Eric’s Pick: Planes, Trains And Automobiles
As you can tell from this list, there are a lot of different Thanksgiving movies to choose from depending on your mood, but if you feel like laughing your ass off around Turkey Day, there is no other option than the incredible Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Written and directed by John Hughes in 1987 – making it one of the filmmaker’s latest works – the story follows two men (played by Steven Martin and John Candy) with extremely opposite dispositions who are forced to travel miles together by any means necessary so that they can be home in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families. It’s not just a must-watch movie in late November – it’s one of the funniest films to come out of the last 30 years.

Though the movie isn’t so much about Thanksgiving, the story uses the warm family gathering as a destination – but don’t think that should eliminate the film for consideration. As stern businessman Neal (Martin) and the affable, annoying shower ring salesman Del (Candy) hop from transportation method to transportation method trying to get home, they wind up experiencing many of the most important themes of the holiday, including patience, gratefulness, forgiveness and family. Plus on top of that you get to watch two of the most legendary big screen comedy stars of all time go head-to-head and create moments that will live forever in cinema history. If Planes, Trains and Automobiles isn’t already a tradition in your household then it needs to be.

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