The Five Best Movies to Watch in Fall The Five Best Movies to Watch in Fall
The Five Best Movies to Watch in Fall The Five Best Movies to Watch in Fall

The Five Best Movies to Watch in Fall The Five Best Movies to Watch in Fall

I take fall vibes very seriously. The second the temperatures cooled in September, I was ready to watch Hocus Pocus, and my roommate wouldn’t let me because she is a fall party pooper.

BUT. It is officially October 1, and the perfect time to snuggle up with a blanket, chai tea, and one (or more!) of the below movies cued up on TV.

I should note that I cannot stand horror movies, so you won’t find any of those on this list. But anyway! Here are five (er, six) of the best movies to watch in fall. (Plus a bonus series pick!)

Hocus Pocus


I mean, obviously. Does anybody else actually sort of root for the Sanderson sisters to triumph, in the end? I’m deeply offended by the prospect of a TV movie remake without any of the original cast or director, especially since Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker have both expressed interest.

Key quote: Oh gosh. Too many. Including “Go to hell!” / “Oh! I’ve been there, thank you. I found it quite lovely.”

Practical Magic


Witches. Baby Nicole Kidman. Stockard Channing in amazing hats. And straight manslaughter. (No, seriously.) But in addition to the fabulous, witchy fall vibes, this movie gives me serious feels about the power of family and sisterhood. Both the literal kind and the general, symbolic all-womanhood kind. I’m actually watching it as I write this, and getting super-duper distracted.

Key quote: “Being normal is not necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage.”

The Addams Family


The sequel is amazing, too, which I guess would make this list six movies. Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams is total goals, as is the relationship between Morticia and Gomez. I know lots of people go gaga for Wednesday (and Christina Ricci is great), but Morticia is the real star in my book. Not to mention she can rock an all-black outfit like nobody’s business.

Key quote: “And our credo: Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc. ‘We gladly feast on those who would subdue us.’ Not just pretty words.”

You’ve Got Mail


Based on the 1940 classic “The Shop Around the Corner,” this is far and away my favorite Nora Ephron movie. It stars New York City just as much as it does Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks — especially New York in the fall.

Key quote: “Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”



Okay, sure, Ryan Gosling may have saved jazz, but Max Fischer saved Latin. Lots of Wes Anderson’s movies are super autumnal (Fantastic Mr. Fox, even The Royal Tenebaums), but the New England academic setting of Rushmore makes it especially fitting.

Key quote: “I guess you’ve just gotta find something you love to do and then… do it for the rest of your life.”

Bonus Pick(s): Harry Potter. All of them.


Because nothing says fall quite like going back to Hogwarts.

What are your favorite movies to watch in fall? Let me know in the comments!

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