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Previewing the Best Fall 2018 Box Office Releases (Period Dramas & Romance)

As summer transitions to autumn, we bring to you a preview of some of the best movies coming your way.

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This Fall has more variety than usual for those of us looking for more than blockbusters or Oscar bait. From dramas to romantic comedies to supernatural thrillers to YA adaptations and more. There’s an adaptation of Little Women set in contemporary times, numerous period dramas, and a romantic comedy starring a rom-com favorite.

Previewing the Best Fall 2018 Box Office Releases (Period Dramas & Romance)
Keira Knightley is the Sugar Plum Fairy and Mackenzie Foy is Clara in THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS. Photo: Disney

As usual, this isn’t an all comprehensive list. This preview mostly focuses on period/costume drama, romance, and Modern Romanticism. Below is a variety of upcoming releases that sound as if they have the potential to be fabulous! Hope you find something that interests you, too.

Previewing the Best Fall 2018 Box Office Releases

September – November releases, all sorted by release dates (subject to change)

1: Operation Finale – August 31

Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley | Period Drama, Historical | PG-13

This one is already in theaters, but it deserves a mention. It’s based on historical events about a group of secret agents who hunt down the Nazi responsible for the Holocaust. The trailer is intense but intriguing.

2: God Bless the Broken Road – September 7

Lindsay Pulsipher, Jordin Sparks, Andrew W. Walker | Drama, Faith | PG

This drama tells the story of a woman who loses her husband in Afghanistan. The film includes country music, faith, and pays tribute to the military (something I always admire). Plus, Hallmark Channel favorite Andrew Walker co-stars!

3: Another Time – September 14 (Limited Release)

Justin Hartley, Arielle Kebbel | Time Travel Romance | NR

Justin Hartley of This is Us stars in this indie time travel romance that looks promising!

4. Unbroken: Path to Redemption – September 14 (Limited Release)

Samuel Hunt, Merritt Patterson | Historical Drama | PG-13

The continued story of Olympian and World War II hero, Louis Zamperini. Based on the bestselling novel.

5: Colette – September 21 (Limited Release)

Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Eleanor Tomlinson | Period Drama | R for some sexuality

This biopic features Keira Knightley in the titular role as a French novelist who writes books that her husband publishes in his name. As the book reaches masses of success, Colette struggles to find her own voice under the demeaning opinions of her society and her husband.

6: The House with a Clock in Its Walls – September 21

Cate Blanchett, Jack Black | Historical Fantasy, Family, Supernatural | PG

Alongside his uncle (who has supernatural abilities), a boy sets out to find a magical clock. An instrument that could bring about the end of the world. This one is also based on a novel.

7: Life Itself – September 21

Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening, Antonia Banderas | Drama | R for language and violent images

From Amazon Studios and the writer of This is Us, this drama looks as if it will tell a multiple perspective vignette type story. If the trailer is any indication, it also looks as if an unexpected event from the past alters the present in a bittersweet way.

8: Little Women – September 28

Lea Thompson | Adaptation, Romance | PG-13

This romantic-comedy introduces us to the contemporary versions of the beloved March sisters and their mother. Plus, Lucas Grabeel (of High School Musical fame) co-stars as Laurie.

9: The Old Man & The Gun – October 5 (Limited Release)

Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover | Dramedy, Crime, Romance | PG-13

Robert Redford stars in his final film in the true story about the criminal, Forrest Tucker. If the trailer and fabulous reviews are any indications of the quality, this one looks amazing. The romance between Redford and Spacek seems promising as well.

10: The Happy Prince – October 10 (Limited Release)

Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Emily Watson| Dramedy, Period Biopic | R for nudity, sexuality, and language

This period biopic about Oscar Wilde in his final days reunites Colin Firth and Rupert Everett on the screen!

11: First Man – October 12

Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy | Drama, Historical | PG-13

A biopic that tells the story of Neil Armstrong, and takes a look at his journey to be the first man to walk on the moon.

12: I Still See You – October 12 (Limited Release)

Bella Thorne, Dermot Mulroney, Richard Harmon | Supernatural Thriller, Romance, Urban Fantasy | PG-13

The world is haunted by ghosts after an apocalyptic event. Ten years later, Roni (Thorne) receives a threatening message from a ghost so she teams up with a mysterious classmate to try to stop a serial killer.

13: Jane and Emma – October 12 (Limited Release)

Danielle Deadwyler, Emily Goss | Period Drama, Biopic | PG-13

The true story of the friendship between Jane Manning James and Emma Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith (the LDS prophet) on the eve of his assassination.

14: The Hate U Give – October 19

Amandla Stenberg | Drama, Adaptation | PG-13

Based on the NY Times best-selling novel, this YA adaptation is all about the early praise. Amandla Stenberg (from the charming Everything, Everything) leads the cast as a teen girl who witnesses her best friend being shot by a cop.

15: Wildlife – October 19 (Limited Release)

Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal | Period Drama | PG-13

This one looks to be from the perspective of a teen boy as he observes his parent’s marriage unraveling. Carey Mulligan stars, which seems to suggest a good story. Plus, it will be lovely to see Mulligan again because it’s been a while since we’ve seen the talented Brit on the big screen.

16: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – November 2

Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Mackenzie Foy | Adaptation, Fantasy | Rated: PG

Directed (in part) by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat), this Disney fantasy is the first of the holiday season’s “big” blockbusters. With its A-list cast and lush cinematography, I predict this one will be a popular “must-see.” Plus, this one features a reunion between Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen (Pride & Prejudice).

17: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – November 9

Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Johnny Depp | Historical Fantasy | PG-13

The second installment in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ world (by J.K Rowling). No doubt, this one is set to continue the adventures of Newt and his band of misfit friends. Johnny Depp also returns for this sequel.

18: Peterloo – November 9 (Limited Release)

Rory Kinnear | Drama, Historical | PG-13

Based on a real event in history, this drama recounts the events of the 1819 Peterloo massacre; a rally during which British forces attacked the democracy group.

19: A Private War – November 16

Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan | Drama, Biopic | PG-13

Inspired by the true events surrounding the journalist, Marie Colvin, and the stories she pursues.

20: Robin Hood – November 21

Taren Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan | Adventure, Period Drama | PG-13

As its title reveals, this one re-tells the urban Robin Hood legend. It looks to boast stylized action sequences and of course, the iconic romance between Robin and Marian. With its A-list cast, this one promises to be a good time at the box office. (On a personal note, I’ve been waiting for this since its production announcement; here’s hoping it’s good.)

21: Second Act – November 21

Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, Milo Ventimiglia | Romantic Comedy | PG-13

Jennifer Lopez returns to rom-com bliss (following her recent role in a gritty TV crime drama) in a comedy that looks adorable. It’s about a working-class woman who fakes a resume to get a high powered job. Milo Ventimiglia of Gilmore Girls (and more recently of This Is Us) co-stars.


Looking for something a little different? These films are also set to drop during the fall 2018 box office season!

  • A Boy, A Girl, A Dream | Romance | September 14 (Limited Release) | R for language
  • The Children Act | Drama | September 14  (Limited Release) | R for a sexual reference
  • A Star is Born | Drama, Musical, Romance | October 5 | R for language, sexuality
  • Serenity | Drama, Thriller | October 19 | NR
  • Indivisible | Drama, Faith, Romance| October 28 | PG-13
  • Bohemian Rhapsody | Drama, Biopic | November 2 | PG-13
  • Boy Erased | Period Drama | November 9 (Limited Release) | NR
  • Instant Family | Comedy, Family | November 16 (Limited Release) | NR
  • Stuck | Drama, Musical | November 16 (Limited Release) | PG-13
  • Green Book | Period Drama | November 21 | PG-13
  • The Favourite | Historical Drama, Dark Comedy, Biopic | November 23 (Limited Release) | R for sexual content, nudity, and language
  • If Beale Street Could Talk | Drama, Romance | November 30 (Limited Release) | Rated R for language and sexual content
  • Mirai | Animation, Fantasy | November 30 (Limited Release) | NR

Will you be seeing any of these? Have I missed one you plan to see? Let me know what’s in your box office plans! I’d love to learn about your anticipated movie outings.

Featured image: Robin Hood. Photo Credit – Lionsgate

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By on September 11th, 2018

About Rissi JC

Rissi is a self-diagnosed Bookaholic and TV fandom addict. She’s currently an avid blogger and reader who enjoys interacting with readers, and often dreams about finishing her first novel. When not writing or reading, she can be found working as an INSPYs advisory board member or contributing to e-zines. Her scribbles are housed on her blog Finding Wonderland (https://www.rissiwrites.com).

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