Autumn 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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Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 1 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

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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 2 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

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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

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 4 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

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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

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When Harry Met Sally... is listed (or ranked) 6 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

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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

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 8 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.

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Addams Family Values is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 10 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

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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 11 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

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You've Got Mail is listed (or ranked) 12 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

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 13 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

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Stepmom is listed (or ranked) 14 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

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Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 15 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

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Casper is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
LastCubScout added Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood, Christina Ricci 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

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Monster House is listed (or ranked) 17 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

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 18 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

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October Sky is listed (or ranked) 19 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

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Mystic Pizza is listed (or ranked) 20 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

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Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 21 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 Trouble with Harry is listed (or ranked) 22 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

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The Adventures of Ichabod and ... is listed (or ranked) 23 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

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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Something Wicked This Way Come... is listed (or ranked) 25 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

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The Craft is listed (or ranked) 26 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

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The Village is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Far from Heaven is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Lady in White is listed (or ranked) 29 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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The Many Adventures of Winnie ... is listed (or ranked) 30 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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The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Joe Kreydt added Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more

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Fly Away Home is listed (or ranked) 33 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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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 34 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

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Rushmore is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Rudy is listed (or ranked) 36 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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The Skeleton Twins is listed (or ranked) 37 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) 38 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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Silver Linings Playbook is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell, adapted from the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The film ...more

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Autumn in New York is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Matinee is listed (or ranked) 41 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, with the home front in the Cuban Missile Crisis as a ...more

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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Trick 'r Treat is listed (or ranked) 43 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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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 44 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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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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Signs is listed (or ranked) 46 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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The Secret Life of Pets is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Joe Kreydt added Louis C.K., Lake Bell, Kevin Hart The Secret Life of Pets is a 2016 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Chris Renaud. The quiet life of a terrier named Max (Louis C.K.) is upended when his owner takes in Duke ...more

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Secret Window is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
PhilLoree added Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro Secret Window is a 2004 American psychological thriller film starring Johnny Depp and John Turturro. It was written and directed by David Koepp, based on the novella Secret Window, Secret Garden ...more

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The Birds is listed (or ranked) 49 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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Stuck in Love is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Joe Kreydt added Jennifer Connelly, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins Stuck in Love is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Josh Boone. An acclaimed writer (Greg Kinnear), his ex-wife (Jennifer Connelly), and their teenaged children (Nat Wolff ...more