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Bourne Movies in Order: The Best Chronological Watch Order

Bourne Movies In Order Of Release Dates

Want to watch the Bourne movies in order? Here is the best chronological watch order for the series and why.

Each of the movies in this series is a sequel to the previous. This means that the Jason Bourne series is perfect for binge watching on a Friday night.

Best Way To Watch The Bourne Movies In Order
  • The Bourne Identity (2002)
  • The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
  • The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
  • The Bourne Legacy (2012)
  • Jason Bourne (2016)

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1. The Bourne Identity

  • CAST

Release date: June 14 2002
Runtime: 119 Minutes
Genre: Action, Mystery, Drama & Thriller
Director: Doug Liman
Rating: PG-13




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  • Matt Damon
  • Franka Potente
  • Chris Cooper
  • Clive Owen
  • Brian Cox
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
  • Gabriel Mann, Walton Goggins
  • Josh Hamilton, Julia Stiles
  • Orso Maria Guerrini
  • Tim Dutton
  • Denis Braccini
  • Nicky Naudé
  • David Selburg

The Bourne Identity follows the main character who is picked up by an Italian fishing boat while being half dead and suffering from amnesia.

He tries to regain his memory and struggles to remember his identity or background. All he knows is that he has extraordinary fighting capabilities which gives him a hint at his past.

The man finds out he is fluent in several languages and the fisherman discovers a small laser projector under his hip which displays a secret location of a safe in Zurich.

Upon finding and opening the box, he finds that the box contains a lot of money and random items such as a gun and passports that have his identity on them.

This is where the man decides to use the american passport Jason Bourne.

Three CIA agents are sent to take down Bourne as they find his reoccurance. This is because he was sent on a mission to assassinate a high powered individual but failed and now he must be dealt with.

Bourne later sets out on a journey to discover himself with his companion Marie.

After several battles with CIA agents, Bourne schedules a meeting with his purseurs and leaves a tracking device on one of their vehicles which leads him to their boss: Treadstone.

The film was directed very well by Liman, and Matt Damon was the perfect choice for the main character. The setting of the movie was also exceptional within the European environment.

2. The Bourne Supremacy

  • CAST

Release date: July 23, 2004
Runtime: 108 Minutes
Genre: Action, Mystery, Drama & Thriller
Director: Paul Greengrass
Rating: PG-13




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  • Matt Damon,
  • Brian Cox,
  • Julia Stiles,
  • Karl Urban,
  • Gabriel Mann,
  • Joan Allen,
  • Marton Csokas,
  • John Bedford Lloyd,
  • Tom Gallop,
  • Ethan Sandler,
  • Michelle Monaghan,
  • Tomas Arana,
  • Karel Roden,
  • Oksana Akinshina

This story takes place two years after the first film and finds the two main characters: Bourne and Marie in India. Bourne starts getting flashbacks at night to his previous life being an assassin for the CIA and records these visions in a notebook.

In Berlin there is a powerful group paying 3 million dollars for certain documents which is interrupted by a Russian agent. The Russian agent plants Bourne’s fingerprint at the scene, interrupts the deal, kills everyone that was involved and steals the files and money.

Next the agent travels to Goa in India to kill Bourne, but is spotted by Bourne and Marie who flee. Marie is then mistakenly shot by the agent because she was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle when fleeing.

Bourne then travels to Italy where the CIA find out the fingerprints of Bourne which were planted. The party that was involved with the initial deal now set off to capture Bourne.

3. The Bourne Ultimatum

  • CAST

Release date: August 3, 2007
Runtime: 115 Minutes
Genre: Action, Mystery, Drama & Thriller
Director: Paul Greengrass
Rating: PG-13




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  • Matt Damon,
  • David Strathairn,
  • Julia Stiles,
  • Scott Glenn,
  • Paddy Considine,
  • Edgar Ramírez,
  • Albert Finney,
  • Joan Allen,
  • Tom Gallop,
  • Daniel Brühl,
  • Corey Johnson,
  • Joey Ansah,
  • Dan Fredenburgh,
  • Colin Stinton,
  • Lucy Liemann

Jason Bourne is being pursued by Moscow police and the russian agent Kiril who is trying to kill him. He keeps getting flashbacks of when he joined operation Treadstone.

The CIA find the tape recorded confession of the Treadstone operative who explains his orders which framed Bourne in the previous movie.

Ross meets an informant to talk about Bourne and operation Blackbriar. Which is the operation that succeeded tombstone. Little does Ross know that he is being tracked by the CIA because of a phone call he made.

Bourne tries to save Ross from being hunted down but Ross’ impatience gets him killed.

Later Bourne is ambushed by CIA agents and is saved by Nikki who helps him to reach his next step in his plan of discovery.

4. The Bourne Legacy

  • CAST

Release date: August 8, 2012
Runtime: 135 Minutes
Genre: Action, Mystery, Drama, Romance, Adventure & Thriller
Director: Tony Gilroy
Rating: PG-13




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  • Jeremy Renner,
  • Stacy Keach,
  • Scott Glenn,
  • Edward Norton,
  • Michael Chernus,
  • Donna Murphy,
  • Corey Stoll,
  • Alice Gainer,
  • Howard Leader,
  • Prue Lewarne,
  • James Joseph O’Neil,
  • Tony Guida, Rachel Weisz,
  • Neil Brooks Cunningham,
  • Sonnie Brown,
  • Oscar Isaac

Set between Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum, Aaron Cross is in training for Project Outcome. He meets another operative who tells him that Cross has beaten the record by 2 days. Cross is dependant on the program’s pills.

Eric Byer is tasked with containing the fallout from exposure of the treadstone and blackbriar program of the Bourne films.

A video surfaces of the leaders of treadstone and outcome meeting. Byer orders everyone connected to be killed to protect the program’s upcoming larks soldiers.

Cross escapes the assassination attempt and tricks Byer into thinking hes dead.

At a biogenetics company supporting outcome, Dr Floyt kills all but one of his colleagues and then kills himself. Leaving Dr Marta shearing. She proposes that Dr Floyt was brainwashed, so Byer orders her assassination but Cross saves her.

She reveals that cross’s chemicals improve his combat abilities and the green pill is no longer necessary. They travel to Manila to infect Cross with a new virus that will make his intelligence permanent.

5. Jason Bourne

  • CAST

Release date: July 27, 2016
Runtime: 123 Minutes
Genre: Action & Thriller
Director: Paul Greengrass
Rating: PG-13




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  • Matt Damon,
  • Tommy Lee Jones,
  • Alicia Vikander,
  • Vincent Cassel,
  • Riz Ahmed,
  • Julia Stiles,
  • Ato Essandoh,
  • Bill Camp,
  • Scott Shepherd,
  • Stephen Kunken,
  • Vinzenz Kiefer,
  • Kaya Yuzuki,
  • Ben Stylianou,
  • Lizzie Phillips,
  • Matthew O’Neill.

12 years after the Bourne ultimatum, Bourne is off the grid, making money from bare knuckle boxing. Meanwhile Nicky hacks into CIA to expose the black ops programs.

She also finds documents of Bourne’s father so she travels to Athens to meet him. Nicky and Bourne evade CIA agents until she is shot by a CIA assassin who has a grudge against Bourne.

Bourne learns that someone he least expected created treadstone.

Treadstone is an action packed thriller set amongst black ops program operation treadstone.

The series explores the origin story and present-day actions of Operation Treadstone, the infamous, covert CIA Black Ops program that uses behavior modification to turn recruits into nearly superhuman assassins.

What is the correct order of the Jason Bourne Movies?

The correct order of the Jason Bourne movies goes as follows: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Legacy & Jason Bourne. You can also watch the Bourne Identity miniseries 1988 which is a prequel to the first movie.

How many jason bourne movies are there

There is a total of 5 movies in the series, these are: The Bourne Identity(2002), The Bourne Supremacy(2004), The Bourne Ultimatum(2007), The Bourne Legacy(2012), and Jason Bourne(2016).

Some fans like to include the very first Jason Bourne mini series which was aired in 1988 and was also called The Bourne Identity. There is also a separate movie called Treadstone which explores the secret operation prior to the main movies.

Where to Watch the bourne movies in order

You can watch the Jason Bourne movies on Amazon prime, Youtube Red, Google play, Vudu, redbox and Direct TV. Not all of the Bourne movies are available on Hulu or Fox.

Alternatively you can purchase the movies on blu-ray from Amazon or in stores.

Jason Bourne Books in order

All great movies are based on books and this series is no exception. There are fifteen novels which were written by two authors: Robert Ludlum and Eric Van Lustbader. The Bourne trilogy are the first three books written by Robert, before being continued on by Lustbader after his death in 2001. The last two books weer written by Brian Freeman.

Here are the bourne series books in order

  • The Bourne Identity (1980)
  • The Bourne Supremacy (1986)
  • The Bourne Ultimatum (1990)
  • The Bourne Legacy (2004)
  • The Bourne Betrayal (2007)
  • The Bourne Sanction (2008)
  • The Bourne Deception (2009)
  • The Bourne Objective (2010)
  • The Bourne Dominion (2011)
  • The Bourne Imperative (2012)
  • The Bourne Retribution (2013)
  • The Bourne Ascendancy (2014)
  • The Bourne Enigma (2016)
  • The Bourne Initiative (2017)
  • The Bourne Nemesis (cancelled)
  • The Bourne Evolution (2020)
  • The Bourne Treachery (2021)


The Bourne movies are great for binge watching because the storyline is in chronological order and each movie is sequel to the previous. It’s like watching a really good TV Show.

These 5 movies will be perfect for your next binge watching movie night, you may not get through the entire 5 in one sitting, but it is definitely worth doing it over the course of a weekend.

I hope you enjoy watching the Bourne movies in order.

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