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Thanksgiving Movie Night

Thanksgiving movie night has emerged as a delightful tradition, blending the warmth of family togetherness with the magic of cinematic storytelling. While the day is traditionally filled with feasts and expressions of gratitude, movie nights are an emerging trend that adds a delightful twist to the holiday festivities.

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This new tradition mixes the warmth of being with family with the joy of watching stories on screen, making it a memorable experience for everyone. Thanksgiving movie night is not just about watching movies. It's a special time to create happy memories, get closer to your family, and feel thankful in a fun way.

So, grab your popcorn and have a good time watching Thanksgiving movies with your loved ones.

What is Thanksgiving Movie Night?

Thanksgiving Movie Night is typically an event that takes place after Thanksgiving dinner. It's when family and friends gather in the living room, bellies full from the feast, to enjoy a movie together.

This tradition allows everyone to relax, share laughter, and create memories while extending the warmth and togetherness of the holiday into the evening. It's more about the shared experience than the particular movie being watched.

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What should someone bring to Thanksgiving Movie Night?

When attending a Thanksgiving movie night, consider adding something that elevates the warm and shared ambiance. For example, bringing a bowl of freshly popped popcorn, your preferred movie munchies, or a variety of hot cocoa mixes will surely be a welcome contribution.

If you want to contribute to the comfort, bring a plush throw blanket or some soft pillows for lounging. You might also consider a board game or a deck of cards for some pre- or post-movie entertainment. Remember, the most important thing to bring is a positive attitude and a willingness to enjoy the evening together.

What movies should you choose for Thanksgiving?

Choosing the right movies for your Thanksgiving movie night is essential for creating the perfect atmosphere. Here are some broad categories to explore:

  1. Family-Friendly Classics: These movies have stood the test of time and are loved by people of all ages. They often carry themes of gratitude, family, and friendship, which resonate with the spirit of Thanksgiving.
  2. Modern Favorites: Every year, new movies are released that capture the hearts of audiences. Consequently, these can be a great addition to your movie night, offering fresh takes on familiar themes.
  3. Comedies: Thanksgiving is a time for joy and laughter. Therefore, comedies, especially those centered around the holidays, can bring much-needed lightheartedness to your gathering.
  4. Dramas: For those who prefer more serious films, there are plenty of dramas that explore deeper themes of family, gratitude, and personal growth.
  5. Animated Films: If kids are on your guest list, animated movies can keep them entertained while delivering valuable lessons.
  6. Romantic Movies: A good love story can warm hearts during the chilly fall season. Additionally, there are many romantic films set around Thanksgiving that you could consider.
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Remember, the aim is to select movies that cater to everyone's tastes. Moreover, you can even involve your guests in the decision-making process by organizing a vote.

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Thanksgiving Movies

Thanksgiving movies play a unique role in our holiday customs, providing a heartwarming opportunity to come together with family and friends. Furthermore, they evoke many feelings, from joy and fond memories to thankfulness and reflection, making them an ideal choice to enrich your holiday gatherings.

Below, you'll find a selection of must-see Thanksgiving movies to elevate your holiday festivities:

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins (Actors)

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)

This classic comedy, starring John Candy and Steve Martin, takes you on a hilarious journey of two mismatched travelers trying to get home for Thanksgiving.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)

Join Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang in this heartwarming animated special as they discover the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

Home for the Holidays
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft (Actors)

Home for the Holidays (1995)

This film explores the ups and downs of a Thanksgiving family reunion, featuring an exceptional ensemble cast.

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Free Birds (2013)

For lighthearted holiday fun, follow a time-traveling turkey on a mission to change the Thanksgiving menu in this animated adventure.

Hannah And Her Sisters
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Barbara Hershey, Carrie Fisher, Michael Caine (Actors)

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

This film explores the complexities of relationships and family dynamics over the course of several Thanksgiving gatherings.

Pieces Of April HD
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Alice Drummond, Alison Pill (Actors)

Pieces of April (2003)

A heartfelt and quirky indie film that follows a young woman as she prepares Thanksgiving dinner for her estranged family.

The Ice Storm
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Christina Ricci (Actors)

The Ice Storm (1997)

This drama delves into the complexities of suburban family life during the Thanksgiving holiday in the 1970s.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ed O'Neill, Ethan Embry, JoBeth Williams (Actors)

Dutch (1991)

It is a comedic road trip film where Ed O'Neill's character attempts to escort his girlfriend's son home for Thanksgiving.

These Thanksgiving movies have something to delight everyone, from timeless humor to heartwarming family stories and reflective tales. They're ideal for setting a festive atmosphere, spreading smiles, and fostering thankfulness during your Thanksgiving movie night.

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Thinking of hosting a Thanksgiving movie night? Check out this Thanksgiving movie night printable. It includes a Thanksgiving movie checklist so you can write down the perfect movies, a guest list template to keep track of your favorite people, a movie night invitation that impresses you, and a Thanksgiving checklist of the things you would need.

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