A multitude of exceptional films has hit theatres during the first eight months of 2017. From a record-breaking WONDER WOMAN debut; to Christopher Nolan's 70-mm masterpiece, DUNKIRK; original hits such as BABY DRIVER; Charlize Theron's strong action heroine in ATOMIC BLONDE; and "they-don't-make-them-like-they-used-to" retro hit THE LOST CITY OF Z, this year has delivered endless hours of motion picture entertainment.

And the best bit? There are four months left, and there's much, much more to come, as evidenced by our list of 15 upcoming films to see this fall. It's an eclectic bunch — from blockbusters to standout indie films — but all 15 are unmissable in their own right. Read on for our weekly countdown and mark the dates in your calendar.

IT

#15 IT

  • Release Date: September 8

  • Director: Andrés Muschietti
  • Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard

Coulrophobia. That's the term given to people with an intense fear of clowns, those deceptively unnerving "entertainers" who, in theory, should bring joy to children's parties, but instead freak out people of all ages. Track back to the source of coulrophobia, and you'll find Stephen King's 1986 horror novel, IT, which tells the story of seven children haunted by a shapeshifter who, of all things, manifests as a clown known as Pennywise.

King's novel was adapted in 1990 for a television miniseries, where Pennywise was portrayed by Tim Curry. This year brings a fresh adaptation, the first of two planned films. Bill Skarsgård will fill the oversized boots and don the makeup this time around, and judging from early footage, he'll instigate a rise in cases of coulrophobia in a new generation.

#14 MOTHER!

#14 MOTHER!

  • Release Date: September 15

  • Director: Darren Aronofsky
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer

Aronofsky is a master of creating psychological thrillers that double as hallucinogenic nightmares, from drug-induced fridge murmurs in REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (2000) to psychotic dancing in BLACK SWAN (2010). Hidden under a veil of secrecy, MOTHER! looks to take the director's most unnerving traits and trap them in one location.

Marketing has been deliberately secretive, with only an unnerving trailer and some stylish, cryptic posters released. The plot is ambiguous, too, gravitating around a couple (played by Lawrence and Bardem) who are "tested" when uninvited guests visit their home. MOTHER! will no doubt be dark, enthralling, horrifying and hard to shake off.

#13 BATTLE OF THE SEXES!

#13 BATTLE OF THE SEXES

  • Release Date: September 22

  • Director: Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton
  • Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carrell, Andrea Riseborough

Films about tennis are like buses. You wait for ages, two turn up at once, and then you make a racket about the lack of service. Sidestepping poor puns, BATTLE OF THE SEXES will complement BORG/MCENROEboth films are based on real matches, Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs and Björn Borg vs. John McEnroe, respectively.

BATTLE OF THE SEXES — also the term given to games between men and women — stands out, though, thanks to direction from LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE duo Faris and Dayton. They'll bring to life the 1973 tennis match, with Emma Stone playing then world No. 1 Billie Jean King and Steve Carrel playing her opponent, ex-champion Bobby Riggs.

#12 KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

#12 KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

  • Release Date: September 22

  • Director: Matthew Vaughn
  • Cast: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE was one of the most well-received films of 2015, making $414.4 million against a $94 million budget, impressing critics and generally being lauded as the film to rejuvenate a genre that had lost some of its zest. Vaughn's R-rated romp focused on Eggsy (Egerton), an unlikely recruit to Kingsman, an independent intelligence, and his mentor Harry Hart (Firth).

The clan return — including the presumed-dead Hart — in what will be a bigger, more stylish, more tailored, more umbrella-yieldingly violent clash of gentlemanly manners. This time, the world-saving Kingsman join forces with their American equivalent, the Statesmen (incorporating the likes of Halle Berry, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges).

#11 THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE

#11 THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE

  • Release Date: September 22

  • Director: Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher
  • Cast: Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux, Jackie Chan

This animated action comedy is sure to be a hit with kids, grownups and cat lovers alike. From the team that assembled THE LEGO MOVIE (2014) and THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (2017) comes THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE. In this big screen adventure, young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, and his ninja warrior friends fight to save Ninjago City from the evil warlord Garmadon, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. But a bigger threat is yet to come: the unstoppable beast, Meowthra.

#10 FLATLINERS

#10 FLATLINERS

  • Release Date: September 29

  • Director: Niels Arden Oplev
  • Cast: Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev

Is there life after death? Twenty-seven years ago, FLATLINERS told the story of five medical students’ disturbing attempt to answer that question. Directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts, the original received a lukewarm response, praised for its style, criticized for its narrative.

Surprisingly, 2017's FLATLINERS isn't a reboot, but instead a sequel to the first. Again, the story focuses on students who create near-death experiences in an attempt to answer the elusive question, with Sutherland returning in the same role as one of the original students, Nelson Wright.

#9 AMERICAN MADE

#9 AMERICAN MADE

  • Release Date: September 29

  • Director: Doug Liman
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson

A true-to-life crime thriller, starring Tom Cruise as an airline pilot, with the word "American" in the title ... is it the ‘80s all over again? We aren’t complaining. Cruise ruled the box office back then, and with AMERICAN MADE, he might return to the throne in fall 2017.

Directed by Doug Liman [EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014)], the film follows Barry Seal — an infamous American smuggler who was recruited by the DEA to provide intelligence on the Medellín Cartel — from his life of crime to his involvement in the subsequent governmental scandal.

#8 THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US

#8 THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US

  • Release Date: October 6

  • Director: Hany Abu-Assad
  • Cast: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Dermot Mulroney

What if your life depended on a stranger? Inspired by the book of the same title, THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US is a gripping story of love and survival — and a perfect movie for date night. When their flight is delayed due to weather conditions, a woman (Winslet) engaged to be married and a busy surgeon (Elba) share a charter flight home. When their plane crashes in the snowy Utah wilderness, and they realize help isn’t coming, the two must work together and brave the extreme elements.

#7 BLADE RUNNER 2049

#7 BLADE RUNNER 2049

  • Release Date: October 6

  • Director: Denis Villeneuve
  • Cast: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford

How do you follow up BLADE RUNNER, knowing Ridley Scott's cyberpunk is widely considered one of the best sci-fi films of all time? Well, first you hire one of the finest working directors in Hollywood. Then, you add one of the biggest A-list actors, bring back the star of the first film and continue the story, rather than rehash or reboot the original.

As BLADE RUNNER 2049 approaches, the better the prospect looks. Ryan Gosling stars as Blade Runner LAPD Officer K, who searches for Rick Deckhard (Ford) who has been missing since the events of the 1982 cult classic, year 2019 in the film's timeline. On top of stunning visuals courtesy of Roger Deakins and a chilling score by Jóhann Jóhannsson, Villeneuve's bold exploration of a universe already richly adored could easily match the original — or even better it.

#6 THE FOREIGNER

#6 THE FOREIGNER

  • Release Date: October 13

  • Director: Martin Campbel
  • Cast: Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan

Once a prolific force in Hollywood, Jackie Chan hasn't had a major release in the West since 2010, if you discount the animated KUNG FU PANDA. This year, he's back with a bang, starring as Ngoc Minh Quan, a London-based businessman who becomes embroiled in conspiracy after his daughter dies as a result of politically motivated terrorism.

Directed by Martin Campbell, who took charge of two critically acclaimed Bond films, GOLDENEYE (1995) and CASINO ROYALE (2006), THE FOREIGNER proves Hollywood has been missing out on Chan for the past seven years. The first trailer shows the 63-year-old at his butt-kicking best during his impassioned quest for vengeance — aimed at government official Liam Hennessy, played by former 007 Pierce Brosnan.

#5 GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

#5 GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

  • Release Date: October 13

  • Director: Simon Curtis
  • Cast: Margot Robbie, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Macdonald

Behind the fictional, magical world of Winnie the Pooh is a true story of love, war, and the pursuit of hope and happiness. GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between children's author A. A. Milne (Gleeson) and his son, Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), whose toys inspired the beloved series. Get swept up in your favorite childhood memories and create new ones with your family.

#4 THE SNOWMAN

#4 THE SNOWMAN

  • Release Date: October 20

  • Director: Tomas Alfredson
  • Cast: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson

"He calls himself the Snowman Killer. He's completely insane," says detective Harry Hole (Fassbender), the man on a mission to stop a frosty and calculated serial killer who preys on victims during snowfall. He and fellow recruit Katrine Bratt (Ferguson) are taunted by childlike, handwritten messages and actual snowmen as they search against the clock.

#3 GEOSTORM

#3 GEOSTORM

  • Release Date: October 20

  • Director: Dean Devlin
  • Cast: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish

GEOSTORM is a catastrophe movie that packs a punch. Gerard Butler stars as Jake Lawson, an astronaut who has to travel to outer space to prevent climate control satellites from causing the storm of all storms and wiping out everything and everyone. A computer system screams "EXTREME WEATHER ALERT" in big red letters, so it must be bad — and a pulsating must-watch in IMAX® at AMC.

#2 TYLER PERRY'S BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN

#2 TYLER PERRY'S BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN

  • Release Date: October 20

  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Cast: Tyler Perry, Patrice Lovely, Brock O'Hurn

For those who’d rather snicker than scream this Halloween, there’s TYLER PERRY'S BOO 2! Madea and the gang are back for this hilarious sequel. Madea, Bam and Hattie venture to a haunted campground, and the group must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed. Need we say more?

#1 JIGSAW

#1 JIGSAW

  • Release Date: October 27

  • Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
  • Cast: Laura Vandervoort, Tobin Bell, Brittany Allen

You know his name; you know his voice: JIGSAW. This Halloween, he’s back and as terrifying as ever, with a whole new arsenal of torture devices. Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one person: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade. Find out who’s really behind the murders October 27 — the choice is yours.