Find the perfect fall movie for you, based on your Myers-Briggs® personality type

The Fall Movie You’ll Love, Based On Your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type

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Fall is a time to embrace all things cozy and comfortable. It’s a season for hot apple cider, fleecy throw pillows, pumpkin everything, and flickering candles. One of the ways to really amp up the coziness level of the fall is to have a movie night complete with hot drinks, cinnamon-scented snacks, and a warm, comfy setup on the couch.

In today’s article we’re taking a look at some of the best autumn movies of all time. Which one would appeal to your Myers-Briggs® personality type and why? Let’s get started and find out!

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Here’s the Fall Movie You’ll Love, Based On Your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type

ESTP – Remember the Titans

ESTP fall movie - Remember the Titans

“I don’t scratch my head unless it itches and I don’t dance unless I hear some music. I will not be intimidated. That’s just the way it is.” – Coach Herman Boone

Action-oriented and competitive, ESTPs like to make a big impact in the world around them. Like Coach Herman Boone in Remember the Titans, they’re often natural leaders with a no-nonsense attitude. Many an ESTP has mentioned this movie to me as a “must-watch”. They enjoy the action of the movie, the intensity, as well as the overall themes of uniting people and working hard to achieve a common goal. One ESTP I spoke to noted that he appreciated that the movie wasn’t sappy or portentous and that it was based on real-life events.

Remember the Titans tells the story of a high school football team in the midst of racial tensions in Virginia during the early 1970s. The film stars Denzel Washington as Coach Boone, a pragmatic but supportive leader who is tasked with uniting a team of black and white students. The film follows the team as they overcome obstacles both on and off the field.

Other Autumn Movies ESTPs Might Like: Knives Out, It, Ghostbusters, October Sky, Silence of the Lambs, Rudy.

Find Out More About ESTPs: 24 Signs That You’re an ESTP, the Daredevil Personality Type

ESFP – Silver Linings Playbook

ESFP fall movie - Silver Linings Playbook

“There will always be a part of me that is dirty and sloppy, but I like that, just like all the other parts of myself.” – Tiffany Maxwell

ESFPs are passionate people who believe in appreciating life for all the raw experiences and opportunities it provides. They don’t believe in watering themselves down for anyone and they prize authenticity, spontaneity, and intensity. Tiffany Maxwell from Silver Linings Playbook embodies these characteristics and more. The movie itself is also a great reflection of an ESFP worldview with its focus on family, relationships, and learning to accept the messiness of life while still seeing the beauty.

Silver Linings Playbook tells the story of Pat Solitano, a man with bipolar disorder who is fresh out of a mental institution. He moves back in with his parents and attempts to rebuild his life. Along the way, he meets Tiffany Maxwell, a woman with her own complicated past. The two form an unlikely bond and help each other to heal and move forward.

Other Autumn Movies ESFPs Might Like: Harry Potter Series, Legally Blonde, Coco, Ghostbusters, The Devil Wears Prada, Hocus Pocus

Find Out More About ESFPs: What It Means to be an ESFP Personality Type

ISTP – October Sky

ISTP fall movie - October Sky

“Coal mining may be your life, but it’s not mine. I’m never going down there again. I wanna go into space.” – Homer Hickam

ISTPs are often underrated in the type community. Many people paint all the visionaries as intuitive types, but many sensors are also visionaries and world-changers. ISTPs enjoy experimenting, innovating, and creatively using tools. Like all Introverted Thinking types (TPs) ISTPs want to understand how things work. They want to be challenged, and they often compete with themselves in order to reach new heights of discovery. They’ll relate to Homer’s desire to break out of the confines of his small town and explore the world beyond. Like Homer, ISTPs are competitive, independent, and resourceful. They’ll appreciate the underdog story and the journey of self-discovery that October Sky offers.

October Sky tells the story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son in West Virginia. Homer is inspired by the launch of Sputnik 1 to build his own rockets. His father is opposed to the idea, but Homer persists. With the help of his friends, he sets out to achieve his dream of going to space.

Other Autumn Movies ISTPs Might Like: Knives Out, It, Remember the Titans, Good Will Hunting, Halloween.

Find Out More About ISTPs: 12 Amazing Fictional ISTPs

ISFP – If Beale Street Could Talk

ISFP fall movie - If Beale Street Could Talk

“Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind.”

ISFPs are people who want a story that stirs the soul and reminds them of the power of love, integrity, and honesty. They also appreciate movies that have aesthetic elegance and richness. If Beale Street Could Talk has all of these things. It explores love, injustice, hope, and despair through the eyes of two young lovers in Harlem. The movie has been praised for its lyrical beauty and its ability to capture hope in the midst of despair and cruelty. ISFPs will appreciate the deep emotions of the movie and find themselves inspired by its message of love conquering all.

One ISFP I spoke to said, “This is a movie that stays with you long after you’ve seen it. It’s haunting and beautiful and full of feeling.”

What’s the movie about? If Beale Street Could Talk tells the story of Tish Rivers and Fonny Hunt, two young lovers in Harlem. Their lives are turned upside down when Fonny is falsely accused of a crime and sent to jail. Tish is pregnant with their child and determined to clear Fonny’s name and bring him home.

Other Autumn Movies ISFPs Might Like: Harry Potter Series, The Ice Storm, Coco, The Craft, The Edge of Seventeen, Corpse Bride.

Find Out More About ISFPs: 24 Signs That You’re an ISFP, the Virtuoso Personality Type

ENTP – Knives Out

ENTP fall movie - Knives Out

“I spoke in the car about the hole at the center of this doughnut. And yes, what you and Harlan did that fateful night seems at first glance to fill that hole perfectly. A doughnut hole in the doughnut’s hole. But we must look a little closer. And when we do, we see that the doughnut hole has a hole in its center – it is not a doughnut hole at all but a smaller doughnut with its own hole, and our doughnut is not whole at all!” – Benoit Blanc

Like all NTs, ENTPs enjoy piecing together the clues and patterns of a good mystery movie. This wildly entertaining whodunit is not only hilarious to unravel but offers a bit of scathing social commentary on the current state of the world. ENTPs will enjoy the way Knives Out blends escapist fun with a look at classism, entitlement, and the ugly side of human nature without ever seeming heavy-handed or self-righteous.

What’s the movie about? Knives Out tells the story of the murder of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey. His family is gathered for his 85th birthday when he is found dead in his study. The police rule it a suicide, but private investigator Benoit Blanc is not so sure. He begins to suspect that one of Thrombey’s relatives may have murdered him.

Other Autumn Movies ENFPs Might Like: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Goonies, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Good Will Hunting, Rushmore

Find Out More About ENTPs: 12 Amazing Fictional ENTP Characters

ENFP – Dead Poets Society

ENFP fall movie - Dead Poets Society

“Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, ‘Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.’ Don’t be resigned to that. Break out!” – Mr. Keating

ENFPs are idealists who believe in the power of following their dreams. Like Professor Keating, they want to find out who they are and live a life that aligns with their deepest sense of self. As Feeling-Perceivers they believe in individual expression, freedom, and creative experimentation. Mr. Keating is the kind of teacher ENFPs can get behind – someone who encourages his students to pursue their passions and to think for themselves. Dead Poets Society is a classic coming-of-age story about a group of boys who are transformed by their English teacher’s unorthodox methods. ENFPs will appreciate the message of self-discovery and the power of poetry to change lives. They’ll also enjoy the film’s aesthetically pleasing visuals and its moving score.

Other Autumn Movies ENFPs Might Like: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lady Bird, The Goonies, Mystic Pizza, Edward Scissorhands, The Edge of Seventeen.

Find Out More About ENFPs: 12 Amazing Fictional ENFP Characters

INTP – Matilda

INTP fall movie - Matilda

“All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen. If only they would read a little Dickens or Kipling they would soon discover there was more to life than cheating people and watching television.” – Narrator

INTPs often grow up in a world that feels too small for them. They love to read and learn about new things, testing the boundaries of what their mind can discover and unlock. Many an INTP has told me that they relate to Matilda, and it’s not hard to see why. Matilda is a brilliant little girl who feels out of place in her family and school. She loves to read and learn, but she is constantly belittled by her parents and her brother. When she finally meets her teacher, Miss Honey, she feels understood for the first time. But there are mysterious forces at work, and Matilda must use her intelligence to save the day. INTPs will appreciate Matilda’s love of learning, her quick wit, and her courage in the face of adversity.

Other Autumn Movies INTPs Might Like: Coraline, Good Will Hunting, Sleepy Hollow, Fantastic Mr. Fox, October Sky, The Royal Tenenbaums

Find Out More About INTPs: 12 Fictional Characters You’ll Relate to if You’re an INTP

INFP – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

INFP fall movie - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.” – Professor Albus Dumbledore

INFPs often feel like misfits in the world. Caring about passion and individuality over peer pressure, it’s important for them to honor their values – regardless of who approves or disapproves. Blessed with fertile imaginations, INFPs love movies that take them away on an enchanting adventure full of quirky and unforgettable characters. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a perfect film for them. It’s the story of an underdog orphan who is thrust into a world he doesn’t understand. He makes mistakes, but he learns from them and grows stronger as a result. He also forms deep and lasting bonds with those who see him for who he is – not just for his fame or bloodline. INFPs will appreciate Harry’s journey of self-discovery and the film’s exploration of the power of loyalty and friendship.

Other Autumn Movies INFPs Might Like: Matilda, Dead Poets Society, Coraline, Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Find Out More About INFPs: 12 Fictional INFP Characters

ESTJ – Rudy

ESTJ fall movie - Rudy

“When you achieve one dream, dream another. Getting what you want is only a problem if you have nowhere to go next. Dreaming is a lifetime occupation.” – Rudy

Hard-working and driven, ESTJs will be inspired by the story of Rudy, a boy from a working-class family who has one dream: to play football for Notre Dame. Rudy is determined to achieve his goal, no matter what obstacles stand in his way. He faces rejection and ridicule, but he never gives up. His hard work pays off in the end, and he learns that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. ESTJs will appreciate Rudy’s can-do attitude and his never-say-die spirit. Like Rudy they believe in persistence, gumption, and being true to the voice inside that says “you can survive this and keep going.”

Other Autumn Movies ESTJs Might Like: Rudy, The Goonies, October Sky, Remember the Titans.

Find Out More About ESTJs: A Look at the ESTJ Leader

ESFJ – When Harry Met Sally

ESFJ fall movie - When Harry Met Sally

“I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” – Harry

ESFJs love movies that immerse them in the complex relationships of peoples lives. They also enjoy rich aesthetics and visually stunning scenes. When Harry Met Sally is a perfect film for them. It’s the story of two people who meet and immediately argue and find fault with each other. Everything seems to be starting off on the wrong foot, yet over the course of many years they form a friendship that tests their ability to be vulnerable, honest, and trusting. This is not just a movie that will give you many laughs, it’s a story about the complex dynamics of relationships and how even the most unlikely people can find love in each other. ESFJs will appreciate the film’s humor, its exploration of human connection, and its beautiful setting of New York City in autumn.

Other Autumn Movies ESFJs Might Like: You’ve Got Mail, Hocus Pocus, Soul Food, Clueless, About Time

Find Out More About ESFJs: 24 Signs That You’re an ESFJ, the Defender Personality Type

ISTJ – Planes, Trains and Automobiles

ISTJ fall movie - Planes Trains and Automobiles

“How am I supposed to go with the flow when the rental car agency leaves me in a 100-acre parking lot with keys to a car that isn’t there then I have to hike back 3 miles back to find out they don’t have any more cars?” – Neal Page

Some people think that ISTJs are all serious and no-nonsense, but beneath their reserved demeanor is a wry sense of humor. They love absurd and unexpected movies that make them laugh, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles gives them just that. It’s the story of two men who are stranded together on a cross-country trip trying to make it home for Thanksgiving. Everything that could go wrong does, and they are forced to rely on each other for help. Neal Page, an ISTJ, is tense and overwhelmed – frustrated with a situation that keeps getting more unpredictable. Del Griffith is quite the opposite, a chatty shower curtain ring salesman who loves to talk and doesn’t seem to understand the concept of personal space. ISTJs will appreciate the film’s comedic timing, its clever dialogue, and its unexpected twists and turns.

Other Autumn Movies ISTJs Might Like: The Royal Tenenbaums, Knives Out, E.T., October Sky, Remember the Titans, Rudy

Find Out More About ISTJs: 24 Signs That You’re an ISTJ, the Detective Personality Type

ISFJ – You’ve Got Mail

ISFJ fall movie - You've Got Mail

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” – Joe Fox

ISFJs love movies that immerse them in the details and meaningful moments of peoples’ lives. They love a story that is both heartwarming and humorous, and You’ve Got Mail is just that. It’s the story of two people who meet online and fall in love without ever knowing each other’s real identity. Kathleen Kelly is an ISFJ who owns a small bookstore that is struggling to compete with the large chain store owned by Joe Fox. Throughout the film, the two characters share their innermost thoughts and feelings with each other online, not knowing that they are actually enemies in real life. It’s a sweet and charming story about finding love in unexpected places, and ISFJs will appreciate the attention to detail, the beautiful setting of New York City, and the slow-building romance.

Other Autumn Movies ISFJs Might Like: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Hocus Pocus, The Devil Wears Prada, Age of Adaline, About Time, Little Women, Practical Magic.

Find Out More About ISFJs: 10 Fictional ISFJ Characters

ENTJ – Good Will Hunting

ENTJ fall movie - Good Will Hunting

“People call those imperfections, but no, that’s the good stuff.” — Sean

ENTJs are often given one-dimensional descriptions online and in type communities. People often talk about their ambition, leadership, or apparent “coldness.” But what drives ENTJs to be ambitious? In almost every case it’s conviction. Many people see the work and the logical exterior without seeing the inner vulnerability and passion underneath. And conviction, struggle, and psychological vulnerability are all parts of Good Will Hunting. This is a movie that will make ENTJs think about what they’re doing with their lives and why. It follows the story of a young man named Will Hunting, an uneducated genius who works as a janitor at MIT. He is discovered by one of his professors and offered the opportunity to study mathematics, but he is reluctant to change his life. ENTJs will appreciate the film’s exploration of ambition, trauma, abandonment, and emotion, as well as its intelligent dialogue and thought-provoking themes.

Other Autumn Movies ENTJs Might Like: Dead Poets Society, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Silence of the Lambs, Get Out

Find Out More About ENTJs: 10 Must-Read Books for ENTJs

ENFJ – Mona Lisa Smile

ENFJ fall movie - Mona Lisa Smile

“Look beyond the paint. Let us try to open our minds to a new idea.” – Katherine Ann Watson

ENFJs long for a world where people are trying to reach their fullest potential. Rather than sticking to tradition, they want people to think outside the box and live according to their ideals and convictions. Mona Lisa Smile is a film that speaks to the ENFJ‘s desire for change. It’s set in the 1950s at an all-female college, where a new art history professor named Katherine Ann Watson arrives with very progressive ideas. She challenges her students to question the traditional roles of women in society and to think for themselves. ENFJs will appreciate the film’s exploration of gender roles, its intelligent and inspiring female characters, and its message of hope for a better future.

Other Autumn Movies ENFJs Might Like: Dead Poets Society, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, About Time, The Silence of the Lambs, Coco

Find Out More About ENFJs: 24 Signs That You’re an ENFJ, the Mentor Personality Type

INTJ – The Silence of the Lambs

INTJ fall movie - The Silence of the Lambs

“First-principles, Clarice. Simplicity. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this man you seek?” – Hannibal Lecter

INTJs are often described as “the masterminds” or “the planners.” They are known for their logical thinking and their ability to see the big picture. But INTJs are also highly intuitive, and they use their intuition to understand people and motivations. The Silence of the Lambs is a perfect film for INTJs because it combines both of these aspects. It’s a crime thriller about an FBI agent named Clarice Starling who is trying to catch a serial killer. She turns to the incarcerated Hannibal Lecter for help, and he uses his intuition and psychological insight to assist her in the investigation. INTJs will appreciate the film’s intelligent plot, its complex characters, and its exploration of the dark side of human nature.

Other Autumn Movies INTJs Might Like: Get Out, Donnie Darko, It, E.T., Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Good Will Hunting

Find Out More About INTJs: 24 Signs That You’re an INTJ, the Strategist Personality Type

INFJ – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

INFJ fall movie - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

“How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! The world forgetting, by the world, forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d.” – Mary

INFJs enjoy movies that are rich with meaning, symbolism, and depth. They are drawn to stories that explore the human condition and the complexities of the human mind. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a perfect film for INFJs. It’s a sci-fi drama about a couple who undergo a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But as their memories are erased, they realize how meaningful even the difficult moments in their relationship were. The film is a beautiful exploration of love, loss, and the power of memory. INFJs will appreciate its complex plot, its fascinating characters, and its thought-provoking themes.

Other Autumn Movies INFJs Might Like: Dead Poets Society, The Village, Far From Heaven, Coco, The Ice Storm, Little Women, Harry Potter Series.

Find Out More About INFJs: 24 Signs You’re an INFJ, the Mystic Personality Type

What Are Your Thoughts?

Have you seen any of these movies? Do you have any suggestions that you’d give to other people with your personality type? Let us and other readers know in the comments!

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5 Comments

  1. I’m a regular follower of your newsletter and I agree with most of what you say about my personality (INTJ). This one, however, is a huge exception. Except for Good Will Hunting, which is one of my all-time favourites, I don’t like any of the films you suggested for INTJs and would not recommend to other INTJs, but maybe that’s just me 🤷‍♂️

    1. INTJ here, and I also loved good Will Hunting, but Silence of the Lambs was pretty spot on for me; I enjoy Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lector. It’s not the darkness that’s appealing, it’s the battle of wits and following the clues. I loved House MD for similar reasons.

  2. Who gets Somewhere in Time? That’s my favorite. I also love Practical Magic, Hocus Pocus, Sense and Sensibility, the live action Cinderella, and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. Shows I watch over and over include Frasier, Road to Avonlea, Reba, Designing Women, and Grimm. I test as an INFJ, but I’m not 100% sure.

  3. Attributed INTJ-T here. Absolutely not. Except for Donnie Darko I dislike all of the movies for my supposed personality type. What a ridiculous article this is. I blame myself for even doing the test in the first place. I guess now I can expect this type of nonsense to appear in my newsfeed all the time. Bloody tracking cookies.

  4. Infj here. Eternal Sunshine is one of the few movies on this list that I just didn’t care for. Silence of the Lambs is my favorite. The thing is people usually go to their tertiary function for fun and relaxation. For me a good thriller/mystery is a good break from constantly managing all the feels.

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