In 1982, Conan the Barbarian bashed its way into cinemas. The action adventure movie, based on the character of the same name from creator Robert E. Howard, proved popular with audiences and led to a series of films.

But how many Conan movies are there?

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The Conan films in order

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To date, there are three Conan movies. The films – produced between 1982 and 2011 – include:

  • Conan the Barbarian (1982)
  • Conan the Destroyer (1984)
  • Conan the Barbarian (2011)
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Are all of the Conan movies part of the same series?

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Conan the Barbarian 1982 and Conan the Destroyer 1984 are part of the same series, with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role.

Conan the Barbarian 2011 is an unconnected, standalone tale, with Jason Momoa in the title role.

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Hang on a minute, didn’t Arnold Schwarzenegger play Conan in a Red Sonja movie too?

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In 1985, a Red Sonja movie arrived in cinemas, with Brigitte Nielsen in the title role. Arnold Schwarzenegger was in the movie…. but he did not play Conan.

In Red Sonja, Arnold Schwarzenegger played the part of Lord Kalidor.

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Who are the cast of the Conan films?

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Notable cast members in the Conan film series include: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow, Cassandra Gava, Grace Jones, Mako, Tracey Walter, Sarah Douglas, Jason Momoa, Stephen Lang, Rachel Nichols, Ron Perlman, and Rose McGowan.

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Are all the movies the work of the same director?

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The Conan movies are the work of multiple directors. John Milius directed Conan the Barbarian 1982, Richard Fleischer directed Conan the Destroyer, and Marcus Nispel directed Conan the Barbarian 2011.

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What is the best Conan film?

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According to IMDb, the Conan films are ranked as follows:

  • Conan the Barbarian (1982) – 6.9/10
  • Conan the Destroyer (1984) – 5.9/10
  • Conan the Barbarian (2011) – 5.2/10
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If you’re a fan of the Conan movies, or you’re just getting into Conan, then you may wish to know that a book detailing the stories of this classic character is currently.

The book – The Complete Chronicles of Conan – is a hefty 928-page tome, featuring tales of Conan the Cimmerian, written by Robert E. Howard.

The Complete Chronicles of Conan is available from all good book stockists, including Amazon UK and Amazon US.

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