Perfect Fall Movies

I love fall. It’s more than just pumpkin spice lattes and instagram shots of colorful leaves. It’s an opportunity to layer on scarves and jackets, feel and hear the crunch of leaves underfoot and the crisp breezes, and immerse yourself in the changing of the seasons. The most noticeable change of seasons, to me, is fall. Spring to summer? Eh, gradual warming. Winter to spring? Mud, followed by a few weeks until blooms appear. Fall to winter? Naked trees until snow arrives. But summer turning into fall? What a sight. Sometimes overnight, leaves change color. Some drift down slowly on a brand new, crisp breeze that just smells different than a summer breeze. Bonfires replace cookouts, and fall movies fill in for those summer flicks.

I hope you’re getting to experience fall in all its glory, but if you’d rather immerse yourself in the cinematic world of fall, pop in one of these movies and turn your air down low so you feel a little chilled. Cover up with a warm blanket, a cup of hot apple cider, and pretend you live somewhere as picturesque in the fall as these films depict.

1. You’ve Got Mail
Heavens above, I love this movie. I’ll find just about any excuse to watch it. I love the meet-cute, and the fact that books surround them and seem to be their own character in the film. I love the unique characters, the witty conversations, and the beautiful scenery. The film opens up with talk of fall, and buying school supplies. Fall always makes me want to buy school supplies. The storyline drifts over into winter and spring, but fall seems to be a character all of its own, as well. What a lovely story.

2. When Harry Met Sally
Even the case this movie comes in is all about fall. Much like You’ve Got Mail, this one starts off in the fall. The seasons changing serve as a metaphor for people growing and changing, but also as a way to show the passing of time. The first few times I saw this movie, I thought they were so old when they finally got together. Spoiler alert! Ending reference! Look away if you haven’t seen this one! Recently, I realized they were only in their 30s, and probably early 30s at that. Oh, man, I feel old now.

3. Homeward Bound
As an animal lover, I adore this movie. As someone who isn’t a huge fan of crying, I have to try to avoid this movie. But the characters, and their situations, and their owners…I just love them all. The plot covers the end of summer and fall through Thanksgiving, and I always think of the ending first when I think of this movie. Ergo, it makes the list.

4. Good Will Hunting
There are so many things I love about this movie. Robin Williams. How do you like them apples?! The rise of the underdog. Faith. Brilliant fall colors and heart to hearts. Yes, please.

5. Remember the Titans (and every other football movie, ever, probably)
Ah, football. Tension. Friendships. All sorts of social change. Such a great film. After all, nothing says fall like football!

6. Dead Poets Society
Sadly, I’ve only seen clips of this classic. But it’s on my list of must-watch films, so I had to include it. It’s apparently pretty famous for its fall scenes, as well as the amazing-ness that is Robin Williams.

7. Step-Mom
I can only watch this once every few years, as it is so incredibly heartbreaking. But also beautiful, and set it the fall. So there’s that.

8. Beauty and the Beast
Sure, there are some wintry scenes. But the film begins in the glory of fall, with Belle dreaming of more than just a provincial life.

9. Brave

The leaves, the music, the feminism! There’s so much I love about this movie. It’s the perfect complement to a steaming mug of hot apple cider on a blustery fall day.

10. 101 Dalmatians
I know, I have a lot of Disney movies on here. But the puppies are born on a wild and stormy night in October, and the beginning of the movie is clearly set in early fall. So it fits. Plus, do you really need an excuse to listen to the song Cruella DeVil?

What movies are quintessentially fall for you? Share in the comments!

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