In 1950, C. S. Lewis’ first entry in the Narnia book series, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe hit shelves. The book was a hit and was followed by six further entries, forming a total of seven Narnia tales.

Over the years, these seven books have remained in continuous print, with a number of the stories adapted for radio, television and most notably, film. But how many Narnia films are there and what is the best order to watch them?

In this post I will highlight the Narnia films and provide the correct viewing order for the movies. So, if you are struggling to work out what to watch next, this post is for you!

Now, let’s kick off with a cartoon…

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The animated Narnia film

Image: ©CBS

The first Narnia film arrived in 1979, when CBS aired an animated adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The ‘film’ was broadcast in two parts, across two nights, and was later released on VHS and DVD.

Some view this adaptation as a movie, others merely a TV special. For the purpose of this post, I am classing it as a movie, because I believe most people see it this way – especially those with fond memories of renting The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe from the video shop during the ‘80s and ‘90s.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was the only animated adaptation of the Narnia series, but it works fine as a standalone tale. Should you want to check it out, then seek out:

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1979)

Oh, and it is worth noting the movie was produced with two different English language voice casts!

In the US, the cast included: Rachel Warren, Susan Sokol, Victor Spinetti, and Beth Porter, amongst others. In the UK, the cast included: Sheila Hancock, Leo McKern, Arthur Lowe, and Leslie Phillips. 

And now onto the live-action films…

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The live-action Narnia films

Image: ©Walden Media/20th Century/Disney

In 2005, Walden Media and Disney teamed up to produce The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – the first big screen adaptation of the book. Released to positive reviews, the movie was a huge hit with audiences and led to a follow-up, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

A third film arrived in 2010, this time taking on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

If you wish to watch the live-action Narnia films in order, then follow this list:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

The three live-action Narnia films are all part of the same series, with events told in chronological order. The first two films were a co-production between Walden Media and Disney, while the third film was a co-production between Walden Media and 20th Century Fox.

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Why did Disney drop out of co-producing The Voyage of the Dawn Treader?

Image: ©Walden Media/Disney

Disney dropped out from co-producing the third movie over issues surrounding the budget. This gave 20th Century Fox the opportunity to become the new co-producer. However, in a strange twist of fate it The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is now a Disney movie! 

In 2019, Disney bought 20th Century Fox, including its back catalogue of movies. This back catalogue included The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, making the third film a Disney movie.

Production order

Image: ©Walden Media/Disney

OK, so that’s the animated and live-action movies covered, but what if you want to watch them all?

If you want to watch all of the Narnia movies, regardless of what collection they fall into, then you want to follow the production order, which is as follows:

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1979)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) 
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) 
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) 
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