If you are looking for some fun movie ideas to share with your family after the turkey dinner is over (or while meal preparations are in full swing), check out these Thanksgiving-inspired movies.
The Pilgrims held a feast of gratitude after surviving a devastating winter followed by a plentiful harvest on the American continent. The events that led to the first Thanksgiving are highly fictionalized in the animated Disney movie Pocahontas, but the film still pays tribute to the Native Americans who helped the struggling Europeans when they arrived on the shores of this country centuries ago.
Vegetarians may appreciate Free Birds, a comedic animation that looks at the feast from the perspective of the turkey.
The Peanut pals seem to have a seasonal film for almost every holiday and Thanksgiving is no different. In this animated adventure, Charlie is making dinner for all of his friends. But don’t expect the typical feast on the table in, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.
The annual Macy’s Day Parade, held in New York City on Thanksgiving Day, kicks off the holiday season. This famous event also serves as the backdrop for the classic movie Miracle on 34th Street and the 1994 remake.
For Older Audiences:
A live action version of the Pocahontas story unfolds in The New World.
The essence of family comes under scrutiny in Barry Levinson’s introspective story of an immigrant family and the pursuit of the American Dream in Avalon.
The male members of the family may appreciate this unusual choice: Rocky. It might not seem your typical holiday movie. But the aspiring boxer meets the love of life at an awkward Thanksgiving dinner in the first movie of this franchise..
The painstaking efforts to get home for Thanksgiving has made the humorous Planes, Trains and Automobiles a classic holiday watch. This film may be best considered only for older family members though, because along with the plentiful antics of comedians Steve Martin and John Candy comes a heaping helping of profanities— the film is rated R for language by the MPAA.
Get Off The Couch:
If you are looking for some fun hands-on actives to do with your kids, check out 3 Fun Family Traditions to Celebrate Thanksgiving.