2020 Movie Releases: Dates, Genres, The Full Schedule

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2020 movie releases

2019 just went out of the door, the smoke of its pyre is still in the air but we are already feeling the heat of 2020. 2019 was a good year for the industry. It was a year that Netflix consolidated its power by giving us great shows, the most outstanding been Martin Scorcese’s “The Irishman” which brought out the geniuses in Robert De Niro and Al Pacino (in fact, I am playing “In The Still of The Night” as I write this). If there was something Netflix showed us in 2019, it is that they have the money and they are not afraid of spending big to make powerful movies.

2019 was also the best year for billion-dollar films. In 2017, only three films made ten figures. In 2018, this number rose to five. Eight movies hit worldwide billion dollars earnings. Disney led the fray with six movies since most of the biggest earners were either remakings or sequels with “Avengers Endgame” topping the list with 2 billion dollars plus change. Closely followed by the Lion King and ably supported by the likes of “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, “Joker”, “Captain Marvel”, “Aladdin“, and “Toy Story 4”. Disney is the biggest winner of 2020.

It is not about money, 2019. We saw great performances. The return of Leonardo DiCaprio whose team-up in “Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood” with Brad Pitt turned out to be one of the highlights of the year. Jennifer Lopez in “Hustlers” was great, Adam Driver was on fire in “Marriage Story“. Disagree with the making of “Joker” however you want but you cannot deny the fact that Joaquin Phoenix was untouchable. 2019 was the year we saw the force called The Rock seize a plane mid-flight and hold it down. Phew.

It is nearly impossible to summarize the movies and performances of 2019. It is easier to look ahead into 2020.

“Fast and Furious 9” is coming in 2020. “Wonder Woman 1984” is coming in 2020 and Gal Gadot is expected to kick aces*. Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” starring John David Washington, will be released in July 2020. I saw the trailer and it invokes memories of “Inception” and “Interstellar”. H.G Wells’ 1933 novel “The Invisible Man” will become a film in 2020. Daniel Graig’s last movie as James Bond, “No Time to Die”, is scheduled to come out in April 2020. And with “Black Widow”, Disney is offering something that can rake in a billion dollars. As usual.

One of the earliest 2020 movies is the latest of the “Bad Boys” franchise “Bad Boys for Life” starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence to do their thing. Michael Bay isn’t the director. This film was made in 2019 and it might have coincided with the time Bay was making the hit and miss”6 Underground” for Netflix. We will see how Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi fared.

Note that all the movies are theatrical releases except for a score or so movies that are direct to video for which we marked like this:  (Video). Note, too, that this list is not complete. Some movies will be added to the later part of the year and some will see their date of release twerked now and again and for the movies marked TDB, their time of confirmation will come. While most of these movies are western releases, we have a few Nigerian movies marked (NIG) and South African movies marked (RSA).

Bookmark this page and refresh from time to time as we will update this as soon as we get wind of fresh information and additions. We will be diligent, this once. If you felt we left any important movie out, contact us.

January 2020 Movie Releases

January 3    

City of Joel  –   Documentary

The Grudge –    Horror

January 7   

Love and Sunshine  –  Drama  (Video)

Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe – Drama (Video)

A Shoe Addict’s Christmas    –    Drama (Video)

Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas    –  Drama (Video)

January 10 

Afterward  – Documentary

Chhapaak – Drama

Erde  – Documentary

Inherit the Viper  –  Drama

Like a Boss  – Comedy

The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson  –  Thriller/Suspense

Three Christs  –  Drama

Underwater  –  Thriller/Suspense

January 12   

VHYes – Comedy

January 14     

2050   –   Drama

January 17   

Bad Boys For Life  – Action 

Dolittle – Adventure

Extracurricular  –  Horror

The Host – Thriller/Suspense

The Last Full Measure  –  Drama

Troop Zero  – Comedy (Video)

The Wave  – Thriller/Suspense

January 20

Speed of Life – Drama

January 21     

D-Love – Drama

January 22     

Drive  – Action

January 23         

Blind Eyes Opened –  Documentary

January 24        

Assassin 33 A.D.  – Drama

Color Out of Space   –  Horror

The Gentlemen   –  Action

Run  – Thriller/Suspense

The Turning   –   Horror

January 31

The Assistant  –  Drama

Gretel & Hansel  –  Horror

José   –  Drama

The Rhythm Section  Thriller/Suspense

Poppie Nongena (RSA)

Jan, 2020 TBD 

2020 Oscar Shorts – Multiple Genres

February 2020 Movie Releases

February 5

 La fille au bracelet – Drama

February 7

 Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Em… -Adventure

Cane River – Drama

The Son of a Prominent Journalist – Documentary

February 12

To all the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You – Drama  (Video)

February 14

Buffaloed – Comedy

Come As You Are – Comedy

Downhill – Drama

Fantasy Island – Horror

Vergeet my nie (RSA)

First Lady  – Romantic Comedy

Olympic Dreams – Romantic Comedy

The Photograph – Drama

Sonic The Hedgehog – Adventure

The Times of Bill Cunningham  –  Documentary

What About Love  –  Drama

February 21      

Acquitted by Faith   –  Drama

Bloodshot   – Action

Brahms: The Boy II   –   Horror

Call of the Wild  – Adventure

Conundrum: Secrets Among Friends  – Drama

Emma – Drama

Greed  – Comedy

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson – Documentary

Las Pildoras De Mi Novio –  Romantic Comedy

Premature   –  Drama

February 24 

Free Burma Rangers   –  Documentary

February 28  

10 Things We Should Do Before We Brea…   – Comedy     

Burden – Drama

The Invisible Man  –  Thriller/Suspense

Saint Frances  –   Multiple Genres         

Wendy – Drama

March 2020

March 1

The Education of Fredrick Fitzell   –  Thriller/Suspense

March 6

The Burnt Orange Heresy   –  Thriller/Suspense

First Cow  –  Drama

Onward   –  Adventure

The Way Back – Drama

March 13

I Still Believe – Drama

Inside the Rain – Romantic Comedy

Molly –  Drama

My Spy – Comedy

Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always  – Drama

Slay the Dragon – Documentary

Swallow  – Drama

March 15   

Untitled Blumhouse Horror Project   –  Horror

March 20 

The Climb – Drama

A Quiet Place: Part II  – Horror

Griekwastad (RSA)

March 27    

Mulan   Adventure

Singleholic (RSA)

Winter, 2020 TBD    

Timmy Failure  –  Adventure (Video)

April 2020 Movie Releases


April 3 Fatherhood  –  Drama

The Lovebirds –  Comedy

The New Mutants  – Action

Peter Rabbit 2  – Adventure

April 8 

No Time to Die – Action

April 10

Rise  –  Drama

April 17

Antlers – Horror

Monster Problems  – Adventure

Promising Young Woman – Thriller/Suspense

The Secret: Dare to Dream – Drama

Trolls: World Tour  –  Adventure

Y Como Es El  – Comedy

April 24

Antebellum  –  Thriller/Suspense

Bad Trip  –  Comedy

May, 2020

May 1 

Black Widow  – Action

Dream Horse  – Drama

May 8

Greyhound (RSA)

Barbie – Comedy

Covers  – Comedy

Greyhound  – Drama

Legally Blonde 3  – Comedy

P31 – Adventure

The Personal History of David Copperf…  – Drama

May 15

Scoob!  – Adventure

Untitled Saw Film –  Horror

The Woman in the Window  –  Thriller/Suspense

May 22

Fast and Furious 9 – Action

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run – Adventure

May 29

Artemis Fowl – Adventure

May, 2020 TBD 

Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy – Documentary

June 2020 Movie Releases

June 5  

Wonder Woman 1984  –  Action

June 12

Candyman – Horror

June 19

King of Staten Island – Comedy

Soul – Adventure

June 24

Garfield  –   Adventure

June 26

In The Heights  – Musical

Top Gun: Maverick – Action

June 30

The Sessions (NIG)

June 2020 TBD   

Crescendo  –  Theatrical

The Phenomenon  – Documentary

Spring, 2020 TBD   

John Lewis: Good Trouble – Documentary

Straight Up  – Romantic Comedy

July 2020

July 3    

Free Guy – Action

Minions: The Rise of Gru –  Adventure

July 10  

Ghostbusters: Afterlife – Adventure

Untitled Next Purge Chapter – Horror

July 17  

Bob’s Burgers – Musical

Tenet – Action

July 24

Jungle Cruise – Adventure

July 31   Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar  – Comedy

Morbius  –  Horror

Rumble – Action

August 2020 Movie Releases

August 7 

Infinite – Thriller/Suspense

August 8

Love Feast (NIG)

August 14   

Escape Room 2  – Thriller/Suspense

Malignant  – Thriller/Suspense

Nobody  –Theatrical

The One and Only Ivan  – Adventure

Respect  –  Drama

August 20       

The Empty Man – Thriller/Suspense

August 21  

Bill & Ted Face the – Music Comedy

Let Him Go – Drama

August 28    

Spell – Horror

Unhinged – Thriller/Suspense

September 2020


September 4 

Monster Hunter   –   Adventure Theatrical

September 11 

The Conjuring 3 – Horror

September 18 

The King’s Man –  Action

The Mitchells vs. The Machines – Comedy

Without Remorse – Action

September 25  

Last Night in Soho  –  Thriller/Suspense

The Many Saints of Newark  – Drama

Praise This  – Musical

The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Drama

September 2020 TBD

The Prom  – Drama   (Video)

Summer, 2020 TBD   

Harder Than You Think  – Documentary

The Trip to Greece  –    Comedy

October 2020

October 2

BIOS –  Adventure

Material Two (RSA)

Venom 2 – Action

October 9    

Death on the Nile  – Thriller/Suspense

Fatale – Thriller/Suspense

The Witches  – Adventure

October 16 

Halloween Kills – Horror

Snake Eyes – Action

October 21  

Adieu les cons   Comedy

November 2020

November 6 

The Eternals  –  Action

Stillwater – Drama

November 13 

Clifford the Big Red Dog – Adventure

Deep Water  – Thriller/Suspense

Red Notice  –  Action

November 20   

Fang – Action

Godzilla vs. Kong  – Action

Happiest Season – Romantic Comedy

Samaritan –  Action

November 25   

King Richard  –  Drama

Raya and the Last Dragon

Nov, 2020 TBD  

The Christmas Chronicles 2 – Adventure

December 2020 Movie Releases

December 18 

Coming to America 2  – Comedy

Dune –  Adventure

Uncharted – Action

West Side Story – Musical

December 23    

The Croods 2    –  Adventure

Tom and Jerry  – Adventure

December 25  

The Last Duel   –  Drama

News of the World    –   Drama

December 31 

American Skin   Drama

TBD Releases

The following films are set for 2020 but with no specific release dates

All Rise – Drama

American Fighter –  Drama

Anastasia  –  Adventure

The Bobot –   Adventure

The Boys in the Band  – Drama

The Capote Tapes  – Documentary

Chaos Walking – Action

Concrete Gold – Comedy (Video)

Cut Throat City – Drama

Death of Me – Horror

The Devil All the Time  – Horror

Dreamkatcher  – Horror

Dreamland  –  Drama

Extinct  – Theatrical

The Eyes of Tammy Faye  – Drama

Fear Street  – Horror

First Ladies – Comedy (Video)

Freaks  Drama (Video)

French Exit – Comedy

Fyre Festival  – Unconfirmed

Home Alone –  Comedy (Video)

How to Build a Girl – Comedy

I’m Thinking of Ending Things  – Drama (Video)

Isi and Ossi – Romantic Comedy (Video)

Jingle Jangle – Musical (Video)

The Last Thing He Wanted – Drama Video

The Loud House – Comedy (Video)

The Main Event – Action  (Video)

Mosul  – Drama

My Father’s Dragon – Unconfirmed (Video)

Over the Moon Musical (Video)

Resistance – Drama

Safety – Drama Video

Sérgio  – Drama   Video

Sound of Freedom –  Action

Synchronic – Thriller/Suspense

The War with Grandpa  Comedy

The Willoughbys  – Adventure

Wish Dragon – Adventure

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Amos JC

Amos JC

Amos JC is the head of movies and TV content.