Paramount/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — There’s a Thanksgiving movie for everyone. Whether you like comedies or tear-jerkers, these movies will provide a welcome respite from all the cooking, eating or football-watching this holiday:
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
In this 1987 John Hughes film Steve Martin plays an executive eager to get home to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving. When his plane is diverted to Wichita, he joins forces with clumsy salesman John Candy for a three-day journey to the Windy City.
Pieces of April
In this 2003 indie film, Katie Holmes stars as April, a young woman living in New York City with her boyfriend. She puts aside childhood resentments to invite her estranged family over for what may be her mother’s last Thanksgiving.
Home for the Holidays
In this 1995 film directed by Jodie Foster, Holly Hunter plays a recently fired single mom who makes the trip east for Thanksgiving with her disapproving family. She soon realizes that her own problems are nothing compared to her dysfunctional family’s.
Hannah and Her Sisters
Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning movie stars Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest, and tells the intertwined stories of the three sisters over three Thanksgivings.
The Ice Storm
Set over Thanksgiving weekend, this 1997 film takes place in the swinging ’70s, and focuses on two upper-class Connecticut families who try to escape their humdrum lives through sex and alcohol.
Widely panned by critics, this 2013 animated film about turkeys who travel back in time to stop Thanksgiving stars the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler.
Scent of a Woman
Al Pacino won his only Oscar for this 1992 film in which he plays a blind, short-tempered retired Army officer who hires a prep student, played Chris O’Donnell, to be his assistant over the Thanksgiving weekend.
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