Our mission? To binge-watch them all in one go!
We’ve been anxiously waiting for the latest instalment in the Mission Impossible franchise, and the news is that it will finally be released in 2022.
Breaking it down from the beginning, the first set of adventures featuring IMG agent Ethan Hunt’s imf team of expert hackers, operatives, and government officials back in 1996 to the most recent entry to the saga, here’s your guide to watching all of the Mission: Impossible films in order.
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Mission Impossible movies in order of release date
Below we’ve listed every film in the franchise in order of when they were released:
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
Mission Impossible movies in order of events
We’ve nailed the timeline for the Mission: Impossible movies down for you to watch it in order of events:
1. Mission Impossible
IMDb Rating: 7.1/10
Directed By: Brian De Palma
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Henry Czerny, Ving Rhames
The first film of the series of impossible movie franchise took a 360*spin on the original TV series that aired from 1966 to 1973.
In an operation in Prague, the entire Impossible Mission Force team is wiped out leaving behind just one survivor, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise).
The surviving Ethan Hunt comes under scrutiny by his own agency IMF, as a prime suspect responsible for the death of his comrades. On the search to uncover the truth, hunt attempts out on a mission, by recruiting outcasts in his team, to find the people responsible for the atrocity and possible sly framing for a crime that he didn’t commit.
Mission: Impossible also stars Voigt as Jim Phelps, one of the original series’ characters, Vanessa Redgrave as an arms dealer named Max, as well as Kristin Scott Thomas and Emilio Estevez as other major characters. The impossible film is directed by Brian De Palma, and he did a brilliant job of creating a spy, a nerve-wracking thriller that to date remains the best out of the franchise and the one that started it all.
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2. Mission Impossible 2
IMDb Rating: 6.1/10
Directed By: John Woo
Starring: Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Ving Rhames
John Woo’s Mission Impossible 2 wowed everyone with the over-the-top stunts and action sequences. The movie impossible ii of impossible franchise was released four years after the first film and saw Ethan Hunt paired with the IMF again. Hunt is assigned a task to hunt and eliminate a biochemical weapon called ‘Chimera’.
The villain responsible for this weapon is a rogue IMF agent by the name of Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott). He aims to start a pandemic by releasing a deadly virus and then selling the antidote to the highest bidder in the world.
Ethan Hunt sets on a course to thwart Ambrose’s plans by setting up his team consisting of his old bud Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and infamous thief Nyah Nordoff-Hall (Thandiwe Newton).
The second film is a visual treat for the viewers as its ups the ante with jam-packed action sequences and stunning visual themes.
3. Mission Impossible 3
IMDb Rating: 6.9/10
Directed By: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup
The third instalment that is mission impossible iii kept fans waiting for a long time, almost six years since the last impossible movie was released. Directed by J.J. Abrams, the movie follows Ethan Hunt trying to retire from fieldwork and settle down with his fiancé, Julia Meade, but fate has other things in mind for him.
His organization is having a hard time letting go of him and he’s been given another task, to track down an arms and information broker Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman) before he sells a mysterious object called “Rabbits foot” that could potentially kill millions worldwide.
The plot thickens when somehow his fiancé gets in the middle of all of this drama and the job becomes very personal for Ethan.
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4. Mission Impossible Ghost patrol
IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
Directed By: Brad Bird
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton
The fourth Mission Impossible was the first one to have a subtitle, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol 2011.
The ghost protocol film was brimming with insane action-packed sequences, particularly of impossible missions force. Cruise’s iconic climb up the Burj Khalifa in this mission impossible ghost protocol. The impossible movie opens to show Hunt and his team alone on a mission that’s gone haywire and hence abandoned by the U. S government, while they try to make sense of their bearings.
The cast included notable actors such as Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Micheal Nyqvist, and Lea Seydoux. This instalment of the series had Hunt working to avoid a potential nuclear war.
Director Brad bird of ‘The Iron Giant’ and Incredibles stepped up the game for the movie ghost protocol and it was his live-action debut. One after the other, insane stunts were filmed throughout the film and it showed just how far Tom Cruise was willing to push himself for the sake of the movie, especially for the iconic Burj Khalifa climb. This is one of the best mission impossible films.
5. Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation
IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson
The fifth film mission impossible rogue nation 2015 starts with a bang with Rebecca Ferguson alongside talented actors such as Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, and Tom Hollander. The impossible film follows Ethan Hunt and his trusted team of returning IMF agents who are assigned a mammoth task: to prove that the mysterious group Syndicate exists while also stopping the group’s leader before it’s too late.
Ferguson is a tough cookie to crack within the series and her character development adds a noteworthy twist and life to the series. Hunt soon gets captured by the Syndicate, a part which is led by Solomon Lane (Harris), who then tortures Hunt for information.
Hunt escapes the torture with the help of Faust. The main purpose of the Syndicate is to reassemble the world order via a series of heinous terrorist attacks. It’s all an attempt to frame Hunt for the crimes, which leads to him being constantly on the run.
The storyline is something that we are well versed with. Hero gets involved with the conspiracy, then gets framed, and then must be on the run, all the while relying on his incredible skills as an agent to take the Syndicate down before they complete their plan.
The formula has worked supremely well for the franchise previously, therefore the director Christopher McQuarrie has stuck by it, adding his fresh flavour to the storyline and character development.
Having taken McQuarrie on board, Rogue Nation also helps set the pace for the subsequent films. This is one of the best mission impossible films.
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6. Mission Impossible – Fallout
IMDb Rating: 7.7/10
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg
The franchise’s biggest adventure to date, Mission: Impossible – Fallout pursues Ethan Hunt, Faust, and the rest of his team as they attempt to uncover plutonium stolen by former members of the Syndicate who are adamant about bringing sheer destruction to the world.
Nothing seems to be in favour of Hunt and his team, as the operative’s past mistakes and relationships are used against him in totality.
The franchise began as a spin-off of the TV Series but spiralled forward and succeeded in creating a niche for itself in the genre of action-packed movies. Each part of the Mission Impossible series gets better than the one before.
We’re anxiously waiting for Mission Impossible 7 and Mission Impossible 8, which are speculated to be released somewhere in 2022 and 2023 respectively.