Thanksgiving Cinema

You might be thinking, I know there are Halloween movies, and of course there are Christmas movies, but Thanksgiving movies? Yep, this forgotten holiday does have a few movies that were made about it. Or at least that used it for the setting. All of the following are available on Netflix or Amazon Instant. And can be rented for free from your local library.

Obviously, the first one that comes to mind is “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.”


Slightly less renowned is it’s counterpart, and better historical piece, “The Mayflower Voyagers.”


One more kid-friendly cartoon is “Squanto and the First Thanksgiving.”


If you’re looking for laughs, then check out the classic “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.”

PlanesTrainsAuto Another heartwarming comedy, “Dutch” is also set around Thanksgiving and is also a film by John Hughes.



And John Hughes makes another appearance on our list with “Curly Sue.” Clearly he hasn’t forgotten this holiday!




Technically “Pocahontas” is a prequel to Thanksgiving, but the connection is inherent, so I had to include it in the list.



And finally, this classic is usually associated with Christmas, but the story takes place around the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “Miracle on 34th Street.”





  1. beth says

    Hi Gretchen, love all your movie picks. Just wanted to say thank you for the thanksgiving printable. It was just what I was looking for.My sister just passed away from cancer and her boys will be with me and I just wanted to remind everyone (including myself) that in the midst of our pain we are to give thanks always. Hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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