Spectrum Editor’s list of fall movies

Chloe Hawkins, Spectrum Editor

Little Women (2019)

This movie is set in 19th century Massachusetts and follows four sisters: Amy, played by Florence Pugh; Josephine, played by Saoirse Ronan; Beth, played by Eliza Scanlen and Meg, played by Emma Watson. The movie takes the audience through their childhood and adulthood, as they go through the trials of life and love. The setting and time period delivers all the cozy feelings of fall, while also providing a relatable story about four women and the complexity of their family. 

Available on Amazon Prime Video | Rotten Tomatoes 95%

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

This Steven Spielberg science fiction film is set during the fall season and has many cute and festive scenes. Prominent actresses in this movie include Dee Wallace and Drew Barrymore. A young kid and his imaginary friend are the main characters of this movie, but people soon find out that his friend is not so imaginary after all.

Available on Netflix | Rotten Tomatoes 99%

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

This movie is based on the third novel of a seven-book series by J.K. Rowling. It follows three teenagers who attend a school named Hogwarts, where they practice magic. This mystical film has many seasonal scenes as it follows their fall semester, and includes the chopping up of some pumpkins in one scene. One of my favorite fall activities is to cuddle under a blanket with my warm cup of tea and watch this film, along with all the other Harry Potter movies. 

Available on Peacock | Rotten Tomatoes 90%

Lady Bird (2017)

Throughout this coming-of-age film, a troubled teenager goes through the usual struggles of being a high school senior such as college stress, identity crisis and conflicts with her mother. This movie includes notable actors and actresses such as Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Timothée Chalamet and Stephen McKinley. Personally, this movie has helped me a lot with figuring out myself. I love to watch it during this season because it’s a good comfort movie to combat the stress of school. 

Available on Paramount Plus | Rotten Tomatoes 99%

When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

This notable romantic comedy perfectly fulfills the fall aesthetic. It includes many autumn scenes, like walks through the park filled with fallen leaves. This movie follows two people: Harry Burns, played by Billy Crystal and Sally Albright, played by Meg Ryan. These friends decide to drive across the country together where they battle the question, ‘can men and women solely be friends?’ By the end of the movie, this question is answered. 

Available on HBO Max | Rotten Tomatoes 91% 

The Twilight Saga (2008-2012)

This series is set in Forks, Washington. The climate of the area adds to the feelings of fall as the town is mostly “under a constant cover of rain and clouds,” according to the main character Bella Swan, played by Kristen Stewart. This film series follows her moving to this town in the middle of the school year. As awkward as she is, she manages to make many new friends, and a mysterious new love interest.

Available on Netflix | Rotten Tomatoes average of 40%

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