So, I was planning to launch my season-based “Recommended Viewing Lists” in 2016, but I figured, why wait? Fall is just as a good a time for viewing films as any (frankly, spring is the season for which I don’t have real “go to” films).

What makes a film a “fall movie”? I don’t know how to put into words. Usually it is a film that is gothic in nature or at least haunting in some sense, but even that is insufficient. Perhaps it’s a question I’ll try to answer as I watch the motion pictures listed.

Now, these are not the “best” fall movies of all time but, rather, my personal favorites to catch during this time of changing leaves and chilly nights. I hope to drop a few posts with brief thoughts about those I fit into my schedule, and if you view any, I’d love to hear from you ([email protected]).

I aim to watch the below between Labor Day, September 7, through December 5; I realize I am about two weeks ahead of the respective equinox and solstice, but I am tracking other life goals in the above timeframe, and I am trying to remain consistent.

Without further ado:

C.J. Stunkard’s 2015 Recommended Fall Viewing List
(in order of personal priority)


  1. The Lord of the Rings : Extended Editions
  2. Hoop Dreams
  3. The Shawshank Redemption
  4. Once
  5. The Social Network
  6. Changing Lanes
  7. Pride & Prejudice
  8. Frailty
  9. The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  10. Sweeney Todd
  11. Sleepy Hollow
  12. The Dark Knight Trilogy

The following honorable mentions may get some screen time as well:

Any film in the Harry Potter Series
Deliver Us from Evil
The Village