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Ranking the All-Time Thanksgiving Classic Films

Stacker Logo By Annalise Mantz of Stacker | Slide 1 of 23: From White Christmas to It’s a Wonderful Life, there’s no shortage of Christmas movies, Halloween movies, and even New Year’s Eve movies. But Thanksgiving movies? That’s something you rarely see playing on the Hallmark channel. Still, a number of notable films have been centered around Turkey Day, from Steve Martin classics in the ‘80s to romantic comedies of the early 2000s. While you mash the potatoes and bake the pumpkin pie this year, why not cue up one of these classic Thanksgiving movies to set the mood? While Netflix might not (yet) have a category dedicated to this fall holiday, Stacker has you covered. Aggregating and weighting reviews from various sources, including IMDB, Metacritic, and Rotten Tomatoes, we created our own “Stacker Score” to rank the top Thanksgiving movies of all time. To make the list, movies had to be either focused on Thanksgiving or have a memorable Thanksgiving scene and be popular enough to receive a minimum of 1,000 user ratings on IMDB. If two movies tied, Stacker gave the higher ranking to whichever film had more ratings on IMDB. This holiday season, don’t skip straight from Friday the 13th to Frosty the Snowman—give a little love to the Thanksgiving movies that often go unappreciated. Whether you’re a fan of goofy comedies, coming-of-age dramas, or heartwarming family films, there’s something for every sensibility on our list of the top 22 classic Thanksgiving movies.

Ranking the All-Time Thanksgiving Movie Classics

From White Christmas to It’s a Wonderful Life, there’s no shortage of Christmas movies, Halloween movies, and even New Year’s Eve movies. But Thanksgiving movies? That’s something you rarely see playing on the Hallmark channel. Still, a number of notable films have been centered around Turkey Day, from Steve Martin classics in the ‘80s to romantic comedies of the early 2000s. While you mash the potatoes and bake the pumpkin pie this year, why not cue up one of these classic Thanksgiving movies to set the mood?

While Netflix might not (yet) have a category dedicated to this fall holiday, Stacker has you covered. Aggregating and weighting reviews from various sources, including IMDB, Metacritic, and Rotten Tomatoes, we created our own “Stacker Score” to rank the top Thanksgiving movies of all time. To make the list, movies had to be either focused on Thanksgiving or have a memorable Thanksgiving scene and be popular enough to receive a minimum of 1,000 user ratings on IMDB. If two movies tied, Stacker gave the higher ranking to whichever film had more ratings on IMDB.

This holiday season, don’t skip straight from Friday the 13th to Frosty the Snowman—give a little love to the Thanksgiving movies that often go unappreciated. Whether you’re a fan of goofy comedies, coming-of-age dramas, or heartwarming family films, there’s something for every sensibility on our list of the top 22 classic Thanksgiving movies.

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