Aaah… autumn. The perfect time to curl up on the couch and watch some autumnal movies. Today I’m listing 7 of my all time favourite autumn movies which I’ll definitely be rewatching this season. For me, these movies are the epitome of everything autumnal: the colours are warm oranges and deep browns, you can hear leaves rustling on the soundtrack, and the stories take place during Thanksgiving or Halloween – or simply in a world where it’s always autumn.
So break out your coziest sweaters, your hottest chocolate and your softest blankets for my favourite autumn films, from 80s classic When Harry Met Sally to the everyday beauty of Paterson.
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Although I tried my best to include films from a diverse timeline, I truly believe nineties’ classics really come into their own in Autumn. I mean, When Harry Met Sally will always be my favourite autumnal film. Harry (Billy Crystal) first meets Sally (Meg Ryan) at university and a close friendship blooms between them. The film follows their lives as their paths keep crossing, but never intertwining… or does it? Either way, their strolls through the park covered in orange and yellow leaves, and Sally’s phenomenal autumnal outfits are reason enough to make When Harry Met Sally a true fall classic.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Leave it to director Wes Anderson to create a film completely in a set colour scheme. I appreciate a well-coordinated colour scheme as much as the next girl does, but dear ol’ Wes really outdid himself with his first animated feature film Fantastic Mr. Fox. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, the movie follows the story of Mr. Fox (George Clooney) who simply cannot let go of his wild ways. Instead of being a tamed and responsible father, Mr. Fox raids three of the meanest farmers of their chickens, turkeys and ciders. When they seek revenge, Mr. Fox has to help all of his animal friends to protect their furry community. So bring out your brownest corduroy jackets and orangest colour palette for this autumnal dream.
Practical Magic (1998)
This one doesn’t have the most autumn-appropriate aesthetic, but definitely has that good old Halloween feel. Set in one of those small towns where autumn appears to last forever, Practical Magic is about two witch sisters Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian (Nicole Kidman) who have been cursed to lose everyone they ever become romantically involved with (and when I say ‘lose’, I mean that they gruesomely die). Together with their witchy aunts, Besides the slightly dodgy story line, Practical Magic has some great Halloween elements to make it feel perfectly autumnal, from Nicole Kidman in her heydays cuddling a black cat to the sisters dressing up in pointy hats and black robes for Halloween.
Legends of the Fall (1994)
A film literally called Legends of the Fall was bound to be an autumnal classic. A young Brad Pitt and his blonde manes star as the wild Tristan Ludlow, who together with his two brothers and his father lives on a remote Montana ranch in the early 1900s. The film chronicles their lives as it revolves around one woman (as it does): Susannah (Julia Ormond). The orange hues of the Montana country side and the brown tones of Brad’s corduroy jackets make Legends of the Fall a true fall movie classic.
Addams Family Values (1993)
Two autumn holidays in one movie? Check! In come’s Addams Family Values, about the most Halloween-appropriate family ever. In this sequel to the 1991 film, Values focuses on the arrival of baby Pubert, the newest member of the gang, and the marriage of Fester to gold-digger Debbie. Siblings Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley are not crazy about the arrival of their new baby bro and are sent away to summer camp. The two have to participate in a Thanksgiving play, with Pugsley putting on his best turkey costume and doing his best turkey dance. Even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving yourself, Addams Family Values works wonders to get you in the festive mood.
With the end of summer comes the return to normal, everyday life. No one pictured the beauty of everyday life better than Jim Jarmusch with Paterson. Adam Driver plays bus driver Paterson in the sleepy town of Paterson (points for great writing right there) who lives every day following his routine, which includes his wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), their English bulldog Marvin and him writing poetry at the end of every day. Jarmusch shows the beauty in ordinary things we would usually take for granted and makes you stop to take in the beauty of leaves changing and the days becoming chillier.
These were 6 of my favourite autumnal films, but be sure to check out of my Instagram stories to see your picks!
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