16 Best Family Thanksgiving Movies on Netflix, Hulu, and More

Start streaming one of these classic flicks, then let the turkey coma kick in.

Thanksgiving Movies and Shows on Netflix

The parade's been watched. Football is over. The feast has been made and devoured. The desserts have been polished off. As the holiday winds down, what do you do? Gather around the TV with your family to stream these Thanksgiving movies and shows on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, or iTunes.

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Garfield's Thanksgiving

Of course, a cat who loves to eat is a big fan of Thanksgiving. But when Liz the vet arrives, Garfield gets an unwelcome surprise. This half-hour special is perfect for little ones with short attention spans.

White Christmas

If you're spending the holidays with your devoted sister, what better movie to watch? This classic Christmas flick is the best way to kick off the official start to the holiday season.

Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving

You can get a lot of seasonal milage out of this one Winnie the Pooh compliation: Not only does it contain "A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving," it also has shorts about winter ("Groundpiglet Day") and Christmas ("Find Her, Keep Her"). Even a bear of very little brain can see that's a good deal.  

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

If you want to get right to the heart of what the holiday — any holiday — is all about, there's no better guide than Charlie Brown. In this movie, Peppermint Patty invites herself over for Thanksgiving dinner, then learns a hard lesson about friendship and gratitude.

Free Birds
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Two time-traveling turkeys try to head back to the first feast to change the traditional Thanksgiving menu in an animated kid flick. Voice acting by Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson make this funnier than it would be otherwise.

Anne of Green Gables: Fire and Dew

For the past few years, PBS has made it a tradition to air a new chapter in the Anne of Green Gables story on Thanksgiving. The most recent one, Anne of Green Gables: Fire and Dew, debuted a little early, but you can keep the ritual alive by streaming it after the big meal. 

Babes in Toyland
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Similarly, if you've lived in certain parts of the country, an annual Thanksgiving showing of Babes in Toyland or March of the Wooden Soldiers was a yearly rite — TV station WPIX has aired the movie , just after the assassination of JFK. Keep the decades-long streak alive by showing your family the classic Laurel and Hardy version, where the comedic duo come across Mother Goose characters come to life. 

Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow

Think of this made-for-TV movie as "The Nightmare Before Thanksgiving": When two kids go with their recently divorced dad on a Thanksgiving trip to a rustic town to visit their aunt, they get swept up in a local legend about a monster called the "Howling Hoodoo." It's a perfect choice for little ones who still haven't gotten over Halloween. 

Addams Family Values

This sequel to The Addams Family has one of the best Thanksgiving pageant scenes ever committed to film. Apart from that, it's also about how families stick together, which is a good thing to be reminded of over the holiday. 

Fuller House's "A Fuller Thanksgiving"

If you don't want to commit to a whole movie, dip into the Thanksgiving episode of Fuller House (season 2, episode 6). In it, the Tanner clan reunites — except Michelle, of course — and has to re-learn how to all coexist under one roof. It might sound eerily familiar.


If there's one thing that unites all the generations, it's a love of Friends — a show that did a killer Thanksgiving episode every year.  Start with season 1, episode 9 — "The One Where the Underdog Gets Away" — and see how many you can get through before the turkey tryptophan makes everyone too sleepy to keep going. 


When the littlest ones have gone off to bed, you can break out this PG-rated underdog tale, which features a Thanksgiving meal that will make your older ones grateful that you didn't throw the bird into the alley like Paulie. If you're planning on checking out Creed 2 Thanksgiving weekend, it doesn't hurt to refresh yourself on the original first. 

The Great British Baking Show

If whipping up Thanksgiving treats has wetted the family's appetite for homey culinary creations, they'll be happy to know that Netflix will release the newest round of Great British Baking Show episodes, dubbed "Collection 6," on November 9. Its good-natured competition means it's appropriate for even the tiniest bakers. Netflix also has a planned for November 30.  

You've Got Mail

Make it a T. Hanks-giving with this Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan classic romcom, which really makes it clear how cutthroat grocery stores can be around Thanksgiving. Though it's rated PG, it's still better for the older kids because of some mature references — plus, they'll be the ones who best understand how quaint everything was in the days of dial-up internet. 

Miracle on 34th Street

The beginning of this film takes place at the famed Macy's parade, so it's the perfect movie to transition from Thanksgiving to the Christmas season. 

Holiday Inn

Similarly, Holiday Inn is most closely associated with Christmas, but the movie spans a year's worth of holidays, with Irving Berlin songs for almost all of them. 

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