1. “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986)
The holidays are a great marker to plot how people’s lives have evolved and changed over the past year. Woody Allen structures his masterpiece “Hannah and Her Sisters” around this human tendency. The story revolves around the personal and professional lives of three very different sisters as they are tried and tested. Hannah (Mia Farrow) is an accomplished actress and seemingly perfect wife whose husband, Eliot (Michael Caine), is lusting after her sister, Lee (Barbara Hershey). Lee is a dreamer shackled by a reclusive boyfriend (Max Von Sydow). The wild child, Holly (Dianne Weist), struggles to hold down a job and a boyfriend following years of drug and alcohol abuse.
A yearly family Thanksgiving celebration serves as act breaks, checking in with the characters both on where they are at in their life, but, more importantly, how they wish to present their lives. It all builds to a heartwarming Thanksgiving revelation that is the perfect capper for a sublime film. If there’s one thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, it’s for “Hannah and Her Sisters.”