Transformers is one of the most action-packed franchises released in the past two decades. Taking beloved cartoon characters and bringing them into modern cinema with flashy visuals and a ton of explosions has been a hit for six iterations to date.
Over the years, we’ve learned more about the Autobots and their conflict with the Decepticons as it unfolded onscreen. Ahead of a seventh addition to the franchise, there’s no better time than now for viewers to catch up.
Whether you’re a new viewer or someone looking to relive those classic movies with the power of streaming, you might be wondering what’s the right order to do so. Here’s everything you need to know.
How to watch the Transformers movies in order
Transformers is an easy-to-navigate franchise, as all of its releases can be viewed chronologically up to the latest entry, the prequel film Bumblebee. Until now, events happened one after the other, so it was quite easy to plan your watch. Here is the chronological order of Transformers movies to date.
Bumblebee is one of the most iconic and popular Transformers of them all. Although the character has a ton of prominence and screen time in the original Transformers movie trilogy, much of his backstory is left out. In this prequel, fans find out how the Autobot ended up on Earth and some of the adventures he was on before meeting Sam Witwicky. Fans might also choose to watch this movie at the end of the current movie slate, as this movie was written at a time when most viewers were already familiar with the character.
The first movie of Transformers series, this episode gives fans their first look at the Autobots and Decepticons in glorious live action, with a ton of flashy visuals and even more explosions courtesy of Michael Bay.
The movie introduces fans to Sam Witwicky buying an old car that ends up being Bumblebee. With Sam’s help, Bumblebee and the rest of the Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, search for the All Spark to save Earth from destruction at the hands of the Decepticons.
Transformers: Revenge (2009)
In the following, Transformers: Revengea lot has changed, with Sam now in college and the Autobots now working alongside a secret military team as they make a home for themselves on Earth.
New threats have arisen to challenge the Autobots on their new Earth home, this time the Fallen, a former Decepticon. Sam and Mikaela will need to uncover the story of the Transformers’ arrival on Earth if they are to defend the planet from its latest threat.
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon (2011)
In this episode, the Autobots and Decepticons are back in action, with Earth serving as the location. To end the war against the Decepticons for good, Optimus Prime sets out to resurrect and call upon Sentinel Prime, the former leader of the Autobots. As you may have expected, things don’t always go as planned.
If you’re looking for faster action and flashy visuals, this is another treat from the franchise that consistently delivers fun and exciting stories every time.
Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
After the first trilogy Transformers franchise, the main cast of humans is changed to The age of extinction, as we meet a new team led by Cade Yeager. Once again, Autobots and humans will have to work together to fight off the evil powers that seek to take over Earth.
As the name suggests, the movie has a dino-style twist, and it introduces a ton of new Transformers to the series that longtime fans have been waiting for.
Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
In the last knight, Optimus Prime is gone, and humans and transformers are at war. To heal the severed bonds and keep Earth safe, Yeager and Bumblebee must uncover more of the Transformers’ past to bring peace to Earth and save them and humanity.
The next addition to Transformers franchise is planned for 2023 and will be called Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. At this time, details are not known as to the plot of this film, but it will take place after Bumblebee but before Transformers and is sure to include some of the franchise’s most iconic characters.