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11th Sep 2021

10 autumn-themed movies that are practically essential viewing this season

Trine Jensen-Burke

Bring on the fall foliage and pumpkin spice.

Can we all just agree that September is the best?

And yes, I know, we have to start packing away our shorts and beach towels, but also – we are on the cusp of the cosiest season of all.

Leaves changing colours, darker nights, belly-warming soups, cosy knits, hot chocolate, and air so crisp, you wish you could bottle it.

Autumn is wonderful, and if you need an excuse to pencil in some cosy me-time on the sofa, here are 10 of the very best autumnal films to enjoy right now – preferably under a blanket and with a cup of tea or pumpkin spice latte in your hand:

1. Sweet November

Free-spirited Sara has one month—no more, no less—to change ego-centric, workaholic Nelson’s life. But when it’s time to say goodbye, they both discover they don’t want to.

2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

The first Harry Potter movie is still our favourite – and why stop at just this one – we think autumn weekends are perfect for a full-blown Harry Potter marathon.

3. When Harry Met Sally

We never tire of this chance encounter turns into short-term friendship turns into something more. The backdrop of New York City is pretty spectacular too.

4. Good Will Hunting

Set in beautiful Cambridge, Massachusetts, Will Hunting (played by Matt Damon) learns to embrace his genius IQ—with a little help from a passionate psychology professor (played by Robin Williams).

5. You’ve Got Mail

As the leaves fall and seasons change, this pair’s quirky friendship will turn out to be so much more than they were expecting. And again – the autumnal New York scenes are worth the watch alone.

6. Sweet Home Alabama

This movie has got it all – the romance, the drama and last, but not least, the gorgeous fall foliage of the deep south.

7. E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial

Remember that scene where the kids dress E.T. up as a ghost for Halloween? So cute, so autumn-y.

8. Sleepless in Seattle

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan meet again in this classic and adorable love story – and we can’t help but fall a little bit in love with Seattle too, especially in all its autumnal glory.

9. Ghostbusters

You may jump once or twice, but the original Ghostbusters is all about taking on “something strange in the neighbourhood” with a little laughter.

10. Dead Poets Society

If this time of year always makes you feel nostalgic about back-to-school season, you’ll love this 1989 film about a controversial yet inspiring teacher who’s loved by his students.