It's that time of year again. The one where you go home and realize that you're going to be spending a really long weekend in your old room with a twin bed in it. Or, worse, a room that was your old room, but your parents turned into a "guest room" after you moved out. How to cope? For most of us, the answer is Thanksgiving movies to stream that everyone can enjoy! (Or at least keep that uncle of yours from praising Trump for the next two hours, and grandma from asking about what nice young significant others might be on the horizon.)
It used to be that Thanksgiving was limited to whatever the channels felt like playing. So if it was that episode of WKRP in Cincinatti, that was that. (You know the one, "As god as my witness, etc.") Thankfully, with all the thousands of ways to stream movies nowadays, we can put on the exact right movie at the right time, in order to have all those holiday feels before the turkey's served.
Here are our top five Thanksgiving movies recommendations this holiday season.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
This 1980s-era comedy stars John Candy in his prime, as a hapless salesman of shower curtain rings (of all things.) He's teamed up with the iconic Steve Martin, who plays a high strung executive. Together, the two of them battle their way home over a three-day marathon to arrive in time for Thanksgiving with their families.
Pieces of April
Before she was Mrs. Tom Cruise, and way before she became the only woman to successfully divorce Tom Cruise and keep her daughter, Katie Holmes had a heck of an acting career going for herself. After her run on Dawson's Creek ended in 2003, she made the movie Pieces of April, a Thanksgiving comedy-drama. In it, she stars as April Burns, a young 20-something living in a tiny squat tenement on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Despite having barely any kitchen and even less room, she invites her whole family up for Thanksgiving, since her mother is dying of breast cancer, and it will probably be her last. It, too, is available on Amazon Prime, for those who subscribe, or on VUDU to those looking for the alternative.
The House of Yes
This is one for those who love 1980s period pieces. Set at Thanksgiving 1983, this movie stars Parker Posey and Josh Hamilton along with some *very* 90s throwbacks including Freddie Prinze Jr. and Tori Spelling. Ostensibly, the plot is about Marty (Hamilton) bringing home his extremely normal girlfriend Lesly, played by Spelling, to meet his family.
In reality, it's a tour de force by Parker, who, as Jackie O, Marty's sister with Borderline Personality Disorder, runs the house with her insanity. I don't want to give any spoilers away, but this is a dark, black comedy, the type of thing you want to watch when you need to be reminded that your own really isn't so bad after all.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Do I really have to explain A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving? Lucy and the football, Linus and the gang, Peppermint Patty inviting herself over and Chuck unable to say no. Two Thanksgiving dinners and neither of them go well. The cartoon is only 25 minutes but it's a holiday classic, the kind that's been playing so long, everyone can be nostalgic about it.
The entire 25 minutes is available on Daily Motion for free right here.
Miracle on 34th Street
And when you're done with dinner, it's time for the grand tradition for everyone this holiday season, the 1947 film, Miracle on 34th Street. It's technically a Christmas story, but it's set between Thanksgiving and Christmas, which is why it's a post dinner tradition that should never be forgotten. After all, what better things do you have to do than debate if that really was Santa the whole time?