Apple cider. Crunching leaves. And yes, a pumpkin spice latte.
Fall has officially kicked into gear outside and at your local coffee shops. And while you’re sipping on your cider or enjoying a pumpkin version of every single food item you can think of, you may want to cozy up on your couch with a blanket and a autumnal movie.
If you’re looking to watch a film that captures the spirit of the season, we recommend these five options available to rent or stream.
If you feel like seizing the day: Dead Poets Society
Robin Williams gives one of his best performances as John Keating, a teacher who is able to inspire his students more than anyone else. The film is a mix of triumph and tragedy that captures the complex feelings of adolescence.
Stream it on Netflix.
If you enjoy a gentle rom-com with George Clooney: One Fine Day
If your idea of romance involves George Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer and a beautiful if unlucky fall day in New York City, this is certainly the movie for you. One Fine Day is about two single parents, played by Clooney and Pfeiffer, who end up with their children on a school day after missing a field trip, and decide to help each other babysit. There are spills, temporarily missing kids and plenty of romantic sparks in front of fall trees to sustain the very fine day.
Stream it on Starz.
If you prefer your rom-coms with Meg Ryan: You’ve Got Mail
Meg Ryan is no stranger to a romance with a fall backdrop — you can also try When Harry Met Sally or her other film with Tom Hanks, Sleepless in Seattle. But You’ve Got Mail is our personal favorite, not only for the delightful portrait of a specific moment in technology but also for the unlikely love story at the center.
Stream it on Amazon.
If fall means football: Friday Night Lights (2004)
Friday Night Lights is one of many great films that captures the particular feeling of high school football (see Remember the Titans as well), and it spawned a TV series of the same name. Both the film and the series are superb, but the film is more specifically seasonal. Billy Bob Thornton gives it his all as the coach of a high school football team at the center of life in an economically depressed town.
If you don’t mind bawling into your PSL: Stepmom
Stepmom is full of fall sweaters, excellent acting and devastating…