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Here's The Top Grossing Thanksgiving-Related Movies

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire November 22, 2012 at 9:57AM

In honor of the holiday weekend, Indiewire has decided to count down the top 10 grossing films where Thanksgiving itself factors into the film.
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"Planes, Trains and Automobiles"

In honor of the holiday weekend, Indiewire has decided to count down the top 10 grossing films where Thanksgiving itself factors into the film.

While Thanksgiving might be an intensely popular time to go to the movies, it's not exactly a powerhouse of a film subject in itself. Only 7 films with Thanksgiving as a major plot or setting point have grossed over $20 million domestically, and only one of those films - last year's Adam Sandler comedy "Jack & Jill," which is distubringly the #1 exampe - was released in the past 10 years.

If one adjusts for inflation, two classics from the mid-1980s are the clear winners: 1987's John Hughes comedy "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (which took in $99.4 million in 2011 dollars) and Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" ($85.5 million). 

Here's the top 10 (without adjusting for inflation). Note that the holiday is a more dominant theme in some films over others.

The Top Grossing Thanksgiving Related Films

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    1. Jack and Jill

    Release Date: November 11, 2011
    Domestic Gross: $74,158,157
  • 2 of 10

    2. Scent of a Woman

    Release Date: December 23, 1992
    Domestic Gross: $63,095,253
  • 3 of 10

    3. Don't Say a Word

    Release Date: September 28, 2001
    Domestic Gross: $55,001,642
  • 4 of 10

    4. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Release Date: November 25, 1987
    Domestic Gross: $49,530,280
  • 5 of 10

    5. Hannah and Her Sisters

    Release Date: February 7, 1986
    Domestic Gross: $40,084,041
  • 6 of 10

    6. Nobody's Fool

    Release Date: December 23, 1994
    Domestic Gross: $39,491,975
  • 7 of 10

    7. Son In Law

    Release Date: July 2, 1993
    Domestic Gross: $36,448,400
  • 8 of 10

    8. Home For The Holidays

    Release Date: November 3, 1995
    Domestic Gross: $17,519,169
  • 9 of 10

    9. The Ice Storm

    "The Ice Storm"
  • 10 of 10

    10. Dutch

    Release Date: July 19, 1991
    Domestic Gross: $4,603,029