Autumn is right around the corner, which means it is officially time to break out our cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice-flavored goodies and fall movies—you know, any film that reminds you of the season, whether it’s the changing of the leaves, heading back-to-school or Halloween-inspired. If you’re looking to update your streaming queue, keep reading for 31 fall movies—from classics like Hocus Pocus to Netflix’s To All The Boys I've Loved Before—that will slowly prepare you for the holiday season.
1. 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' (1982)
Starring: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Robert Macnaughton, Drew Barrymore and K.C. Martel
A young boy befriends a lost alien, dubbed “E.T.” With the help of his siblings, he tries to keep his new companion safe from his parents (and the fall weather).
2. 'Good Will Hunting' (1997)
Starring: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård
Despite his high IQ, Will Hunting works as a janitor at MIT. At the beginning of the school year, he solves a graduate-level math problem, which leads him to Professor Gerald Lambeau.
3. 'About Time' (2013)
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson and Lindsay Duncan
When Tim turns 21, he’s surprised to learn he can time travel. Although he can’t change the past, he uses his special ability to live every day to its fullest, especially ahead of the holidays. (Disclaimer: Tissues are a must.)
4. 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before' (2018)
Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Andrew Bachelor and Trezzo Mahoro
Lara Jean has a several secret crushes at school, so she writes her feelings down in a series of love letters with no intention of sending them. That is, until her younger sister does the deed for her. Basically, it’s an example of what not to do when school resumes.
5. 'Election' (1999)
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Reese WItherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell and Phil Reeves
A comical tale about a group of students who are running for student body president. Their less-than-ethical tactics will transport you right back to high school.
6. 'The Spectacular Now' (2013)
Starring: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler and Brie Larson
Aimee’s future plans are put on hold when she meets Sutter, a popular party animal who becomes an unexpected love interest. How will the school year affect their relationship?
7. 'Casper' (1995)
Starring: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, Ben Stein and the voice of Malachi Pearson
Casper is a kind ghost living in a haunted mansion in Maine. His seemingly peaceful life is flipped upside down when a paranormal specialist brings his teenage daughter to the house. Ideal for families who are looking for an upbeat fall movie.
8. 'Parasite' (2019)
Starring: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi, So-dam Park and Jeong-eun Lee
The Parks are unknowingly infiltrated by the Kim clan, who become employed by the wealthy family without revealing they’re related. Their chilling story will leave you with goosebumps that are totally unrelated to the fall weather.
9. 'The Roommate' (2011)
Starring: Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester, Cam Gigandet, Aly Michalka, Danneel Ackles and Frances Fisher
This movie might make you think twice about finding a random roommate this fall, as it follows an innocent student who’s assigned a dangerous living arrangement.
10. 'Remember the Titans' (2000)
Starring: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst, Donald Faison and Craig Kirkwood
When Black coach is hired as the head football coach at an integrated high school, a small Virginia town is forced to adapt or let it interfere with its renowned football legacy. Back to school, here we come.
11. 'The Blind Side' (2009)
Starring: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head, Lily Collins and Ray McKinnon
The story of how real-life NFL player’s Michael Oher achieved his dreams with the help of a very type-A mother. You know, to help fill the void of Friday night football.
12. 'Hocus Pocus' (1993)
Starring: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Thora Birch and Vinessa Shaw
When Max moves to Salem, Massachusetts, he’s unbothered by the town’s haunted past. As a result, he accidentally frees a coven of witches who are determined to become immortal.
13. 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' (1993)
Voiced by: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix and Paul Reubens
Meet Jack Skellington, a beloved pumpkin king who experiences culture shock when he stumbles into Christmastown.
14. 'St. Elmo's Fire' (1985)
Starring: Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy
A group of recent college graduates navigate adulthood for the very first time in this fall flick. Follow their journey as they attempt to find themselves as individuals, all while leaning on each another for support.
15. 'Halloweentown' (1998)
Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Kimberly J. Brown, Judith Hoag, Joey Zimmerman, Phillip Van Dyke and Emily Roeske
On her 13th birthday, Marnie learns she’s a witch. Join her as she follows her grandma to Halloweentown, a magical city where warlocks, trolls and zombies reside year-round.
16. 'Matilda' (1996)
Starring: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson, Embeth Davidtz and Pam Ferris
Matilda has a brilliant mind, but it goes unnoticed by her parents. Everything changes when she enrolls in a new school and uses her telekinesis powers against the evil principal, Miss Trunchbull.
17. 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' (2001)
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith and Robbie Coltrane
The fall movie follows Harry as he receives a letter arrives from Hogwarts on his 11th birthday. He’s summoned to the magical boarding school, where he learns the truth about his parents’ deaths.
18. 'October Sky' (1999)
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Scott Thomas and Laura Dern
A coal miner wants his sons—Jim and Homer—to follow in his footsteps. When fall approaches, the boys consider pursuing alternate career paths, which puts a wrench in their dad’s plan.
19. 'Practical Magic' (1998)
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing, Dianne Wiest and Goran Visnjic
Gear up for Halloween with Sally and Gillian, who have avoided magic their entire lives. However, when Gillian’s boyfriend (spoiler alert!) dies unexpectedly, they’re forced to channel their family’s dark powers for the very first time.
20. 'The Addams Family' (1991)
Starring: Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christina Ricci and Dan Hedaya
The Addams family is delighted to be reacquainted with Gomez’s missing brother, Fester…until they realize the man is a fraud. Think of it as a must-watch this fall.
21. 'Booksmart' (2019)
Starring: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis and Lisa Kudrow
In attempt to make the most of their senior year, Amy and Molly throw their academics aside to focus on their social lives. Although the movie leads up to graduation day, it’s the perfect film to get you geared up for fall.
22. 'Grease' (1978)
Starring: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Didi Conn and Jeff Conaway
After an unforgettable summer, Sandy and Danny part ways only to reunite that fall when Sandy unknowingly enrolls in Danny’s school. *Cue “Summer Lovin’”*
23. 'Beetlejuice' (1988)
Starring: Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis
A family buys a new house only to learn it’s haunted by the previous owners, who were killed in a car accident. While trying to get rid of the ghosts, they accidentally summon a spirit named Beetlejuice.
24. 'Frozen' (2013)
Starring: the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad
Queen Elsa is struggling to control her powers, which accidentally caused an infinite winter. In an attempt to save their town, her sister, Anna, teams up with a man, his playful reindeer and a snowman to make things right.
25. 'The Craft' (1996)
Starring: Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell
In the midst of fall, Sarah transfers to a new school and befriends a coven of witches. The problem? They’re keen on taking advantage of her telekenetic powers.
26. 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' (1987)
Starring: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins
The movie centers on a fall road trip to Chicago gone terribly wrong. It’ll definitely put any hellish holiday travel experiences into perspective. Trust us.
27. 'When Harry Met Sally' (1989)
Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher
Meet Harry and Sally, a pair of quirky New Yorkers who are convinced that men and women can’t be friends—or can they?
28. 'Doctor Sleep' (2019)
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran
Dan is trying to live in peace, despite his traumatic childhood. When he meets a gifted teenager named Abra, they team up to battle a cult called the True Knot.
29. 'Dead Poets Society' (1989)
Starring: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke
John Keating is a new teacher at an all-boys preparatory school. Although the facility is known for structure and tradition, he implements an unorthodox method of teaching.
30. 'Autumn' (2009)
Starring: Dexter Fletcher, Dickon Tolson, Lana Kamenov
If you’re looking for a horror film, Autumn follows a group of people who survived a virus that killed millions. When the dead bodies begin to rise, the real fun begins.
31. 'Sweet November' (2001)
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, Jason Isaacs
After meeting at the DMV, Nelson and Sara establish an unconventional fall relationship, which is determined by a one-month trial.
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