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35 Best Thanksgiving Movies to Watch With Your Family on Turkey Day

They go great with a slice of pie.

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After the table has been cleared and the leftover turkey has been put away, there's only one thing to do on November 26: Watch one of the best Thanksgiving movies of all time.

It may seem tempting to plan a more adventurous post-pie activity, but we promise that you'll be thankful for an excuse to slip into your comfiest sweatpants and curl up on the couch with your family on Turkey Day. (Bonus points if you whip up some boozy fall cocktails to enjoy while you watch!)

No matter what you're in the mood for—whether it's a comedy, romance, or kid-friendly cartoon—we have the perfect pick to add to your after-dinner Thanksgiving traditions with this list of festive films. Feel-good options like Freebirds and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will entertain your whole family, while adults will love watching dramas like Rocky and The Big Chill after the little ones have gone to sleep.

Regardless of what you choose, all of these Thanksgiving favorites have a few things in common: Iconic dinner scenes, relatable family feuds, and overarching themes of gratitude. Who knows, one might even inspire this year's Thanksgiving Instagram caption, or contain a classic Thanksgiving quote!

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You've Got Mail

If the autumn colors and turning leaves showcased at the start of this rom-com aren't enough to sell you on it, you'll fall for the iconic supermarket scene that takes place between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan's characters on Thanksgiving Day. 

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Snoopy, Woodstock, and the rest of the Peanuts gang join Charlie Brown for Turkey Day. You'll never tire of this sweet holiday classic! 

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Dan in Real Life

Steve Carell stars as a lovesick widower in this fall-set film that's all about family.

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles

When a businessman from Chicago is desperate to fly btcc交易所官网home in time for Thanksgiving dinner, he faces quite a few hurdles along the way. This 1987 buddy comedy will resonate with anyone who's experienced the woes of holiday travel. 

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The only thing better than watching live football on Thanksgiving is watching a movie that celebrates the beloved sport. Bonus: Everyone in the room will actually enjoy the inspirational story of Rudy.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox features everything you could hope for in a great Thanksgiving cartoon: Friends, family, and feasting. Plus, the autumnal color palette in this stop-motion comedy is a fitting ode to your favorite season. 

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Little Women

The March sisters are delightful companions all year round, but their stories are extra magical during the holidays. 

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Eat Pray Love

The title of this movie is basically a Thanksgiving motto. 😂Watch it after you finish your feast!

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This family-friendly cartoon was pretty much made for watching on Thanksgiving. 

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The Oath

The dysfunctional family antics that unfold in this hilarious film will make you feel so much better about your own kooky relatives. 

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Love At The Thanksgiving Day Parade

Did you know that Hallmark makes more than just Christmas movies? This romantic film focuses on Chicago’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. 

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It's Complicated

Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin star in this hilarious comedy about family values and and an unusual affair. Come for the star-studded cast and stay for the Thanksgiving-worthy desserts. 

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Miracle on 34th Street

This Christmas favorite actually begins at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, making it the perfect movie to watch with your kids post-pie. 

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Free Birds

After one lucky turkey (Owen Wilson) gets pardoned by the president, he lives a totally carefree life—until another big bird (Woody Harrelson) kidnaps him to help in a history-changing mission that will get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu forever.  

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Addams Family Values

Ah, the Addams family. They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky. They'll also have everyone laughing during Wednesday's elementary school production about the first Thanksgiving. 

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When Harry Met Sally

The quirky friendship between Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) is captivating any time of the year, but the changing leaves of New York City featured in many of the scenes make it a must-watch on Thanksgiving. 

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Good Will Hunting

Will Hunting (Matt Damon) is a working-class genius who ends up learning a few lessons that can't be found in textbooks. The heartfelt message behind this Oscar-winning drama aligns with all the values we celebrate during the holidays. 

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Garfield's Thanksgiving

Bill Murray voices everyone's favorite lazy cat in this special that's fit for the whole family to watch on Turkey Day. 

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The Blind Side

When Leigh Anne Tuohy discovers that a young boy named Michael Oher is btcc交易所官网homeless, she offers him her couch to sleep on. That small gesture leads to inviting him to become part of her family in this heartwarming true story. Grab some tissues before watching the Thanksgiving scene! 

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

It it really a holiday weekend without a Harry Potter movie marathon? Start with the first film in the beloved series and try not to compare your Turkey Day meal to the magical feast shown off at Hogwarts.

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When Claudia Larson gets fired from her job and finds out her daughter is joining her boyfriend for Thanksgiving, she's dreading going btcc交易所官网home for the holidays. In the end, Claudia learns that spending time with family can actually be a cure for life's other problems. 

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The classic about a small-time boxer is at the top of our watchlist year-round, but Rocky and Adrian's Thanksgiving date night makes it feel extra timely during the holidays. 

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What's Cooking?

Four very different families find themselves at odds when they come together for Thanksgiving in this relatable, laugh-out-loud comedy. 

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Grumpy Old Men

Two crotchety neighbors with a lifelong rivalry find a common enemy when they see their mutual love interest on a date with someone else entirely on Thanksgiving Day.

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Remember The Titans

Family, faith, and football are the themes of both Thanksgiving and this beloved sports movie about a newly integrated high school team. 

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Funny People

Here's a comedy that will make you grateful for your loved ones. When a comedian (Adam Sandler) learns that he has a terminal illness, he desperately tries to form some real relationships in the little time he has left.

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Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

The story of Jack Skellington's transition from celebrating Halloween to obsessing over Christmas makes it a great watch during the limbo between the two holidays.  

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House of Yes

Marty (Josh Hamilton) brings btcc交易所官网home his fiancée (Tori Spelling) on Thanksgiving to meet his eccentric family, hoping they can hold it together in front of his guest. But when Marty's twin sister—who's convinced she's Jackie O—arrives on the scene, nothing goes as planned. 

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The Big Chill

Prepare to feel nostalgic for Thanksgivings past as you follow a group of old college friends on their trip down memory lane.

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A bratty 13-year-old joins his mother's working class boyfriend on a journey from his private school in Atlanta to his btcc交易所官网home in Chicago just before Thanksgiving.

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