The Best Thanksgiving Movies

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 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 best Thanksgiving movies ever!

#21
Adjusted Score: 12.658%
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]
Directed By: Kirk R. Thatcher

#20

The War at Home (1996)
60%

#20
Adjusted Score: 60.009%
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]
Directed By: Emilio Estevez

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 60.432%
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]
Directed By: Bart Freundlich

#18

The House of Yes (1997)
62%

#18
Adjusted Score: 63.792%
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]
Directed By: Mark Waters (VIII)

#17

The Oath (2018)
62%

#17
Adjusted Score: 65.234%
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]
Directed By: Ike Barinholtz

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 64.709%
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]
Directed By: Arthur Penn

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 65.709%
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]
Directed By: Jodie Foster

#14

The Blind Side (2009)
66%

#14
Adjusted Score: 72.591%
Critics Consensus: It might strike some viewers as a little too pat, but The Blind Side has the benefit of strong source material and a strong performance from Sandra Bullock.
Synopsis: Taken in by a well-to-do family and offered a second chance at life, a homeless teen grows to become the... [More]
Directed By: John Lee Hancock

#13

Funny People (2009)
69%

#13
Adjusted Score: 76.77%
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]
Directed By: Judd Apatow

#12

The Vicious Kind (2009)
70%

#12
Adjusted Score: 25.795%
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]
Directed By: Lee Toland Krieger

#11

Hollidaysburg (2014)
75%

#11
Adjusted Score: 26.371%
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]
Directed By: Anna Martemucci

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 80.78%
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]
Directed By: Barry Sonnenfeld

#9

Tadpole (2002)
78%

#9
Adjusted Score: 80.582%
Critics Consensus: Presenting a sexual awakening with surprising candor, Tadpole is a spiky coming of age tale that benefits from a deeply felt performance by Aaron Stanford and a script that is unafraid to wade into morally choppy waters.
Synopsis: Most 15-year-old boys are obsessed with the opposite sex, but this may be the only area in which Oscar Grubman... [More]
Directed By: Gary Winick

#8

Pieces of April (2003)
84%

#8
Adjusted Score: 88.147%
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]
Directed By: Peter Hedges

#7

Avalon (1990)
85%

#7
Adjusted Score: 86.229%
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]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#6

The Ice Storm (1997)
85%

#6
Adjusted Score: 88.868%
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]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#5

Scent of a Woman (1992)
89%

#5
Adjusted Score: 91.885%
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]
Directed By: Martin Brest

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 95.962%
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]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#3
Adjusted Score: 96.49%
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]
Directed By: John Hughes

#2

Krisha (2016)
95%

#2
Adjusted Score: 97.375%
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]
Directed By: Trey Edward Shults

#1
Adjusted Score: 68.684%
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]
Directed By: Phil Roman, Bill Melendez

Tag Cloud

Lucasfilm Paramount Plus National Geographic First Look Horror DC streaming service critics Spring TV golden globes Television Academy cancelled TV shows Fox News Red Carpet BBC One Sundance TV docuseries political drama technology NYCC Christmas deadpool Walt Disney Pictures ViacomCBS Hallmark Christmas movies 99% adventure Women's History Month independent The Witch rotten TV anime indiana jones anthology animated jurassic park MTV name the review The Walking Dead Best and Worst children's TV Peacock Rock A&E TCA Winter 2020 aliens SDCC Calendar Podcast comiccon BET Western Quiz documentary stop motion crime cops FXX Teen saw TV movies Musicals transformers Anna Paquin The Academy Toys what to watch high school award winner sag awards Thanksgiving Exclusive Video nbcuniversal Binge Guide supernatural disaster Star Wars 71st Emmy Awards slashers Reality Competition TCA 2017 thriller book psychological thriller Tomatazos El Rey talk show Fox Searchlight Sundance Now Crunchyroll Apple TV Plus Trivia Music new star wars movies BET Awards Summer AMC Box Office ABC Family godzilla Sneak Peek ratings 2018 Mindy Kaling romance Columbia Pictures Apple streaming Film Festival The Walt Disney Company Holidays Animation ABC Signature hispanic james bond Ellie Kemper Travel Channel Food Network Certified Fresh tv talk joker USA archives Endgame E! GIFs MCU Comedy Central based on movie Pop TV criterion venice WGN nature Marvel Studios all-time mutant Emmys hollywood rom-coms festivals Television Critics Association Britbox YouTube History Sundance IFC Rom-Com ESPN emmy awards medical drama Spectrum Originals comic books video movie telelvision HBO Go Legendary toronto cancelled TV series toy story crossover Ovation comic Mudbound women films Star Trek RT21 The Arrangement pirates of the caribbean Trophy Talk crime thriller Rocky Year in Review PaleyFest Masterpiece scene in color USA Network natural history reboot cinemax IFC Films scary movies mockumentary Discovery Channel rotten movies we love zero dark thirty Amazon Studios theme song GoT Mary poppins game of thrones remakes adaptation TCM Extras lord of the rings Photos HBO Max spider-man razzies true crime Drama DirecTV Nominations Stephen King green book Family cooking LGBTQ concert Brie Larson movies Valentine's Day Chernobyl Comic Book heist movie Warner Bros. blockbusters sequel psycho teaser halloween cults Superheroe GLAAD asian-american spanish language boxoffice Mary Poppins Returns 2015 45 TV Land kong Turner Classic Movies Crackle RT History Academy Awards OneApp robots Premiere Dates trailers Nat Geo Opinion Lifetime Christmas movies documentaries international Schedule Rocketman Logo Chilling Adventures of Sabrina obituary NBC prank live action Arrowverse casting stand-up comedy YA Paramount Network blaxploitation 2020 news historical drama laika batman strong female leads christmas movies San Diego Comic-Con HBO golden globe awards BBC football Pride Month Emmy Nominations mission: impossible ghosts SXSW Action period drama miniseries FX Creative Arts Emmys Hulu Universal BAFTA politics monster movies Grammys quibi Cartoon Network FX on Hulu popular 72 Emmy Awards Martial Arts biography french APB Elton John space Super Bowl 4/20 2021 cars Interview Disney Channel game show sports Disney streaming service Sci-Fi Disney+ Disney Plus Bravo witnail Comics on TV TBS Netflix Christmas movies Epix Syfy free movies TV renewals new zealand Mystery MSNBC cartoon CMT sitcom facebook classics jamie lee curtis Holiday Sony Pictures directors Kids & Family 2017 nfl YouTube Red OWN reviews Song of Ice and Fire japanese Esquire Disney E3 harry potter TV One renewed TV shows Reality latino Musical serial killer dc police drama target spy thriller Character Guide 2016 romantic comedy TLC Marvel Television Hear Us Out superhero cancelled Watching Series Alien PlayStation festival vampires 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards cats crime drama book adaptation Awards Tour Amazon Video Games binge 93rd Oscars franchise Classic Film Baby Yoda series discovery Cannes Winners TCA Awards composers Broadway Paramount Netflix dramedy italian President VH1 FOX kids LGBT X-Men spinoff Pixar First Reviews Vudu fresh cancelled television canceled TV shows die hard TIFF universal monsters science fiction indie ABC PBS spanish aapi Heroines marvel cinematic universe Country Disney Plus worst DC Comics screen actors guild comedies best WarnerMedia revenge Infographic Shondaland Turner Funimation chucky Winter TV Shudder Writers Guild of America boxing Biopics Amazon Prime Starz satire unscripted diversity justice league Film singing competition kaiju zombie streaming movies CW Seed Pacific Islander Polls and Games Comedy Cosplay dragons See It Skip It werewolf The Purge canceled ID new york docudrama Adult Swim sequels dceu Fantasy scorecard halloween tv superman Nickelodeon Apple TV+ Superheroes travel blockbuster DC Universe American Society of Cinematographers Mary Tyler Moore south america war a nightmare on elm street hist zombies spain versus doctor who 007 worst movies ITV CBS All Access finale DGA Awards Dark Horse Comics 24 frames video on demand SundanceTV Lionsgate A24 Election rt archives breaking bad black dark Ghostbusters 21st Century Fox BBC America TruTV 20th Century Fox TCA Set visit Pop CNN Black Mirror hidden camera Avengers The CW Oscars television screenings Fall TV Lifetime twilight Marvel Black History Month stoner australia Hallmark social media Captain marvel Freeform know your critic Pet Sematary TNT VICE Countdown dogs parents elevated horror Tumblr Acorn TV Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt YouTube Premium Trailer foreign Image Comics king kong Amazon Prime Video Tarantino Tubi comics Showtime 2019 CBS New York Comic Con richard e. Grant Spike VOD fast and furious Pirates child's play Marathons