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 movies about autumn? 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 films 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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When Harry Met Sally... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
When Harry Met Sally... 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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You've Got Mail is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
You've Got Mail 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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Practical Magic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Practical Magic 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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Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Dead Poets Society 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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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Good Will Hunting 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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Planes, Trains and Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Planes, Trains and Automobiles 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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Stepmom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Stepmom 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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October Sky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
October Sky 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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Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Fantastic Mr. Fox 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 steals food each night from three ...more

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Mystic Pizza is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Mystic Pizza 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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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Spirited Away 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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Silver Linings Playbook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Silver Linings Playbook 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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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Hocus Pocus 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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The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
The Blind Side 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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Indian Summer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
joseph-jones added Indian Summer Diane Lane, Bill Paxton, Alan Arkin Indian Summer is a 1993 comedy drama film written and directed by Mike Binder. The movie was filmed and set on-location at Camp Tamakwa, a summer camp located in Ontario, Canada, where Binder ...more

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added The Nightmare Before Christmas 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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Far from Heaven is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Far from Heaven 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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Dan in Real Life is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Dan in Real Life 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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Home for the Holidays is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Home for the Holidays Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes, Holly Hunter Home for the Holidays is a 1995 comedy-drama film directed by Jodie Foster and produced by Peggy Rajski and Foster. The screenplay was by W. D. Richter based on the short story by Chris Radant. ...more

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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charli... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown 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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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added The Sixth Sense 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, a troubled, isolated boy who is able to see and ...more

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Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Pocahontas 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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Sweet November is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Sweet November Charlize Theron, Keanu Reeves, Lauren Graham Sweet November is a 2001 romantic drama film starring Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron, reuniting the actors after their previous appearance as husband and wife in The Devil's Advocate. The film ...more

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 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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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added To Kill a Mockingbird 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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Rushmore is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Rushmore 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 Covenant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Loraine Belisle added The Covenant Chace Crawford, Jessica Lucas, Taylor Kitsch The Covenant is a 2006 American action supernatural thriller film written by J. S. Cardone, directed by Renny Harlin, and starring Steven Strait, Taylor Kitsch, Toby Hemingway, Chace Crawford, ...more

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving 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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Addams Family Values is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Addams Family Values 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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The Village is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added The Village 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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Monster House is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Monster House 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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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 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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Autumn in New York is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Autumn in New York 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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The Many Adventures of Winnie ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 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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Days of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Days of Heaven Richard Gere, Sam Shepard, Brooke Adams Days of Heaven is a 1978 American drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard and Linda Manz. Set in 1916, it tells the story of Bill ...more

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Mona Lisa Smile is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Mona Lisa Smile 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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Something Wicked This Way Come... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Something Wicked This Way Comes 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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Scent of a Woman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Scent of a Woman Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gabrielle Anwar Scent of a Woman is a 1992 American drama directed and produced by Martin Brest that tells the story of a preparatory school student who takes a job as an assistant to an irascible, blind, ...more

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Hannah and Her Sisters is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Hannah and Her Sisters Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Allen, Carrie Fisher Hannah and Her Sisters is a 1986 American comedy-drama film which tells the intertwined stories of an extended family over two years that begins and ends with a family Thanksgiving dinner. The ...more

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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Sleepy Hollow 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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Helen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Helen Ashley Judd, Mylène Dinh-Robic, Alexia Fast Helen is a 2009 American drama film starring Ashley Judd and directed by Sandra Nettelbeck. It follows a professor who overcomes severe depression after a massive breakdown, with the help of new ...more

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Alice's Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Alice's Restaurant Pete Seeger, M. Emmet Walsh, Arlo Guthrie Alice's Restaurant is a 1969 American comedy film co-written and directed by Arthur Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1967 folk song "Alice's Restaurant Massacree," originally written ...more

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The Trouble with Harry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added The Trouble with Harry 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 Stranger is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added The Stranger Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young The Stranger is a 1946 American film noir starring Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young and Orson Welles. It was the third feature film completed by Welles as a director. A drama about a war crimes ...more

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Autumn Sonata is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Autumn Sonata Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson Autumn Sonata is a 1978 Swedish drama film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann and Lena Nyman. It tells the story of a celebrated classical pianist who ...more

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All That Heaven Allows is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added All That Heaven Allows Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman, Agnes Moorehead All That Heaven Allows is a 1955 romance feature film starring Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson in a tale about a well-to-do widow and a younger landscape designer falling in love. The screenplay was ...more

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A Tale of Autumn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added A Tale of Autumn Marie Rivière, Béatrice Romand, Didier Sandre Autumn Tale is a 1998 French film, directed by Éric Rohmer, starring Béatrice Romand, Marie Rivière, Alain Libolt, Didier Sandre, Alexia Portal, and Aurélia ...more

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The Cider House Rules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added The Cider House Rules Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Paul Rudd The Cider House Rules is a 1999 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on John Irving's novel of the same name. The film won two Academy Awards, and was nominated for the ...more

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Love Story is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Love Story Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal, who also authored the best-selling novel of the same name. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ryan O'Neal, Ali MacGraw, ...more

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Winged Migration is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Winged Migration Jacques Perrin, Philippe Labro Winged Migration, is a 2001 documentary film directed by Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats and Jacques Perrin, who was also one of the writers and narrators, showcasing the immense journeys ...more