The first Highlander movie was released in 1986 and it immediately became hugely popular. With Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery in leading roles, its combination of action, adventure and fantasy, and beautiful scenery was a big magnet for the audience. Even though none of the future sequels gained the same popularity as the original movie, it is still a beloved saga that still attracts many movie fans.
How Many Highlander Movies Are There?
There are six Highlander movies altogether, filmed between 1986 and 2007. The first, the classic among all Highlander movies and one of the classics in its genre featured a stellar cast, including Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. It was filmed in 1986 and it is still a beloved movie with an intriguing and unique topic. None of the five sequels ever gotten any praise as the first one, nevertheless the great cast and pretty interesting storylines. They were filmed in 1991, 1994, 2000 and two in 2007.
Highlander Movies in Order (at a glance)
- Highlander (1986)
- Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
- Highlander III: The Sorcerer (1994)
- Highlander: Endgame (2000)
- Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (2007)
- Highlander: The Source (2007)
Are Highlander Movies Connected?
Highlander movies are connected in their story and some of their characters. There are prequels in some parts of the movie series and an entire movie that retells the events prior to the ones in other movies. In each movie, Connor has to defeat a new enemy but slowly grows tired of being immortal after seeing the damage it has done to him and especially his loved ones.
Do You Need To Watch Highlander Movies in Specific Order?
It is not necessary to watch these movies in order but you should start with the first part that introduces us to the character and the story of the Highlander. But if you want to understand what has been going on and learn the storyline and its events better, the best way is to start with the classic from 1986, the first part of Highlander, and then continue as follows: Highlander III: The Sorcerer (1994), Highlander: Endgame (2000), Highlander: The Source (2007), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991), Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (2007).
What Is the Best Way to Watch Highlander Movies?
There isn’t the best way to watch Highlander movies, but you should start with the first part, Highlander from 1986. After watching the first part, you can continue with the sequels as they were released. If you want to understand the story better, you might choose the viewing order as we explained in the previous paragraph.
Highlander Movies in Chronological Order
1. Highlander (1986)
This is the story set in two different times and places. Russell is a sophisticated antique shop owner who gets arrested after a fight in the parking lot of Madison Square Garden. We are soon shifted to the 16th century where he recalls his life as Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish swordsman who has to fight his last immortal opponent. His past self will influence his present self and vice versa in this intriguing adrenaline-packed movie.
2. Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
It is 1999 and Connor MacLeod and Professor Allan Neyman develop a shield to protect Earth from radiation. But 25 years later Earth is dying due to the effects of the shield and a terrorist group commanded by Louise Marcos is determined to destroy it. What is very important for the actions in 2024 is the fact that 500 years ago MacLeod and his friend Ramirez are aliens from the planet Zeist who are on the run from the tyrant Katan who wants MacLeod dead.
3. Highlander III: The Sorcerer (1994)
This is the prequel to the second part, set in 1994. When losing his wife Heather a few centuries ago in the Scottish highlands, Connor MacLeod decides to leave Scotland and travel and wander around the world. He finds himself in Japan where he meets and befriends the famous sorcerer Nakano who is soon killed by Kane, one of his old enemies. But Nakano’s death will leave Kane trapped inside a mountain cave for many years and now, centuries later, he will turn to MacLeod.
4. Highlander: Endgame (2000)
After seeing his old friend Rachel die in an explosion, Connor MacLeod decides to retire from his immortal life and all the pain it brings him. He locks himself inside the Sanctuary, a retreat where immortals can rest from the outside world but when his old enemy Jacob Kell enters and kills everyone at the Sanctuary, MacLeod is forced to get out and fight his once very good friend.
5. Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (2007)
This is an anime sequel to the Highlander story, about a lone warrior named Colin who travels with the ghost Amergan through the ages in search of the immortal Marcus Octavius who killed his lovers many centuries ago. In his search, he discovers that New York is submerged and that he is the one who can save the survivors.
6. Highlander: The Source (2007)
Highlander Duncan MacLeod remembers his past and better days while the world is falling into chaos. Alone and without any hope, he stumbles upon a group of immortals, including his friend Methos and a mortal named Joe Dawson, a Watcher. He embarks on a journey and a quest to find the origin of the first Immortal and the Source of their immortality.
Where to Watch Highlander Movies?
You can watch some of Highlander on HBO, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.
Will There Be More Highlander Movies?
There probably won’t be any more Highlander movies. There have been some speculations in 2021 about a Highlander reboot starring Henry Cavill. It was announced that the filming will start in 2022 but there is still no information on whether the filming has started. It is still rumored, without any concrete news whether from the production or the creative team.