By Madeline Rudin

Published on November 23, 2015

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The Tearjerker: Forrest Gump

It’s true that life is like a box of chocolates, but on Thanksgiving you know what you’re going to get: ample family time.  So, when you’re ready for a different type of drama, immerse yourself in Forrest’s story.

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The Coming-of-Age Classic: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

It would be irresponsible not to include this sick-day legend on a list of films to watch when you’re basically couch-ridden.  

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The Hitchcock Horror: The Birds

After watching this famed thriller, you’ll be perfectly content spending the day (or weekend) safe inside the house picking at Thursday’s leftovers.

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The Activity Inducer: Mission: Impossible

If anything will inspire you to get out of your post-meal slump and do something active, it’s an action packed spy movie.Then again, you might just decide to sit still and watch the sequels.

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The Crowd Favorite: Toy Story

Fun for all and all for fun, this original Pixar home run is safe for ages 1-100.

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The Esteemed Indie: The Big Lebowski

There’s no better time to watch this comedic crime classic than when you’re feeling immobile on a big comfy couch.  We’re pretty sure “the Dude” would be right there with you.

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The Revered Romance: When Harry Met Sally

Partaken in too much pecan pie? Harry and Sally can relate. It’s the oldie that never gets old.  

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The Side Splitter: Airplane

A film as timeless and dependable as your turkey dinner recipes, this tried and true comedy transcends generations.  

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The Spirit Lifter: Little Miss Sunshine

This feel good flick is a friendly Thanksgiving reminder that family is ever-so-important–and that yours isn’t as dysfunctional as you think.