25 of the Best Thanksgiving Movies for Kids

Updated: November 12, 2020
Watching a movie together after a big Thanksgiving meal is one of our favorite holiday traditions. Whether you're looking for a Thanksgiving movie or a Christmas movie to get you in the holiday spirit, we've compiled the ultimate list of movies for you to browse.
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After you and your family gobble down a delicious Thanksgiving dinner complete with pumpkin pie and finish watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, it's time to snuggle up and watch some Thanksgiving movies! Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season, so Christmas movies are also perfect for a family film following your Thanksgiving feast.

More: 11 Awesome Family Activities for Thanksgiving Day

Watching Thanksgiving films is also a great way to pass the time until midnight hits and the Black Friday sales start up on Amazon.

Check our list of the 25 best Thanksgiving movies for the whole family to enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday:

The Best Thanksgiving Movies for Kids

Free Birds
Free Birds (2013)
Product Price
$9.99

Rated: PG

In this movie, turkeys travel back in time to the very first Thanksgiving to try and reverse the tradition of eating a turkey every year on this holiday. It's a fun movie for children, who will love the talking animals, and it's an engaging story for the adults as well.

Miracle On 34th Street
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Product Price
$14.99

Rated: PG

In this old time favorite, a kindly old gentleman is institutionalized after claiming that he is the real Santa Claus, not just a department store employee. A young lawyer takes up the case, arguing that Santa is not delusional but the real deal. Parents and children alike will love this touching film.

Addams Family Values
Addams Family Values (1993)
Product Price
$2.99

Available on Amazon Prime Video

Rating: PG-13

This movie is for young teens and up, and adults will enjoy it too. After a new baby is born to the Addams family, parents Gomez and Morticia send Wednesday and Pugsley to summer camp and hire a nanny. Uncle Fester falls in love with this nanny, but he can't see that she's a gold digger, so it's up to the rest of the family to rescue him.

Garfield's Thanksgiving
Garfield's Thanksgiving (1989)
Product Price
$0.00

$30 for the DVD

Rating: TV-G

In this special based on the popular Garfield cartoon, Garfield the cat's owner, Jon, is head over heels with his veterinarian. So he invites her to Thanksgiving dinner. The problem is, Garfield loves to eat, and his doctor wants him on a diet. Kids love Garfield because he's a cartoon but the script is witty enough for adults to truly enjoy as well.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
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$0.00

(Airs on Apple TV+ November 25-27)

Rated: G

This special, based on the popular Peanuts comic strip, is a classic. In it, Peppermint Patty invites herself to Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving dinner and he must figure out how to host her and attend his Grandmother's Thanksgiving celebration. Adults will love the beloved Peanuts cast just as much as the kids.

Home for the Holidays
Home for the Holidays (1995)
Product Price
$3.99

Watch free with STARZ subscription on Prime Video

Rating: PG-13

Claudia Larson has just lost her job and it's time to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family...minus her daughter who has chosen to spend the holiday with her boyfriend's family. Perfect for tweens and up.

Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving
Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving (1999)
Product Price
$0.00

Available on Disney+

Rating: G

All your favorite Winnie the Pooh characters come together in a full length adventure film to be enjoyed by parents and kids alike.

A Winnie The Pooh Thanksgiving
A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving (1998)
Product Price
$19.99

Rating: G

Pooh and his friends learn the true meaning of Thanksgiving in this special.

You've Got Mail
You've Got Mail (1998)
Product Price
$14.99

Rating: PG

In this family-friendly comedy, two business rivals, played by Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, unwittingly fall in love over the internet.

Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow
Turkey Hollow (2015)
Product Price
$4.99

Rating: TV-PG

This movie is great for all ages. A brother and sister are visiting their Aunt in the town of Turkey Hollow, where they attempt to track its legendary monster, the howling hoodoo.

Pieces of April
Pieces of April (2003)
Product Price
$14.99

Available on Amazon Prime

Rating: PG-13

In this story that tweens up through parents will enjoy, the lead character, played by Katie Holmes, invites her estranged family including her dying mother, to her New York apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.

The Christmas Chronicles

The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

Product Price

$0.00

Available on Netflix

Rating: PG

A Christmas story about a sister and brother who try to catch Santa on Christmas Eve. Sweet for adults to watch and awe-inspiring for the kids.

 

Holiday Rush

Holiday Rush (2019)

Product Price

$0.00

Available on Netflix

Rating: TV-PG

This funny family movie is about a DJ who gets fired and must move himself and his four children in with his aunt while he tries to get his job back.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (Plus Bonus Features)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Product Price
$17.99

Available on Disney+

Rating: PG

This Disney movie is perfect for November because in it, Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town and he tries to teach his town (with some challenges along the way!) about Christmas.

An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving
An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving (2008)
Product Price
$9.99

Rating: TV-PG

This movie is definitely not too baby-ish for the adults, while still being an interesting story for the kids. It is set in the late 1800's in New York and it follows the story of a family who hits hard times.

If You Give a Mouse a Pumpkin
If You Give a Mouse a Pumpkin (2019)
Product Price
$0.00

Included on Amazon Prime Video

Rating: ALL

This is actually a Halloween special, but if you haven't watched it with your little ones already, definitely put it on for Thanksgiving. If You Give a Mouse a cookie is a toddler favorite that offers enough nostalgia for parents too.

The Gruffalo
The Gruffalo (2009)
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$0.00

Included on Amazon Prime Video

Rating: G

This cute TV short follows a mouse on his adventures outwitting a variety of predators. It's perfect for a family with members of all ages to enjoy together.

The Blind Side
The Blind Side (2009)
Product Price
$14.99

Rating: PG-13

This sweet story, good for tweens and up, is about a young homeless boy who beats the odds and becomes an NFL football player. Parents and teens alike will be in tears over this touching film.

The Very First Thanksgiving
The Very First Thanksgiving (2017)
Product Price
$0.00

Rating: ALL

If you want to include a little bit of history for both kids and adults this year, try watching this special which outlines what happened that day so long ago when two societies came together to share and give thanks.

Ten Thanksgiving Friends
Ten Thanksgiving Friends (2015)
Product Price
$0.00

Available on Amazon Prime Video

Rating: ALL

If you have toddlers and little kids at home, this educational video is a great way to get everyone settled so that you can relax too after cooking and cleaning up (you know, or not) your Thanksgiving feast!

A Looney Tunes Thanksgiving
A Looney Tunes Thanksgiving (2016)
Product Price
$9.99

Rating: Not Rated

If you have childhood memories of watching Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, enjoy the Looney Tunes Thanksgiving special this year with your own kids!

Turkey Town
Turkey Town (2018)
Product Price
$9.99

Available on Amazon Prime

Rating: G

Gobbles the turkey plans a super fun Thanksgiving jam and dance for his friends. This film is best for little kids but it can also be enjoyable for the grownups.

Operation Christmas List
Operation Christmas List (2016)
Product Price
$0.00

Included with Amazon Prime Video

Rating: TV-Y

A 12-year-old boy sets a plan in motion to buy the entire stock of this year's most popular Christmas gift, but things don't go quite as planned.

Polar Express
The Polar Express (2004)
Product Price
$14.99

Rating: G

A boy who doesn't believe in Christmas magic takes an unexpected train ride that changes his mind. Children and adults will be captivated by this Holiday movie's wonder.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)
Product Price
$9.99

Rating: R

This film is great if you have older teens at home, and it's not meant for young kids. In it, Neil Page (Steve Martin) just wants to get home for Thanksgiving, but a host of obstacles fall in his way. First, his plane to Chicago is canceled and he must find another way home. Dell Griffith (John Candy) meets Neil along the way through his travel mishaps.