20 Movies Hitting Theaters This Fall We Can't Wait to See 

Martha Sorren | Sep 16, 2019 Movies
20 Movies Hitting Theaters This Fall We Can't Wait to See 

Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Harry Hadden-Paton, and Laura Carmichael in Downton Abbey (2019
Jaap Buitendijk/Focus Features

The summer blockbuster movie season is over, but that just means we're heading into awards season. Many of the fall 2019 movies hitting theaters soon are excellent Oscars bait. The year's most serious award contenders usually come out towards the end of the year so the films are fresh in the Academy Award voters' minds. The 2019 releases include everything from diligent biopics to stunning book adaptations. Frequent Oscar nominees -- like Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, and more -- are all starring in fall films that will hit theaters this year.

But this fall isn't just filled with heavy hitters and awards bait. The holiday season is coming up, which means that some big family flicks are on their way -- including the sequel to the beloved Disney film Frozen.

As the temperatures fall across the country and stormy weather (freezing rain and snowy sleet) rolls in, the days of lounging in the park, reading outside, or sitting on a restaurant's patio are behind us. It's time for indoor activities, and going to the movies is an excellent option. It's cozy, there are good snacks, and the theater schedule is jam-packed with goodies for September, October, and November. 

Of course, for those of us who prefer watching movies on our couch or in bed, there's also a highly anticipated movie coming to Netflix in December that stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. It's a good choice for anyone who wants a cozy night in.

For everything else on this fall movies list, we'll have to make a trip to the theater to see them. But, honestly, what better things are there to do on these crisp fall days than sitting in the dark and eating buttery popcorn or candy while sipping on a giant fountain drink?

  • 'Hustlers'

    1

    Hit Theaters: September 13

    Rated: R

    According to Entertainment TonightHustlers is based loosely on a true story about a ring of gentlemen's club employees who conspire to hustle as much money from their clients as they can in a variety of less-than-legal ways. Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Lili Reinhart, and even rapper Cardi B are featured in this star-studded film.

  • 'The Goldfinch'

    2

    Hit Theaters: September 13

    Rated: R

    This movie is based on the popular book of the same name. It stars Ansel Elgort as a troubled young man whose mother had died in a bombing at an art museum when he was a child. 

    The movie also stars Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, and Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard.

  • 'Ad Astra'

    3

    Hits Theaters: September 20

    Rated: PG-13

    The Oscar voters love a space movie, and Brad Pitt is gonna give it to them. He stars in this thriller about astronaut Roy McBride who journeys across the solar system. Roy is determined to find out what happened to his own father's failed mission 30 years ago, but may run into serious trouble of his own along the way.

  • 'Downton Abbey'

    4

    Hits Theaters: September 20

    Rated: PG

    First a popular television series, Downton Abbey is continuing its story in a movie to be released in September. According to Slate, it takes place in 1927 and, while most of the original characters will be back, two will not return for the film. Good Housekeeping reported that Lily James' character Lady Rose MacClare and Samantha Boyd's character Lady Rosamund Painswick will both be absent in the movie.

  • 'Judy'

    5

    Hits Theaters: September 27

    Rated: PG-13

    Renée Zellweger plays the legendary Judy Garland in this biopic. USA Today reported that it's set in 1968 when Garland performed a series of concerts in London. Garland passed away in 1969, so the movie will touch upon some of the battles the singer and actress faced in the final years of her life.

  • 'Lucy in the Sky'

    6

    Hits Theaters: October 4

    Rated: R

    That's right, 2019 has not one but two highly anticipated astronaut films. In Lucy in the Sky, Natalie Portman plays Lucy Cola who returns to Earth after a mission that may have changed who she is forever.

  • 'Joker'

    7

    Hits Theaters: October 4

    Rated: R

    Usually the Joker is a feature in the Batman films, but this movie is different. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Joker tells the origin story for the DC comics villain, whose name is really Arthur Fleck. It explores how he went from failed stand-up comedian to a criminal who wreaked havoc on a city.

  • 'Jexi'

    8

    Hits Theaters: October 11

    Rated: Not yet rated

    On a lighter note, this comedy film stars Adam Devine as Phil, a man whose phone AI companion, Jexi, will stop at nothing to keep Phil addicted to her -- even if it means ruining his life. 

    Neighbors and Bridesmaids star Rose Byrne voices Jexi.

  • 'Gemini Man'

    9

    Hits Theaters: October 11

    Rated: PG-13

    Will Smith plays two versions of himself in Gemini Man, but this isn't any Lindsay Lohan Parent Trap story. Gemini Man's plot follows a hit man who's being targeted by a young clone version of himself. Smith plays both characters.

  • 'Jojo Rabbit'

    10

    Hits Theaters: October 18

    Rated: PG-13

    This satire film takes on a bold subject. The film's story line follows a young pro-Hitler boy who discovers that his mom is sheltering a Jewish girl in the house. To help him deal with the situation, the boy creates a version of Hitler to be his imaginary friend. It's being billed as a comedy, but it will remain to be seen if audiences respond to the humor, given the subject.

  • 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil'

    11

    Hits Theaters: October 18

    Rated: Not yet rated

    Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is the sequel to the 2014 film Maleficent that created an origin story for the Sleeping Beauty villain. In the sequel, Maleficent and Princess Aurora face a bigger threat that could be disastrous for them both. Will they team up to save the day together?

    Angelina Jolie will reprise her role as the titular Maleficent.

  • 'Terminator: Dark Fate'

    12

    Hits Theaters: November 1

    Rated: R

    Collider reported that this movie is considered a "direct sequel" to the Terminator 2 movie. Arnold Schwarzenegger will star alongside Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong, who are also from the original Terminator movies. Joining them are franchise newcomers Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, and Diego Boneta.

  • 'Last Christmas'

    13

    Hits Theaters: November 8

    Rated: PG-13

    Fresh off finishing Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke is starring in the feel-good holiday rom-com Last Christmas. She plays the perpetually unlucky Kate who has to play a department store elf to make ends meet. Then she meets Tom, played by Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding, and her life turns upside down.

  • 'Ford v Ferrari'

    14

    Hits Theaters: November 15

    Rated: Not yet rated

    Men like fast cars, at least according to the premise of this movie. Ford v Ferrari depicts the struggle for the Ford car company to create an automotive faster than the Ferrari. Matt Damon and Christian Bale star.

  • 'Charlie's Angels'

    15

    Hits Theaters: November 15

    Rated: Not yet rated

    This Charlie's Angels reboot stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska who play "private detectives working for the mysterious Charlie," according to the IMDb description. It was directed by Pitch Perfect's Elizabeth Banks (fun fact: she also wrote the screenplay), and it promises plenty of awe and action.

  • 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood'

    16

    Hits Theaters: November 22

    Rated: Not yet rated

    Tom Hanks plays Mister Fred Rogers in this biopic. The movie goes behind the scenes of the popular television host's life as it's revealed he really was that great a man. According to IMDb, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is based on the true story of Rogers' friendship with journalist Tom Junod, a man assigned to write a piece on Rogers and whose outlook on life changed in the process.

  • 'Frozen 2'

    17

    Hits Theaters: November 22

    Rated: Not yet rated

    Anna and Elsa's adventures continue in the Disney sequel to Frozen. Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven all return for this next installment, which takes the gang far away from the city of Arendelle as they attempt to learn where Elsa's powers came from in the first place.

  • 'Queen & Slim'

    18

    Hits Theaters: November 27

    Rated: R

    The Bonnie & Clyde of our generation? Guess we'll have to wait and see. In Queen & Slim, "a couple's first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over." The movie's screenplay was written by Master of None star Lena Waithe and it stars Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out and Black Panther) and Jodie Turner-Smith.

  • 'Knives Out'

    19

    Hits Theaters: November 27

    Rated: Not yet rated

    This comedy crime drama stars heavy hitters like Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Toni Collette, among others. The story line picks up when rich crime author Harlan Thrombrey (played by Christopher Plummer) invites his eccentric family to his 85th birthday and is found dead during the party. Suddenly, everyone in the dysfunctional group is a suspect.

  • 'Marriage Story'

    20

    Hits Netflix: December 6

    Rated: R

    This Netflix film stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver as a couple going through a tough divorce. It won't necessarily be the most fun movie to watch, but it's sure to be critically acclaimed.

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