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Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn 

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Updated November 5, 2019 5.9k votes 823 voters 41.5k 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.

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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch

Released: 1993

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

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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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

Released: 1989

Directed by: Peter Weir

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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Practical Magic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Evan Rachel Wood

Released: 1998

Directed by: Griffin Dunne

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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It's the Great Pumpkin, ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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Released: 1966

Directed by: 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 Nightmare Before Chr... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Siersha 2 added Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

Released: 1993

Directed by: Henry Selick

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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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

Released: 1989

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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

Released: 1997

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

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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Harry Potter and the Sor... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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Released: 2001

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States, India and Pakistan as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus based on ...more

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You've Got Mail is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Sara Ramirez

Released: 1998

Directed by: Nora Ephron

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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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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Released: 1999

Directed by: Tim Burton

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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A Charlie Brown Thanksgi... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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Released: 1973

Directed by: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman

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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Harry Potter and the Pri... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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Released: 2004

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

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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Casper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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Released: 1995

Directed by: Brad Silberling, Phil Nibbelink

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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Stepmom is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris

Released: 1998

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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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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Released: 1993

Directed by: Barry 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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Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray

Released: 2009

Directed by: Wes Anderson

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Planes, Trains and Autom... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Hughes

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Monster House is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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Released: 2006

Directed by: Gil Kenan

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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

Released: 1988

Directed by: Donald Petrie

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The Adventures of Ichabo... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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Released: 1949

Directed by: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney

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The Craft is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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Released: 1996

Directed by: Andrew Fleming

The Craft is a 1996 American supernatural thriller film directed by Andrew Fleming. A group of four teenage girls (Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Rachel True) pursue witchcraft and ...more

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October Sky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper

Released: 1999

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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Something Wicked This Wa... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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Released: 1983

Directed by: Jack Clayton

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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn
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Released: 1999

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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