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What is the best order to watch the Matrix movies?

December 11, 2021

Get ready for a return to the Matrix.

The franchise that kicked off the new millennium over 20 years ago is returning — with its first sequel since The Matrix Revolutions released in 2003. The next installment, The Matrix Resurrections (Matrix 4), is actually one of the movies WarnerMedia plans to premiere on HBO Max and in theaters at the same time on 22 December 2021. It again stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss. Lana Wachowski has also returned to direct.

Lana, with her sister Lilly, wrote and directed the original trilogy. 

To help get you up to speed with the entire franchise, we’ve rounded up all the Matrix films as well as the animated shorts in a viewing order guide.

We’ve listed them chronologically, too, so you can follow events as they happen. It’s really quite obvious, considering the release date order is chronological, but we tell you where to slot in the animated shorts – and, given that the films don’t have their number in the title, this should make finding the right order a little easier. A spoiler-free version of our guide is listed at the bottom.

Matrix movies in chronological order


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