Films To Watch Out for in 2024

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Another year of brilliant movies comes to an end, but there are already so many more to look forward to in 2024.

From projects from seasoned directors such as Barry Jenkins and Ava DuVernay to exciting debuts, here's a list of films to keep an eye out for next year.


  • Release date: January 19

Ava DuVernay's latest has already debuted in some theaters, but its wider release kicks off on January 19, 2024. Based on Isabel Wilkerson's book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, the film depicts the unspoken system that has shaped America and chronicles how lives today are defined by a hierarchy of human divisions. Starring Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Jon Bernthal, Emily Yancy and Niecy Nash, the film has opened to wide praise from critics and a 78% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Bob Marley: One Love

  • Release date: February 14

Kingsley Ben-Adir stars in this look at the life of legendary reggae musician Bob Marley. Produced in partnership with the Marley family, Reinaldo Marcus Green directs with Lashana Lynch, James Norton, Michael Gandolfini and Micheal Ward starring alongside Ben-Adir.

Dune: Part Two

  • Release date: March 1

Denis Villeneuve's Dune: Part Two has been long anticipated since Part One hit theaters in 2021. After delays, the film is now just a mere few months away. Audiences will soon get to see Paul Atreides unite with Chani and the Fremen while seeking revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Timothée Chalamet stars alongside Zendaya, Florence Pugh, Rebecca Ferguson, Austin Butler, Léa Seydoux, Josh Brolin, Christopher Walken, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson and Tim Blake Nelson.


  • Release date: April 26

Challengers is another victim of delays, but it is now confirmed that the director of Call Me By Your Name will bring his latest to theaters in April. Originally meant to debut at this year's Venice Film Festival, the film starring Zendaya, Mike Faist and Josh O'Connor follows three players who knew each other when they were teenagers as they compete in a tennis tournament to be the world-famous grand slam winner, and reignite old rivalries on and off the court.

Back to Black

  • Release date: May 10

Sam Taylor-Johnson is bringing the story of Amy Winehouse to the big screen. With Marisa Abela playing the icon, the film promises to be a never-before-seen glimpse into Amy Winehouse's early rise to fame and the release of her groundbreaking studio album, Back to Black. Jack O'Connell, Lesley Manville, Eddie Marsan and Bronson Webb also star.

My Ex-Friend's Wedding

  • Release date: May 10

Kay Cannon is back in the director's chair for this story about four friends who try to stop a wedding when, on the eve of their former best friend's wedding, they receive a drunken voicemail from her, confessing that she believes she is making a mistake. Cannon co-wrote the screenplay with Taylor Jenkins Reid and Ashley Rodger, and the film will star Amanda Seyfried, Ariana DeBose, Chloe Fineman, Megan Stalter and Liza Koshy.

The Bikeriders

  • Release date: June 21

The Bikeriders also hit the brakes as it was due to release this year but will now grace theaters in June. It follows the rise of a midwestern motorcycle club as it evolves over the course of a decade - from a gathering place for local outsiders into a more sinister gang, threatening the original group's way of life. The cast is full of stars, including Tom Hardy, Austin Butler, Jodie Comer, Michael Shannon and Mike Faist, who make a beautiful ensemble in this adaptation of Danny Lyon's 1967 photobook of the same name.

Related: The Bikeriders Review: A Compelling Study of Power and Influence

Flint Strong

  • Release date: August 9

The Academy Award-nominated cinematographer behind Mudbound is set to make her feature directorial debut with Flint Strong. The story follows Claressa 'T-Rex' Shields, a boxer from Flint, Michigan, who trained to become the first woman in her country's history to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport. The screenplay has been penned by the Oscar-winning Barry Jenkins, with the cast set to be made up of Ryan Destiny, Brian Tyree Henry, Olunike Adeliyi, Lanette Ware and Jessica Grossi.

WICKED: Part One

  • Release date: November 27

If you're on the internet, you've likely already seen the behind-the-scenes footage floating around of the musical adaptation of Stephen Schwartz's WICKED. Starring Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande, WICKED tells the story of how a green-skinned woman framed by the Wizard of Oz becomes the Wicked Witch of the West. Set to release in two parts part one will hit theaters on Thanksgiving.

Mufasa: The Lion King

  • Release date: December 20

Barry Jenkins doesn't disappoint, and that's why people are curious to see what he does with the upcoming live-action Disney film, which follows Simba, who, having become king of the Pride Lands, is determined for his cub to follow in his paw prints while the origins of his late father Mufasa are explored. The voice cast includes Aaron Pierre, Kelvin Harrison Jr., John Kani, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen.


  • Release date: December 25

Lily-Rose Depp stars as Ellen Hutter in director Robert Eggers’ NOSFERATU, a Focus Features release<p>Courtesy of Focus Features / © 2023 FOCUS FEATURES LLC</p>
Lily-Rose Depp stars as Ellen Hutter in director Robert Eggers’ NOSFERATU, a Focus Features release

Courtesy of Focus Features / © 2023 FOCUS FEATURES LLC

Christmas is going Gothic with Robert Eggers' latest, which features a tale of obsession between a haunted young woman and the terrifying vampire infatuated with her. It has a fantastic cast list, including Emma Corrin, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Willem Dafoe, Nicholas Hoult, Bill Skarsgård, Ralph Ineson, Simon McBurney, Paul A Maynard, Stacy Thunes and Lily-Rose Depp.

Sing Sing

  • Release date: TBC

One to watch out for - which is yet to have a confirmed release date but seems like one that could float around this time next year - is the sophomore feature of Greg Kwedar. Sing Sing is based on a true story and follows a theater group that escapes the reality of incarceration through the creativity of staging a play. Colman Domingo stars alongside Sean Dino Johnson, Clarence Maclin, Paul Raci, Sean San Jose, Miguel Valentin and John Divine G Whitfield in this unique piece, which features formerly incarcerated actors. The film already has 93% on Rotten Tomatoes from the 14 lucky critics who got to see it during this year's Toronto International Film Festival release. It looks like it will be one to watch in 2024.