Resident Evil Watch Order: How to watch the zombie action films in the right order

The film adaptation of the "Resident Evil" video game series made Milla Jovovich a well-known action star. We show you in which order you should watch the exciting zombie films.

Many gamers know “Resident Evil” as a successful computer game series by Japanese game developer Shinji Mikami. However, the well-known first-person shooter has also been brought to the big screen in numerous films and series and has developed a large audience.

If you want to watch the popular survival horror series chronologically in one go, you’ll find the right overview here. You can learn more about the plot of the individual parts and the exact connections.

Resident Evil Films and Series Watch Order

  • Film: Resident Evil (2002)
  • Film: Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
  • Film: Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
  • Film: Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
  • Film: Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
  • Film: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
  • Film: Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021)
  • Series: Resident Evil (2022)

Resident Evil (2002)

Resident Evil Watch Order: How to watch the zombie action films in the right order

Resident Evil, the first film in the science fiction action horror film series, was released in 2002 and was directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. Milla Jovovich (“The Fifth Element”) plays the lead role of Alice and she is joined by Michelle Rodr√≠guez (“Fast & Furious” series) as Rain Ocampo, Eric Mabius as Matt Addison, James Purefoy as Spence Parks and Heike Makatsch (“Love Actually”) as Dr. Lisa Addison.

“Resident Evil” takes place at the beginning of the 21st century when Alice wakes up with no memory of her past. She then tries to uncover the dark machinations of the powerful Umbrella Corporation, which has an enormous influence on political and financial events in society.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

Resident Evil Watch Order: How to watch the zombie action films in the right order

The sequel “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” was released in 2004 and shows how a deadly virus has spread in Raccoon City. After Alice is exploited by the Umbrella Corporation for a biogenetic experiment, this leads to genetic manipulation and gives her supernatural powers. This is how she continues her fight for survival in the devastated city.

Alongside Milla Jovovich in the lead role of Alice are Sienna Guillory (“Luther”) as Jill Valentine, Oded Fehr (“The Mummy” series) as Carlos Olivera, Thomas Kretschmann (“Indiana Jones and the Wheel of Fortune”, “A Taxi Driver”) as Major Cain, Jared Harris (“Chernobyl”, “Sherlock Holmes”) as Dr. Ashford and Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones”) as Dr. Sam Isaacs.

Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

Resident Evil Watch Order: How to watch the zombie action films in the right order

The third part, “Resident Evil: Extinction”, was released in 2007 and deals with the consequences of the viral infection that has affected almost 99 percent of the world’s population and was triggered by the Umbrella Corporation. Like Carlos, Claire and Nurse Betty, Alice is one of the few survivors and tries to fight back against the zombies.

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

Resident Evil Watch Order: How to watch the zombie action films in the right order

Resident Evil: Afterlife”, the fourth installment of the action horror series, was directed by Paul W. S. Anderson in 2010. In addition to lead actress Milla Jovovich as Alice, the cast also includes Ali Larter (“The Rookie“, “Final Destination”) as Claire Redfield, Wentworth Miller (“Prison Break”) as Chris Redfield and Shawn Roberts as Albert Wesker.

The escape from the infected zombies continues in thrilling fashion for Alice and the rest of her crew as they try to save themselves in Los Angeles. But even there they don’t seem safe and Alice ultimately has to face the powerful Umbrella Corporation and the dangerous virus.

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Resident Evil Watch Order: How to watch the zombie action films in the right order

“Resident Evil: Retribution” from 2012 is the fifth installment in the “Resident Evil” series and is about the zombie apocalypse that was spread around the world by a dangerous virus. Alice wakes up on the Umbrella Corporation’s research site and begins to remember her past. However, she doesn’t quite trust these revelations and wants to find out the truth.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

Resident Evil Watch Order: How to watch the zombie action films in the right order

The sixth and final part of the film series is “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” from 2016, in which Alice has regained her superpowers and prepares for a final battle against the zombie apocalypse. Together with the other survivors in Raccoon City, she tries to prevent the extinction of all humanity.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021)

Resident Evil Watch Order: How to watch the zombie action films in the right order

With “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City”, a reboot of the well-known action horror film series was released in 2021 and is therefore not a sequel to the previous parts. The new video game adaptation begins in the 1980s and shows how the Umbrella Corporation establishes itself in Raccoon City and uses orphans as objects of temptation.

While Claire Redfield (Kaya Scodelario, “Skins”, “Maze Runner”) is able to save herself from these experiments, she has to leave her brother Chris (Robbie Amell, “Upload”) behind when she escapes. Years later, after the pharmaceutical company has pulled out of town, Claire begins to investigate the incidents from earlier.

She returns to the scene of the incident and meets her brother Chris. He doesn’t believe her at first and describes her memories as “conspiracy theories”. Only when a zombie plague hits Raccoon City do the two of them stick together in order to survive.

Resident Evil (2022)

Resident Evil Watch Order: How to watch the zombie action films in the right order

In 2022, “Resident Evil” was the first horror series to be released on streaming service Netflix. The plot is mainly set between the years 2022 and 2036 and revolves around twin sisters Billie (Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph) and Jade Wesker (Tamara Smart, Ella Balinska).

Their father Albert Wesker had begun researching the T-virus for the Umbrella Corporation in the past until a global outbreak occurred in 2036. As a result, all but 300 million people became zombies. Jade Wesker tries to find a solution and take action against the powerful pharmaceutical company.

Resident Evil Animated Film Series Watch Order

Resident Evil Watch Order: How to watch the zombie action films in the right order

In addition to the well-known film series, the reboot and the Netflix series, there is also an animated film series of “Resident Evil” that spans from 2000 to 2023. This is the current order by year of release:

  • Biohazard 4D-Executer (2000)
  • Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008)
  • Resident Evil: Damnation (2012)
  • Resident Evil: Vendetta (2017)
  • Resident Evil: Death Island (2023)

In our overview, we have even more action films to choose from in which strong ladies put their powers to the test. From “Alien” to “Kill Bill”, you’ll find plenty of exciting entertainment for your next movie night here.

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