The Matrix Movies In Order: A Chronological Guide


The Matrix movie is arguably one of the best Sci-fi movies in cinema history. It has ingrained itself into pop culture and will forever be known for its groundbreaking special effects, philosophical conversations about the nature of reality, and action sequences that are unparalleled by many modern movies. When The Matrix first came out in 1999, no one thought it would become such a cultural phenomenon.

Now it seems like everyone has seen at least one movie from this series (although some people have only seen parts). However, not everyone knows how to watch all three Matrix films as well as the AniMatrix series in its order! This blog post will walk you through all Matrix Movies In Order, so you can enjoy them as they were intended!

AniMatrix: The Second Renaissance, Part 1 (2003)

The original blueprint for the Endeavor was stored in the Zion archive’s Historical File 12-1, which covers the creation and development of machines. The devices, designed by man to perform simple tasks similar to himself, worked nonstop to fulfill their orders.

They never earned any respect, though. One day, machine B1-66ER is the first to take a stand against his master and kill him. He is arrested and put on trial. He is sentenced and all machines are condemned with him. A machine genocide occurs, but there are some robots who manage to flee.

It stars Isshin Chiba(voice), Katsumi Chô(voice), Dane A. Davis(English version), and  Julia Fletcher.

AniMatrix: The Second Renaissance, Part 2 (2003)

The robot metropolis is cut off from the United Nations, and its ambassadors are ejected, beginning a trade conflict to safeguard the human economy against superior goods. When a trade conflict develops into a global war, the machines begin an unstoppable invasion.

To try and block out the machine’s major energy source, man darkens the sky, but the machines keep coming. The Matrix is created as a last resort of defense, but it only delays the end. Finally, the man goes into space and destroys machine planet 01 with almost all of his remaining forces.

The Second Renaissance was originally released on June 24th, 2003, in Japan and later re-released internationally along with Final Flight of Osiris on December 22nd, 2004, under The AniMatrix collection.

This film, in the Matrix movies in order,  features a star cast of Debi Derryberry, Dane A. Davis, Julia Fletcher, Dwight Schultz, Jill Talley, and James Arnold Taylor.

The AniMatrix: A Detective Story (2003)

A private investigator, Ash, is weary of his profession. It’s not as thrilling as he imagined it would be, and on top of that, both his refrigerator and bank account are empty. If this is yet another husband wanting his wife shadowed, Ash promises to his cat Dinah that if the phone rings again, he’ll give up his job. However, the man on the phone is a completely different individual. Trinity is a computer hacker who must be found.

The caller refuses to give his name, but when Ash looks at his bank account balance recently updated, he is quickly persuaded to take on the project. Something odd happens when Ash begins looking into it. He isn’t the first detective attempting to find this mysterious hacker man.

This is the first Matrix film that was not written by Andy and Larry Wachowski, but instead by Shinichiro Watanabe of Cowboy Bebop fame. This short debuted on November 18th, 2003, in Japan before being released later internationally under The AniMatrix collection along with A Detective Story(Ai Senshi) on December 22nd, 2004.

This film stars James Arnold Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, Terrence ‘T.C.’ Carson, Matt McKenzie.

The Matrix (1999)

Thomas A. Anderson is a dual personality. He is both an everyday computer programmer by day and a hacker known as Neo by night. The truth is far beyond Neo’s comprehension, which he has always questioned. He learns that the Matrix is not the real world but instead a computer system built by machines to subdue humans. The Matrix functions as an illusion, deceiving humanity into believing what they see and feel—that their actions are normal.

When Neo comes face-to-face with this truth, he must choose between returning to his old life or accepting his destiny and saving the world. When Neo is contacted by Morpheus, a notorious computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government; he becomes the target of the cops. As opposition to technology, Neo must face agents: super-powerful computer programs dedicated to stopping Neo and the whole human rebellion.

This Matrix is considered to be one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made. It grossed over $460 million worldwide from an estimated budget of $63 million, making it a box office success.

The AniMatrix: The Kid’s Story (2003)

A teenager’s unrealized aspirations seem more real than his everyday existence. He goes to the internet for solutions and receives enigmatic replies via his PC. In school, his phone vibrates even though it is switched off, and he answers to be informed by Neo that “they’ve discovered you and are on their way for you.”

The youngster looks out of the window to see men in dark suits approaching him on their skateboards and flees immediately. The boy’s life changes when a runaway girl enters his world, and they share experiences that send him on an odyssey.

This Matrix film was released on June 24th, 2003, in Japan under The AniMatrix collection before being internationally re-released on December 22nd, 2004, along with Final Flight of Osiris(2004). This Matrix is directed by Shinichiro Watanabe.

This Matrix stars Clayton Watson, Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, John DeMita. It is the shortest of all The AniMatrix films in the Matrix movies in order, clocking in at only 13 minutes long!

The AniMatrix: Final Flight of the Osiris (2003)

Thaddeus and Jue, the senior officers of the hovercraft The Osiris, are interrupted in their martial arts sparring session when the crew discovers a deadly danger to Zion’s hidden city. The crew resolves to inform the town, but they are discovered by the machines, and a chase begins. Jue now enters the Matrix in order to transmit the warning while hoping that her comrades can defend against the assault until she returns.

This Matrix film was released on June 24th, 2003, in Japan under The AniMatrix collection before being internationally re-released with A Detective Story(Ai Senshi) along with The Kid’s Story (2003) on December 22nd, 2004. This Matrix is directed by Andy Jones and stars Jue Huang, Clayton Watson, Keanu Reeves, John DeMita.

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

The novel’s second half is book-ended by two moments: the Zion Cypher and Morpheus, leader of The Resistance Encampment, telling Neo that they have 72 hours left before their last human enclave falls under attack from an army of over 250 thousand machine sentinels programmed to destroy all humans. As if these threats weren’t enough for one person to handle, dark visions disturbingly cloud his thoughts when he tries to come up with a plan on what can be done about them while still trying desperately hard not to let this hope die out along with everything else around him crumble in ruins.

The reader follows our protagonist (Neo) as he struggles within himself whether or not to execute”the Oracle prophecy,” which many believe has great power but only brings more misery to the Matrix. As he starts becoming afraid, Morpheus persuades him not to give up hope and allows Neo’s mind to be free so that his imagination can run wild with countless possibilities of how Zion may have survived.

This Matrix film was released on May 15th, 2003, in North America under The Matrix Reloaded collection before being internationally re-released on October 23rd, 2003. This Matrix is directed by the Wachowski brothers and stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving.

The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

The story of The Matrix is not just about one man’s struggle to become free from the programs that control his life. It also shows how we can be trapped by something much worse: machines who want nothing more than human souls and an endless supply for their war against humankind.

The Merovingian believes he will end this conflict with Neo as its leader; however, there are those who have other plans in motion which threaten destruction on both sides if not stopped before it’s too late; all because someone wants what others believe him/herself (the One) hold – ultimate power over everything including peace between humans’ lives vs. artificial intelligence.

This Matrix was released on November 26th, 2003, in North America under The Matrix Revolutions collection before being internationally re-released on October 23rd, 2003. This Matrix is directed by the Wachowski brothers and stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss.

The AniMatrix: Beyond (2003)

Yoko’s cat Yuki has not shown up for dinner, and this troubles her. She starts looking, asking neighbors if they have seen the animal. Then one boy mentions seeing Yoko around town; walking on top of buildings or into strange places like “that haunted house” which is in another part of town but near many popular playgrounds his friends love to go hang out at when he tells her about it she quickly realized it’s probably best that none remain inside since things disappear there- Feather turn into birds while gravity seems absent–but what can’t be understood by human senses isn’t always true.

This Matrix is directed by Koji Morimoto and stars Hedy Burress, Tress MacNeille, Kath Soucie, and Pamela Adlon in its English, version.

The AniMatrix: World Record (2003)

Dan is a world-class runner with the ability to run at breakneck speeds. He has been accused of doping and found positive, but he’s back now–willing to give everything for this race because it means so much more than just winning his sport or country-he wants justice too!

Too many people are telling him that running hard might lead into injury, which makes sense considering how things have gone in qualifying heats before where some other competitors got injured badly enough they couldn’t continue on even though there were still time left on a timer – until something strange happened during tonight’s competition: muscles literally became severed from overuse yet again when fate struck after someone cut through one leg causing that runner to completely collapse and crash onto the track.

Suddenly history repeated itself when another competitor collapsed, except this time it happened behind Dan: a man in black suit with sunglasses (who can only be one person) standing tall and blocking his way towards justice – Neo!

It stars Victor Williams, John Wesley, Alex Fernandez, Allison Smith.

The AniMatrix: Program (2003)

Cis is improving her skills in a virtual training program. All of sudden she’s joined by Duo, another human who has doubts about making the right decision for leaving The Matrix and with it living life as someone else?

He assures nobody can listen because he blocked all communications with his interface so they’re safe from those that would want to hear what we say,, but just knowing this doesn’t make either one feel any better as they admit their own inner turmoil before coming together on realizing how much time spent apart cost them both if only being able to talk could fix everything.

Yoshiaki Kawajiri directed this supernatural action horror film. With Hedy Burress, Phil LaMarr, John DiMaggio, Kaho Koda.

The AniMatrix: Matriculated (2003)

Alexa, a young woman on the run from her two robotic pursuers, flees into an abandoned tunnel. She knows that they will not give up until she’s dead-or captured for their own purposes – but this is all according to plan as well! Alexa has been part of a resistance group who set up an elaborate trap just in case these things caught up with them: now one more step closer than before.

The last thing we see before entering cyberspace? Her victory cry against those sentinels chasing after us both here and abroad.

James Arnold Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, Terrence ‘T.C.’ Carson, Matt McKenzie star in this action drama that was released in the United States on June 3, 2003.

The Matrix Resurrections (2021)

The Matrix Resurrections is a science fiction action film set to premiere in the United States, written and directed by Lana Wachowski, produced by Andy Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, and David S. Goyer. It’s the sequel to The Matrix Revolutions (2003), which served as part three in this successful series overall when set against Keanu Reeves’ Neo character, who reprises his role. It’s the last of the Matrix movies in order, or is it?,

Joshua Garner

Joshua calls himself nerd+geek who is also passionate about football. He enjoys comics, animes, and science fiction. He finds his comfort in writing about suspense, thrillers and science fiction shows and movies.

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