St Elmo’s Fire (1985)
This one comes from the “Brat Pack” 80s cinema and is often likened to films such as The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
St Elmo’s Fire is representative of the better side of 80s nostalgia that seems so popular at the moment, and is perfect for film lovers who are at University or are recent graduates wondering what the heck to do with their life – the film’s colour palette is a warm reminder of Autumn days spent with friends at college and university, getting ready for graduation and looking ahead to the future.
Autumn in New York (2000)
The title of this one tells you everything you need to know.
Just like When Harry Met Sally, this film delivers beautiful shots of New York and Central Park engulfed in orange leaves, highlighting just how seasonal this movie is.
Starring Winona Ryder (again) and Richard Gere, this typical romance film gets you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.
The 2nd Gus Van Sant movie on this list is the beautifully tragic Restless, the story of a teenager coming to terms with the inevitable death of his girlfriend.
The movie itself is humourous in places but mostly acts as a stark reminder as to the fragility of life. Its themes of death and temporariness are driven home by the American autumn of Portland, Oregon, and the central characters are presented as being at one with their limited time together, making for a moving movie as much about Autumn’s role in the circle of life as it is about the two characters.
Lady Bird (2017)
The final film on this list is Lady Bird starring Saoirse Ronan and directed by Greta Gerwig.
A spectacular youthful drama, this film focuses on the relationship between a young girl and her mother as she starts to make decisions about her future, with its attention to the idea of a new start and discovering yourself being reminiscent of the thoughts and feelings we all get towards the end of each year.
Lady Bird is memorable for its warm colour palette and fantastic cast, and is a must watch for just about anyone this Autumn.
A perfect film to end this list.