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Some of the Best – and Worst – Thanksgivings on Film

What’s your favorite film about Thanksgiving?

 

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
[1987]

An uptight businessman faces disaster after disaster as he tries to get back home in time for his family’s Thanksgiving dinner, and along the way is joined by an insane traveling salesman who will not leave him alone.

 

 

Hannah and Her Sisters
[1986]

A look at three sisters and the relationship they have with one another, and with the men in their lives.

 

 

 

Avalon
[1990]

The story of several generations of a family, from the arrival of Jewish immigrant Sam Krichinsky in the suburb of Baltimore called Avalon, down through his children and grandchildren. The family goes from poverty to prosperity as the world changes around them, but their love and humor hold the family together.

 

 

The Ice Storm
[1997]

Thanksgiving 1973. The climate is changing, both politically and physically. As the Watergate scandal unfolds in the background, the inhabitants of a small Connecticut town begin to slip into an existentialist void. Social taboos are shattered on whims and the line between adult authority and juvenile irresponsibility is practically nonexistant. When a self-centered husband’s relationships with his wife and mistress grow cold, it takes a wife-swapping ‘key party’ and a freak ice storm to clear the air – and change their lives forever.

 

Home for the Holidays
[2002]

A single mother looses her job and travels home to spend Thanksgiving with her family all on the same day.

 

 

 

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