One of my favorite movies of all time is from the 80s and is centered around Thanksgiving. I'm talking about the hysterical 1987 classic Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

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Director John Hughes paired comedy geniuses John Candy and Steve Martin together for one of those flicks you have to stop and watch every time it's on.

All that Neal Page wants to do is to get home for Thanksgiving. His flight has been cancelled due to bad weather, so he decides on other means of transport. As well as bad luck, Neal is blessed with the presence of Del Griffith, shower curtain ring salesman and all-around blabbermouth, who is never short of advice, conversation, bad jokes, or company. We get the patented happy John Hughes ending, but we get a ton of laughs in between. Here are my top 5 moments from Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

  • 5

    You're Going The Wrong Way

    This is a funny situation when it's not happening to you! You can't beat John Candy transforming into Satan as they're about to plow into oncoming traffic. Martin pulling his fingers out of the dashboard and Candy completely bending the steering wheel after the ordeal are two other humorous takeaways.


  • 4


    Actor Dylan Baker plays a gross pickup driver that offers to give Martin and Candy a lift into town. From the sinus clearing to offering up his pregnant wife to pick up their bags, this scene is a classic. Oh, did you know the little lady gave birth sideways?

  • 3

    Have a Point

    By this part of the movie we've figured out that Martin's character has absolutely no patience. After enduring a long day, the stress of trying to get home in time for Thanksgiving, a bio-hazard of a bathroom and unnerving rituals of Candy, Steve Martin loses it in a sidesplitting rant. However, Candy's "I like me" comeback is one of the best.

  • 2

    Those Aren't Pillows

    After settling their differences, Martin and Candy turn in for the night. Except, we find the two getting a little TOO comfortable.

  • 1

    You're F*****

    Director John Hughes was a huge fan of actress Edie McGlurg. She of course was Ed Rooney's secretary in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It's not the language that makes this my favorite scene (although it doesn't hurt). It's how we can all relate to this scene. We've all had those bad days where one of Martin's epic meltdowns were close. As usual, the car rental agent has the last laugh when she utters the two words that pretty much sum up Martin's whole experience in the movie.