This Oct. 8 is a day to give thanks, so we’ve compiled a list of heartwarming and hopeful movies we find particularly inspiring for the Thanksgiving holiday and recommend you enjoy with loved ones.
1. Planes, Trains & Automobiles
The fact that both Steve Martin and John Candy are in Planes, Trains & Automobiles is reason enough to give thanks. And on top of that, the movie focuses on Martin struggling to get home to his family for Thanksgiving, with Candy as his sole companion. A feel-good movie from beginning to end.
It’s easy to think about Thanksgiving simply in terms of turkey and pumpkin pie, which is why Pocahontas is such a great movie to watch at this time of the year. It might just seem like a simple Disney cartoon, but you’ll discover this family movie packs a lot of inspirational punch. Not only does it deal with the relations between First Nations people and the incoming Europeans, it also focuses on the many things within the natural world we should be grateful for. But don’t worry, with a few goofy animal sidekicks and some catchy musical numbers, this film never feels too preachy.
3. Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump definitely has moments that will leave you feeling super bummed out, but those sad moments will make you truly appreciate how good your own life is and all the things you have to be thankful for.
4. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Let’s face it: Charlie Brown makes every holiday better, and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving certainly continues that tradition. When our favourite cartoon kid has to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner at the last minute, hilarity ensues — and of course, some lessons in gratitude are learned.
5. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory presents you with some less than stellar kids who wouldn’t know gratitude if it bit them in the bum. And then it presents you with their polar opposite in little Charlie Bucket, who has next to nothing in terms of worldly posessions but feels incredibly rich thanks to his loving family. We won’t spoil the ending, but let’s just say you certainly learn that being thankful and good-natured can pay off — big time.