Thanksgiving can be summed up in turkey and football. But, in a nutshell, the holiday is about American families coming together and giving thanks, and what’s more American than movies. So, here are my top picks for the best Thanksgiving films:
Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Hands down, one of the best Thanksgiving movies, especially as it features John Candy, Steve Martin and director John Hughes. This uptight executive (Martin) wants to fly home to spend Thanksgiving with his family, and winds up stuck traveling with a bumbling (but loveable) “shower curtain ring” salesman during an unbelievable (but, oh so believable to any who have traveled on this day!) succession of travel-related disasters.
Miracle on 34th Street: Technically considered a Christmas classic, the film starts during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. And in my book, Thanksgiving is the kick-off into the Christmas spirit. Of course, this movie has been remade several times, but the 1947 classic is by far the best.
Home for the Holiday’s: In Jodie Foster’s directorial debut, Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) goes home and finds out that holidays with the family can be a disaster. This movie is a hilarious account in which most of us can relate too.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: Everybody loves Charlie Brown, especially during the holidays, and a fantastic look at the traditions of the holiday, and the true meaning.
Wizard of Oz: This has nothing to do with turkey or football, but the message of home is what Thanksgiving is all about. Plus, it's become a network broadcast tradition Thanksgiving night over the past few years.
What are your favorite Thanksgiving movies?