November brings us the most American of holidays – Thanksgiving. Although the best Thanksgiving movies aren’t as well known as the best Christmas movies, they are still worth watching. Featuring all your favorite actors like Steve Martin or Al Pacino, these movies should definitely on your must-watch list. Pick one of the movies below and plan a cozy movie night with you family:
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
This comedy-drama film tells the intertwined stories of an extended family over two years. The film was written and directed by Woody Allen, who stars in the film along with Mia Farrow, Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey and others. The movie begins and ends with a family Thanksgiving dinner. This is certainly one of Allen’s most sophisticated romantic comedies, and the movie itself is about being thankful for people in your life who love you and care about you.
Plains, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)
This bad-luck comedy was written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film stars Steve Martin and John Candy, who share a three-day “adventure” to get Neal Page (Martin) home in time for Thanksgiving with the family. This duo is very amusing to watch, so if you haven’t seen the film yet, we strongly recommend it!
Scent of a Woman (1992)
This drama film tells a beautiful story about the bonding between a blind ex-army officer played by Al Pacino and a preparatory school student played by Chris O’Donnell. Frank Slade (Pacino) is charming and shameless in parts, which adds a playful vibe to the film while sending strong messages. Pacino’s brilliant performance in Scent of a Woman earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Pieces of April (2003)
This dark comedy-drama film was written and directed by Peter Hedges. In the film, April Burns, although estranged from her dysfunctional family, decides to invite them for a Thanksgiving dinner, as it may be the last one for her mother, who is dying of breast cancer. Soon she discovers her oven doesn’t work. This may be one of the most imperfect Thanksgiving dinners with a touching end. Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times called the film “intelligent and touching farce”.