In 1989, The Punisher blasted its way into cinemas. Leaping from the printed page into live-action, Marvel Comic’s iconic, gun-toting vigilante headlined his first movie… but it wasn’t his last.

So, how many Punisher movies are there?

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The Punisher films in order

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To date, there are three Punisher films. The Punisher movies – which were produced between 1989 and 2008 – include:

  • The Punisher (1989)
  • The Punisher (2004)
  • Punisher: War Zone (2008)

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Are all of The Punisher movies part of the same series?

None of the films in The Punisher movie series are connected. Each film is a stand-alone tale with a different cast and lead actor.

Dolph Lundgren plays the title role in The Punisher ’89, Thomas Jane takes on the lead role in The Punisher ’04, and Ray Stevenson is the Punisher in War Zone.

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Who are the cast of The Punisher films?

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The cast of The Punisher films differ across the course three movies. Notable actors in The Punisher series include Dolph Lundgren, Louis Gossett Jr., Jeroen Krabbé, Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Will Patton, Rebecca Romijn, Ben Foster, Samantha Mathis, Kevin Nash, Ray Stevenson, Wayne Knight, Colin Salmon, Dominic West, and Julie Benz.

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Is The Punisher series the work of the same director?

The Punisher film series is the work of multiple directors. Mark Goldblatt directed The Punisher ’89, Jonathan Hensleigh directed The Punisher ’04, and Lexi Alexander directed Punisher: War Zone.

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What is the best Punisher film?

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The Punisher ‘04 is generally considered to be the strongest film in the collection. According to IMDb The Punisher films are ranked as follows:

  • The Punisher (2004) – 6.4/10
  • Punisher: War Zone (2008) – 5.9/10
  • The Punisher (1989) – 5.7/10

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