“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947): Christmas is the holiday commonly associated with this classic, which actually is set in motion by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, in which the man (Oscar winner Edmund Gwenn) playing Santa claims to be the real Kris Kringle.
“Alice’s Restaurant” (1969): Arlo Guthrie adapts his classic song by playing himself as he visits eatery owner Alice (Patricia Quinn) at Thanksgiving … and ends up in trouble with the law.
“Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986): One of Woody Allen’s warmest comedies gathers an extended family for two Thanksgivings and boasts Oscar-honored performances by Dianne Wiest and Michael Caine.
“Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (1987): High on many lists of holiday humor, filmmaker John Hughes’ tale makes mismatched traveling companions of Steve Martin and John Candy. How mismatched? Well, let’s just say, “Those aren’t pillows.”
“Dutch” (1991): A man (Ed O’Neill) volunteers to bring his love interest’s ill-mannered son (Ethan Randall, later known as Ethan Embry) home from prep school for Thanksgiving in another John Hughes-written piece.
“Grumpy Old Men” (1993): Thanksgiving figures into the comedy about longtime enemies (Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau) who start another battle over a new neighbor (Ann-Margret).
“Nobody’s Fool” (1994): The holiday of turkey and stuffing also is a factor in director Robert Benton’s affecting character study of a small-town ne’er-do-well (Paul Newman).
“Home for the Holidays” (1995): Jodie Foster directed this dysfunctional family story about a woman (Holly Hunter) who heads to her family’s Thanksgiving as her life seems to be coming apart.
“The Ice Storm” (1997): It’s hardly a happy holiday weekend for Connecticut families stranded by bad weather, and stunned by revelations, in the early ’70s. Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver star.
“Pieces of April” (2003): In one of her strongest performances to date, Katie Holmes plays an offbeat young woman determined to reunite her estranged family for Thanksgiving.