40 Movies I Can’t Wait to Watch This Fall

With a movie watchlist of over 600 films, it can be really hard to pick what to watch next. And since Fall/Winter is basically the best time of the year to watch movies, I figured narrowing it down to those movies I’ve been itching to watch was the best way to tackle it. So here you go, the 40 Movies I Can’t Wait to Watch This Fall:

[ in order of release ]

Safety Last!, 1923
Because I want to see what this Lloyd fellow is all about.
FrankeNstein, 1931
Because I love Dracula and can’t wait for some more classic horror.
Top Hat, 1935
Because I have yet to see an Astaire film, and this is supposedly his finest.
citizen kane, 1941
Because I still haven’t seen it.

the killers, 1946
Because Lancaster and Gardner together sounds positively explosive.

the night of the hunter, 1955
Because it looks like one of the most haunting and gorgeous b&w films I’ll ever see.
high noon, 1952
Because if anyone can make me like westerns, that someone is Gary Cooper.
Det sjunde inseglet, 1957 [ the seventh seal ]
Because it looks enigmatic and filled with meaning.
à Bout de Souffle, 1960 [ breathless ]
Because I know next to nothing about french new wave.

peeping tom, 1960

Because it has a killer concept and what looks like great visuals.
Les yeux sans visage, 1960 [ eyes without a face ]
Because it looks insanely creepy.
Såsom i en spegel, 1961 [ through a glass darkly ]
Because I’ve seen half of it and it’s basically a crime to not see it through.

la  notte, 1961
Because it’s italian, which to me means sexy, beautiful, and sensitive. 
dr. strangelove or: 
how i learned to stop worrying and love the bomb, 1964
Because it looks creative, possibly genius.
Faces, 1968
Because I saw a clip and was instantly hooked. Brilliant.

the elephant man, 1980
Because it looks like a classic horror film that I would love, 
yet it’s Lynch in the 80s, which sounds awesome.

la haine, 1995
Because Fall is the time to watch gritty movies.
persona, 1966
Because I probably should’ve already.
fatal attraction, 1987
Because it looks intense and I miss a good Douglas film.

Henry & June, 1990
Because Anaïs Nin is my latest literary obsession.
the blair witch project, 1999
Because it’s been a long time since I’ve had a good scare.
Fa yeung nin wa, 2000 [ in the mood for love ]
Because it’s about time I see some asian films, and this sounds like a good place to start.

SECRETARY, 2002
Because it’s like Fifty Shades of Grey, but possibly infinitely better.
And funny.
Låt den rätte komma in, 2008 [ let the right one in ]
Because again, I need some quality horror this Fall.
LOVELY, STILL, 2008
Because it looks like the sweetest thing I’ll ever see.
the vicious kind, 2009
Because this is the film that made me do this list in the first place!

La piel que habito, 2011 [ the skin i live in ]

Because it looks disturbing and beautiful, which is a killer combination.
Doesn’t the mask remind you of Les Yeux Sans Visage?
Perhaps I’ll make it a double feature.

MICHAEL, 2011
Because it has an impossible premise and still came out on top.
I want to know how.

we need to talk about kevin, 2011
Because everyone raves about it, and I’d never miss a chance to see Swinton on screen.

OSLO, 31 AUGUST, 2011

Because I’m making a conscious effort to watch more foreign/indie films, 
since so far the ones I’ve seen became instant favourites.


WUTHERING HEIGHTS, 2011
Because I could never finish the novel, and I’m hoping Andrea Arnold’s adaptation changes that.

broken, 2012
Because british dramas never disappoint.
COSMOPOLIS, 2012

Because I like Pattinson and usually enjoy this type of movie.

DE ROUILLE ET D’OS, 2012 [ RUST AND BONES ]

Because it sounds like an emotional rollercoaster.

AMOUR, 2012
Because I’m a sucker for depressing love stories, provided they can still inspire. 
And Michael Haneke.

maniac, 2012

Because it looks creative and a bit crazy.
Adore, 2013
Because it looks like the kind of story I like. And they’re hot.

ONLY GOD FORGIVES, 2013
Because it should be amazing, yet everyone hates it.

UPSTREAM COLOR, 2013
Because I keep thinking it’s asian and forgetting what it is about.
 And that’s just stupid.
calvary, 2014
Because I’ve already seen half of it and really need to finish it!

have you seen any of these? do you have a Fall watchlist, too?
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  • Oh Eyes without a face and Skin I live in are both excellent and very similar. Secretary is amazing too, apart from slightly messy 3rd act. Blair Witch Project is insanely scary! I keep waiting for Gone Girl so it’s my main movie on the watchlist.

    • Ooh I’m waiting for Gone Girl, too. I kept new releases out of this list because I never know when they’re going to premiere in Portugal – they keep changing the dates :/

  • I love these list posts you do of movies you can’t wait to watch, I remember you did an anticipation one earlier this year about the new releases? Anyway, I’m keen on watching La Haine now.. so thank you, my to watch list just got a bit bigger yet again.

    Just today I thought about making a list post as well but I’m still unclear on the exact topic.. this might have given me a new idea though.

    • This is payback for your fall series list that made *my* weekly tv schedule insane! Oooh do it, I love your lists, too!

  • Okay, I’m going to chime in on your first few films (obviously, because they’re “old” and that’s what I specialize in lol). Here we go: Safety Last! is hilarious, Frankenstein is a little boring if I’m being honest but it’s still an EPIC film, Top Hat is hilarious thanks to EEH, Citizen Kane is one of those prestige film that everyone applauds in public and hates in private (I kind it immeasurably tedious), The Night Of the Hunter pretty much scarred me for life, and High Noon was one of the first Westerns I ever saw (thanks to Coop). If you’re looking for a film that’ll make you love Westerns, I’d recommend checking out STAGECOACH (1939) instead.

    • Chime away! Lol I like that you didn’t love Citizen Kane, though I have no idea how I’ll feel about it. Yeah I figured Cooper would keep me interested even if I didn’t enjoy the film 😛 I’ll make sure to add Stagecoach to my watchlist!

  • Nikhat Zahra

    Ooo so many good ones! But seriously, watch Citizen Kane already 😛
    I think you will love things like Breathless.

    Also, stunning post as always.

    • haha, alright I’ll try to see it this weekend, it’s kind of embarrassing. I hope I like the Godard films – I enjoyed Pierrot le Fou but now I find it a bit forgettable.

  • Such a wonderful list, Sofia! It’s great to see a list of movies you’re anticipating to watch that doesn’t include new releases; very refreshing. I may be in the minority but I loved Amour. Only God Forgives, Dr. Strangelove, and Final Attraction are some I really have to watch. This list has sparked an idea to do one of my own (probably won’t post it) for Halloween/scary movies.

    • That’s the thing – idk why loving Amour is the minority’s opinion, it sounds like a really good movie! But Haneke has always divided the audiences, so maybe that’s why.

      I’ve done a Halloween list myself for October on letterboxd, but haven’t made it public because I need to narrow it down — it’s a great idea, you should do it! I’m finding that organising months by theme can be a good way to avoid writer’s block.

      • Letterboxd is a great idea – I don’t use that site enough. Thanks for reminding me! Sometimes I feel like the months, especially holidays, fly by and I don’t post enough theme related posts. Maybe some organization will help keep ideas flowing. 🙂

  • Only God Forgives is awful haha – give it a miss.
    I hope you love The Skin I Live In as much as I did – its excellent!

    • Oh but it’s looks beautifully shot, so at least there’s something to look at 😛

  • OH! Oslo, august 31 is fantastic. And Norwegian. Let the Right One In is absolutely great, too! I want to see Adore and Amour and probably every other film in this list, too haha. Great post, too, and right idea — now is the best time to watch films.

    • Great to hear that – Oslo is the one I want to see but keep wondering if I’ll like it or not. Thanks and it really is, right? 😀

  • karamelkinema

    I have just seen last month Eyes without a Face and about to watch Sasom I en Spegel before this month end. In the Mood for Love seemed to be everyone’s favorite Wong Kar Wai film, though personally i prefer Happy Together. But the visual for In The Mood For Love is superb. I personally love Only God Forgives XD I love that everyone seemed to hate it haha. I can not finish Upstream Color… It gives me the creep >_<
    So many good ones from your list that i loved, and I think i should make this type of list too (just to watch not to review) haha

    • Perhaps I’ll see Happy Together next – I picked In the Mood for Love because I haven’t seen any movies from this director :/

      Do make one, and post it on your blog if you feel like it – I’d love to see it! It’s always a great way to get recommendations and feedback on the films we plan to watch 😀

  • inspiredground

    I think maybe you should skip Only God Forgives (if not for the beautiful visual), and focus on Persona, Amour, In The Mood for Love, and The Elephant Man (because I highly recommend that). But, great list!

    • oh I’m not skipping Only God Forgives, but I am prepared for maybe not liking it. Those four are some I’m most excited for! Especially Amour and In the Mood for Love.

  • You’re Noir ‘to watch’ choices is impressive! I love The Killers, a perfect noir film with all the right element. The opening scenes are the best though. I suggest after seeing all those detective type movies and classic thrillers you watch ‘Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid’. It’s hilarious.

    • Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid looks really funny, thank you for the recommendation!

  • Josh

    Oh, The Seventh Seal, La Notte and Persona are in my top 10 of all time. Hope you like them, as well as Adore, which I thought was really underrated. And yes, you need to finish Calvary, if you haven’t already. 😉

    • I haven’t, shame. I have a couple of weeks now before another exam, so I’ll be able to watch those movies. I feel like those three you mentioned need my full attention, so.