10 Films to Invoke the Autumnal Equinox


This week marked the beginning of fall. The turning of the trees (when the days aren’t still desperate to reach summer temperatures) have us craving cinema’s finest autumnal offerings. From the settings full of falling leaves, to the fiery color palettes preferred by filmmakers, here’s a visual scrapbook of cinema’s best season-changing, fall films.

The Trouble with Harry (1955)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock From IMDb: “The trouble with Harry is that he’s dead, and everyone seems to have a different idea of what needs to be done with his body . . . ”

Halloween (1978)

Directed by John Carpenter From IMDb: “On Halloween night of 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death. After sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill.”

Love Story (1970)

Directed by Arthur Hiller From IMDb: “A boy and a girl from different backgrounds fall in love regardless of their upbringing – and then tragedy strikes.”

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Directed by Woody Allen From IMDb: “Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah’s husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.”

Rushmore (1998)

Directed by Wes Anderson From IMDb: “The extracurricular king of Rushmore preparatory school is put on academic probation.”

Dead Poets Society (1989)

Directed by Peter Weir From IMDb: “English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.”

Far from Heaven (2002)

Directed by Todd Haynes From IMDb: “In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.”

The Stranger (1946)

Directed by Orson Welles From IMDb: “An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.”

All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Directed by Douglas Sirk From IMDb: “An upper-class widow falls in love with a much younger, down-to-earth nurseryman, much to the disapproval of her children and criticism of her country club peers.”

Autumn Sonata (1978)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman From IMDb: “A married daughter who longs for her mother’s love gets visited by the latter, a successful concert pianist.”