In 1986, Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery started in the sci-fi adventure movie, Highlander. The film was not a huge hit, but it developed a loyal following and this following helped kick-start an extensive franchise which included a mix of movies and television shows.

But what are all of the movies in the Highlander series and what is the best viewing order? In this post, I provide answers.

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The Highlander live-action movies

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As noted above, the first entry in the series was Highlander. The film focused on an immortal known as Connor MacLeod – as played by Christopher Lambert – and his battle with The Kurgan.

The second film in the series – which arrived five years later in 1991 – was Highlander II: The Quickening. I will be honest now, the film was not well received and is bloody awful. 

Is it really that bad? Yes. Yes it is.

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Now before I move on to the next film, it is important to note that a year after the release of Highlander II, the Highlander franchise moved to television for Highlander: The Series. Adrian Paul took on the lead role of Duncan MacLeod, in a popular series that started in 1992 and remained on air for six seasons.

I’ll come back to the series shortly.

Back to the films now, and Highlander III: The Sorcerer made its debut in 1994, to become the third entry in the series. Christopher Lambert returned for this big screen adventure, which ignored Highlander II and instead acted as a direct sequel to the original.

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Following the release of Highlander III, the film series lay dormant for six years. However, in the meantime, the TV series (as mentioned above) continued to air and built up a strong following.

With fans showing interest in the TV series (perhaps more so than the movies), in 2000 a fourth film was released to combine the two properties. Both Christopher Lambert and Adrian Paul featured in the film, which was titled Highlander: Endgame.

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Endgame was a box office flop, but it proved popular on home video. This suggested there was still life left in the movie franchise, but not on the big screen.

In 2007, a fifth film was released, ditching the cinema to make its debut on The Sci-Fi Channel. Adrian Paul returned to the series, but this movie – Highlander: The Source – did not feature Christopher Lambert.

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After five movies, the live-action series was brought to an end. If you wish to watch all of the Highlander films in order, then follow this list:

  • Highlander (1986)
  • Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
  • Highlander III: The Sorcerer (1994)
  • Highlander: Endgame (2000)
  • Highlander: The Source (2007)

As discussed, Highlander II: The Quickening is largely ignored (and rubbish) so you could drop it from the list if you wish. I’ll leave that for you decide.

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The Highlander animated movie

In the same year that Highlander: The Source hit The Sci-Fi Channel, an animated Highlander film was released on home video. The film – Highlander: The Search for Vengeance – followed the story of Colin MacLeod rather than Connor or Duncan.

Only one animated movie was released. If you want to watch this one it’s pretty simple:

  • Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (2007)
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Highlander movies in production order

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OK, so those are the two collections of movies. If you wish to watch all of the Highlander films in the order they were produced, follow this list:

  • Highlander (1986)
  • Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
  • Highlander III: The Sorcerer (1994)
  • Highlander: Endgame (2000)
  • Highlander: The Source (2007)
  • Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (2007)
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