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1. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean

Votes: 112,569 | Gross: $49.53M

2. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

88 Metascore

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 37,342 | Gross: $2.65M

3. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973 TV Short)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown's for Thanksgiving, and with Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, he attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner.

Directors: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman | Stars: Todd Barbee, Robin Kohn, Stephen Shea, Hilary Momberger-Powers

Votes: 7,916

4. Home for the Holidays (1995)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

After losing her job, making out with her soon-to-be former boss, and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson faces spending the holiday with her family.

Director: Jodie Foster | Stars: Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft, Robert Downey Jr., Charles Durning

Votes: 10,974 | Gross: $17.52M

5. Dutch (1991)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

To get to know his girlfriend's son, a working-class good guy volunteers to pick him up from a prep school, only to learn that her son isn't the nicest kid.

Director: Peter Faiman | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Ethan Embry, JoBeth Williams, Christopher McDonald

Votes: 10,938 | Gross: $4.60M

6. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A recently widowed man's son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner.

Director: Nora Ephron | Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger, Rita Wilson

Votes: 148,336 | Gross: $126.53M

7. You've Got Mail (1998)

PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love over the Internet.

Director: Nora Ephron | Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey

Votes: 181,227 | Gross: $115.82M

8. Addams Family Values (1993)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy

62 Metascore

The Addams Family try to rescue their beloved Uncle Fester from his gold-digging new love, a black widow named Debbie.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Joan Cusack

Votes: 72,889 | Gross: $48.92M

At camp, Wednesday is cast as Pocahontas in Gary's saccharine Thanksgiving play.

9. Grumpy Old Men (1993)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 40,594 | Gross: $70.17M

10. Son in Law (1993)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Having gotten a taste of college life, a drastically changed farm girl returns home for Thanksgiving break with her best friend, a flamboyant party animal who is clearly a fish out of water in a small farm town.

Director: Steve Rash | Stars: Pauly Shore, Carla Gugino, Lane Smith, Cindy Pickett

Votes: 16,450 | Gross: $36.45M

11. Julie & Julia (2009)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book.

Director: Nora Ephron | Stars: Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Chris Messina, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 98,676 | Gross: $94.13M

12. Hanging Up (2000)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

33 Metascore

A trio of sisters bond over their ambivalence toward the approaching death of their curmudgeonly father, to whom none of them was particularly close.

Director: Diane Keaton | Stars: Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan, Lisa Kudrow, Walter Matthau

Votes: 11,412 | Gross: $36.05M

13. Must Love Dogs (2005)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

46 Metascore

A forty-something preschool teacher looks to the personals for a change of pace and a relationship, with hilarious results.

Director: Gary David Goldberg | Stars: Diane Lane, John Cusack, Elizabeth Perkins, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 29,526 | Gross: $43.89M

14. The Ultimate Gift (2006)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Family, Romance

49 Metascore

A deceased billionaire leaves his spoiled adult grandson a series of odd tasks to perform in order to receive "the ultimate gift," with the resentful grandson having no idea what that might be.

Director: Michael O. Sajbel | Stars: Drew Fuller, James Garner, Abigail Breslin, Bill Cobbs

Votes: 16,751 | Gross: $3.44M

15. Thanksgiving Family Reunion (2003 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy

All Mitch Snider wants for his family is a traditional holiday feast with the relatives. The problem is that he doesn't have any. That is until he gets an invitation in the mail from his ... See full summary »

Director: Neal Israel | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Judge Reinhold, Penelope Ann Miller, Hallie Todd

Votes: 894

16. An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving (2008 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 88 min | Drama

Inspired by a short story. Isabella Caldwell is a high-society woman in late-1800's New York. When Isabella's estranged daughter Mary becomes ill and is too proud to ask her mother for ... See full summary »

Director: Graeme Campbell | Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Helene Joy, Tatiana Maslany, Kristopher Turner

Votes: 540

17. Scent of a Woman (1992)

R | 156 min | Drama

59 Metascore

A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar

Votes: 238,953 | Gross: $63.90M

Charlie Simms is a student at an exclusive New England prep school. Unlike most of his peers, Charlie was not born to a wealthy family. To pay for a flight home to Oregon for Christmas, Charlie accepts a temporary job over Thanksgiving weekend looking after retired Army Ranger Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade, whom Charlie discovers to be a cantankerous, blind alcoholic.

18. Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade (2012 TV Movie)

TV-G | 84 min | Drama, Romance

An eager Thanksgiving parade coordinator is shocked when a wealthy consultant is hired to analyze its finances. Faced with teaching him that the parade means so much more to her than money, she finds herself reluctantly falling for him.

Director: Ron Oliver | Stars: Autumn Reeser, Antonio Cupo, April Telek, Ben Cotton

Votes: 1,408

19. One True Thing (1998)

R | 127 min | Drama

63 Metascore

A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger, William Hurt, Tom Everett Scott

Votes: 10,788 | Gross: $23.25M

20. The Thanksgiving House (2013 TV Movie)

TV-G | 85 min | Drama, Family, Romance

When Boston lawyer Mary Ross inherits a house in Plymouth from her late aunt, she has no idea she may have inherited a historical treasure. Mary's initial desire to sell the house is ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Emily Rose, Justin Bruening, Julia Jones, Lindsay Wagner

Votes: 805

21. Sweet November (1968)

Approved | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A woman lures emotionally crippled men into affairs, then helps them repair their lives.

Director: Robert Ellis Miller | Stars: Sandy Dennis, Anthony Newley, Theodore Bikel, Burr DeBenning

Votes: 922 | Gross: $2.18M

Sarah and Charlie

22. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey

Votes: 62,929 | Gross: $40.08M

The story is told in three main arcs, with most of it occurring during a 24-month period beginning and ending at Thanksgiving parties hosted by Hannah (Mia Farrow) and her husband, Elliot (Michael Caine). Hannah serves as the stalwart hub of the narrative; most of the events of the film connect to her.

23. Sweet November (2001)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Romance

27 Metascore

A workaholic executive, and an unconventional woman agree to a personal relationship for a short period. In this short period she changes his life.

Director: Pat O'Connor | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, Jason Isaacs, Greg Germann

Votes: 81,715 | Gross: $25.29M

She decides she will not continue the relationship to protect Nelson from being hurt. Nelson complies, but then stages a surprise return during the Thanksgiving holiday, giving her gifts that remind her of their happy times.

24. Spider-Man (2002)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco

Votes: 653,356 | Gross: $403.71M

At the Osborn and Parkers' Thanksgiving dinner, Norman deduces Spider-Man's true identity after noticing a cut on Peter's arm which he saw on Spiderman; the Green Goblin subsequently attacks and hospitalizes Aunt May.

25. The Blind Side (2009)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

53 Metascore

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All-American football player and first-round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head

Votes: 273,210 | Gross: $255.96M

One night, Leigh Anne notices Michael walking on the road, shivering in the cold, when she learns he intends to spend the night huddled outside the school gym. Despite her husband Sean's (McGraw) misgivings, she invites him to stay the night at their house. The next morning, Leigh Anne catches Michael attempting to leave the house quietly. She asks him to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with her family. Slowly Michael becomes a member of the Tuohy family

26. Prisoners (2013)

R | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

74 Metascore

When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo

Votes: 543,804 | Gross: $61.00M

Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) and his wife Grace (Maria Bello) attend a Thanksgiving dinner at the home of their friends, Franklin (Terrence Howard) and Nancy (Viola Davis) Birch. The children go for a walk in the neighborhood and approach a campervan that is parked outside a house nearby. There is music playing, which suggests there is somebody inside. After dinner, both families' younger daughters, Anna Dover and Joy Birch, go missing.

27. The Object of My Affection (1998)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

A pregnant New York City social worker begins to develop romantic feelings for her gay best friend, and decides she'd rather raise her child with him, much to the dismay of her overbearing boyfriend.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Kali Rocha, Lena Cardwell

Votes: 17,899 | Gross: $29.11M

Nina and George decide to invite Paul and his elderly acting mentor, Rodney, for Thanksgiving. Paul stays the night and has sex with George, resulting in a fallout between George and Nina

28. Free Birds (2013)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

38 Metascore

Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history, and get Turkeys off the Thanksgiving menu for good.

Director: Jimmy Hayward | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Dan Fogler, Amy Poehler

Votes: 21,317 | Gross: $55.75M

29. Garfield's Thanksgiving (1989 TV Short)

Not Rated | 24 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Finds Jon with a love interest-a veterinarian who orders Garfield on a diet-and then comes for Thanksgiving dinner!

Directors: Phil Roman, Gerard Baldwin, Bob Nesler, John Sparey | Stars: Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, Julie Payne

Votes: 745

30. A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving (1998 Video)

22 min | Animation, Short, Family

It's Thanksgiving time in the Hundred Acre Wood and Winnie the Pooh and all his friends bring food for the big dinner. Piglet brings acorns, Pooh brings honey, Owl brings biscuits, Gopher ... See full summary »

Director: Jun Falkenstein | Stars: Brady Bluhm, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings, John Fiedler

Votes: 131

31. The Thanksgiving Visitor (1968 TV Movie)

60 min | Biography

This TV movie is based on Truman Capote's childhood memories of living with his aunts in rural Alabama during the Depression. It is Christmas, and time for his quirky Aunt Sook to make her ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Perry | Stars: Geraldine Page, Michael Kearney, Hansford Rowe III, Joy Nicholson

Votes: 86

34. Holiday Engagement (2011 TV Movie)

TV-G | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

Afraid to tell her family she's been dumped, Hillary hires an actor to play her fiancé during a four-day Thanksgiving weekend at her parents' house.

Director: Jim Fall | Stars: Bonnie Somerville, Shelley Long, Jordan Bridges, Sam McMurray

Votes: 3,305

Always struggling in life and love, Hillary Burns (Bonnie Somerville) constantly feels the pressure to marry from her demanding mother, Meredith (Shelley Long). Finally, this holiday season, she thinks she finally has it right. Hillary assures her meddling mother that her handsome new fiancé is coming to the Burns’ family home for Thanksgiving weekend to finally meet her crazy clan. But when the workaholic lawyer suddenly breaks up with her, Hillary has to scramble to find a replacement or risk facing her mother’s wrath. After posting an ad online, she hires David (Jordan Bridges), an out-of-work actor, to pose as her fiancé in front of her mom, her dad (Sam McMurray) and her snobbish sister Trish (Haylie Duff). Soon, her fake engagement starts to feel real when she begins falling for David. Can Hillary find a way to turn this replacement into the real deal? Or will her overbearing mother find out the truth before the holiday is through?

35. The National Tree (2009 TV Movie)

TV-G | 88 min | Drama

A teenager has his Sitka Spruce tree chosen to be planted outside the White House as the new national Christmas Tree.

Director: Graeme Campbell | Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Evan Williams, Kari Matchett, Paula Brancati

Votes: 418

It features Andrew McCarthy and Evan Williams as father and son on a road-trip from Oregon to Washington, D.C transporting their own Sitka Spruce tree on a truck to be planted across from the White House on Thanksgiving

36. A Family Thanksgiving (2010 TV Movie)

TV-G | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A lawyer trying to make partner is shown the joys of living a more balanced life.

Director: Neill Fearnley | Stars: Daphne Zuniga, Dan Payne, Gina Holden, Kennedi Clements

Votes: 724



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