The Hallmark Channel has mastered the art of capturing the spirit of joy and gratitude in the numerous films they put out each year. And while they’ve cornered the market on all things holly-jolly, they also know the recipe for the perfect autumnal flick. From sets teeming with multi-colored leaves and pumpkins galore to the romantic stories set during the harvest season, take a look at the 12 best Hallmark Thanksgiving movies — perfect for the big day when you find yourself in that annual tryptophan coma!
Best Hallmark Thanksgiving movies, ranked
12. Holiday Engagement (2011)
Hillary, played by Bonnie Somerville, is constantly dealing with the pressure to marry, put there by none other than her mom. Finally, Hillary is elated to bring her lawyer fiancee along with her for Thanksgiving, only to be broken up with before the holiday. Scrambling, Hillary puts an ad out online and recruits out-of-work actor David (Jordan Bridges) to play the part. But what happens when his role starts to feel a little more like reality? Will her mother see through her charade?
11. A Family Thanksgiving (2010)
Daphne Zuniga plays Claudia, a single, successful lawyer who is absorbed in her lavish lifestyle. In a twist of fate, she has an encounter with a mystic and finds herself in an alternate reality where she is a stay-at-home mom, struggling to make sense of this new life she finds herself in. One of our favorite Hallmark Thanksgiving-themed movies!
10. Harvest Love (2017)
Jen Lilley plays a widowed surgeon, returning home to her family’s pear farm with her young son in an effort to disconnect from her hectic life back home. It’s there where she meets Will (Ryan Paevey), the farm’s manager, and begins falling for him.
9. November Christmas (2010)
November Christmas tells the story of a father (John Corbett) and his efforts to bring joy to his sick daughter. Teaming up with his neighbor, played by Sam Elliott, they conspire a plan to propel the big events of the year forward for his daughter and son: Halloween in August, and Christmas in November. This film tells a moving story about community and coming together.
8. Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade (2012)
Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade follows Emily (Autumn Reeser), a woman whose career revolves around planing the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade each year. When a wealthy development consultant (Antonio Cupo) is hired to analyze the numbers and increase profits, Emily isn’t exactly overjoyed. Chalking him up to a wealthy playboy, when she starts to lean on him for help, she realizes that maybe he isn’t who she thought he was, and might even start falling for him in the process. Here we have one of the quintessential Hallmark Thanksgiving movies on the list!
7. Falling for You (2018)
A radio station manager (Taylor Cole) in a small New England town butts heads with a visiting business man (Tyler Hynes) — until she recruits him to participate in her bachelor bake off in an effort to save her radio station.
6. Autumn Dreams (2015)
Teenage Annie (Jill Wagner) and Ben (Colin Egglesfield) elope, with plans to leave their small Iowa town — until Annie’s parents have the marriage annulled and instead of heading to the big city, Annie stays behind to help her family in Iowa. Flash forward 15 years, with both Annie and Ben engaged to different people, they learn their annulment was never finalized and must reunite to legalize their divorce. When they come together again, they begin wondering about what could have been had things gone differently.
5. An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving (2008)
An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving comes from the mind of Little Women author Louisa May Alcott and tells the story of Mary Bassett (Helene Joy), a mother of three who has come upon hard times on their family farm. Unable to even afford a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, Mary’s wealthy yet estranged mother pays the family a visit, and although she connects with Mary’s daughters and attempts to heal their financial hardships, Mary resents her attempts. A classic in terms of Hallmark Thanksgiving movies!
4. The Thanksgiving House (2013)
When a Boston lawyer named Mary (Emily Rose) inherits a house from her late aunt in Plymouth, her initial reaction is to sell it, not realizing that the home she has acquired may actually be located at the site of the very first Thanksgiving! A local historian (Justin Bruening) works to prove his theory of the house’s historic value, while Mary tries to cling to the house for herself and the childhood memories it holds. Mary must ultimately decide what’s more important: her own memories or preserving the historic integrity of the home.
3. Fourth Down and Love (2023)
Ryan Paevey plays a pro-football player. Pascale Hutton plays a mother to a flag-football playing daughter, and the two cross paths when he is sidelined by an injury.
2. Falling for Vermont (2017)
Angela Young (Julie Gonzalo) is an author itching to escape the media frenzy surrounding the release of her new book, so she escapes to see some fall foliage and find some peace of mind. When she gets caught in a storm sending her into a tree, she hits her head and temporarily loses her memory, only to be cared for by the town doctor, Jeff (Benjamin Ayres). Offering her his guest house until her memory returns, she begins connecting with him and his children, and when her distracted boyfriend and sister finally find her, she wonders if getting lost meant finding herself.
1. Pumpkin Pie Wars (2016)
Many years ago, during a pumpkin pie contest, Faye and Lydia had a falling out, resulting in them each opening up their own bakeries. Now, their children and co-workers, Casey (Julie Gonzalo) and Sam (Eric Aragon), are set to go head to head in the same contest that tore them apart so many tears ago — but things get complicated when the two people who are supposed to hate each other begin to fall for one another.
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