As the year tip-toes towards the Holiday season, the smell of pumpkin spice, the crunch of falling orange leaves and the cosy feeling of warm sweaters and UGGs finally usher in the fall season. With that comes the overwhelming need to spend time browsing through Netflix to select the next best watch.
Netflix has its fair share of feel-good films that range from anime films to coming-of-age dramas. The fall season is the best time to revel in sappy love stories, tales of friendship and nostalgia, even more than Valentine’s Day, which seems more like a time of passion.
Whether you are in New York enjoying the feeling of autumn in Washington Square Park or still beating sweltering heat in tropical regions of the world, we have decided to help you cope with sweater season by compiling a list of films that are a perfect watch this Fall season:
Five perfect films to watch on Netflix this Fall:
You’ve Got Mail (Nora Ephron, 1998)
Following their romantic rendezvous in Sleepless in Seattle, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks reunite for this romantic comedy where the duo are blissfully unaware of the power dynamics. While they fall in love online, they are oblivious to how Hanks’ company is trying to shut down Ryan’s independent bookstore leading to the central conflict in the film.
Besides being a rom-com, the film is an ode to New York’s beautiful fall season. The autumnal fashion, the iconic ’90s nostalgia and Ryan’s statement haircut add to the sublime qualities of the film, which is a pleasant, easy-going slice of romance for everyone to enjoy!
When Harry Met Sally (Rob Reiner, 1989)
Friendships often blossom into romance, but what if two people are afraid of taking that tentative step into unchartered grounds? Reiner’s late ’80s class addresses the central question of whether a man and a woman can be just friends in what is seen as one of the greatest romantic classics in American cinema.
Starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal as the titular Harry and Sally, the film is also known for its iconic fake orgasm scene in a Manhattan deli, which was filmed most interestingly. With great acting and a fantastic soundtrack, the film is perfect to watch this fall season.
Pride and Prejudice (Joe Wright, 2005)
Pride and Prejudice is one of Jane Austen’s most celebrated novels of manners. An intimate exploration of the era it is set in, the film takes a look into the lives of Jane and Elizabeth Bennett as they face the tribulations of trying to find eligible suitors for marriage. Elizabeth’s life gets further complicated when she meets the egotistical aristocrat, Mr. Darcy, with whom she shares an inexplicable bond fueled by hate, love and passion.
Starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfayden, Rosamund Pike and Carey Mulligan, among others in prominent roles, the film is a classic enemies-to-lovers story that one can only envision in their most passionate reveries. While all the actors played their parts quite well, Knightley’s performance as the confused Elizabeth is one of her greatest as the actress infused her own perception and sensibility into the character, making it unique and charming.
Matilda (Danny DeVito, 1996)
Based on Roald Dahl’s well-known eponymous 1988 novel, Matilda is Danny DeVito’s finest creation. A perfect emotional watch this autumn, it focuses on the life of the titular Matilda, a young girl who has secret superpowers. While she spars with the tyrannical headmistress of her school and battles familial dysfunction, she meets a sweet teacher who changes her life for the better.
Mara Wilson’s Matilda is absolutely brilliant. She is supported by the most talented cast, namely DeVito, Embeth Davidtz, Pam Ferris and Rea Perlman, among others. An excellent trip down childhood’s memory lanes, Matilda is a timeless classic.
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins, 2018)
Following his brilliant work in 2016 with Moonlight, Jenkins’ 2018 Award-winning film is based on James Baldwin’s eponymous1974 novel. The brilliant ensemble cast includes Regina King, KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Pedro Pascal, Michael Beach and many more. A blunt and brutal insight into the racist machinery of the cop system, the film focuses on the quest of a young, pregnant African American woman to prove her lover’s innocence amidst severe obstacles.
Powerful and sensitive, Jenkins’ aesthetic storytelling skills are beyond comprehension. A breathtaking portrait of 1970s Harlem and the life within, the film appeals to one’s emotions and senses and raises larger questions within the narrative.