Movies That Set the Mood for Fall

I finally have to admit it. It's fall. The leaves are changing, the air is crisp and mini pumpkins are appearing everywhere. I've tried to keep from getting depressed at the thought of the evenings getting darker earlier and carrying a coat on me at all times, but sometimes it's difficult. Therefore I've decided to rent some movies to cheer myself up with hints of good things to come, like beautiful fall colors, warm sweaters, and cute boots. If you're struggling to get into the spirit of the fall season, here's a list of movies that should be just the trick to get you in the mood.

Autumn in New York

Starring: Richard Gere and Winona Ryder

I'm cheating on this first one, because I will not actually be watching this movie. I can't stand Richard Gere; I find him unsympathetic and lacking of basic human emotion (see Runaway Bride). However, the trailer gives lots of glimpses of fall leaves and scenery, plus it has autumn in the title.


Starring: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Jena Malone

Stepmom has many perfect elements for fall besides the backdrop of a great New England house and seasonal scenery. While the story of the redefining of a family transcends the seasons, there is something about Sarandon's role as an enthusiastic mother that optimizes ideas about the beginning of the school year for me. The movie also features great fall outfits; ladies, pay special attention to the hats and gloves.

Practical Magic

Starring: Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman

I don't like scary movies, but I do like the idea of getting into the Halloween season with a movie about witches. Bullock and Kidman play witch sisters whose love lives are cursed. This movie is a little cheesy, but it also has enough twists and turns to keep me entertained and on the edge of my seat in a couple places. It's a Halloween movie for the faint of heart.

When Harry Met Sally

Starring: Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal

Walks through Central Park as the leaves are changing, what could be more perfect? I'm not going to try to sell this one, as I think everyone has seen the movie, but it's a great one to visit at every time of year.

If the above movies don't interest you, here are some others that you may want to add to your Netflix queue to get you ready for the first cold of the season:

Legends of the Fall:

Why? Brad Pitt and a bear.

Imagine Me & You:

Why? Great coats and sweaters, plus autumnal walks through London.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown:

Why? Charlie Brown. Need I say more?

The Witches: Why? Roald Dahl's stories never fail to entertain.