The 10 Best Thanksgiving Movies You Can Watch With Your Kids! Vote For Your Fave!

Wed, November 24, 2010 8:30am EST by 8 Comments
Posted Wed, November 24, 2010 8:30am EST

These kid-friendly movies are guaranteed to bring the fun  for you and your little ones come Turkey Day!

Here’s our list of the 10 best Thanksgiving movies you can watch with your kids, no matter how old they are. Are some of your favorites on the list?

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10. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Alvin’s Thanksgiving Celebration (Not Rated): Those little rascals engage in a series of adventures, one of which features Alvin inviting his relatives for Thanksgiving just so they can watch him star in the community Thanksgiving play. But he changes his tune when he doesn’t exactly get the part he wanted.

9. Winnie the Pooh’s – Seasons of Giving (Not Rated): A collection of Winnie the Pooh’s memorable holiday adventures, as Winnie, Piglet, and Tigger set out to find the right ingredients for Winter, Rabbit learns how to manage a complicated Thanksgiving dinner, and everyone gets a special visit from a new friend. Featuring a number of sweet songs for singing along.

8. Mouse on the Mayflower (Rated G): A little known masterpiece about the famous ship’s smallest passenger. The movie is a good way to entertain children while preparing Thanksgiving dinner and at the same time teach them a little about the history of Thanksgiving. Originally released in 1968, the animation is outdated, but the story is still a classic and can be shared with kids of all ages.

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7. Dutch (Rated PG-13): An alternately hilarious and poignant road trip movie in which the working-class Dutch of the title volunteers to pick-up his rich girlfriend’s snobby son from prep school for Thanksgiving. High jinks ensue, to the entertainment of all.

6. Avalon (Rated PG): The heart-warming and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family that settles in Baltimore, the tale is told through the eyes of the family’s patriarch and tells a story of the importance of family in good times and in bad. Much of the movie centers around Thanksgiving and its meaning, and will have your whole family in tears by the end.

5. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (Rated PG): One of the late John Hughes’ lesser known films, it’s a little gem and the first real adult movie he made after spending the ’80s in high school. Watching Steve Martin and the late John Candy in a series of misadventures that are even better than the ones Macauley Culkin went through in his Home Alone movies will keep the whole family entertained.

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4. Holiday Inn (Rated G): We don’t care that this silly little flick doesn’t have much of a plot, or that it isn’t much more than a bunch of terrific Irving Berlin songs held together by a thin stream of scenes, we just love it and can watch it over and over again.

3. Curly Sue (Rated PG): Another from John Hughes (actually, his last movie), an underrated tale of a homeless man, his precocious daughter, and the lawyer who takes them both in.

2. Miracle on 34th Street (Rated G): Sure, you might think it’s about Christmas, what with the whole Santa Claus theme, but the movie opens on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which makes it one of our favorites for this time of year.

1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Not Rated): What is there to say about this gem? Snoopy and the gang having that dinner, with Charlie Brown in charge and simply everyone showing up, it never fails to get us where it counts.

–Roger Singer

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Posted at 3:53 PM on November 24, 2014  

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is rated “R”— you might want to correct that.

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Anne Mitchell

Posted at 8:43 PM on November 27, 2014  

We discovered that it was rated R and not PG when we were watching it tonight with our 7 & 8 year old daughters! Make sure you preview your suggestions!

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Posted at 5:14 PM on November 14, 2013  

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Posted at 2:56 AM on April 9, 2013  

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Posted at 9:47 AM on November 25, 2010  

also, anyone expecting to see the CGI chipmunks from the 2 feature films in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Alvin’s Thanksgiving Celebration” is in for a disappointment.

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Posted at 7:41 PM on November 22, 2011  

What about Miracle on 34th Street?? Oh and Alvin and the Chipmunks I soooo agree with John!!!!!!!!!

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Posted at 12:42 AM on November 25, 2010  

I’m Paul single father of a 2yr. old little girl and
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is NOT a movie to watch with your children. Theres a scene where Steve Martins character is speaking with the attendant at the car rental counter and drops the “F” word like seven or more times. I would not watch this with MY daughter.

That being said it is a great movie.(just not for little ones)

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Posted at 9:44 AM on November 25, 2010  

That scene alone is why the movie is actually rated R, not PG as stated above.

But, if you watch on DVD you can skip forward to the next scene and I don’t think the plot suffers any for it.

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