Hannibal Lecter Movies in Order

The Hannibal Lecter film series is centered around the famous character created by Thomas Harris in his book series launched in 1981 with the novel “Red Dragon.”

Famously played by¬†Anthony Hopkins in some of the movies (but not all), Lecter is a brilliant and cannibalistic psychiatrist/serial killer. Law enforcement officers–mostly from the FBI–often seek his¬†cooperation in apprehending other offenders.

Here are the Hannibal Lecter Films in Order

Manhunter (1986)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Hannibal (2001)
Red Dragon (2002)
Hannibal Rising (2007)

And the Hannibal Lecter Movies in Chronological Order

Hannibal Rising (2007)
Manhunter (1986)*
Red Dragon (2002)*
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Hannibal (2001)

There is also a Hannibal (2013-2015) TV show that mostly takes place after Hannibal Rising (season 3 covers the event of Red Dragon), and a Clarice (2021) TV show that takes place after the events of Silence of the Lambs and before Hannibal.

*Manhunter and Red Dragon are based on the same book and mostly tell the same story, but Red Dragon is connected to The Silence of the Lambs.

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