Here's the top 10 Thanksgiving movies to whet your appetite for the holiday

Here's the top 10 Thanksgiving movies to whet your appetite for the holiday

The fourth Thursday in November is one of the most highly-anticipated days of the year. And that's because it's - you guessed it - Thanksgiving! It is everything you'd want in a holiday: you get to devour a mouthwatering meal, spend quality time with your loved ones, and you don't even have to leave your house (that is, if you're part of the household that's hosting).

But while a lot of typical Thanksgiving traditions tend to revolve around food, appropriately-themed movies have always been overlooked during this particular holiday. The truth is, however, that there are plenty of hilarious, kooky and heartwarming Thanksgiving movies that are now available to stream - and make the big day that little bit more special.

Here are just a few of them:

1. Addams Family Values, 1993

I know, I know, this much beloved 90s film isn't exactly a Thanksgiving movie because it is mostly set in a summer camp. However, it does count - purely because of its hugely iconic Thanksgiving play scene.

In the movie, the counselors cast both July and Wednesday in a play about the First Thanksgiving, leading to a disastrous yet highly entertaining outcome. Wednesday is cast as Pocahontas and, of course, she uses the opportunity to get real about what happened to the First Nations of North America before getting revenge on the bullies at the camp.

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2. ThanksKilling, 2008

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If low-budget comedy-horror movies about a murderous turkey terrorizing some college students are your kind of thing, then you're in luck! This film was referred to as "cheerily awful" by The Boston Globe, and although it wasn't exactly critically acclaimed, it might just be a laugh to watch at some point this month - especially if you're not willing to let go of Halloween.

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3. The House of Yes, 1997

This film is based on a play and takes place during a family's Thanksgiving dinner in their hometown of Massachusetts. Josh (played by Josh Hamilton) has been living away from his family in New York and brings home his fiancée (played by Tori Spelling) to dinner - much to the dismay of his twin sister, Jackie O (played by Parker Posey).

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4. Sweet November, 2001

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If you love Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, and all things romance and intimacy, then you'll definitely love this flick!

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5. The Ice Storm, 1997

This one's a pretty heavy watch, but definitely worth it! It features infidelity, dysfunctional families, the Watergate scandal, and much more.

6. Pieces of April, 2003

In this holiday-themed movie, Katie Holmes (yes, Katie Holmes, mother of Suri Cruise) plays April, a girl who is estranged from her family and lives in a dilapidated New York apartment. When she discovers her mom has terminal cancer, she and her boyfriend host her family for Thanksgiving, despite not being able to cook. Katie’s performance is exceptional and the supremely talented Patricia Clarkson is perfectly cast as her bitter and seemingly cold-hearted mother.

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7. Home for the Holidays, 1995

If you enjoy fun movies about dysfunctional families, then you may want to give Home for the Holidays a watch this Thanksgiving. Holly Hunter plays as Claudia Larson - a woman whose life seems to be falling to pieces as she goes, well, home for the holidays. Claire Danes stars as her daughter, Kitt, Robert Downey Jr. as her brother, Anne Bancroft as her mom, and Dylan McDermott as her brother’s friend.

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8. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, 1987

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This is the ultimate Thanksgiving movie and in some households, it's tradition to watch it during the holiday season. It stars Steve Martin and John Candy and is absolutely hilarious. The film centers around an uptight businessman (played by Martin) who is trying to get home for Thanksgiving and Dell Griffith (played by Candy) a traveling salesman who becomes the former's unlikely travel companion when their flight to Chicago is canceled.

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9. Free Birds, 2013

This one's a terrific family movie for Thanksgiving. The animated flick centers around some turkeys who travel back in time and attempt to change the course of history by preventing the first Thanksgiving from occurring. Unfortunately, they come across some hungry Pilgrims, making their task a difficult feat.

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10. Son-in-Law, 1993

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I would say this definitely has to be one of the underrated Thanksgiving movies out there. Carla Gugino plays a girl raised in a rural environment who went away to college and changed a great deal as a result. On Thanksgiving break, she brings home her dorm's RA who doesn't have anywhere else to go. At dinner, she tells her family he's her fiancé to prevent a proposal from her high school boyfriend.

So there you have it - never let it be said that you didn't have plenty of entertainment at your disposal this Thanksgiving.