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Movies We’re Thankful for This Year
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What movie are you most thankful for? We asked a few members of the A.frame team that very question—below are the responses we got. The exercise reminded us just how magical and powerful movies can be. Even when we may not be together as usual this Thanksgiving, these titles keep us connected.

We encourage you to start a text thread with your nearest and dearest and share the movies you’re grateful for!

1

Singin’ in the Rain

1952

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I’m thankful for this film because it’s one of my dad’s favorites and we grew up watching it often. It brings all the good feels!

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Singin’ in the Rain
1952
102 Mins | G
A silent-film star (Gene Kelly) loves a chorus girl (Debbie Reynolds).


2

The Godfather

1972

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Since much ink has been spilled over the artistic achievements of the film, I will instead mention one lesser-discussed aspect of the film I am thankful for—a young Al Pacino. Those big brown eyes, those killer cheekbones, the way he carries himself like the sword of Damocles is hanging over his head.

Yes, please.

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The Godfather
1972
177 Mins | R
Mafia boss Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) and his sons (Al Pacino, James Caan).


3

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

1987

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Not only is Planes, Trains and Automobiles my supreme movie for Thanksgiving—it’s on that rare list of movies that force most people to laugh and cry in the same sitting. John Candy and Steve Martin play two strangers forced to work together in order to get home in time for Thanksgiving dinner with their family. If you need to be reminded of what’s important in life, don't look much further than this classic.

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles
1987
92 Mins | R
A stranded ad exec (Steve Martin) and a salesman (John Candy) make unlikely co-travelers.


4

Coming to America

1988

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I’m thankful for Coming to America because it’s my dad’s favorite movie, so we watch it every year around this time. We’re looking forward to Coming 2 America!

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Coming to America
1988
116 Mins | R
An African prince (Eddie Murphy) and his royal sidekick (Arsenio Hall) come to Queens.


5

Lost in Translation

2003

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Or, the feature that earned Sofia Coppola an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. It’s a movie I turn back to time and again when I want to be absorbed by a place and a mood. Sofia captures Tokyo—and the feeling of jet-lag and fleeting friendships—so beautifully. And the music is great, too. In a time when we can’t travel as regularly as we used to, I’m thankful for this adventure and escape.

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Lost in Translation
2003
102 Mins | R
A middle-aged actor (Bill Murray) falls for a young woman (Scarlett Johansson) in Tokyo.


6

WALL-E

2008

We fell in love with this Waste Allocation Load Lifter, Earth-Class when he first rolled onto the screen 12 years ago, and he’s remained in our hearts ever since. WALL·E has been a favorite, unexpected romance (one that sparks not through words, but through mechanical beeps and whirs), a nearly unrivaled movie adventure and a masterclass in sight and sound (thank you, cinematographer Roger Deakins and composer Thomas Newton). Its message about the need to take care of our planet is as urgent as ever.

But this year, we are just as grateful for WALL·E’s prudent and impeccable example of quarantine done right. He manages to survive 700 years all alone, with a handful of unique hobbies—getting really into home organization, befriending cockroaches, and watching Hello, Dolly! over and over again. If WALL·E can do it, maybe we can too.

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WALL-E
2008
98 Mins | G
Travel to a galaxy not so far away with WALL-E, a lonely robot who discovers love on a fantastical journey across the universe.


7

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

2020

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Alexander Lemtov got me through the isolation of the pandemic summer. Lemtov is a charming and closeted Russian Eurovision singer, played by Dan Stevens. He lived an elevated life—honoring uninhibited passion—despite the restrictions of his reality. I relate, and I am ever so grateful.

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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
2020
120 Mins | PG-13
Two small-town singers chase their pop star dreams at a global music competition.


8

Jurassic Park

1993

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It’s a film that has stood the test of time from a technology standpoint. It also reminds me of my childhood—movie nights with my dad and that perfect balance of excitement and thrill.

Related: Take a look back at the groundbreaking decision to create digital dinosaurs, and the impact it had on the future of movies.

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Jurassic Park
1993
126 Mins | PG-13
Scientists (Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum) visit a park of DNA-regenerated dinosaurs.


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