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Best Movies to Watch Over Thanksgiving Break

By Megan Menchaca

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While the Dallas Cowboys football game sure makes for good television, movies, at least in my opinion, are the best way to celebrate after the annual Thanksgiving feast. From hilarious family-friendly comedies to emotional tear-jerkers, these movies will help you unwind and enjoy the time spent with the most cherished people in your life. So, no matter if you’re spending the holidays with your aunts and uncles or with your best friends and brothers, watching movies with your friends and family (or even by yourself) is a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving.



Miracle on 34th Street

This movie’s beginning with the historic Macy’s Thanksgiving parade isn’t the only thing that makes it the perfect movie for the November holiday. Because while the Miracle on 34th Street may technically be a Christmas movie, its feel-good message of community and faith embodies all of the core values of Thanksgiving, and after watching it, I’m sure you’ll agree with me. So, even though the best version of this movie is in black and white, watching this movie will add all the color you need to your holiday experience.



A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Practically every scene from this quintessential Thanksgiving movie is iconic. From the exchange between Lucy and Charlie with the football to Snoopy’s popcorn and jellybean feast to the roundtable with all the beloved Peanuts characters, it probably will remain the greatest Thanksgiving movie of all time for many years to come. While any holiday filled with food and family is bound to be enjoyable, watching this movie with everyone that you love huddled around the living room truly completes the Thanksgiving experience.



The Blind Side

This movie’s got all of the key elements of a perfect Thanksgiving movie. From a literal Thanksgiving feast, with everything from turkey and green beans, to American football games, it’s a great way to reminisce on the experience of your past Thanksgiving experiences with your family. And it’s not simply just a Thanksgiving movie, it’s also an incredibly award-winning film, featuring the winner of the Best Actress at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes in 2010. So, if you’re looking for a more current movie than the ones I’ve previously mentioned, check this one out.



Home Alone

Does this movie have any mentions of Thanksgiving whatsoever? No. But it’s still on this year’s list of Thanksgiving movies for you to watch for a reason. Because even though the movie is entirely set in December, it’s an incredibly hilarious family movie to set the mood for the upcoming holiday season, if you and your family are somehow not in the mood already. Everyone knows that the end of Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the next holiday season, from Hanukkah to Christmas, so why not celebrate it with your family before heading back?


Justice League

The Justice League is obviously not a traditional Thanksgiving movie, because it only came out a couple of days ago. But this recent release in theaters, coupled with the rising popularity of superhero movies, is going to make it a popular movie to watch for many families around the country. So, while this movie has been getting average, if not below average reviews, it has also dominated the box office and will continue to do so throughout the Thanksgiving holiday break because it stars many of our favorite celebrities.