15 best Thanksgiving movies to ring in the holiday
If you're skipping the NFL parade of games, clearly there will have to be another way to fill the void with family and friends while you're stuck at someone else's home with a stuffed belly full of Thanksgiving turkey.
But how to pass the time? Here's your chance to play hero and bring along a holiday-themed movie for everyone to enjoy.
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What's that you say? You didn't know there are certain movies that should be revisited, or God forbid, viewed for the very first time on Thanksgiving Day!
This is a right of passage. A means to the beginning of post-election healing, peace on Earth and good will toward men (and women). This is your essential guide to Thanksgiving movie viewing.
Thanksgiving movies for kids
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
If a movie about holiday travel with John Candy and Steve Martin can't bring the family together, then the world is worse off than originally thought.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
What holiday would be complete without Charlie Brown and Snoopy?
Addams Family Values
Yes, this movie takes place at a summer camp. But they depict the very first Thanksgiving at camp. How much more Thanksgiving can you get?
Jake and Reggie are two turkeys who go back in time to change history and remove turkey from the Thanksgiving menu. Is that how we got Tofurkey?
Some might consider this the "Home Alone" of Thanksgiving movies.
How better to get back at your family than bring somebody home for Thanksgiving that you know your family won't like? Come on. Don't act like you haven't done it.
Rocky? A Thanksgiving movie? Absolutely! After all, Rocky and Adrian's relationship started on Thanksgiving.
Grumpy Old Men
Everyone loves a good practical joke. Who better to show us the right way to play a practical joke than Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.
Thanksgiving movies just for adults
Scent of a Woman
I won't hold anything against Charlie Simms for how he spells his name because his epic journey tending to the needs of a charismatic blind man is off the charts. Plus, who doesn't want to learn how to tango?
Hannah and Her Sisters
It's Woody Allen. It's relationships. It's Thanksgiving. "I don't know if you remember me, but we had the worst night of my life together?"
Pieces of April
Ever have your stove stop working — after you've invited your dying mother and the rest of your dysfunctional family to Thanksgiving? Me, either. But April has.
Home for the Holidays
Have you ever had a really bad day, gone home and life got even worse? Jodie Foster can relate. That's what Thanksgiving is for, am I right?
You've Got Mail
How can anyone forget how Joe Fox comes to the rescue of Kathleen Kelly in a crowded supermarket on Thanksgiving Day in this classic rom-com? Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan for the win.
George Simmon's toast on Thanksgiving is worth the view alone.
The Big Chill
Reminisce and give thanks with this group of friends reuniting over a lost college friend. This star-studded cast will give you a reason to stay warm on Thanksgiving.
Chris Sims is a digital producer at IndyStar. Follow him on Twitter: @ChrisFSims.