If you’re a fan of the Hannibal Lecter franchise, then you’re probably wondering how many movies there are. Well, the answer is four. Here’s a quick rundown of the Hannibal Lecter movies in order:
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How Many Hannibal Lecter Movies Are There?
As of 2019, there are a total of five movies in the Hannibal Lecter franchise. The first film, “The Silence of the Lambs,” was released in 1991 and went on to win five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The second film, “Hannibal,” was released in 2001 and was met with mixed reviews. The third film, “Red Dragon,” was released in 2002 and was a prequel to “The Silence of the Lambs.” The fourth film, “Hannibal Rising,” was released in 2007 and was a prequel to the first three films. The fifth and most recent film, “The Silence of the Lambs,” was released in 2020.
The Silence of the Lambs
The Silence of the Lambs is the first Hannibal Lecter movie, released in 1991. It stars Jodie Foster as FBI Agent Clarice Starling, who seeks Lecter’s help in catching a serial killer nicknamed “Buffalo Bill.” The movie won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), and Best Actress (Jodie Foster).
Hannibal is a 1991 American horror-thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, adapted from Thomas Harris’ novel of the same name. It stars Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, and Dennis Farina. The film focuses on the relationship between FBI trainee Clarice Starling and cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter.
The sequel to The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Hannibal was released in 2001. Directed by Ridley Scott from a script by David Mamet and starring Anthony Hopkins as Lecter, Julianne Moore as Starling, and Gary Oldman as Mason Verger, it grossed almost US$350 million worldwide.
There are two more movies in the Hannibal Lecter franchise: Red Dragon (2002) and Hannibal Rising (2007).
There are two Hannibal Lecter movies that have been released thus far. The first one is “Red Dragon” which was released in 2002. The second one is “Hannibal” which was released in 2001.
Hannibal Rising is a 2007 horror thriller film directed by Peter Webber and starring Gaspard Ulliel as the title character. It is based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Harris, and is a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Hannibal (2001). The film was produced by Dino De Laurentiis and Martha De Laurentiis, and its script was written by Harris and adapted by Harris and director Peter Webber.
The film is set in Lecter’s youth, when he witnesses the murder of his family in Eastern Europe at the hands of Nazi collaborator Vladis Grutas, played by Rhys Ifans. Seeking revenge, Lecter moves to France where he studies medicine, becomes a hospital doctor during World War II, and develops his taste for human flesh.
Filming took place mainly in Lithuania. It was released on February 9, 2007 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, February 15 in Australia, and February 16 in North America.
Hannibal Rising grossed $58 million worldwide against its $70 million budget.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott Glenn. The film was adapted from Thomas Harris’ 1988 novel of the same name, his second to feature Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. In the film, Lecter is employed by the FBI as a profiler to help track down another serial killer, “Buffalo Bill”.
Hannibal is a 2001 American psychological horror thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, adapted from Thomas Harris’ novel of the same name. It is the sequel to The Silence of the Lambs (1991), which adapts the novel’s prequel, Red Dragon (1981).
Hopkins reprises his role as Lecter, a cannibalistic serial killer. Julianne Moore stars as FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling, while Gary Oldman plays FBI Section Chief Jack Crawford. Anthony Hopkins had not played Lecter for over 10 years when he was approached to reprise the role for this film.
This film marks the second time Scott directed a Harris adaptation, after The Silence of the Lambs. filming took place in Italy and Bulgaria during 2000.
Red Dragon (2002)
Red Dragon is a 2002 American psychological thriller film based on the 1981 novel of the same name by Thomas Harris. It was directed by Brett Ratner and stars Anthony Hopkins as Lecter, Edward Norton as Graham, and Ralph Fiennes as Dolarhyde. The film grossed $209 million worldwide.
Hannibal Rising (2007)
Hannibal Rising is a 2007 horror thriller film directed by Peter Webber and written by Thomas Harris, itself a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Hannibal (1999). It stars Gaspard Ulliel as the young Hannibal Lecter, taking place before his first encounter with FBI agent Clarice Starling. The cast also includes Li Gong, Rhys Ifans, Dominic West, and Richard Brake.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Hannibal (2001), Red Dragon (2002), Hannibal Rising (2007)
There are four Hannibal Lecter movies.
The first is The Silence of the Lambs, released in 1991 and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. It won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
The second is Hannibal, released in 2001 and starring Hopkins, Julianne Moore, and Gary Oldman.
The third is Red Dragon, released in 2002 and again featuring Hopkins as Lecter. It is based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Harris.
The fourth and most recent Hannibal Lecter movie is Hannibal Rising, released in 2007. It stars Gaspard Ulliel as the young Lecter.