With all the planning, arranging, decorating, cleaning and cooking, Thanksgiving can be stressful, not to mention a lot of work for those in charge of the day. Before (or after) the hard work begins take some time to relax and get in the holiday spirit with these five flicks that will make you thankful for your family!

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Steve Martin stars as Neil Page with costar John Candy playing Del Griffith in this 1987 comedy about making it home for Thanksgiving by any means necessary. When Neil is at the airport waiting for his flight, he meets Del, a talkative shower curtain ring salesman who is waiting for the same flight. When the flight gets delayed and eventually cancelled, they have to find other ways to make it home.

Hannah and Her Sisters
This Woody Allen classic introduces us to three main characters on Thanksgiving day — the seemingly perfect and successful Hannah, and her two sisters, Lee, a misanthropic painter, and Holly, who hasn’t yet figured out what she wants to do with her life. When Hannah’s husband falls for Lee, and her ex-husband falls for Holly, Hannah’s world ceases to be so perfect. After watching this film, you’ll be glad your biggest family dramas focus on who has to bring what to Thanksgiving dinner!

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Scent of a Woman
Al Pacino plays Frank Slade in this film that costars Chris O’Donnell as Charlie, a college student who agrees to babysit Frank — a blind man who hates everyone — over Thanksgiving to make money so he can visit home for Christmas. Charlie accepts the offer thinking it will be some easy cash, but he has no idea that Frank has plans to spend Thanksgiving in New York — with women, good food, wine, tango, limousines and a loaded forty-five.

Home for the Holidays
An ensemble cast tells the story of a highly dysfunctional family at the center of which is Claudia, who has recently made out with her boss, lost her job, and been told that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend. The thought of visiting home with her family after all this is overwhelming. Her overbearing parents, crazy aunt, humourless sister and gay brother make the holiday even more stressful than she imagined.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Get a little nostalgic with this classic cartoon and watch it with the kids and grandkids after Thanksgiving dinner. Watch, again, as Charlie deals with Peppermint Patti inviting all their friends over to his house for Thanksgiving, as he struggles to put together a meal when the most he has ever cooked before is “cold cereal and maybe toast.”

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