From The Blind Side to Charlie Brown: 9 Family Films That Celebrate the Spirit of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is about to get better with these nine films that are a great addition to a family feast
The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock's 2009 film earned her an Oscar for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy, a Southern belle who takes in homeless teenager and future football star Michael Oher. The film, based on the Tuohy family's real-life story, includes a touching Thanksgiving dinner that'll melt hearts.
The 1991 James Belushi film centers on a penniless drifter who scams people in order to feed himself and his partner in crime, an orphan girl known as Curly Sue. The unlikely duo learns the value of family and love, despite lacking the monetary means to provide a traditionally stable home.
Home for the Holidays
Holly Hunter plays single mother Claudia Larson in this 1995 Jodie Foster-directed film. Claudia travels to her childhood home where an explosive Thanksgiving dinner takes place with her dysfunctional family, but it's not all bad as Claudia ends up falling in love with her brother's friend, Leo Fish (Dylan McDermott).
Son in Law
This 1993 comedy stars Pauly Shore as party animal Crawl who befriends country girl Rebecca, played by Carla Gugino, when she goes away to college in Los Angeles. When Thanksgiving rolls around, Rebecca, no longer an innocent farm girl, invites Crawl to her family's South Dakota farm where he pretends to be her fiancé.
Pieces of April
In this 2003 film, Katie Holmes stars as quirky and rebellious April Burns, who discovers that her mother Joy (Patricia Clarkson) has been diagnosed with breast cancer. As a gesture of goodwill, she invites her distant relatives to her apartment for Thanksgiving where she learns the value of forgiveness.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
The 1973 animated short film follows Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts Gang, as they embark on Thanksgiving traditions and festivities that bring them closer together.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Steve Martin is a man on a mission to get home for Thanksgiving after being stranded in Kansas. John Candy is the talkative and annoying Good Samaritan who offers to take him to his intended destination and shenanigans ensue.
Addams Family Values
The Addams Family attempts to rescue their beloved Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) from the hands of his gold-digging wife Debbie (Joan Cusack) in this 1993 sequel to The Addams Family, also starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia and Christina Ricci.
Hannah and Her Sisters
Starring Mia Farrow as Hannah, Dianne Wiest as Holly and Barbara Hershey as Lee, the trio portray three sisters in this 1986 family drama. The action takes place between two Thanksgivings two years apart, where Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her ex-husband begins a romance with her other sister Holly.