Autumn

Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn  

Ranker Film
4.9k votes 733 voters 37.4k views 84 items

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.

1
Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch
Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who are ...more
2
Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle
Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams. Set at the conservative and aristocratic Welton Academy in the ...more
3
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charli... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Lisa DeFaria, Christopher Shea, Bill Melendez
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a 1966 American prime time animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. A Halloween special, it was the third ...more
4
When Harry Met Sally... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher
When Harry Met Sally… is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner. It stars Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally. The story follows the ...more
5
Practical Magic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Evan Rachel Wood
Practical Magic is a 1998 American romantic comedy film based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Alice Hoffman. The film was directed by Griffin Dunne and stars Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, ...more
6
The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson.
7
Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon
Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and ...more
8
You've Got Mail is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Sara Ramirez
You've Got Mail is a 1998 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Nora Ephron, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. It was written by Nora and Delia Ephron based on the 1937 play Parfumerie ...more
9
Casper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
LastCubScout added Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty
Casper is a 1995 American family comedy fantasy film starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, and Amy Brenneman, based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost comic books and ...more
10
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Bill Melendez
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is the tenth prime-time animated TV special based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was originally aired on the CBS network on November ...more
11
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. ...more
12
Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken
Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 American fantasy horror adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is a film adaptation loosely inspired by the 1820 short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington ...more
13
Stepmom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris
Stepmom is a 1998 comedy-drama directed by Chris Columbus and starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris. Sarandon won the San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress and ...more
14
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more
15
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. ...more
16
Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who takes food each night from three mean ...more
17
Mystic Pizza is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Vincent D'Onofrio
Mystic Pizza is a 1988 American coming-of-age film directed by Donald Petrie. It stars Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, and Lili Taylor. The film also stars Vincent D'Onofrio, William R. Moses, ...more
18
The Adventures of Ichabod and ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, J. Pat O'Malley
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a 1949 animated package film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film consists of two segments – the first is ...more
19
Something Wicked This Way Come... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Pam Grier, Jason Robards Jr., Diane Ladd
Something Wicked This Way Comes is a 1983 American horror fantasy film directed by Jack Clayton and produced by Walt Disney Productions from a screenplay written by Ray Bradbury based on his ...more
20
The Trouble with Harry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Shirley MacLaine, Alfred Hitchcock, John Forsythe
The Trouble with Harry is a 1955 American black comedy film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay by John Michael Hayes was based on the 1950 novel by Jack Trevor Story. It starred Edmund ...more
21
October Sky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper
October Sky is a 1999 American biographical film directed by Joe Johnston, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Laura Dern. It is based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's ...more
22
Monster House is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Kathleen Turner, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Steve Buscemi
Monster House is a 2006 computer-animated fantasy comedy film directed by Gil Kenan, produced by ImageMovers and Amblin Entertainment, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The film stars ...more
23
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a 1987 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film stars Steve Martin as Neal Page, a high-strung marketing executive, who ...more
24
Addams Family Values is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston

A summer camp provides a play about the first Thanksgiving...and the Addams family just keeps it Fall all year long to boot.

Addams Family Values is a 1993 American dark comedy film, which is the sequel to the 1991 American film The Addams Family. It was written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, and ...more
25
The Craft is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
kirakos added Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor
The Craft is a 1996 American supernatural thriller film directed by Andrew Fleming and starring Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True. The film's plot centers on a group of ...more