Why only five? Because the man wants to deprive me of 10.
Seriously, looking at the list of Thanksgiving movies, I realize, there's not that many Thanksgiving films and there's about five of them that I've actually seen and enjoyed. So here we have, the five best Thanksgiving movies:
5. HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Now here's a movie that I was not expecting to enjoy BUT since I have seen similar movies like The Family Stone, Dan In Real Life, & This Christmas, I felt it was natural to see this as well and boy, what a great film this was. Claudia Larson is a divorced single mom who just lost her job and now has to fly home for the traditional family Thanksgiving in Baltimore. From the plane, she calls for reinforcements--and her brother Tommy makes it down from Boston with a little surprise: a handsome friend named Leo. Between dropping the turkey in their sister's lap and a few fist fights on the front lawn, Claudia and Tommy recapture their childhood- -and Claudia and Leo explore the sweet possibility of romance. Starring Holly Hunter, Robert Downey, Jr., and Anne Bancroft; directed by Jodie Foster. I'm surprised that Jodie Foster didn't make any other directorial efforts because this was a fine debut and the performances were good from Hunter, Downey Jr., Bancroft, and much of the cast.
4. HANNAH AND HER SISTERS
Probably the best movie that Woody Allen made in the 80's. During a Thanksgiving party, and the year following, we take a look at three sisters and the relationship they have with one another, and with the men in their lives. Starring Woody Allen, Michael Caine, and Mia Farrow; written and directed by Woody Allen. It's a very intersting looking movie and while it doesn't hold up to strong films like Annie Hall, Manhattan, & Match Point.
3. SCENT OF A WOMAN
I'm actually surprised that this is a Thanksgiving movie. Hoping to earn extra money over the Thanksgiving break, an innocent and reserved scholarship student at an exclusive prep school agrees to look after a blind, retired Lieutenant Colonel, who takes him off for a wild weekend in New York City. Al Pacino & Chris O'Donnell were great together and it's a movie that is definitely one of those under-appreciated films.
2. A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING
Okay, it's technically not considered a movie but goddamn, this is still one of the best holiday specials that still air on TV today. When Peppermint Patty and a group of hungry pals show up at Charlie Brown's house expecting food, Charlie Brown is too wishy-washy to refuse. With the help of Linus, Snoopy and Woodstock a very unusual feast is prepared. I don't like this as much as "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' or 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' but, like I said, it's still one of the best holiday specials on TV.
1. PLANES TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES
Hands down, the best Thanksgiving movie of all time. A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion. Starring Steve Martin and John Candy; written, produced and directed by John Hughes, this movie is indeed a very funny comedy and the best movie about the Thanksgiving holiday.