Monday, November 16, 2009

Thanksgiving Movies

I love holiday movies. All you have to do is look at my collection to see that and I'll be digging out the holiday films soon.

Most don't think too much about Thanksgiving. I did write a romance that ended with a Thanksgiving dinner that wouldn't be easily forgotten and it was a fun book to write.

But let's talk movies! I thought about my favorites and went in search for more. Here's what I found.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
When Peppermint Patty and a group of hungry pals show up at Charlie Brown's house expecting food, Charlie Brown is too wishy-washy to refuse. With the help of Linus, Snoopy and Woodstock a very unusual feast is prepared.

The story of several generations of a family, from the arrival of immigrant Sam Krichinsky in the suburb of Baltimore called Avalon, down through his children and grandchildren. The holiday of Thanksgiving plays a crucial role throughout the film.

Dutch Dooley picks up his girlfriend's son from boarding school in Atlanta, and sets out to drive to Chicago for Thanksgiving. He thinks it's a good chance for them to get acquainted, but Doyle turns out to be an upper class brat. Their cross-country battles land them in big trouble and make it doubtful whether they'll ever make it home.

Hannah and Her Sisters
During a Thanksgiving party, and the year following, we take a look at three sisters and the relationship they have with one another, and with the men in their lives.

Holiday Reunion
Against the wishes of his wife and kids, Mitch Snider is determined to have a traditional Thanksgiving holiday with all the relatives. And it looks like that's what he will have once he receives an invitation from his long-lost cousin Woodrow in Idaho. However, cousin Woodrow and his family turn out to be nuttier than a holiday fruitcake.

The Holiday Treasure
Ten-year-old Addie is determined to share her Thanksgiving dinner with an elderly, hermit-like neighbor, despite a long-standing family feud.

Home for the Holidays
Claudia Larson is a divorced single mom who just lost her job and now has to fly home for the traditional family Thanksgiving in Baltimore. From the plane, she calls for reinforcements--and her brother Tommy makes it down from Boston with a little surprise: a handsome friend named Leo. Between dropping the turkey in their sister's lap and a few fist fights on the front lawn, Claudia and Tommy recapture their childhood- -and Claudia and Leo explore the sweet possibility of romance.

The Myth of Fingerprints
Warren returns home for Thanksgiving after three years. His family consists of his over-sexed sister and her long-suffering lover, his romantically distant younger brother, and his immature younger sister. The blackly comic story examines how each adult sibling has problems expressing feelings and explores their relationships with their emotionally crippled father.

Pieces of April
A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles
A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion.

Scent of a Woman
Hoping to earn extra money over the Thanksgiving break, an innocent and reserved scholarship student at an exclusive prep school agrees to look after a blind, retired Lieutenant Colonel, who takes him off for a wild weekend in New York City.

L.A.'s funkiest college student, Crawl, is hilariously out of his element when he spends Thanksgiving at the family farm of a straitlaced fellow student.

Squanto: A Warrior's Tale
Squanto, a young Indian warrior, who is abducted and enslaved in England and Spain, is returned to New England and befriends the Pilgrims when they settle in Plymouth.

The Waltons, the Thanksgiving Story
As Thanksgiving approaches, John Boy Walton is looking forward to taking his college entrance exam and to the visit of Jenny Pendleton. But when John Boy has a seemingly minor head injury, the family must face a dangerou operation that will either cure or permanently disable their older son.

Who Made the Potato Salad?
Michael, a young police officer, and his beautiful fiancee Ashley meet her family for Thanksgiving dinner. Nothing can prepare Michael for Ashley's crazy family, and he wonders if his first meeting will be his last.

Are there any Thanksgiving films that come to mind?



  1. I never realized there were so many movies dealing with Thanksgiving. I guess I thought holiday movies were only about Christmas. Except for Charlie Brown, of course. Sounds like some good movies to check out this week.

  2. I didn't realize there were this many Thanksgiving stories either. Christmas, yes! Thanks for sharing, Linda!

  3. I think you got them all, Linda, and out of that list there are four that I've seen. Guess I'd better go looking for the rest.

  4. To be honest, I hadn't realized there were so many either. I knew of a few of them and found the others.


  5. Linda, I didn't know there were so many movies out there with Thanksgiving in them! I think I need to check out a few of the ones you mentioned. Thanks,

  6. I saw the heading and thought I couldn't think of any Thanksgiving movies. But I've seen some of those. Great list. Thanks.

  7. Amelia & Sheila,

    I'm glad I gave you some new viewing ideas!


  8. Thanx for a GREAT list, Linda.

    I LOVED "Pieces of April" and of course, "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" is a classic.


  9. Hannah and Her Sisters is one of my favorite movies! I like Woody Allen in general, but he defintiley doesn't make movies like he used to... Great list!