Thanksgiving Films

Holiday Inn (1942)

Rated NR

Bing Crosby croons to the tune of the Oscar-winning “White Christmas” in Irving Berlin’s love triangle romantic comedy. Tired of the bright lights of showbiz, Jim Hardy retires to the countryside to become a farmer. He converts the farm into the Holiday Inn, open only on holidays, then competes against his pal for a singer-dancer’s affection.

Home for the Holidays (1995)

Rated PG-13

Every year, Claudia dreads her trip home for Thanksgiving. Between her parents, her sardonic brother and her overdramatic sister, things are bad enough. But this year, Claudia has more reason for angst. She’s lost her job and is dealing with her daughter’s revelation about her sexual activities. Jodie Foster directs this ode to dysfunction.

New World (2005)

Rated PG-13

Set in 1607 at the founding of the Jamestown Settlement, Terrence Malick’s epic adventure chronicles the extraordinary actions of explorer John Smith and Native American princess Pocahontas. As English settlers and Native Americans clash, Smith and Pocahontas find their worlds colliding and their hearts entwined, but ancestral loyalty may tear them apart.

Pieces of April (2003)

Rated PG-13

Reformed wild child April Burns attempts to make Thanksgiving dinner — while battling a temperamental oven — for her estranged suburban family at her grungy New York apartment and anticipates introducing them to her new boyfriend, Bobby. This drama observes a dysfunctional family coming together to address the past and heal the future.

Pocahontas (1995)

Rated G

History comes gloriously to life in Disney’s epic animated tale about love and adventure in the New World as Pocahontas, a Native American woman whose father has arranged for her to marry her village’s best warrior, yearns for something more. A vision tells Pocahontas that change is coming, but she comes face to face with it in the form of Capt. John Smith, an adventure-loving Englishman.

synopsis by Netflix.

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