In the 1980s, Hasbro’s mega-popular Transformers toy line spawned an animated series, an animated film, and a run in Marvel comics. The saga continued throughout the 90s and 2000s with new cartoons, but it wasn’t until 2007 that these disguised robots received the live-action movie treatment.
Michael Bay’s Transformers live-action movie has taken audiences by storm, featuring high-end special effects and heart-pounding action. And in the years since that first hit show, the franchise has launched five more live-action movies — with its next installment, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, slated for 2023.
So what order do these movies go in? Are you looking to watch them as they come out, or did 2018’s prequel Bumblebee inspire you to go on a timeline binge? Anyway, below are both Transformers in Order listings.
The Transformers movies in order (chronological)
Transformers movies in chronological order
1. Bumblebee (2018)
where to watch: Paramount+, Fubo, Sling or for rent on most platforms.
The first film, chronologically, is the 2018 prequel Bumblebee, starring Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie, a teenage girl reeling from her father’s death, who discovers an Autobot, Bumblebee, lurking on Earth. Even though the film was eventually declared a reboot of the franchise, it still takes place before anything else, in 1987, giving fans real Transformers in the decade when these giant robots made their appearance.
Read our Bumblebee reviews.
2. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023)
Where to watch: Ah ha! You can’t see this one yet. Go to the next movie…
Billed as a sequel/follow up to Bumblebee (again, if we’re treating this all as a rebooted timeline), Transformers: Rise of the Beasts would be set in 1994 and involve a pair of Brooklyn archaeologists who come into an ancient conflict at through an adventure linked to three factions of Transformers: the Maximals, the Predacons and the Terrorcons. Rise of the Beasts will be the first Transformers live-action movie to be inspired by the Beast Wars cartoon. Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback are set to star, with Peter Cullen voicing Optimus Prime and Ron Perlman voicing Optimus Primal.
3. Transformers (2007)
where to watch: HBO, HBO Max, Cinemax, Cinemax Go, or for rental on most platforms.
The massive movie that started it all, Michael Bay’s Transformers, brought the Autobots vs. Decepticons war to Earth in a nasty way, putting Shia LaBeouf’s Sam, Megan Fox’s Mikaela, and the US Armed Forces in the middle of an ancient conflict. galaxy that traces all the way back to Cybertron, the home planet of the Transformers. For the first time, Transformers fans got to see favorites Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Jazz, Megatron, Starscream and more interact with human stars and battle through real explosions.
Read our review of transformers.
4. Transformers: Revenge of the Dead (2009)
where to watch: Commendable on most platforms.
The franchise’s first sequel, Revenge of the Fallen, brought back Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, and Tyrese Gibson while introducing Tony Todd as The Fallen, Megatron’s master and founder of the Decepticons. As the Autobots work with a secret military organization and attempt to make a home for themselves on Earth, The Fallen returns to wreak havoc, calling on the Constructicons to combine and form a gigantic enemy Devastator.
Read our Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen review.
5. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
where to watch: Paramount+, Pluto TV (with ads) or for rent on most platforms.
Absent Megan Fox and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was Shia LeBeouf’s new girlfriend, in Michael Bay’s third Transformers movie Dark of the Moon, which worked on the premise that the US space program had been developed to investigate a crash on the moon – the site of a downed spacecraft, the Ark, from Cybertron. A diabolical new plot involving Decepticons and former Autobot leader Sentinel Prime (voiced by Leonard Nimoy) is hatched and it’s once again up to Optimus Prime and his team to save the day and stop Cybertron from him. -even to be vortex in ours. solar system.
Read our Transformers: Dark of the Moon review.
6. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
where to watch: Paramount+, or commendable on most platforms.
Mark Wahlberg joined the Transformers franchise in Age of Extinction, as Cade Yeager, a struggling father and inventor, was swept up in the latest feud between Autobots and Decepticons. Dinobots were first introduced, along with a reincarnation of Megatron, known as Galvatron. Cade and his daughter help Optimus Prime protect Earth from both an ancient and powerful threat and a dark new group bent on taking over the world.
Read our Transformers: Age of Extinction review.
7. Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
where to watch: Paramount+, Fubo or for rent on most platforms.
Michael Bay was still on board for the fifth Transformers movie, which marked the final live-action chapter of this particular timeline. The Last Knight saw Mark Wahlberg return from Age of Extinction and join Josh Duhamel, John Turturro and Glenn Morshower, who all returned from the first three films. A brainwashed Optimus Prime, renamed Nemesis Prime, was sent back to Earth to retrieve the Staff of Merlin, which could absorb Earth’s energy and restore Cybertron. Oh, and who better to join the saga for his final episode at the helm of Bay than…Sir Anthony Hopkins!
Read our Transformers: The Last Knight review.
How to watch Transformers movies by release date
If you’re looking to watch all the movies in theatrical release order, the correct list is below:
- Transformers (2007)
- Transformers: Revenge of the Dead (2009)
- Transformers: Dark Moon (2011)
- Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
- Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
- Bumblebee (2018)
- Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023)