Fall Romance Films


Andrew Shelton



It’s fall, and it’s a beautiful time of year – filled with wonderfully layered clothing, fog-riddled mornings, cooler nights, and shorter days. The warm sun envelops the afternoons – as the chilling winds come as a reminder that summer is drawing to an end, and the season to cuddle and snuggle is on its way. Mornings are filled with happy picnickers, enjoying the splendor and beauty of the ever-changing leaves, while nights are filled with sporting events, classy dates, fireside chats, or maybe just a movie with that special someone.

The Bridge asks, “What are some of your favorite movies to kindle that fall romance?”  These are a few responses that the Bridge received.

Big Fish

“Big Fish is awesome, because it’s Tim Burton, which in my book is an automatic must-watch. It takes place in the south and has some spooky elements, which are totes perfect for this time of year. The protagonist, Edward Bloom, tells the story of his life throughout the movie, and his tale twists between reality and fantasy, ultimately leaving it up to you to determine what is true. Much of his story revolves around the trials he goes through to meet the girl he knows he’s meant to marry after a true encounter of love at first sight,” said Kristen Reno.

The Notebook

“A timeless film that captures the essence of true love. Noah and Allie’s love story, which begins as a simple summer romance, is one that was written to last through all seasons and any adversity. It stands as a beautiful reminder of the fact that love can be true and lasting no matter the stage of life in which it is found,” – said Cailin Daniels.

“The notebook is a very good movie.” – Mary Walker

Across the Universe

“Across the Universe is basically a musical tribute to the Beatles, taking the audience through the time period in which they were most popular by means of the story of two unlikely people coming together in love,” said Kristen Reno.

Pride and Prejudice

“Pride and Prejudice (with Keira Knightley) is a historical romance with a classic storyline,”  said Mary Walker.

Away We Go

“Away We Go has John Krasinski, nuff said. He and his wife are having a baby, and they gotta find a new home, but it’s tricky to do,” said Dallas Hollo.

Going the Distance

“Going the Distance is about long distance relationships, and Justin Long and Drew Barrymore are trying to make theirs work. It chronicles their relationship through all the seasons,” said Chelsey Seaton.

Edward Scissorhands

“Edward Scissorhands because it’s another Tim Burton, it’s spooky but so beautiful. While also taking place during Christmas, the oddities and overall aura of the movie screams Halloween and autumn,” said Kristen Reno.

Moonrise Kingdom

From L&C’s very own, Jim Price, Professor of Art, History and Culture, comes this top pick. A wonderfully quirky movie riddled with metaphors, such as the coming storm, the letters between the boy and girl, and the creation of art. Romance is differentiated between adolescence and adulthood in this funny, yet meaningful work. “It tells the audience why we create art, and how it connects us as humans,” said Price.

“I like it because the kids act like grownups,” said Josephine Van Deusen.

Before Sunrise

Before Sunset

Before Midnight

A trilogy following the seasons of love. Love, at its youngest in the summer – matures through the fall, and stays strong in the winter. In this trilogy “the city serves as a character in itself,” said Jim Price.

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy meet with different destinations on the same train. Julie, heading for the city of Paris, is whisked away to Vienna – where she spends a night with newly met, Ethan Hawke. Their venture ends before sunrise, but 9 and a half years later, in Paris, they meet again for an afternoon ending before sunset. Part three is fairly new, and it’s where the young lovers meet another 10 years later in Greece.

“The trilogy explores the art of conversation, and how it matters between human beings,” Price said.

Ruby Sparks

“There’s leaves and junk on the ground, and its totally fall, and totally sweet. This writer guy is having a writer’s block and doesn’t know what to write, but he’s seeing this psychiatric guy, and the guy tells him to write something for him, and he’s all like, ‘I can’t,’ but then it hits him. The writer sees this girl in his dream and goes to town on this story about her, and how she likes his dog, and she’s had this messed up life, and she’s from Dayton, Ohio, because it sounds romantic. She just appears in real life, and even though he can write anything and she’ll do it, it explores all of the difficulties of love, and things get crazy, but you’ll just have to watch it,” said Sean Bagwell.

(500) Days of Summer

“It’s Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Need more of a reason for you to watch this?” said Dallas Hollo.

“You’re asking fall romance, and I spit out a title like (500) Days of Summer? But check it out.. summer doesn’t last 500 days. Zooey Deschanel plays the part of Summer, the new girl at Tom’s workplace, who doesn’t believe in true love. Tom, on the other hand, isn’t quite convinced that he can’t change her mind. Well, this isn’t a story where the boy gets the girl, but she does find love, and it is a fresh way to see the truths of romance, without much of a negative feel. Did I mention how perfect Tom dresses? Perfect for fall,” said Alexis Billick.

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