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The Couch Potato’s Guide To Thanksgiving Movies

Everyone has their favorite Halloween movies and Christmas movies.  Don’t leave Thanksgiving out in the cold!  Here are a few films that complement your food coma.

 Planes, Trains and Automobiles

John Hughes’ bittersweet comedy takes place around Thanksgiving.  It’s like his grown- up Thanksgiving version of Home Alone.   Funnymen John Candy and Steve Martin demonstrate the lengths they will go to to get home for Thanksgiving.

The Addams Family Values


In 1993 the sequel to The Addams Family movie, Wednesday and Pugsley Addams are sentenced to summer camp where counselors force them to perform a play based on the First Thanksgiving.  It does not end well for the Pilgrims.

Homeward Bound:  The Incredible Journey

Disney’s heartwarming story about three pets lost in the wilderness concludes with every dog’s favorite holiday:  Thanksgiving!  It also contains a Thanksgiving play and you get to watch a little boy drop a giant pumpkin.  Starring Sally Field and Michael J. Fox as Sassy and Chance.



“The One Where Underdog Gets Away” (season 1), “The One with the List” (season 2), “The One with the Football” (season 3), “The One with Chandler in a Box” (season 4), “The One with All the Thanksgivings” (season 5), “The One With Ross’ Sandwich” (season 5), “The One Where Ross Got High” (season 6), “The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs”  (season 7), “The One with the Rumor” (season 8), “The One with Rachel’s Other Sister” (season 9), “The One with the Late Thanksgiving” (season 10)

Friends reminds us that friends can be family on this Fall holiday, and that Thanksgiving leftovers are the gifts that keep on giving.  Ross’ MoistMaker will forever live in infamy.

Harry Potter


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts I & II

There’s a reason ABC Family plays these movies between Halloween and Christmas: they’re Thanksgiving movies!  They might not have Turkey Day in Great Britain, but they do have butterbeer, feasts, and giant pumpkins.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire are the most Thanksgivingy (the characters tend to stop eating after that).

The New World


As Americans, we tend to associate any scenario involving colonial white men and Native Americans with the First Thanksgiving.  Jamestown has almost nothing to do with the Mayflower, but you can still satisfy  your  appetite for history with this flick.  The New World paints a lush and beautiful picture of early America around a love story between John Smith and Pocahontas.  Bonus:  It will more than likely put you to sleep.

Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life

gilmore girls deep fried korean thanksgiving

This comes out November 25, just in time to assuage your Black Friday stress.  The four- part miniseries surely has a Fall, and the Fall surely has a Thanksgiving.  Plus, don’t the wistful autumn colors of Stars Hollow just put you in a Thanksgiving kind of mood?


1 comment on “The Couch Potato’s Guide To Thanksgiving Movies

  1. Pingback: Easy Thanksgiving Hacks: What To Bring To Thanksgiving Dinner If You Are A Lazy Slacker | CRITIC OF EVERYTHING

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