Thanksgiving movie list fail

Yesterday when I was thinking about my post for Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fun to do a list of my favorite Thanksgiving themed movies. I knew my #1 was going to be Planes, Trains and Automobiles, that was easy. But for the rest, I would just hit up the interwebs and see what other movies are turkey day related. I was picturing getting a nice long list of movies that I could pick through, find 10 that were my favorites and then do a little countdown.

Search: Best Thanksgiving Movies
Results: 592,000,000

Hey, that’s promising! Let’s click on a couple lists…

This list is obviously crappy since it does not list Planes, Trains and Automobiles at #1. It’s not even #2 on the list. For shame, IMDB, for shame! Although, they did redeem themselves a little bit by listing Son in Law as #36. You’ll see why that’s important in just a minute. As I read the rest of the list I realized I haven’t seen hardly any of these movies.

Let’s try another list, shall we?

OK, this list starts at 10 and works it’s way down. #10 Son in Law. I may as well stop reading right now, I just know it. But, the list is only 10 items long, I’ll trudge on. Well, of the 10 they list, I’ve only seen 3. Scent of a Woman, Son in Law and Planes, Trains & Automobiles. At least they put the right movie in the #1 slot. But this list didn’t even include A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (which was #14 on IMDB). Ugh, this is hard.

OK, one more list.

#1, Planes, Trains and Automobiles. The rest, nothing I’ve seen. Crap.

So apparently, there is an amazing lack of quality Thanksgiving movies out there. Or, I’m just a shut-in and haven’t seen very many movies. But, I set out to do a top 10 list, so here we go!

  1. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  2. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
  3. N/A
  4. N/A
  5. N/A
  6. N/A
  7. N/A
  8. N/A
  9. N/A
  10. N/A

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!

Disclaimer: I do like the movie Scent of a Woman, but can’t for the life of me remember how it relates to Thanksgiving, so I can’t put it on the list. Don’t like it, make your own list. :)

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  1. Devin says

    The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Thanksgiving film for me. Right in the middle of the two hollidays. Nightmare is a tough movie for me to get into, I don’t want to watch it around Halloween… too early for Christmas stuff in October. But I am done with Halloween by December, thus now is a great time.

    • says

      That is one of my favorite movies of all time. I haven’t watched it in a long time. Maybe I’ll follow your lead and put it on my list for today!

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