John Wick Movies in Order & How Many Are There?

John wick movies in order

If you are interested to find out how many John Wick movies are there, you have come to the right place. We will let you know the numbers, what is the best way to watch John Wick movies in order, and what can you expect in the future from the franchise. So without further ado let’s check out some important production and plot-related details about them. You’re also going to find out about the future of the franchise. Enjoy!

How many John Wick movies are there?

There are currently three John Wick movies, each of them focusing on the titular character played by Keanu Reeves. There are two sequels in the works, planned for a 2022 and 2023 release, as well as a spin-off movie titled Ballerina and a spin-off TV show named The Continental.

John Wick movies in order – at a glance

Currently, there are a total of three John Wick movies released. The franchise is owned by Summit Entertainment, which is a brand of Lionsgate. The general overview looks like this:

  1. John Wick (2014)
  2. John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
  3. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

Now, let us give you some more details on each of the movies and what is the best way to watch John Wick movies in order.

What is the best way to watch John Wick movies?

The best way to watch John Wick movies is in order of their release date. Each new movie builds upon and follows the storyline. With the release of spinoffs that might change, but for now, the release order of the John Wick movie is the correct order of watching.

John Wick movies in order – by release date

1. John Wick (2014)

Director: Chad Stahelski
Screenplay: Derek Kolstad
Composer: Tyler Bates, Joel J. Richards
Runtime: 101 minutes
Release Date: October 24, 2014

Starring: Keanu Reeves (Jardani Jovonovich / John ‘The Boogeyman’ Wick), Michael Nyqvist (Viggo Tarasov), Alfie Allen (Iosef Tarasov), Adrianne Palicki (Ms. Perkins), Ian McShane (Winston), Willem Dafoe (Marcus)

We start our John Wich watch order with the first movie John Wick released in 2014. Former hitman John Wick has just lost his wife Helen, who died of an undisclosed illness. Posthumously, he receives a Beagle puppy from her on the day of the funeral as a gift, along with a letter in which she informs him that she will leave him the puppy named Daisy so that he can cope with his loss and love something again.

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The next day, John drives his Ford Mustang out to get dog food. At a gas station, he meets three Russian gang members. Their leader, Iosef, admires John’s car and wants to buy it. However, John refuses and drives away.

The three Russians follow him home, break into it that night, and brutally beat John up. He has to watch helplessly as they mistreat Daisy before he is knocked unconscious. When he wakes up the next morning, Daisy, who has dragged herself to him seriously injured, is dead and his Ford Mustang is stolen.

2. John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Director: Chad Stahelski
Screenplay: Derek Kolstad
Composer: Tyler Bates, Joel J. Richards
Runtime: 122 minutes
Release Date: February 10, 2017

Starring: Keanu Reeves (Jardani Jovonovich / John ‘The Boogeyman’ Wick), Common (Cassian), Laurence Fishburne (“The Bowery King”), Ruby Rose (“Ares”), Peter Stormare (Abram Tarasov), Franco Nero (Julius), Ian McShane (Winston)

Our second entry of the John Wick watch order is John Wick: Chapter 2 released in 2017.

A few days after John Wick killed the Russian mafia boss Viggo Tarasov and his son Iosef, John finds out that his Ford Mustang is in Abram Tarasov’s workshop. This is where stolen cars are dismantled and the individual parts are resold. Tarasov is the brother of Viggo and the uncle of Iosef. John takes his vehicle back and kills numerous men of Tarasov’s. Then he goes to Tarasov and offers him peace, which Tarasov accepts.

He has Aurelio repair his badly damaged vehicle and again seal his weapons and equipment under the floor at home in order to resume his interrupted retirement. Meanwhile, Santino D’Antonio, an Italian mafioso, and a former client visit him and demands the redemption of a debt coin. John once drew this with his blood so that Santino would help him leave the organization.

When John refuses to help and cites his retirement, Santino blows up John’s house with a grenade launcher. John then goes to the Continental, where its manager Winston reminds him of the two inviolable rules of the underworld: No “business” on the property of the Continental hotel, and debt coins must be redeemed.

3. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

Director: Chad Stahelski
Screenplay: Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, Marc Abrams
Composer: Tyler Bates, Joel J. Richards
Runtime: 131 minutes
Release Date: May 17, 2019

Starring: Keanu Reeves (Jardani Jovonovich / John ‘The Boogeyman’ Wick), Halle Berry (Sofia Al-Azwar), Ian McShane (Winston), Laurence Fishburne (“The Bowery King”), Anjelica Huston (“The Director”), Robin Lord Taylor (“Administrator”)

The last movie on our watch order is John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, released in 2019. After John Wick killed Santino D’Antonio in the Continental, he is on the run through New York. Since a bounty of 14 million US dollars was initially placed on him and he forfeited all privileges that had been granted to him as a member of the Continental through the murder of D’Antonio, he now tries to get out of New York City escape.

He reaches the city library and takes a rosary with an “exchange medallion” from a hidden book. In the library, John is attacked by an assassin before the deadline given to him, but whom he is able to defeat, even if seriously injured. John rushes to a well-known doctor who treats his injury.

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At 6 p.m. sharp, he was “excommunicated” and all the killers in town were hunting him. On the run from assassins, he fights his way to the Tarkovsky Theater, where he visits the director, a woman from the past who accepts the crucifix as a ticket for the safe passage to Essaouira near Casablanca in Morocco.

Meanwhile, a High Table judge meets with Winston, the manager of the Continental, and the Bowery King, the leader of a network of tramp assassins. The judge accuses them of having helped John Wick in the murder of Santino D’Antonio and admonishes both of them to give up their offices in seven days, otherwise, they will face serious consequences.

Where to watch John Wick movies?

You can watch John Wick movies on Amazon Prime. Unfortunately Amazon Prime is the only well-known streaming platform that has John Wick in its catalog and is available for streaming. You can not watch John Wick movies on Netflix or Hulu.

Do you need to watch John Wick movies in order?

You need to watch John Wick movies in order by release date. Every movie follows the story as well as character development. In the future, there will be spin-off movies and TV shows, so this info will maybe change.

Are John Wick movies connected?

Yes, John Wick movies are connected. Each newly released movie in the John Wick franchise builds upon the storyline of the previously released movie. It’s important to watch them in order since you might fail to understand John Wick’s motivation or some character if you jump straight to John Wick 2 or John Wick 3.

Will there be more John Wick movies?

There will certainly be more John Wick movies. Two movies from the original timeline are officially announced and are planned for a 2022 and 2023 release, respectively. Other than that, there is a spin-off movie called Ballerina announced, as well as a TV show The Continental which is already in the works.

  • Arthur S. Poe has been fascinated by fiction ever since he saw Digimon and read Harry Potter as a child. Since then, he has seen several thousand movies and anime, read several hundred books and comics, and played several hundred games of all genres.