There’s nothing better than curling up on the couch after your Thanksgiving feast and watching a heartwarming movie.
Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving with your loved ones or spending the day having some much-needed “me” time, there are plenty of movies to keep you entertained.
Compiling the critics’ scores from the top critic sites, Rotten Tomatoes and Meta Critic, and averaging the film’s scores to get a single end result, News Week has a list of the 22 best movies to watch to continue your Thanksgiving celebrations.
From Miracle on 34th Street until Little womencheck out the list below.
1. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
The original 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street came out on top as the best Thanksgiving movie to watch this year, with an average score of 92 percent.
Miracle on 34th Street featured a star-studded Hollywood cast, including Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn and Gene Lockhart, and is the perfect movie to watch to get you excited for Christmas, which is just around the corner.
You can watch Miracle on 34th Street now through Prime Video.
2. Krisha (2015)
Close behind Miracle on 34th Street with a 90.5 percent rating, it is the 2015 American drama Krishna.
The gripping film stars Krisha Fairchild as herself and is directed by her cousin, Trey Edward Shults.
Krishna follows the story of a troubled woman in her sixties who has been estranged from her family for several years. For Thanksgiving Day, she wants to reunite with her family and cook them the perfect meal.
Krishna now streaming on Paramount+.
3. The People (2021)
The people is an American psychological drama film starring Richard Jenkins, Jayne Houdyshell, Amy Schumer, Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun and June Squibb.
Set on Thanksgiving, the hilarious yet haunting film sees the Blake family experience a disturbing presence, leading to tension in the family.
4. Planes, Trains and Cars (1987)
Planes, trains and cars is the classic comedy you want to see this Thanksgiving.
Starring Steve Martin and John Candy, the hilarious movie follows the couple as they try to make sure Neal gets home to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving.
Planes, trains and cars now streaming on Paramount+.
5. The Ice Storm (1997)
The ice storm is a gripping drama film based on Rick Moody’s 1994 novel of the same name.
The film stars Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes, Glenn Fitzgerald, Jamey Sheridan and Sigourney Weaver, and is set during Thanksgiving 1973.
The ice storm follows two upper-class Connecticut families as they navigate and deal with the massive social changes of the 1970s, including sex, drugs, and women’s rights.
You can watch The ice storm now through Showtime and Paramount+.
6. Pieces of April (2003)
Pieces of April is a ’90s classic that you don’t want to miss this Thanksgiving.
The film follows April, played by Katie Holmes, as she tries to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for her estranged family.
Pieces of April now streaming on Hulu.
7. Avalon (1990)
Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated movie Avalon should be on your Thanksgiving list this year.
With Armin Mueller-Stahl, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth Perkins, Joan Plowright and Elijah Wood, Avalon is the third in director Barry Levinson’s semi-autobiographical film series, following on from Dinner and Tin men.
Avalon follows the themes of Jewish assimilation into American life, including celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday.
8. Soul Food (1997)
soul food is a 1997 comedy drama film starring Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, Jeffrey D. Sams, Irma P. Hall, Gina Ravera, and Brandon Hammond.
The hilarious film follows the trials and tribulations of an extended African-American family as they gather for dinner every Sunday.
soul food is available to watch through HBO Max.
9. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Hannah and her sisters is the star-studded Thanksgiving classic written and directed by Woody Allen.
The film tells the overlapping stories of an extended family over two years, beginning and ending on Thanksgiving.
Famous faces enter Hannah and her sisters include Mia Farrow, Michael Caine, Dianne Wiest, Barbara Hershey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
10. Scent of a Woman (1992)
If you’re an Al Pacino fan, you don’t want to miss this Fragrance of a woman this Thanksgiving.
For his performance in the 1992 drama film, Pacino won the Oscar for Best Performance, and the film itself received nominations for Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Screenplay based on previously produced or published material.
Fragrance of a woman tells the story of a college student who takes a job helping a (not very friendly) blind veteran.
Fragrance of a woman can be seen on Disney+.
11. The Vicious Species (2009)
Adam Scott, Brittany Snow, Alex Frost and JK Simmons star in 2009 The cruel kind.
The dark comedy-drama follows the story of Peter (played by Alex Frost) who brings his new girlfriend Emma (Brittany Snow) home for Thanksgiving, after which his younger brother Caleb (Adam Scott) falls in love with her.
12. Addams Family Values (1993)
Hot on the heels of the release of Wednesday on Netflix, fans may want to check out the 1993 film, Addam’s family values.
The movie is a sequel to The Addams family (1991) and sees Morticia (Anjelica Huston) and Gomez Addams (Raul Julia) celebrate the arrival of their son Pubert.
However, siblings Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) aren’t very happy with the new addition to their family.
13. Little Women (2019)
The six-time Oscar-nominated film Little womendirected by Greta Gerwig, is a must-watch.
The seventh adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel, it follows the lives of the March sisters – Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth – as they come of age in Concord, Massachusetts, in the 1800s.
Little women features a cast including Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Louis Garrel, and Chris Cooper.
Little women now streaming on Netflix.
14. The Great Chill (1983)
Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly and JoBeth Williams star in The great cold.
The heartwarming film follows a group of college friends who are reunited after 15 years following the death of their friend Alex.
You can watch The great cold now on HBO Max.
15. Funny People (2009)
Judd Apatows Funny people is a hilarious comedy drama starring Seth Rogen, Adam Sandler, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman.
The feel-good film follows a famous comedian who befriends an aspiring comedian after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
If you feel like looking Funny peopleyou can now watch the film through Hulu.
16. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in the classic ’90s rom-com, You have mail.
In the plot, Joe (Tom Hanks) and Kathleen (Meg Ryan) fall in love online, only to find out that they are actually business rivals in the real world.
17. Home for the Holidays (1995)
Home for the holidays is the perfect movie for the whole family to watch together this Thanksgiving.
The film follows the story of Claudia Larson whose life begins to crumble around her after she loses her job. Claudia must spend Thanksgiving alone, leaving Chicago to spend her first Thanksgiving in many years with her dysfunctional family.
Home for the holidays now streaming on Netflix.
18. The Blind Side (2009)
The blind side is an Oscar-nominated biographical sports drama film starring Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Lily Collins, and Kathy Bates.
Directed by John Lee Hancock, The blind side tells the extraordinary true story of Michael Oher, an American football player who overcame a difficult upbringing to play in the NFL.
19. Grumpy Old Men (1993)
Grumpy old men is the perfect romantic winter comedy to watch this Thanksgiving.
If you are a fan of Grumpy old menthe good news is that there is a sequel, titled Grumpier old men to enjoy.
Grumpy old men now streaming on Hulu.
20. The House of Yes (1997)
Parker Posey stars as Jackie-O Pascal The house of yesa young woman who has recently been released from a mental hospital and is obsessed with Jackie Kennedy.
The dark film, with incest themes, divided critics at the time. For her performance, Posey won the prestigious Special Recognition for Acting Sundance Film, but her co-star, Tori Spelling, received a Razzie Award nomination.
The house of yes is now available to watch on Prime Video for viewers to form their own opinion about the film.
21. Turkey Hollow by Jim Henson (2015)
If you’re not too full from your turkey performance, Turkey Hollow by Jim Henson might just be the perfect Thanksgiving movie for you.
Set around the Thanksgiving holiday season, the television movie Lifetime sees a family visiting a farm in the town of Turkey Hollow.
However, when they get there, they are chased by an elusive 10-foot-tall monster that threatens to ruin Thanksgiving for the entire town.
22. The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)
And last but not least, The myth of fingerprints made the top 20 best Thanksgiving movies with an average rating of 55 percent.
The film, directed by Bart Freundlich, stars Blythe Danner, Roy Scheider, Noah Wyle, and Julianne Moore as a dysfunctional family that gathers in New England to celebrate Thanksgiving.