Much like the zombies at their center, resident Evil is one franchise that just won’t die. Capcom’s very first installment in the horror video game franchise was released in 1996. Now 28 games, nine main titles, 10 movies, and an anime series later, Raccoon City is still going strong. And thanks to Netflix’s live-action resident Evil series, it’s getting even stronger.
With so many games and titles, you just know that this series has a convoluted timeline. That’s why we’re here to help with your inevitable movie marathon. There are essentially three timelines when it comes to the movies: Welcome to Raccoon City, the animated movies’ timelines, and the Milla Jovovich timeline. However, only Welcome to Raccoon City and the animated movies follow the same story as the video games. The Jovovich movies sort of just do their own thing.
Whether you’re trying to make sense of this convoluted gaming universe or you just want to watch Jovovich kick butt in spandex, we have you covered. Here’s how to watch all of theResident Evil movies, starting with the titles that directly tie into the video games’ timeline and ending with the Paul WS Anderson universe. Don’t forget the extra ammunition.
‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’ (2021)
Do you want to dive into the main timeline without sinking 20 hours into video games? playing Resident Evil 1 and 2 is a better idea, but we understand that you’re on a time crunch. That’s why Welcome to Raccoon City is a good starter. Written and directed by Johannes Roberts, this live-action movie serves as a reboot of the Milla Jovovich series and covers the events of the first two games. It primarily follows Claire Redfield (Kaya Scodelario) as she discovers the Umbrella Corporation’s many dark secrets and rushes to Raccoon City to warn her brother, Chris (Robbie Amell). with 30 percent on Rotten Tomatoesit’s not a particularly great movie, but it does set the basic groundwork for the video game timeline.
Where to stream Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
‘Resident Evil: Degeneration’ (2008)
whereas Welcome to Raccoon City is a retelling of the first two games, the three resident Evil animated movies are firmly set in the timeline of the video games. Set after the game Resident Evil 4 but before the series Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, this one takes place in a world where the T-virus exists, but it has yet to become a global threat. During this precarious time, a terrorist organization threatens to unleash the T-virus throughout the US if the government does not revealed who created it by midnight. It’s up to Claire Redfield (Alyson Court) to untangle these threats before America is wiped out just like Raccoon City was. Horse 67 percent on Rotten Tomatoesthis is the second-best reviewed resident Evil movie to date.
Where to stream Resident Evil: Degeneration
‘Resident Evil: Damnation’ (2012)
Set after the game Resident Evil 5, Damnation stands as the best reviewed movie on this list. It currently holds a 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Focusing on CIA agent Leon S. Kennedy (Matthew Mercer), the story revolves around Leon going to the Eastern Slavic Republic to verify rumors that Bio-Organic Weapons are being used. This one mixes shaky global politics with budding war and a zombie hivemind. That’s a pretty killer combination — literally.
Where to stream Resident Evil: Damnation
‘Resident Evil: Vendetta’ (2017)
The last movie in the video game timeline takes place after Resident Evil 6 and right before Resident Evil: Biohazard. Chris Redfield is back, and this time around he’s tracking Glenn Arias, a former CIA agent who is now a Brazilian-American death merchant wanted by the Interpol and FBI. In addition to host and parasite zombies, this installment introduces an all new threat: the A-virus. Think double the zombies, but these new zombies transition slower and can retain speech for longer.
If you’re using this list just to prepare yourself for Netflix’s live-action resident Evil series, congratulations! You’re done. Because the Milla Jovovich movies take place in a different timeline, there’s not really relevant. But if you’re a completionist, your journey is just beginning.
Where to stream Resident Evil: Vendetta
‘Resident Evil’ (2002)
Step aside, video games. This was the Paul WS Anderson movie that started the cinematic timeline. Instead of focusing on Raccoon City, the first resident Evil is more concerned with the Hive, an underground genetic research facility which sees the release of the T-virus. That’s the hellscape that introduces us to Alice (Milla Jovovich), a former security operative whose memory had been wiped. As Alice and her team battle countless infected monsters and people, their escape to the surface spells doom for the rest of the world. Sleek and cool with a limited focus, this is largely considered to be one of the best movies in the Jovovich series if not the best.
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‘Resident Evil: Apocalypse’ (2004)
Do you know how the first resident Evil ended with Alice in a coma? The second one opens with her waking up to a newly infected Raccoon City. After Alice rescues Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), they have to escape the quarantine city before it’s blown to bits. They manage to escape, but in doing so Alice is forever changed. the problem with apocalypse is that it’s boring. You would think that wouldn’t be the case when you’re talking about zombies destroying humanity, but the movie’s 19 percent on Rotten Tomatoes argue otherwise.
Where to stream Resident Evil: Apocalypse
‘Resident Evil: Extinction’ (2007)
This is where this particular timeline started to get trippy. apocalypse ended with Alice gaining superhuman powers, and Extinction puts those powers to the test. By this point, the entire world has been infected by the T-virus. As Alice wanders the country trying to survive, she also leans how to master her newfound telekinetic powers. As all that wandering indicates, this installment is less of a standalone movie and more of a setup for what’s to come. By Extinction‘s end, Alice learns that she’s been cloned by the Umbrella Corporation and vows to go after them with her friends.
Where to stream Resident Evil: Extinction
‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’ (2010)
You’ve seen Alice gain superpowers and master them. Now you know what’s next: She has to lose them. That’s what happens early in afterlife, the fourth installment in this movie series. After meeting up with a group of her allies, Alice learns that Umbrella Corporation has been experimenting on survivors. Basically, no matter how evil you think Umbrella Corporation is, multiply that by five. afterlife ends with Alice transmitting a global message to survivors right as Umbrella Corporation gunships prepare to attack her and her friends. This installment was for not bringing anything new to the franchise. But, hey, as far as a B-grade action movie goes, it’s pretty alright.
Where to stream Resident Evil: Afterlife
‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ (2012)
Movie No. 5 is a rescue mission. When Alice wakes up back in the Hive, she has to use every trick she knows to escape from the Umbrella Corporation and their nefarious probing. Not only did this movie see the return of Rain Ocampo (Michelle Rodriguez) but it also saw the introduction of several characters from the video game series. As far quality goes, it’s a slightly better version of the live-action resident Evil‘s typical mouse. There are skintight outfits, killer action scenes, and a whole lot of gore.
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‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ (2016)
As the name implies, this is the very last movie in the Milla Jovovich series. With the fate of humanity looking bleak, Alice and her friends have to return back to where this whole nightmare started: the Hive in Raccoon City. If you watch resident Evil for the lore, this is the movie for you. Not only does it explain who created the T-virus and why but it also reveals Alice’s true identity. Fitting for this franchise, this final movie has the highest rating on Rotten Tomatoes for the series starring Jovovich, scoring 37 percent. Yeah, this branch of all things resident Evil does not have a great critical reputation.
Where to stream Resident Evil: The Final Chapter