20 of the Best Thanksgiving Movies to Watch with your Kids

by Journals to Freedom September 02, 2021 5 min read

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about what you're going to do with your family. Do you have any favorite movies that are good for the whole family? Or perhaps you're wondering what you shouldwatch with your family on Thanksgiving? If you're looking for a new tradition, check out these fun choices to watch with the whole family (they're all rated either G, PG, or PG13).

Here are our picks of thebest movies to watch on thanksgiving with your kids! Happy watching!

20 of the Best Thanksgiving Movies to Watch with your Kids

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1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a family movie classic! When the Peanuts family is too big to fit comfortably at one table and wants to make some changes, they decide to do away with the formalities of holiday dinners. But their plans go awry when everyone shows up at Snoopy's decorated dog house. Featuring music by Vince Guaraldi, this family-friendly film is perfect for kids of all ages (and adults).

2. You've Got Mail

One of the best family-friendly Thanksgiving movies, You've Got Mail is a love story that's set around the holiday season. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan play the main characters who run competing family businesses. It's sure to make you laugh while reminding you what Thanksgiving is really all about!

3. Garfield's Thanksgiving

Garfield's Thanksgiving is family-friendly thanksgiving entertainment. This animated family film follows Garfield through his daily antics, but this time… there's something different. The family decides to have a thanksgiving feast and everyone contributes by bringing something in. But Garfield is the family cat and family food just doesn't sit well with him!

4. Grumpy Old Men

This family film follows the antics that go on around Thanksgiving, with two men battling it out to win the affection of a woman.

5. Free Birds

If you're looking to bring in some family-friendly entertainment, check out Free Birds this Thanksgiving. The film follows two turkeys who are about to be the main course at a family Thanksgiving dinner. They time travel back into the past and try to change their fate…

6. Pieces of April

When the family gets together at Thanksgiving it can be quite the party… but not in this family! When family members start showing up late and unprepared, emotions run high which leaves things a bit uncomfortable for everyone involved. But you'll love what happens when everything comes together in the end!

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7. Addams Family Values

The Addams family has recently expanded to include their new baby brother Pubert. Wednesday and Pugsley are less than pleased with his arrival; that's when the babysitter decides to enroll them in summer camp. Camp Chippewa is where famous Thanksgiving play scene takes place which goes awry at Wednesday's direction.

8. Dutch

This family film is set in the city of New York and follows a family as they make their way through the city during thanksgiving. But when family drama starts coming at them from every angle, it becomes a family struggle that they'll have to work together to overcome.

9. Son in Law

This Thanksgiving movie stars Pauly Shore and has a bit of a romantic comedy twist (which is family-friendly). After her family falls out with their thanksgiving turkey supplier, they're forced to head out into the city in search of new turkeys. While on the road, they meet up with a family who changes everything…

10. Alvin and the Chipmunks – Alvin’s Thanksgiving Celebration

When Alvin and the Chipmunks put on a concert during thanksgiving, they invite country music star Cowboy Troy to join them!

11. Turkey Hollow

This Thanksgiving film from Jim Henson follows a family as they celebrate through the ages and end up discovering a family secret that leads them to believe that their family has been granted special thanksgiving powers!

12. Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Paul Blart, the hero we didn't know we needed. He gets tasked with the duty of patrolling the local shopping mall during thanksgiving (where everyone is busy buying items for family members). When a group of bad guys manages to escape from prison and make their way into the mall, he has to stop them before they cause any trouble.

13. Home for the Holidays

This movie follows a family who is trying to hold everything together during thanksgiving. While on the road, they run into family drama that forces them to spend Thanksgiving with their family members they don't even know!

14. Cast Away

The family film that has been known to bring family members closer together, this movie follows Tom Hanks as he tries to survive after being stranded on an island. What's this got to do with Thanksgiving? A big serving of redefining what is meaningful in your life.

Looking for a way to get the whole family involved in expressing gratitude? Check out this Thankful Heart Binder!

15. An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving

When they find out that the family daughter, Olivia, has been visiting with her boyfriend's family and not inviting them to the party – no one can understand why! This family takes it upon themselves to invite the family to the party… but things don't fare as planned.

17. The Great British Baking Show: Holidays

If your family loves competition shows, then this baking challenge series is for you. In each episode, bakers from all over the country have to create their best holiday baking masterpiece in hopes of being called the winner at the end of the series! Plus, I can't get enough of how Paul says sponge. 🧁

18. Eat, Pray, Love

Elizabeth Gilbert, the woman who wrote the best-selling novel Eat, Pray, Love (and then made a movie about it), is invited on a trip to Italy during thanksgiving. When she gets there, she discovers that the man who invited her is now gone. What follows is a series of events that teach her more about herself and what she truly desires.

19. If You Give a Mouse a Pumpkin

This Thanksgiving movie follows a mouse who loves going to school during the fall months – so much that he starts asking his friends for pumpkin seeds and then asking for more and more! More like a story on how to get into trouble – but a cute one.

20. Dora the Explorer: Dora's Thanksgiving Parade

Join Dora and Boots as they go to the parade where they learn about what it means to be thankful for what you have!


If you're looking for a new tradition to add to your Thanksgiving, try one of these movies! We've found some great ones that are perfect for this holiday. Happy watching and have a happy Thanksgiving from our family at Journals to Freedom Printables! Pin this post to Pinterest to save it for later or share it with friends!

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