Ten quintessential fall movies

Mia DiLorenzo, head staff writer

  • Little Women (STARZ)

Written and directed by the creator of “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig, this adaptation features a star-studded cast and beautiful cinematography. Filmed near Boston in October, the beautiful scenery makes you want to curl up near a fireplace with a good book (or maybe just Lousia May Alcott’s original novel “Little Women”).

  • Good Will Hunting (Showtime)

Propelling Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to superstardom, “Good Will Hunting” follows a young mathematical genius working as an MIT janitor. Set on the actual MIT campus, the film captures the magic of a New England fall—you can feel a sharp chill in the air by just looking at the screen!

  • Knives Out (Prime Video)

The epitome of a cozy fall film, “Knives Out” is one of my favorites on this list. Packed with big name actors, the cast features some of Hollywood’s finest: Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana de Armas, and Daniel Craig. The storyline resembles that of an Agatha Christie novel, with plenty of plot twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. Even better, writer/director Rian Johnson released the screenplay in March to cure any quarantine boredom. 

  • Hocus Pocus (Disney+)

What would this list be without “Hocus Pocus”? The Disney cult classic is one of the most beloved Halloween flicks of all time, on par with “Carrie” and “Halloween.” Since COVID-19 has cancelled any Halloween parties this year, throw your own Disney+ virtual party! Watch your favorite Disney content together using this Chrome extension in lieu of your yearly Halloween bash.

  • Parasite (Hulu)

Though not specifically Halloween-themed, this Oscar-winning thriller will surely get your blood pumping. If you’re not a big fan of traditional horror movies (like myself), “Parasite” will satisfy any spooky Halloween needs you may have. Check out last year’s Zephyrus review for more information on the film, including some spoilers. Maybe read the review after watching; the less you know about the plotline, the better. Trust me on this one: you don’t want to miss “Parasite”. 

  • Get Out (Available to rent)

“Get Out” blends comedy and horror to create a truly terrifying experience for the viewer. Directed by Jordan Peele, this film uses a fictional storyline to expand upon covert racism in America. Though it is quite scary, it’s also very relevant—we could all learn something from “Get Out”. If you can’t get enough of Jordan Peele’s cinematography after watching, he’s released another gruesome horror film, “Us”.

  • Clue (Prime Video)

Based on the hit board game, “Clue” features characters like Mr. Green, Ms. Peacock, and Colonel Mustard to solve this mansion murder mystery. A beloved “whodunit” storyline, “Clue” is a perfect family film with just enough thrill to keep everyone engaged. It’s somewhat similar to the previous “Knives Out,” though a more classic take on an otherwise serious murder mystery.

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Peacock)

The new NBC streaming service has included all of the Harry Potter films in its queue, making this season the perfect time to revert back to your Hogwarts phase! Arguably the most fall-themed of the eight movies, it features plenty of Halloween parties, Hogsmeade visits, and pumpkin patches. Harry Potter is always comforting, so be sure to grab some butterbeer and cozy up in a warm blanket. 

  • The Social Network (Netflix)

Seemingly more relevant than ever, “The Social Network” follows young Mark Zuckerberg as he builds his Facebook empire at Harvard and beyond. The viewer is immersed in a world of dark academia and cutthroat undergraduate students; needless to say, it’s incredibly entertaining. I’d describe it as a more cynical “Good Will Hunting”, how about watching them both during a double feature?

  • You’ve Got Mail (Available for rent)

Starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, this 90’s classic is the perfect rom-com for a cloudy Friday afternoon. Set in New York, two competing booksellers begin a relationship via the internet. The catch? Neither one knows the true identity of their love interest. Make sure you have enough tissues as this fall film is sure to make you tear up.