Sure, Disney+ is the new streaming service that has arrived to displace Netflix, but the truth is, when it comes to family movies, Netflix is still a reliable old friend. Mostly. If you type in “Thanksgiving movies” in the search bar on Netflix, what you’ll find is mostly Christmas movies. This is a problem, and we’re here to correct it. If you want to watch the best Thanksgiving movie for kids, you can select from all sorts of cartoons. But that’s kind of boring. Why not select from a strangely curated list of the best family movies to watch on Thanksgiving that contains movies you actually might want to watch?
Thinking about the colors of Thanksgiving and a variety of feelings we have connected to the family-fathering aspect of the holiday, here are 5 great family and kids Thanksgiving movies streaming on Netflix right now.
Will Farrell and John C. Reilly have matching sweaters and the movie feels like a 21st-century version of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. (Which, to be clear is not streaming on Netflix.) As Farrell+Reilly team-ups go, this one is oddly more heartwarming than it seems at first.
Stream Step Brothers on Netflix here.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
This is the kind of movie that would be playing on TBS or something during the day when a lot of us were kids. It’s hard to prove this is a Thanksgiving movie, but because it’s about a father and a son reuniting and going on an adventure while wearing tweet and khaki, can anyone prove this isn’t a Thanksgiving movie. It’s also the best Indiana Jones movie. Period.
Stream Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on Netflix here.
Speaking of movies that you just watch this time of year, but aren’t really connected to Thanksgiving, who, among us, can say anything bad about the movie where Nicholas Cage steals the Declaration of Independence and talks bout it a lot? Now, that’s something to be thankful for.
Stream National Treasure on Netflix here.
A Wrinkle In Time
The vastly underrated movie adaptation of the beloved book of the same name is 100 percent worth your time. If you’ve got a 7-year-old who wants to cram in a little advanced reading homework and also catch a solid flick, it doesn’t get much better than this big-screen version of A Wrinkle In Time.
Stream A Wrinkle In Time on Netflix here.
This adaptation of the “classic” story of Chicken Little stars a bird, so this feels close to being a Thanksgiving movie because there’s a bird central to the story and the overall color scheme of the movie feels 100 percent Thanksgiving. A decent animated flick to watch with your 5-year-olds.