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I was looking at ideas for our holiday viewing this Thanksgiving.  I found a lot of the same movies on the lists: Pieces of April and Trains, Planes and Automobiles.  My friends and family and I thought of a few more.

Addams Family Values –  Remember Wednesday proclaiming that the European invaders are up to no good, and “for all these reasons I have decided to scalp you and burn your village to the ground.” Good way for those of European ancestry to have their guilt and turkey too.

Swiss Family Robinson 1960 –  They are actually celebrating Christmas but it’s all about colonialism and harvest and so is applicable.  The ostrich in the race and the tree-housewarming are fun.  Edit: Just saw it and think it works better as an Xmas movie.

Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale – I don’t know how historically accurate this movie is.  The movie portrays him as the most forgiving and most intellectually curious man on the planet at the time.  Definitely a hero.

Wizard of Oz –  Well, there is no place like home, even if it’s so economically depressed, they can’t afford color.

Lilo & Stitch – It’s all about family and Elvis songs and psychotic aliens – perfect for Thanksgiving.

Last of the Mohicans 1992 –  Wes Studi is the awesome.  And it’s good for people who prefer the action-packed over the touchy-feely.

Johnny Appleseed 1948 – The real dude was way crazy.  But it’s got a joyful “be thankful” song.

Eat Drink Man Woman –  Wrong country but family is family and food is food.  I love this movie.

You Can’t Take It with You –  I haven’t seen this but I am assured that it’s a great friends, family and food movie.

Big Night –  Immigrants struggling to make it is a big part of the USA story.  And the final scene…wow.  Just wow.

List of Tday movies

Good list of Tday movies

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