As the weather turns colder and the leaves begin to fall, the only thing any film lover wants to do is get snug and comfortable at home and watch some cosy autumnal movies! From warm, heart-warming tales that make you excited for when the leaves turn brown and start to fall, to scary stories that will make you scared to open the curtains at night, there are a huge variety of films and genres that perfectly sum up the feeling of autumn.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
Whilst the entire Harry Potter franchise elicits an autumnal aura, the film where we first experience this world of wizardry is particularly cosy and wonderful. From trolls in the dungeon on Halloween, to a magical Christmas feast, and viewer can really get into the spirit of autumn against the backdrop of Hogwarts, in the snowy Scottish Highlands.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Starring the wonderful Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society is an incredibly heart-warming tale of a group of boys at an elite boarding school who fall in love with literature after being inspired by their dedicated teacher. Set during autumn in the late 1950s, this award-winning film is bound to make you cry and smile; it is a touching depiction of the fall season in Vermont.
This black comedy murder mystery movie is a perfect watch in the run up to Halloween. Clue mocks all the usual clichéd tropes and conventions of the mystery genre, and you can’t help but love its brilliant ensemble cast. This film will immediately make you want to play a game of Cluedo on a stormy autumn night!
Little Women (2019)
Little Women is one of the cosiest films you’ll ever watch! Directed by Greta Gerwig and featuring an all-star cast, including Saorise Ronan, Emma Watson, Meryl Streep and Laura Dern, Little Women is, at heart, a coming-of-age film surrounding the lives of four sisters, against a beautiful autumn backdrop over many years. No other film will have you wishing for snow as much as Little Women will!
Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)
If you aren’t already enticed in by the idea of George Clooney voice acting as a charming, suave fox, then perhaps the delightful, whimsical stop-motion animation style of Wes Anderson will be what really seals the deal. Fantastic Mr Fox is a wonderful movie for an audience of any age, with its warm colour palette igniting an autumnal aura throughout the entire film.
Nothing screams autumn like some unexplained magical occurrences, and Matilda is just the film for that! From cackling at Danny DeVito’s misfortunes as Harry Wormwood, to cowering in fear at Pam Farris as the dreaded Miss Trunchball and falling in love with Embeth Davidtz as the kind Miss Honey, Matilda offers an entire cast of unforgettable characters.
Knives Out (2019)
Director Rian Johnson takes a unique spin on the murder mystery ‘whodunit’ trope, making Knives Out an incredibly refreshing film in an overcrowded genre. Starring Daniel Craig as the mysterious detective Benoit Blanc,is another movie acclaimed for its brilliant ensemble cast. Perhaps the best thing about Knives Out is the variety of sweaters worn throughout, with many articles written after the film’s release about how great Chris Evans looks in a knitted sweater.
Corpse Bride (2005)
No autumnal movie list is complete without a classic Tim Burton gothic horror. Similar to Fantastic Mr Fox, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride is also a stop-motion animated fantasy, but with more of a spooky edge. Starring the King and Queen of spooky flicks – Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, Corpse Bride is an iconic addition to Tim Burton’s spine-chilling filmography.
Let us know in the comments what your favourite autumnal movie is!
Caitlin Hall is a freelance writer who is currently studying for an English Literature degree at the University of York. A film enthusiast whose favourite film is Zodiac (2007), primarily because she loves Jake Gyllenhaal. More of her reviews can be found at https://caitsfilms.wordpress.com and her twitter account is @caitonfilm.