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.
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.
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
All That Heaven Allows
The Trouble With Harry
Harold and Maude
On Golden Pond
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner