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Every Resident Evil movie in chronological order

There are a bunch of Resident Evil movies out there, and we’ve got the best way to watch them, whether it’s in chronological order or by release date.

Resident Evil movie screenshot showing Milla Jokovich holding two revolvers out at head height to either side. She's wearing a black vest with black bracers on her forearms. On her back is two guns holstered. She is in a white room and has a black bob.

Resident Evil movies hold a special place in the world of video game adaptations. They never garnered any critical acclaim, sure, but they’ve become some sort of niche cult hit for their bombast combined with videogame references. We all remember the first silver screen appearance of Nemesis. Whether that’s a good memory or not is an entirely different story.

So, while they’re kinda nonsense, they’re also excellent. If you’ve got a hankering to watch all the Resident Evil movies, we’ve got the best order to do so. Once you’ve worked out your watching schedule, check out our guides to Resident Evil Licker, Resident Evil Tyrant, Resident Evil Carlos, Resident Evil Ashley, Resident Evil Ada Wong, Resident Evil Sheva, and Resident Evil Hunk.

Anyway, let’s watch some Resident Evil movies:

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How many Resident Evil movies are there?

In total, there are 11 Resident Evil movies. There are six Resident Evil movies in the live-action series with Milla Jovovich, a single one from the reboot in 2021, four animated movies, one Netflix animated miniseries, and one live-action Netflix adaptation.

What’s the best Resident Evil movie?

Resident Evil: Damnation is the best Resident Evil movie, according to Rotten Tomatoes, the film criticism aggregator. Meanwhile, Metacritic, which has no ratings for the animated films, says that Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the best Resident Evil film. It’s important to note that the two Capcom-made animated movies do not feature on either website, though it’s unlikely they’d be topping the list…

Using Rotten Tomatoes ratings, here is every Resident Evil movie ranked:

  • 100% – Resident Evil: Damnation (2012, animated)
  • 67% – Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008, animated)
  • 63% – Resident Evil: Death Island (2023, animated)
  • 50% – Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness (2021, animated miniseries)
  • 43% – Resident Evil: Vendetta (2017, animated)
  • 37% – Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
  • 35% – Resident Evil (2002)
  • 30% – Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City (2021)
  • 28% – Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
  • 24% – Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
  • 21% – Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
  • 19% – Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

Using Metacritic ratings, here is every Resident Evil movie ranked (note: none of the animated features are on Metacritic):

  • 49 – Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
  • 44 – Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City (2021)
  • 41 – Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
  • 39 – Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
  • 37 – Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
  • 35 – Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
  • 33 – Resident Evil (2002)
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Admittedly, while the Resident Evil movies are objectively bad, we love them and wholeheartedly agree with Rotten Tomatoes that Damnation is the best one. Mind you, Death Island, the most recent animated movie, is also very good if we do say so ourselves.

Resident Evil movies release date order

Here’s every Resident Evil movie, including the animated ones, in the order of release.

  • Biohazard 4D-Executer (2000, animated)
  • Resident Evil (2002)
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
  • Biohazard 4: Incubate (2006, animated)
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
  • Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008, animated)
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
  • Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
  • Resident Evil: Damnation (2012, animated)
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
  • Resident Evil: Vendetta (2017, animated)
  • Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness (2021, animated miniseries)
  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City (2021)
  • Resident Evil: Death Island (2023)
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Resident Evil movies in chronological order

Here are the various storylines in chronological order.

Resident Evil live-action movies in chronological order

Luckily for all you horror fans out there, the order to watch the original live-action Resident Evil movies is super simple: chronological order is just the order the films came out. Here’s that:

  • 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)

Of course, Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City is a new, separate Resident Evil movie line. It doesn’t relate to the other movies, and given it’s only one film, I’m sure you can guess which order to watch it in…

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Resident Evil animated movies in chronological order

The order to watch the animated  Resident Evil movies is also super simple: chronological order is just the order the films came out. We’ve left out the Biohazard films from Capcom’s early years, as they’re a separate thing. Here’s the order to watch the Resident Evil animated movies:

  • Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008)
  • Resident Evil: Damnation (2012)
  • Resident Evil: Vendetta (2017)
  • Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness (2021, miniseries)
  • Resident Evil: Death Island (2023)

That’s all for Resident Evil movies. You can also play Resident Evil in order if you fancy picking up a controller. For more, check out our guides to Resident Evil virus, Resident Evil Rebecca, Resident Evil Sherry, Resident Evil Claire, Resident Evil Jill, and Resident Evil Sheva for even more lore to chow down on.