Legends of the Fall: 12 Seasonal Flicks to Watch Now
The changing of the leaves makes us want to curl up in front of the first fire of the year for some serious QT with our favorite flicks. Get your hot toddys ready: We’ve compiled a roll call of silver-screen gems in which autumn plays a leading role. School books, the great outdoors, babes: These are but a few selling points. Keep scrolling to see which fall films we’re queueing up now!
One could very well include the entire Wes Anderson catalogue in a rundown of fall-centric celluloid brilliance. The auteur filmmaker’s personal penchant for camel-on-camel suits alone feels cemented in autumnal sartorial bliss. In the witty academia romp Rushmore, we’re treated to the dueling irresistible charms of Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman as they fight over the same broad. Style, romance, scarves and hats, firing on all thrusters.
I saved Latin. What did you ever do?
War does funny things to men.
She’s my Rushmore.
La-dee-da, la-dee-da. There’s just nothing better than New York in autumn, and Woody Allen’s opus is the next-best thing to a visit. As on-again, off-again lovers, Allen and co-star Diane Keaton are wildly charming and wryly hilarious. Keaton’s menswear-inspired wardrobe slays. Allen is at his best. New York is practically a main character. It’s a perennial favorite, one we get especially sentimental over this time of year.
A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know, it has to constantly move forward or it dies. I think what we have on our hands here is a dead shark.
Love is too weak a word for what I feel—I luuurve you, you know, I loave you, I luff you, two F's, yes I have to invent, of course I—I do, don't you think I do?
I don't want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light.
Shot entirely on-location in Paris between the months of August and September 1959, Jean-Luc Godard’s iconic masterpiece is as chic as ever. As a hip American journalism student caught up with a criminal on the run, Jean Seberg took on one of the most stylish roles of all time. Can we have an exact replica of her Tribune tee and penny-loafer look?
I don't know if I'm unhappy because I'm not free, or if I'm not free because I'm unhappy.
I told you being afraid is the worst sin there is.
Shall we steal a Cadillac?
Alfonso Cuarón’s beautifully scored '90s adaptation of an immortal Dickens classic is wall-to-wall lush green hues and tortured romanticism. Dripping in cool, Gwyneth parades about in every shade of envy-inducing emerald under the sun. Everything is on point, from Anne Bancroft’s wig collection to an impeccable soundtrack featuring a truly genius needle-drop of Pulp. Also, kissing in the rain.
If this isn’t love, I don’t think I can handle the real thing.
Nothing harder than being given your chance. At least, that's what I hear.
I am a wild success!!
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll stand up on a desk and applaud. This sentimental film stars Robin Williams as the inspiring high school English teacher of your wildest dreams. It involves much poetry and leaves.
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
This is a battle, a war, and the casualties could be your hearts and souls.
Oh Captain, my captain!
Fraser. Affleck. Damon. O’Donnell. This '90s slumber-party mainstay follows the tale of a young Jewish football star at an elite prep school where he must hide his religious roots, despite being the top quarterback. Touching upon the issue of anti-semitism in the 1950s, it’s got all the drama and all the blazers you could ever want from a lineup of before-they-hit-big A-list heartthrobs.
I'll honor your traditions. I'll go to the headmaster, and I'll lie.
A Methodist! And all this time I didn't know.
I think you’re so pretty.
This classic battle of the sexes rom-com has as its thesis one of the most compelling questions of our time: Can men and women ever really be just friends? There’s not a false move from Billy Crystal or Meg Ryan as they play a set of frenemies turned lovers over multiple decades. Carrie Fisher always steals this one for me. As the token best friend to Ryan’s Sally, her non sequitur aside uttered while pulling her bestie away for a sidebar on a double date, “Oh, I’ve been looking for a red suede pump…,” is everything.
I want you to know I will never want that wagon wheel coffee table.
No one has ever quoted me back to me before.
What could be worse than Mr. Zero knowing?
The film that put the most babely of besties, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, on the map is one of our all-time favorites (and a must for back-to-school season). Playing the world’s most brilliant janitor, Damon is the toast of M.I.T., finding solutions to impossible problems from actual math to anger management and abandonment issues. Robin Williams plays the psychologist who changes his life. It’s golden.
How do you like them apples?
Most days I wish I'd never met you 'cause then I could sleep at night. I didn't have to walk around with the knowledge that there was someone like you out there. I didn't have to watch you throw it all away.
I have to go see about a girl.
Sylvia Plath is flawless fall reading material. Why not make it a double with this haunting biopic on the female author herself? Watching Gwyneth Paltrow, in the lead role, read “Daddy” and frolic through ocean waves with Daniel Craig is reason enough for us.
I am thinking of taking a lover.
Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I'm through.
The truth finds me. The truth loves me.
Sean Astin stars in this epic sports classic about real-life Notre Dame football player Daniel E. “Rudy” Ruettiger. If you haven’t seen the film and you’re thinking, “Sean Astin? Isn’t he Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings? A hobbit playing ball for the Fighting Irish? He shall not pass,” you've landed on the core motif of the film. And it is spectacular. Perseverance, impossible dreams, never-say-quit attitude, and letterman jackets abound. Get the Kleenex ready; it’s gut-wrenching and glorious. Also, it boasts one of the most iconic sports-movie scores of all time.
You're five-foot nothin', 100 and nothin', and you have barely a speck of athletic ability.
Well, you know what my dad always said, "Having dreams is what makes life tolerable."
Who's the wild man now?
Directed by Sofia Coppola, this adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’s stunning novel stars Kirsten Dunst and a hunky Josh Hartnett in bell-bottom flares, school uniforms, and all the '70s babysitter hair you can stand. Following a group of sisters as they eschew their overly sheltered lives under the roof of religious parents, and set to a soundtrack by Air, it’s got a wall-to-wall moody, ethereal vibe.
She was the still point of the turning world, man.
We knew that they knew everything about us, and that we couldn't fathom them at all.
You’re a stone fox.
The brutal tale of a woman caught in the love quagmire—otherwise known as falling for a full litter of brothers—will tear your heart out. Prominently highlighting Brad Pitt in all his '90s lion's-mane-of-golden-locks glory (on horseback, no less!) as the forever wild/hopelessly untamable Tristan, it’s a no-brainer for your next girls’ night in. Tears will fall.
I followed all of the rules, man's and God's. And you, you followed none of them. And they all loved you more.
Forever turned out to be too long.
Tristan is dead. Marry another.
What's your favorite fall flick? Tell us in the comments below.