In 1982, First Blood arrived in movie theatres, introducing audiences to traumatised US Army veteran, John Rambo. The film quickly picked up a strong following and led to a series of movies.

But how many Rambo movies are there and what is the viewing order? Strap on your bullet belt, I’m about to run through the Rambo series with you so you have all the details.

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Rambo films in order

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To date, there are five Rambo movies. The Rambo films – which were produced between 1982 and 2019 – are to be watched in this order:

  • First Blood (1982)
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
  • Rambo III (1988)
  • Rambo (2008)
  • Rambo: Last Blood (2019)
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Are all of the Rambo movies part of the same series?

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All five entries in the Rambo collection are part of the same series. The films are told in chronological order and feature a number of the same characters and themes.

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Who are the cast of the Rambo films?

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A few cast members remain consistent within the Rambo movies; however, the roster largely changes across the course of the series. Notable actors in the series include Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy, Bill McKinney, Charles Napier, Steven Berkoff, Kurtwood Smith, Julie Benz, Matthew Marsden, and Paz Vega.

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Is the Rambo series the work of the same director?

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Each entry in the Rambo movie series was overseen by a different director. Ted Kotcheff directed First Blood, George P. Cosmatos directed Rambo: First Blood Part II, Peter MacDonald directed Rambo III, Sylvester Stallone directed Rambo, and Adrian Grunberg directed Rambo: Last Blood.

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What is the best Rambo film?

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First Blood is regarded as the best entry in the series, while Rambo III is generally seen as the weakest film in the collection.

According to IMDb the Rambo movies are ranked as follows:

  • First Blood (1982) – 7.7/10
  • Rambo (2008) – 7.0/10
  • Rambo: Last Blood (2019) – 6.7/10
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) – 6.5/10
  • Rambo III (1988) – 5.8/10
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