11 Movies and TV Shows That Spread the Fall Spirit – Cordcutting.com | Episode Movies

Mary (Kathy Najimy), Winifred (Bette Midler) and Sarah Sanderson (Sarah Jessica Parker)

In fall, the leaves begin to change color, your sweater collection is put to good use, and every drink and food tastes like pumpkin spice. If you’re looking for movie and show recommendations that spread the spirit of fall, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s our roundup of what to watch on various streaming services to get you in the fall mood.

“The Addams Family” (1991)

Gomez kisses Morticia's hand as they dance
Morticia Addams (Anjelica Huston) and Gomez Addams (Raul Julia)

“They’re creepy and they’re crazy, mysterious and creepy, they’re totally crazy” – there’s no family that exudes quite the eerie October energy like The Addams Family. When Fester, the missing brother of Gomez Addams (Raul Julia), shows up at the family home, Gomez is happy to see him. But when his wife Morticia (Angelica Huston) begins to suspect foul play, she must prove Fester is a con artist to salvage the family fortune.

With Halloween being the first of many fall celebrations, The Addams Family is the perfect way to welcome the spooky season. Stream it with a Paramount Plus subscription.

‘Hocus Pocus’ (1993)

Max looks skeptical in class while Allison looks on
Max Dennison (Omri Katz) and Allison Watts (Vinessa Shaw)

“Hocus Pocus” is a ’90s classic that’s been a part of almost everyone’s childhood since its annual cable reruns every October. Max Dennison (Omri Katz) is a laid-back California boy who finds Salem, Massachusetts’s obsession with Halloween totally lame. Until he brings witches dead for three centuries back to life and has to save the city with the help of a talking cat.

New England leaves, black cats, witches and cemeteries – “Hocus Pocus” is reissued annually in the fall. Stream the movie on Disney Plus.

‘Good Will Hunting’ (1997)

Sean and Will are sitting on a park bench in the movie Good Will Hunting
Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) and Will Hunting (Matt Damon)

An all-time classic, Good Will Hunting follows Will Hunting (Matt Damon), a janitor at MIT whose mathematical genius is discovered while solving a high-level equation in an empty classroom. When Will gets in trouble with the law, he agrees to therapy with psychologist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams). As it turns out, the problems in him are much harder to solve than those on the board.

The backdrop of the college campus and the colors of Massachusetts make this a themed watch to get in the spirit of fall. Good Will Hunting is available on HBO Max.

‘Practical Magic’ (1998)

The Owens sisters chat in their magical kitchen
Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian Owens (Nicole Kidman)

The Owens sisters in Practical Magic are witches who doom any man they fall in love with. When one of their friends dies, they botch their attempt to undo what happened. This throws her into a dangerous world of dark magic that may require more than just their bond to overcome.

If you love witch-themed October movies, this will quickly become part of your regular fall rotation. If you’re not sure whether to add another subscription to your list, read our HBO Max review before you decide it’s worth your money to watch Practical Magic.

“You’ve Got Mail” (1998)

Joe and Kathleen talk to a cashier
Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) and Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan)

In You’ve Got Mail, small bookstore owner Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) falls in love with her online pen pal, but can’t stand the big business owner at the new bookstore chain down her street. That is, until she finds out they’re the same person.

This is the typical film about New York in the fall with leaves in Central Park and cozy cafes. If you’re in the mood for a romantic fall, check out You’ve Got Mail on Hulu.

Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)

Lorelai and Rory look in the same direction on the TV show Gilmore Girls
Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel)

Immerse yourself in the storybook town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, New England, where the leaves are always bright and the coffee is always piping hot at Luke’s Diner. Gilmore Girls follows the touching story of teenage mother Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and her now-teen daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) as they navigate the ups and downs of love, family and each other.

We love Gilmore Girls for the gritty academic aesthetic, thanks to the private schools and Ivy League setting – perfect for fall vibes. Watch all seasons of the popular series on Netflix.

Harry Potter (2001-2011)

Harry pets Buckbeak in the woods
Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Hop on the Hogwarts Express and grab a pumpkin pie from the trolley, because Harry Potter is the perfect fall magic movie franchise. Watch as Harry and friends learn to become witches and wizards at Hogwarts and save the wizarding world in the process.

If you only have time to watch a movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban offers the maximum fall aesthetic with its pumpkin patches and spooky forest. Access all Harry Potter movies on Peacock Premium.

“The Haunting Adventures of Sabrina” (2018-2020)

Possessed Sabrina performing magic
Sabrina Spellman Kiernan Shipka

Half witch, half mortal, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina follows Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) as she turns 16 and that means choosing between the mortal world and magic. The Modern Remake is a dark coming-of-age retelling of the classic Archie Comics character, Sabrina.

Set in Salem, Massachusetts, this show has a great fall setting, witchy themes, and a dark style that’s perfect for fall. Watch The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix.

‘Knives Out’ (2019)

Marta looks worried as Benoit Blanc explains his case
Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas) and Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig)

Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), an acclaimed crime writer, has a close-knit and eccentric family. When Harlan is murdered in his opulent Victorian mansion, everyone seems to have a motive to make him disappear. But in a family like this, things aren’t always what they seem.

The eccentric characters, spooky mansion, original mysterious plot, and fall setting will make this one of your new fall favorites. Knives Out is available on HBO Max.

“Only Murders in the Building” (2021–present)

Charles, Oliver and Mabel look in shock through an apartment door "Only murders in the building"
Charles Hadem Savage (Steve Martin), Oliver Putnam (Martin Short) and Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez)

In Only Murders in the Building, three apartment building neighbors have absolutely nothing in common except for the true crime podcast they all happen to be listening to. When a murder occurs in their building, they realize they may have the clue that will solve the case. Can they solve the mystery and launch their own successful podcast?

New York in the fall, stylish fall outfits, witty humor and a gripping crime novel make this a great, cozy mystery watch for a rainy fall day. Only Murders in the Building is available on Hulu.

‘Wednesday’ (2022)

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Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega)

Keep an eye out for the premiere of “Wednesday” on Netflix on November 23rd. Tim Burton’s TV show adaptation of The Addams Family follows the story of Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega). Wednesday attends Nevermore Academy, but being a high school student is harder than usual when you wield psychic powers, your family is surrounded by supernatural oddities, and a mysterious killing spree is sweeping your town.

Fans of Tim Burton, The Addams Family and all things spooky will enjoy tuning in to a fun and whimsical modern twist on this beloved franchise.

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