5 Entertaining Movies to Watch on Thanksgiving Day

5 Entertaining Movies to Watch on Thanksgiving Day

Ah, Thanksgiving Day – that time when we eagerly anticipate the delicious turkey dinner, only to find ourselves stuck in a seemingly endless waiting game. The aroma of roasting turkey fills the air, and we’re left searching for ways to pass the time. Some may turn to parades or football games, but for those who aren’t fans of either, we’ve got you covered. Here are five fantastic movies to watch on turkey day that will keep you entertained while you wait for the feast.

1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

This beloved 1973 classic never fails to bring a smile to our faces. This year, you can catch it twice: first on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, on ABC.com, and then on the ABC app on Thanksgiving Day. The full 30-minute movie will air for free online. It’s also available on DVD, paired with another Charlie Brown favorite, “This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers”. Both animated shorts celebrate the beginning of the traditional holiday season, featuring all your favorite characters, including Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, and Franklin. And who could forget Snoopy and Woodstock taking over the kitchen? This Emmy award-winning TV special is a must-watch every November.


2. Free Birds

This animated tale is a hilarious take on the Thanksgiving tradition. It follows two turkeys, Reggie and Jake, who decide it’s time to free their fellow birds from Thanksgiving menus forever. After Reggie becomes the Pardoned Turkey of the year, he teams up with Jake to travel back in time and change Thanksgiving history. Their journey takes them to Plymouth colony in 1621, where they find themselves in more trouble than they could have ever imagined. With plenty of action, talking turkeys, and laugh-out-loud moments, this movie is perfect for turkey day.


3. The Thanksgiving Promise

This made-for-TV movie, first telecast in 1986, stars Beau, Jordan, and Lloyd Bridges, Millie Perkins, Ed Lauter, Jason Bateman, and Anne Haney. The drama tells the story of a Canadian goose destined to become Thanksgiving dinner, and the community’s efforts to save it. With beautiful scenes of Canadian geese in their natural habitat, this family favorite also deals with themes of responsibility and caring for nature. You can watch the entire film online.


4. Grumpy Old Men

Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau play neighbors John and Max, who have been feuding over nothing for 50 years. Just before Thanksgiving, a new neighbor, Ariel (played by Ann-Margaret), moves in across the street, sparking an intensified rivalry between the two men. This Thanksgiving time favorite is rated PG-13 for its sexual references, mild profanity, and drinking. With a cast that includes Lemmon, Matthau, Ann-Margaret, and Burgess Meredith, this comedy is a must-watch for anyone seeking a good laugh.


5. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

This uproarious comedy stars Steven Martin and John Candy as Neal Page and Del Griffith, two men with nothing in common who find themselves stuck together on a journey home for Thanksgiving. When their flight is canceled, they’re forced to find alternative travel arrangements, leading to a series of hilarious misfortunes. With its mix of gross, wacky, and sentimental moments, this movie has earned its place as a holiday classic.


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