The Top 10 Thanksgiving Comedies

You know how it is—you're sitting around after stuffing yourself full of turkey, the football game is over, and you'd rather stick a fork in your eye than talk to Uncle Joe about politics for one more second. The only solution is to kick back and put on a funny movie. Fortunately, there's a Thanksgiving comedy for everyone, whether you prefer your movies dark, witty, goofy, or heartwarming.

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Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

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In John Hughes' comedy classic, serious businessman Steve Martin is stuck with crass oaf John Candy in a desperate cross-country dash to make it home in time for Thanksgiving dinner. Slapstick humor and genuine pathos combine to make this road trip one worth taking.

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Grumpy Old Men

Gumpy Old Men

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Two neighbors, played by real life grumpy old men Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, duke it out over a new love interest (the ever-alluring Ann-Margret) in this enduring comedy. If you love watching old dudes playing funny pranks on each other in the frozen Minnesota tundra, you'll love seeing these guys in action. Matthau and Lemmon are comedy legends, and "Grumpy OId Men" is always a welcome diversion on Turkey Day.

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Hannah and Her Sisters

Hannah and Her Sisters

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Bookended by Thanksgiving gatherings, Woody Allen's Oscar-winning movie follows the intertwining loves and tribulations of New York siblings; meanwhile, hypochondriac Woody copes with a brain tumor and Christian conversion. Dianne Wiest and Michael Caine join Mia Farrow, Max von Sydow, Barbara Hershey, and Carrie Fisher in this sophisticated gem.

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Free Birds

Free Birds

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Here's one the kids will love, too. Two turkeys who don't get along must team up to travel back in time in order to stop people from eating turkey on Thanksgiving. While the premise is a bit unusual, the animation is great and there are lots of laughs to be had.

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Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

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The dreaded family reunion is the centerpiece of this Thanksgiving homecoming film. Claudia (Holly Hunter) is glad to see her clan, but not eager to endure them. Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Robert Downing, Jr., and Claire Danes co-star.

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Dutch

Dutch

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In this road comedy, written by John Hughes, Ed O'Neill is tasked with picking up his girlfriend's jerky son from boarding school and bringing him home to Chicago for Thanksgiving. A series of illegal and unethical hijinks ensue, provoking great laughs and leading to a heartwarming conclusion.

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Pieces of April

Pieces of April

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April Burns, played to perfection by a young Katie Holmes, is just your average quirky club kid living in a squalid New York City apartment with her boyfriend. After she finds out that her mother (the excellent Patricia Clarkson) has terminal cancer, she invites her estranged family together for Thanksgiving dinner. A cast of skilled comedic actors and a darkly funny script make this an endearing film with a satisfying conclusion.

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What's Cooking?

What's Cooking

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This movie features four very different families celebrating Thanksgiving in the same Los Angeles district. The families experience the usual tensions and issues, but the diverse cast and culturally inspired menu items offer a unique peek into the lifestyles of different communities.

09
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The House of Yes

House of Yes

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What happens when you bring your new girlfriend home for Thanksgiving and your mentally unstable twin sister goes off the deep end when she finds out you're engaged? The sister in question, who just happens to believe she's actually Jackie O., is played by the hilariously wry Parker Posey. "The House of Yes" is pretty dark, but it packs in a lot of great gags amidst the awkward family setting.

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For Your Consideration

Hilarious and inspired filmmaker Christopher Guest ("Best in Show," "This Is Spinal Tap") penned this typically quirky film about a group of actors in an independent film who think they're in the running for an Oscar. The movie they're making is called "Home for Purim" but gets renamed "Home for Thanksgiving." Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Parker Posey round out the usual Guest cast, providing plenty of awkward laughs in this offbeat comedy.