4 Thanksgiving Family Favourites


While it’s only celebrated in about 5 places in the world, Thanksgiving is well known for bringing families together and food. Lots and lots of food. Traditionally celebrated in commemoration of the relationship created between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans and the “first Thanksgiving” that they shared, to celebrate the wealthy harvest. These days, some families gorge on food and watch football until the cows come home, but if you’re looking for some good films to watch while you stuff you’re face then you’ve come to the right place.


The Wizard of Oz (1939)

In the past, this film was always aired on television on Thanksgiving. So it’s appropriate to say that this is a perfect movie to cuddle up on the couch to with a hefty plate of stuffing. The classic story of Dorothy and her journey through the land of Oz teaches us all to be thankful for what we have, the truth in the words “There’s no place like home.”


Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)

Steve Martin and John Candy come together in this hilarious story about a man trying to get home for the holidays. When Neal (Martin) tries to get home to his family in Chicago for the holidays, Del (Candy) seems to be interfering with his plans the whole way. A simple plane ride turns into a three day long ordeal, following the duos’ misadventures as they make their way home.


A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)

Charlie Brown is not only a classic but he has become an icon in holiday celebrations. Charlie attempts to hold a Thanksgiving dinner for all of his friends after they invite themselves. With the help of Snoopy, Woodstock and Linus, Charlie scurries to throw together a dinner which turns into a disaster when Peppermint Patty has a temper tantrum at the sight of the food. When Charlie’s grandmother hears of the disaster she invites Charlie and all of his friends to her house for dinner. Usually I only include the link for the trailer but since this film is so short, here is the full special for your enjoyment.


Holiday Inn (1942)

Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Marjorie Reynolds star in this American holiday classic. When a singer and a dancer team up with a beautiful young woman in the hopes of opening a special “holiday inn” the two fight for her attention. Even though it is generally seen as a film to watch around Christmas time, it is truly a film for any time of the year.

Whether you’re spending this Thanksgiving alone or with family, these are all great choices to put you in the holiday spirit. So throw on some comfy pyjamas, grab a plate of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes and feast your eyes (and your stomach) on this Turkey Day selection.

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