This year's Thanksgiving movie lineup: 'House of Gucci', 'Encanto' and more

This year’s Thanksgiving movie lineup

With the holiday season each year comes a slew of new movies for everyone.

This year’s offerings include family-friendly picks, drama, comedy and even horror. 

Additionally, with Christmas just around the corner, the holiday-themed offerings are beginning to roll in.

Between streaming and theatrical releases, indie flicks and high-profile offerings, here’s a look at this year’s Thanksgiving movies.


An animated musical adventure from Disney, “Encanto” follows the story of a young girl’s magical family.

“It’s about this extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live in the mountains of Columbia and everybody in the family has these special powers except for Mirabel,” Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis told Fox News. “But then soon, they realize that Mirabel may hold the key to protecting that power.”

The film stars “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” alum Stephanie Beatriz and the story was developed by “Hamilton” scribe Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also wrote original music for the flick.

While “Encanto” will hit theaters on Nov. 24, it will have a relatively short theatrical run and arrive on Disney+ on Dec. 24.

Release date: Nov. 24 in theaters

Cast: Stephanie Beatriz, John Leguizamo, Wilmer Valderrama, Diane Guerrero, Alan Tudyk, Olga Merediz and more

Rated: PG

“The Humans”

Based on the one-act play of the same name “The Humans” follows a fracturing family during their tense Thanksgiving celebration in New York.

“It’s about three generations of family who come together in a cramped Chinatown apartment in New York City to celebrate Thanksgiving,” Davis said. “The film is layered with nuance … deeply haunting and ultimately very moving.”

Written and directed by Tony winner Stephen Karam, who also penned the original play, “The Humans” features a small-but-mighty cast, including a rare dramatic turn for comedian Amy Schumer.

Amy Schumer in ‘The Humans.’

In addition to hitting theaters on Nov. 24, the movie will also air on Showtime.

Release date: Nov. 24

Cast: Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun, Amy Schumer, Richard Jenkins, June Squibb and Jayne Houdyshell

Rated: R

“House of Gucci”

One of the year’s most highly-anticipated flicks, “House of Gucci” will tell the true tale of the decline of the marriage between fashion icon Guccio Gucci’s grandson Maurizio and his wife Patrizia Reggiani.

“Really fantastic ensemble but it is Lady Gaga and Jared Leto who have the most transformative performances in this film,” said Davis. Gaga portrays Reggiani while Leto plays Paolo Gucci, another member of the famed family.

“It is about primarily the marriage between Maurizio Gucci and Patrizia Reggiani, complete with all its ups and downs and suspicious betrayal and ultimately murder,” Davis explained.

“House of Gucci” is considered a major awards contender this year, with Gaga and Leto currently considered favorites to nab Oscar nominations for their work in the film.

Release date: Nov. 24

Cast: Lady Gaga, Jared Leto, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Salma Hayek and Jeremy Irons

Rated: R

“Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City”

Robbie Amell and Kaya Scodelario in ‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.’
(Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Serving as a prequel to the famed “Resident Evil” video game franchise is “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.” It also serves as a reboot of the film franchise of the same name, which kicked off in 2002.

The flick will see the beginnings of the famed storyline featuring zombie-like flesh-eating creatures.

Release date: Limited release on Nov. 22, wide release on Nov. 24

Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Robbie Amell, Hannah John-Kamen, Neal McDonough and Tom Hopper

Rated: R


Like “House of Gucci,” “Bruised” has found itself on some awards radars, with many anxiously awaiting to see whether Berry will turn out another Oscar-worthy performance either in front of or behind the camera.

Halle Berry in ‘Bruised.’

“Bruised” will stream exclusively on Netflix.

Release date: Nov. 24

Cast: Halle Berry, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Danny Boyd Jr. and more

Rated: R

“8-bit Christmas”

Among the year’s first Christmas-themed releases is HBO Max’s “8-bit Christmas.”

“It’s about a kid who is obsessed with obtaining the brand new video game system called Nintendo,” Davis shared.

The flick is set in 1980s Chicago and will stream exclusively on HBO Max.

Release date: Nov. 24

Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Steve Zahn, June Diane Raphael and more

Rated: PG

Fox News’ Ashley Dvorkin contributed to this report

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