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The Best Thanksgiving Movies to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Pieces of April (2003): A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and movies. Whether you’re looking for a classic holiday movie to watch with your loved ones or something to get you in the spirit of the season, there are plenty of films to choose from. From traditional favorites like Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life to more modern takes on the holiday like Planes, Trains & Automobiles, and Home for the Holidays, there’s something for everyone.

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In this article, we’ll explore some of the best Thanksgiving movies that will have you feeling festive in no time. These films will make your Thanksgiving special, from heartwarming comedies to inspiring dramas.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
This classic Christmas movie is one of the most beloved films ever made. Starring Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle, it tells the story of an older man who claims to be Santa Claus and is imprisoned to prove his identity. Miracle on 34th Street is a timeless tale about faith and believing in the impossible that will warm your heart this Thanksgiving.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
This hilarious comedy stars Steve Martin and John Candy as two travelers trying to get home for Thanksgiving despite numerous obstacles. From car problems to bad weather, nothing can keep them from getting back home in time for the holiday. Planes, Trains & Automobiles, is a classic comedy that will have you laughing long after the credits roll.

Home for the Holidays (1995)
This film follows Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter), a single mother who returns home to spend Thanksgiving with her family. Despite their best efforts, her family can’t seem to get along, and the holiday quickly devolves into chaos. Home for the Holidays is a funny and heartfelt movie that will remind you of the importance of family this Thanksgiving.

Pieces of April (2003)
This poignant drama stars Katie Holmes as April, a young woman who invites her estranged family for Thanksgiving dinner. Despite her best efforts, things don’t go as planned, and April must confront her past to make amends with her family. Pieces of April is an inspiring movie about forgiveness and healing that will warm your heart this Thanksgiving.

Dutch (1991)
This comedy stars Ed O’Neill as Dutch Dooley, a blue-collar man who takes his girlfriend’s son on a wild road trip to meet her family for Thanksgiving. Along the way, he must prove to her family that he is worthy of their daughter’s affection. Dutch is a funny and touching movie that will get you in the spirit of the holiday season.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
This classic animated special follows Charlie Brown and the gang celebrating Thanksgiving with a makeshift dinner. Despite the ensuing misadventures, it’s a heartwarming story about friendship and gratitude that will get you in the holiday spirit.

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
This drama tells the story of two women (Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy) who form an unlikely friendship at a Southern diner. The movie follows their journey as they face tough decisions and learn to rely on each other for support. Fried Green Tomatoes is an inspiring movie about friendship and resilience that will make your Thanksgiving special.

These are just some of the best Thanksgiving movies to get you in the holiday spirit this year. Everyone can enjoy something here this season, from heartwarming classics to modern comedies. So curl up with your loved ones and enjoy one of these films—they’re sure to make your Thanksgiving extra special!

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