12 Best Thanksgiving Movies Ever: See Where And How to Watch

Before you go carving the turkey, get into the holiday spirit with the best Thanksgiving movies and T.V. specials of all time. From age-old classics like “Planes Trains And Automobiles” to Judd Apatow’s “Funny People,” there’s a wide range of festive films for the whole family to enjoy. Even the kids are sure to be thankful as Winnie The Pooh and Charlie Brown top the list!

Below, we rounded up twelve of the greatest movies and television specials to watch before the big turkey day this November. Check it out!

See where and how to stream the best Thanksgiving movies below:


“Planes Trains And Automobiles”

Steve Martin and John Candy (Moviestore Collection/Shutterstock)

Year: 1987

Plot: A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion. Learn more here.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

How to watch: Available to rent or buy on Prime Video


“Hannah And Her Sisters”

Mia Farrow and Diane Wiest. (Photo by SNAP/REX/Shutterstock)

Year: 1986

Plot: Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah’s husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly. Learn more here.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

How to watch: Cinemax, available to rent or buy on Prime Video


“The Scent Of A Woman”

Gabrielle Anwar and Al Pacino. (Photo by Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock)

Year: 1992

Plot: A prep school student watches over a blind man to make some money, but the job is not at all what he expected. Learn more here.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

How to watch: Available to rent or buy on Prime Video


“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”

(Still courtesy of UFS, United Feature Syndicate)

Year: 1973

Plot: Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving, as the gang attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner. Learn more here.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: No critics score, but nabbed a 74% audience approval.

How to watch: Check you local listings as ABC airs this gem annually in November.


“Funny People”

Adam Sandler, Aubrey Plaza, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill. (Universal/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)

Year: 2009

Plot: After learning that he is terminally ill, comedian George Simmons takes a different approach to life. Learn more here.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

How to watch: HBO, available to rent or buy on Prime Video


“Free Birds”

Characters voiced by Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler. (Reel Fx Creative Studios/Relativity Media/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)

Year: 2013

Plot: Two turkeys travel back in time with the goal to get “turkeys” off the Thanksgiving menu for good. Learn more here.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

How to watch: Available to rent or buy on Prime Video


“The Ice Storm”

Joan Allen, Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire and Kevin Kline. (Good Machine/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)

Year: 1997

Plot: Local residents of suburbia Connecticut, 1973, come to realize that their lives are beyond their control after experimenting with casual sex. Learn more here.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

How to watch: Available to rent or buy on Prime Video


“Pieces Of April”

Katie Holmes. (Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock)

Year: 2003

Plot: A rebellious daughter invites her dying mother to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner. Learn more here.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

How to watch: Currently streaming on Prime Video


“You’ve Got Mail”

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. (Snap Stills/REX/Shutterstock)

Year: 1998

Plot: Two rival business owners unknowingly fall in love over the Internet. Learn more here.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

How to watch: Available to rent or buy on Prime Video.


“A Winnie The Pooh Thanksgiving”

Courtesy of Disney Television Animation/Walt Disney Pictures

Year: 1998

Plot: Winnie the Pooh and all his friends have Thanksgiving dinner in the Hundred Acre Wood. Learn more here.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A

How to watch: Check your local listings as this rare T.V. special makes appearances on the Disney Channel and ABC from time to time.


“Addams Family Values”

Christina Ricci. (Courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

Year: 1993

Plot: The Addams Family try to rescue their beloved uncle Fester from his gold-digging love interest Debbie. Learn more here.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Where to watch: Starz, available to rent or buy on Prime Video


“Home For The Holidays”

Anne Bancroft, Robert Downey Jr. and Charles Durning. (Bob Marshak/Polygram/Egg/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)

Year: 1995

Plot: After losing her job, Claudia Larson is forced to spend the holiday with her family in Jodie Foster’s directorial debut. Learn more here.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Where to watch: Starz, available to rent or buy on Prime Video

Lead images by (clockwise): Universal/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock, Walt Disney Pictures, Good Machine/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock, SNAP/REX/Shutterstock; All data and plot summaries are sourced from IMDB.

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