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The Best Fall Movies To Watch During The Autumn Season

“What are the best Autumn Movies?” We looked at 121 of the top Autumn films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 30 films, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Autumn” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 75+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 30 Best Autumn Movies Ever Made



30 .) All That Heaven Allows (1955) directed by Douglas Sirk

All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges

Two different social classes collide when Cary Scott, a wealthy upper-class widow, falls in love with her much younger and down-to-earth gardener, prompting disapproval and criticism from her children and country club friends.



29 .) An Autumn Afternoon (1962) directed by Yasujirô Ozu

An Autumn Afternoon (1962)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges

Shuhei Hirayama is a widower with a 24-year-old daughter. Gradually, he comes to realize that she should not be obliged to look after him for the rest of his life, so he arranges a marriage for her.



28 .) Autumn Sonata (1978) directed by Ingmar Bergman

Autumn Sonata (1978)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges

After a seven-year absence, Charlotte Andergast travels to Sweden to reunite with her daughter Eva. The pair have a troubled relationship: Charlotte sacrificed the responsibilities of motherhood for a career as a classical pianist. Over an emotional night, the pair reopen the wounds of the past. Charlotte gets another shock when she finds out that her mentally impaired daughter, Helena, is out of the asylum and living with Eva.



27 .) Days of Heaven (1978) directed by Terrence Malick

Days of Heaven (1978)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Time Out

In 1910, a Chicago steel worker accidentally kills his supervisor and flees to the Texas panhandle with his girlfriend and little sister to work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic farmer. A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish fire—Malick captures it all with dreamlike authenticity, creating at once a timeless American idyll and a gritty evocation of turn-of-the-century labor.



26 .) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) directed by John Hughes

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Paste Magazine

A high school slacker pretends to be sick to skip school and have an exciting day off alongside his girlfriend and his best buddy through Chicago, while trying to outwit his obsessive school principal and his unconformited sister along the way.



25 .) Garden State (2004) directed by Zach Braff

Garden State (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Paste Magazine

Andrew returns to his hometown for the funeral of his mother, a journey that reconnects him with past friends. The trip coincides with his decision to stop taking his powerful antidepressants. A chance meeting with Sam – a girl also suffering from various maladies – opens up the possibility of rekindling emotional attachments, confronting his psychologist father, and perhaps beginning a new life.



24 .) Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) directed by Woody Allen

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Paste Magazine

Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah’s husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.



23 .) Harold and Maude (1971) directed by Hal Ashby

Harold and Maude (1971)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Paste Magazine

The young Harold lives in his own world of suicide-attempts and funeral visits to avoid the misery of his current family and home environment. Harold meets an 80-year-old woman named Maude who also lives in her own world yet one in which she is having the time of her life. When the two opposites meet they realize that their differences don’t matter and they become best friends and love each other.



22 .) Hocus Pocus (1993) directed by Kenny Ortega

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed
  • Southern Living
  • The Odyssey Online

After 300 years of slumber, three sister witches are accidentally resurrected in Salem on Halloween night, and it is up to three kids and their newfound feline friend to put an end to the witches’ reign of terror once and for all.



21 .) October Sky (1999) directed by Joe Johnston

October Sky (1999)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges

Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father’s wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.



20 .) Practical Magic (1998) directed by Griffin Dunne

Practical Magic (1998)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed
  • Cheat Sheet
  • IMDB

Sally and Gillian Owens, born into a magical family, have mostly avoided witchcraft themselves. But when Gillian’s vicious boyfriend, Jimmy Angelov, dies unexpectedly, the Owens sisters give themselves a crash course in hard magic. With policeman Gary Hallet growing suspicious, the girls struggle to resurrect Angelov – and unwittingly inject his corpse with an evil spirit that threatens to end their family line.



19 .) Rudy (1993) directed by David Anspaugh

Rudy (1993)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed
  • IMDB
  • Paste Magazine

Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size of the other players. But he had the drive and the spirit of 5 people and has set his sights upon joining the team.



18 .) Sleepy Hollow (1999) directed by Tim Burton

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges

New York detective Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of mysterious deaths in which the victims are found beheaded. But the locals believe the culprit to be none other than the ghost of the legendary Headless Horseman.



17 .) The Straight Story (1999) directed by David Lynch

The Straight Story (1999)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Time Out

A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight learns one day that his distant brother Lyle has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver’s license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.



16 .) The Stranger (1946) directed by Orson Welles

The Stranger (1946)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges

Wilson of the War Crimes Commission is seeking Franz Kindler, mastermind of the Holocaust, who has effectively erased his identity. Wilson releases Kindler’s former comrade Meinike and follows him to Harper, Connecticut, where he is killed before he can identify Kindler. Now Wilson’s only clue is Kindler’s fascination with antique clocks; but, though Kindler seems secure in his new identity, he feels his past closing in.



5 .) The Trouble with Harry (1955) directed by Alfred Hitchcock

The Trouble with Harry (1955)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges

Trouble erupts in a small, quiet New England town when a man’s body is found in the woods. The problem is that almost everyone in town thinks that they had something to do with his death.



14 .) The Village (2004) directed by M. Night Shyamalan

The Village (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges

When a willful young man tries to venture beyond his sequestered Pennsylvania hamlet, his actions set off a chain of chilling incidents that will alter the community forever.



13 .) Election (1999) directed by Alexander Payne

Election (1999)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Paste Magazine
  • Time Out

A high school teacher’s personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections.



12 .) Halloween (1978) directed by John Carpenter

Halloween (1978)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Paste Magazine

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween Night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.



11 .) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) directed by Alfonso Cuarón

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed
  • The Film Magazine
  • The Odyssey Online
  • Time Out

Harry, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts for another magic-filled year. Harry comes face to face with danger yet again, this time in the form of escaped convict, Sirius Black—and turns to sympathetic Professor Lupin for help.



10 .) Remember the Titans (2000) directed by Boaz Yakin

Remember the Titans (2000)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed
  • Cheat Sheet
  • IMDB
  • The Odyssey Online

After leading his football team to 15 winning seasons, coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone – tough, opinionated and as different from the beloved Yoast as he could be. The two men learn to overcome their differences and turn a group of hostile young men into champions.



9 .) St. Elmo’s Fire (1985) directed by Joel Schumacher

St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • The Film Magazine

Seven friends – Alec, Billy, Jules, Kevin, Kirby, Leslie and Wendy – are trying to navigate through life and their friendships following college graduation. Alec, who aspires to political life, has just shown his true colors by changing his allegiance from Democrat to Republican, which freaks out girlfriend Leslie, who he wants to marry. Budding architect Leslie, on the other hand, has an independent streak. She believes she has to make a name for herself to find out who she is before she can truly commit to another person in marriage. But Leslie and Alec have decided to live together. Because Leslie refuses to marry Alec, he believes that justifies certain behavior. Kirby, who wants to become a lawyer and who pays for his schooling by working as a waiter at their local hangout called St. Elmo’s Bar, and struggling writer Kevin are currently roommates. They are on opposite extremes of the romance spectrum. ×



8 .) Autumn in New York (2000) directed by Joan Chen

Autumn in New York (2000)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed
  • Cheat Sheet
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • The Film Magazine

Autumn in New York follows the sexual exploits of Will Keane – New York restaurateur, infamous verging-on-50 playboy, master of the no-commitment seduction – until he runs into an unexpected dead end when he meets Charlotte Fielding. Charlotte is half Will’s age and twice his match, a 21 year-old free spirit yearning to get out and taste the excitement of adult life.



7 .) Stepmom (1998) directed by Chris Columbus

Stepmom (1998)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed
  • Cheat Sheet
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • USA Today

Jackie is a divorced mother of two. Isabel is the career minded girlfriend of Jackie’s ex-husband Luke, forced into the role of unwelcome stepmother to their children. But when Jackie discovers she is ill, both women realise they must put aside their differences to find a common ground and celebrate life to the fullest, while they have the chance.



6 .) Far from Heaven (2002) directed by Todd Haynes

Far from Heaven (2002)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Buzzfeed
  • Cheat Sheet
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Time Out

In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.



5 .) Good Will Hunting (1997) directed by Gus Van Sant

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed
  • Cheat Sheet
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Paste Magazine
  • The Film Magazine

Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. When Will is arrested for attacking a police officer, Professor Lambeau makes a deal to get leniency for him if he will get treatment from therapist Sean Maguire.



4 .) Rushmore (1998) directed by Wes Anderson

Rushmore (1998)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Paste Magazine
  • The Film Magazine
  • Time Out

When a beautiful first-grade teacher arrives at a prep school, she soon attracts the attention of an ambitious teenager named Max, who quickly falls in love with her. Max turns to the father of two of his schoolmates for advice on how to woo the teacher. However, the situation soon gets complicated when Max’s new friend becomes involved with her, setting the two pals against one another in a war for her attention.



3 .) Dead Poets Society (1989) directed by Peter Weir

Dead Poets Society (1989)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed
  • Cheat Sheet
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Paste Magazine
  • The Film Magazine
  • USA Today

At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.



2 .) You’ve Got Mail (1998) directed by Nora Ephron

You've Got Mail (1998)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed
  • Cheat Sheet
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Paste Magazine
  • Time Out
  • USA Today

Book superstore magnate, Joe Fox and independent book shop owner, Kathleen Kelly fall in love in the anonymity of the Internet—both blissfully unaware that he’s trying to put her out of business.



1 .) When Harry Met Sally (1989) directed by Rob Reiner

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed
  • Cheat Sheet
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Paste Magazine
  • Southern Living
  • The Film Magazine
  • Time Out

During their travel from Chicago to New York, Harry and Sally debate whether or not sex ruins a friendship between a man and a woman. Eleven years later, and they’re still no closer to finding the answer.




The 75+ Additional Best Autumn Films



# Movies Directors Lists
31 (500) Days of Summer   The Odyssey Online
Time Out
32 A League of Their Own (1992)   Southern Living
Southern Living
33 Another Woman (1988) Woody Allen IMDB
List Challenges
34 Autumn Leaves (1956) Robert Aldrich IMDB
List Challenges
35 Autumn Tale (1998) Éric Rohmer IMDB
List Challenges
36 Dan in Real Life (2007) Peter Hedges Buzzfeed
IMDB
37 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)   Southern Living
Southern Living
38 Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)   The Film Magazine
Time Out
39 Fly Away Home (1996) Carroll Ballard Cheat Sheet
IMDB
40 Forrest Gump (1994)   Southern Living
Southern Living
41 Halloweentown   Buzzfeed
The Odyssey Online
42 Helen (2008) Joe Lawlor BFI
IMDB
43 Late Autumn (1960) Yasujirô Ozu IMDB
List Challenges
44 Love Story (1970) Arthur Hiller IMDB
List Challenges
45 Matilda (1996)   Southern Living
Southern Living
46 On Golden Pond (1981) Mark Rydell IMDB
List Challenges
47 Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) John Hughes IMDB
Paste Magazine
48 September (1987) Woody Allen IMDB
List Challenges
49 The Craft   Buzzfeed
Cheat Sheet
50 The Goonies (1985)   Southern Living
Southern Living
51 The Lake House (2006) Alejandro Agresti IMDB
List Challenges
52 The Last Waltz (1978) Martin Scorsese IMDB
Paste Magazine
53 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) Tony Richardson IMDB
List Challenges
54 The Nightmare Before Christmas   Buzzfeed
Cheat Sheet
55 The Others (2001) Alejandro Amenábar IMDB
List Challenges
56 The Princess Bride (1987)   Southern Living
Southern Living
57 The Sixth Sense (1999) M. Night Shyamalan IMDB
List Challenges
58 The Sting (1973)   Southern Living
Southern Living
59 The Wizard of Oz (1939)   Southern Living
Southern Living
60 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Robert Mulligan IMDB
List Challenges
61 Where the Wild Things Are (2009) Spike Jonze IMDB
The Film Magazine
62 After Autumn (2007) Jamal Hill IMDB
63 Amelie (2001)   The Film Magazine
64 American Beauty (1999) Sam Mendes IMDB
65 An Autumn Tale (1998)   BFI
66 Autumn (2004) Ra’up McGee IMDB
67 Autumn (2008) Özcan Alper IMDB
68 Autumn Moon (1992) Clara Law IMDB
69 Autumn Sun (1996) Eduardo Mignogna IMDB
70 Can’t Buy Me Love   The Odyssey Online
71 Casper Meets Wendy   The Odyssey Online
72 City Girl (1930) F.W. Murnau IMDB
73 Double, Double Toil and Trouble   Buzzfeed
74 Earth (1930) Aleksandr Dovzhenko IMDB
75 Finding Neverland (2004)   The Film Magazine
76 Friday Night Lights   USA Today
77 Harvest Moon (2007) Brent Nowak IMDB
78 Heathers (1988)   The Film Magazine
79 Hook (1991)   Southern Living
80 Isle of Dogs (2018)   The Film Magazine
81 James and the Giant Peach (1996)   The Film Magazine
82 Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)   The Film Magazine
83 Lady Bird (2017)   The Film Magazine
84 Lady in White (1988)   List Challenges
85 Legends of the Fall   Cheat Sheet
86 Lincoln (2012) Steven Spielberg IMDB
87 Little Women   Buzzfeed
88 Lost in Translation (2003) Sofia Coppola IMDB
89 Luther (2003) Eric Till IMDB
90 Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) Vincente Minnelli IMDB
91 Mermaids   Buzzfeed
92 Mystic Pizza   Cheat Sheet
93 Nine Dead   The Odyssey Online
94 One Fine Day   USA Today
95 One True Thing (1998) Carl Franklin IMDB
96 Persuasion (2007)   List Challenges
97 Pieces of April   Buzzfeed
98 Restless (2011)   The Film Magazine
99 Scent of a Woman (1992)   List Challenges
100 Scream   Paste Magazine
101 Screen Two (1985–2002) Episode: Persuasion (1995) Roger Michell IMDB
102 Sleepless in Seattle   Buzzfeed
103 Sweet Home Alabama (2002) Andy Tennant IMDB
104 Tess (1979) Roman Polanski IMDB
105 The Autumn Heart (1999) Steven Maler IMDB
106 The Blind Side   Buzzfeed
107 The Crucible (1996) Nicholas Hytner IMDB
108 The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978– ) Bette Davis IMDB
109 The Emperors New Groove   The Odyssey Online
110 The Fox and the Hound   Buzzfeed
111 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)   The Film Magazine
112 The Lord of the Rings trilogy   Buzzfeed
113
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
  The Film Magazine
114 The Purge   The Odyssey Online
115 The Shining   The Odyssey Online
116 The Sterile Cuckoo (1969) Alan J. Pakula IMDB
117 The Taking of Deborah Logan   Buzzfeed
118 The Uninvited   The Odyssey Online
119 Tower of Terror   The Odyssey Online
120 What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993)   The Film Magazine
121 You’re Next   The Odyssey Online


11 Best Autumn Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
BFI 10 great films set during the autumn
Buzzfeed 28 Movies That Will Totally Give You Warm And Fuzzy Feelings Ready
Cheat Sheet 15 Classic Fall Movies You Should Dive Into This Autumn
IMDB Movies set in Autumn/Fall
List Challenges Best Autumn-Themed Movies
Paste Magazine 15 Classic Fall Movies
Southern Living Feel-Good Classic Movies to Watch in Fall
The Film Magazine 20 Best Movies To Watch In Autumn
The Odyssey Online The 26 Best Fall Movies
Time Out The ten best autumn films
USA Today Fall movies: The 5 best films to binge-watch in autumn

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