Most anticipated movies of 2021

Movies 2021

Happy New Year cinephiles and yes, another year of great cinema lies ahead! 

2020 unfortunately did not turn out to be as expected either in personal lives or for cinema. However, this doesn’t stop us from looking towards the 2021 slate. And yes, it seems promising.

I’ve called out the OTTs as well wherever applicable. Also highlighted the franchise and the name of famous director/actor wherever needed.

Starting with the favorite – 2021 seems to be the year of Tom Cruise with Top Gun & Mission Impossible sequels. Pixar – with two movies in 2020, it reserved one spot for 2021. MCU has bigger plans this year – with a break in 2020, it returns with 4 movies! DCEU maintains a quieter year with James Gunn getting into their camp.

In terms of big names, Sir Ridley Scott returns with not one, but two movies – The Last Duel and Gucci. One each from Damien Chazelle, Steven Spielberg and Denis Villeneuve makes last quarter even more interesting. Meanwhile, Edgar Wright, Cary Joji Fukunaga have their offerings in the first half of 2021. Peter Jackson and Baz Luhrmann return after long breaks for music artist based movies: on The Beatles & Elvis Presley respectively.

And there are enough film festival films which are awaiting release dates (defined in the latter half).

Other franchises also return with sequels specially The Matrix, The Kingsman, Fast & Furious, A Quiet Place, The Conjuring etc. 

Without further ado, here is the list:

7 Jan: Pieces Of A Woman – Netflix

8 Jan: Herself – Amazon Prime

11 Jan: Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy – Netflix

15 Jan: Wrath Of Man – directed by Guy Ritchie starring Jason Statham, yet again 

15 Jan: One Night In Miami – Amazon Prime

15 Jan: The Marksman – action flick starring Liam Neeson

15 Jan: Outside the Wire – Netflix

22 Jan: Our Friend

22 Jan: The White Tiger – Netflix

29 Jan: The Dig – Netflix

29 Jan: The Little Things – HBO Max

29 Jan: Palmer – Apple TV+

29 Jan: Supernova

5 Feb: Malcolm & Marie – Netflix

5 Feb: A Glitch In The Matrix

5 Feb: Little Fish

12 Feb: French Exit

12 Feb: Minari

12 Feb: Land – directed by & starring Robin Wright

19 Feb: Nomadland

19 Feb: The Mauritanian

19 Feb: I Care A Lot – Netflix

26 Feb: Tom & Jerry – HBO Max

5 Mar: Raya And The Last Dragon – Disney+, 

5 Mar: Coming To America – Amazon Prime

5 Mar: Chaos Walking

12 Mar: Cherry – Apple TV+ 

12 Mar: The King’s Man

12 Mar: The Many Saints Of Newark – prequel to The Sopranos, on HBO Max

2 Apr: No Time To Die – Daniel Craig’s last feature as James Bond, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga

16 Apr: Bios – starring Tom Hanks

16 Apr: Reminiscence – HBO Max

23 Apr: A Quiet Place Part II

23 Apr: Last Night In Soho – directed by Edgar Wright

7 May: Black Widow – MCU

21 May: Godzilla Vs. Kong – HBO Max

28 May: F9

28 May: Cruella 

28 May: Infinite – directed by Antoine Fuqua

4 Jun: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It – HBO Max

4 Jun: Samaritan

18 Jun: Luca – Pixar

18 Jun: In The Heights – HBO Max

2 Jul: Top Gun: Maverick

9 Jul: Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings – MCU

16 Jul: Uncharted

23 Jul: The Tomorrow War

23 Jul: Old – directed by M. Night Shyamalan

30 Jul: The Green Knight – directed by David Lowery

6 Aug: The Suicide Squad – DCEU, directed by James Gunn, on HBO Max

13 Aug: Deep Water – directed by Adrian Lyne

27 Aug: The Beatles: Get Back – directed by Peter Jackson

3 Sep: Jackass 4

17 Sep: Death On The Nile – directed by Kenneth Branagh

1 Oct: Dune – directed by Denis Villeneuve, on HBO Max

15 Oct: The Last Duel – directed by Ridley Scott

5 Nov: Eternals – MCU

5 Nov: Elvis – Baz Luhrmann

19 Nov: Mission: Impossible 7

19 Nov: King Richard – biography, starring Will Smith

24 Nov: Gucci – directed by Ridley Scott

24 Nov: Encanto – Disney animation

10 Dec: West Side Story – directed by Steven Spielberg

17 Dec: Untitled Spider-Man 3 – MCU

22 Dec: The Matrix 4 – HBO Max

22 Dec: The Nightingale

22 Dec: Untitled Sherlock Holmes 3

25 Dec: Babylon – directed by Damien Chazelle

However, many movies whose release dates are awaited: 

The French Dispatch – directed by Wes Anderson

Impasse – directed by Zhang Yimou (Mandarin)

Under The Light – directed by Zhang Yimou (Mandarin)

One Second – directed by Zhang Yimou (Mandarin)

Pinocchio (Netflix) & Nightmare Alley – directed by Guillermo Del Toro

The Tragedy Of Macbeth – directed by Joel Coen

Three Thousand Years Of Longing – directed by George Miller

The Hand Of God – directed by Paolo Sorrentino (Italian), on Netflix

Born To Be Murdered – Netflix

The Northman – directed by Robert Eggers

Decision To Leave – directed by Park Chan-wook (Korean)

A Hero – directed by Asghar Farhadi (Iranian)

Belfast – directed by Kenneth Branagh

Soggy Bottom – directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Harry Haft – directed by Barry Levinson

The Eyes Of Tammy Faye – directed by Michael Showalter

Annete – directed by Leos Carax

Benedetta – directed by Paul Verhoeven (French)

Bergman Island – directed by Mia Hansen-Love

The Way Of The Wind – directed by Terrence Malick

Next Goal Wins – directed by Taika Waititi

Memoria – directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

The Velvet Underground – directed by Todd Haynes (Apple TV+)

Apollo 10(½) – directed by Richard Linklater

The Sparks Brothers – directed by Edgar Wright

Blonde – Netflix

Don’t Look Up – directed by Adam McKay, on Netflix

Swimming Out Until The Sea Turns Blue – directed by Jia Zhangke (Mandarin)

A24’s After Yang, C’mon C’mon, False Positive, The Humans, Red White & Water, Saint Maud, Zola

Happy watching! 🙂

About the author

Vipul Singh

An ardent cinephile who considers movies not only as an entertainment but an experience envisioned by the creative minds, put together by brilliant people. Sometimes the "reel life" teaches you more lessons than the "real life".

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