In 1978, Piranha swam its way into movie theatres. The film – a horror spoof of Jaws – told the story of a local community terrorised by genetically altered piranhas.

Upon release, Piranha proved popular with audiences, which soon lead to a sequel. This in turn led to subsequent films, including a couple of remakes.

But how many Piranha movies are there, who are the famous directors behind some of the entries, and what is the viewing order? For all the grisly details and more, read on!

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The Piranha movies in order

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To date, there are five entries in the Piranha movie series. The movies were released in the following order:

  • Piranha (1978)
  • Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)
  • Piranha (1995)
  • Piranha 3D (2010)
  • Piranha 3DD (2012)
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Are the Piranha movies part of the same series?

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The Piranha movies are all part of the same collection, but not part of the same series. The collection is divided into three separate continuities:

  • Piranha ’78 and Piranha II: The Spawning are part of the original series, with events following on in chronological order.
  • Piranha ’95 is a TV movie remake of the original 1978 film. It is a standalone movie.
  • Piranha 3D is another remake of the 1978 movie (a 3D remake), with Piranha 3DD following on as its sequel.
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Are the Piranha movies the work of the same director?

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The Piranha movies are the work of multiple directors, with some well-known names in the mix!

Joe Dante directed Piranha ‘78, while James Cameron (yes, that James Cameron) directed Piranha II. Scott P. Levy directed Piranha ’95, Alexandre Aja directed Piranha 3D, and John Gulager directed Piranha 3DD.

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Who are the cast of the Piranha movies?

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Notable cast members in the Piranha movie series include Mila Kunis, Alexandra Paul, Soleil Moon, Steven R. McQueen, Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Jerry O’Connell, Ving Rhames, Christopher Lloyd, Gary Busey, Paul Scheer, Danielle Panabaker, Chris Zylka, Dick Miller, Kevin McCarthy, and Lance Henriksen.

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What is the best Piranha movie?

According to IMDb the Piranha movies are ranked from best to least-best as follows:

  • Piranha (1978) – 5.9/10
  • Piranha 3D (2010) – 5.4/10
  • Piranha (1995) – 3.9/10
  • Piranha II: The Spawning (1981) – 3.7/10
  • Piranha 3DD (2012) – 3.7/10
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