In 1990, Home Alone opened in cinemas. The festive comedy, about a boy left home alone over Christmas, was a huge hit with audiences and has remained an annual holiday favourite.
Due to the popularity of Home Alone, the film spawned a series of sequels. But how many Home Alone movies are there?
Home Alone movies in order
To date, there are six Home Alone movies. The Home Alone movies – which were released between 1990 and 2021 – include:
- Home Alone (1990)
- Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
- Home Alone 3 (1997)
- Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House (2002)
- Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (2012)
- Home Sweet Home Alone (2021)
Are all of the Home Alone movies part of the same series?
The Home Alone films all follow similar themes, but are not all connected. Home Alone and Home Alone 2 are the only entries in the series that are directly linked, although Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House is a loose sequel (with a different cast).
Home Alone 3 and Home Alone: The Holiday Heist are standalone tales.
Home Sweet Home Alone is a reboot of the series.
Who are the cast of the Home Alone films?
The cast of the Home Alone films largely differs across the course of the series. Notable actors in the series include Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O’Hara, John Candy, Brenda Fricker, Alex D. Linz, Scarlett Johansson, French Stewart, Missi Pyle, Christian Martyn, Ed Asner, Debi Mazar, Malcolm McDowell, Rob Delaney and Archie Yates.
Is the Home Alone film series the work of the same director?
The Home Alone series is the work of multiple directors. Chris Columbus directed Home Alone and Home Alone 2, Raja Gosnell directed Home Alone 3, Rod Daniel directed Home Alone 4, Peter Hewit directed Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, and Dan Mazer directed Home Sweet Home Alone.
What is the best Home Alone film?
The initial entry in the Home Alone movie series is generally considered to be the strongest film in the collection. The movies that followed are regarded as weaker entries.
According to IMDb the Home Alone films are ranked as follows:
- Home Alone (1990) – 7.6/10
- Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) – 6.7/10
- Home Alone 3 (1997) – 4.4/10
- Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (2012) – 3.5/10
- Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House (2002) – 2.6/10
- Home Sweet Home Alone (2021) – Not yet rated
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