Fall is such a warm, cozy and nostalgic time of year. The quintessential crisp weather makes it a great time to indulge in different fall activities. Curling up with a cozy blanket and a warm drink while watching a movie is sometimes the best form of self-care. Especially when the weather prevents you from going out. There are so many great fall movies to choose from it is hard to know where to start.
Whether you’re having a night in or a cozy weekend afternoon on the couch, here is a roundup of movies that you can watch as you enjoy the cozy season of fall. Let us know your recs in the comments!
22 Top Movies to Watch In The Fall
Silver Linings Playbook
What better season to fall in love than fall? Silver Linings Playbook is a rom-com starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence that showcases their fantastic on-screen chemistry. This heartwarming drama will make you laugh, cry and absolutely fall in love with the quirkiness of Cooper and Lawrences’ characters. Can’t get enough of Bradley Cooper and J. Law? Check out more of their flicks together including– Joy, Serena and American Hustle.
When ghosts invade New York a dynamic trio of ghost hunters– Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver are there to save the day. Ghostbusters is a hilarious action-comedy that is a must watch for families this fall.
Fantastic Mr. Fox
This family-friendly flick starring George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray and Wally Wolodarsky is a great one to watch this fall. Fantastic Mr. Fox tells the story of a fox and his friends as they rally to take on three evil farmers.
Another classic fall favorite that we keep coming back to every year is Hocus Pocus. The Sanderson Sister’s return to Salem after three centuries to finish their quest for immortality. Will Max, Dani, and Allison be able to stop them with help from their new black cat friend, Binx?
You can’t get through fall without watching Hocus Pocus. This classic family friendly drama-comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Bette Midler is set in New Englands spookiest town, Salem, where the Sanderson Sisters were cursed centuries earlier. The spell is broken and the trio of witches are brought back to Salem to wreak havoc. Check out the sequel, Hocus Pocus 2 released this year!
For Tim Burton fans, Edward Scissorhands is a beloved classic. The mixture of dark comedy is perfect for spooky season. Starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder, Edward Scissorhands tells the story of an unfinished invention– Edward Scissorhands, left alone until he is rescued by a kind family.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Another Tim Burton classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the tale of Pumpkin King Jack Skellington who wants to share the joy of Christmas which backfires and threatens its future.
Coco is one of my all-time favorite Disney movies. The movie tells the story of a boy named Miguel, looking to find himself through music and in doing so discovers answers to the mysteries of his ancestors’ stories.
Remember the Titans
Fall means football and one of our all-favorite football flicks is Remember the Titans. This inspirational film starring Denzel Washington tells the true story of an African-American football coach in 1970s Virginia and how he helped his team overcome their differences and become champions.
For Harry Potter fans you can’t go back to school without indulging in some Hogwarts throwbacks each fall. Although the series has changed streaming networks a few times now, the entire 8-film Harry Potter collection can currently be binged on Peacock. The special Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts reunion is on HBO Max.
We just recently rewatched Practical Magic and it reminded me of what a fun fall classic it is. This 1989 flick, starring the dynamic duo Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman tells the tale of two cousin witches, a family love curse and a spell gone wrong.
Another Tim Burton Halloween classic is Beetle Juice. Although I have never been the biggest Tim Burton fan, I love Beetle Juice. Still has his strange, dark flair but great music and comedic relief. Beetle Juice follows two ghosts who decided to try their hand at evicting the new owners of their home.
Good Will Hunting
Good Will Hunting is an intellectual drama starring Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Robin Williams. It tells the story of a genius janitor and his relationship with his therapist, a mathematician and working class folks.
Little Shop of Horrors
Little Shop of Horrors starring Bill Murray is horror, comedy and musical all wrapped up in one sweet flick about an awkward florist whose giant man-eating plant helps him find love. The perfect strange, entertaining film for October!
When Harry Met Sally
When Harry Met Sally starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan tells the story of two best friends who worry that sex will get in the way of their friendship. Filmed in New York City during fall it is quintessential Northeast fall vibes. Also available for streaming on HBO Max.
Favorite children’s author Roald Dahl’s Matilda has always been a favorite and sparks all the nostalgic back to school feels. The story of a brilliant and magical little girl, born into unfortunate circumstances and the teacher who saves her.
Little Women is a timeless classic and we love this Greta Gerwig adaptation. This drama tells the story of four sisters each with their own dreams and aspirations, determined to live life in the 1800s on their own terms. Available for rent on Apple TV and Amazon Prime.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Everyone loves a festive Peanut’s movie to ring in the holidays. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is one of our favorites and follows Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Linus as they prepare for fall fun.
DEAD POET’S SOCIETY
Set in a strict all-boys preparatory school, Dead Poet’s Society captures the nostalgia and intellectual exploration of the season. Robin Williams plays the new charismatic professor that inspires his students to follow their passions, dreams and break free from societal norms and pressures.
Casper is the friendly ghost we all know and love. In this classic tale, a girl and her father move into a haunted mansion where the daughter soon befriends Casper, just the spirit she needs to get her through a challenging time.
Starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas, Knives Out is a comedy and mystery all rolled into one. This movie tells the story the investigation that ensues after crime novelist Harlan Thrombey mysteriously dies at his estate. This “whodunnit” film has Clue vibes and makes a great fun, fall mystery watch.
For all the spooky, scary fans out there, Halloween starring Jamie Lee Curtis is a must watch. The whole Halloween franchise follows the story of serial killer Michael Myers as he strikes again and again and again. And just when you think they finally got him, he makes his return.
Sleepy Hollow is another eerie Tim Burton, seasonal favorite. Starring Johnny Depp, this classic horror film tells the story of an investigation into mysterious murders by a headless phantom.
For all lovers of Clue the board game, the 1985 classic is a great spooky season film. This comedy-mystery brings 6 blackmail victims to an isolated mansion to face their blackmailer. But when the blackmailer is murdered, they must determine who the killer is before they become the victim!
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Clueless is the fun and easy 90s teen flick we’ve all seen a million times. Alicia Silverstone stars as Cher in her heyday. A teen girl navigating the trials and tribulations of young love and lust.
October Sky starring Jake Gyllenhaal tells the true story of a coal miners son and his dream to be a rocket scientist. This inspirational tale is a must watch for fall.