50 fall movies we're excited to see (with 41 exclusive photos)

There will be superheroes (Justice League, Thor: Ragnarok), sequels (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Blade Runner 2049), musical numbers (The Greatest Showman, Pitch Perfect 3), animation (Ferdinand, Coco), Oscar hopefuls (The Post, the Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Film) — and, speaking of Daniel Day-Lewis, there will also be blood (Jigsaw, It). The fall movie season has a little bit of everything, and a lot of some things (namely those award contenders). Here are our 50 most-anticipated films coming to theaters through the end of the year, including some exclusive photos.


50. ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ (Nov. 3)

Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn get even naughtier for the holidays in this sequel to last summer’s hit, this time with their moms (Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski, and Cheryl Hines) in tow. | Trailer (STX)

49. ‘Flatliners’ (Sept. 29)

Is there an afterlife? Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, and their medical student pals try to find out by killing themselves — and then reviving each other — in this remake of the 1990 sci-fi hit. | Trailer (Sony)

48. ‘Stronger’ (Sept. 22)

A year after Mark Wahlberg helped hunt down the Boston Marathon bombers in Patriots Day, Jake Gyllenhaal portrays one of its most inspiring survivors: Jeff Bauman, a Costco deli worker who lost both legs in the attack. | Trailer (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions)

47. ‘Jigsaw’ (Oct. 27)

Tobin Bell’s Saw killer may have perished many installments ago, but his legacy lives on in this eighth chapter in the long-running series, which focuses on a string of new murders that mimic the fiend’s torture-game handiwork. | Trailer (Liongate)

46. ‘Goon: Last of the Enforcers’ (Sept. 1)

In a follow-up to 2011’s cult hockey comedy, Seann William Scott reprises his role as Canada’s most punchable on-ice enforcer, who has to fend off a new challenger (Wyatt Russell) in a clash that will rock you to your Timbits. | Trailer (Momentum)

45. ‘Victoria and Abdul’ (Sept. 22)

Stephen Frears reteams with his Philomena muse, Judi Dench, to tell the intriguing true story of Queen Victoria’s unlikely bond with an Indian servant (breakout Ali Fazal). Could Dame Dench be looking at Oscar nom number 8? | Trailer (Focus)

44. ‘Death Wish’ (Nov. 22)

Bruce Willis dons a hoodie and packs a gun to exact vigilante justice in this remake of the notorious 1974 Charles Bronson exploitation film (which itself spawned four sequels). Hostel’s Eli Roth directed, so expect some killer kills. | Trailer (MGM)

43. ‘The Square’ (Oct. 27)

Elisabeth Moss headlines this Cannes winner, a sociological satire set in a Swedish art museum where all manner of kooky things are going down. The film will be Force Majeure writer-director Ruben Östlund’s follow-up. (Magnolia)

42. ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ (Nov. 10)

Another comedy sequel goes multigenerational for Christmas. Now pals, Brad (Will Ferrell) and Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) must deal with the arrivals of their own fathers (John Lithgow and Mel Gibson). | Trailer (Paramount)

41. ‘Home Again’ (Sept. 8)

A newly separated mom (Reese Witherspoon) expands her brood when she invites a trio of young filmmakers to live in her deluxe guesthouse rent-free. Sexual tension, friendly rivalries, and familial bonding ensues. | Trailer (Open Road)

40. ‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’ (Sept. 22)

The brickmeisters try to go three-for-three when teen martial artists (including Dave Franco and friends) must stop Justin Theroux‘s nefarious rogue from trashing their town. If the movie’s half as good as its voice cast, we’re in for a treat. | Trailer (WB)

39. ‘All the Money in the World’ (Dec. 8)

Ridley Scott returns to Earth after two outings in space and heads to Italy to tell the true tale of the infamous kidnapping of the grandson of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty (Kevin Spacey). Mark Wahlberg is in the chase as ex-CIA agent Fletcher Chase. (Tristar)

38. ‘Wonder Wheel’ (Dec. 1)

Woody Allen‘s 48th theatrical feature (!!!) is also his first to star Kate Winslet. She’s the troubled wife of Jim Belushi‘s Coney Island carousel operator. Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, and Debi Mazar round out the cast of this ’50s-era drama. (Amazon)

37. ‘Thank You for Your Service’ (Oct. 27)

American Sniper writer Jason Hall makes his directorial debut with this drama that tracks U.S. soldiers (including Miles Teller‘s Adam Schumann) struggling to reintegrate into civilian life after returning from Iraq. | Trailer (Universal)

36. ‘Bright’ (Dec. 22)

David Ayer‘s thriller stars Will Smith as a cop who teams up with an Orc (Joel Edgerton) in an alternative-reality version of L.A. where fantastical creatures dwell alongside humans. Think Beverly Hills Cop meets The Lord of the Rings. | Trailer (Netflix)

35. ‘Wonderstruck’ (Oct. 20)

Todd Haynes‘s Cannes hit jumps back and forth from 1927 to 1977, following the stories of two deaf children who are united by tragedy despite being separated by decades. Julianne Moore delivers a much-praised performance. | Trailer (Amazon/Roadside Attractions)

34. ‘Marshall’ (Oct. 13)

Long before he was on the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a scrappy NAACP lawyer on the frontlines of racial injustice. Reginald Hudlin‘s drama looks at one defining case. | Trailer (Open Road)

33. ‘Happy Death Day’ (Oct. 13)

Like Groundhog Day meets Final Destination, this cleverly conceived slasher flick has one college student (Jessica Rothe) meeting her maker — again and again and again … in expectedly grisly ways. | Trailer (Universal)

32. ‘Ferdinand’ (Dec. 15)

John Cena voices a kindhearted bull who must journey across Spain (and inevitably end up in a china shop) after he’s captured in the latest animated adventure from Blue Sky Studios (Ice Age, Rio). | Trailer (Fox)

31. ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ (Nov. 3)

Colin Farrell teams up again with The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos for this deranged thriller in which he plays a surgeon, married to Nicole Kidman, who finds his life upended by a strange teenager (Barry Keoghan). | Trailer (A24)

30. ‘First They Killed My Father’ (Sept. 15)

Angelina Jolie‘s fourth feature in the director’s chair is the harrowing tale of a young Cambodian girl (Sareum Srey Moch) who endured the rule of Khmer Rouge in the late 1970s, based on the memoir of Loung Ung. | Trailer (Netflix)

29. ‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’ (Oct. 13)

At Cannes, Adam Sandler received his best reviews since Punch-Drunk Love for Noah Baumbach‘s comedic drama about estranged family members reconnecting in New York. Dustin Hoffman and Ben Stiller co-star. (Netflix)

28. ‘Last Flag Flying’ (Nov. 17)

Three Vietnam vets (Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne) reunite to bury one of their sons who was killed in Iraq in this drama directed by Richard Linklater, a “sort-of” sequel to Hal Ashby’s 1973 film The Last Detail. | Trailer (Amazon/Lionsgate)

27. ‘The Mountain Between Us’ (Oct. 6)

Kate Winslet and Idris Elba are strangers who share a private plane together after their flight is canceled — only to crash and find themselves in a desperate bid to survive the frigid, high-altitude elements together. | Trailer (Fox)

26. ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ (Oct. 13)

Fans of the J.M. Barrie tale Finding Neverland should be on board for Goodbye, a like-minded biopic that traces the inspirations that lead author A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) to create Winnie the Pooh. | Trailer (Fox Searchlight)

25. ‘Darkest Hour’ (Nov. 22)

An unrecognizable Gary Oldman could be Oscar-bound for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in this Joe Wright-directed docudrama. It follows the newly minted prime minister’s rallying of the Allies to defeat Nazi Germany in WWII. | Trailer (Focus)

24. ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Nov. 10)

This star-stocked reboot of Agatha Christie’s seminal mystery has detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) trying to figure out which of his fellow train passengers (including Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, and Daisy Ridley) is a killer. | Trailer (Fox)

23. ‘The Shape of Water’ (Dec. 8)

Guillermo Del Toro‘s latest creature feature stars monster maestro Doug Jones as a water-based life form which develops a powerful friendship with Sally Hawkins‘s mute janitor that looks a lot like love. | Trailer (Fox Searchlight)

22. ‘American Made’ (Sept. 29)

Tom Cruise stars as accidental flyboy/drug runner Barry Seal in Doug Liman‘s Goodfellas-flavored biopic. Like their previous collaboration, Edge of Tomorrow, it should offer plenty of visual energy and vintage Cruise swagger. | Trailer (Universal)

21. ‘Battle of the Sexes’ (Sept. 22)

Crazy, Stupid, Love co-stars Emma Stone and Steve Carell ‘reteam.” She’s groundbreaking tennis icon Billie Jean King; he’s cocky ex-champ Bobby Riggs. Someone will get served during their epic gender clash. | Trailer (Fox Searchlight)

20. ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ (Sept. 22)

Eggsy (Taron Egerton) travels to America to team up with the booze-slinging Statesmen (Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum) to thwart the villainous Golden Circle (led by Julianne Moore). Crazy action ensues. | Trailer (Fox)

19. ‘Suburbicon’ (Nov. 3)

As director George Clooney tells it, Suburbicon is “a lot angrier” than the way Joel and Ethan Coen conceived it two decades ago. Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac star as suburbanites whose lives go kablooey. | Trailer (Paramount)

18. ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ (Nov. 10)

In Bruges helmer Martin McDonagh‘s latest work has a distinctly Coenian feel, and not just because it stars Frances McDormand. She’s a mom who takes a local sheriff (Woody Harrelson) to task when her daughter goes missing. | Trailer (Fox Searchlight)

17. ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ (Dec. 22)

If you thought Anna Kendrick was passing the torch to Hailee Steinfeld and bailing on the Bellas after Pitch Perfect 2, you were aca-wrong. This sequel, however, promises to wrap up the trilogy as the group heads to one last competition. | Trailer (Universal)

16. ‘Wonder’ (Nov. 17)

Room breakout Jacob Tremblay plays a preteen with facial deformities who struggles to make friends, while Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson are his parents in this bestseller adaptation that looks engineered to deliver all the feels. | Trailer (Lionsgate)

15. ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ (Dec. 20)

Baywatch may have flopped, but the Rock will give rebooting another try with this sequel to the 1995 film, alongside Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black. They’ll play the avatars of four kids transported into a video game. | Trailer (Sony)

14. ‘Call Me By Your Name’ (Nov. 24)

Call Luca Guadagnino‘s coming-of-age love story a major awards contender. In ’80s-era Italy, 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) enjoys a formative affair with a visiting grad student (Armie Hammer). | Trailer (Sony Classics)

13. ‘It’ (Sept. 8)

Stephen King’s epic tale of adolescent anxieties and an evil clown is adapted for the big screen by director Andrés Muschietti (Mama). From the looks of its initial trailers, it may be the horror hit of the year. | Trailer (WB)

12. ‘Mother!’ (Oct. 13)

Black Swan provocateur Darren Aronofsky puts the “psycho” in psychodrama as a couple (Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) play host to two visitors (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) that get them all hot and bothered. | Trailer (Paramount)

11. ‘The Disaster Artist’ (Dec. 1)

James Franco directs, produces, and stars in this lovingly crafted dramatization of how Tommy Wiseau‘s legendarily awful 2003 movie The Room came to be. And so far, unlike their reaction to The Room, critics are loving it. | Trailer (A24)

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