Happy Hanksgiving, A Celebration of Tom Hanksby urbanemovies | created - 24 Mar 2016 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
Hanksgiving is an event celebrated the fourth Thursday of each November since 2009. Often, it is confused with another holiday that falls on the same day, but Hanksgiving has its own traditions and menu. A typical celebration includes a Tom Hanks-inspired feast, the company of friends and family and binge watching Tom Hanks movie and TV series titles all day long.
Which combination of a Tom Hanks-inspired menu dish/drink and Tom Hanks movie/TV series would you most like to have a helping of this Hanksgiving holiday?
Celebrate Hanksgiving with these: Serious Eats Hanksgiving Recipes or Vulture Hanksgiving Recipes. A special thanks to yrnej, seriouseats.com and vulture.com for their suggestions.
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1. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
R | 169 min | Drama, War
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
Votes: 1,157,168 | Gross: $216.54M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Cravin' Private Fryin
An oversized fried turkey, nicknamed "Private Fryin" with juicy tender turkey meat, a delicious crispy skin and plenty of leftovers saved for later.
2. Forrest Gump (1994)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.
Votes: 1,682,874 | Gross: $330.25M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Forrest Pump-kin Pie
Pumpkin, cream cheese, and bourbon filling pie sprinkled with Black Forest cake crumbs.
3. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.
Votes: 757,093 | Gross: $164.62M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Catch Me If You Cran-berries
Cranberries sautéed with sugar, orange, ginger and cinnamon.
4. The Green Mile (1999)
R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.
Votes: 1,063,860 | Gross: $136.80M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: The Bean Pile
A three bean (green, wax, kidney) salad served in the shape of a tasty tower.
5. Band of Brothers (2001)
TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History
The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Brandy of Brothers
A mixed cocktail of Christian Brothers™ apple brandy, apple cider, bourbon and seltzer.
6. Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Votes: 145,033 | Gross: $83.30M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Glazing Mr. Shanks
Braised pork shanks covered in a pineapple, orange and brown sugar glaze.
7. Toy Story 2 (1999)
G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends set out on a rescue mission to save Woody before he becomes a museum toy property with his roundup gang Jessie, Prospector, and Bullseye.
Votes: 496,535 | Gross: $245.85M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: A Soy Story Too
A vegan, gluten-free delight sculpted entirely out of tofu, herbs, assorted fruits and vegetables.
8. Cast Away (2000)
PG-13 | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A FedEx executive undergoes a physical and emotional transformation after crash landing on a deserted island.
Votes: 489,183 | Gross: $233.63M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Cast Iron Way Chili
A 3-way, 4-way or 5-way chili prepared in a cast iron skillet.
9. Apollo 13 (I) (1995)
PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History
NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.
Votes: 253,579 | Gross: $173.84M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Apollo Thirtahini
A butternut squash and chickpea salad mixed with tahini.
10. The Terminal (2004)
PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An Eastern European tourist unexpectedly finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.
Votes: 378,956 | Gross: $77.87M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: The Corn-minal
A covered basket of warm gluten-free, low fat, low calorie and low sugar cornbread muffins.
11. Big (1988)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.
Votes: 186,181 | Gross: $114.97M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Pig
A traditional slow, day long, pit roasted porker with a fire-roasted apple in its mouth.
12. Bridge of Spies (2015)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, History, Thriller
During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
Votes: 271,500 | Gross: $72.31M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Frigid of Pies
A frozen french vanilla ice cream filled pie mixed with chopped pecans, chopped peanut butter cups, chopped Butterfinger™ candy bars and a caramel sauce topping.
13. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A recently widowed man's son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner.
Votes: 149,932 | Gross: $126.53M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Sweetness in Se-Apple
An apple cider cream pie topped with cinnamon-sprinkled baked Washington state grown apple slices.
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Beetless in Seattle
A traditional beet salad with a mix of Washington state grown chopped Honeycrisp, Red Delicious and Jonagold apples substituted for the beets.
14. Turner & Hooch (1989)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A detective must adopt a rambunctious dog in order to help him find a killer.
Votes: 60,366 | Gross: $71.08M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Turnips & Hooch
Maple syrup-infused turnips mixed with white whiskey.
15. Inferno (I) (2016)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.
Votes: 145,718 | Gross: $34.34M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Inferno Pasta (so hot, you'll need to sign a medical waiver to partake)
Fettuccine pasta spiced with red bell peppers, cilantro, Habanero peppers, cracked black pepper and balanced with an onion, banana, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, Parmesan cheese and butter sauce.
16. Captain Phillips (2013)
PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Votes: 398,593 | Gross: $107.10M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Country Captain Phillips
A mild stew fusion dish inspired by a rural American in the Indian Ocean, made with blackened chicken pieces, Phillips™ blackened seasoning, curry powder, onions, almonds, golden raisins and zante currants served over a bed of rice.
17. Road to Perdition (2002)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A mob enforcer's son witnesses a murder, forcing him and his father to take to the road, and his father down a path of redemption and revenge.
Votes: 233,811 | Gross: $104.45M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Mode to Perfection Salad
A multiple salad option that includes Ambrosia Fruit Salad, Cobb Salad, Apple Slaw, Lobster Salad, and a fifth option of your choosing to provide everyone's ideal salad entree.
18. You've Got Mail (1998)
PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love over the Internet.
Votes: 182,989 | Gross: $115.82M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: You've Got Kale
Kale cooked collard greens style.
19. A League of Their Own (1992)
PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.
Votes: 86,912 | Gross: $107.53M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: A Leek of Their Own
A leek-filled sausage and spice stuffing served in individually portion sized dishes.
20. Punchline (1988)
R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A medical school dropout and a housewife/mom try to make it as stand-up comedians. They become friends and help each other out at an NYC comedy club.
Votes: 7,650 | Gross: $21.03M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Punch Lime
A punch made with ginger ale, lime sherbet, pineapple juice and garnished with lemon slices, lime slices and Maraschino cherries. (add lime vodka for alcoholic version)
21. The Post (2017)
PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, History
A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.
Votes: 118,413 | Gross: $81.90M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: The Roast
A platter assortment of carved roast meats: lamb, pork, pot and rump.
22. The Ladykillers (2004)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a classical ensemble in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting but sharp old landlady.
Votes: 95,673 | Gross: $39.80M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Ladyfinger Chillers
Miniature-sized assorted flavored ice cream sandwiches made with ladyfinger biscuits.
23. Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
R | 102 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.
Votes: 104,255 | Gross: $66.66M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Cauli Wilson's War
A traditional Cauliflower Gratin dish served with conflicting Afghan and Russian spices.
24. That Thing You Do! (1996)
PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A local Pennsylvania band scores a one hit wonder in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as they can, with lots of help from its manager.
Votes: 58,886 | Gross: $25.81M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: That Stuff-ing You Do
Bread stuffing, pork sausage, dried cranberries and none of your attitude, Jimmy.
25. The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.
Votes: 20,679 | Gross: $15.69M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Bonfire of the Cranberries
A roasted cranberry chutney with apples, raisins, apricots and orange/lemon zest.
26. The Circle (I) (2017)
PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity.
Votes: 76,607 | Gross: $20.48M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: The Circle
A taco-based 15" crescent ring comprised of seasoned ground beef, cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and salsa stuffed inside a baked Pillsbury™ crescent dinner roll circle.
27. Philadelphia (1993)
PG-13 | 125 min | Drama
When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.
Votes: 212,195 | Gross: $77.32M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Philadelphia Cheese Cake
A traditional cheese cake made with Kraft Philadelphia™ brand cream cheese.
28. Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Romance
When a hypochondriac learns that he is dying, he accepts an offer to throw himself in a volcano at a tropical island, and along the way there, learns to truly live.
Votes: 32,838 | Gross: $39.40M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Dough versus the Volcano
Volcano-shaped baked Alaska encased within a flaky dough crust, served aflame with melting ice cream and meringue dripping down the sides from the summit.
29. The Polar Express (2004)
G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.
Votes: 163,357 | Gross: $183.37M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Roller Express
A covered basket of quick-rising warm bread dinner rolls.
30. The Da Vinci Code (2006)
PG-13 | 149 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.
Votes: 382,165 | Gross: $217.54M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: The Da Vinci Pasta Lode
Penne pasta made with sliced chicken breast, button mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms and onions cooked in a Madeira wine and garlic butter sauce.
31. From the Earth to the Moon (1998)
TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, History
Dramatized portrayal of the Apollo manned space program.
Hanksgiving Menu Item: From the Hearth to the Loon
A fire-roasted loon (duck) serve with a bitter orange and white wine sauce.
32. Splash (1984)
PG | 111 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A young man is reunited with a mermaid who saved him from drowning as a boy. He falls in love with her, not knowing who or what she is.
Votes: 65,238 | Gross: $62.10M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Spl-Hash
A russet potato hash and a splash of hot sauce mixed with bacon, yellow onion, red bell pepper, baby spinach and spiced with chopped garlic, kosher salt and black pepper.
33. Bosom Buddies (1980–1982)
TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy
Two young single ad men must disguise themselves as women to live in the one apartment they can afford.
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Bosom Spuddies
Moose Bosom, Maine, USA grown potatoes served mashed-style prepared while wearing clothing of the opposite sex.
34. The 'Burbs (1989)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
An overstressed suburbanite and his fellow neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous Satanic cult.
Votes: 64,111 | Gross: $36.60M
Hanksgiving Menu Item: The 'Herbs
A tasty assortment of separated herbs. The perfect accompaniment to any other dish based on the individual diner's taste.
35. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama
Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Mr. Rogers' Banana Day Back to Childhood
A before or after dinner snack to magically transport you back to Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood with a treat you haven't had since you were a child, a cheese slice wrapped banana.
*added 08 October 2019