List of All Resident Evil Movies in Order (Plus Ranking and Box Office)

List of All Resident Evil Movies in Order (Plus Ranking and Box Office): The Resident Evil film series stands as the most lucrative video game-based movie franchise, amassing a global box office revenue of $1.2 billion. It also holds the title of being the highest-earning zombie film series to date. The absence of numerical ordering in the movie titles can sometimes perplex viewers about the proper sequence to watch them. Below is a chronological list of all the Resident Evil movies in the order of their release, simplifying the viewing order.

The series comprises six movies, all penned by Paul W. S. Anderson, who also directed the majority of them, except for “Apocalypse” and “Extinction,” where he was occupied with other projects, including “Alien vs. Predator.” The plot of the film series revolves around Alice (Milla Jovovich), a former security operative of the Umbrella Corporation. This conglomerate inadvertently unleashed the T-Virus upon the world, leading to a population overrun by zombies and monstrous creatures. Alice embarks on a mission to halt Umbrella’s nefarious experiments while battling hordes of the undead and other formidable foes.

Originally intended as a trilogy, Paul W. S. Anderson expanded the series to include two separate trilogies. In 2021, the franchise received a fresh start with “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.”.

Here is the list of all Resident Evil movies in the order:

  • Resident Evil (2002)
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
  • Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

 

1. Resident Evil (2002)

Resident Evil | March 15, 2002 (United States) Summary: A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident.
Countries: United Kingdom, GermanyLanguages: English

Alice awakens in an abandoned mansion, her memory blank. When Umbrella Corporation commandos storm in, she learns she’s one of them. Together, they venture into the subterranean research facility known as the Hive, aiming to deactivate the Red Queen AI. The Red Queen, responding to the T-virus outbreak, had sealed the Hive and turned its occupants into zombies. Though less action-packed compared to later films, the first is regarded as the most intense in the series, boasting a captivating soundtrack. Milla Jovovich takes the lead, joined by Michelle Rodriguez as Rain, one of Umbrella’s elite soldiers, leading to memorable moments and an epic concluding scene in a desolate Raccoon City.

2. Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

Resident Evil: Apocalypse | September 10, 2004 (United States) Summary: Alice wakes up in the Raccoon City hospital after the area has been overrun by zombies, and must now make it out of the city before a nuclear bomb is dropped.
Countries: Germany, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, FranceLanguages: English

Upon reopening The Hive, the T-virus engulfs Raccoon City, transforming its inhabitants into zombies. The Umbrella Corporation imposes a quarantine, leaving survivors trapped. Alice and a group, united by a common objective — rescuing Dr. Ashford’s daughter, their ticket out — find themselves combating not just zombies but undead dogs, mutants, and the experimental creature Nemesis.

The second film introduces compelling characters. Alice allies with S.T.A.R.S. operative Jill Valentine, civilian L.J., and Umbrella soldier Carlos Olivera, creating the series’ most intriguing ensemble. Exceptional action sequences abound, from Alice’s motorcycle rescue in a church to Jill’s fearless zombie confrontation. Jill’s “Who the hell are you?” moment with Alice adds a touch of humor, complemented by L.J.’s comical lines and bravado.

3. Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

Resident Evil: Extinction | September 21, 2007 (United States) Summary: Survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe travel across the Nevada desert, hoping to make it to Alaska. Alice joins the caravan and their fight against the evil Umbrella Corp.
Countries: Germany, United States, Mexico, CanadaLanguages: English

In a desert landscape reminiscent of Mad Max, Alice dons a cowboy outfit. The T-virus has now swept the globe. While navigating the wasteland and fending off marauders, Alice stumbles upon a notebook mentioning an uninfected haven in Alaska. She soon reunites with a group of survivors led by Claire Redfield (Ali Larter), alongside familiar faces Carlos Oliveira and L.J. Wade from the previous film. Meanwhile, beneath the Nevada desert, Dr. Isaacs persists in his experiments, with capturing Alice as his foremost objective.

Notable scenes include Alice’s showdown with zombies in Vegas, a pit fight during her abduction, and Carlos Oliveira’s self-sacrifice. The convoy running over zombies to the tune of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” stands out as one of the film’s highlights. The recurring remix of the original Resident Evil theme serves as a strong musical backdrop.

4. Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

Resident Evil: Afterlife | September 10, 2010 (United States) Summary: While still out to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation, Alice joins a group of survivors living in a prison surrounded by the infected who also want to relocate to the mysterious but suppo... Read all
Countries: Germany, Canada, United StatesLanguages: English, Japanese, Spanish

After assaulting the Umbrella HQ in Tokyo where she failed to kill the head of the corporation Albert Wesker, Alice flies to Alaska searching for a safe haven called Arcadia. Wesker managed to inject her with the anti-virus, which removed her supernatural abilities. On the other hand, he used the T-virus to gain them. In Alaska, Alice finds Claire Redfield (a returning character from Extinction) who has lost her memory. The two will then travel to Los Angeles and find themselves with a group of survivors living in a prison surrounded by zombies.

The best action scenes are the ones when Alice and the clones attack the Umbrella HQ and the fight with the Executioner in the prison showers. Alice has the best outfit (with the two shotguns) so far in the movie franchise. The only better outfit is in the Retribution.

5. Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Resident Evil: Retribution | September 14, 2012 (United States) Summary: Alice fights alongside a resistance movement to regain her freedom from an Umbrella Corporation testing facility.
Countries: Germany, Canada, United StatesLanguages: English, American Sign Language

Alice is captured by the Umbrella Corporation in their underground facility in cold Kamchatka. Jill Valentine is the returning character, only this time brainwashed and working for Umbrella. Together with the former Umbrella top agent Ada Wong, Alice needs to go through several simulations. This time Wesker will give Alice her superhuman abilities back so she can fight the Red Queen.

The best fight scene in the movie was probably the one in the New York City simulation, where Alice and Ada defeat two Executioners. Alice has an awesome outfit in this movie.

6. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter | January 27, 2017 (United States) Summary: Alice returns to where the nightmare began: The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the ap... Read all
Countries: Germany, CanadaLanguages: English

In this, sixth and final movie in the series, Alice will go back to where it all began, the Hive in Racoon City. There is an airborne anti-virus there, which can kill every organism infected by the T-virus. Alice will team up with a group of survivors (including Claire Redfield) and she will encounter the real Dr. Alexander Isaacs and learn that she previously killed a clone. Alice will also learn that some rich and powerful people have been stored in cryogenic capsules in the Hive, including Alicia Marcus, Umbrella’s co-owner. Isaacs will reveal to Alice that she is actually a clone of Alicia (which was kind of disappointing news). Eventually, Alice will release the anti-virus and kill the undead. The Red Queen will upload Alicia’s childhood memories into Alice.

All Resident Evil Movies Ranked According to IMDb

  • Resident Evil (2002) – 6.7 with 261,000 votes
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) – 6.2 with 194,000 votes
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) – 6.2 with 191,000 votes
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) – 5.8 with 168,000 votes
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016) – 5.5 with 90,000 votes
  • Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) – 5.4 with 139,000 votes

All Resident Evil Movies Box Office Performance

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016) – $312 million
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) – $300 million
  • Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) – $240 million
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) – $148 million
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) – $129 million
  • Resident Evil (2002) – $102 million

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