5 good movies on Amazon Prime for Thanksgiving weekend

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon attend the "We Bought a Zoo" premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon attend the "We Bought a Zoo" premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) /

Amazon Prime has many new and old favorites to enjoy this holiday season. Many people in the U.S. will enjoy an extra-long weekend this week to celebrate Thanksgiving. We overeat, spend time with family and watch a lot of movies on Amazon, Netflix, and more.

Amazon has a multitude of movies at your fingertips in almost any genre. November introduced many new titles to add to your viewing pleasure. Check out Dead Poets Society, Gnomeo & Juliet, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Vanity Fair, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and so many more. New Amazon Originals in November include The Electrical Life of Louis Wain and Mayor Pete. 

Below are some great movies on Amazon Prime Video to enjoy this Thanksgiving weekend.

5 best movies on Amazon Prime for Thanksgiving

We Bought a Zoo

The 2011 family comedy-drama, We Bought a Zoo got its source material from the memoir of the same name by Benjamin Mee. The film was written and directed by Cameron Crown.

The story follows Mee and his family as they purchase a run-down zoo and proceed to reopen it to the public. Matt Damon plays widowed father Benjamin Mee, who decides he needs a fresh start after the death of his wife. As he starts to look for a new home for this family, he finds the perfect home, but there is a catch. If he wants the house, he must also purchase the zoo on the property, which has been closed for years.

The film also stars Scarlett Johansson, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Thomas Haden Church, Patrick Fugit, Elle Fanning, Colin Ford, John Michael Higgins, and Angus Macfadyen.

This is an excellent film for the whole family.


The comedy film Wanderlust was directed by David Wain, written by Wain and Ken Marino, and produced by Judd Apatow and Paul Rudd. Marino and Rudd also star in the film, and Wain makes a cameo appearance.

A married couple George (Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) Gergenblatt, have recently purchased a micro-loft in New York. George is expecting a promotion, and Linda is on the verge of selling her documentary to HBO. When George’s company unexpectedly goes and under, and Linda’s deal with HBO falls through, they are forced to move to Atlanta, where George’s horrible brother has offered him a job.

On the drive to Atlanta, they come across  Elysium, a counterculture community. They wonder if this community is the answer to all their problems. At Elysium, money, jobs, and clothing are optional but could a move like this just cause more problems?

The Cutting Edge (leaving Nov. 30)

Watch this one soon because The Cutting Edge will be leaving Amazon Prime on Nov. 30. This film is a sports romantic comedy about a spoiled figure skater who is paired with a sidelined hockey player to tackle figure skating at the Olympics.

D.B Sweeney plays Doug Dorsey, an Olympic hockey player who receives a head injury forcing him to retire from the game. Moira Kelly plays Kate Moseley, a figure skater who has made a name for herself in the skating world as being spoiled and demanding. Because of her reputation, her coach cannot find a partner until he meets Dorsey, who is willing to take another shot at the Olympics as a figure skater.


The romantic comedy Wimbledon was originally released in 2004 that was met with mostly positive reviews. It is a fun movie where good things actually happen to the characters in the film.

Peter Colt (Paul Bettany) is a British professional tennis player who earns a wildcard spot at Wimbledon. He meets American tennis player Lizzie Bradbury (Kirsten Dunst), an up-and-coming female tennis player. They fall in love, and this gives Peter new hope, which improves his game. Lizzie is burdened by her overbearing coach and father, which is starting to take a toll on her game.

It is a great movie that gives you warm fuzzies.

Jingle All the Way

Jingle All the Way is a family comedy that pits two well-meaning fathers against each other who both have the goal of acquiring the must-have gift of the season, Turbo-Man, for their sons.

Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a workaholic, and Myron Larabee (Sinbad), a postal worker, only want the best for the children. But, like many parents, they put their holiday shopping off for too long, and the gift their sons want is sold out everywhere.

The film follows the father’s on their frantic search on Christmas Eve as they fight their way around town searching for the gift.

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What are you watching this Thanksgiving? Any movies on Amazon jump out for you? Let us know in the comments below.

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