Following the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year movies theaters around the country shut down. This shut down caused many movies to be pushed back and released in 2021. Many popular movies like Black Widow, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and Top Gun: Maverick were among some the movies that were set to release last year and were pushed back.

 Some movies did end up releasing on streaming services like HBO Max, Netflix and Disney Plus. Now that 2021 has started there are many movies that are expected to be released this year in theaters.

 In response to the current state of the world Warner Bros made an announcement on Dec.2 that all of their 2021 movies will be released in theaters and on HBO Max. The movies will remain on HBO Max for 1 month only but still will be available in theaters.

 Warner Bros Chair and CEO of Warner Media Studios and Networks Group Ann Sarnoff made a statement on the reason why they decided to release all of their 2021 movies in theaters and on HBO Max

Sarnoff said,“We know new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021. With this unique one-year plan, we can support our partners in exhibition with a steady pipeline of world-class films, while also giving moviegoers who may not have access to theaters or aren’t quite ready to go back to the movies the chance to see our amazing 2021 films.” 

Below is a list of the most anticipated movies of 2021 and their expected release dates.


  • The Little Things (In theaters and HBO Max)
    • Release Date: Jan.29
    • Starring:  Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto, Sofia Vassilieva and Jason James Richter


  • Malcolm & Marie
    • Release Date: Feb.5 on Netflix
    • Starring: John David Washington and Zendaya

  • Judas and the Black Messiah
    • Release Date: Feb.12
    • Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Dominique Fishback, Jesse Plemons, Ashton Sanders, Algee Smith and Lil Rel Howery

  • Tom & Jerry
    • Release Date: Feb.26 in theaters and HBO Max
    • Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Colin Jost, William Hanna, Michael Peña, Pallavi Sharda and Ken Jeong

  • The United States vs. Billie Holiday
    • Release Date: Feb.26
    • Starring: Andra Day, Garrett Hedlund, Trevante Rhodes and LaKeith Stanfield


  • Coming 2 America
    • Release Date: March.5 on Amazon Prime
    • Starring: Eddie Murphy, Shari Headley, James Earl Jones, Arsenio Hall, John Amos, Wesley Snipes and Leslie Jones

  • The Kings Men
    • Release Date: March.12
    • Starring: Taron Egerton, Stanley Tucci, Gemma Arterton, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Harris Dickinson and Liam Nesson

  • Morbuis
    • Release Date: March.19
    • Starring: Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris and Tyrese Gibson


  • No Time to Die
    • Release Date: April.2
    • Starring: Daniel Craig, Lashana Lynch, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux and Ana de Armas

  • Mortal Kombat
    • Release Date: April.16 in theaters and HBO Max
    • Starring: Joe Taslim, Jessica McNamee, Lewis Tan, Sisi Stringer and Ludi Lin

  • A Quiet Place Part II
    • Release Date: April.23
    • Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Cillian Murphy, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds and Lauren-Ashley Cristiano


  • Black Widow
    • Release Date: May.7
    • Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Robert Downey Jr., Rachel Weisz, Yolanda Lynes and O.T. Fagbenle

  • Spiral
    • Release Date: May.21
    • Starring: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Marisol Nichols and Max Minghella

  • Godzilla Vs. Kong
    • Release Date: May.21
    • Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Julian Dennison, Eiza Gonzᾲlez, Brian Tyree Henry and Alexander Skarsgård

  • Cruella
    • Release Date: May.28
    • Starring: Emma Stone, Mark Strong, Emma Thompson, Dev Patel  ,Emily Beecham and Paul Walter Hauser

  • Fast & Furious 9
    • Release Date: May.28
    • Starring: Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne Johnson and Ludacris


  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
    • Release Date: June.4
    • Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sterling Jerins, Julian Hilliard, Ruairi O’Connor and Shannon Kook

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife
    • Release Date: June. 11
    • Starring: Finn Wolfhard, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, McKenna Grace, Ernie Hudson, and Paul Rudd


  • Top Gun Maverick
    • Release Date: July.2
    • Starring: Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Jon Hamm and Ed Harris

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
    • Release Date: July.9
    • Starring: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Florian Munteanu, Benedict Wong, Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Fala Chen

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy
    • Release Date: July.16
    • Starring: LeBron James, Sonequa Martin-Green and Don Cheadle

  • Jungle Cruise
    • Release Date: July.30
    • Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall and Jesse Plemons


  • The Suicide Squad
    • Release Date: Aug. 6
    • Starring: Margot Robbie, Pete Davidson, John Cena, Jared Leto, Nathan Fillion and Idris Elba

  • Respect
    • Release Date: Aug. 13
    • Starring: Jennifer Hudson, Mary J.Blige, Marlon Wayans, Tituss Burgees, Forest Whitaker and Heather Headley

  • Candyman
    • Release Date: Aug.27
    • Starring: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Paris, Nathan Stewart- Jarrett, Tony Todd, Colman Domingo and Vanessa Estelle Williams


  • Dune
    • Release Date: Oct.1
    • Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Oscar Issac, Dave Bautista and Stellan Skarsgård

  • The Last Duel
    • Release Date: Oct.15
    • Starring: Jodie Comer, Adam Driver, Mat Damon, Ben Affleck, Caoimhe O’Malley, and Nathaniel Parker


  • Eternals
    • Release Date: Nov.5
    • Starring: Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumil Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh and Don Lee

  • Mission: Impossible 7
    • Release Date: Nov.19
    • Starring: Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, and Pom Klementieff

  • King Richard
    • Release Date: Nov.19
    • Starring: Will Smith, Jon Bernthal, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Vaughn Hebron and Live Schreiber


  • West Side Story
    • Release Date: Dec.10
    • Starring: Ansel Elgort, Maddie Ziegler, Rachel Ziegler, Rita Moreno, Ariana DeBose and Mike Faist

  • Untitled Spider- Man Sequel
    • Release Date: Dec.17
    • Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jamie Foxx, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Alfred Molina and Marisa Tomei

  • Matrix 4
    • Release Date: Dec.22
    • Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Priyanka Chopra, Jade Pinkett Smith, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff and Neil Patrick Harris

  • Sing 2
    • Release Date: Dec.22
    • Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Seth MacFarlane, Tori Kelly, Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon