Taken Movies in Order: How Many Are There?

Taken is an action movie franchise led by Liam Neeson who stars in the lead role. The franchise was created by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen back in 2008. The first movie received mixed reviews from critics, but the overwhelmingly positive reception from the audience transformed this into a household-name franchise and redefined Liam Neeson as an action film star. In this article, you will find everything about the Taken movies.

How many Taken movies are there?

Taken movie franchise revolves around Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills, a Former Green Beret and retired CIA officer, and Maggie Grace as Kim Mills, Bryan’s daughter. The first movie was also titled 96 Hours and The Hostage. Here is a list of all Taken movies:

Taken movies in order (at a glance)

Taken movie franchise revolves around Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills, a Former Green Beret and retired CIA officer, and Maggie Grace as Kim Mills, Bryan’s daughter. Here is a list of all Taken movies:

  1. Taken (2008)
  2. Taken 2 (2012)
  3. Taken 3 (2014)


In 2017 a spin-off TV show premiered on NBC about a young Bryan Mills. The Taken TV show ran for one season and ended in 2018.

What is the best way to watch Taken movies?

The best way to watch Taken movies is by release date. Every movie is connected by the plot and recurring characters, and the events in the first Taken movie start a chain reaction that results in problems that have to be resolved in the sequels.

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Taken movies in order (by release date)

1. Taken (2008)

Director: Pierre Morel
Writer: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Release Date: Jan 30, 2009
Runtime: 1h 31m

Synopsis: Former Green Beret and CIA agent, Bryan Mills, reluctantly lets his 17-year-old daughter Kim go to Paris with her friend. When Kim and her friend arrive in Paris, they are taken by Albanian mobsters who run a slavery-prostitution ring. Bryan uses his special skills to get Kim back, and the only information he can use is from a short phone conversation made in panic. Bryan is now racing against the clock to get his daughter back alive and well.

2. Taken 2 (2012)

Director: Olivier Megaton
Writer: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Release Date: Oct 5, 2012 
Runtime: 1h 32m

Synopsis: This time, Bryan Mills is in Istanbul, and he invites his daughter Kim and his ex-wife, Lenore, to spend a couple of days in Istanbul with him. At the same time, the boss of the Albanian gang from the last movie decides to kidnap Bryan and his family as revenge for the death of his son. Bryan and Lenore are taken, but Kim manages to escape. Now, she is the only hope that her parents have.

3. Taken 3 (2014)

Director: Olivier Megaton
Writer: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Release Date: Jan 9, 2015 
Runtime: 1h 49m

Synopsis: Liam Neeson returns for the last time as Bryan Mills, a retired Green Beret and CIA agent. After a long time, he finally gets a second chance with his ex-wife, Lenore. But, their reunion is cut short when she is murdered. The number one suspect is Bryan, and now he is hunted by the CIA, FBI, and the police. Bryan has to use everything he knows to find the real killers, clear his name and save the only thing he has left, his daughter Kim.

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Where to watch Taken movies?

Taken and Taken 2 movies are available for streaming on FuboTV, and Peacock. Taken 3 is currently not streaming on any platforms, but along with other movies in the franchise, it is can be rented or purchased on AppleTV, Amazon Instant Video, and Google Play.

Do you need to watch Taken movies in order?

Yes, you need to watch all three Taken movies in order. The plot of the movies is tightly connected, and the plot of each subsequent movie is caused by something that happened in the previous movie. If you don’t watch the movies in order, they will make no sense.

Are Taken movies connected?

All three Taken movies are connected by recurring characters and shared plot points. The plot of the second and third movies is caused by decisions made by certain characters in the first movie. It is very important to watch all three movies by release order for maximal enjoyment of this modern action-thriller franchise.

Will there be more Taken movies?

There will be no more Taken movies. The main star Liam Neeson, confirmed many times that there wasn’t going to be a Taken 4 movie. And, after the failure of the spin-off TV series there probably won’t be any more Taken movies or TV series in the near future.

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