It’s Thanksgiving time! Soon you’ll be bombarded with intrusive family members, tons of delicious food, and—hopefully—enough booze to get you through it all. But first you should revisit some classic Thanksgiving flicks to help you prepare. Here are five of the best Turkey Day films.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
For whatever reason, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles doesn’t seem to get the same respect as other beloved John Hughes or Steve Martin movies. Which is a shame, because it’s one of their greatest flicks and includes a fantastic performance from John Candy. The pillow scene is also an all-time classic.
Home for the Holidays
Jodie Foster’s directorial debut is a funny, sad, and all-too-real examination of what it’s like to return to your small hometown from a big city to spend Thanksgiving with your family. Holly Hunter is great in it as are Robert Downey Jr (who plays her brother), Anne Bancroft (her mother) and Charles Durning (her father).
Grumpy Old Men
The 1993 comedy about two old, lifelong rivals feuding over their sexy new neighbor put Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon back on the map. But more importantly, it also features a memorable Thanksgiving dinner scene.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
An obvious but essential pick. No Thanksgiving week would be complete without a revisiting Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy and the rest of the gang from the 1973 animated film. Plus, it’s just 23-minutes long, which leaves you plenty of time to cook/trick your cousin into trying to kick a football.
Everyone knows that the 1976 Sylvester Stallone classic is one of the all-time great sports movies. But the film, which is much funnier and weirder than you remember, also includes a pivotal scene that takes place on Thanksgiving–in order to get his sister Adrian to go on a date with his best friend Rocky, Paulie throws their turkey into an alley. It’s perhaps not the best way to treat your sister on Thanksgiving, but–if you’ve seen the rest of the movie, or any of its many sequels–you can’t say Paulie’s strategy didn’t work.