Best Thanksgiving Movies to Watch This Year


Sofia Payan-Siegrist, Staff Writer

Many people celebrate the Christmas season by watching their favorite classic Christmas movies with friends and family. Thanksgiving movies, on the other hand, tend to be overlooked.  Either way, if you find yourself bored this Thanksgiving or in desperate need of some holiday spirit, try watching these top-rated films.

“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” (1973)

The iconic Peanuts gang is relatively well known.  This group of characters are based on a series of comic strips written by Charles M. Schulz. As Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and other members of this iconic family gather for a Thanksgiving feast, they touch on important subjects such as the true meaning of Thanksgiving and the importance of gratitude in modern society. This movie is a great option for those spending time with younger family members. Additionally, this movie is reputable for its 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and its 1974 Emmy. 

“Little Women”

Even though this movie isn’t directly related to Thanksgiving, it features plenty of morals we value during the Thanksgiving season.  For background, this movie is based on the book Little Women written by Alouisa Maycott. This story is beloved for its dynamic characters who bring life to the Civil War era while they await their fathers arrival from war. The 2019 version of this story received a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and won an  Oscar. 

“Free birds”

If you’re looking for a sit-back, amusing watch, this one’s for you. “Free Birds” entails the journey two birds must take back to the first Thanksgiving to save their kind (other Turkeys) from remaining the main entree for Thanksgiving dinner. While not historically accurate, this movie provides laughter for all viewers, young and old alike. 

“Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow

This film is the story of two young kids who search for a mythical monster while spending Thanksgiving with their Aunt and recently divorced father. Again, this is another great movie to watch with young family members, however, it also touches on complex subjects such as family tension. 

So if you are planning to relax this Thanksgiving, try a few of these films, you might find one you really like or learn something new.


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