Thanksgiving Movie List 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Over the Thanksgiving holiday lots of families gather around the television to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, American Football, and the Westminster Dog Show; while others bolt from the Thanksgiving dinner table to go to the movie theater or get in line for the early Black Friday sales. But, whether I'm just trying to get into a Thanksgiving mood or I'm snuggling in for my post-Thanksgiving dinner nap, I prefer staying indoors and watching a movie at home.

While it may seem that there is a shortage of Thanksgiving films (especially compared to the number of Christmas films), here are a few Thanksgiving films that I watched this year:
  1. Free Birds (2013) - This animated movie starring Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as two turkeys from different sides of the tracks who aims to change history and have turkey taken off of the Thanksgiving menu was surprisingly good with plenty of jokes for adults as well as kids. It may be a new Thanksgiving classic.
  2. Plains, Trains, & Automobiles (1987) - This is a time tested classic that's enjoyable anytime of the year, but many people forget that Steve Martin is trying to get home to his family for Thanksgiving dinner. 
  3. Dutch (1991) - Ed O'Neil (from "Modern Family" and "Married With Children") stars as a working class man who tried to bring his girlfriend's spoiled, rich, son home for Thanksgiving and teach him a lesson or two along the way. It's like Plains, Trains, &  Automobiles only it's a father/son duo.
  4. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) - If you're a fan of Woody Allen movies than this is a classic for you! This film stars Barbara Hershey, Mia Farrow, Michael Cain, Dianne Wiest and of course, Woody Allen himself. The film follows three sisters who get caught up in a love triangle after Thanksgiving. 
  5. Home For The Holidays (1995) - This movie has a star studded cast including Robert Downey Jr., Dylan McDermott, Holly Hunter, Claire Daines, and Anne Bancroft, plus it's directed by Jodie Foster. This movie follows Holly Hunter's character as she returns home for the holidays following her recent job loss and discovery that her daughter plans to loose her virginity over the holiday. This movie was a surprising downer! I was not a fan! 
Have you seen any good Thanksgiving themed movies lately? Let me know in the comments below.

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