In 1977, the action-adventure comedy, Smokey and the Bandit drove into cinemas. The movie, about two smugglers who illegally transport beer between states while being chased by a county sheriff, was a hit with audiences and led to a series of sequels.

But how many Smokey and the Bandit movies are there? For the answer to that question and more, scroll down and check out the details below.

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How many Smokey and the Bandit movies are there?

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To date, there are seven entries in the Smokey and the Bandit movie series.

The first three movies were released theatrically, with Burt Reynolds in the lead role of Bo ‘Bandit’ Darville. The next four were made-for-TV movies, with Brian Bloom as ‘Bandit’.

The Smokey and the Bandit films are as follows:

  • Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
  • Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)
  • Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)
  • Bandit Goes Country (1994)
  • Bandit Bandit (1994)
  • Beauty and the Bandit (1994)
  • Bandit’s Silver Angel (1994)
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Are all of the Smokey and the Bandit movies part of the same series?

As noted above all of the Smokey and the Bandit movies are part of the same series. The first three films were released chronologically from 1977 to 1983.

The next four films were released in 1994 as a collection of television movies. These films are prequels to the theatrical movies, and tell stories about a young ‘Bandit’.

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Who are the cast of the Smokey and the Bandit movies?

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Notable cast members in the Smokey and the Bandit movie series include Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Dom DeLuise, Paul Williams, Pat McCormick, Mike Henry, Brian Bloom, Brian Krause, Elizabeth Berkley, Gerard Christopher, John Schneider, and Tracy Lords.

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Is the Smokey and the Bandit series the work of the same director?

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Hal Needham directed six of the Smokey and the Bandit movies – two theatrical releases and all four television movies. The only film he didn’t direct was Smokey and the Bandit Part 3, which was directed by Dick Lowry.

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What is the best Smokey and the Bandit movie?

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Smokey and the Bandit is considered to be the best entry in the series, while Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 is regarded as a weak entry.

According to IMDb, the Smokey and the Bandit movies are ranked as follows:

  • Smokey and the Bandit (1977) – 7.0/10
  • Bandit Bandit (1994) – 5.6/10
  • Bandit’s Silver Angel (1994) – 5.5/10
  • Beauty and the Bandit (1994) – 5.4/10
  • Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) – 5.3/10
  • Bandit Goes Country (1994) – 4.9/10
  • Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983) – 3.6/10
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