So, you want to watch the Ocean’s movies, but you’re not sure where to start, right? Well, don’t sweat it, as this post will provide you with all of the details about the best viewing order for the different sets of Ocean’s films.

Yep, there are a number of Ocean’s movies (not all of them star George Clooney) and I can point you in the direction. Read on for details.

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The Frank Sinatra film

Image: ©Warner Bros. Pictures

OK, so first up if you think the Ocean’s 11 movie series began with a film starring George Clooney then you are somewhat mistaken. Yep, Clooney is a big focus of the Ocean’s series, but he didn’t originate the movies.

The first time Ocean’s 11 made it to the big screen was in 1960. Directed by Lewis Milestone, the film starred Frank Sinatra, alongside a cast that included Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Cesar Romero and Angie Dickinson.

Ocean’s 11 was a heist movie, focusing on a series of casino robberies, with Sinatra in the lead role of Danny Ocean. Only one movie was produced in this series, so if you wish to see Sinatra and Co. in action then you simply need to watch:

  • Ocean’s 11 (1960)

And now for the better remembered Ocean’s films…

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The George Clooney/Sandra Bullock films

Image: ©Warner Bros. Pictures

OK, so now onto the films you are probably more familiar with – mostly because they are arguably more famous. Yep, now it is time for the films with George Clooney.

At the beginning of the ‘00s, Warner Bros. Pictures decided to remake Ocean’s 11. The studio felt the property could be revived, but it would need an update and a contemporary cast.

Steven Soderbergh was brought in as director, while George Clooney was offered the role of Danny Ocean – the part previously taken by Sinatra. Joining Clooney was an impressive cast that included Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle.

The film was released in 2001 and was a big hit with audiences, so much so that a sequel was put into production. The sequel – Ocean’s Twelve – opened in theatres three years later, bringing back the majority of the original cast, and adding Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones into the mix.

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Ocean’s Twelve was not as well received as its predecessor, but it was successful enough to lead to another sequel – Ocean’s Thirteen. Once again, the majority of the cast came back for this third entry, although Roberts and Zeta-Jones did not return.

Ocean’s Thirteen received a warmer welcome from critics than Ocean’s Twelve, but after three films the core cast called it quits, effectively putting an end to the series.

But it wasn’t the end.

Seeing the potential in the series, Warner Bros. pressed ahead with a new entry, this time focusing on Danny Ocean’s sister, played by Sandra Bullock. The movie – titled Ocean’s 8 – included a few call backs and cameos to the previous movies, but concentrated on a new cast.

If you wish to watch the Clooney/Bullock Ocean’s movies in order, then use the following list:

  • Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
  • Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
  • Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
  • Ocean’s 8 (2018)
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Ocean films in production order

Image: ©Warner Bros. Pictures

So, those are the two different Ocean‘s movie series, but what if you simply want to watch all of the movies in order? Well, if that is the case then you can watch all of the films in the Ocean’s series in production order.

Here is a list of all of the Ocean’s movies:

  • Ocean’s 11 (1960)
  • Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
  • Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
  • Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
  • Ocean’s 8 (2018)

If you watch the films in this order, you will be able to see how Ocean’s 11 started out as a standalone picture, before transforming into a more successful, long-running series of movies.

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