Now that summer is officially gone (RIP Summer 2017, you were the bees knees), many days and evenings are now (guilt-free) spent indoors. What does that mean for you? It means you can now shamelessly binge your favorite fall movies. I say fall, because they’re definitely not all Halloween related flicks. While you might find a few that will send shivers down your spine, this list consists of the most quintessential movies out there that will give you that much adored content and cozy feeling.
So light those candles, pop the popcorn, pour yourself a glass of wine, grab your snuggliest blanket, and prepare for an evening (or evenings…we’re not judging here) of binging the best fall flicks out there.
“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms.”
I tend to be a creature of habit, and every year when the leaves start to turn there’s always ONE movie that comes to my mind above all else: You’ve Got Mail. Likely my favorite rom-com of the 90’s (maybe ever). The soundtrack. The absolute coziness that is The Shop Around the Corner. The books, all the books. The AOL dial tone. New York in the Fall. Meg Ryan is here. Tom Hanks is here. There’s really nothing to make you feel more nostalgic than throwing on this classic flick and curling up for the ultimate 90’s showcase of fall loveliness. Catch it on Amazon, here.
I first watched this one at a sleep over when I was in maybe third grade, and I remember being SO spooked. Fast forward a few years and it’s become one of my go to fall must views. The cast is insanely good. Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman & Stockard Channing (aka Rizzo) round out the sisterhood of witches who occupy a town that’s been haunted by a curse on their family for centuries. It’s part spooky, part rom-com, and all parts charming. I want to move into the town they filmed this in immediately. And good luck not being transported right back to the 90’s with this epic soundtrack, it’s seriously the best. So fix yourself up a batch of midnight margaritas and go to town, girl! Also, it’s available on Netflix for free right now, and you can catch it on Amazon here.
Speaking of witches, I couldn’t possibly go further into this list without touching on my favorite fall & Halloween movie of all time: Hocus Pocus. I’m going to give you a warning that 90% of the movies on the list are from the 90’s, clearly the superior decade of spooookily themed movies. This one likely takes the cake for best Halloween movie, ever. I would like to debate anyone who feels otherwise. I mean, come on! The Sanderson Sisters. Thackery Binx. SJP prior to Sex and the City. It’s just SO GOOD. The town of Salem might be my happy place, and I would gladly visit there at anytime during the months of September-November. I’ll also shamelessly admit I don’t remember the last year that this one received only one viewing in my household. Hocus Pocus, always and forever. Tune into your favorite witches and get a spell put on you, here.
Another one that might have given me the heeby-jeebies when I was growing up. I feel like the first time I watched this was on a random Saturday growing up when it was on TBS. Anyone else remember the incredible movies that used to play on Saturdays? Man, those were the days. Speaking of incredible casts, the ladies in The Craft also shine (in the creepiest way) Neve Campbell leads the charge of a group of teenage witches who seduce the new girl to become part of their coven. It’s skin-crawlingly spooky and perfect for Halloween. You’ll love it. And then you’ll question everything around you…you’re welcome. Catch up with The Craft on Amazon, here.
The opening scene of this movie could not wrap up the feeling of Autumn more. I mean, Julia Roberts is galloping through the forest, as the leaves are changing, on a horse, with her head of red curls waving in the wind. COME ON. Get more cliché. Yet, it works, because it’s Julia Roberts, and she is a true American Treasure. Richard Gere is here too, and anything with these two in it you can sign me up for. The small town that this movie takes place in is every Small Town in America, ever. There’s football. There’s gossip. There’s a whole lot of love. And a feeling that will leave you more cozy and content than you’ve felt in a while. Runaway with Julia Roberts (yeah…I went there) by streaming it here.
I cannot actually express how underrated this movie is. Clue is by far the best board game of all time. Ever. If you don’t believe me, come to my familie’s house at Christmas and you will find us playing this until all hours of the night. It. Is. So. Good. So when the movie was released some time ago, I knew I had a lot to look forward to. It did not disappoint. Perfectly parts quirky and cheesy, Clue is the best who dunnit movie you’ll ever see, that won’t make you lose sleep. Was it Miss Scarlet? Professor Plum? Mrs. White?! If you haven’t experienced this piece of golden American cinema, you can do so by finding out who dunnit by streaming it instantly, here. P.S., don’t miss out on the alternate endings, likely the best part of this movie.
“Oh Captain, My Captain”
A film so good, my work team actually named a bottle of wine we made together “Oh Captain, My Captain.” The late, great, and insanely talented Robin Williams shines in this story of a teacher who imparts more than textbook knowledge on his students. A true example of living life to the fullest, Williams teaches his students the true meaning of Carpe Diem. Set in New England, much of which in the fall, this movie is a must watch for anyone who loves an unorthodox approach to life. Don’t forget your tissues, and witness Mr. Williams in all his glory, here.
So as I mentioned earlier, I’m not a fan of scary movies. Wanna know why? Turns out I actually enjoy sleeping at night without terrifying images consuming my every thought. Weird, I know. There is an exception to this rule, and that exception is The Shining. Stephen King’s novel turned film is a piece of classic American horror. It’s spine-tingling-goosebump-inducing-eye-coveringly good. If you haven’t ever watched this, now is the time. It’s a classic for a reason and should be on every Halloween lovers must-watch list. Watch Jack Nicholson in eerily good character, here.
This one could just as equally go on a must-watch Christmas movie list (and likely, will be on mine) but it lands on the fall list because Jack Skellington is just hands-down incredible. Watch the endearing Jack, who becomes tired of his land of hallows-eve and wanders into a world he didn’t know existed: the world of Christmas. Arguably Tim Burton’s greatest work ever, this is a true Halloween classic no matter what your age. You can live like Jack and Sally if you want to, right here.
This one makes the list for a few reasons. The first? It’s likely one of the best DCOM’s (aka Disney Channel Original Movie for all you rookies out there) and Halloweentown is a REAL. PLACE. Yep, you read that right. Halloweentown is a a real place you can actually visit, just outside of Portland. Read all about that on my Must Do Fall Date Ideas, here. If you can’t make it to Halloweentown itself, catch up with your favorite cast of characters on Amazon, here.
A true classic. If your a fan of Austen, period pieces, and true romance, this one will make you feel so content. If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend doing that first. If you don’t have time and are in the need for a story of love everlasting and electric chemistry, spend time with Mr. Darcey and Elizabeth, here.
This. Movie. Is. So. Good. I just recently watched this for the first time at the recommendation of a friend, and I was not disappointed. If you’re going to watch one “scary” movie this season make it Get Out. Equal parts creepy, and equal parts witty (which is very hard to do) Get Out knocks it out of the park. I can’t say much else without giving quite a bit away, but I can promise you, this one will stay with you long after it’s over. Get Out yourself, right here.
What are some of your favorite fall traditions? Let me know in the comments, or come hang with me over on Instagram! (@thelyonbadger)