How often have you looked through your window and wondered if the world you live in is just in your mind? Any number at all puts you squarely in the Matrix club, where Neo (Keanu Reeves), Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne), and Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) explore the reality that what they believed was real was, in fact, not. These Matrix movies have fascinated watchers since their release, and there's no better time than the present to binge through the whole series.
How to Watch the Matrix Movies in Release Order
If you're only tangentially familiar with the Matrix movies, then you probably are wondering what more is there to know. The truth is, just like with the Matrix, there's more than meets the eye. That's because The Matrix Trilogy is just the tip of the iceberg.
Though these three movies—The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions—were released in chronological order, the Wachowskis, who are responsible for writing and directing the films, also created nine other animated films which fall under the series The Animatrix, and are part of the Matrix story.
In addition to The Matrix Trilogy and the Animatrix movies, three games go along with the series. Enter the Matrix (2003), The Matrix Online (2005), and The Matrix: Path of Neo (2005) are separate from this discussion of the films, but you should know they do exist.
Knowing this, when you're ready to binge on The Matrix movies, you should first watch The Matrix Trilogy and then go back and watch The Animatrix movies and The Matrix movies in chronological order.MovieDescriptionWhere to Watch The Matrix (1999)The first movie inThe Matrix trilogy introduces you to Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves), who later becomes Neo. Neo learns that his life is not his own and that he's living through his thoughts guided by machines. Soon, Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) bring him out of his thoughts and into the real world, where they and other rebels must fight in a war for humanity against the machines that are trying to control them.Amazon Prime Video The Matrix Reloaded (2003) The Matrix Reloaded takes place six months afterThe Matrix. In this movie, the original characters are defending against an attack on Zion as they try to locate the Keymaker who can help them gain access to the source of the Matrix.Amazon Prime Video The Matrix Revolutions (2003) The Matrix Revolutions follows immediately in the timeline. The group continues to defend against the attack on Zion, and Neo must find a way to defeat Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) to save the world.Amazon Prime VideoMatrix 4No details are available yetComing Late 2021
How to Watch the Matrix Movies in Chronological Order
Once you've seen the original three movies in The Matrix Trilogy then you can go back and watch the whole series, including the animated shorts, from beginning to end to gain more context and insight into the films. Here's how to watch all those movies—both The Matrix Trilogy and The Animatrix movies—in chronological order.
You'll find all of The Animatrix short films in a single rental from Amazon Prime. You'll need to watch through them, pause, watch the movies where appropriate, and then go back to where you left off in The Animatrix to follow along on this guide.MovieRelease DateWhere to WatchThe Animatrix: The Second Renaissance, Part 1 & Part 22003Amazon Prime VideoThe Animatrix: A Detective Story2003Amazon Prime VideoThe Matrix1999Amazon Prime VideoThe Animatrix: Kid's Story2003Amazon Prime VideoThe Animatrix: Final Flight of the Osiris2003Amazon Prime VideoThe Matrix Reloaded2003Amazon Prime VideoThe Matrix Revolutions2003Amazon Prime VideoThe Animatrix: Beyond2003Amazon Prime VideoThe Animatrix: World Record2003Amazon Prime VideoThe Animatrix: Matriculated2003Amazon Prime VideoThe Animatrix: Program2003Amazon Prime VideoThe Matrix 4Coming Late 2021No Details Available