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The 20 Best Thanksgiving Movies of All Time
Sharpen those carving knives, you got family coming over! Also, it’s Thanksgiving. This is a holiday all about looking back and all around you and being grateful, a feeling we think you’ll have once you finish our guide to the 20 best Thanksgiving movies of all time.
The sentimentalism game is usually reserved for Christmas movies – Thanksgiving movies are about the family dynamic, both good and bad. Films like Pieces of April and Planes, Trains and Automobiles focus on the positive, as stressful as traveling or preparing meals may be. Meanwhile, The Ice Storm and Krisha take bitter delight in the way the holiday forces people who may not be all too fond of each other together. And other movies you’ll find here, like Funny People or Addams Family Values, may not be the first thing you think of when approaching this time of year, but have memorable or significant scenes set around the Thanksgiving table. The only major stipulation: Every movie on this list had to be Fresh; once we had our list, we sorted it by Tomatometer.
Now we’re ready to serve up this cornucopia of cinema, so enjoy the 20 best Thanksgiving movies ever! #20
#17Adjusted Score: 66.03% Critics Consensus: The Oath draws on hyper-partisan modern politics for a pointedly funny satire that hits its targets hard and often enough to more than achieve its desired discomfort.Synopsis: A controversial White House policy turns family member against family member in THE OATH, a savagely funny dark comedy about… [More]Starring: Ike Barinholtz, Tiffany Haddish, John Cho, Carrie BrownsteinDirected By: Ike Barinholtz #16
#14Adjusted Score: 65.811% Critics Consensus: Much like a real-life visit Home for the Holidays, this Thanksgiving-set dramedy can get a little bumpy — but it also has its share of fondly memorable moments.Synopsis: In this affectionate comedy, an eccentric extended family members gathers for their annual Thanksgiving feast and bring with them their… [More]Starring: Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles DurningDirected By: Jodie Foster #13
#13Adjusted Score: 76.522% Critics Consensus: Funny People features the requisite humor, as well as considerable emotional depth, resulting in Judd Apatow’s most mature film to date.Synopsis: George Simmons is a famous stand-up comedian, who learns that he has a terminal illness and less than a year… [More]Starring: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric BanaDirected By: Judd Apatow #12
#10Adjusted Score: 79.735% Critics Consensus: New, well-developed characters add dimension to this batty satire, creating a comedy much more substantial than the original.Synopsis: When the Addams family welcomes a new baby, they hire a devious nany, Cussack, who falls in love with and… [More]Starring: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Joan CusackDirected By: Barry Sonnenfeld #9
#7Adjusted Score: 88.788% Critics Consensus: Director Ang Lee revisits the ennui-laden decadence of 1970s suburban America with deft humor and gripping pathos.Synopsis: Set on Thanksgiving weekend of 1973, The Ice Storm looks into the lives of a wealthy Connecticut family who are… [More]Starring: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Jamey SheridanDirected By: Ang Lee #6
#6Adjusted Score: 88.072% Critics Consensus: Pieces of April transcends its small-scale setting and budget with endearing performances, playful humor, and genuine sweetness, resulting in a touching holiday treat.Synopsis: April Burns is a wild, 21-year-old young woman with a very big problem. Against her own better judgment, she’s invited… [More]Starring: Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Oliver Platt, Derek LukeDirected By: Peter Hedges #5
#5Adjusted Score: 90.77% Critics Consensus: It might soar on Al Pacino’s performance more than the drama itself, but what a performance it is — big, bold, occasionally over-the-top, and finally giving the Academy pause to award the star his first Oscar.Synopsis: Driven by an extravagant, tour-de-force performance by Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman is the story of Frank Slade (Pacino),… [More]Starring: Al Pacino, Chris O’Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle AnwarDirected By: Martin Brest #4
#4Adjusted Score: 96.118% Critics Consensus: Smart, tender, and funny in equal measure, Hannah and Her Sisters is one of Woody Allen’s finest films.Synopsis: A Woody Allen Manhattan mosaic, Hannah and Her Sisters concerns the lives, loves, and infidelities among a tightly-knit artistic clan…. [More]Starring: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey, Dianne WiestDirected By: Woody Allen #3
#3Adjusted Score: 97.34% Critics Consensus: Thanks to the impeccable chemistry between Steve Martin and John Candy, as well as a deft mix of humor and heart, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a hilarious, heartfelt holiday classic.Synopsis: Were it not for its profanity-laden opening scenes, John Hughes’ Planes, Trains and Automobiles might have been suitable family entertainment:… [More]Starring: Steve Martin, John Candy, William Windom, Michael McKeanDirected By: John Hughes #2
#1Adjusted Score: 71.905% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.Synopsis: Charlie Brown and the gang learn the true meaning of Thanksgiving after Peppermint Patty boldly arranges for everyone to celebrate… [More]Starring: Todd Barbee, Stephen SheaDirected By: Phil Roman, Bill Melendez