Before 2017 sets into the holiday season proper, there’s just one more happy hurdle we need to leap: Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but many of us take the day as an opportunity to spend time with our loved ones. Whatever your take on Thanksgiving, you’ll likely need some rad holiday viewing material to get you through the long weekend. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 15 of the best movies to sit down and enjoy with your family and friends this Turkey Day.
Addams Family Values
Perfect for those post-Turkey slumps,
Pieces of April
There’s nothing better to distract from your own family’s squabbles at Thanksgiving than the squabbles of an even more dysfunctional family onscreen.
Grumpy Old Men
Everyone has a cranky old man in their life, and this classic family flick is a comedic celebration of aging disgracefully and the importance of male friendship. Starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau as warring best frenemies in pursuit of the film’s true star, Ann-Margret, it includes a famous Thanksgiving scene and is humorously heartwarming.
Home for the Holidays
Directed by Jodie Foster, this offbeat Thanksgiving dramedy has an all-star cast including Robert Downey Jr. and Holly Hunter, and focuses on another dysfunctional family trying to get it together for the holidays after one of their number opts out of the celebrations. Perfect for some bittersweet laughs whilst the turkey cooks.
Disney movies are always a solid go-to, and this James Bond pastiche about a charitable organization of mice spies who help children in need is a stone cold classic. The ideal cute and cozy movie to enjoy alongside evening leftovers.
This animated historical fan fic is one of the best winter wonderland movies ever made. Put it on when your family wants to watch something educational. You’ll be surprised how many of the songs you recognize and how well the CGI/cell animation mix has aged as you follow the lost Romanov Princess Anastasia on a journey through her past.
Kubo and the Two Strings
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The Iron Giant
The best Superman movie never made,
The Gruffalo’s Child
A staple of British Christmas programming,
Ernest and Celestine
When you need a break from the MCU and the House of Mouse, turn to
Anjelica Huston’s second appearance on our list,
If you grew up in the ’90s, then
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Director Taiki Waititi is finally getting the recognition he deserves for the rip-roaring romp that is
Another Christina Ricci creepy cute classic,
The Neverending Story
There’s nothing better than a beloved family favorite when holiday times are getting tense, and Wolfgang Petersen’s groundbreaking fantasy film is one of the best out there. Incredible special effects, multiple iconically quotable moments, and everyone’s favorite cuddly dragon/dog, Falcor, make this a top pick for Thanksgiving.
Which of these festive films will you be watching this Turkey Day? Did we miss your family’s favorite? Let us know in the comments!