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Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite movies that have an autumnal aesthetic, with colorful changing leaves and the brisk scent of fall in the air. Please, no horror/strictly Halloween movies.

Colorful leaves and cool breezes make fall many people's favorite time of year. Maybe that's why it's such a popular setting for films. The best movies set in the autumn months feature compelling characters who fall in love and pursue new adventures at this beautiful time of year. This is a list of the greatest movies set in the fall including everything from When Harry Met Sally to Dead Poets Society to The Blind Side.

What films will you find on this list of good fall movies? Good Will Hunting captured an autumnal feel with its MIT setting. Few movies are made about Thanksgiving, but Planes, Trains and Automobiles celebrated the spirit of the season on the big screen. Other good movies featured on this best fall movies list include Hannah and Her Sisters, Rushmore, and October Sky.

Which movie set during fall is your favorite? Give the best films a thumbs up and please add any great autumn movies that are missing.

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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment
The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a troubled, isolated boy who ...more
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Rudy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
PhilLoree added Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography
Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of ...more
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Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly
Pocahontas is a 1995 American animated musical romantic-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 33rd film in the Walt Disney Animated ...more
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The Village is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver, Joaquin Phoenix
The Village is a 2004 American psychological thriller film, written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt ...more
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Lady in White is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
LastCubScout added Katherine Helmond, Lukas Haas, Len Cariou
Lady in White is a 1988 American horror film of the ghost/mystery genre. Much of the film was made in Wayne County, New York, taking advantage of the appropriate local area. The movie is based ...more
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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom
To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The screenplay by Horton Foote was based on the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Harper Lee. ...more
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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki
Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, ...more
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The Birds is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
PhilLoree added Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette
The Birds is a 1963 suspense/horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the 1952 story "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier. It depicts Bodega Bay, California, which is, ...more
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Rushmore is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Bill Murray, Alexis Bledel, Brian Cox
Rushmore is a 1998 comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson about an eccentric teenager named Max Fischer, his friendship with rich industrialist Herman Blume, and their mutual love for ...more
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The Many Adventures of Winnie ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a 1977 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by Buena Vista Distribution. It is the 22nd animated feature ...more
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Fly Away Home is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Jeff Daniels
Fly Away Home is a 1996 family drama film directed by Carroll Ballard. The film stars Anna Paquin, Jeff Daniels and Dana Delany. The film was released on September 13, 1996 by Columbia Pictures. ...more
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Trick 'r Treat is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
kirakos added Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox
Trick 'r Treat is a 2007 American-Canadian anthology horror film written and directed by Michael Dougherty. The film stars Dylan Baker, Brian Cox and Anna Paquin, and centers on four ...more
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Far from Heaven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Viola Davis
Far from Heaven is a 2002 American drama film written and directed by Todd Haynes and starring Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, and Patricia Clarkson. The film tells the story of ...more
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The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates
The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael ...more
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Matinee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
LastCubScout added Naomi Watts, John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty
Matinee is a 1993 period comedy film directed by Joe Dante. It is a ensemble piece about a William Castle-type independent filmmaker. The film stars John Goodman, with Cathy Moriarty, Simon ...more
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The Skeleton Twins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
LastCubScout added Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson
The Skeleton Twins is a 2013 drama and comedy film directed by Craig Johnson.
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Dan in Real Life is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Emily Blunt, Steve Carell, Dane Cook
Dan in Real Life is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Peter Hedges, starring Steve Carell, Alison Pill, Juliette Binoche, Dianne Wiest, John Mahoney and Dane Cook.
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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
LastCubScout added Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd
The Crow is a 1994 American fantasy action film directed by Alex Proyas, written by David J. Schow and John Shirley, and starring Brandon Lee in his final film appearance. Based on James ...more
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Jack the Bear is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
LastCubScout added Reese Witherspoon, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Danny DeVito
Jack the Bear is a 1993 American drama film directed by Marshall Herskovitz, written by Steven Zaillian based on the novel by Dan McCall, and starring Danny DeVito, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr., ...more
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Kenny & Company is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
LastCubScout added A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Clayton Foster
Kenny & Company is a 1976 family film directed by Don Coscarelli, who also made the Phantasm series. It stars A. Michael Baldwin and Reggie Bannister, who would later star in Phantasm.
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Mona Lisa Smile is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Mona Lisa Smile is a 2003 drama film produced by Revolution Studios and Columbia Pictures in association with Red Om Films Productions, directed by Mike Newell, written by Lawrence Konner and ...more
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Autumn in New York is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Winona Ryder, Richard Gere, Rachel Nichols
Autumn in New York is a 2000 American romantic drama film directed by Joan Chen and starring Richard Gere, Winona Ryder, and Anthony LaPaglia. Written by Allison Burnett, the film is about a ...more
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Signs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
PhilLoree added Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin
Signs is a 2002 American science fiction thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Executive producers for the film comprised Shyamalan, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Sam ...more
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Fun Size is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
LastCubScout added Victoria Justice, Chelsea Handler, Jane Levy
Fun Size is a 2012 American Halloween teen comedy film written by Max Werner and directed by Josh Schwartz. It stars Victoria Justice, Jane Levy, Thomas Mann, Chelsea Handler, Thomas McDonell ...more
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Arsenic and Old Lace is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
PhilLoree added Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, Raymond Massey
Arsenic and Old Lace is a 1944 American dark comedy film directed by Frank Capra, starring Cary Grant, and based on Joseph Kesselring's play Arsenic and Old Lace. The script adaptation was by ...more