16 Movies To See And Stream This Thanksgiving, No Matter Who You're With

Keep everyone entertained for the weekend.

This Thanksgiving, depending on your time off and how long your post-dinner nap lasts, there's a chance you'll want to take a break from all the cooking and catching up to watch a movie or two. Lucky for you, not only is there a great variety of titles to choose from in theaters this weekend, but there's also the option of cozying up at home and pressing play on Netflix.

No matter who you're spending the holiday with, and whether you prefer to stay in or go out, we have a recommendation for you. So put down that leftover turkey sandwich, pause your bargain-hunting, and sit down to enjoy some quality entertainment with the ones you love. If you choose wisely, your conversation topics might be covered until everyone goes back to work.


If you're with kids ...

In theaters: Trolls

No, not the internet kind. This one has vibrant animation, fun songs, and the nostalgia factor if you happen to have grown up with Troll dolls. Plus, you can't go wrong with voices from Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake.

On Netflix: The Boxtrolls

So maybe you and the youngsters want to watch a troll movie, but you can't make it to the theater this weekend. Why not try this stop-motion film from 2014?

If you're with teens ...

In theaters: Doctor Strange

Superheroes? Check. Benedict Cumberbatch? Check. An action-packed story? Check. Your viewing company will think you're oh-so-hip.

On Netflix: Pirates of the Caribbean

Here's another adventure-filled title with an all-star cast. Most teens will have been too young to see this in its original run, so this could be the perfect time to introduce them.

If you're with your parents ...

In theaters: Arrival

Amy Adams plays a linguist trying to communicate with visiting extraterrestrials. There are some powerful themes that will appeal to parents and grown-ups kids alike — and it just might inspire you to do some improved communicating of your own.

On Netflix: Stranger Things

It's not a movie, but it sure does reference a lot of them. Summer's biggest hit is excellent family viewing, as long as your family happens to love sci-fi. And with only eight episodes, it's totally doable if you're staying home most of the weekend.

If you're with older relatives ...

In theaters: Breakfast at Tiffany's

If you're with your grandparents or someone else from an older generation, why not take them to see a classic on the big screen? Fathom Events is bringing the 1961 Audrey Hepburn film to select theaters November 27 and 30. Get your tickets here.

On Netflix: To Kill a Mockingbird

Another classic from around the same time, this one with a social message and a focus on family. It's also based on one of the greatest American novels of all time, which is fitting for a quintessentially American holiday.

If you're with your significant other ...

In theaters: Loving

This film tells the moving true story of a mixed-race couple who were jailed for their relationship in Virginia and brought the case to the Supreme Court, which subsequently struck down laws against interracial marriage. It's a significant and continually relevant film to view with the person you love.

On Netflix: Love Actually

The end of Thanksgiving marks the start of the Christmas season, and that means it's time to watch the most British rom-com in history. Resistance is futile.

If you're with friends ...

In theaters: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

If you and your friends are Harry Potter fans (or even if you're not), this a great one to see together. When it's over, have everyone share their favorite of Newt Scamander's creatures.

On Netflix: Mean Girls

If there's one thing millennials love just as much as Harry Potter, it's Mean Girls. No matter what generation you and your friends belong to, this is always a reliable choice.

If you're by yourself ...

In theaters: Bad Santa 2

This new sequel to the 2003 Billy Bob Thornton comedy isn't exactly family-friendly — depending on your family, of course. Load up on movie theater snacks and enjoy a night out by yourself. We won't tell anyone.

On Netflix: anything and everything

A holiday at home alone means no fighting over the remote. Browse the Netflix library and catch up on all the shows and movies you've been meaning to see.

If you're with some combination of the above ...

In theaters: Moana

Disney is always a good bet when you're looking to entertain several different age groups. If what we've seen so far is any indication, this one is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

On Netflix: Zootopia

That's right — 2016's favorite animated film is already on Netflix. If there's anyone at your dining table who hasn't seen it yet, this is the perfect time.

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