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6 Classic Autumn Movies That Will Make You Feel All Cozy

Celebrate fall by curling up with a warm blanket, a cup of warm apple cider, and these classic autumn movies that perfectly capture the season.

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‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ (1987)

The headache of holiday travel and returning home to spend the season with family and friends for Thanksgiving is reflected perfectly in this uproarious comedy staring Steve Martin and John Candy. Warm yourself up with laughter and the traveling misfortunes of Martin as Neal Page, an advertising executive desperate to make it home. Candy plays an unexpected and most unwelcome traveling companion.

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‘Stepmom’ (1998)

This tearjerker featuring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon will have you cuddling close to the ones you hold most dear. As Jackie (Sarandon) struggles with a terminal cancer diagnosis, her ex-husband is preparing to remarry a much younger photographer, Isabel (Roberts). The film follows Jackie’s reluctance to accept Isabel, and its feel-good vibe is set against a breathtaking backdrop of fall foliage. Find out more about this season with why Americans say “fall” instead of “Autumn.”

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‘When Harry Met Sally’ (1989)

This classic romantic comedy is still resonates with audiences years later, with beloved quotable lines and hilarious scenes. Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal turn the age-old dilemma of whether men and women can just be friends into a memorable movie hit, with their relationship playing out against a backdrop of fall scenes. It’ll warm your heart even on the chilliest of fall days, enjoying a film that’s sure to have you laughing.

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‘Remember the Titans’ (2000)

Denzel Washington brings a high school football team together, and in turn transforms a town in this sports drama set in 1971. Feel the rush of going back to school, rooting on your favorite high school teams each Friday night and the adrenaline of fall football in this moving picture of acceptance and growth.

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‘October Sky’ (1999)

Admire the autumn scenery of the rural coal-mining town in this film, which stars a young Jake Gyllenhaal. Based upon the 1998 memoir, Rocket Boys, the movie follows Homer Hickman Jr.’s (Gyllenhaal) dreams of taking up rocketry. Filmed in Tennessee, the film’s dramatic nature and beautiful scenery make for an unforgettable autumn movie.

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‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ (2001)

Based upon J.K. Rowling’s much adored book series, the film adaptation of Harry Potter’s first adventure is magical. Whether you’re preparing to head off to classes with Harry Potter and his gang of wizard school mates or watching the wizards conjure up spells, the mood and tales of this thrilling fantasy will have you reveling in the spirit of fall. True muggles should memorize these Harry Potter jokes.

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