Best Thanksgiving Movies & TV Shows: Start the Holiday Season with Turkey Dinner & Family Movie Favorites

Invite family and friends for the Thanksgiving Holiday feast. Be sure to have on hand special holiday movies and classic Thanksgiving television shows that set the mood for the season. Most everyone is anxious to start Christmas shopping, but before the rush begins take time to remember the history of America’s Thanksgiving Day.

All selections listed below can be purchased on DVD on the Amazon website and a few are available to download online from Amazon.

Animated Thanksgiving Shows for Children and Grownups

Keep children entertained on Thanksgiving Day while the grownups are busy preparing a feast in the kitchen. While there will be a huge variety of television specials to watch during the holidays, here are a few classic holiday programs kids can view on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Garfield’s Thanksgiving. (1989)
  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
  • Winnie the Pooh – Seasons of Giving (1999)

Need something more to entertain the kids? While The Polar Express is not a Thanksgiving movie, this popular animated Christmas movie will entertain children until it’s time to gather in the dining room for dinner.

Most Popular Thanksgiving Movies

Thanksgiving is a joyous celebration for families and friends. Whether the crowd at the table is small or large makes no difference. When the dinner is over and the leftovers are all put away, sit down to a movie that fits the occasion. Here is a list of Thanksgiving movies all family members can enjoy.

  • Miracle on 34th Street. (1947) Starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara
  • Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of the Mayflower. (2006) Starring Paul Drinan, Chris K. Layman
  • Home for the Holidays. (1995) Starring Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft
  • One Special Night. (1999) Starring James Garner, Julie Andrews

On a special note, grownups and older children may appreciate music of the season on DVD: A Thanksgiving of American Folk Hymns. (2006) Starring the Brigham Young University Combined Choirs, BYU Singers.

If it’s convenient, select a room where kids and grownups can watch the shows on one television while other family members and guests watch the big football game on TV in another part of the house.

Holiday movies and the old original TV specials shown each Thanksgiving and Christmas season remind Americans how fortunate they are to be able to celebrate such a meaningful occasion. Share the joy with others and spread the spirit of Thanksgiving this year and every year. Watch the parades on TV, cook a fabulous turkey dinner, and watch a football game or movie with family and close friends.

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