Thanksgiving movies exist?


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The Thanksgiving feast scene from “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

Daniela Arias, Assistant Editor-in-Chief

You hear about Christmas movies and Halloween movies, but what about Thanksgiving movies?

Yes, Thanksgiving flicks do indeed exist. In celebration of there existence, I have compiled a list of Thanksgiving movies for you to enjoy whilst indulging in your turkey day feast.

1)”A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”

Kicking off this list is a timeless Thanksgiving film, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” The 30-minute special follows Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang as they venture to 1620’s pilgrim America. This movie is just too cute, and the Peanuts gang never fails to bring an overwhelming amount of holiday spirit during Thanksgiving!

Charlie Brown’s loveable pup, Snoopy, in “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” (Photo Credit: ( )

2)”Fantastic Mr. Fox”

The film, starring George Clooney and Meryl Streep as the voices of Mr. and Mrs. Fox, takes the audience on a TRIP as Mr. Fox picks up his old habit of raiding the livestock of neighboring farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean. So…this is not exactly a Thanksgiving movie per se, but the various autumn colors incorporated throughout the film make it SEEM as if it were destined to be classified as a Thanksgiving film. Although it is not advertised as an actual Thanksgiving movie, it DOES have a Thanksgiving feast scene (as shown in the picture above Snoopy).

3)”Free Birds”

Featuring Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as the voices of the main characters, “Free Birds” follows pardoned turkey Reggie as he is recruited on a mission by fowl Jake to erase the history of the traditional turkey feast at Thanksgiving. Evil colonists, heroic birds, and of course, the staple protagonist turkey—this fantastical yet funny movie has all the elements of a perfect Thanksgiving flick.  

4)”Home for the Holidays”

Robert Downey Jr. stars in it…need I say more? Following her teenage daughter skipping out on Thanksgiving, lonely single mother, Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter), ventures to her childhood home to engage in Thanksgiving festivities with her dysfunctional family. The dramedy is perfect to watch over Thanksgiving break while you’re snuggled in a blanket with a hot chocolate in hand.

If you happen to find yourself in a limbo between watching Halloween or Christmas films over the upcoming break, refer to this list and indulge in both your Thanksgiving leftovers and these Thanksgiving movies!