What to Stream: Thanksgiving Movies, of Course

Will Lerner
Superfan Movies

Happy Thanksgiving! This week we’re just going to go ahead and be completely on the nose and recommend three movies centered around Thanksgiving that you can stream right now.

Pieces of April (2003)

Katie Holmes, pondering. (Photo: United Artists, courtesy of Everett Collection)

Considering the political climate, chances are your Thanksgiving dinner is going to be an awkward one when the family all gathers together. But it might not be as uncomfortable as the one in this 2003 comedy. Starring Katie Holmes, it’s about a black sheep named April who invites her family to her apartment for the holiday. Also starring Derek Luke, Sean Hayes, and Patricia Clarkson, this might be the best movie ever named after a Three Dog Night song. Might be. Pieces of April is available on iTunes.

Home for the Holidays (1995)

Aughh! We forgot to mention Dylan McDermott is in it too. Tell your friends. (Photo: Paramount, courtesy of Everett Collection)

Let’s now head to the ’90s and this Jodie Foster-directed classic. It stars Holly Hunter as a single mom who loses her job and is then faced with the possibility of spending Turkey Day alone and decides to go home. Also starring Steve Guttenberg and some lesser-known actors like Robert Downey Jr. and Anne Bancroft, this one’s worth checking out. Home for the Holidays is available on YouTube.

Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (1987)

Hot take: These dudes are funny. (Photo: Paramount, courtesy of Everett Collection)

And finally, this is not only a quintessential holiday film, it’s arguably the best road trip one too. Starring the late, great John Candy and another comedic legend, Steve Martin, this classic comedy is a story about an amiable but goofy salesman who tries to help a neurotic but ultimately well-meaning executive home to Chicago for Thanksgiving. Directed and written by John Hughes, this movie got a nomination at the 1988 American Comedy Awards. Whoa! Planes, Trains, & Automobiles is available on Amazon.

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