Thanksgiving week is all about getting together with family and celebrating the blessings of the past year. With Christmas just around the corner, it is time to get into the holiday spirit. Spending quality time with the family over some timeless movies after a belly full of delicacies is the best bonding experience.

Gather around the television and start streaming these feel-good flicks for the whole family.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

This short and captivating cartoon special for all ages is definitely worth a watch every Thanksgiving. Initially aired on Nov. 20, 1973, it went on to win an Emmy. The short is one of the animated specials based on Charles M Schultz’s comic strip Peanuts. The Sun shared details of where the special can be streamed for your family’s enjoyment.

The Blind Side

What better way to celebrate family than to watch the Academy Award-winning real-life tale about a welcoming family? Despite the controversies surrounding the movie, its feel-good factor continues to make it the perfect holiday movie. Watch the story of footballer Michael Oher and the family that welcomed him into their lives.

Home For The Holidays

The 1995 movie starring the likes of Robert Downy Jr., Holly Hunter and Anna Bancroft is a family-comedy drama ideal for the holidays. The Jodie Foster directed film is all about a dysfunctional family coming together over Thanksgiving. The happy ending and joy of togetherness resonate with the family-centric holiday.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

One man’s journey home for Thanksgiving takes slapstick turns in this movie. The comic combination of Steve Martin and John Candy will have the family rolling with laughter. The movie not only emphasizes the importance of family but also points out the need to reach out with kindness even to obnoxious strangers.

Sweet November

The highly underrated romantic pairing of Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron explores the complexities of a romantic relationship. Centered around holiday romance the film starts with a meet-cute and ends with a life-changing experience. The family-friendly thanksgiving romance is worth the watch.

Pocahontas/The New World

The real-life Pocahontas may not be the Disney princess that most are familiar with. However, keeping the origins of the festival in mind, watching a movie about the historical figure seems apt. For families with younger children, the Disney Pocahontas is a good way to introduce the children to the roots of the festival. For families with older children, the 2005 film The New World also captures the fantasy romance between Pocahontas and Captain John Smith.

Knives Out

Families with older children bored with all the holiday-themed content can enjoy this murder mystery. It boasts a star-studded cast including Chris Evans and Daniel Craig. The mystery surrounding the dysfunctional family will keep your family guessing till the end.

Tower Heist

Heist movies never get old and mixing comedy with a heist just makes the story more enjoyable. This movie starring the likes of Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy is one for the holiday laughs. Making the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade central to their plot, watch as a group tries to pull the perfect heist on Thanksgiving Day.

Free Birds

A movie that will keep the little ones engaged in this animated buddy comedy. The 2013 movie with a turkey as the protagonist gives a different take on the holiday. Going from outcaste to the pardoned turkey the protagonist, voiced by Owen Wilson, goes on a mission to save all turkeys from the festival they did not know were their doom.

A Family Thanksgiving

Any holiday movie list is incomplete without a Hallmark movie. This Hallmark Channel Original Movie focuses on family and finding joy in being with family during Thanksgiving. With its simplistic plotline, it makes for a relaxed watch during a food coma.

Whether you watch the movies with your family in real life or stream them together, enjoy these wonderful flicks together.

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