Just as there are books that seem so much more appropriate to read in the fall there are movies that just seem better around this time of the year. And because I know how much you all love my lists I’ve made you another one (turns out, being something of a Type-A personality, I get a little too much joy out of making lists upon lists upon lists). Anyway, read on my friends!
Sarah’s Top Five Fall movie picks:
1. Peanuts Classic Holiday Collection: You are never too old to enjoy Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peaunts gang. Wait for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin with Linus on Halloween night with “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” throw a Thanksgiving dinner with Charlie Brown with “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” and find the true meaning of Christmas with “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” There is a reason these are all fall classics, and by listing them all at once, I avoid giving you a list made up entirely of Peanuts films.
2. When Harry Met Sally: Boy meets girl, girl detests boy. Girl and boy slowly become friends, only to figure out years later that they belong together. You can’t go wrong, and considering that the cover of this one is of Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal surrounded by a bunch of lovely looking foliage, I’d say it certainly fits the bill as an autumn movie.
3. Dead Poets Society: Set in a lovely 1950’s New England boy’s academy, the film details how one English professor introduces the world of poetry to his class, while instilling the value of free thought. With several dramatic twists, turns, and life lessons, this makes a wonderful movie to curl up to on a chilly autumn afternoon.
4. Remember the Titans: Because every list needs at least one inspiration sports film. Based on a true story of a high school football team’s first season under a newly appointed African-American coach, this one is about as inspirational as they come. Fall sports are an institution in most communities and this movie in particular will make you root for the home team.
5. Good Will Hunting: Look, it’s Fall and I’m from Boston. You didn’t think I could make it through this list without mentioning this one did you? A fantastic story about the struggle of a young janitor at MIT with a gift for math, yet is mentally stuck in Boston. Interestingly, this is the second movie that Robin Williams is featured in this list. Perhaps I ought to rename this list, “Good Robin Williams movies to watch in the fall…”
Those are my top five autumn movies. What are yours? Let me know by adding your comments below or keep the conversation going on our Facebook page.
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