Fall is here! Well, not officially, but it will be in about a week, and frankly, I'm ready for it. The summer always goes on way too long, and everyone knows fall is the best season anyway (and no, that's not up for discussion). When the days get shorter, the leaves start to change color, and you have to get the heavier blankets out of the closet, you know a new season is upon us, and there's no better time to cozy up with a hot drink and some Netflix movies to get you in the autumn spirit. If Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes aren't really your thing, don't worry — whip up a cup of hot cocoa or brew up a pot of tea and hit up Netflix for some movies that will basically give you the same warm and comfy feeling that pumpkin spice everything seems to give everyone else. That's basically my recipe for a successful mid-September through March, really.
If you're anything like me, you've got a whole queue of movies that are perfect for every mood and season. For the fall, it's all about heartwarming stories of love and the beauty of the world around us, and thankfully, Netflix has plenty of movies like that to choose from. The next time you're feeling like reveling in the wonder that is the fall season, hit up some of these films and I promise you, you'll be in the spirit in no time. Get streaming!
Pride & Prejudice
Netflix offers the Masterpiece Theatre version of this Austen classic, and while it's not my favorite, it's still really good and I'm really glad it's there. Who doesn't love a bit of Jane Austen when the weather gets colder? It's pure romance and given that it's about six hours long, you'll get nice and warm watching this one.
I love Queen Victoria, Emily Blunt, and romance movies, so this one is a triple whammy for me. Young Victoria traces the queen's love affair with Prince Albert and it's beautiful and wonderful and everything you need for fall, I promise.
Eat Pray Love
Fall is the perfect time for self-reflection, and there's no one I'd rather navel gaze with than Julia Roberts. I know this movie (and the book it was based on) caught a lot of flak, but you're seriously missing out if you haven't watched it.
We're taking it old school here with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. What says romance more than... well, a romance movie set in Paris? Nothing, I tell you. Love this as much as I do, because it's so good.
I know I'm developing a bit of a theme here, but I can't help myself. Fall makes me feel all swoony and romantic, and it's the only time I let myself indulge wholeheartedly like this. Serendipity is John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale at their most adorable and it's the movie equivalent of a pair of fluffy slippers.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
I know this one can seem vaguely depressing, depending how you look at it, but I first saw it in fall and there's something about it that just fills something deep in me and makes me feel completely warm and even hopeful inside, even if it's not necessarily that kind of movie.
Do I even need to explain why Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr. belong on this list? I would think not. Frankly, I would have put The Lake House, but Netflix doesn't have it, so Hope Floats will have to do (and it totally does).
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