Autumn Cinema – Six Films

Autumn is here! Soon leaves will be turning, and there will be a nip in the air. Filmmakers have taken advantage of the colors of autumn in many films. Here are six of my favorites.

When Harry Met Sally


Having this film on the list is a no-brainer if for no other reason than the scenes that take place in Central Park. 

Arsenic and Old Lace


The film’s exterior scenes (filmed on a backlot) have a nice autumn feel to them, and more importantly this is a  great black comedy. I watch it every year around this time.

The Stranger


An underrated Orson Welles film whose action and suspense builds to a peak in excitement. As with all Welles films there are visually stunning shots. Edward G. Robinson is a joy to watch as the Nazi investigator. It’s autumn credentials includes leaves coming down and a chill of winter is not far away.



John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher film is the only film in the Halloween series that matters. Naturally, it takes place in the fall. Beware when you open your door on Halloween, you never know who is knocking. Hello Michael…

Hannah and Her Sisters


One of Woody Allen’s best films. Hannah’s Thanksgiving table, filled with yams and pumpkin pie, is surrounded by her dysfunctional family, all from the pen of the Woodsman.

The Others


This is the sort of gothic thriller they just don’t make anymore. Grace (Nicole Kidman) lives on the island of Jersey in a home with her two young children, both of who have a rare disease. Neither can be exposed to direct daylight without suffering severely. The mood is permanently dark and chilly as Grace comes to believe the house is haunted.

More Autumn Themed Films 

Dead Poets Society

Autumn in New York

Good Will Hunting

The Others

All That Heaven Allows

The Trouble With Harry

Harold and Maude

On Golden Pond

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner








4 comments on “Autumn Cinema – Six Films

  1. Caz says:

    Great post, when I clicked on the link to read it I was immediately thinking about When Harry Met Sally and that scene in Central Park!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. John Greco says:

    Thanks Caz. In its own little way that film is iconic. A perfect light romantic comedy for this time of year.


  3. Bob Perry says:

    Excellent article. You hit on a few of my favorites and made me realize that I’ve never seen Hannah and her Sisters. I shared this on my Twitter account with 15,000 followers.

    Liked by 1 person

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