Take a break from football with a classic film

Happy Thanksgiving weekend! With so many movies available on broadcast and standard cable stations, you can treat your family and friends to a reel cinema feast. Take a look at some of the selections.

Gone With the Wind (1939)

This legendary epic satisfies the palette with its appetizing tale of a Southern family fighting the inevitability of change during and after the Civil War. While Clark Gable was the nation’s choice to play Rhett Butler, producer David O. Selznick held a worldwide search for the right actress to portray Scarlett O’Hara on screen. Britain’s Vivien Leigh perfects the layers of this complex Southern belle in an Oscar-winning role of a lifetime.

Wednesday, November 25, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 28, 7:30 a.m.; AMC

The Godfather (1972)

What better way to celebrate a holiday about family than with a family who will do just about anything for each other? While the relationships between siblings may be complex, and the sense of duty can get intense, the Corleone clan reminds us that, when it comes to family, blood is thicker than water. Or wine. Marlon Brando may have won an Oscar as the patriarch, but Al Pacino walks away with the film as a son trying to find his place at the dinner table.

Thursday, November 26, 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., AMC

The Godfather Part II (1974)

Shortly after the original Godfather was named the Best Picture of the Year, fans winced when they heard Paramount planned a sequel. How could director Francis Ford Coppola tarnish the memory of the Corleones? Well, he knew what he was doing. The second film offers a deeper look at the family complexities while enriching the impact of the initial installment. And it became the only sequel to follow its original to win the Best Picture Oscar.

Thursday, November 26, 1 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., AMC

As Good As It Gets (1997)

Even though Helen Hunt’s Brooklyn accent comes and goes (for which she won an Oscar) and Jack Nicholson’s lovable curmudgeon can become bothersome, this engaging drama from James L. Brooks charms with its celebration of dysfunctional friendships. Greg Kinnear offers a thoughtful look at a broken man in a performance of depth, humor and spontaneity, a significant surprise from a talk-show host who proves he is an actor.

Thursday, November 26, 12 noon, Sundance

North by Northwest (1959)

Of the thrillers from Alfred Hitchcock in the 1950s – including Rear Window and Vertigo – this offers the most sweeping entertainment as Cary Grant travels the U.S. to chase and run from a bunch of bad guys who think he is someone else. Grant is perfect playing a man who knows too much about what’s happening around him but can’t convince anyone that something is wrong. Eva Marie Saint costars as, yes, another Hitchcock blonde.

Friday, November 27, 5:30 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

As Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks collect kudos for the big-screen Bridge of Spies, this light-hearted look at a life of crime deserves a repeat showing. Hanks is at his most engaging as a policeman with a mission while Leonardo DiCaprio shines as a young man who thinks high-end crime can solve his problems. Spielberg has a lot of fun behind the camera without trying to make the movie more than it is.

Sunday, November 29, 2:30 p.m., TNT

Sharing movies can be as easy as turning on the television or going online. And, when you watch as a family, take the time to chat about what you’re seeing. That makes it even more fun.