Some might say that since 2019, Disney+ has displaced Netflix when it comes to family movies, 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 the 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.
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.
Back to the Future
The first Back to the Future does not take place on Thanksgiving, but it does take place in November! Yes, October 21st, 2015 is the moment Doc, Marty, and Jennifer go to the “future” in Back to the Future II, but the first film happens in November! Lightning strikes the clock tower on November 12, 1955. It’s a movie about family and friends and figuring out how to keep it all together. That’s Thanksgiving!
Stream Back to the Future 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.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Although the Netflix series based on the Lemony Snicket books is pretty stellar, the original film, starring Jim Carrey as Count Olaf, is vastly underrated. If you or your family have yet to dip your toes into the macabre world of Lemony Snicket, this movie is not a bad place to start. What does this movie have to do with Thanksgiving? Well, the movie is very beige, and
Stream A Series of Unfortunate Events here.
Again, hard to say this is actually a Thanksgiving movie, but if there’s a movie you’re going to watch on Thanksgiving, with young children, we can’t think of much better than Charlotte’s Web. Faithful to the original E.B. White kids’ novel, this one will make you cry and feel great at the same time.
Stream Charlotte’s Web here.