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The Most Anticipated Movies of December 2018 

Jason Bancroft
Updated November 5, 2019 4.4k votes 1.1k voters 88.2k views 30 items

List Rules Vote up the most exciting December 2018 releases.

Each year, a variety of big films are released around the holidays, and this list of movies released in December 2018 includes some of the most anticipated films of the year. These movies coming out in December have the potential to be huge hits. Which movie are you most looking forward to seeing?

Good upcoming movies coming out in December 2018 include Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Aquaman, Alita: Battle Angel, Mary Poppins Returns, and the Dick Cheney biopic Backseat

Vote up the most exciting 2018 December movies. If there are any 2018 December releases you feel are missing, feel free to add them to the list.

You can also check out these movies coming out in December 2019.

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voting closed at #1 Aquaman December 21

Actors: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, + more

Directed by: James Wan

Rotten Tomatoes score: 68%

Aquaman is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the DC Comics character, directed by James Wan. The ruler of Atlantis, Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) is caught between land dwellers that are ...more

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voting closed at #2 Mary Poppins Returns December 25

Actors: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, + more

Directed by: Rob Marshall

Rotten Tomatoes score: 77%

Mary Poppins Returns is a 2018 American musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall. In 1935, during the era of the Great Depression in the United Kingdom, the now grown-up Jane (Emily ...more

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voting closed at #3 December 14

Actors: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, + more

Directed by: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, based on the Marvel Comics character. ...more

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voting closed at #3 Bumblebee December 21

Actors: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Rachel Crow, Pamela Adlon

Directed by: Travis Knight

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Bumblebee is a 2018 American science fiction action film directed by Travis Knight, based on the Transformers' character. In 1987, Bumblebee takes refuge in a small California beach town ...more

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voting closed at #6 Holmes and Watson December 25

Actors: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Lauren Lapkus, Rob Brydon, Kelly Macdonald, + more

Directed by: Etan Cohen

Rotten Tomatoes score: 0%

Holmes and Watson is a 2018 American action-mystery comedy film directed by Etan Cohen. A humorous take on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes (Will Ferrell) and ...more

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voting closed at #5 Welcome to Marwen December 21

Actors: Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Merritt Wever, Janelle Monáe, + more

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Rotten Tomatoes score: 23%

Welcome to Marwen is a 2018 American fantasy drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis, inspired by Jeff Malmberg's 2010 documentary Marwencol. A victim (Steve Carell) of a violent assault ...more
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voting closed at #6 December 14

Actors: Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving, Jihae, Stephen Lang

Directed by: Christian Rivers

Rotten Tomatoes score: 27%

Mortal Engines is a 2018 post-apocalyptic adventure film directed by Christian Rivers, based on the novel by Philip Reeve. In a future where gigantic moving cities roam the Earth, a disfigured ...more

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December 28

Actors: Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Nina Arianda, Shirley Henderson, Danny Huston, + more

Directed by: Jon S. Baird

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Stan & Ollie is a 2018 British biographical film directed by Jon S. Baird. Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly), the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to ...more
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voting closed at #8 The Mule December 14

Actors: Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña, Laurence Fishburne, Dianne Wiest, + more

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%

The Mule is a 2018 American crime film directed by Clint Eastwood. Leo Sharp (Clint Eastwood), a 90-year-old horticulturist and WWII veteran, is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine ...more
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voting closed at #9 December 7

Actors: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, David Tennant, Jack Lowden, Martin Compston, + more

Directed by: Josie Rourke

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

Mary Queen of Scots is a 2018 British-American historical drama film directed by Josie Rourke, based on John Guy's biography My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots. After failing to ...more

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voting closed at #10 December 25

Actors: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Jack Reynor, Cailee Spaeny, + more

Directed by: Mimi Leder

On the Basis of Sex is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Mimi Leder. Young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) teams with her husband Marty (Armie Hammer) to bring a ...more
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voting closed at #10 Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle December 9

Actors: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris, Andy Serkis, + more

Directed by: Andy Serkis

Rotten Tomatoes score: 58%

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a 2018 adventure fantasy film directed by Andy Serkis, based on the book by Rudyard Kipling. A human child (Rohan Chand) raised by wolves, must face off against a ...more
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voting closed at #12 December 25

Actors: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Bill Pullman, + more

Directed by: Adam McKay

Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%

Vice is a 2018 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Adam McKay. The story of Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), the most powerful Vice President in history, and how his policies changed the ...more

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voting closed at #13 December 19

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

They Shall Not Grow Old is a 2018 British documentary film directed by Peter Jackson. The film was created using original footage of World War I from the Imperial War Museums' archives, most of ...more
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voting closed at #14 December 21

Actors: Jennifer Lopez, Milo Ventimiglia, Vanessa Hudgens

Directed by: Peter Segal

Rotten Tomatoes score: 45%

Second Act is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Segal. A big box store worker (Jennifer Lopez) reinvents her life and her life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street ...more

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voting closed at #15 December 21

Actors: Sullivan Stapleton, Charlie Bewley, Alain Blazevic, Sylvia Hoeks, Joshua Henry, + more

Directed by: Steven Quale

Rotten Tomatoes score: 6%

Renegades, known as American Renegades in the United States, is a 2017 action thriller film directed by Steven Quale. A team of Navy SEALs is hired to salvage Nazi gold stored in a bank vault in ...more
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voting closed at #16 December 21

Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Rotten Tomatoes score: 57%

All Is True is a 2018 film directed by Kenneth Branagh. After the Globe Theatre burns down in 1613, during a performance of his play Henry VIII, William Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh) returns ...more
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voting closed at #13 December 7

Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald, Odeya Rush, Luke Benward, Dove Cameron, + more

Directed by: Anne Fletcher

Rotten Tomatoes score: 50%

Dumplin' is a 2018 American musical comedy film directed by Anne Fletcher, based on the young adult novel by Julie Murphy. Willowdean (Danielle Macdonald), the plus-size teenage daughter of a ...more
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voting closed at #14 December 7

Actors: Alex Pettyfer, Jennifer Morrison, Nicola Peltz, Chiara Aurelia, Hala Finley, + more

Directed by: Alex Pettyfer

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

Back Roads is a 2018 American drama film directed by Alex Pettyfer, based on the novel by Tawni O'Dell. Caring for his three younger sisters after the death of his abusive father and the arrest ...more
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voting closed at #16 December 7

Actors: Ron Perlman, Famke Janssen, Peter Facinelli, Nadine Velazquez, Richard Dreyfuss, + more

Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones

Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%

Asher is a 2018 drama film directed by Michael Caton-Jones. An aging hitman (Ron Perlman) is forced to redeem himself after his last job goes sideways.
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voting closed at #20 Roma December 14

Actors: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Marco Graf, Daniela Demesa, Enoc Leaño, + more

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Roma is a 2018 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The film follows the life of an indigenous live-in maid for a wealthy family named Cleodegaria "Cleo" ...more
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voting closed at #20 Ben Is Back December 7

Actors: Lucas Hedges, Julia Roberts, Kathryn Newton, Courtney B. Vance

Directed by: Peter Hedges

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

Ben Is Back is a 2018 drama film directed by Peter Hedges. When the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve, his mother ...more
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voting closed at #23 December 25

Actors: Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Bradley Whitford, Sebastian Stan

Directed by: Karyn Kusama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

Destroyer is a 2018 crime thriller film directed by Karyn Kusama. A police detective (Nicole Kidman) reconnects with people from an undercover assignment in her distant past in order to make
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voting closed at #15 December 6

Actors: Paula Niedert Elliott, Chris Elliott, Abby Elliott, Bridey Elliott, Haley Joel Osment, + more

Directed by: Bridey Elliott

Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%

Clara's Ghost is a 2018 horror comedy-drama film directed Bridey Elliott. Fed up with constant ribbing from her self-absorbed showbiz family, Clara (Paula Niedert Elliott) finds solace in and ...more
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voting closed at #25 December 21

Actors: Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar, Danielle Macdonald, John Malkovich, + more

Directed by: Susanne Bier

Rotten Tomatoes score: 68%

Bird Box is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic film directed by Susanne Bier, based on the novel by Josh Malerman. A woman (Sandra Bullock) and a pair of children are blindfolded as they make ...more

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