In 1993, Free Willy swam its way into cinemas. The children’s movie, about a boy who befriends a captive whale, was a big hit with audiences and became a box office smash.

Due to the popularity of Free Willy, the movie was followed by a series of sequels, most of which continued the story. But how many Free Willy movies are there?

For all these details and more, dive into the information below.

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The order of the Free Willy movies

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There are four entries in the Free Willy movie series. The order of the series is as follows:

  • Free Willy (1993)
  • Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995)
  • Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997)
  • Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove (2010)
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Are the Free Willy movies part of the same series?

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  • The first three entries in the series, Free Willy, Free Willy 2, and Free Willy 3, are all part of the same continuity, with events told in chronological order. All three films were released theatrically.
  • Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove is a standalone tale which effectively reboots the franchise. This film was released direct to video.

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Who are the cast of the Free Willy movies?

Notable cast members in the Free Willy movie series include Jason James Richter, Keiko, August Schellenberg, Lori Petty, Michael Ironside, M. Emmet Walsh, Michael Madsen, Danielle Harris, Bindi Irwin, Robert Irwin, and Beau Bridges.

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Who directed the Free Willy movies?

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The Free Willy movies are the work of multiple directors. Simon Wincer directed Free Willy, Dwight Little directed Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Sam Pillsbury directed Free Willy 3: The Rescue, and Will Geiger directed Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove.

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What is the best Free Willy movie?

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According to IMDb, the Free Willy movies are ranked from best to least-best as follows:

  • Free Willy (1993) – 6.0/10
  • Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995) – 5.1/10
  • Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove (2010) – 5.1/10
  • Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997) – 4.8/10
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