Thanksgiving Themed Entertainment — Radio Dramas, Music, and Film


Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re like me (and chances are that you aren’t), you like to get into the holiday spirit not by watching an American Football match or squabbling with relatives but by listening to an appropriately themed radio drama, listening to some Thanksgiving music, or watching a Thanksgiving-themed film.

Here are 100 Thanksgiving-themed radio drama episodes compiled by someone whose catchy nom d’internet is “WA4CZD.”

Here’s my fairly exhaustive playlist of Thanksgiving music for your enjoyment.

Here’s a pretty good list of Thanksgiving-themed films (including, best of all, horror) and a few in which Thanksgiving at least features prominently in a scene.

  • An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving (1961, dir. Kirk Browning)
  • Alice’s Restaurant (1969, dir. Arthur Penn)
  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973, dir. Bill Melendez and Phil Roman)
  • The Thanksgiving Treasure (1973, dir. Paul Bogart)
  • Home Sweet Home (1981, dir. Nettie Peña)
  • Hannah and Her Sisters (1986, dir. Woody Allen)
  • Blood Rage (1987, dir. John Grissmer)
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987, dir. John Hughes)
  • Avalon (1990, dir. Barry Levinson)
  • Dutch (1991, dir. Peter Faiman)
  • Scent of a Woman (1992, dir. Martin Brest)
  • Home for the Holidays (1995, dir. Jodie Foster)
  • Breathing Room (1996, dir. Jon Sherman)
  • The Daytrippers (1996, dir. Greg Mottola)
  • The War at Home (1996, dir. Emilio Estevez)
  • The Myth of Fingerprints (1997, dir. Bart Freundlich)
  • Pants on Fire (1998, dir. Rocky Collins)
  • One Special Night (1999, dir. Roger Young)
  • What’s Cooking? (2000, dir. Gurinder Chadha)
  • All You Need (2001, dir. Randy Ser)
  • Normal (2003, dir. Jane Anderson)
  • Pieces of April (2003, dir. Peter Hedges)
  • Four Brothers (2005, dir. John Singleton)
  • Across the Universe (2007, dir. Julie Taymor)
  • An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving (2008, dir. Graeme Campbell)

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Eric Brightwell is an adventurer, essayist, rambler, explorer, cartographer, and guerrilla gardener who is always seeking paid writing, speaking, traveling, and art opportunities. He is not interested in generating advertorials, cranking out clickbait, or laboring away in a listicle mill “for exposure.”
Brightwell has written for Angels Walk LAAmoeblogBoom: A Journal of CaliforniadiaCRITICSHidden Los Angeles, and KCET Departures. His art has been featured by the American Institute of Architects, the Architecture & Design Museum, the Craft ContemporaryForm Follows FunctionLos Angeles County Store, the book SidewalkingSkid Row Housing Trust, and 1650 Gallery. Brightwell has been featured as subject in The Los Angeles TimesHuffington PostLos Angeles MagazineLAistCurbedLAEastsider LABoing BoingLos Angeles, I’m Yours, and on Notebook on Cities and Culture. He has been a guest speaker on KCRW‘s Which Way, LA?, at Emerson Collegeand the University of Southern California.
Brightwell is currently writing a book about Los Angeles and you can follow him on Ameba, Duolingo, Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram, Mubi, the StoryGraph, and Twitter.
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