The 21 best Thanksgiving movies streaming this week

Ryan Johnson‘s Whodunnit has all the trappings of a Thanksgiving movie without ever mentioning the holidays. There are family quarrels Chris Evans in a cable-knit sweater, foggy autumn weather, and even a political allegory about the treatment of people of color. And the family could use a refresher before that Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mysterywhich hits theaters this week.

give friends

In the same year that Merriam-Webster universally recognized Instagram captions by adding “Friendsgiving” to the dictionary, a film of the same name was released in 2020. True to its titular tradition, a group of friends gather for a meal that inevitably ends in chaos.

What is cooking?

Before bloated ensemble films became a holiday initiation rite (love actually, valentines day), there was this indie film from 2000 that was centered around Thanksgiving. It follows four families of diverse cultural identities—Vietnamese, Jewish, Black, and Latino—as they prepare for a day of thanksgiving. The film’s sprawling cast includes Joan Chen, Julianna Margulies, Kyra Sedwickand Alfred Woodardto name a few.

soul food

While not strictly a Thanksgiving film, the 1997 ensemble dramedy contains some of the most sumptuous food shots ever made on film. After the death of their family matriarch, a diverse group of relatives must put their differences aside and reunite for a weekly Sunday lunch. With Vivica A Fuchs, Vanessa Williamsand Nia Lang, soul food captures the bonding forces that plates of cornbread, catfish, and kale can bring.


Sylvester Stallone and Talia Shire in Rocky.Archive Photos/Getty Images

This best Oscar winner of 1976 is the star Sylvester Stallone as the unlucky boxer of the same name whose fate changed when he met his future wife Adrian (Talia Shire). “For you it’s Thanksgiving, for me it’s Thursday,” Rocky tells Adrian as he greets her minutes after her brother Paulie (burt young) throws her boiling turkey into the nearby alley. As fans of the franchise, which debuted several films during the Thanksgiving holiday, know your Thanksgiving Meet cutie will stand the test of time.

little woman (2019)

Greta Gerwig‘s Oscar-nominated version of the Louisa May Alcott classic is full of cozy Thanksgiving vibes. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the March Sisters (Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlenand Florence Pugh) and matriarch (Laura Dern) fight with wits, trot through the snow and stage living room games in a film reminiscent of many family reunions.

funny people

“First, let’s thank our families who aren’t here. It’s always easier without family.” Adam Sandler‘s George Simmons, a stand-up comedian newly diagnosed with cancer, to a group of new friends. in the Judd Apatow‘s 2009 dramedy, George tries to start his fledgling career in the eleventh hour with the help of aspiring comedian Ira Wright (Seth Rogen). At one point, he attends the celebrations of the younger talent’s friends, where the table is surrounded by stars, below Jonah Hill, Jason Schwarzman, AubreyPlazaand Bo Burnham.

Mistress America

Written by a real couple Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwigthis 2015 Sundance favorite is about the unlikely friendship between them Lola Kirke‘s Tracy, a freshman college student living alone in New York, and Gerwig’s Brooke, the twenty-something Times Square resident who will soon become her stepsister. The conflict between the two is settled on Thanksgiving at New York City’s Veselka, a Ukrainian institution where pierogis represent the traditional bird.

June Squibb, Amy Schumer, Steven Yeun, Beanie Feldstein, Richard Jenkins and Jayne Houdyshell in The Humans. The 21 best Thanksgiving movies streaming this week

Charles Jones

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