5 Films to Watch With Family This Thanksgiving

Tomorrow, Thanksgiving will be upon us. It’s a time to get together and reflect on what’s important to us — to catch up with family and enjoy each other. It’s a time to wonder whether you actually just saw Uncle Bill drool into the bowl of mashed potatoes.

In the spirit of the season, we’ve compiled a list of 5 films that capture the feel of Thanksgiving. So gather ’round the television and bask in the togetherness.


5. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

This one has the simplest of plots: a man is trying to get back home to his family for Thanksgiving and is beset by comedy pitfalls every step of the way. John Hughes crafted a poignant and funny movie, and for many people, this is the best Thanksgiving film ever. But they aren’t on our level.



4.  Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

Honestly, we don’t remember anything about this movie except that large portions of it involved grotesquely obese people eating food. No, inhaling food.  It’s also completely intolerable and makes you question your entire life.  It’s the perfect embodiment of the holiday, and it will remind everyone how disgusting they are. Beautiful.


Sophie's Choice (clip)

3. Sophie’s Choice

We’ve all been there. You sit down at a dinner table and your grandmother asks how things are going at the bible college. Do you explain to her that you are now an atheist and have dropped out of bible college to fulfill your dream of being a porn fluffer? Or do you just say everything’s fine?

Maybe Grandma Sophie brings up how Obama is a secret Muslim. Do you spend time tediously correcting mistakes and alienating everyone, or do you sit tight and grab another spoonful of cranberries?

This movie gets Thanksgiving.



2. Dawn of the Dead

Here is a film that, despite its age, unabashedly echoes the sentiments of Black Friday shoppers: shuffling around malls, banging on glass storefronts and tramping on each other to get in. That’s what it’s all about, right? This is America, and we’re thankful for big screen televisions, and we will beat someone to death with a blender to get at one.

Coincidentally, the creatures in this film also gorge themselves on human flesh. They openly feast on intestines and look glassy-eyed at new clothing. Between the shopping and the eating, this is in some ways the greatest Thanksgiving film of all time.



1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

At the end of the day, Thanksgiving is really about family. Whether you enjoy being around them of not, that’s what it’s about. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is also about family.  Sure, it’s a family that builds lampshades out of human bones and skin and keeps people on meathooks. But it’s a family nonetheless.

They sit down and eat meals like everyone else, and they also get mad at each other like everyone else. And they engage in family activities to grow their bonds. That’s a beautiful thing.

Happy Thanksgiving.