How to watch in chronological order



(Pocket-lint) – Autumn is the perfect time to sit down and watch movies about vampires and werewolves.

The Twilight Saga features both and is in fact one of the most successful franchises in history. Based on four best-selling novels by Stephenie Meyer, it consists of five films, which grossed $3.4 billion at the global box office and became a cultural benchmark for the 2010s.

Like the novels, the films follow 17-year-old Bella Swan as she moves to Washington State and meets the mysterious Edward Cullen. While the actors who play Bella and Edward were relatively unknown a decade ago, the casting department has clearly made some stellar choices. Kristina Stewart (Bella) just earned her first Oscar nomination with Spencer in 2021, and Robert Pattinson (Edward) recently headlined The Caped Crusader in The Batman.

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If you want to finally check out The Twilight Saga, or maybe just want to rewatch the movies before Halloween, here’s the order to watch them all. This matches the cinematic release date, because that’s how the story goes – in chronological order. Let us explain.

How to Watch the Twilight Movies in Order (Timeline and Release Date)

THERE MAY BE SPOILERS BELOW. Skip to the bottom of this guide for the bulleted, at-a-glance, spoiler-free version.

Dusk (2008)

Dusk (2008)

  • Realized by: Catherine Hardwicke
  • Based on: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • Scenario of: Melissa Rosenberg
  • Produced and distributed by: Entertainment at the top
  • Duration: 121 minutes
  • Box office: $407 million
  • Where to stream: Amazon Prime Video

The first Twilight movie introduces us to Kristen Stewart’s Bella Swan, who moved from Arizona to Washington to live with her father. She notices the Cullens when she starts high school. They are a group of siblings who mostly stay with each other. Of course, she ends up sitting next to Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) in biology class, which begins a weird relationship between the two – until Edward saves Bella from being hit by a car. with supernatural powers.

As the two get to know each other, it becomes clear to Bella that Edward is a vampire. Unfortunately, another group of vampires – led by a tracker named James (Cam Gigandet) – arrives and decides to hunt Bella, leading Edward and his siblings to protect Bella.

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

  • Realized by: Chris Wietz
  • Based on: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  • Scenario of: Melissa Rosenberg
  • Produced by: Temple Hill Entertainment
  • Distributed by: Entertainment at the top
  • Duration: 130 minutes (extended cut is 138 minutes)
  • Box office: $709 million
  • Where to stream: Amazon Prime Video

New Moon picks up Bella during her senior year of high school and continues her relationship with Edward. While celebrating her birthday with the Cullens, Bella gets her paper cut, causing Edward’s brother, Jasper (Jackson Rathbone), to instinctively attack her. Although Jasper was arrested before he hurt Bella, Edward believes she can never be safe with him or his family. He ends their relationship and moves away with the rest of his family.

Bella then spends more time with Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) – until she discovers that he and other members of her Native American Quileute tribe are werewolves.

She begins to chase the thrill of life-threatening moments just to feel close to Edward. This inadvertently causes Edward to believe that Bella died jumping off a cliff. His sister Alice (Alice Green) even has a vision of it. The guilt causes Edward to appear before vampire royalty known as the Volturi in hopes of ending his own life.

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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

  • Realized by: David Slade
  • Based on: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  • Scenario of: Melissa Rosenberg
  • Produced by: Temple Hill Entertainment
  • Distributed by: Entertainment at the top
  • Duration: 123 minutes
  • Box office: $698 million
  • Where to stream: Amazon Prime Video

Following the Volturi’s decision at the end of New Moon, Eclipse focuses on Bella and Edward trying to decide when she will be turned into a vampire. The two disagree on this.

Meanwhile, Victoria (Rachelle LaFevre) – who was a member of the vampire group that originally hunted Bella – wants revenge. She builds an army of vampires to attack the town of Forks, where Bella lives. The Cullens then find common cause with the Quileute werewolf pack in order to fend off the vampires.

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part One (2011)

  • Realized by: Bill Condon
  • Based on: Dawn of Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  • Scenario of: Melissa Rosenberg
  • Produced by: Temple Hill Entertainment
  • Distributed by: Entertainment at the top
  • Duration: 117 minutes
  • Box office: $712 million
  • Where to stream: Amazon Prime Video

Breaking Dawn – Part One opens with Edward and Bella’s wedding. The happy couple left for their honeymoon on Isle Esme, where they consummated their marriage and made love for the first time. Shortly after, Bella discovers that she is pregnant.

Edward and his father Carlisle (Peter Facinelli) believe that Bella will not be able to give birth to a baby vampire. They recommend that she have an abortion, but Bella refuses. Meanwhile, members of Jacob’s werewolf pack believe that Bella and the baby must die before they can be born. Of course, there’s also the problem of the Volturi, who still expect the Cullens to turn Bella.

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part Two (2012)

Breaking Dawn – Part Two picks up where the last film left off – Bella adjusting to being a new mother and a vampire at the same time. Their daughter, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), is a faster-aging half-vampire. But she is seen in the woods with Edward’s father by a vampire from another clan, and the Volturi learn that the Cullens have what is called an immortal child – aka a vampire who has grown too young and will not grow old. never.

That’s a no-no for the Volturi. Their leader, Avo, heads to Forks to kill the Cullens. Alice Cullen has a vision of the Volturi, however, which buys the Cullens time to prepare for the attack.

Spoiler-free version: the Twilight saga films in order

Chronological order and release date

OK, so here’s the at-a-glance version of the guide above. It’s spoiler-free.

  • Dusk (2008)
  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part One (2011)
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part Two (2012)

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Written by Maggie Tillman.

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