As we prepare for another Thanksgiving I was feeling nostalgic, back to the days of after finishing dinner and before afternoon football, you only had a few channels on tv to choose from. While it seems archaic nowadays, the movies that were broadcast on Thanksgiving Day were so special to watch because it was the ONE time of the year that they were actually shown on tv, before videos, laser discs and well before dvds. Here’s a list of the top 5 Classic Thanksgiving Day Movies. Enjoy the trip down memory lane!


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  • 5

    Mighty Joe Young - 1949

    What does Mighty Joe Young have to do with Thanksgiving? Absolutely nothing! But without fail, every year, Mighty Joe Young graced our living rooms and it will always be stuck in my memory as part of Thanksgiving Day.

  • 4

    King Kong - 1933

    Much like Mighty Joe Young, The Big Ape has nothing to actually do with the holiday other than he followed Mighty Joe on the day's programming schedule. Although there have been a few remakes, nothing beats the classic black & white original.

  • 3

    March of the Wooden Soldiers - 1934

    What would Thanksgiving be without the comedic duo of Laurel & Hardy? It was always enjoyable to watch the storybook characters played out in a movie. As a kid, I would crack up laughing and I still find myself laughing at the same parts all these years later.

  • 2

    A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - 1973

    Ok, I may have cheated on this one. It may not have always been broadcast ON Thanksgiving day BUT you can't enjoy Thanksgiving without adding the loveable Chuck to any list. You rooted every year for Charlie Brown to kick that football out of Lucy's hands and every single year he missed.

  • 1

    Miracle on 34th Street - 1947

    Much like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the holiday would not be complete without finishing out Thanksgiving Day with Santa. Here's the timeless classic that warms the heart and no matter how many remakes are made, the original still can make even the biggest cynic believe in jolly St. Nick.