The 5: Thanksgiving Movies


This Week on the 5:  Movies to Watch over Thanksgiving

 

Every holiday has at least a handful of movies associated with it and Thanksgiving is no exception.  Whether you’re going to be with family and looking for something to do once the football games have ended, or you’re spending it alone and want to hang out with your favorite film families, here are five movies to watch this Thanksgiving, and every Thanksgiving.

     

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  • The Last Waltz.  Filmed on Thanksgiving Day, 1976, the farewell concert of the rock group “The Band” is a yearly tradition for us, thanks to Martin Scorsese who directed the film of the final concert.  Without a doubt it’s one of the greatest concert films ever made.  Put it on while you eat, and avoid the annual “so what’s new with you” small talk.
  • Hannah and Her Sisters.  One of director ’s best films, the film won two Academy Awards and has an incredible cast including Mia Farrow, Diane Weist, Barbara Hershey, , Carrie Fisher, Max Von Sydow and a long list of memorable extras and cameos.  It opens and closes with two Thanksgiving dinners, making it a perfect Thanksgiving weekend film for the whole family to watch.
  • Planes Trains and Automobiles.  Starring and John Candy.  Directed by John Hughes.  Thanksgiving is the big holiday for getting home, or in this film, trying to get home.  You won’t find a holiday movie with bigger laughs, and somehow, even though you watch it every year,  you never get tired of  watching things go from shit to worse for Dell and Neal.  Watch this one while you’re stuck with old uncle Fred, and babysitting some cousins waiting for everyone else to show up.
  • Home for the Holidays. Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr. head up another great cast in this holiday movie directed by Jodie Foster.  The dysfunctional family is the star of this one, and you may want to wait till the relatives all go home before you put this one on, and compare everyone in your family to someone in the movie.
  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.  It’s not exactly a movie, but you’re more likely to catch this every year than anything else.  A tradition since 1973, the Emmy award winning special is like an old friend that shows up uninvited.  You don’t really like it that much, but you still always end up enjoying the visit.

    

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33 Comments

  1. Tbone1120

    November 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    March of the wooden soldiers

  2. Tbone1120

    November 20, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    March of the wooden

  3. HummusMagnate

    November 20, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Casino

  4. jerkstoresean

    November 20, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Rocky

  5. RonsCigar

    November 21, 2012 at 12:37 am

    What about going OG Thanksgiving? The New World by Terrence Malick? First thanksgiving dinner of all time.

  6. Nice Guy Eddie

    November 21, 2012 at 5:38 am

    My favorite is the Thanksgiving trailer from Grindhouse.

  7. Gunner

    November 21, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Gotta love Van the Man in the purple jumper, doin the kicks! One of the best versions of Caravan out there.

  8. Gunner

    November 21, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Rounders has become a tradition at our house on Gamble Day. Happy Gamble Day everybody!!

  9. Foggy_Otis

    November 21, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I enjoy spending my holidays with TV marathons whenever possible. No matter how many times I’ve seen Twilight Zone and Honeymooners episodes, I’ll still tune in

    • SerotoninsGone

      November 21, 2012 at 11:25 am

      @Foggy_Otis The best part of New Years Eve is the Twilight Zone marathon.

      • Foggy_Otis

        November 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm

        @SerotoninsGone To Serve Man is one of my favs!

  10. jerkaruso

    November 21, 2012 at 11:25 am

    For whatever reason Lord of the Rings has become a Thanksgiving staple at my house. Come on over P-Hickity!

    • Rorschach7

      November 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      @jerkaruso Same here man

  11. OllieInChicago

    November 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    At my house, we always watch Clash of the Titans with Lawrence Olivier  as Zeus.

  12. Rorschach7

    November 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Lord Of The Rings here too.. all three. Been doing that for like 4 years now.

  13. harlequincy

    November 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Barry Sanders highlight reel

    • OllieInChicago

      November 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      @harlequincy While listening to Mighty Real.

      • harlequincy

        November 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm

        @OllieInChicago I dig

  14. BadNewsJeff

    November 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Don’t they always play the Wizard of Oz sometime during November on cable?  That’s one you can watch with your grandparents and kids all together.

  15. BigMike2012

    November 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    FEZ gotta watch his GAY RUSSIAN PORN…………….Jebes help him.

  16. Docintoxicated

    November 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    We almost always throw on Blazing Saddles, it’s just a family thing.
     
    Cannibal The Musical has a nice indian theme.

  17. JAFO1966

    November 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Rudy

  18. Roadrash Hicks

    November 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    There is probably a james bond marathon. It seems like they have one every holiday.

  19. Docintoxicated

    November 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    So what movie does Hicks watch alone for the holiday? Seabiscuit to remind him of the horse side or Leaving Las Vegas to remind him of the drunk side?

    • Scott From Jersey

      November 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      @Docintoxicated Annie. cause he’s a fuckin’ orphan

  20. Scott From Jersey

    November 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    planes trains and automobiles 1 of my favorite lines.. unique. what is that French for asshole

  21. Scott From Jersey

    November 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    planes trains and automobiles 1 of my favorite lines.. unique. what is that French for asshole?

  22. Scott From Jersey

    November 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    the first time I saw the movie Friday my ex brother in law brought it over and put it on Thanksgiving Day with everyone there..fucking priceless

  23. Jerry65

    November 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Popcorn and toast for thanksgiving…what’s better than that!

  24. Guilty Bystander

    November 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Can’t think right now. Still thinking about Clint Eastwood lifting barbells in short-shorts.

  25. Kevin in SC

    November 21, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    If you dont fight back a tear at the end of Planes, Trains and Automobiles you might not have a soul

  26. Shaneka Hamer

    November 24, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Great job on the site, it looks outstanding. I am going to save it and will make sure to check often.

  27. CryBaby28

    November 24, 2012 at 6:40 am

    “The Last Waltz” is nothing more than Scorsese’s love letter to Robbie Robertson (hey Marty, there were four other guys in The Band). And those four continued to make great music after RR left.