In 1997, Alex Cross was transported from the printed page to the cinema. The detective and lead character in a series of novels by James Patterson, was adapted for the big screen in the crime thriller, Kiss the Girls.

But Kiss the Girls wasn’t the only movie based around Alex Cross, so how many Alex Cross movies are there?

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The Alex Cross films in order

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To date, there are three Alex Cross movies. The Alex Cross movies – which were produced between 1997 and 2012 – include:

  • Kiss the Girls (1997)
  • Along Came a Spider (2001)
  • Alex Cross (2012)
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Are all of the Alex Cross movies part of the same series?

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Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider are connected to each other. However, 2012’s Alex Cross is not part of the same series and was designed as a reboot of the film collection.

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Who are the cast of the Alex Cross films?

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The lead actors in the Alex Cross films are Morgan Freeman and Tyler Perry. Freeman plays Cross in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, while Perry plays a younger version of the character in 2012’s Alex Cross.

Notable actors across the Alex Cross movie series include Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes, Bill Nunn, Brian Cox, Monica Potter, Michael Wincott, Dylan Baker, Billy Burke, Edward Burns, and John C. McGinley.

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Is the Alex Cross series the work of the same director?

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The Alex Cross films are the work of two directors. Lee Tamahori directed Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, while Rob Cohen directed Alex Cross.

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What is the best Alex Cross film?

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Kiss the Girls is generally considered to be the strongest film in the collection, with Alex Cross being the weakest. According to IMDb the Alex Cross films are ranked as follows:

  • Kiss the Girls (1997) – 6.6/10
  • Along Came a Spider (2001) – 6.4/10
  • Alex Cross (2012) – 5.1/10
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If you’re an Alex Cross fan, and you’re keen to get into the original Alex Cross book series, then you may wish to know that all of the books are currently available in print.

The first book in the series is Along Came a Spider – making this the ideal starting point for any collection. The book is available in paperback, as well as a digital edition.

Along Came a Spider is available from all good book stockists, however, I find Amazon UK and Amazon US competitively priced.

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