My favorite Thanksgiving movies are the delightful What’s Cooking? and Pieces of April.
What’s Cooking? is a peek at the Thanksgiving celebrations of four families celebrating Thanksgiving with all of the secrets, drama, longing for approval, and, yes, gratitude and love we all face at this time of year. The cast includes Julianna Margulies, Dennis Haysbert, Kyra Sedgwick, Alfre Woodard, Mercedes Ruehl, and Joyce Chen.
Pieces of April is also filled with all of the hopes and pressures of the holiday as an estranged daughter (Katie Holmes) struggles to prepare a Thanksgiving feast for her family, including her mother (Patricia Clarkson) who has terminal cancer. The cast also includes Derek Luke, Alison Pill, Oliver Platt, and Sean Hayes.
Other Thanksgiving family favorites:
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles — Steve Martin are stranded passengers trying to make it home for Thanksgiving in this wild, slapstick comedy from John Hughes.
Home for the Holidays — A wildly dysfunctional family story told by director Jodie Foster and an all-star cast including Robert Downey Jr., Holly Hunter, and Anne Bancroft.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving — The Peanuts gang does Thanksgiving, with the classic Lucy and the football moment and Charlie Brown comes up with his own very unusual menu for the big meal.