13 Movies to Watch on Thanksgiving Day


After you’ve eaten your fill of turkey, played some board games with the family, and kidded around with Uncle Bill until it’s probably best for you to take your leave until the next family gathering, it’s time to settle in at home for the evening, reflect on the day and watch some classic movies on Thanksgiving. If you’re like me, when the time comes that you actually have time to sit down in front of the TV, you may not even remember what movies to watch. I’ve made it easy. Here are 13 movies that are perfect for those after-the-turkey-is-eaten moments.


 Miracle on 34th Street

The day after Thanksgiving kicks off the Christmas season at my house. Why not get a head start on the Christmas cheer with a Christmas classic- Miracle on 34th Street? Is Santa real? You decide for yourself.

It’s a Wonderful Life

Like many of us, George struggles to be grateful for what he has because he’s always wanted something more until one night he gets a peek at what life for the community that he calls home would have been like if he had never been born.

The Blind Side

We all may think about doing good deeds and helping those in need, but this family goes a step beyond by welcoming a homeless boy into their home. They thought they could make a difference in his life and it turns out, he made a huge difference in theirs as well.

Top Gun

This fast-paced action movie has love, heartache, and thrilling aerial stunts performed by those in training as fighter pilots. What more could you ask for?

Forest Gump

What may be one of Tom Hanks’ best performances, this endearing movie gives you a crash course in history through the eyes of a man who may be a little slow, but has a heart of gold, and stays true to his word repeatedly.

Back to the Future

A science experiment gone bad sends Marty McFly back in time to make sure his parent’s fall in love before traveling back in time to save his crazy scientist friend who sent him back in time in the first place.


After walking away from a prestigious job, this chef struggles to find his passion. With the help of friends and family, he finds his way and in the process, finds there is much more to life than a fancy title.


Good Will Hunting

The story of a young janitor who works unassumably at MIT until he answers a complex math question and is taken under the wing of a professor who tries to understand why someone as smart as Will would choose to keep his intelligence a secret.

True Grit

Everyone needs a little bit of John Wayne in their lives. Enough said.

The Princess Bride

Because everyone needs a fairy tale to fall asleep dreaming about.

Mr. Church

Probably the only movie I’ve seen Eddie Murphey star in when he’s not playing the part of the funny man. This movie shows what difference, compassion, empathy and a good man can make in the lives of a little girl.



This “giant” clumsy elf is sent to New York City to find his identity and what ensues is hilarious. Need a good laugh? Elf is just the ticket.

Home Alone

If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen this so many times that you can recite the entire movie by heart, but that won’t stop me from watching this and the other Home Alone movies this holiday season. Watch the antics of a little boy who is accidentally left behind when his family travels for the holidays.

These movies are available either on Netflix or Amazon.com.  Right now, Amazon is offering a $10 Amazon Credit with a $50 Gift Card order for qualifying customers. With that deal, you can buy yourself some cute jammies to cozy up with the family over a big bowl of popcorn while watching those movies. If you prefer, you can give Netflix a try with a free month.

What movie would you add to this list?