November may bring with it chillier weather, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate autumn bundled up with some blankets and popcorn. Here are a few classic comfort films perfect for the fall season.
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Few rom-coms are as beloved and iconic as When Harry Met Sally, and few are as perfect a showcase of autumn as a story setting. Though the plot traverses over a decade, many of the chance encounters its protagonists have over the years happen to take place during the fall– in New York City no less, where the autumn leaves make for an especially gorgeous backdrop.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Fantastic Mr. Fox is known for a few things, including but not limited to proving that Wes Anderson’s unique and charming directorial talents applied to animated films as much as they did live-action ones. Since its release the film has become a cherished modern classic, serving as family-friendly yet sharply witty fun that happens to feature the fall season front and center, complete with a wide array of cozy autumn oranges.
It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
Who says it has to be Halloween to enjoy this wholesome and generations-old tradition? The famous Peanuts television movie that cemented Charlie Brown as a staple of the holidays (following 1965’s A Charlie Brown Christmas) is beloved for a reason, and even as the post-Halloween autumn days start to turn into winter, it’s worth revisiting a childhood classic while the leaves are still on the trees (and on the ground.)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Good Will Hunting deals with some heavy subject matter, but its timeless, heartfelt messages of self-acceptance and embracing the future ring as true as they did when the film was first released. It’s also set in the beautiful autumn of the American Northeast, so the myriad of bright leaves and cozy backdrops make it a visually stunning film that everyone should see at least once.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Halloween movie? Christmas movie? Well, the jury may be out on that one, but that also means it’s a great film for settling down in your favorite spooky pajamas any time of the year, including splitting the difference and watching it in November. While you’re at it, it might just be worth it to binge Tim Burton films in general– the director’s beloved and charming films like Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands are perfect fall flicks on either side of October 31st.