Funniest Thanksgiving Movies

When you think of Holiday-themed GrumpyOldMencomedies, the food-coma-inducing holiday that is Thanksgiving really doesn’t initially pop in your head. Instead it’s Christmas that takes the holiday classics cake. With comedies like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, Elf, Scrooged, etc, in addition to the countless other classic Christmas films such as Miracle on 34th Street, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, anything with The Grinch and loads more.

So, in an effort to do turkey day cinematic justice, I thought I’d compile a list of some of my favorite Thanksgiving-tinged films.

Grumpy Old Men
Walter Mattheau and Jack Lemmon as a pair of crotchety, old guys who have a lifelong battle of one-upmanship.  As the two vie for the hand of Ann Margaret, the setting is ripe for laughs, and they flow like gravy at Thanksgiving dinner.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Ok, so truth be told, this film is the reason that I wanted to make this list. The Steve Martin and John Candy film about the pains of traveling is a buddy comedy for the ages. Written, produced and directed by the infamous John Hughes, this film takes you along for the ride as these two unlikely travel companions share a cab, rental car, train, truck bed, and loads more, all in an effort for Neal Page (played by Steve Martin) to get to his house (and family) by Thanksgiving dinner. Needless to say, hilarity ensues.

Scent of a Woman
Yet another buddy film fills out this list; This time its played by the beloved Al Pacino, and rounded out with Chris O’Donnell. Pacino, known for giving earth-shattering performances that cut to the core of the character, does just that with his role of the blind, comical Frank Slade. This film wasn’t marketed as a comedy necessarily given the subtext, but because of Pacino’s gift and approach to his character, it leaves you with a smile.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
It’s Charlie Brown. He tries to make a Thanksgiving dinner to impress Peppermint Patty. It’s animated and short (so perfect for kids), cute and funny. What more could you want from a holiday film?

Understandably, Thanksgiving is geared towards football, more than anything else. But, should you find some time after watching the parade, football kickoff and that much-needed nap, take a bit and watch one of these classics.

Any others that you look forward to during the holiday?

Mike RathfonMike Rathfon is a member of American Music Theatre’s Marketing department. He can be reached on Twitter @MikeRathfon.