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A Feast of Intrigue: 7 Mystery and Thriller Movies to Watch on Thanksgiving

These mysteries are as juicy as the turkey.

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It's that special time of year when the people you love most come together to give thanks and argue over turkey. But once the parade and the National Dog Show wrap up, what is a family to watch

We have some good news: there are bigger mysteries this year than who ate the last slice of pumpkin pie. If you're looking for some action and intrigue to help digest your meal, here are seven mystery and thriller movies to watch on Thanksgiving!

The Vanished

The Michaelson family go on a camping trip over Thanksgiving weekend, only for the getaway to turn tragic when their 10-year-old daughter, Taylor, is abducted. When the police fail to track down any leads, parents Paul (Thomas Jane) and Wendy (Anne Heche) decide to take matters into their own hands. But the deeper they wade into the case, the more wild this mystery becomes.

North by Northwest

When New York City advertising executive Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) is the victim of a case of mistaken identity, he must go on the run. A group of dangerous foreign spies believe him to be a government agent, and now his life is on the line. As he escapes on a cross-country chase, he falls for a woman (Eva Marie Saint) with questionable loyalties.

This movie never explicitly mentions Thanksgiving, but those with a keen eye will see that a newspaper in the film places the events over the holiday.

Tower Heist

Starring an incredible cast including Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Gabourey Sidibe, and Alan Alda, this hilarious heist movie centers around a group of employees who have been taken advantage of by their employer's Ponzi scheme. To get back what's theirs, they devise a plan to break into his high-rise and rob him. With their mark scheduled to attend court during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, it's the perfect time to commit a crime…

Four Brothers

When Evelyn Mercer (Fionnula Flanagan) is killed during a convenience store robbery, her death brings her four adopted sons—Bobby (Mark Wahlberg), Angel (Tyrese Gibson), Jeremiah (André 3000), and Jack (Garrett Hedlund)—back together to mourn her. Thanksgiving doesn't feel the same without their matriarch, and so they vow to find the truth behind who killed their mother. And once they know the truth, they're going to get revenge.


On Thanksgiving Day, the Dover and Birch families celebrate together. But when both daughters go missing, father Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is not keen to wait on the police to track down the culprit. As he commits horrible deeds to find his daughter, he uncovers dark truths.

Knives Out

Another movie that never directly addresses Thanksgiving, Knives Out has a strong association with the holiday for its original box office release over the holiday weekend. Plus, it features cozy fall sweaters and a squabbling, eccentric family.

When acclaimed mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) seemingly commits suicide on his 85th birthday, brilliant detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously hired to investigate. With the help of a nurse (Ana de Armas) who can't lie, he begins to unravel a very tangled web of family tensions.

The Morning After

Alcoholic has-been actress Alex Sternbergen (Jane Fonda) is in for a shock when she wakes up on the morning of Thanksgiving next to a dead man. She has no idea what happened to lead her here, but she knows this: either she killed a man, or she's in danger. With the help of former police officer Turner Kendall (Jeff Bridges), she sets out to find answers while on the run.