7 Of The Best Films Of Fall 2019

What a year for film. This year has already given us so many cinematic hits, films that have delighted and challenged us. Us was totally revolutionary, Captain Marvel continued to astonish us, and Toy Story 4 and The Lion King remake both gave us a childhood thrill that was so desperately needed. It feels like cinemas and streaming services become more and more crowded with quality hits by the month. And as powerful as this year has already been, there are so many more to come. Because the best films of fall 2019 offer a veritable smorgasbord, with hard-hitting Oscar contenders, horror sensations, and biopics all among the most exciting films that are coming our way.

It really is a season with something for everyone. We’re seeing big stars and newcomers, we’re seeing grain and grit alongside cutting edge technology. While at times it can be overwhelming to navigate the number of new releases, it’s also incredibly exciting to see the eclectic range of tastes and styles. So it’s time to get excited about the best films of fall 2019 — here are the ones you just don’t want to miss, from experimental horror to star-studded crowd-pleasers.

The Irishman

With Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci — all directed by Martin Scorsese — you know that you just can’t miss this instant classic. Get to know World War II veteran Frank Sheeran in post-war America, as this hustler runs with some of the biggest names in crime. A mix of fiction and non-fiction, this Netflix release promises to thrill.

This ambitious project covers decades, following one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history to look at what happened to Jimmy Hoffa. Expect intrigue, gangs, political rivalries, and a lot more. Due to be released toward the end of this year, you can be sure that this star-studded endeavor will be a crime film for the ages.

The Lighthouse

Featuring an almost unrecognizable Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, this film comes from Robert Eggers, director of The Witch. Just from the trailer, you can that this psychological horror-thriller will deliver on its promises. Based on a true story, it tells of two lighthouse keepers who are stranded for months — set in New England, the perfect dramatic backdrop for all such isolationist tales.

A dark, slowly unwinding work that has already reached staggering acclaim, you will be able to see it in theaters everywhere on October 18. But be prepared, it may leave you in pieces as you watch Pattison and Dafoe wrestle with their thoughts, fears, and each other. Remember, there is enchantment in the light.

Judy

Another film based on a true story, ‘Judy’ is a very different endeavor. Following the life of Judy Garland, this biopic starring Renee Zellweger is already getting a lot of Oscar buzz. While many are familiar with Garland’s history as a child star — and of course, her iconic turn in The Wizard of Oz — this film is taking a very different approach to Garland’s life.

Set 30 years later, while she struggles with a weakening voice and the strengthening control of her managers, Judy features the loves and losses of Garland’s later life. Fans of the star will appreciate this unusual, rigorous take on her life — and it will be available in cinemas in the UK on October 2 and in the US on September 27.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

No top movie list would be complete without a Star Wars option. Not only because they seem to come out every season at the moment, but because every single release is highly-anticipated. There are no fans quite as committed as Star Wars fans — and this iteration promises to be especially enticing to those who love to learn more about the cannon, teasing fans with the tagline: Every generation has a legend. 

Fans got a taste of what’s to come with a trailer heavily featuring Rey — as well as some other old favorites. Whether you’re a purist who loves to hate the newer films or you want to soak up every moment of the series you can get, it’s clear that everyone is waiting to see what this chapter will have in store.

IT Chapter Two

This year is certainly delivering on the horror and the scares — and IT Chapter Two is one of the most exciting films of the year. The next installment of the cult favorite, it’s time to learn more about Pennywise. Bringing back old faces and some new ones, the film stars Jessica Chastain as Beverly, James McAvoy as Bill, Bill Hader as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Jay Ryan as Ben, James Ransone as Eddie, and Andy Bean as Stanley.

Evil comes to Derry, Maine every 27 years — so it’s time to see what it looks like this time around. The trailer alone will have you shaking.

JOKER

Another demented clown movie — and yet, the two are worlds apart. It’s going to be incredibly hard to fill Heath Ledger’s shoes, but it looks like Joaquin Phoenix could do it. He’s taking on this iconic role in JOKER, which is released this October. Tracing his origin story, we’ll see how failed comedian Arthur Fleck slowly spirals into madness and crime as the Joker.

This is another major release starring the inimitable Robert Di Nero, Di Nero will be playing Murray Franklin, a talk show host who plays a pivotal roll in the Joker’s descent. If the film even comes close to living up to the trailer, it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

The Goldfinch

For a pace that’s a little gentler — but no less thrilling — The Goldfinch is definitely one of the most highly-anticipated films of the fall. Based off of the novel by Donna Tartt, this film covers the life of Theodore “Theo” Decker after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Starring Ansel Elgort and Nicole Kidman, it looks like a piercing, excoriating film. Donna Tartt is also the mind behind the international sensation “The Secret History”, so many of her fans will be waiting with bated breath. The Goldfinch will be released on September 13.

No matter what you’re looking for this year, there’s something for you in the best films of fall 2019 — so keep your eyes peeled, because there is an embarrassment of riches to be had.