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If watching movies is one of your family’s Thanksgiving traditions, you probably could use some help picking this year’s watch list. Finding something that will be appropriate for kids (and not make the adults groan in agony) can be tricky, but we did all the work for you with a legit list of Thanksgiving movies for kids.
And these aren’t just good kid movies; you know how to find THOSE. The movies on this list all have some kind of connection to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Most of these picks are found on paid streaming services Disney Plus, Amazon, and Peacock, so you’ll want to look at our money-saving hacks to cut costs on a subscription.
OK … kick back, relax, and enjoy your food coma while you watch one of the best Thanksgiving movies for kids:
1. Addams Family Values (1993, PG-13)
The sequel to 1991’s The Addams Family made the list based on Wednesday Addams’ legendary Thanksgiving speech alone. (If that’s not enough to make it a top Thanksgiving movie, then I don’t know what is.) This Addams Family sequel is made for the older kids in your house, so the younger ones might need to pick another one on this list (or just watch the 2019 animated Addams Family movie). You can find Addams Family Values on Paramount Plus.
Watch Addams Family Values on Paramount Plus
2. Beauty and the Beast (2017, PG)
Sure, the original Beauty and the Beast is just as good a watch, but if you’re looking for a big Hollywood musical, the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson needs to be on your list. The big dinner scene will have you all singing “Be Our Guest” over Thanksgiving turkey.
Watch Beauty and the Beast on Disney Plus
3. Beethoven (1992, PG)
The clumsy Saint Bernard Beethoven creates all kinds of hilarious situations in his debut movie, but none so Thanksgiving-appropriate as the family dinner he ruins. Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt star.
Watch Beethoven on Peacock
4. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973, NR)
If there’s a holiday, chances are Charlie Brown and the Peanuts crew have a holiday special for it. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is only 30 minutes long, but it brings Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and the rest together for their own Thanksgiving celebration. And of course, Charlie Brown attempts to kick a football. You can only watch specials like A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on Apple TV Plus.
Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Apple TV Plus
5. Curly Sue (1991, PG)
In this John Hughes film, Alisan Porter plays the sweet and mischievous Curly Sue, whose conniving ways help her get off the streets and into a warm home in this cutesy crowd-pleaser.
Watch Curly Sue on Amazon Prime Video
6. Free Birds (2013, PG)
A movie about two turkeys going back in time before the first-ever Thanksgiving is the time-travel storyline we didn’t know we needed. This animated family pick is ALL about Thanksgiving. It comes from the perspective of two turkeys who want to stop the tradition of having cooked birds for dinner. You can watch this on the Starz app or any streaming platform with the Starz channel.
Watch Free Birds on Starz
7. Garfield’s Thanksgiving (1989, TV-PG)
We love a classic Thanksgiving special, and Garfield doesn’t disappoint. This Turkey Day caper follows the lasagna-eating orange cat after the vet tells him he needs to go on a diet. Jon asks the vet over for Thanksgiving and tries to cook her a turkey, which Garfield quickly ruins. This special is on YouTube for free.
Watch Garfield’s Thanksgiving on YouTube
8. Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow (2015, PG)
A father brings his two kids to his aunt’s strange home for Thanksgiving. Without Wi-Fi or anything entertaining for kids, they set off on an adventure to search for a local legend called the “Howling Hoodoo.” Their quest turns out to be a little more than they bargained for. This isn’t included free with a streaming app, but you can buy it for as low as $3.99 on Prime Video. Don’t want to spend money? Don’t worry; we have hacks on how to get free Amazon credits.
Watch Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow on Prime Video
9. Little Women (2019, PG)
The latest take on the Jane Austen classic shows the lives of the March sisters in Connecticut as they navigate life, love, marriage, and heartbreak together. Not only is this about family, but it takes place at points during the holiday season.
Watch Little Women on Prime Video
10. A Looney Tunes Thanksgiving (2016, TV-G)
The Looney Tunes are home for the holidays in this 48-minute, two-part Thanksgiving production. “Bugs Bunny’s Thanksgiving Diet” and “Daffy Duck’s Thanks-for-giving Special” will entertain everyone without a massive time commitment during the big day.
Watch A Looney Tunes Thanksgiving on Prime Video
11. Miracle on 34th Street (1947, NR)
Sure, Miracle on 34th Street is a solid choice for a Christmas movie, but don’t forget — the whole thing begins on Thanksgiving Day during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. So after you’ve watched the real-life parade, put on this movie and make the transition into the Christmas holiday season.
Watch Miracle on 34th Street on Disney Plus or Prime Video
12. Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009, PG)
The day after Thanksgiving, people usually pile into the car and go to stores to grab those Black Friday sales. But what about the mall security dealing with the chaos? Paul Blart: Mall Cop is a comedy that explores Black Friday from the perspective of a mall cop who must stop thieves from stealing on Black Friday. Paul Blart: Mall Cop can be streamed on Hulu.
Watch Paul Blart: Mall Cop on Hulu
13. The Santa Clause (1994, PG)
This is another one that, while technically a Christmas movie, gives nods to Thanksgiving. When Scott Calvin becomes Santa Claus, he has until Thanksgiving to get his life in order before he has to report to the North Pole for his first season as the head elf.
Watch The Santa Clause on Disney Plus
14. The Thanksgiving Movie (2020, NR)
While plenty of holiday movies are trying to save Christmas, this one is trying to save Thanksgiving — and an unlikely pair are the heroes: Butterball the turkey and Missy the Dodo. Not sure why a turkey would want to save Thanksgiving, but their journey is hilarious and entertaining for all. The Thanksgiving Movie is written by BC Fourteen, the writer behind Bigfoot vs. Megalodon and a bizarre number of holiday-themed cartoons — so it’s sure to be memorable.
Watch The Thanksgiving Movie on the Roku Channel
15. We’re Back: A Dinosaur’s Story (1993, G)
Dinosaurs make a comeback in this classic animated film, and they get a special cereal that makes them smarter, cuddlier, and friendlier. But there are nefarious forces that want to exploit the dinosaurs. Monsters Inc. fans will recognize the voice of Rex as being the same as the voice of Sully (from actor John Goodman).
Watch We’re Back: A Dinosaur’s Story on Prime Video
16. Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving (1999, G)
This is a compilation of three stories for the holidays that follow Winnie the Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood. Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, and Owl try to make their own Thanksgiving dinner in one of the shorts. You can buy this one on Apple TV or iTunes for $3.99
Watch Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving on Apple TV
17. A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving (1991, NR)
Need some more Hundred Acre Wood adventures? Check out A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving, an entirely Thanksgiving-centered story. After the friends’ Thanksgiving menu includes acorns, honey, biscuits, lemonade, and ice cream, Rabbit sends them out into the forest to find turkey and other essential Thanksgiving dinner items.
Watch A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving on YouTube
18. The Wiz (1978, G)
Diana Ross and Michael Jackson star in this 1970s funk & R&B retelling of The Wizard of Oz story, which begins at Thanksgiving dinner in a Harlem apartment. If you’ve never seen it, you’ll experience familiar characters, great music, and a new perspective.
Watch The Wiz on Prime Video