Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and once again, it’s sure to be filled with food, family and – in some cases – fights. While celebrating the holiday with your family, be sure to check out our six favorite Thanksgiving-themed movies:
1. “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”
John Candy and Steve Martin star as Neal Page and Del Griffith in this Thanksgiving buddy comedy about trying to get home for the holidays. Looking to catch a plane to Chicago, Neal meets Del waiting in line for the same flight. The pair winds up tag-teaming around the country, only to run into countless obstacles preventing them from reaching their destination. “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” is considered John Candy’s best role by many and was well received by critics and fans alike.
2. “Pieces of April”
In her first post-“Dawson’s Creek” role, Katie Holmes stars as April Burns in the holiday comedy, struggling to impress her family – especially her cancer-stricken mother – for Thanksgiving dinner. April must overcome the blunders of dinner prep in her urban New York apartment before her father, mother, brother, sister and grandmother complete their journey from Pennsylvania. Oliver Platt, Patricia Clarkson and Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”) also star in this feel-good dramedy.
3. “Home for the Holidays”
It’s a little-known fact that Jodie Foster directed this comedy starring Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft and Dylan McDermott. Having just lost her job, Claudia Larson (Hunter) is returning home to her parents’ house for a Thanksgiving gathering with her dysfunctional family. Amid all the concerns, Claudia can’t help but worry about her teenage daughter (Claire Danes), who elected to stay home alone with her boyfriend.
4. “The Ice Storm”
“The Ice Storm” is a 1997 film about a pair of families, the Carvers and the Hoods, spiraling out of control on Thanksgiving weekend 1973. Once a brutal storm hits, it becomes all too apparent that the situations they have gotten themselves into will have their consequences. The critically-acclaimed film flopped at the box office, but includes stars such as Kevin Kline and Joan Allen along with Sigourney Weaver, Tobey McGuire, Elijah Wood and Christina Ricci.
5. “Hannah and Her Sisters”
This 1986 Woody Allen film follows three sisters – Hannah, Holly and Lee – on a two-year period starting and ending at Thanksgiving dinner. The sisters each have their own story throughout the movie and every year Thanksgiving brings them together to show their progress. “Hannah and Her Sisters” is one of Allen’s most iconic films, with Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest taking on the titular sisters, along with Michael Caine, Carrie Fisher and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
6. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”
In this 2009 comedy, Kevin James stars as Paul Blart, the security officer in charge of the local mall. Once the rookie he has been training takes over the mall on Black Friday and holds customers hostage, Blart must take action to ensure the safety of the patrons. Though not the most critically-lauded film on the list, the strangely-endearing “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” was a big hit with moviegoers, grossing over $180 million at the box office.
Make sure you check this classic Thanksgiving movies this season and tell us which one you liked the most. If we left one of your favorites off the list, let us know.