EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was originally published at The Write Side of My Brain in November 2011.
After the parades, after the tryptophan has kicked in, after you’re tired of football…and if you don’t want to spend a fortune seeing one of many choices of great Thanksgiving movies (see family friend movies here), then here’s our list of classic Thanksgiving movies/videos that are a must watch every season.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947). The best version of course is the 1947 original. Sure it’s in black and white, but it was Maureen O’Hara and a young Natalie Wood. The movie opens at the beginning of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Santa hired for the parade is far to drunk to head down Broadway. So, kindly old Kris Kringle agrees to step in. Is he the real Santa Claus? Do you believe? The 1994 remake
isn’t bad, but we prefer the original.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Deluxe Edition. What’s not to love about the idea of sharing a Thanksgiving feast with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang. When Peppermint Patti invites herself over for dinner, Charlie Brown does his best but it’s not the expected.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Steve Martin and John Candy team up in this hilarious movie where the goal is just to get home for the holiday, by whatever means possible.
And no Thanksgiving would be complete without this classic:
The WKRP Turkey Drop. One of televisions classic episodes. The bumbling sales staff at WKRP radio station flies into disaster when they decide that dropping live turkeys from a helicopter would be a good idea. In the classic ending line, station manager Arthur “Big Guy” Carlson declares “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” See the whole episode on Hulu.