When Harry Met Sally (1989): Fall

When Harry Met Sally

So this movie takes place over the course of several holidays, but I think one scene that really stands out in people’s memories is the scene when Harry and Sally are walking through the park in front of a stunning background of autumn leaves. It’s one of those classic autumn in the city movies, even though we see a few scenes of Christmas and New Years Eve. This is a fantastic movie that pretty much stands the test of time (despite the whole ‘can men and women be friends’ question kind of being old news). This movie is sweet and there’s something about all the sweaters and bad 80’s fashion that just screams autumn. This is a great rom-com to pop in on a cozy fall night. It’ll make you wish you were walking through New York in the fall. This movie, despite not being completely set in fall, is one you can’t miss.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes, for purchase

Holiday rating: 7 autumn leaves

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Gilmore Girls: Fall

“Fall” A Year in the Life, Episode 4

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The final episode from the revival, in the favorite season of the Gilmore Girls. I have to say, my love of fall was definitely shaped from this show, watching the beautiful scenery and cozy fall fashions of the original run made me long for New England and fall foliage as a teen (although to be fair, I think my love truly began with Scooby Doo and the Witch’s Ghost). This episode follows Lorelai on her solo hiking trip, “doing Wild” and Rory as she parties with the Life and Death boys one last time, knowing the she needs to let that part of her life go. She also begins writing her book, despite her mom’s disapproval. Meanwhile, we see the best character development of all, Emily embracing her new life as a widow, by embracing her maid’s family, getting a volunteer position and moving out of the Gilmore home. This episode has pretty fall images, but honestly not as many as I thought there would be. Still, this is a good fall watch if you’re a Gilmore fan, if not, it’s one you can skip.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 3 autumn leaves

Rudy (1993): Fall

Rudy

Alright, just to be clear, I’m not a sports person. I played some in my youth and enjoyed it well enough, and I have a team or two I like, but I’ve never understood the rabid fandom that encapsulates sports culture. With that said, I like this movie. It’s a bio pic about football player Daniel “Rudy” Ruetigger and his journey to playing football for Notre Dame. Maybe I like this movie because unlike most sports movies, Rudy isn’t great, or even that good. He’s a kid with a dream that’s highly unrealistic. He has to work for his success, legitimately work for it and I really like that. As with Remember the Titans, Rudy is classified as a fall film because football. In America, football season is a big deal, and football starting up is a sign to most Americans that autumn is fast approaching. This is a great movie to watch to get you ready for football and prepare for some sweater weather.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: 7 autumn leaves

Remember the Titans (2000): Fall

Remember the Titans

What a good fucking movie. This movie makes me cry every time I watch it, without fail. I hate most sports and sports movies, but sweet fuck is this good. This movie is about a newly integrated high school football team and them learning to truly be a team that supports each other, regardless of race. This movie is based on the real life story of Herman Boone, who is played wonderfully by Denzel Washington. It’s moving and hopeful and I think especially considering the state of race relations in the US right now, it’s a story that we can watch and hope things will get better. This movie is set during back to school, but the reason I am putting it in the fall category is because football. One of my favorite autumn memories was of putting on my favorite hoodie and going to high school football games with my friends. This may have a scenic shot here and there but it’s mainly autumn evoking because it’s football season.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: 8 autumn leaves

Mystic Pizza (1988): Fall

Mystic Pizza

I know this movie has a cult following, but I just… I don’t get it. I’ll be the first to admit that I have guilty pleasure movies, I like my fair share of subpar films, but this movie is just bad to me. First, the fact that they’re trying to pass these white women as hispanic is just sad. Like when Julia Roberts calls a dude “white bread” it’s flat out hilarious. The movie is about three young women who work at a pizza shop and are all nearing adulthood. It’s kind of a typical coming-of-age story, one of them wants to “get out of this town”, another is academically focused, and the third is grappling with the idea of marrying her boyfriend and her fear of moving too fast. I just don’t get the appeal of this movie plot-wise but one thing it has in bulk is fall scenery. It’s shot in New England and it has gorgeous shots of autumn leaves and breezy scenes by the water. I like to just have this film on in the background when I do something else so that when I look up every once in a while I have some pretty ambiance. So if you want some pretty fall sights, definitely check this movie out, just don’t expect anything groundbreaking.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 7 autumn leaves

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009): Fall

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Is this movie underrated? I’m honestly not sure how this movie has been received by the public, I don’t think I hear about it too much, but I know it was a critical success. I love this movie, but I’m kind of a slut for Wes Anderson movies so it’s not that surprising. This is a stop-motion animation film that follows a family of Foxes and their rodent friends. They end up at war with with a group of humans when Mr. Fox pulls a heist on their farms. Despite the fact that the humans are blowing up their home, they manage to escape and still steal the rest of the farmers’ goods. The rest of the movie follows the conflict between animals and humans. This movie is hilarious and exciting, like most Wes Anderson movies. This movie evokes a delightful fall feeling for me. The colors of the film are delightful warm oranges and yellows and browns. There’s gorgeous leaves and all the sweaters and clothing looks cozy. Plus one of the farmers brews alcoholic apple cider that is put to use in the battle. I think this movie is a great, funny film to watch on a brisk autumn day, it’ll put you in a great mood.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: 9 autumn leaves

Dan in Real Life (2007): Fall

Dan in Real Life

I honestly think people are sleeping on this movie, it’s better than it gets credit for. It’s by no means a masterpiece but it’s sweet and engaging. Steve Carell plays a widowed father of three girls who is so devoted to his family that he has let his social and romantic life fall to the side. When going up to New England for a family weekend he meets a woman who he instantly falls in love with. However, he is shocked to learn that this woman is his brother’s new girlfriend and he must fight his feelings for her. This movie is set in New England in the fall and has some really gorgeous scenic shots. Plus the house the family lives in is so cozy it makes you want to curl up by a fire with some apple cider. Definitely check this one out if you want a charming dramedy with some brisk atmosphere.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 7 autumn leaves