Friday, September 23, 2016

Movies for Fall

I've been looking for lists of movies for getting in the autumnal mood, not Hallowe'en, but the fall season. It's nice to have some mood-making for the season that's not all about spooky films.

Town and Country has a list of 11:
Dead Poets Society, 1989
When Harry Met Sally, 1989
Rudy, 1993
Good Will Hunting, 1997
Rushmore, 1998
Election, 1999
Autumn in New York, 2000
You've Got Mail, 1998
Love Story, 1970
St. Elmo's Fire, 1985
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, 1987
I've seen the 2 in bold print. I would be interested in seeing a few of these if somebody stuck them in the DVD player, but I'm not motivated enough to seek them out (except for Rushmore and When Harry Met Sally, which I already have).

The Imdb has a list of 69. These are their top 10:
1. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
2. Autumn Sonata (1978)
3. Autumn (2004)
4. Autumn in New York (2000)
5.The Straight Story (1999)
6. The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978 Mini-Series)
7. City Girl (1930)
8. Earth (1930)
9. Days of Heaven (1978)
10. Tess (1979)
I've seen the 2 in bold print. There are several of these that interest me, and if I were to pick one list to work from it'd be this one.

British Film Institute lists 10:
The Stranger (1946)
All That Heaven Allows (1955)
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
An Autumn Afternoon (1962)
Autumn Sonata (1978)
Halloween (1978)
An Autumn Tale (1998)
Rushmore (1998)
Far from Heaven (2002)
Helen (2008)

The Huffington Post has a list of 9:
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, 1962
An Autumn Afternoon, 1962
To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962
Autumn Sonata, 1978
Days of Heaven, 1978
Halloween, 1978
Hannah and Her Sisters, 1986
Rushmore, 1998
The Others, 2001

Paste Magazine lists 15:
1. Halloween, 1978
2. The Last Waltz, 1978
3. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1986
4. When Harry Met Sally, 1989
5. Good Will Hunting, 1997
6. Planes, Trains and Automobiles, 1987
7. Rushmore, 1998
8. You’ve Got Mail, 1998
9. Hannah and Her Sisters, 1986
10. Scream, 1996
11. Rudy, 1993
12. Harold and Maude, 1971
13. Election, 1999
14. Dead Poets Society, 1989
15. Garden State, 2004
I notice that Hannah and Her Sisters appears on some lists, and I've never seen it. I quit watching that director when he began a sexual relationship with a girl who seemed to me to be, for all intents and purposes, his step-daughter.

Harper's Bazaar has a list of 12:
1) Love Story, 1970
2) St. Elmo's Fire, 1985
3) Dead Poets Society, 1989
4) When Harry Met Sally..., 1989
6) Good Will Hunting, 1997
8) You've Got Mail, 1998
9) Stepmom, 1998
10) October Sky, 1999
11) Autumn in New York, 2000
12) Far From Heaven, 2002
Apartment Therapy's list (not including the ones that have not been released yet:
Juno, 2007
Penelope, 2006
Bring It On, 2000
All of the Harry Potter movies, 2001-2011
Rushmore, 1998
Good Will Hunting, 1997
Bend It Like Beckham, 2002
When Harry Met Sally, 1989
Harold & Maude, 1971
Anne of Green Gables, 1985 miniseries
Bride & Prejudice, 2004
Pride & Prejudice, 2005


  1. Many of these shows I've not seen, but heard about from others who have seen them. It seems there are more "chick flicks" on these lists than shows I would be interested in.

    I'm with you on Woody Allen and his escapades.

    1. I agree, the chick flick is not a genre I seek out. And back-to-school or back-to-college films are ones I'll pass on at this point, too. I went to the local DVD/record shop looking for "Autumn", "Autumn in New York", "Autumn Sonata" and "Autumn Afternoon" thinking I'd be able to find something that had Autumn in the title lol, but they didn't have them. I came away with almost $100 of other things, though. That's what I need, right? More DVDs in my to-be-watched stack lol

  2. It looks like a lot of movies but there is a lot of repetition from list to list. I enjoyed several Rudy, Goodwill Hunting, Dead Poets Society,Juno, Penelope,Scream. The lists are fun but if you haven't heard the title before they don't mean a whole lot.

    1. I agree, the names of the movies aren't much help, but I linked to the site each list comes from and the lists are annotated with descriptions at those original sites. I had never heard of Rudy or Penelope until I saw these lists. It's helpful to hear you enjoyed them. Thx!

  3. I've seen quite a few of these. Makes me wonder how the coming of age films have held up over time. Autumn Sonata was Ingrid Berman's last film. I have to be in the right mood to watch a heavy Ingmar Bergman film, but I remember excellent acting. In the first list I had seen 8 out of 11...Paste Magaziine 11 out of 15...and so it goes--LOL! I've been housebound with Netflix for a decade--what can I say--LOL!

    1. My hat's off to you! Netflix sounds like something I may need to look into :) I like Bergman but haven't seen that one.