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13 of our Favorite Fall Movies

Fall is a great time to snuggle up on the couch with a warm mug of tea, bowl of popcorn and roaring fire if the temperatures allow... The cooler days lend themselves perfectly for an afternoon in front of the small screen with some of your favorite characters. The following movies are timeless and classic and were all filmed in the fall. Many you may not have seen in a long time - Why not revisit some of your favorite characters, places and stories!

 

1. You've got Mail

Nobody writes a romantic comedy like Nora Ephron. She tugs at the heartstrings. She makes you laugh. Her characters are real, honest, flawed, loveable and completely relatable. When email was still new, long before the term internet dating was even coined, we had Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox who form a bond via email. As with every love story there must be a twist. Here was have Kelly about to lose her beloved little neighborhood bookstore when a mega bookstore moves in the neighborhood... Fox Books to be more precise. If you've not seen this classic in a while, it is worth revisiting as it is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

 

2. When Harry Met Sally

Nora Ephron and Meg Ryan first teamed up in this classic comedy directed by Rob Reiner and starring Billy Crystal. Reunited many years after a long drive home from college to New York, Harry and Sally, begin a relationship that was heavily influenced by Reiner's return to the dating scene after a failed marriage. Reiner and Ephron examine life in the dating world after marriage with humor and candor. Quirky and particular, these two characters had us laughing and cheering all the way to the movie's end. Many of us realized that there was a little Sally in all of us. Perhaps, if one film could be described as the modern day love story, When Harry Met Sally may well be that movie.

 

3. American Beauty

House of Cards fans will truly appreciate Kevin Spacey's huge acting range as he takes on the role of L, ester Burnham, a middle class office worker who has a midlife crisis and falls in love with his teenage daughter's best friend. Described as a satire of the American middle class and its notions of beauty and personal satisfaction, American Beauty explores romantic and paternal love, sexuality, materialism, self liberation and redemption. Starring Annette Bening, Allison Janey and Thora Birch this movie deserves to be watched again.

 

4. Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Ferris Bueller became a sort of a role model for those of us who grew up in the 1980s. Clever, tricky and fast talking Bueller was a legend in his own time, calling in sick to school he embarked on a wild adventure with his best friend and girl friend. This one is worth watching again with your teenaged kids who will also hyuck it up throughout the film. This is the classic, timeless, ultimate playing hookey movie.

 

5. Dead Poet's Society

In an old boy's prep school teacher John Keating, played by the late Robin Williams, thinks and teaches in a creative, non-conforming out of the box manner. His unorthodox teaching styles raise eyebrowns and concerns among professors and faculty. But Keating instills in his boys a love of literature, poetry and the meaning of Carpe Diem. Seize the day and revisit the wonderful classic.

 

6. Good Will Hunting

Williams returns with an Oscar Winning performance as a therapist who must help guide Matt Damon (Will Hunting) to find direction and a better path in life. The lost, directionless MIT Janitor, Hunting, happens to be a mathematics genius. With the help of Williams' character, Will Hunting finds direction and purpose. Written by co-stars Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, this movie won critical acclaim and was nominated for 9 Academy Awards. 

 

7. Halloween

Filmed in 1978, Halloween set the precedence and the tone for all scary movies to follow. There was nary a teen or tween growing up in the 1980s who had not seen this movie, who didn't know who Michael Meyers was, and who didn't equate a hockey mask with a scary film. The musical score still raises hairs on the back of necks. Directed by John Carpenter, Halloween made Jamie Lee Curtis household name, thrusting her into spotlight for her quite believable role of Laurie Strode. Watch this with one of your girlfriends who won't mind screaming along with you!

 

8. Autumn in New York

While neither an acclaimed movie, nor a classic, this tale of an older playboy, played by Richard Gere, who falls deeply in love with a kind, much younger terminally ill young woman,played by Winona Ryder, is worth spending a few hours on the couch. It certainly tugs at the heartstrings. You'll need a box of tissues to have on hand with your box of popcorn.

 

9. Stepmom

Ex wife (Susan Sarandon) meets soon to be new wife (Julia Roberts) to Luke Harrison played by Ed Harris is complicated enough. Jealous, rivalry and contempt are at the heart of this drama. Jackie (Sarandon) is not about to let Isabel (Roberts) take over the role of mother to her two children. As in real life, this movie depicts the animosity, discord and distrust between the two women. But everything changes when Jackie develops Leukemia. Keep the box of Kleenex out for this one too. 

 

10. Ordinary People

Set in the tony Chicago suburb of Lake Forest, the movie, based on the novel by Judith Guest, explores the deterioration of a family after an unfortunate accident - the death of the oldest son. Here mother, Mary Tyler Moore, father, Donald Sutherland, and son, Timothy Hutton, grapple to come to terms with what has happened and the family struggles to stay together. Yep, keep the tissues out for this one as well. 

 

11. The Royal Tennenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums offbeat and hilarious, we follow three gifted siblings who experience great success in their youth, and even greater disappointment when their eccentric and quirky father leaves them in their adolescent years. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, brothers Luke and Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray and Gene Hackman, I would tell you to watch it for the cast even if it wasn't funny!

 

12. It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

A beloved family classic. Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, Linus and the gang prove to us that you're never really too old to enjoy a good cartoon! Watch this with the entire family. No tissues needed. Popcorn - or Halloween candy is a must though!

 

13. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Snoopy and his gang return. The two should really be watched together - back to back. The theme here never really gets old. No matter what you have on Halloween, whether turkey and the fixings or popcorn and toast, Thanksgiving is a time to be together and give thanks. How can you not smile while watching this?!


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