The Best Movies to ‘Quarenstream’ This Thanksgiving

By James from Boulder, USA - Happy Thanksgiving, CC BY 2.0,

With Turkey day turned on its head this year due to harsh pandemic restrictions, reminisce about Thanksgivings’ past with these classic holiday movies.  

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

In John Hughes 1987 classic comedy, Steve Martin is forced to endure clumsy salesman John Candy for three days while he tries to make it to New York in time for Thanksgiving. 


Working class Ed O’Neill is forced to endure his girlfriend’s snobby prep-school son when he picks him up for the holiday break in this 1991 comedy.  

Home For the Holidays

After losing her job, Holly Hunter tries to survive Thanksgiving dinner with her dysfunctional family in this 1995 comedy.  

Nobody’s Fool

Construction worker Paul Newman flirts with nemesis contractor Bruce Willis’ wife as he grapples with the return of his long forgotten son for Thanksgiving.  

Scent of a Woman

Prep school student Chris O’Donnell forms an unlikely friendship with Al Pacino’s blind retired army lieutenant when he takes care of him over Thanksgiving weekend.  

Grumpy Old Men

Jack Lemmon and Walther Matthau compete for the affections of their new neighbor Ann Margret over the holidays.  

The Blind Side

Sandra Bullock invites a homeless teenage football player to spend Thanksgiving with her family, and later becomes his family.  

The War at Home

Real life father and son Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez star in this drama about a haunted soldier struggling as Thanksgiving approaches and the family that doesn’t understand how to help.  

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Kevin James stars as the titular character in this Black Friday heist comedy.  

Free Bird

Two animated turkeys go back in time to the very first Thanksgiving to take turkey of the menu.  

Son In Law

College girl Carla Gugino convinces her RA Pauly Shore to pretend to be her boyfriend over Thanksgiving break, much to the horror of her conservative farmer family.  

The Ice Storm

Joan Allen and Kevin Kline lead this dark Thanksgiving drama about middle class families spiraling out of control in 1973 Connecticut.   

The Tower Heist

Ben Stiller leads a group of luxury apartment workers planning to steal from the employer who ripped of their pensions during Thanksgiving.  

Funny People

Adam Sandler stars as dying movie star trying to reconnect with his stand-up comedy roots with the help of a young comic played by Seth Rogan.  A heartwarming Thanksgiving toast drives home that friends can become family.  

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Show the kids this Peanut’s classic where Charlie Brown anxiously tries to accommodate Peppermint Patty and friends after she invites herself to his Thanksgiving dinner.  

What’s Cooking 

Kyra Sedgwick and Juliana Margulies lead a diverse cast of four LA families gathering for Thanksgiving dinner in this heartwarming 2000 dramedy.  

For Your Consideration 

Eugene Levy and Christopher Guest star in this 2006 mockumentary about making a Thanksgiving movie.  

Chicken Run

This animated hit follows a group of chickens hilariously trying to escape from being turned into chicken pot pie… They may not be turkeys, but birds of a feather flock together.  

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