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When it comes to holiday movies, Christmas gets the lion’s share of love. And yet, what is Thanksgiving if not a gold mine for comedy, family conflict and big-screen-worthy blunders? Available to download and/or rent via various streaming services, these 12 Thanksgiving movies are best watched after consuming a metric ton of turkey.

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CBS

‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’

At just 25 minutes, this animated film tugs on our heartstrings the way only a true classic can. Watch Charlie Brown learn the meaning of Thanksgiving alongside the motley crew that is the beloved Peanuts gang.

Buy it: Amazon

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Columbia Pictures

‘The Big Chill’

Yes, we will take any opportunity to watch young Jeff Goldblum. This is the movie to stream if you’re feeling philosophical about the passage of time with all your besties at an orphan Friendsgiving.

Rent it: Amazon

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20th Century Fox

‘Dutch’

Before his Modern Family days, Ed O’Neill starred in a hilarious Thanksgiving movie about a guy trying to appease his girlfriend by driving her son from Atlanta to Chicago in time for the holidays. Revel in the early ’90s charm.

Rent it: Amazon

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Paramount Pictures

‘Planes, Trains, and Automobiles’

John Candy and Steve Martin star in this John Hughes-era classic, which centers on a road trip to Chicago gone terribly wrong. This movie will definitely put any hellish holiday travel experiences into perspective.

Rent it: Amazon

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Universal Pictures

‘Scent of a Woman’

Relish all that is New York City during the holidays in this Oscar-winning drama about a young man (Chris O’Donnell) watching over a curmudgeonly Army veteran (Al Pacino). Fact: All moms love this movie.

Rent it: Amazon

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Warner Bros. Pictures

‘Grumpy Old Men’

If you think you’ve dealt with your fair share of frenemy experiences, wait until you watch this classic Thanksgiving movie about two neighbors competing for the attention of a lucky (?) lady. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau irrefutably prove your rivalries are mild at best.

Rent it: Amazon

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Warner Bros. Pictures

‘You’ve Got Mail’

There’s not one, but two Thanksgiving scenes in one of our all-time favorite rom-coms. This is Nora Ephron at her best and the perfect picture of a moment in time (the late ’90s). Remember the “You’ve got mail” notifications? Were we ever so young?

Rent it: Amazon

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Paramount Pictures

‘Home for the Holidays’

With a stacked cast of celebrities, including young Robert Downey Jr. and Dylan McDermott, this movie will make you feel better about your own family’s dysfunction. Trust us, your clan has nothing on this group of misfits.

Rent it: Amazon

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Relativity Media

‘Free Birds’

This is the one to watch if you’ve got little kids running laps around your living room post-turkey. Lull them into a calmer state with this animated buddy comedy. With voice performances by Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson, there’s plenty for adults to appreciate here as well.

Rent it: Amazon

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Twentieth Century Fox

‘Miracle on 34th Street’

Although it has come to be known as a Christmas favorite, this story actually opens at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. When a department store Santa Claus claims to be the real thing, a doubtful six-year-old, Susan (Mara Wilson) discovers that dreams do come true, if you just believe. 

Rent it: Amazon

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Orion Pictures

‘Hannah and Her Sisters’

Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest star as sisters from a show business family who come together for three consecutive Thanksgivings. What do they bring with them? A whole lot of emotional and personal baggage. 

Rent it: Amazon

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United Artists

‘Pieces of April’

We are totally here for young Katie Holmes, who plays a rebellious woman hosting her mother for Thanksgiving in her tiny New York City apartment. If you’re playing host for the first time, this movie will help put any missteps into perspective.

Rent it: Amazon

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