Each season bring with it a parade of moods. In a perfect world it might look like the aesthetic of your Instagram feed, which changes like the seasons. Specific to this autumn season, my thoughts conjure cozy sweaters, crisp (but not cold) days and cozy nights watching a movie or reading a book. Like the seasons before it, we take a look at some of the best autumn romance movies.
Like anything, this is not an inclusive list (besides, one needs some future content, right?) but I try to always gather a good variety and offer ideas for some good cinema. Not all of these are, strictly speaking romance titles, but most if not all have a kind of romantic underpinning.
It’s always a challenge to fill these lists because I like to try and accomplish the task organically, but sometimes this is impossible so I instead must rely on search engines. While I do try and put this together from my own perspective in order to fill up the spaces, some of the material will need help. Considering all this, let’s start and see how far I get without a search!
Notes: I’m going to exclude Hallmark films from this list because I curate separate lists for them all the time. You can see my “rankings” of their ‘Fall Harvest’ titles from years past here. Also some films excluded include titles that I have on my list of “Non-Spooky” movies which is still relevant since it was just published last year. If you’re looking for more “spooky-ish” titles, check out that list, too.
20+ of the Best Autumn Movies to Watch
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1: The 5th Wave
I cannot remember this YA adaptation terribly well, but do know I enjoyed it, and the “look” of it has the vibes of autumn. The actual season in which it all takes place escapes me, but it looks good, so… we’ll go with it.
You can see The 5th Wave digitally on Amazon Video | The film is PG-13 for action/adventure violence and some profanity.
2: About Time
Again, don’t know the actual season in which this takes place, but it looks autumn-esque, and features lots of cozy costuming and the stark British scenery helps to sell this.
You can see About Time digitally on Amazon Video or (at publication) on Netflix | The film is R for profanity [including the f-word] like British slang and other commonplace profanity [sh*t, abuse of deity]; and some sexual content
3: Autumn in New York
Haven’t ever seen this one, and from what I understand, it’s bittersweet. But I mean, I kind of had to use it, right? It features the popular actor Richard Gere and Little Women actress, Winona Rider, and tells the story of a playboy who falls for a woman with a secret who is less than half his age.
You can see Autumn in New York digitally on Amazon Video | PG-13 for profanity and sexual content
Another one that just gives me Autumn feels. The beautiful cross country setting (Ireland and New York) makes the film more interesting as does the story about a young girl trying to make a life for herself in 1940s America and the choice she must make between the two worlds.
You can see Brooklyn digitally on Amazon Video | The film is PG-13 for some profanity and an awkward sex scene
5: Christopher Robin
All of the nostalgia feels will hit you with this Disney film about a very grown up Christopher Robin who seems to lose all of the magic of his childhood. Ewan McGregor and Hayley Atwell co-star.
You can see Christopher Robin digitally on Amazon Video or (at publication) on Disney+ | The film is PG and features very little content
6: Dan in Real Life
It’s been forever and a day since I saw this film with Steve Carrell, but I feel like it 100% fits the vibe I’m looking for. The plot follows a widowed man trying to raise his daughters, all while dealing with some out-of-hand family dynamics.
You can see Dan in Real Life digitally on Amazon Video | The film is PG-13 for crude humor/innuendo and some profanity
Saw this film several years ago, and though I did not read the novel on which is it is based, I do remember being surprised by how well I liked this Lauren Kate adaptation. Some of the production is a little silly, and with exception to the end, it doesn’t go too deep into the “cheesy supernatural young adult romance” trope.
You can see Fallen (2016) digitally on Amazon Video | The film is PG-13 for tense/violent moments, and some innuendo
8: Falling Inn Love
Saw this when it debuted on Netflix last year, and though some will find it overly syrupy, I think its darling. It’s about a woman who comes to Australia after randomly winning a quaint inn. Of course, the inn is anything but, however the handsome contractor she meets helps to make things a little more interesting.
You can see Falling Inn Love on Netflix | The film is TV-PG for some innuendo and maybe minor profanity
Don’t know that this is an autumn setting, but the feel of it (a group of people who meet and become friends) along with the bookish seems ideal for the season. Lily James leads an impressive cast in this Netflix adaptation.
You can see ‘Guernsey’ on Netflix | The film is PG-13 for some thematic elements/minor innuendo, and there are implications of homosexuality
I mean, this one is more spooky than “cozy,” but if that’s your thing, this stylized version of the fairy-tale re-telling might be your thing. It’s dark and sometimes a little “out there,” but it’s so fun to see Jeremy Renner in this. So yeah. There’s that.
You can see Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters digitally on Amazon Video | This is R for strong violence and profanity (including the F-word); there’s also some innuendo and nudity
11: Jane Eyre
When it comes to period dramas, I’m not sure there’s any more appropriate than Charlotte Bronte’s classic love story between Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester. The Gothic appeal is just too perfect for that atmospheric look of autumn.
DISCUSSION | The Faces of a Romance Adaptation: The Jane Eyre One
You can see Jane Eyre (2017) digitally on Amazon Video | The film is PG-13 for thematic elements and some “tense” moments
12: The Lake House
This is another one I haven’t seen in heavens knows how long, but in my mind, it’s a favorite if for no other reason than Sandra Bullock stars. It’s a dual time frame film, but unlike the one with Jane Seymour (from the 80s), I’m pretty sure I actually enjoy this one. Keanu Reeves co-stars.
You can see The Lake House digitally on Amazon Video or with an HBO max subscription | The film is PG for some thematic elements, language
13: Love, Guaranteed
This Netflix is really sweet. I have a few “issues” with the production aspect of some scenes, but the story, about a man who sues a dating app, is darling.
You can see Love, Guaranteed on Netflix | The film is TV-PG and is one I would call “clean”
14: A Knight’s Tale
In my searching (yes, like I said, I did have to do some), this one popped up. It’s one of my most favorites and so I have to include it, especially since it too (somehow!) has the “feel” of this crisp new season. The story is a modernized tale set back in the era of knights, kings and feisty heroines.
You can see A Knight’s Tale digitally on Amazon Video or (at publication) on Netflix | The film is PG-13 for violence, suggestive humor/scenes and some language
15: The Mystery of a Hansom Cab
Watched this one on a whim quite some time ago, and remember that I really quite liked it. In fact, I’d actually re-watch it again. It’s an Australian period drama that spins the mystery of a man who is found murdered inside a hansom cab.
[This one is very hard to find at this time, all I see is a pricy DVD of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab on Amazon] | The film is TV-14 for tense situations, violence and an instance of nudity
16: No Reservations
This one “feels” cozy to me, and if my memory serves me right, it also has a pretty little sequence that’s very autumn-esque. The story features Catherine Zeta-Jones who must undertake the raising of her niece (the now all grown up Abigail Breslin) in the wake of a tragedy.
You can find No Reservations digitally on Amazon Video | The film is PG for some suggestive content and thematic elements
I mean, this one ends on All Hallows Eve, and is again, another of those “atmospheric” films that just fits this new season. It’s a charming modern fairy-tale about a woman cursed with the nose of a pig. I know, sounds strange, but trust me, its darling in its quirkiness. Also, shout-out to Bethany, from the Reading is my Superpower Facebook group for agreeing about this one; it has all the right cozy vibes.
You can find Penelope digitally on Amazon Prime Video or (at publication) on Tubi, Youtube and Vudu | The film is PG for thematic elements and some crude humor
18: Practical Magic
Watched this one for the first time around this time last year, and surprisingly, I like it. It’s a bit confused as to whether or not it’s a comedy or a dramedy, but overall, it was such fun to see favorite Sandra Bullock in something I hadn’t yet seen.
You can find Practical Magic digitally on Amazon Video | The film is PG-13 for suggestive material and thematic elements
I mean, this is kind of a throwback, but sometimes we all need to sit down to relive our favorite childhood movies, even if they are animated.
You can find Pocahontas digitally on Amazon Video or on Disney+ | The film is G
Don’t remember this one in the way of its setting, but it keeps popping up in my searches, plus the DVD art has that bright, lovely fall foliage in the background. This is also a film that’s all kinds of bittersweet, but also nice to see Julia Roberts in this, which is a different role for her.
You can find Stepmom digitally on Amazon Video | The film is PG-13 for thematic/adult elements, profanity
21: You’ve Got Mail
My lovely blogging friend Courtney (of The Green Mockingbird) gave this film a shout-out. It’s not a personal favorite of mine, but I cannot argue that this is 100% an autumn aesthetic. Between the quaint bookshop (doesn’t this always “feel” cozy?) and its beautiful fall foliage, it’s a whole VIBE!
You can find You’ve Got Mail digitally on Amazon Video | The film is PG for some minor profanity/innuendo
BONUS! Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Not sure what season this takes place it, but its aesthetic is very autumn-esque. Plus I love any excuse to talk about this STUNNING and romantic Austen adaptation with Kiera Knightley. Oh, yeah, and did I mention it’s on Netflix?
You can find Pride & Prejudice (2005) digitally on Amazon Video or (at publication) on Netflix | The film is PG
What about you? Which titles do you think of as an “autumn”? Have you seen any of these films? Do you like or dislike any of them? What types of movies would make your best autumn movies list? Share all of your thoughts down below.
*I do plan to update this if I think of additional “best autumn movies” titles and/or you have any great favorites! So leave them down below!
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