We all have those films that just get us in the mood. 

For me, the fall is always associated with my favorite film of all time, You’ve Got Mail, but that might just be because I live in the same part of Manhattan as Kathleen Kelly in this iconic film.

As the Summer is winding to a close, I find myself wanting to get in the mood of the next season to remember that we can actually be cold, we can enjoy those pumpkin spiced lattes (see our recipes for the best version ever), and we can smell those apple pies baking in the oven.

The fall brings with it the changing of weather, gorgeous red and golden hues with our trees, the start of the school year, and football season, why not watch some films that celebrate this glorious change to the fall?

Poster of You've Got Mail for the article about the best fall films.

You’ve Got Mail.  You’ve already heard about my extreme love of this film, who can resist Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks falling in love on the Upper West Side of Manhattan?!  And they love books!!  This is a match made in heaven for me, and will have you traveling all around New York City while you watch the film.

Poster of Clueless for the article about the best fall films.

Clueless.  This 90’s classic is always a must watch, and with these outrageous outfits back in style, why not watch to get some fashion ideas?  This is the perfect back to school movie, and really who doesn’t love a Jane Austen reboot.  As if!

Poster of Ferris Bueller's Day Off for the article about the best fall films.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  Who doesn’t want to dance on a parade float?  This story about a kid blowing off school for the day is a fun adventure from the 1980’s.

Poster of When Harry Met Sally for the article about the best fall films.

When Harry Met Sally.  This is another Meg Ryan movie, this time with Billy Crystal that is the perfect background to the fall.  It will have you dreaming of autumn in New York City and smiling with how this relationship progresses.

Poster of Mona Lisa Smile for the article about the best fall films.

Mona Lisa Smile.  An all-star cast featuring Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, and Maggie Gyllenhaal grace the screen about an art history professor at Wellesley College in the 1950’s.  Fall colors and old world charm feature strongly in this movie about finding ones voice and pushing towards better futures in this film you’ll completely love.

Poster of Remember the Titans for the article about the best fall films.

Remember the Titans.  Fall is also about football season starting and this is one of the best movies out there.  This film is about a team that inspires their segregated town to come together.

Poster of Fantastic Mr. Fox for the article about the best fall films.

Fantastic Mr. Fox.  This Wes Anderson film will leave you smiling with his autumnal color palette about the world of Mr. Fox and his other animal friends in this fun animated romp.

Poster of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for the article about the best fall films.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  You can watch any Harry Potter movie and be transported to the fall.  The first one does a great job setting up the world and you’ll want to get on the hogwarts express yourself.

Poster of Friday Night Lights for the article about the best fall films.

Friday Night Lights.  Not a movie, but this TV show is the perfect Fall tale.  Set in Texas about high school football, you’ll relive your own high school days with these tales of the iconic fall American sport.

Poster of Clue for the article about the best fall films.

Clue.  This movie based on the popular board game will have you wishing you were in your own haunted mansion this fall.  Packed with an outstanding cast of comedians, you’ll be trying to figure out who killed who and with what murder weapon.

Poster of Little Women for the article about the best fall films.

Little Women.  Always a classic, try the film from the 90’s or Greta Gerwig’s newer 2019 version of the Louisa May Alcott tale.  This story of four sisters in New England during the Civil War will have you smiling as the relatable tale moves you to curl up on your couch during a crisp autumn day.

Poster of To All the Boys I've Loved Before for the article about the best fall films.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.  Watch any of the three films in this series, but the first takes place during the fall semester at Lara Jean’s high school.  This cute romantic comedy will have you smiling the whole way through.

Poster of Grease for the article about the best fall films.

Grease.  The school year starts and we get all kinds of songs.  This classic film is fun to rewatch to enjoy the high school nostalgia.

About the author

Alice Cash is the Marketing Manager for Jubilance by day and an award winning Theatre Director by night.  Leading the podcast Weekly Woman, she loves her candid conversations with women from all over the world about how they live and the amazing things they are doing to make a difference. Alice is also the editor of the bi-monthly newsletter the Jubilee, a blog dedicated to the power of female wellness especially concerning menstruation.  She’s worked in France creating theatre pieces and taught drama and filmmaking to women and children in Haiti.  She graduated from Georgetown University and holds two master degrees from NYU and The New School.  Alice has traveled to  40+ countries, including Tibet.  She is a New Yorker and can often be found in Central Park, searching out the best bubble tea, or directing a play, you never know where she’ll show up. @alicesadventuresinwonderworld
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