It arrives like a beacon of light at the end of a blockbuster-centric summer: a fresh crop of fall movies that are actually good. (Um, have you seen the trailer for Downton Abbey?) So, bust out your calendar and save the date: These 34 upcoming movies are all ones you won’t want to miss.
A Guide to Every Must-Watch Movie Coming Out in Fall 2019
Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu star in this film, based on a viral New York magazine story, about a group of strippers who decide to scam their Wall Street clients.
It’s a “hidden camera” comedy in the spirit of Jackass: Two best friends (Eric André and Lil Rel Howery) steal a car from their sister (Tiffany Haddish), then set off to prank the innocent bystanders around them.
Emilia Clarke (of Game of Thrones fame) is the queen of bad decisions—until she takes a job as Santa’s elf in a department store and meets Tom (Henry Golding).
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Playing with Fire
A group of firefighters (John Cena and Keegan Michael-Key included) are pros at fighting flames, but after a rescue mission, they quickly realize they’re no match for a few kids.
When the patriarch of a quirky family dies unexpectedly on his 85th birthday, an investigation—led by detective Daniel Craig—into the family ensues in this modern whodunnit.
Based on the novel by Donna Tartt, this film follows a boy (Ansel Elgort) who is taken in by an Upper East Side family after his mom is killed in a bombing at the Met Museum. (Nicole Kidman also stars.)
This sequel—starring Millie Bobby Brown, Sally Hawkins and Vera Farmiga—pits members of the crypto-zoological agency against a crew of god-sized monsters including (you guessed it) Godzilla.
The Crawley family is back. This time, they’re prepping to host a couple of VIP guests to Downton: the king and queen of England.
Brad Pitt travels deep into the solar system in a quest to find his father (Tommy Lee Jones) who went rogue—and threatens to destroy life on earth as we know it.
Renée Zellweger steps into the shoes of the legendary Judy Garland as she travels to London in 1968 to play a series of sold-out shows.
The Current War
Before there was light, there was the race to see whose electrical system would dominate: Thomas Edison's (Benedict Cumberbatch) or Thomas Westinghouse's (Michael Shannon)? This film chronicles the cutthroat battle.
Based on the Jonathan Lethem book of the same name, this movie—set in 1950s New York—follows Lionel Essrog (Bruce Willis), a detective with Tourette’s syndrome trying to find out who murdered his best friend.
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After a KKK member (Garrett Hedlund) opens up a redneck shop and KKK museum in South Carolina, he falls in love with a single mom and decides to quit the Klan. (Forest Whitaker also stars.)
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Cynthia Erivo plays Harriet Tubman in this based-on-a-true-story film about the iconic freedom fighter and her escape from slavery during the Civil War.
The Good Liar
When a con artist (Ian McKellan) meets a well-to-do widow (Helen Mirren) online, he plans to swindle her—but finds the path to a big payoff to be a bit more complicated than that.
Eight New York City police officers are killed in a shooting, and a disgraced cop (Chadwick Boseman) gets put on the case. The only way to catch the suspects? Close all of Manhattan’s 21 bridges, of course.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
When journalist Tom Junod (Matthew Rhys) gets assigned to profile children’s TV star Mr. Rogers (Tom Hanks), an unexpected friendship develops.
Queen and Slim
A blossoming romance leads Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith to go out on a first date, but when they get pulled over, things take a serious turn. (Chloë Sevigny also stars.)
Will Smith is an over-the-hill hit man who finally meets his match: a younger version of himself.
An ex-convict—and single mom—from Glasgow (Jessie Buckley) strives to become a country music star and travels to Nashville to try and see it through.
Before he wrote The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien (played by Nicholas Hoult) was just a boy seeking love, friendship and inspiration within a group of fellow outcasts. (This film recounts his early days.)
Zombieland: Double Tap
The gang’s all here! This time, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) face off against zombies and fellow survivors in the American heartland.
Black and Blue
When a rookie cop (Naomie Harris) captures the murder of a drug dealer at the hands of corrupt police officers on her body cam, she has to think on her feet to save the footage—and herself.
A pilot (Felicity Jones) and scientist (Eddie Redmayne) attempt to fly higher than anyone else in history…in a hot air balloon.
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Terminator: Dark Fate
Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) returns—this time with her own team of agents, ready to go up against T-1000.
It was the battle that changed the course of World War II: Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans and Patrick Wilson play the U.S. soldiers and pilots that fought the Japanese for four days in 1942.
Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska help reboot the 2000 reboot of the 1970s TV series about a group of private detectives working for the ever-elusive Charlie.
Ford v Ferrari
Can Ford beat Ferrari on the race track? Car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) set out to prove it’s possible at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.
It: Chapter Two
It’s been 27 years since their encounter with Pennywise—until a phone call brings the members (and memories) of the Loser’s Club flooding back. (Finn Wolfhard, Bill Hader and Jessica Chastain all star.)
When a couple (Michael Ealy and Meagan Good) move into a new home in Napa Valley, they find themselves victimized by the previous owner (Dennis Quaid) who refuses to let go.
When Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) feels he has no place in society, he goes mad. This film—a prequel to The Dark Knight—shows his speedy rise to legendary status in Gotham City.
In this sequel to The Shining, a now-adult Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) encounters a girl with powers eerily similar to his own.
When a stepmom-to-be gets snowed in with her fiancé’s surly kids at a remote holiday resort, an evil—and unseen—force starts to wreak havoc and conjure up past life experiences she preferred to forget.
A crew of kids—led by Yi (voiced by Chloe Bennet)—discovers a yeti who has been separated from his family, and they decide they’ll stop at nothing to help him find his way home.
The animated children’s TV show, Dora the Explorer, gets the live action treatment, but also flashes forward: In the film, she’s in high school and heads into the jungle to confront her nemesis, Swiper the Fox (Benicio del Toro).
Based on the wildly popular series of the same name, this film tells the tale of the twelve-year-old criminal mastermind—and kicks off what could be the next fantasy franchise.
The Addams Family
Finn Wolfhard, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz and Oscar Isaac lend their voices to Pugsley, Morticia, Wednesday and Gomez in this animated film about a spooky family.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
When dark forces pull them in varying directions, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and Aurora (Elle Fanning) begin to question the family ties that bond them together.
An ambitious arctic fox working in the mail room longs for a job as the top dog, so he commandeers a sled and sets out to deliver a mysterious package—and save the day.
This time, Elsa and Anna (and Kristoff, Olaf and Sven) have to travel to an enchanted land in order to find the origin of Elsa’s powers and save Arendelle—to the tune of “Let It Go,” we’re hoping.