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Top 10 Movies to Give Thanks for This Thanksgiving

By Amanda Thambounaris,
Cozy up on the couch all stuffed with some great Thanksgiving holiday films.

There’s nothing quite like watching a post-feast film with loved ones after consuming large portions of turkey, cranberry and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving day. Fandango has the ultimate guide to the top ten films, including new releases in theatres TODAY, specifically tailored to the American holiday everyone is thankful for.

11. What’s Cooking? (2000)

According to IMDB, this film takes place in LA's Fairfax district, where ethnic groups abound, four households celebrate Thanksgiving amidst family tensions. Around each table, things come to a head. A gun, an affair, a boyfriend, and a pregnancy precipitate crises forcing each family to find its center.

10. The House of Yes (1997)

A mentally unbalanced young woman who thinks she's Jackie Kennedy, played by Parker Posey, is obsessed with her brother. When her brother returns home for Thanksgiving engaged, she reenacts Kennedy’s death with spaghetti and tomato sauce.

9. The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)

This dark comedy sees Warren (Noah Wyle) come home for the first time in three years. The turmoil within the modern American family has kept him away, but regardless, all gather together for Thanksgiving.

8. Pieces of April (2003)

Katie Holmes stars in this T-giving tale about a capricious girl estranged from her family who decides to host dinner for them all, including her dying mother.

7. Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (1987)

This road trip comedy stars Steve Martin as an uptight businessman who becomes unwilling friends with John Candy's slovenly salesman, when they're both stranded on the way home for Thanksgiving.

6. Scent of a Woman (1992)

A young prep school student, played by Chris O’Donnell, agrees to take a job babysitting a crazy blind retiree, played by Al Pacino, over Thanksgiving break. What was thought to be an easy job, turned into wild weekend in New York.

5. The Ice Storm (1997)

It's the weekend after Thanksgiving 1973, and one New England family is spiraling out of control, from their casual sex, drinking etc., to dealing with a massive ice storm that hits.

4. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Woody Allen's film begins and ends with Thanksgiving dinner, as it follows the problematic relationship between 3 sisters, played by Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest, and the men that pass through their lives.

3. Life of Pi (In theatres today)

Director Ang Lee adapts the best-selling novel by Yann Martel about Pi Patel, the son of a zookeeper. When his family decides to move from India to Canada, Pi hitches a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific on a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a Bengal tiger.

2. Red Dawn (In theatres today)

The '84 actioner is updated for modern times, with 21st century newcomers Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers), Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games) and Connor Cruise (son of Tom), taking on a group of North Korean invaders.

1. Rise of the Guardians (In theatres today)

Beloved children's characters – Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Sandman and Jack Frost – get reimagined in this animated adaptation of William Joyce's book series, The Guardians of Childhood.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 
 

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