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Halloween is the perfect holiday for spooky movie marathons, but when the clock hits November 1st, everyone switches to the Christmas season. But before you start debating whether or not Home Alone is a Christmas movie, we must first address Thanksgiving. Most movies incorporate Thanksgiving in with the Christmas season, but you may not want to watch Christmas movies in November. Here’s a categorized list of movies to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit before December. 


  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)

  • Free Birds (2013)


  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

  • The Oath (2018)

  • Friendsgiving (2020)


  • The House of Yes (1997)

  • The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)

  • Pieces of April (2003)

  • What’s Cooking? (2008)

  • Krisha (2015)

Comedy/ Romance: 

  • Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

  • Home for the Holidays (1995)


  • The Ice Storm (1997)

Romance/ Drama: 

  • You’ve Got Mail (1998)

There are other movies to watch that are a little more out there in terms of Thanksgiving. Check out these five films if you’re in the Thanksgiving mood, but don’t want to watch a traditional family dinner. 

  • Rocky (1976) 

  • Addams Family Values (1993)

  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) 

  • The Blind Side (2009) 

  • Tower Heist (2011)

Marissa is a current senior majoring in English with a double minor in creative writing and human development. Originally from Sacramento, California, she loves meeting new people and learning about different environments. When she's not rereading Jane Austen, she loves being a coach for little kids and petting dogs all day.
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