As it is getting a little chilly, and it’s darker earlier, families across the United States prepare to gather around the table for a Thanksgiving Dinner. While Christmas often takes the spotlight for holiday movie traditions, Thanksgiving gives a perfect opportunity to kick off the festive season with gratitude and togetherness. And what a great thing to do while spending togetherness! Watching movies!

It’s the forgotten holiday tradition

You may think that Thanksgiving movies may not be as iconic as Christmas movies, but they actually are! In fact, Thanksgiving-themed movies give you a nice blend of comedy, heart, and reflection and we think those things together perfectly complement the spirit of Thanksgiving.

Think about a classic comedy that also pulls at your heartstrings… “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” A hilarious and heartwarming story of an unlikely pair, played by John Candy and Steve Martin, trying to make it home for the holidays. We used to watch this for Christmas but now we watch it for Thanksgiving as well. If you have never seen this movie it’s a must-watch. It is a reminder that the journey can be just as important as the destination.

Holidays are all about family, and what better way to celebrate than by enjoying movies together? From animated adventures to heartwarming dramas, there’s a movie for every taste and age group. Take, for instance, “Free Birds,” an animated comedy that adds a feathered twist to the holiday as two turkeys travel back in time to change the course of history and remove their kind from the Thanksgiving menu.

Thanksgiving movies, most of the time, center around gratitude and reflection. They encourage everyone to appreciate the moments shared with loved ones, family, and friends.  Watching movies together as a family can become a tradition for you and your family.

Christmas tries to steal the spotlight when it comes to holiday movie traditions, but don’t sleep on movies this Thanksgiving! Scroll down to check out some of our favorites.

  • "Planes Trains & Automobiles"

    This goes down as one of the funniest, best holiday movies of all time in my opinion. With the cast including John Candy and Steve Martin you know you’re going to laugh but the end twist will bring you to sad and happy tears. This movie is what the holidays are all about.

  • "Free Birds"

    Free Birds is probably my favorite Thanksgiving movie. Starring Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler they tell a story of a turkey that realizes the farmers want them fat to eat for Thanksgiving and he goes back into time to change it! It’s hysterical.

  • "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving"

    When you think Charlie Brown you think about Christmas but you can’t sleep on A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving this year and every year after. This will be a movie you look forward to watching with your family every fall.

  • "Garfield Thanksgiving"

    Why would you not watch to watch the fattest cat on the planet enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner in a very Garfield way? This one will make the whole family happy no matter the age.

  • "The Turkey Bowl"

    Turkey Bowl is the classic high school bully story with a Thanksgiving twist. Starring Matt Jones and Brett Cullin you are going to belly laugh and it will warm your heart.

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