Best Family Thanksgiving Movies

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Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together over a big meal, enjoy each others' company in living rooms across the country, and take a break from the stresses of daily life. But if you don't have extra family members coming over for Thanksgiving this year, don't worry! We've curated a list of the Best Family Thanksgiving Movies to watch with your family instead (so you can feel like you're around people on Thanksgiving).

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When we talk about movies, we also wonder about the celebrities' appearances and The Movie Outfits. This is another reason why we love to watch movies together with our loved ones.

From Addams Family Values, Christmas movies or Free Birds we are sure there is something your family can agree on. Family time together watching a movie is so great because it doesn't matter what the weather is, and it usually won't cost you anything extra. You can check out DVDs from your local library or find almost anything on a streaming service. Get your popcorn ready and check out our picks for the best family Thanksgiving movies.

Four best family thanksgiving movies

1. You've Got Mail

2. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving 

3. The Blind Side

4. Free Birds

You've Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is a classic that takes you through the seasons with an unforgettable Thanksgiving scene.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: This movie is a must watch for any fan of the Peanuts comics. In it, Charlie Brown tries to make Thanksgiving dinner for his friends, but things do not go as planned. Ultimately, he learns the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Chuck, Peppermint Patty and all the gang make anything Peanuts a favorite for the entire family. If you want you can follow this with a Charlie Brown Christmas and have a mini-marathon to kick off the Christmas season.

The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock is one of those feel good films that is great for families. It is a true story and very uplifting. Watching this family come together is something to inspire us all.

Free Birds is a tale of some lovable turkeys who have quite the adventure trying to change Thanksgiving. The recognizable voices is this one makes it an animated film that even the adults will enjoy.

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Why are they so good?

There are many reasons why the best family Thanksgiving movies are so good. First, they capture the essence of the holiday – family (sometime a dysfunctional family), friends, food, and fun. Second, they usually have a message that is uplifting and meaningful. Third, they are entertaining

There are a few reasons why these movies are considered the best family thanksgiving movies. First, they all have themes of family and togetherness that are perfect for the holiday. Secondly, they all have great casts that help to bring the stories to life. Lastly, they are all heartwarming and funny, making them perfect for watching with the whole family.

When should you watch them?

While there are a number of great family Thanksgiving movies out there, the best time to watch them is typically in the days leading up to the holiday. This gives you a chance to get into the Thanksgiving spirit and gets you excited for all the holiday fun. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with your family as you all enjoy some quality time together.

1. You should watch family Thanksgiving movies when you want to feel warm and fuzzy inside, or when you want to get into the Thanksgiving spirit. There are a few different types of family Thanksgiving movies. Some are light-hearted comedies, while others are heart-warming dramas. No matter what type of movie you're in the mood for, there's sure to be a family Thanksgiving movie that's perfect for you.

2. Another great time to watch family Thanksgiving movies is when you're feeling homesick or just need a little reminder of what it feels like to be around loved ones during the holidays. If you're away from home during Thanksgiving, or if your family is spread out across the country, these movies can help transport you back to the warmth and comfort of your childhood home.

3. Finally, family Thanksgiving movies are also great for those times when you need a good cry. Life can be tough, and sometimes a good weepy movie is just what we need to help us get through tough times. Whether you're dealing with personal problems or global crises, watching a touching story about families coming together during the holidays can help remind us of what's really important in life: love, hope, and gratitude.

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When you are planning your Thanksgiving Weekend, add movies to your list once you finish planning that Thanksgiving menu (Are you team canned cranberry sauce or fresh?). Make it a new Thanksgiving tradition, pick some holiday themed snacks for later in the evening when everyone is no longer too stuffed to enjoy another bite. Once your Thanksgiving meal is over get ready for the holiday spirit. You can pick new movies every year or even start the tradition of watching the same one each year.

We have a great list of movies ahead but we also have a few honorable mentions if none of these sound like your cup of tea. Check out Paul Blart, Mall Cop (with Kevin James), Turkey Hollow from genius Jim Henson, or head to the Hundred Acre Wood on Disney plus to watch Christopher Robin. If you like Christmas movies there are all the classics like Home Alone and Miracle on 34th Street. You can also check out Holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel and Great American Christmas channel on most cable services. Whether you like a Romantic comedy, an animated movie or a classic like Little Women get started on your list and figure out the best way to watch it. You may need to order a DVD from the library or get something downloaded before you are ready to watch.

Save this list of the best Thanksgiving movies for a holiday or the next time you are snowed in or you are riding out the next ice storm. There is no better way to spend a cold day or your Thanksgiving holiday indoors than with your loved ones, some hot cocoa and a good movie. Make sure you have that firewood ready because a nice fire in the fireplace makes it just so much cozier.

From classic to modern, our top four Thanksgiving movies are sure to please every member of your family. So gather around the television, make some popcorn, and enjoy a fun-filled Thanksgiving movie night. What are your favorite Thanksgiving movies? Let us know in the comments below!

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