When I was growing up, we would spend Thanksgiving morning watching the parade and cooking. We would then feast and all share things that we were grateful for. In the afternoon, we would often either go to the movie theater to see one of the Thanksgiving new releases, or watch a movie at home. In my memory, Thanksgiving afternoon is linked with good movies.
Whether you’re looking for something to watch on Thanksgiving day, or just a Thanksgiving movie to help get you into the season, there are many movies to choose from. Here are my top choices for Thanksgiving chick flicks. These are very different movies that especially appeal to women.
“Miracle on 34th Street”
I love the original version of “Miracle on 34th Street” from the 40’s, but on this list I’m including the 1994 remake. Although people normally think of this as a Christmas movie, it actually begins with the Thanksgiving day parade and then moves into the Christmas season (just like Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade really does always end with Santa Claus). This is the perfect movie to watch at the end of Thanksgiving day to be grateful for the day you’ve had and welcome the Christmas season in. There are so many things to love about “Miracle on 34th Street”: a smitten and sweet Dylan McDermott; the simple faith in goodness and Christmas; romantic comedy; an adorable little girl; Christmas magic. This is a Thanksgiving movie that I can watch over and over again.
“Pieces of April”
Remember Katie Holmes pre Tom Cruise? Back then when she was younger and edgier she starred in an indie Thanksgiving movie called “Pieces of April”. Thanks to her great performance and a strong screenplay, the movie received a surprising amount of positive buzz. Basically, Holmes stars as April. She’s invited her family to come over for Thanksgiving, which is going to be interesting as there’s obviously a lot of tension between her and her parents. She decides to cook a big traditional Thanksgiving meal for the first time, and of course there are challenges along the way. In the end, expect for there to be some great Thanksgiving sentiment. The most memorable scene in the movie, though, is probably April and boyfriend Bobby making love on Thanksgiving Day as she lists all of the things that she plans to prepare for the big meal.
“By the Light of the Silvery Moon”
You may not have ever heard of this movie, but your mother or grandmother probably has. This 50’s Thanksgiving gem stars Doris Day (yes, it’s a musical). There’s everything that you could possibly want: romance, comedy, singing and dancing, families, and a turkey who survives Thanksgiving. “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” is a real feel good film. It’s probably not technically the best movie on the list, but it will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy for Thanksgiving.
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