Top Five Turkey Day Films

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Thanksgiving is coming soon. It’s a time of family, friends, and food. It’s also a time of Thanksgiving movies and giving thanks that your family is as messed up as those on screen. Here are some of the greatest Turkey Day films.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)

The ultimate odd couple buddy road trip comedy starring Steve Martin as the straight man trying to get home to his family for Thanksgiving and John Candy as a lovable leech who foils Martin’s every move. (By accident of course.) It’s a classic for a reason.

Son-in-Law (1993)

Pauly Shore is the most underrated actor of his generation. Okay, that’s a lie. But this movie is still good for a few laughs. Shore plays Crawl, the quintessential California surfer dude who goes to South Dakota with his farm girl fake girlfriend for Thanksgiving. You can’t say no to The Weasel.

Home for the Holidays (1995)

This may be the best Holiday (not just Thanksgiving) movie ever. Jodie Foster directs Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Claire Danes, Dylan McDermott, and Steve Guttenberg (Yes, that Steve Guttenberg) in the greatest dysfunctional family comedy of all time.

Pocahontas (1995)

Can you paint with all the colors of the wind? What better way to celebrate the day the White Man came and decimated an entire people than with this Disney classic? You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll remember how normal Mel Gibson and Christian Bale used to seem.

Pieces of April (2003)

Mrs. Tom Cruise (aka Katie Holmes) stars as April, the black sheep of her waspy upper-class family. It’s Thanksgiving and she’s invited her entire family to her place to try and prove that she’s not as big a screw-up as they all think. Problem is that she kind of is. Nothing goes right and when her family finally gets to her apartment they refuse to even get out of the car. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy all over?

Honorable Mention:

Addams’ Family Values (1993)

It’s not technically a Thanksgiving Day movie but I have to include it for one very memorable scene. At summer camp, Wednesday and Pugsley are forced to be in a play about the first Thanksgiving. They decide to take some creative liberties with the camp counselors script and instead of breaking bread with the pilgrims they tie them up and set fire to the set. It’s great.

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