Zorro is one of the biggest names in the masked vigilante genre and has acquired many fans and lovers since its original novel was first released in 1919. With how popular the original novel became it didn’t take long for it to get many movie and TV adaptations. Because of the very long run the Zorro franchise had, many fans started to wonder how many Zorro movies are there and in what order to watch them.
How Many Zorro Movies Are There?
As of November 2022, there are exactly 39 Zorro movies produced, and at this moment, there are no public plans for other movies. The first Zorro movie ever made was released on November 27, 1920, and the latest one was released on October 28, 2005.
Zorro Movies in Order At a Glance
There is no particular order to watch the Zorro movies since most of them tell their own stories and are not thoroughly connected to one another, but there are some movies that star the same actor as Zorro and therefore are connected, so it is best to watch them in their respective order. However, there is a precise release order for all of them, that might be interesting to follow and is listed below:
|Movie Title||Year||Country||Starring as Zorro|
|The Mark of Zorro||1920||USA||Douglas Fairbanks Sr.|
|Don Q., Son of Zorro||1925||USA||Douglas Fairbanks Sr.|
|The Bold Caballero||1936||USA||Robert Livingstone|
|The Mark of Zorro||1940||USA||Tyrone Power|
|Il Sogno di Zorro||1952||Italy||Walter Chiari|
|Zorro the Avenger||1958||USA||Guy Williams|
|The Sign of Zorro||1958||USA||Guy Williams|
|El Zorro Escarlata||1961||Mexico||Luis Aguilar|
|El Zorro Vengador||1961||Mexico||Luis Aguilar|
|El Zorro||1962||Mexico||Julio Aldama|
|Zorro Nella Valle dei Fantasmi||1962||Mexico||Jeff Stone|
|Zorro Alla Corte di Spagni||1962||Italy||Giorgio Ardisson|
|La Venganza del Zorro||1962||Spain/Mexico||Frank Latimore|
|Il Segno di Zorro||1962||France/Italy||Sean Flynn|
|L’Ombra di Zorro||1963||Italy/Spain||Frank Latimore|
|La Tre Spade di Zorro||1963||Italy/Spain||Guy Stockwell|
|Zorro EI Tre Moschiettieri||1963||Italy||Gordon Scott|
|Zorro Contro Maciste||1963||Italy||Pierre Brice|
|Il Giuramente di Zorro||1965||Italy/Spain||Tony Russel|
|La Montana Sin Ley||1953||Spain||Jose Suarez|
|Zorro Il Ribelle||1966||Italy||Howard Ross|
|I Nippotti di Zorro||1968||Italy||Dean Reed|
|Zorro Il Cavaliere della Vendetta||1968||Italy/Spain||Charles Quiney|
|El Zorro la Volpe||1968||Italy||George Ardisson|
|Zorro Il Dominatore||1969||Italy/Spain||Charles Quiney|
|El Zorro Justiciero||1969||Italy/Spain||Martin Moore|
|Zorro Alla Corte D’Inghilterra||1969||Italy||Spyros Focas|
|Zorro Marchese di Navarro||1969||Italy||Nadir Moretti|
|Zorro la Maschera della Vendetta||1970||Italy/Spain||Charles Quiney|
|Les Aventures Galantes de Zorro||1972||Belgium||Jean-Michel Dhermay|
|The Erotic Adventures of Zorro||1972||USA||Douglas Frey|
|Il Figlio di Zorro||1973||Italy/Spain||Robert Widmark|
|Il Sogno di Zorro||1975||Italy||Franco Franch|
|The Mark of Zorro||1974||USA||Frank Langella|
|Zorro, the Gay Blade||1981||USA||George Hamilton|
|The Mask of Zorro||1998||USA||Anthony Hopkins|
|The Legend of Zorro||2005||USA||Antonio Banderas|
With many retellings and their own take on the story, many countries throughout the world have adapted the Zorro tale in one way or another, reaching a total number of 39 movies.
What Is the Best Way to Watch Zorro Movies?
You have many options at your disposal when it comes to the best way to watch the Zorro movies. You can watch them by release order, by which actor is starring in the movie, or you can simply watch them by randomly choosing which order they are going to be in since it does not matter that much.
However, it might be truly interesting to watch them ordered by release date, since this way you can see the changes and modernization that affected the media and how the characters were portrayed throughout the years.
Zorro Movies in Order by Release Date
Here are some of the most memorable Zorro Movies ordered by release date:
1. The Mark of Zorro (1920)
This is the first-ever movie adaptation based on the original Zorro novel and was released in theaters on November 27, 1920.
This movie follows a character by the name of Don Diego Vega, who has taken the identity of the masked Robin Hood-inspired vigilante Señor Zorro, Mr. Fox in English, who appears out of nowhere to protect citizens from the corrupt Governor Alvarado, his partner Captain Juan Ramon and a brute man Sergeant Pedro Gonzales. With his majestic sword, his incredible acrobatics, and a big sense of humor, Zorro scars the faces of the villains with his iconic mark, “Z”.
2. The Mark of Zorro (1940)
This is the fourth movie adaptation based on the original Zorro novel and was released in theaters on November 8, 1940. It is a sound remake of the first Zorro movie listed above.
Don Diego Vega is horrified at the way the citizens are now mistreated by the corrupt Alcalde, a man called Luis Quintero, who has forcibly claimed Don Diego’s father from the position. Don Diego adopts the guise of El Zorro, The Fox in English, a masked vigilante with a stylish black look, who becomes the defender of the common people and seeks justice against Quintero and his minions.
3. Zorro (1975)
This is the 34th movie adaptation based on the original Zorro novel and was released in theaters on March 5, 1975.
A newly arrived governor finds his province under the control of the corrupt Colonel Huerta. To avoid assassination by Huerta, he pretends to be a weak and reclusive man so that Huerta will believe he poses no threat. However, this man actually masquerades as Zorro, a masked vigilante dressed in black, and joins the monk Francisco and the beautiful aristocrat Hortensia while they seek justice against the evil Colonel Huerta and his soldiers.
4. Zorro, The Gay Blade (1981)
This is the 37th movie adaptation based on the original Zorro novel and was released in theaters on July 17, 1981.
This movie follows the story of the twin sons of the legendary Zorro. One of Zorro’s children, Don Diego Vega, inherits his father’s sword, costume, and name but after breaking his ankle, he cannot act as the masked avenger and continue to fulfill his heroic duties. As a result, his flamboyantly fashion-conscious brother assumes the secret identity to continue an ongoing fight for justice, but the outcome turns out to be extremely funny.
5. The Mask of Zorro (1998)
This is the 38th movie adaptation based on the original Zorro novel and was released in theaters on July 17, 1998.
The film follows the original Zorro, Don Diego de la Vega, escaping from prison to find his long-lost daughter and avenging the death of his wife at the hands of the corrupt governor Rafael Montero. He is then aided by his successor, who is pursuing his own vengeance against the governor’s right-hand man while he develops an interesting love relationship with la Vega’s daughter.
6. The Legend of Zorro (2005)
This is the 39th movie adaptation based on the original Zorro novel, and is a sequel to the previous movie The Mark of Zorro, and was released in theaters on October 28, 2005.
Alejandro de la Vega has fought against crime as Zorro for as long as ten years, but now he has to deal with a problem somewhat different, divorce. His wife Elena has filed for divorce and found comfort in the arms of Count Armand, a dashing French aristocrat. However, Armand is actually the evil mastermind behind a terrorist plot to destroy the United States. And so, dealing with his biggest challenge as his marriage and the country’s future is at stake, Zorro will try his best to save the two before it’s too late.
You can choose to follow this release order or suit yourself and watch in any order you want to since it does not matter much besides the movies starred by the same actors.
Where to Watch the Zorro Movies?
At this point, there are no streaming services that have every single Zorro movie in their catalog. You can rent or buy some through many services though, like YouTube, Amazon, Google Play, or Apple TV. However, some of the movies are through HBO Max, Disney+, and Paramount+.
Do You Need to Watch the Zorro Movies in Order?
There is no absolute need to watch the Zorro movies in order. Due to most of them being unique stories that work well alone, there is no need to watch them in order, so you can watch any one of them at any time. But there are some movies that are sequels to one another, those starred by the same actors, like Antonio Bandera’s two movies.
If in any case, you do want to watch them in a previously established order, release order would be the most advisable, since you can get a nice experience of seeing how the media and the characters evolved and were adapted over the years.
Are the Zorro Movies Connected?
Zorro movies are not connected. Each one of them tells its own story, but there are some instances where a movie will be a sequel to another one. Those would be the Zorro movies where Zorro is portrayed by the same actor, but overall the 39 movies as a whole are not connected to each other and are just reinterpretations of the original Zorro novel.
Will There Be More Zorro Movies?
At this point, there is no official news about another Zorro movie coming out, but there were talks at the end of 2021 about Disney producing a Zorro reboot series that would possibly launch on Disney+. There are also some movies credited as a Zorro adaptation on IMDb, but don’t seem to lead to much.
Now you are absolutely ready to go on and watch every Zorro movie available and see his adventures with his love interests while they seek to get justice against a corrupt government. Hope you enjoy your long marathon!