Summer Movie Calendar 2019

A month-by-month list of the biggest 2019 summer movies, from Detective Pikachu and John Wick: Chapter 3 to The Lion King and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

As it did last year, Marvel has chosen to release Avengers: Endgame at the tail end of April, and since it could very well be the biggest movie of the year, we’re going to stretch our Summer Movie Calendar just the tiniest bit to include it. That said, there are still a lot of other hotly anticipated movies opening in May through August, so there should be plenty of options for you to cram in between your repeat viewings of Endgame. Maybe you’re looking for some high-octane action (John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Hobbs & Shaw), some family-friendly entertainment (Detective Pikachu, Toy Story 4, The Lion King), or a few chills (Child’s Play, Annabelle Comes Home). Maybe you’re in the mood for something a little quirkier (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Dead Don’t Die) or a big-budget blockbuster experience (Spider-Man: Far From Home, Godzilla: King of the Monsters). Whatever your tastes, there’s likely to be something to suit you, so check below for the full calendar of the biggest summer movies of 2019 and a few smaller ones you’ll want to keep on your radar.

Avengers: Endgame (2019)
How will Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and the rest of the remaining Avengers actually, you know, avenge their comrades who fell victim to “The Snap” in Infinity War? It’s all led up to this grand finale, an appropriate kickoff to the summer movie season. More

Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Zac Efron and Lily Collins star in this profile of serial killer Ted Bundy that takes the perspective of Bundy’s girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, who begins to reexamine her relationship with him as his crimes begin racking up and making headlines. More

Directed By: Joe Berlinger

The Intruder (2019)
Dennis Quaid goes into full-on stalker mode in this home invasion thriller — sort of — about a young couple who move into a beautiful new home, only to discover that its previous owner isn’t so thrilled about letting it go. More

Directed By: Deon Taylor

Long Shot (2019)
Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen headline this romantic comedy about an aspiring presidential candidate who reconnects with a man she used to babysit as a teen and, charmed by his personality, hires him as her speechwriter. More

Directed By: Jonathan Levine

UglyDolls (2019)
Based on the popular toys of the same name, this animated musical comedy makes use of the talents of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, and more as the UglyDolls encounter a bizarre new town where everyone is perfect. More

Directed By: Kelly Asbury

In this hybrid live-action/animation adventure, Ryan Reynolds lends his voice to the titular Pokémon, who discovers that a young Pokémon trainer can hear his true voice and decides to help him unravel the mystery behind his father’s disappearance. More

Directed By: Rob Letterman

All Is True (2018)
Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in this dramatization of William Shakespeare’s life in 1613, after a fire has devastated the Globe Theater and the famous playwright returns to Stratford to reconnect with his family. More

Directed By: Kenneth Branagh

The Hustle (2019)
Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star in this remake of the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, about a high-class conwoman who sees potential in a petty scam artist and decides to take her under her wings. More

Directed By: Chris Addison

Poms (2019)
Diane Keaton leads an ensemble cast in this feel-good comedy about a woman who reluctantly moves into a retirement community and starts up a cheerleading squad with the other women around her. More

Directed By: Zara Hayes

Tolkien (2019)
Nicolas Hoult stars as the renowned author of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings novels in this drama about the writer’s early years, which would go on to form the basis of his famous books. More

Directed By: Dome Karukoski

Keanu Reeves returns as John Wick in the third — and presumably final — installment in the franchise (TV spinoff notwithstanding), which sees the unkillable assassin extraordinaire on the run from pretty much everyone with a gun. Or a sword. More

Directed By: Chad Stahelski

A Dog's Journey (2019)
Need more wholesome puppy tales in your life? Then clear your schedule for this sequel to 2017’s A Dog’s Purpose, which reintroduces audiences to the Josh Gad-voiced retriever named Bailey and whisks everyone away on a new adventure. More

Directed By: Gail Mancuso

Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton star in this young adult novel-based teen romance about a young couple who fall in star-crossed love just as one of them is struggling to fight against the deportation of her family. More

Directed By: Ry Russo-Young

Ad Astra (2019)
Brad Pitt stars in this sci-fi mystery from James Gray (The ImmigrantThe Lost City of Z) about an engineer who journeys into deep space to learn what happened to his father, who made a similar journey decades ago and never returned. More

Directed By: James Gray

Aladdin (2019)
The second of three live-action Disney remakes hitting theaters this year, Aladdin stars Mena Massoud as the titular street urchin, Will Smith as the genie he meets, and Naomi Scott as the princess he hopes to woo with the genie’s help. More

Directed By: Guy Ritchie

Booksmart (2019)
Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein star in this coming-of-age comedy about a pair of overachieving BFFs who decide to spend their last night as high school students trying to make up for lost playtime. Olivia Wilde’s feature debut impressed at SXSW. More

Directed By: Olivia Wilde

Brightburn (2019)
What if Superman was evil? That’s the question this supernatural thriller asks, as a gifted child from another planet crash-lands on Earth and, despite the love of a young couple who raise him as their own, unleashes terror on his community. More

Directed By: David Yarovesky

The title says it all. Japan’s biggest export returns to do battle with classic nemeses like Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. Caught up in it all is a cast of concerned humans who can do nothing but “let them fight.” More

Directed By: Michael Dougherty

Ma (2019)
Octavia Spencer stars in this thriller about a lonely woman who scores younger friends when she invites some teens to party at her place. There are some odd house rules, though, and we’re willing to bet we find out what happens when they’re broken. More

Directed By: Tate Taylor

Rocketman (2019)
Taron Egerton drapes himself in sequins for this biopic about Elton John’s rise to fame, from his days as a promising prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to his rewarding partnership with longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin. More

Directed By: Dexter Fletcher

Dark Phoenix (2019)
In this chapter of the X-Men saga, the team faces a new threat as Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) is injured during a rescue mission by a mysterious force that changes her into something more sinister. Can she overcome the darkness within? More

Directed By: Simon Kinberg

Late Night (2019)
Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling star in this comedy about a struggling talk show host who forms an unlikely friendship with a newly hired female writer who was brought on staff to help save the show. Kaling wrote the script. More

Directed By: Nisha Ganatra

Max (Patton Oswalt), Snowball (Kevin Hart), Gidget (Jenny Slate), and the rest of the gang are all back in this sequel to the 2016 animated hit that gave us a comedic look at what our pets are up to when we’re not around. More

Directed By: Chris Renaud

The Dead Don't Die (2019)
Adam Driver and Bill Murray headline a killer cast in Jim Jarmusch’s comedy about a couple of small-town cops who find themselves in over their heads when the dead begin coming back to life and shambling about town. More

Directed By: Jim Jarmusch

The Men in Black are back, and this time, one of them is a woman. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson suit up as memebers of MiB’s London bureau, who are dispatched to investigate a series of otherworldly crimes happening on Earth. More

Directed By: F. Gary Gray

Shaft (2019)
Three generations of Shaft come together as Richard Roundtree, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jessie T. Usher unite to help the youngest member of the family, JJ, discover the truth behind his best friend’s death. More

Directed By: Tim Story

Child's Play (2019)
Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tyree Henry reimagine the ’80s horror classic with Mark Hamill voicing the killer doll, who, in this updated version, is a high-tech toy that rejects its programming and embarks on a joyous killing spree. More

Directed By: Lars Klevberg

Toy Story 4 (2019)
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and the Toy Story cast are back in an all-new adventure that finds them trying to rescue a homemade toy named Forky (voiced by Tony Hale) when he and Woody get separated from the group during a road trip. More

Directed By: Josh Cooley

The latest entry in the Annabelle franchise ties in more directly to the Warrens (Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson), who bring the evil doll home and place her in their artifact room, only for her to bring the other spirits in the room to life. More

Directed By: Gary Dauberman

Yesterday (2019)
In a change of pace for director Danny Boyle, Himesh Patel and Lily James star in this rom-com about a struggling musician who wakes from an accident to discover the Beatles never existed… but he still knows all of their music. More

Directed By: Danny Boyle

In this follow-up to the 2017 character reboot, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) takes a trip to Europe with his classmates and meets Nick Fury, who wants him to team up with a new guy named Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) to battle some unusual creatures. More

Directed By: Jon Watts

Jesse Eisenberg stars in this dark comedy about a timid man who, after being mugged, decides to enroll in karate class to learn how to protect himself. When he graduates to his dojo’s night classes, he discovers things aren’t quite what they seem. More

Directed By: Riley Stearns

21 Bridges (2019)
Chadwick Boseman and Sienna Miller star in this crime thriller about an NYPD detective who uncovers a conspiracy while hunting down a pair of cop killers and sees the city go into lockdown in order to prevent them from escaping Manhattan. More

Directed By: Brian Kirk

Crawl (2019)
This survival horror film from Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Piranha 3D) follows a Florida woman who becomes trapped in a flooding house during a hurricane and must fight off the alligators who come looking for an easy meal. More

Directed By: Alexandre Aja

Stuber (2019)
In sort of a comedic take on Michael Mann’s Collateral, Kumail Nanjiani plays an Uber driver who unknowingly picks up a cop (Dave Bautista) on the trail of a killer and becomes wrapped up in the mess. More

Directed By: Michael Dowse

The Farewell (2019)
Awkwafina stars in this Sundance Festival hit about a woman’s struggle to understand why her family in China chooses not to tell their grandmother she is dying, and decide instead to throw a sham wedding to bring everyone together. More

Directed By: Lulu Wang

The Lion King (2019)
Jon Favreau takes the helm for Disney’s “live-action” retelling of the beloved 1994 animated film, hoping to do for it what he did with 2016’s The Jungle Book. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen, and James Earl Jones. More

Directed By: Jon Favreau

Set in 1969, Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated ninth film centers on an actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), his stunt man (Brad Pitt), and, in some tangential way, Charles Manson. That and the movie’s stunning cast is about all we know so far. More

Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

Katie Holmes stars in this sequel to the 2016 horror film, as the mysterious porcelain doll named Brahms finds a new playmate in the form of the young son of a new family who moves into the Heelshire Mansion. More

The popular Nickelodeon TV series character takes to the jungles of South America to locate a lost Incan city and rescue her parents in this adventure starring Isabella Moner, Michael Peña, and Eva Longoria. More

Directed By: James Bobin

Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, and Idris Elba star in this spinoff of the Fast and Furious franchise, as federal agent Luke Hobbs teams up with former bad guy Deckard Shaw to take down an even badder guy with, apparently, superpowers. More

Directed By: David Leitch

The New Mutants (2020)
Five mutants with budding powers try to break out of the mental asylum-like facility where they’ve been quarantined in this horror-tinged, X-Men-adjacent superhero flick based on the comics of the same name. More

Directed By: Josh Boone

Artemis Fowl (2020)
Kenneth Branagh directs this adaptation of the popular fantasy book series about a teen criminal genius who enlists the help of his bodyguard to hunt down a fairy and use its powers to rescue his father. More

Directed By: Kenneth Branagh

Brian Banks (2018)
Aldis Hodge and Greg Kinnear star in this based-on-true-events story about the former NFL player, who was falsely accused of rape during his junior year of high school and spent almost six years in prison. More

Directed By: Tom Shadyac

The Kitchen (2019)
Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss star in this adaptation of the comic miniseries about a trio of mobster wives during the 1970s who decide to take over their husbands’ businesses after they are arrested by the FBI. More

Directed By: Andrea Berloff

Midsommar (2019)
Director Ari Aster returns with a follow-up to his hit horror film Hereditary, this time setting the action in the broad daylight of a Swedish village, where a young couple on vacation clash with a local cult. More

Directed By: Ari Aster

Based on the popular children’s novels, this Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film centers on a group of teens in 1968 who discover a mysterious book written long ago by a troubled young girl and slowly come face to face with its dark secrets. More

Directed By: André Øvredal

Richard Linklater directs this adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name about a hateful woman (Cate Blanchett) who suddenly disappears and her daughter’s efforts to figure out, well, where she went. More

Directed By: Richard Linklater

This 1987-set musical comedy follows a teenager who discovers and becomes obsessed with the music of Bruce Springsteen, much to the chagrin of his conservative Pakistani family, and struggles to decide which path to follow. More

Directed By: Gurinder Chadha

In this sequel to the 2017 thriller, four teen girls exploring an underwater cave system come face to face with a horde of hungry sharks and must decide whether to fight for their lives or flee. Good luck! More

Directed By: Johannes Roberts

Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown, Awkwafina, and Nicki Minaj join Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, and the rest of the returning cast as the angry birds reluctantly unite with their green pig rivals to take on a new threat to their existence. More

Directed By: Thurop Van Orman

Good Boys (2019)
A trio of 12-year-olds set off on a wild adventure to replace a broken drone and help one of them learn how to kiss a girl in this R-rated coming-of-age comedy starring Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, and Brady Noon. More

Directed By: Gene Stupnitsky

The Informer (2019)
Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, and Clive Owen star in this thriller about an ex-con who agrees to help take down a mob boss for the FBI, only for things to go sideways and for him to end up in prison again — this time, undercover. More

Directed By: Andrea Di Stefano

In the grand tradition of movies based on non-narrative children’s toys, we have this animated adventure about a girl (Anya Taylor-Joy) who is transported to a magical world where she must rescue her brother. More

Directed By: Lino DiSalvo

Angel Has Fallen (2019)
First it was Olympus, and then it was London, and now it’s Angel. Gerard Butler returns as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, who is accused of a presidential assassination attempt and must clear his name. More

Directed By: Ric Roman Waugh

Overcomer (2019)
This faith-based inspirational sports drama follows a high school basketball coach-turned-cross-country coach who makes it his mission to help a young athlete achieve her dreams. More

Directed By: Alex Kendrick