Can’t “movie” from all the turkey and pumpkin pie? Sit back and enjoy one of our favorite Thanksgiving-themed movies.
We’ve included a clip or the original movie trailer to check them out.
Plymouth Adventure (1952) (no rating) – Spencer Tracy is the captain of the Mayflower as it makes it way across the Atlantic Ocean to a new home in America. Still a classic film. Gene Tierney also stars.
Mayflower: The Pilgrim’s Adventure (1979) (no rating) – This made-for-television film stars Jenny Agutter and Richard Crenna in another version of the Pilgrim’s crossing the Atlantic Ocean to build a new life.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) (no rating) – A classic film with Margaret O’Brien and Edmund Gwen at the beginning of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Truly a classic among Thanksgiving and Christmas movies.
Avalon (1990) (PG) – Director Barry Levinson gives a heart-warming story of immigrants who try to achieve a new life in America, including a new holiday, Thanksgiving. Stars Aidan Quinn.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) (PG 13) – A John Hughes film, this more-on-the-adult-side film tells the story of two men, Steve Martin and the late John Candy, caught in the holiday traffic rush, who must join forces to reach home for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving on Walton’s Mountain (1982) (no rating) – From the popular television series, this story is of Walton family members trying to reach home for Thanksgiving.
Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale (1994) (PG) – Adam Beach is Squanto, an Indian warrior who is stolen away to Europe, returns to America and meets the Pilgrims.
Rugrats Thanksgiving (1997) (no rating) – An animated children’s film of the popular comic strip characters who learn the meaning of Thanksgiving;
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973) (no rating) – Another classic children’s animated film with the popular comic strip characters of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the rest trying to prepare a Thanksgiving meal.
Mouse on the Mayflower (1969) (no rating) – This is an animated story of a stowaway mouse on the Mayflower who encounters a new life in America.
– Marie Asner | Metro Voice
This column originally appeared in the November 2005 edition of the Metro Voice Newspaper