One week before fall officially begins, The Black Dahlia hits theaters (Sept. 15). Based on a novel by James Ellroy, the film details one of the most notorious unsolved mysteries in Hollywood history. It centers on two cops, Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett) and Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart), who investigate the death of a brutally murdered young woman (Mia Kirshner). Bucky soon realizes his girlfriend had ties to the victim and also uncovers corruption and conspiracy within the police department. Scarlett Johansson also stars.

The Departed (Oct. 6) follows a rivalry between a Boston police force and an Irish-American gang. One gangster infiltrates the police department while a young officer goes undercover and joins the gang. As time passes, someone's identity will be revealed, leading to a war between those who uphold the law and those who don't. The star-studded cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg.

In Catch a Fire (Oct. 27), an apolitical South African oil-refinery worker and soccer player (Derek Luke) is forced into terrorism as a means of fighting back against the brutality of the apartheid regime. Tim Robbins also stars.

The Flock (Nov. 3) is a dramatic crime action thriller about federal agent Erroll Babbage (Richard Gere). While training his replacement (Claire Danes) Erroll must track down a dangerous sex offender, who has kidnapped a missing girl, before it's too late.

In Slow Burn (Nov. 17), a district attorney (Ray Liotta) matches wits with a gang leader (LL Cool J) while he is manipulated by an attractive assistant district attorney (Jolene Blalock) and an enigmatic stranger.

Déjà vu unexpectedly guides ATF agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) through a crime investigation in the film Déjà Vu (Nov. 22). Carlin travels back in time, and falls in love with a woman prior to her murder. Val Kilmer and James Caviezel also star.