The 5 Best Movies on Netflix the Whole Family Can Watch After Thanksgiving Dinner

This Thanksgiving, after chowing down on your turkey meal–or whatever late-Thursday-in-November tradition your family practices–you might find yourself scrolling through Netflix, searching for a flick the whole family can enjoy. 

Depending on how well you get along with your family, holidays can present a mixed bag of emotions. But watching movies together can be a way to bond and relate to your relatives. Not to mention, it tunes out inter-generational political conflicts. It’s also a nice way to pass the time while you’re waiting for your stomach to make enough room for pie. Below, please find our humble movie suggestions for your family’s viewing pleasure, all of which are available on Netflix.

‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’

The Grinch Stole Christmas, which streams on Netflix
The Grinch, Played By Jim Carrey, in How The Grinch Stole Christmas | Getty Images

Few actors get into character like Jim Carrey, and this 2000 Christmas movie is no exception. The whole movie’s aesthetic, from the set design to baby-Jenny-from-Gossip-Girl a.k.a. Cindy Lou Who’s gravity-defying hairstyle. This movie is pure holiday cheer from start to finish. And now that it’s past Thanksgiving, we’re officially allowed to watch Christmas movies. (Not that we were concerned about it before).


Yes, the Day of the Dead happened at the beginning of November, closer to Halloween—but this movie is so wonderful, we had to make an exception. Also, the film is all about la familia! For many Americans, Thanksgiving is one of the few opportunities a year we have to spend with our relatives, especially our extended family members. Coco is a celebration of a whole lineage of a family, and a moving reminder of why keeping up traditions is important. Also, wouldn’t it be pretty touching to watch Mama Coco hearing her late father’s song “Remember Me,” with your own, real-life grandma in the room? 

Coco cast
Directors Adrian Molina and Lee Unkrich, Mexican singer and actor Luis Angel Gomez and producer Darla K. Anderson | ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP via Getty Images

‘What a Girl Wants’

It’s Amanda Bynes in her prime! We always knew the Amanda Show star had a comedic gift, but this movie surprisingly lets Bynes’ talent shine bright. 

Set in London, What a Girl Wants stars Nickelodeon alum Bynes as a spunky teen in search of her birth dad. Her father is played by the one and only Colin Firth, who is true to form: charmingly awkward and adorable. It’s a teenybopper flick with an unrealistic-as-all-get-out premise, and yet somehow, What a Girl Wants mostly holds up–even the jokes. Although there are quite a few over-the-top trip-and-falls, it’s a good time once you lean into the early 2000s teen-movie humor.

cast of What a Girl Wants, which streams on Netflix
Oliver James and Amanda Bynes | Gregory Pace/FilmMagic


Does America need a win right now? That’s up to you, but sometimes it’s nice to revisit our most patriotic sporting victories through the power of Netflix. Miracle is a historical drama based on the true story of the young and scrappy U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. The American underdogs beat the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics, a win that seemed impossible (spoiler alert, in case the 39-year old game is still in your DVR).

The film is chock-full of inspirational locker room speeches given by guys with thick Minnesota accents, if you’re into that kind of thing. Then, you and your family can all cry together when that player finds his dad in the stands at the end.

‘Spy Kids’

Cast of Spy Kids streaming on Netflix
Alexa Vega, Carla Gugino, Antonia Banderas, Daryl Sabara and director Robert Rodriguez arrive for the premiere of Spy Kids | William Conran – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images

There have been several sequels to 2001’s Spy Kids, but we still prefer the original. If you haven’t seen the children’s spy movie in a few years, you’ll be impressed by the realistic brother-sister dynamic between then-child actors Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara. You’ll commiserate with poor, cute Juni’s, a.k.a., Butterfingers’ struggles. Antonio Banderas will figuratively charm by the pants off of you with his raw passionate energy. You’ll be severely disturbed by the results of Alan Cummings’ character’s evil plan. But by then, the food coma will probably have set in enough that it won’t bother you too much.

Happy Thanksgiving, and as always, happy Netflix scrolling!