10 legendary fall movies

“But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”
― Stephen King, Salem’s Lot

 

I love autumn. I love it so much. The weather gets finally chillier and the never-ending hot dry days are over. Gentle cold breeze arrives. Colourful leaves are falling down and world finally gets more bright and merry. The time of drinking hot cocoa or tea while listening to some slow autumnal music or watching movies has finally arrived. And in this article I’m going to show you the greatest fall movies of all time you should definitely watch during the long cold evenings. Whether with friends or alone, you’ll enjoy them nevertheless, I swear.

 


 

October Sky

In Coalwood, West Virginia, all the boys grow up to be coal miners and Homer Hickam has no reason to think he’d be any different. Too small to earn a football scholarship, Homer has no way out of his predetermined life, until the soviet satellite Sputnik flies over the October sky and changes everything. It’s 1957 and Homer’s world just got a lot bigger. Though his father is mine superintendent and has no greater wish than to see his sons follow in his footsteps, Homer embarks on a mission to build and launch his own homemade rockets with the help of his loyal band of friends. Though their frequent mistakes nearly get them shut down, their successes inspire the whole town to believe that miracles can happen even in Coalwood, and there’s nothing wrong with shooting for the stars.

,,Dad, I may not be the best, but I come to believe that I got it in me to be somebody in this world. And it’s not because I’m so different from you either, it’s because I’m the same. I mean, I can be just as hard-headed, and just as tough. I only hope I can be as good a man as you. Sure, Wernher von Braun is a great scientist? but he isn’t my hero.’’

 

When Harry Met Sally

Can a man and a woman be just friends? Or does sex always ruin it? When Harry Met Sally is a classic romantic comedy that chronicles this eternal question by following the eleven year relationship between Harry and Sally. Beginning from when they first meet in college and then fast-forwarding to their re-connection ten years later, audiences can all rejoice when the inevitable happens. So come celebrate a truly beloved writer and a beautiful story of friendship.

,,You see? That is just like you, Harry. You say things like that, and you make it impossible for me to hate you.”

,,I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.’’

 

Rushmore

Max Fischer, a tenth grade scholarship student at Rushmore Academy, falls in love with Rosemary Cross, a widowed elementary school teacher, but his friendship with Herman Blume, an unhappy, wealthy industrialist, suffers when Blume falls for Miss Cross as well.

,,You guys have it real easy. I never had it like this where I grew up. But I send my kids here because the fact is you go to one of the best schools in the country: Rushmore. Now, for some of you it doesn’t matter. You were born rich and you’re going to stay rich. But here’s my advice to the rest of you: Take dead aim on the rich boys. Get them in the crosshairs and take them down. Just remember, they can buy anything but they can’t buy backbone. Don’t let them forget it. Thank you.’’

 

Love Story

This romantic tear jerker concerns a young couple who fall in love despite the objections of their families. Jenny is the Radcliffe student of modest means who has worked hard to excel academically. Oliver Barrett IV is the son of a wealthy but coldhearted father. After graduating from law school, he takes a job at a prestigious law firm and moves in with Jenny. She tries to make a living as a vocal instructor as they both try to make it without outside economic help. Jenny soon is diagnosed with an incurable disease.

Love Story has endured as one of the top sob fest romantic tragedies of all time.

,,Love means never having to say you’re sorry.’’ – Jenny’s favourite phase, she’s repeated it like 7 times in the entire movie.

,,And then I did what I had never done in his presence, much less in his arms. I cried.’’

,,The pain of not knowing what to do was exceeded only by that of knowing what I had done.’’

 

 

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

En route to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his family, easily annoyed businessman Neal Page finds his first-class plane ticket has been demoted to coach, and he must share his flight with obnoxious salesman Del Griffith. A sudden snowstorm in Chicago forces the plane to land in Wichita. Unable to find a room in any of the four-star hotels, Neal is compelled to accept Del’s invitation to share his accommodations in a cheapo-sleazo motel. Driven to distraction by Del’s annoying personal habits, the ungrateful Neal lets forth with a stream of verbal abuse. That’s when Del delivers the anticipated (but always welcome) ,,I don’t judge, why should you?’’ – type speech so common to John Hughes flicks. The shamefaced Neal tries to make up to Del, but there’s a bumpy time ahead as the mismatched pair make their way back to Chicago, first in a balky train, then by way of a refrigerator truck. An the best bit: a half-asleep Del thinking that he’s got his hand tucked between two pillows – until his bedmate, Neal, bellows ,,Those aren’t pillows!’’

,,You wanna hurt me? Go right ahead if it makes you feel any better. I’m an easy target. Yeah, you’re right, I talk too much. I also listen too much. I could be a cold-hearted cynic like you… but I don’t like to hurt people’s feelings. Well, you think what you want about me; I’m not changing. I like… I like me. My wife likes me. My customers like me. Because I’m the real article. What you see is what you get.’’

 

Stepmom

The story of an unlikely friendship that develops between two remarkable women: Jackie, a divorced mother of two, and Isabel, the career-minded girlfriend of Jackie’s ex-husband Luke, who continually clash over the well-being of Jackie and Luke’s children. But when Jackie and Isabel begin to share maternal duties, they are forced to rise above their mutual hostility for the sake of this ’90s family.

,,Just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.’’

 

Harry Potter and the Philosoper’s Stone

On his eleventh birthday, orphan Harry Potter discovers that he’s a wizard, so off he goes to Hogwarts School to learn the ways of the wand. But it isn’t all lessons and making friends: Harry is destined for a showdown with the evil Lord Voldemort.

,,It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.’’

,,It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.’’

,,Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.’’

 

Remember the Titans

In Virginia, high school football is a way of life, an institution revered, each game celebrated more lavishly than Christmas, each playoff distinguished more grandly than any national holiday. And with such recognition, comes powerful emotions. In 1971 high school football was everything to the people of Alexandria. But when the local school board was forced to integrate an all black school with an all white school, the very foundation of football’s great tradition was put to the test.

,,I don’t scratch my head unless it itches and I don’t dance unless I hear some music. I will not be intimidated. That’s just the way it is.’’

 

St Elmo’s Fire

A group of recent college graduates embark on a series of misadventures in the real world. There’s Kirby, a waiter who wants to be a lawyer; Kevin, a moody writer who yearns for the wild Jules; Alec, whose political aspirations alienate his girlfriend, Leslie; and Wendy, a quiet girl in love with Billy, who juggles roles as husband, dad and drunk. Together they struggle with adulthood.

,,Kirby: It’s true love, my friend.

Kevin: Love, love, you know what love is? Love is an illusion created by lawyer types like yourself to perpetuate another illusion called marriage to create the reality of divorce and then the illusionary need for divorce lawyers.’’

,,Kirby: I always thought we’d be friends forever.

Kevin: Yeah, well forever got a lot shorter all of a sudden.’’

 

 

You’ve Got Mail

The film tells of Kathleen Kelly, who owns a children’s bookstore in New York. It is a small but profitable labour of love – until Foxbooks, a mega-chain of super-sized bookstores, begins building across the street. Joe Fox, an executive with the family-owned firm, is directly responsible for this particular branch. Kathleen despises Joe and everything he seems to stand for. The future of her very livelihood is in doubt. When Kathleen and Joe are not working, they are logged onto their respective computers, where they’ve each met a wonderful friend. No one else has shared-or is even aware of-their intimate, anonymous electronic conversations that begin with the magic words “you’ve got mail”.

,,The odd thing about this form of communication is that you’re more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings.’’

,,Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life – well, valuable, but small – and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around? I don’t really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void.”



I do admit using external sources for this article. The list is mine, based on my personal likings, the quotes and sayings are also chosen and listed by myself. But the summaries, however, can be found on either IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes or the official webpages of the particular movies. I’m not a good review writer, I’d certainly mishap somehow and spoil you, therefore I decided to “cheat” a little and use the reviews already mentioned on the internet. I hope you won’t get me wrong!

Have a great day!

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