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Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn

Updated November 5, 2019 9.6k votes 956 voters 46.5k views84 items

List RulesVote 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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    Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    Hocus Pocus

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler

    Released1993

    Directed byKenny Ortega

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    Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    Dead Poets Society

    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke

    Released1989

    Directed byPeter Weir

    Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charli is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

    Lisa DeFaria, Christopher Shea

    Released1966

    Directed byBill Melendez

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    Practical Magic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    Practical Magic

    Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock

    Released1998

    Directed byGriffin Dunne

    Practical Magic is a 1998 American romantic comedy film based on the 1995 novel of the same... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara

    Released1993

    Directed byHenry Selick

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    Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    Sleepy Hollow

    Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci

    Released1999

    Directed byTim Burton

    Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 American fantasy horror adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Stepmom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    Stepmom

    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon

    Released1998

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer' is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2001

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    Casper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    Casper

    Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman

    Released1995

    Directed byBrad Silberling, Phil Nibbelink

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    When Harry Met Sally... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    When Harry Met Sally...

    Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal

    Released1989

    Directed byRob Reiner

    When Harry Met Sally… is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn

    Released1973

    Directed byBill Melendez, Phil Roman

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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner  is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2004

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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    Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    Pocahontas

    Mel Gibson, Christian Bale

    Released1995

    Directed byEric Goldberg, Mike Gabriel

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    Addams Family Values is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    Addams Family Values

    Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1993

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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

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    The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    You've Got Mail is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    You've Got Mail

    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

    Released1998

    Directed byNora Ephron

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    The Craft is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    The Craft

    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney

    Released1996

    Directed byAndrew Fleming

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    Mona Lisa Smile is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    Mona Lisa Smile

    Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2003

    Directed byMike Newell

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    Mystic Pizza is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    Mystic Pizza

    Julia Roberts, Matt Damon

    Released1988

    Directed byDonald Petrie

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    October Sky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    October Sky

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern

    Released1999

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    George Clooney, Meryl Streep

    Released2009

    Directed byWes Anderson

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    The Village is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    The Village

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2004

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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    The Adventures of Ichabod and  is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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    The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

    Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone

    Released1949

    Directed byJames Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney

    The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a 1949 animated package film produced by Walt Disney... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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