With Halloween passing away, Thanksgiving is coming. What is the better way to commemorate the great American holiday than with a lineup of Thanksgiving movies? From heartwarming classics to laugh-out-loud comedies to historical dramas, Thanksgiving themed movies influence and remind us unconsciously that we can be thankful for lots of things – at Thanksgiving or any time of year. With careful preparation, we’ve selected 12 best movies to watch on Thanksgiving and other days if you like for you. Check the 12 best Thanksgiving movies below and if you need, burn Thanksgiving movie to DVD disc or copy Thanksgiving movies to share with your friends.
Part 1: 12 Best Thanksgiving Movies
There are quite a lot of wonderful Thanksgiving themed movies to recommend. You could get Thanksgiving movies for kids and families, Thanksgiving comedy movies, religious Thanksgiving movies, and so on.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
In New York the marketing executive Neal Page wants to travel home to Chicago for Thanksgiving. He has difficulties getting a taxi and his flight is cancelled. He meets in the airport the clumsy and talkative shower curtain ring salesman Del Griffith who has taken his cab and they travel side-by-side to Chicago. However the bad weather shuts down O’Hare Airport and they land at Wichita, Kansas. They both want to go to Chicago and they decide to travel together. Along their journey Neal changes his viewpoint about Del Griffith and his own behavior.
Pieces of April
In a very poor zone of New York, April Burns and her boyfriend, the Afro-American Bobby, are preparing to receive April’s family for thanksgiving dinner. While Bobby tries to borrow a suit for himself, April realizes that her stove is broken. She tries desperately to find a neighbor that can let her cook the turkey, since she does not want to fail (again) with her family. Meanwhile, in a suburb of Pennsylvania, her dysfunctional family is preparing to travel to New York. While driving, the relationship between the Burns and their black-sheep April is disclosed through the conversations between her father Jim, her resented mother Joy, her brother, her sister and her grandmother.
Hannah and Her Sisters
During a Thanksgiving Day party we make acquaintance with a numerous and problematic family. The leading characters are three sisters: Lee, the woman of Frederick, an old misanthrope painter; Holly, who dreams of becoming a writer, or an actress, or who knows who…; Hannah, famous actress, beautiful, intelligent, good mother, good wife, good sister, in short perfect, the pivot of the family. The balance begins to break up when Hannah’s husband, Elliot, falls in love with Lee, who leaves Frederick. Holly goes through a deep crisis and meets Mickey, the former husband of Hannah, a hypochondriac TV producer. The affairs evolve and at the last Thanksgiving …
Son in Law
Country girl Rebecca (Carla Gugino) has spent most of her life on a farm in South Dakota, and, when she goes away to college in Los Angeles, Rebecca immediately feels out of place in the daunting urban setting. She is befriended by a savvy party animal named Crawl (Pauly Shore), who convinces the ambivalent Rebecca to stay in the city. When Thanksgiving break rolls around, Rebecca, no longer an innocent farm girl, invites Crawl back to South Dakota, where he pretends to be her fiancé.
The House of Yes
Marty, a college student in New York, decides to pay his family a visit in their ancient and imposing house in D.C. He makes two mistakes, one is bringing his fiancé, Lesly with him, and the other is coming at all. As soon as he gets home, things begin to go wrong, and although the mother, Mrs. Pascal hides the kitchen knives, she isn’t able to prevent disaster. It soon becomes clear that Marty and his sister, the unbalanced Jackie-O are just a little too affectionate towards each other, and everything untoward that could happen, does, in this unusual comedy.
Grumpy Old Men
John Gustafson (Jack Lemmon) and Max Goldman (Walter Matthau) are two curmudgeonly neighbors who have been at each other’s throats for years. The rivalry of the former friends intensifies when Ariel (Ann-Margret) comes along and provides a love interest for both of them. When Max finds out that John is experiencing family troubles and financial ruin, however, he steps in to help. Their bond is further cemented when John has a health scare and Max makes the ultimate sacrifice for his friend.
Scent of a Woman
Frank is a retired Lt. Col. in the US army. He’s blind and impossible to get along with. Charlie is at school and is looking forward to going to college. To help pay for a trip home for Christmas, he agrees to look after Frank over Thanksgiving. Frank’s niece says this will be easy money, but she didn’t reckon on Frank spending his Thanksgiving in New York.
Working man Dutch (Ed O’Neill) is dating the divorced Natalie (JoBeth Williams), and he offers to drive her stuffy 13-year-old, Doyle (Ethan Randall), from his private school in Atlanta to his mother’s home in Chicago for Thanksgiving. Doyle is not interested as he blames Natalie for the divorce and wants nothing to do with Mom’s new boyfriend, especially given the man’s lowly, working-class roots. This pairing makes for a journey filled with bickering, mishaps and, eventually, bonding.
"Pocahontas," a 1995 Disney animated film, offers a fictionalized look at Native American Pocahontas and Englishman John Smith as English settlers meet Powhatan Indians in Jamestown. It also makes a nice follow-up to the realities of "The New World," and we especially like suspending disbelief when Pocahontas visits Grandmother Willow, an advice-offering tree spirit. The movie’s sure to bring back memories for the teenagers who viewed it as toddlers, and it’s perfect for helping a new generation of children wile away a pleasant hour.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
When Peppermint Patty and her friends finagle Charlie Brown into serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, it’s up to Woodstock and Snoopy to make the day a success. Thanks to daring dishes like buttered toast and popcorn, and a memorable struggle with an uncooperative folding chair, Snoopy lends his own brand of wordless charm to the day’s events. As the gang gathers around a ping-pong table for their unique meal, the true meaning of Thanksgiving shines through. A classic for parents and grandparents alike – and sure to become a fast favorite of younger generations.
The Blind Side
Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), a homeless black teen, has drifted in and out of the school system for years. Then Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) and her husband, Sean (Tim McGraw), take him in. The Tuohys eventually become Michael’s legal guardians, transforming both his life and theirs. Michael’s tremendous size and protective instincts make him a formidable force on the gridiron, and with help from his new family and devoted tutor, he realizes his potential as a student and football player.
The New World
Arriving with a British expedition in Virginia in 1607, Capt. John Smith (Colin Farrell) is captured by Native Americans. His life is spared thanks to Pocahontas (Q’orianka Kilcher), daughter of the tribe’s chief. Smith and Pocahontas fall in love, to the mutual dismay of the Native Americans and the British. Smith is sent away, and his death is reported. An unhappy Pocahontas marries settler John Rolfe (Christian Bale). When Smith turns up alive, Pocahontas is torn between the two men.
Part 2: Share Thanksgiving Movies with Friends
Some Thanksgiving movies are available in Blu-ray/DVD disc. There are chances when you want to watch Thanksgiving Blu-ray movies on portable devices like iPad and Surface, and occasions that you may need to burn Thanksgiving movies or video clips to DVD/Blu-ray disc for sending to your friends or relatives. The below solutions would be helpful to you.
#1. Rip and convert Blu-ray/DVD discs of Thanksgiving movies
To watch Thanksgiving movies on portable devices like iPad and Surface, or uploading Thanksgiving movies from Blu-ray/DVD disc to YouTube or blog for sharing, you need to use Leawo Blu-ray Ripper, a professional Blu-ray converting software program that could decrypt, rip and convert Blu-ray disc to HD/SD videos in 180+ formats like MP4, AVI, MKV, MPEG, MOV, M4V, FLV, WMV, etc.
Step 1: Add Thanksgiving themed movies from Blu-ray/DVD disc
Insert Blu-ray/DVD disc of Thanksgiving themed movies into the disc drive. Launch Leawo Blu-ray Ripper and then click the "Add Blu-ray/DVD" button to load disc. 3 different loading modes are available: Full Movie, Main Movie and Custom Mode. Main Movie mode is recommended.
Step 2: Set output profile
Click the drop-down box before the big green "Convert" button and then choose "Change" option to enter Profile panel. Choose a profile as output format according to your personal needs. You could choose from "Format" and "Device" group as you like.
Step 3: Adjust profile parameters
Click the drop-down box and then select "Edit" option to enter the Profile Settings panel to set parameters of selected profile, including: video codec, bit rate, aspect ratio, frame rate, audio codec, sample rate, channel, etc.
Step 4: Convert Thanksgiving Movies
Click the big green "Convert" button on the main interface. Set output directory in the "Save to" box and then click the "Convert" button at the bottom. Leawo Blu-ray Ripper would start to convert Thanksgiving movies from Blu-ray/DVD disc to HD/SD videos.
- Leawo Blu-ray Ripper supports to decrypt, rip and convert Blu-ray discs, but requires Blu-ray drive and internet connection.
- Leawo Blu-ray Ripper allows you to edit your Halloween horror movies like trimming video length, adding image or text watermark, cropping video size, adjusting video effect, adding 3D movie effect, etc.
#2. Copy Blu-ray/DVD discs of Thanksgiving movies to computer or blank disc
On the other hand, you could make use of Leawo Blu-ray Copy to get a copy of your Thanksgiving movies from your Blu-ray/DVD disc collection to computer hard drive or another blank Blu-ray/DVD discs. Leawo Blu-ray Copy could copy and backup Blu-ray/DVD movies from either disc, folder or ISO files to computer or blank disc in a few clicks without quality loss. It helps you get an exact copy of your Thanksgiving Blu-ray/DVD discs.
Step 1: Insert Blu-ray/DVD disc of Thanksgiving movies
Insert your Thanksgiving themed movie’s Blu-ray/DVD disc into the Blu-ray/DVD recorder drive. Launch Leawo Blu-ray Copy.
Step 2: Load Blu-ray/DVD movies
Click the "Add Blu-ray/DVD" buttun to add inserted Blu-ray/DVD disc from the drive. After loading, set copy mode (Full Movie, Main Movie and Custom Mode) and output disc type at the bottom left corner. Main Movie is recommended.
Step 3: Settings
Click the big green "Copy" button. On the popup sidebar, set the "Copy to", "Disc Label" and "Save to" options. Choose "ISO file" or "Folder" as you like for copying Thanksgiving movies from Blu-ray/DVD disc to computer hard drive. To copy Thanksgiving Blu-ray/DVD disc to another disc, you need to insert a blank disc into another Blu-ray/DVD drive and then choose it as target under the "Copy to" option.
Step 4: Copy Blu-ray/DVD movies
Click the bottom "Copy" button on the sidebar to start to copy Blu-ray/DVD discs of Thanksgiving movies with Leawo Blu-ray Copy.
- You could select subtitles and audio tracks from source Halloween horror Blu-ray/DVD disc after loading.
- You could click the wheel icon on the upper-right corner and then select "Copy&Burn" option to set the TV Standard, region code, and burning engine.
- If your computer has only one BD/DVD drive, and you plan to backup Blu-ray/DVD disc onto a blank Blu-ray/DVD disc, you could create an ISO file by selecting "ISO file" in Step 3. Then follow the below step to burn created ISO image file to another blank writable Blu-ray/DVD disc.
Step 5: Copy ISO file to DVD/Blu-ray disc
After creating ISO file of Thanksgiving movies from your Blu-ray/DVD disc, re-launch Leawo Blu-ray Copy, and then drag created ISO file into this app. The program would show you an "Add iso file" windows. Insert a blank writable disc into the disc recorder drive and select it as target under the "Copy to" box. Set "Disc Label". After that, click the "Burn" button on the "Add iso file" window to copy ISO file to blank Blu-ray/DVD disc.
#3. Burn Thanksgiving Movies or Videos to DVD/Blu-ray Disc
With some Thanksgiving movies downloaded online or Thanksgiving video clips recorded during Thanksgiving dinner or gathering, you could also try to burn Thanksgiving movie to DVD/Blu-ray disc or transfer Thanksgiving video to DVD/Blu-ray disc, for safekeeping or sharing. You’re recommended with Leawo Blu-ray Creator, an expert Blu-ray/DVD burning software to help you convert and burn video to DVD/Blu-ray disc, folder and/or ISO file, and burn ISO file to Blu-ray/DVD disc in one click.
1. Add Thanksgiving movies or videos
Click "Add Video" button on the main interface to browse and load Thanksgiving movies and videos. After loading, you could play back loaded Thanksgiving movies and videos, select subtitles and audio tracks, adjust order, set disc type and aspect ratio at the bottom, etc.
2. Edit Videos (Optional)
Right click the loaded Thanksgiving movie or video to select "Media Edit" icon to enter the video editing panel, where you could "Trim" video for exact length, "Crop" video for proper size, "Effect" video for the best display, "Watermark" video with image or text and add 3D effect.
3. Set disc menu
On the right sidebar, choose a disc menu and template. Click the eye icon in the middle of the menu template to get a preview and edit selected menu like adding background music/image/video, adjusting text content, font, size, color, etc. If you don’t need to add disc menu, you could just select "No Menu" template.
4. More Burning Settings
Click the big green "Burn" button. On the popup sidebar, finish more burning settings, including: Burn to, Disc Label and Save to. You could also click the wheel icon on the top-right corner and then choose "Burn" tab for setting Burning Engine and TV Standard. To burn Thanksgiving movie to DVD/Blu-ray disc, insert a blank writable DVD/Blu-ray disc into the recorder drive and then choose it as target under the "Burn to" option.