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Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn

Updated November 5, 2019 10.9k votes 991 voters 47.1k 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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    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke

    Released1989

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    Hocus Pocus

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler

    Released1993

    Directed byKenny Ortega

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    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon

    Released1998

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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    Pocahontas

    Mel Gibson, Christian Bale

    Released1995

    Directed byEric Goldberg, Mike Gabriel

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  • Practical Magic6
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    Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock

    Released1998

    Directed byGriffin Dunne

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  • The Nightmare Before Christmas7
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara

    Released1993

    Directed byHenry Selick

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  • It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown8
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    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

    Lisa DeFaria, Christopher Shea

    Released1966

    Directed byBill Melendez

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    Mona Lisa Smile

    Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2003

    Directed byMike Newell

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  • Sleepy Hollow10
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    Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci

    Released1999

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone11
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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2001

    Directed byChris Columbus

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  • Casper12
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    Casper

    Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman

    Released1995

    Directed byBrad Silberling, Phil Nibbelink

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2004

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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  • When Harry Met Sally...14
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    Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal

    Released1989

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving15

    Released1973

    Directed byBill Melendez, Phil Roman

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  • The Sixth Sense16
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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  • Addams Family Values17
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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 Craft18
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    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney

    Released1996

    Directed byAndrew Fleming

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  • October Sky19
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    Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern

    Released1999

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Anna Paquin, Dana Delany

    Released1996

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2004

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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  • You've Got Mail23
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    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

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    Directed byNora Ephron

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    Mystic Pizza

    Julia Roberts, Matt Damon

    Released1988

    Directed byDonald Petrie

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    Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone

    Released1949

    Directed byJames Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney

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