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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!

Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow (2015)

#20Adjusted Score: 12.524% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.Synopsis: Two kids find a magical adventure waiting for them near their quirky aunt’s farm in this Thanksgiving-themed family tale from… [More]Starring: Mary Steenburgen, Jay Harrington, Graham Verchere, Genevieve BuechnerDirected By: Kirk R. Thatcher

The War at Home (1996)

#19Adjusted Score: 60.016% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.Synopsis: Jeremy Collier (Emilio Estevez) is the army veteran who returns home after his harrowing experiences in battle. His father Bob… [More]Starring: Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Emilio EstevezDirected By: Emilio Estevez

The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)

#18Adjusted Score: 60.451% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.Synopsis: The adult children of a conservative New England family return home for Thanksgiving weekend and find themselves forced to come… [More]Starring: Blythe Danner, Roy Scheider, Laurel Holloman, Hope DavisDirected By: Bart Freundlich

The Oath (2018)

#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

The House of Yes (1997)

#16Adjusted Score: 63.829% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.Synopsis: This offbeat comedy is an adaptation of Wendy MacLeod’s play about the affluent, dysfunctional Pascal family as they prepare for… [More]Starring: Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Tori Spelling, Freddie Prinze Jr.Directed By: Mark Waters (VIII)

Alice’s Restaurant (1969)

#15Adjusted Score: 64.278% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.Synopsis: This uneven film is based on Arlo Guthrie’s popular song “The Massacre At Alice’s Restaurant.” Arlo, son of famous folksinger… [More]Starring: Arlo Guthrie, Patricia Quinn, Pat Quinn, James BroderickDirected By: Arthur Penn

Home for the Holidays (1995)

#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

Funny People (2009)

#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

The Vicious Kind (2009)

#12Adjusted Score: 25.169% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.Synopsis: Untrusting of women following a bitter breakup on the eve of Thanksgiving, a misanthropic construction worker finds himself inexplicably attracted… [More]Starring: Adam Scott, Alex Frost, Brittany Snow, J.K. SimmonsDirected By: Lee Toland Krieger

Hollidaysburg (2014)

#11Adjusted Score: 25.74% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.Synopsis: HOLLIDAYSBURG is a coming-of-age comedy about finding love, and the thrilling first moments of adulthood. When high school friends reunite… [More]Starring: Rachel Keller, Tobin Mitnick, Claire Chapelli, Tristan ErwinDirected By: Anna Martemucci

Addams Family Values (1993)

#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

Tadpole (2002)

#9Adjusted Score: 80.547% Critics Consensus: Slight, but good-natured and witty.Synopsis: Most 15-year-old boys are obsessed with the opposite sex, but this may be the only area in which Oscar Grubman… [More]Starring: Aaron Stanford, Sigourney Weaver, John Ritter, Bebe NeuwirthDirected By: Gary Winick

Avalon (1990)

#8Adjusted Score: 84.039% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.Synopsis: The third of director Barry Levinson’s autobiographical “Baltimore Trilogy” (the first two entries were Diner and Tin Men), Avalon covers… [More]Starring: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Leo Fuchs, Lou Jacobi, Joan PlowrightDirected By: Barry Levinson

The Ice Storm (1997)

#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

Pieces of April (2003)

#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

Scent of a Woman (1992)

#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

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

#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

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

#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

Krisha (2016)

#2Adjusted Score: 97.259% Critics Consensus: Raw, bracingly honest, and refreshingly unconventional, Krisha wrings fresh — and occasionally uncomfortable — truths from a seemingly familiar premise.Synopsis: When Krisha shows up at her sister’s Texas home on Thanksgiving morning, her close and extended family greet her with… [More]Starring: Krisha Fairchild, Olivia Grace Applegate, Trey Edward Shults, Bryan CasserlyDirected By: Trey Edward Shults

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)

#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

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12 Feet Deep
The American thriller film features twin sisters who are trapped in a swimming pool under a fiberglass pool cover. One of the sisters has diabetes and needs an insulin shot to avoid slipping into a coma.

150 Milligrams

The French drama film is based on the real-life French pulmonologist Irène Frachon who fought between 2009 and 2011 to reveal that a diabetes drug was life-threatening.

A documentary film about Alma Thorpe, whose primary condition is schizophrenia, but she also has diabetes.[6]

The Ambulance
A rogue doctor in an ambulance kidnaps people with diabetes for his experiment.[7]

The Baby-Sitters Club
A teenage girl deals with managing her type 1 diabetes.[8]

Beats, Rhymes & Life
A documentary film about the band A Tribe Called Quest, including Phife Dawg, who has diabetes.[6]

Big Nothing
In the black comedy film, criminals kill an FBI agent with diabetes by force-feeding him a lollipop.[9]

Loose Cannons / Mine vaganti
Side character, grandmother, commits suicide by eating all the sweets.

Bread and Roses
A married couple has financial difficulties because the husband has diabetes.[10]

Brokedown Palace
The father of one of the wrongfully imprisoned women has diabetes.[11]

The coming-of-age film stars an 11-year-old child who is learning to manage diabetes.[12]

An elderly woman in the film hides her diabetes from her family.[13]

The protagonist’s father has diabetes.[14]

The female pilot of the criminal gang radios for emergency backup, saying that they need insulin for a person with diabetes.[15]

Con Air
The film’s protagonist helps a fellow convict who has diabetes.[9]

The Confessional
A family mystery is investigated, and hereditary diabetes is a clue in establishing a family link.[16]

A Deadly Adoption
In a parody of melodramatic films screened on the TV network Lifetime, two parents see their daughter fall into a diabetic coma.[17]

The daughter of a blackmail victim has diabetes.[11]

Dog Day Afternoon
The manager of the bank at which the robbery takes place has diabetes and is threatened by the hostage taking, as he needs medication.[11]

Fed Up
The documentary film highlights that too much sugar in American diets is a strong reason for the prevalence of diabetes mellitus type 2 in the United States.[18]

The Founder
In the biographical film about the creator of the McDonald’s fast food chain, one of the McDonald brothers is hospitalized due to a stress-induced diabetes shock, and founder-to-be Ray Kroc visits him in the hospital to offer to buy out the brothers’ restaurant.[19]

The General
The titular Irish crime boss Martin Cahill develops Type 2 diabetes.[20]

A character with diabetes is helped by another character.[21]

The Godfather Part III
The film’s crime boss, Michael Corleone, suffers symptoms of diabetes.[6]

When a woman’s father is hospitalized due to diabetic complications, she meets a man with whom she falls in love.[22] ]

Half Baked

The stoner comedy film features a horse with diabetes.[6]

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
As a result of consuming too much candy in Hansel and Gretel, Hansel contracts diabetes and must periodically inject insulin.[23]

It Runs in the Family
The protagonist’s wife suffers from complications from diabetes and is on dialysis due to kidney failure.[10]

Jerry and Tom
The film’s hitman suffers from diabetes.[20]

Just Before Dawn
A criminal psychologist is tricked into injecting a person with diabetes with poison instead of the insulin needed.[24]

Mad Money
One of the bank robbers has diabetes.[11]

Meeting Daddy
The colonel in the film has diabetes and uses a glucometer to monitor himself.[21]

In a side plot, a man with amnesia treats his wife with diabetes.[6]

The Next Three Days
A husband attempts an escape plan for his wrongfully imprisoned wife, who has diabetes.[10]

No Good Deed
The film’s police officer is shown performing a self-maintenance routine for diabetes.[11]

Nothing in Common
The protagonist’s parents divorce, and he learns that his father has diabetes and has been avoiding treatment.[25]

Over the Brooklyn Bridge
The lead character Alby (played by Elliott Gould) has diabetes.[26]

Panic Room
A young girl with diabetes and her mother are trapped in a safe room during a home invasion.[11]

Patch Adams
The comedy-drama film, based on Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams, depicts a scene in which medical residents scrutinize a patient with diabetes, and Adams, unlike the others, asks for the patient’s name.[27]

The Planet of Junior Brown
A character with diabetes is helped by another character.[21]

Promised a Miracle
The American television film dramatizes the true story of Christian parents who believed their 11-year-old son’s diabetes were healed by God and discarded his insulin, resulting in their son’s death.[28]

Regarding Henry
The film’s attorney, recovering from a shooting, meets an elderly man with diabetes.[20]

Reversal of Fortune
A husband defends against charges that he killed his wife who had diabetes.[29]

The Right Hand Man
Based on the historical novel The Right-Hand Man, the film is set in Australia in 1860 and features a protagonist with diabetes.[30]

S/O Satyamurthy
A man meets a woman with diabetes and develops a relationship with her.[31]

Scarecrow Gone Wild
A college-age man suffers a diabetic shock as a result of a prank but is resurrected as a killer scarecrow.[6]

Soul Food
A matriarch’s refusal to address her diabetes leads to her death and her family falling apart.[14]

An alien seductress rejects and kills a candidate mate because he has diabetes.[6]

One of the multiple personalities played by James McAvoy has diabetes and is shown injecting insulin, while none of the other personalities has diabetes.[32][33][34]

State of Emergency
In the horror film, survivors of a zombie outbreak hide in a warehouse. One of the survivors hides her diabetes from the others, but when she falls into a coma, another survivor goes out to find insulin for her.[35]

Steel Magnolias
A recent bride has to deal with diabetes.[36]

The protagonist’s grandmother has diabetes but refuses to medicate.[37]

That’s My Boy
The comedy film features the relationship between a father and his son. In the son’s childhood, he is obese and has diabetes due to his father’s lack of care.[38]

This Old Cub
A documentary film about baseball player Ron Santo, who has diabetes.[20]

To Kill a Man
A caretaker of a forest preserve has diabetes; when his medicine is stolen, his son’s attempt to recover the medicine leads to the family being terrorized by the criminal gang.[39]

A witch hunter enlists a sidekick who has diabetes.[7]

The Weavers: Wasn’t That a Time!
The documentary film shows the band The Weavers, including bass vocalist Lee Hays, who had diabetes.[6]

What the Health
The documentary film explores health risks associated with the meat industry and says that several studies show that meat consumption is a leading cause of diabetes.[40]

Who Killed Mary What’s ‘Her Name?
The film amateur sleuth has diabetes and is helped by another character.[21]

The Witches
The young protagonist’s grandmother has diabetes.[10]

Wonderful World
The protagonist’s roommate is hospitalized for treatment of a coma due to diabetes. The protagonist falls in love with his roommate’s sister, who comes to visit.[41]

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