Netflix Movie Marathons for Your Thanksgiving Break

By Leah Goggins

Thanksgiving is the holiday with a thousand faces. You might spend it keeping the peace between family members, vegging out on the couch or gleefully sipping a mug of tea while those two have it out at the dinner table. Whether you’re playing the peacekeeper or the rabble-rouser this holiday season, we have a movie marathon to suit your needs.

For the Lover of Love

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Rooney Mara in Carol. [Image via The Weinstein Company]

If you’re looking to nestle into the couch and catch up on the romances of a lifetime, we have the marathon for you. Start out with Adore, starring Robin Wright and Naomi Watts as women who enter into controversial relationships with men they know like the backs of their hands. Follow that up with Carol, a 1950s period piece that captures the heartbreak and triumph of a struggling divorcee and a bright, young photographer. For the grand finale, turn to Netflix Original Our Souls at Night, starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford in a story of loneliness and love.

 

For the Class Clown

Bob Hoskins in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. [Image via Buena Vista Pictures]

For an overload of laughs and some of your favorite comedic performers, turn to this triple feature. Begin with Best in Show, a Christopher Guest mockumentary with a stacked cast and plenty of pups for your viewing pleasure. Then head over to Miss Congeniality to see Sandra Bullock scheme her way through the Miss America pageant on behalf of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. For one final bowl of popcorn, zip through Robert Zemeckis’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the live-action/animated film that follows a human detective’s wild quest to exonerate Roger Rabbit, the cartoon star of a hit television show.

 

For the Animated Enthusiast

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Matthew McConaughey in Sing. [Image via Illumination]

When it’s time to chill out with talking animals and the comforting goofiness of an animated gem, we can tell you where to tune in. First up is The Secret Life of Pets, an endearing look at a day in the life of furry, domestic friends after their owners head off to work. Then we have Kung Fu Panda, the story of a Jack Black-voiced panda who finds out that his destiny is much larger than he ever knew. And finally, Sing, which features your favorite actors lending their voices to a big, catchy talent show — plus plenty of goofy scenes starring a Nick Kroll-voiced dancing pig.

 

For the Aspiring Musician

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Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Lucy Boynton in Sing Street. [Image via The Weinstein Company]

When you finally decide to take a break from the latest instrument you’ve picked up, swing through this movie marathon for the musically inclined. We’ll start off with the Alan Rickman-helmed CBGB, which provides an origin story for the titular nightclub and music venue — New York’s raucous answer to LA’s Whiskey a Go Go. Follow through with the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side, which chronicles the conflict-ridden and emotional life of The Experience guitarist. Cap the night off with Sing Street, an ’80s-set story about a group of Irish high schoolers who decide to start a band. (Important Note™: This film includes original music that sounds straight out of 1983 in the best way possible).

 

For the Indie Elitist

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Naomi Watts and Adam Driver in While We’re Young. [Image via A24]

Once you’re done rolling your eyes at that cousin raving about the latest superhero blockbuster he’s seen, turn to this treasure trove of indie hits. Open with the A24 gem While We’re Young, featuring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple drowning in monotony until they meet a set of quirky young hipsters — Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. Then fade into Blue Jay, an exquisitely acted tale of nostalgia and regret between former high school sweethearts. Close out the night with Little Sister, a dark and hysterical picture of a young nun who travels home to see her brother, who has returned from Iraq.

 

For the Non-fiction Nerd

Still from Tower. [Image via Kino Lorber]

If a day of family gatherings and overeating has left you exhausted, chill out (and then get super mad about the injustices of the world) with these docs. We’ll begin with the fantastic Tower, which explores the events surrounding the 1966 University of Texas tower shooting through unique rotoscopic animation. Proceed then to 13th, the Academy Award-nominated and Primetime Emmy-winning documentary that exposes the hardwired connections between American slavery and the prison-industrial complex. End the marathon with Miss Representation, a film that criticizes the unfair representation of women in media through passionate interviews and stories from young girls.

 

For the Premature Christmas Elf

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Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, and Bing Crosby in White Christmas. [Image via Paramount Pictures]

Isn’t it about time you put up the tree, made some cocoa and kicked back with a few holiday flicks? If so, hop to a holly jolly start with White Christmas, a holiday standard replete with well-choreographed numbers, jokes about snow and even a few tear jerking moments. Afterwards, head over to How The Grinch Stole Christmas to revisit an old favorite and see Jim Carrey be Jim Carrey. Finally, finish the evening with The Ref and watch as an upper middle-class family hilariously struggles through being held hostage on Christmas Eve.