HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Memorable Thanksgiving Scenes In Movies

Happy Thanksgiving 2020, everyone. Well, wherever you are in the world, most likely this year’s holiday won’t be like the usual times. Where I am in Minnesota, we are under lockdown once again since Spring, so not only we can’t have a meal in restaurants but we also can’t have gatherings with people outside our household. It’s going to be take-out food and Netflix + chillin’ for us tomorrow, well actually it’ll be Disney+ chillin’ as we’re going to finally catch up on The Mandalorian, yay! [gotta enjoy life’s simple pleasures when you can] 😀

Well, since most of us probably aren’t going to be having big lunch/dinner with your extended family/friends, I thought I post some memorable Thanksgiving scenes. Well, they’re not always heartwarming and fun… let’s just say I’m grateful I don’t have to attend any awkward dinner scene anytime soon.


I saw this years ago in the theater with my older brother right before I went to college (I just dated myself, ha!). I think this is Lt. Col. Frank Slade is one of Al Pacino‘s greatest roles and he won an Oscar for it. Pacino and Chris O’Donnell made quite an intriguing unlikely couple and it’s definitely a Thanksgiving to remember for both of them.

The tango scene is no doubt my favorite, but this Thanksgiving dinner at Frank’s brother is certainly a memorable one. 


I can’t believe this movie was done 18 years ago. There have been a bazillion more Spider-man movie franchises since Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire made their mark. I still think there are tons of memorable scenes in this franchise, especially involving Peter Parker and friends-turned-foes the Osborns.

Willem Dafoe is perfectly cast as Norman Osborn, and this dinner scene is quite suspenseful as Norman suspected Peter’s been hiding his alter-ego identity.


The Blind Side (2009)

I remember this movie caught a lot of flak when Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for her portrayal as the mother who adopted a homeless boy who later became an NFL player. I actually liked the film and Bullock’s sensitive performance portrayal which is quite different from her mostly rom-com roles at that point. 

The Thanksgiving dinner scene started out with everyone all eating dinner in the living room watching football instead of at the table… but Leigh Anne invited the family to gather at the table as to give her new guest Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) a sense of family during the holidays. The movie portrays a refreshingly flattering picture of a Christian family saying grace before they have the meal.


You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Now, this one isn’t exactly a Thanksgiving dinner scene but it’s certainly an activity many Americans do before the big day, that is grocery shopping. I love the slice of American life in Nora Ephron movies which fuses humor in awkward situations.

No matter how many times I’ve watched this movie, I always cringe the moment Kathleen (Meg Ryan) realized she’s in the cash-only cashier because she was distracted by trying to avoid his nemesis-turned-boyfriend Joe (Tom Hanks) only to have him rescue her. This is also Sara Ramirez‘s first ever on-screen role and definitely a memorable one.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving day + week, everyone! What’s YOUR favorite Thanksgiving scene(s) in movies?


13 thoughts on “HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Memorable Thanksgiving Scenes In Movies

  1. Definitely a strange time during the holidays this year, hope you’ll have a good time catching up on The Mandolorian!

    I haven’t seen those films on your list for a long time but I do remember that scene from Scent of a Woman, definitely a powerful scene chewing from Pacino. I also liked the film, not sure how well it aged since I haven’t seen in many years. I think the only Thanksgiving theme film that I most remember is Planes, Trains and Automobiles starring Steve Martin and the late great John Candy.

    1. Hey Ted! I know it’s strange not to spend time w/ friends/family during the holiday but I made the most of it and just enjoyed decorating my house and watched shows/movies.

      I haven’t seen Scent Of a Woman in a while but there are a few scenes that always stood out to me. I know Planes, Trains and Automobiles is everyone’s fave but I wanted to show scenes around the dinner table or in the case of YGM, grocery shopping to prep for Thanksgiving dinner 🙂

  2. The Blind Side… one of the worst films ever. Having seen the original Scent of a Woman which I will say is a better film and has a better leading performance, I do like Pacino in the remake including that scene at Thanksgiving dinner where he tries to choke out Bradley Whitford.

    To me, the greatest Thanksgiving movie of all-time is Planes, Trains, & Automobiles.

    1. Ahahaha, yeah I know many people hated Blind Side but I quite like it and the Thanksgiving dinner scene is a memorable one to me. I didn’t even know Scent of a Woman was a remake, hmmm now I want to look it up.

    1. Glad you liked it! I wanted to focus more on Thanksgiving dinner scenes but I couldn’t help including one from You’ve Got Mail as it’s such a perfect scene. I’d be mortified too if I were in Kathleen shoes, just like Ryan portrayed it in the movie 😀

  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.

    “Although Thanksgiving comes but once a year, every day should be a day of Thanks. Among all the challenges that we face as people with hearing loss there are certainly brighter moments in every day – moments that deserve to be recorded in our Gratitude Journal.”
    – Monique Hammond

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