falling for him.
17. Pieces of April
A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.
A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with a lovable oaf of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.
Story of a woman and her three lovers.
Having gotten a taste of college life, a drastically changed farm girl returns home for Thanksgiving break with her best friend, a flamboyant party animal who is clearly a fish out of water in a small farm town.
21. Stuck in Love
An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year.
22. The Big Chill
A group of seven former college friends gather for a weekend reunion at a South Carolina vacation home after the funeral of another of their college friends.
23. The Ice Storm
In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle-class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.
A few days spent in close proximity to each other soon leads to family secrets and old resentments being revealed, which threaten to splinter an already dysfunctional family.
25. The Turkey Bowl
A 30-something urbanite is pulled back to his rural hometown by his high-school buddies on Thanksgiving to finish The Turkey Bowl, an epic football game against their crosstown rivals that was snowed out 15 years before.
26. The Vicious Kind
A man tries to warn his brother away from the new girlfriend he brings home during Thanksgiving, but ends up becoming infatuated with her in the process.
27. Turkey Drop
Lucy Jacobs is a small-town girl who has started her freshman year at a big-city university. When Lucy returns home for Thanksgiving break, she suspects she is about to get turkey dropped: dumped by her high school sweetheart.
28. What’s Cooking?
Four families in LA of different ethnicity (Latino, Asian/Vietnamese, African and Jewish) gather together for Thanksgiving dinner.
Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.
30. You’ve Got Mail
Book superstore magnate, Joe Fox and independent book shop owner, Kathleen Kelly fall in love in the anonymity of the Internet both blissfully unaware that he’s trying to put her out of business.
What do you think of our Thanksgiving movie list? Are there any glaring omissions? Leave us a comment and let us know so we can add them to our list.
Don’t forget the importance of taking 10 minutes for self-care even during the holidays. Especially during the holidays.
Happy Thanksgiving Canada. Let the gourd times roll 😊