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Another Top Ten Thanksgiving Movie List

Babette's Feast, the ultimate cooking movie
Babette's Feast, the ultimate cooking movie
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1.  HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (1986)  Woody Allen's entertaining classic begins and ends with the family Thanksgiving dinner:  during the year two convoluted love triangles play out to surprising conclusion.

2.  HARVARD BEATS YALE 29-29 (2008) This engrossing documentary recalls the shocking November, 1968 consummation of one of America's oldest sports rivalries.

3.  HOUSE OF YES (1992) Mark Waters' bizarre cult classic features Thanksgiving with Parker Posey, incest, and Tori Spelling's independent film debut.

4.  BLACK ROBE (1991) Bruce Beresford's masterpiece depicts one of the darkest chapters in Native American history:  with the arrival of the white colonists comes the "relocation", and ultimate extermination, of the Algonquin Indians. 

5.  BABETTE'S FEAST (1981)  The essential film about preparing a spectacular meal.

6. PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES (1987) The late John Hughes' bitter-sweet salute to Turkey Day still entertains again and again.

7.  THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) The ultimate message movie of all time:  "There's No Place Like Home."

8.  SCENT OF A WOMAN (1992) Al Pacino does some of his best work as retired Army Colonel Frank Slade teaching young Prep School student Chris O'Donnell about life over Thanksgiving break.

9.  MYTH OF FINGERPRINTS (1997) Sudsy opus of a family whose secrets come to light over Thanksgiving holiday.

10.  HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (1995)  Jodie Foster directed this entertaining Holly Hunter/Robert Downey Jr. Thanksgiving standard, which transforms delightfully from melodrama to romantic comedy.


11.  THE COURTSHIP OF MILES STANDISH (1923) A Colonial-era period-piece: John Alden seeks the hand of Priscilla Mullens on behalf of his tongue-tied friend Myles Standish. This film stands at number 11 because it is a "lost" film, notable today because of it's unusual history as the film that brought down silent actor/producer Charles Ray:  Having achieved fame acting in a series of bucolic country-boy roles, Charles Ray decided to produce his own picture, resulting in this expensive period-piece. The film bankrupted Charles Ray, reducing him to bit parts for other filmmakers, and has-been status.

12.  BEVERLY HILLBILLIES "TURKEY DAY" (1963)  Thanksgiving has a hitch when Elly May bonds with the thanksgiving turkey so the family can't bring themselves to kill it. (Watch the Video Clip!)