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The 25 Best Fall Movies for Some Major Cozy Vibes

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Everyone's got their own very specific fall rituals. For some, it's simply flipping on Sunday night football and kicking back with a seasonal beer, while for others, it's stocking up on all of the essentials: a robust pumpkin, some cider doughnuts, and, as mentioned in the fall classic, You've Got Mail, a "bouquet of pencils."

For me, it's just grabbing a massive bag of salt and vinegar chips and watching hours of movies with fall vibes. And for those who like to ring in the season in a similar fashion, we've rounded up the 25 best fall movies to cozy up to.

1. 'Knives Out' (2019)

Who's in It: Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Craig, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon, Riki Lindhome, Katherine Langford, Christopher Plummer

Runtime: 2h 10m

Rating: 97% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 8/10

Break out your heavy sweaters because it's Knives Out time.

Listen, Knives Out might not explicitly be a fall movie, but let me tell you, this one definitely gives off those telltale fall vibes. Between the film's overall cozy vibes, everyone's outfits, and the mansion where it all takes place in, there's no shortage of the fall season in this whodunnit's new take on the mystery genre.

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2. 'When Harry Met Sally...' (1989)

Who's in It: Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby

Runtime: 1h 35m

Rating: 91% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 10/10

A film that's basically just Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal walking and talking their way through New York City in the fall, When Harry Met Sally… is the crème de la crème when it comes to the best fall movies around. Basically, there was not an orange leaf left unturned in this movie, making it one of the best fall movies of all time.

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3. 'Monster House' (2006)

Who's in It: Mitchell Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Steve Buscemi

Runtime: 1h 31m

Rating: 75% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 10/10

Erring more so on the darker side of fall, Monster House transforms the timeless tale of a group of children being fascinated by a haunted house and amps it up about 10 notches. When it turns out that the house itself is actually alive, this crew has to hunker down and fight for their lives.

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4. 'ParaNorman' (2012)

Who's in It: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Casey Affleck, John Goodman, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin

Runtime: 1h 36m

Rating: 89% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 9/10

With a similar overall feel to that of Monster House, ParaNorman also taps into the spookier side of things as the titular character, Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) can communicate with the dead.

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5. 'Good Will Hunting' (1997)

Who's in It: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, Cole Hauser, Robin Williams

Runtime: 2h 6m

Rating: 96% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 7/10

I mean, even the background of the above trailer says it all: Good Will Hunting might not have been created to become a classic fall movie, but the surrounding setting of the film tends to say otherwise.

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6. 'Coraline' (2009)

Who's in It: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Ian McShane, Keith David

Runtime: 1h 40m

Rating: 90% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 9/10

A little on the creepier side of fall as our girl, Coraline (Dakota Fanning), likes to rock some pretty chilling button eyes, there's no denying that Coraline is an absolute classic fall film—and one of the best fall movies of all time.

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7. 'The Witches of Eastwick' (1987)

Who's in It: Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jack Nicholson

Runtime: 2h 2m

Rating: 66% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 10/10

As we'll see later on with the two Hocus Pocus films, just about anything with a witch is well-deserving of being a must-see film in the fall. The Witches of Eastwick focuses on three friends who become extremely close with Daryl (Jack Nicholson), who convinces them that they're witches. Oh, and it all takes place in an absolutely adorable village that practically screams fall from the rooftops.

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8. 'Heathers' (1989)

Who's in It: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Kim Walker, Lisanne Falk, Shannen Doherty

Runtime: 1h 42m

Rating: 93% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 7/10

Classic high school cliques take on an entirely new meaning in Heathers, which follows one specific group of popular girls who becomes the prey of J.D. (Christian Slater) after he's been wronged by them too many times. With a bit of murder sprinkled in, Heathers is definitely on the rougher end of the fall vibes scale; despite that, it's still certainly one of the greatest fall movies of all time.

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9. 'The Goonies' (1985)

Who's in It: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Ke Huy Quan, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton

Runtime: 1h 51m

Rating: 76% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 5/10

Nothing screams fall quite like a bunch of children on a mission to stick it to the man. In The Goonies, this crew finds a mysterious treasure map while going through the attic of one of their homes, which throws them into a massive adventure of figuring out just where it leads them.

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10. 'You've Got Mail' (1998)

Who's in It: Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Parker Posey, Greg Kinnear, Dabney Coleman, Jean Stapleton

Runtime: 1h 59m

Rating: 69% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 7/10

You've Got Mail might only take place during the fall for a quarter of the film, but even with that small sliver, it manages to solidify itself as one of the coziest watches of the season. Whether it's something specific like Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) walking down the street with a pumpkin or just the overall feel of wandering throughout the Upper West Side of New York City in autumn, there's no mistaking You've Got Mail for a solid fall flick.

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11. 'Coco' (2017)

Who's in It: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Gabriel Iglesias, Jaime Camil, Alanna Ubach

Runtime: 1h 45m

Rating: 97% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 6/10

The sheer animation alone establishes this film as an instant fall classic. Coco follows Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) through the Land of the Dead as he sets off on his mission to become a successful musician, which means, yes: there are incredibly perfect, goofy skeletons.

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12. 'Dead Poets Society' (1989)

Who's in It: Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, Josh Charles

Runtime: 2h 8m

Rating: 84% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 5/10

Another Robin Williams film that features fall as a major background mainstay, Dead Poets Society brings us into a college prep school as a new English teacher, John Keating (Robin Williams), is just getting his bearings.

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13. 'Hocus Pocus' (1993)

Who's in It: Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Thora Birch, Vinessa Shaw

Runtime: 1h 35m

Rating: 39% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 10/10

Even if you haven't seen Hocus Pocus, there's a pretty good shot that you've at least heard of it, and given the title alone, I think it's safe to say that this one's an absolute must-see for fall. Sure, the plot isn't the most inventive, and it's pretty campy, but the overall vibe always signals an official start to the season, making it one of the most iconic, best fall movies to date.

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14. 'Remember the Titans' (2000)

Who's in It: Denzel Washington, Ryan Hurst, Ethan Suplee, Wood Harris, Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Will Patton

Runtime: 1h 53m

Rating: 72% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 5/10

Fall and football go hand in hand, so it's only right that Remember the Titans is front and center on this list. Taking place in 1971, this film tracks both new football coach, Herman Boone (Denzel Washington), and his team as they assimilate with each other at their newly-integrated high school in Virginia.

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15. 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' (1966)

Who's in It: Peter Robbins, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez, Christopher Shea, Kathy Steinberg, Gabrielle DeFaria Ritter

Runtime: 25m

Rating: 95% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 12/10

It's absolutely mandatory viewing for the fall season, and it's only a 25-minute commitment, so really, there's no excuse for turning on the fall classic of all classics: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

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16. 'October Sky' (1999)

Who's in It: Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper, Chris Owen, William Lee Scott

Runtime: 1h 48m

Rating: 91% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 10/10

A lesser-known film, October Sky is already a fall movie without even looking past the title. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Homer Hickam, a student who becomes extremely obsessed with rocket science and develops a close relationship with his teacher, Miss Freida J. Riley (Laura Dern), through their shared interest in the field as well as the physical building of rockets.

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17. 'Ghostbusters' (1984)

Who's in It: Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis

Runtime: 1h 47m

Rating: 97% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 10/10

It's a bunch of guys with portable vacuums attempting to ghost-hunt throughout New York City: if that isn't peak fall vibes, then I don't know what is.

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18. 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' (1982)

Who's in It: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Robert McNaughton, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote

Runtime: 1h 55m

Rating: 99% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 8/10

Aside from scarring me as a child, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is definitely a front-runner when it comes to melding fall vibes with science fiction. In the film, we follow around a small, kind alien who finds himself surrounded by a few kids who try and help him back home.

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19. 'The Addams Family' (1991)

Who's in It: Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Raul Julia, Jimmy Workman, Carel Struycken

Runtime: 1h 39m

Rating: 66% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 10/10

Combining campy and spooky vibes, The Addams Family definitely deserves a spot among some of the best fall movies to stream this season. Not only is it iconic in its own right, but its stacked cast adds to the appeal of the film, as well.

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20. 'Election' (1999)

Who's in It: Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Delaney Driscoll

Runtime: 1h 43m

Rating: 92% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 4/10

Though Reese Witherspoon is most well-known for her role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, her performance as Tracy Flick in Election first solidified her on the acting scene. Back-to-school season always goes hand in hand with the fall, and there's no exception to that rule when it comes to the silver screen.

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21. 'Friday Night Lights' (2004)

Who's in It: Billy Bob Thornton, Garrett Hedlund, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, Lucas Black, Tim McGraw, Connie Britton

Runtime: 1h 57m

Rating: 82% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 5/10

Another classic football film that premiered just four years after Remember the Titans, Friday Night Lights is based on the book of the same name by H.G. Bissinger. Much like the latter film, it just wouldn't be a proper autumn without football.

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22. 'Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders' (2000)

Who's in It: Scott Innes, Mary Kay Bergman, B.J. Ward, Frank Walker

Runtime: 1h 20m

Rating: 80% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 8/10

While I've made the case time and time again that this Scooby-Doo film is the best one ever created, it also doubles as a perfectly laid-back flick for the fall. We've got the gang solving a major mystery about aliens, and with the Halloween vibes that aliens tend to bring, it only makes sense that Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders would be one of the best fall movies.

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23. 'Little Women'

Who's in It: Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Bob Odenkirk, Meryl Streep

Runtime: 2h 15m

Rating: 95% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 7/10

Though Little Women technically spans quite a few seasons, it's most notably depicted in the fall with the iconic group of sisters gathering around the fire with their mother, Marmee, by their side.

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24. 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' (2009)

Who's in It: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe

Runtime: 1h 28m

Rating: 93% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 4/10

A classic Wes Anderson film, Fantastic Mr. Fox is without a doubt a solid fall film due to the cozy nature of its stop-motion animation and the warm feel of each fox's clothing choices. And come on, it's a family of foxes—what about that isn't a fall vibe?

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25. 'Hocus Pocus 2' (2022)

Who's in It: Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Whitney Peak, Belissa Escobedo, Lilia Buckingham, Sam Richardson, Tony Hale

Runtime: 1h 47m

Rating: 62% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Fall Vibes Rating: 10/10

The long-awaited sequel to 1993's Hocus Pocus was finally released in—you guessed it—the early peak of fall 2022, a film fit perfectly to welcome in the new season. We pick up with the iconic Sanderson sisters just around 30 years after the original film as they're ready to take on Salem, Massachusetts one more time.

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