Squished between Halloween and the holidays, it’s easy to totally miss out on our favorite Thanksgiving films. So here are five classics worth gobbling up this year.


Once the tricks and treats of Halloween come to an end and November is suddenly upon us, it’s almost necessary to start preparing yourself for the holiday season — a time when overconsumption, excessive drinking and maxing out your credit cards is not only acceptable but expected. The holiday that launches us into this magical (though, debatably onerous) period in the year, one filled with festive social gatherings, “joyous” evenings seeing your favorite (and in line with tradition, your least favorite) relatives and locking yourself inside because, let’s be real, it’s miserable out, is of course Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. For over a decade, my family hosted the special day at my mother’s house in Long Island and took it quite seriously — mountains of food, decorations equivalent to something you would see out of a Martha Stewart Magazine and bottles and bottles of alcohol. Along with good company, the night was never less than extraordinary, and since everyone had been drinking since three in the afternoon, without any question, tremendously entertaining.

Yet, as wonderful as this holiday may be, it’s one of the only holidays occurring within the designated holiday season that isn’t directly associated with a themed movie. For the entire month of October nearly every channel will play some Halloween related film in celebration of the spooky occasion. Christmas has an excess of films as well and goes an extra step further to show how much of a Christian nation we are by playing A Christmas Story on loop for a full 24 hours. Even New Year’s Eve — a holiday outwardly dedicated to copious amounts of drinking — has its own share of classic movies like When Harry Met Sally and — oh yeah, New Year’s Eve.

While it’s likely that we’re too busy stuffing our faces and watching football to realize that Thanksgiving falls short to the surplus of movies to choose from in comparison to it’s holiday contenders, it is still a touch disappointing. With this being said, let’s not forget the movies that actually do exist, which showcase what a fantastic holiday Thanksgiving can be. — VERONICA HOGLUND

Planes, Trains and Automobiles


A must-see holiday film from John Hughes — the same writer who thought up the better famous seasonal classic, Home Alone, amongst all our other teen faves — that stars Steve Martin and John Candy. The film starts in New York City, where Martin and Candy are rushing to the airport to catch their flight back home for Thanksgiving. Naturally, things don’t go according to plan and the two opposing personalities are forced to come together to make the long journey back to Chicago using various modes of transportation, as the title so blatantly states.

Addams Family Values


So, okay, this is by no means a Thanksgiving themed movie, however, the 4-minute scene where Wednesday and Pugsley star in a Thanksgiving play at their white suburban summer camp justifies its appearance on this list. What was intended to be an adorable take on the first Thanksgiving meal suddenly backfires when Wednesday Addams takes charge — more or less exposing the barbaric, but truthful, history of the American holiday or to put it in a more positive light, four hysterical Thanksgiving themed minutes.

Pieces of April


While watching this movie, it was hard not to empathize with Katie Holmes’ character who stars as the tormented late ’90s hipster babe of the film. The black sheep of her family, Katie a.k.a April, struggles to cook her first Thanksgiving meal in her shitty New York City apartment for her disapproving family who are on their way from out of town. Let us not forget that she does this all while sporting “raccoon eye” makeup and plastic black sex bracelets. I feel your pain, Katie. I feel your pain.



If I were to pick a favorite genre of film, it would most likely be horror. I like anything from psychological horror to your classic campy ’80s horror flick, which is why this particular gem caught my attention in the first place. Yet with a tag line that reads, “Gobble, Gobble, Motherfucker,” ThanksKilling doesn’t entirely fit into either of those mentioned categories. Essentially, the film is about an evil, talking turkey who will stop at nothing to kill off a group of unlucky college students who crossed its bloodthirsty path — sucks for them. But don’t misinterpret this suggestion. This is by no means an exceptional movie. In fact, I would go as far as calling it a really really bad movie, but you have to appreciate the absurdity of it.

The House of Yes


If you’ve ever wondered if there were families out there with more issues than your own, this is just the movie for you. The film has a low tier cast, which includes a personal favorite, Parker Posey. Posey plays “Jackie-O,” a delusional woman obsessed with the Kennedy assassination, the former first lady, and, most importantly, her twin brother, Marty. Set on Thanksgiving Day, the film takes a dramatic twist when Marty comes home to his family’s estate with his new fiancée. Yikes!