12 Great Movies To Watch With Your Family This Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is all about family, food and -- according to holiday movies -- all the stress and comedy that the day involves. Including just getting home in the first place! Here are a few must-see films to binge with the family on Turkey Day.
'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' (1987)
Steve Martin is just trying to get home for Thanksgiving when a blizzard grounds him and his fate-appointed traveling companion, John Candy. Everything that can go wrong does as they try to make it to Chicago in this John Hughes classic/
'Home for the Holidays' (1995)
Jodie Foster directs this holiday comedy about (what else?) an eccentric, dysfunctional family reuniting for Thanksgiving. The terrific cast includes Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Dylan McDermott, and Claire Danes.
'The Blind Side' (2009)
Southern mom Leigh Anne (Sandra Bullock, in her Oscar-winning role), invites homeless teen Michael (Quinton Aaron) to join her family for Thanksgiving -- and ends up adopting him – in this heartwarming true story.
'Modern Family' star Ed O'Neill plays a working-class stiff who volunteers to pick up his new girlfriend's bratty teenage son (Ethan Embry) for Thanksgiving. Their pairing leads to one of the most awkward road trips since "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." Written (but not directed) by John Hughes.
'Addams Family Values' (1993)
Wednesday Addams (Christina Ricci) is (horrors!) sent to camp, where she burns down all their dopey traditions, including the annual Thanksgiving play. Light it up, Wednesday!
'Pieces of April' (2003)
April (Katie Holmes), who lives in Manhattan's then-grungy Lower East Side, invites her suburban family to her tiny apartment for Thanksgiving day. Complications are plentiful, including the fact that Mom Patricia Clarkson has breast cancer, and that April hasn't introduced her white family to her black boyfriend, played by the underrated Derek Luke. Worst of all? April's oven isn't working, forcing her to interact with her reclusive neighbors in order to find one willing to lend her a place to roast her turkey. Deadpan comic hijinks ensue.
'What's Cooking' (2000)
Four very different LA families prepare for Thanksgiving in this Sundance indie from Gurinder Chadha. Nothing, naturally, goes according to plan.
'About a Boy' (2002)
This fantastic British comedy is really more of a Christmas movie, but it does feature Hugh Grant learning to not be a "bloody island" and actually sort of be a dad to Nicholas Hoult. And it does feature the festive eating of a turkey (in the very last scene). And there's a nut loaf with parsnip gravy.
'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' (1971)
Five lucky kids tour Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder)'s famous factory and feast on chocolate, candy and snozzberry-flavored wallpaper. This movie taught generations to mind their manners, not overeat, and (ahem) leave room for dessert.
'Eat Drink Man Woman' (1994)
Not a Thanksgiving movie per se, but this early Ang Lee film is all about food and family. A widower who's also a master chef cooks for his three daughters, all of whom are bending tradition in their own "Fiddler on the Roof" kind of way. It was remade as "Tortilla Soup" with Hector Elizondo as the patriarch of a Latino family.
'Hotel for Dogs' (2009)
Once orphans Andi (Emma Roberts) and Bruce (Jake T. Austin) start caring for stray dogs at an abandoned hotel, they can't stop! They even rig up an automated feeding system that the proper puppers can eat at the table. Pass the biscuits, Buddy!