In the 1980s, Hasbro’s huge line of Transformers toys spawned an animated series, an animated film, and featured in Marvel comics. The story continued throughout the ’90s and 2000s with new cartoons, but it wasn’t until 2007 that these disguised robots got the live-action movie treatment.
Michael Bay’s live-action movie Transformers captured audiences, featuring the best in special effects and thrilling action. And in the years since this groundbreaking debut, the series has released five more live-action movies — with the next sequel, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, slated for 2023.
So what is the order of these films? Are you looking forward to watching it launch or did it inspired the 2018 prequel, Bumblebee, to do a time binge? Whatever the case, you’ll find both converters in the order lists below.
Transformers movies in chronological order
Transformers movies in chronological order
1. Bumblebee (2018)
Where do you watch: Paramount +, Fubo, Sling, or rentable on most platforms.
The first film, chronologically, is the previous 2018 Bumblebee movie, starring Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie, a teen reeling after the death of her father, who discovers the Autobot, Bumblebee, hiding on Earth. Although the film was eventually heralded as a reboot of the franchise, it still takes place above all else, back in 1987, giving true mutant fans the decade when these giant robots debuted.
Read Bumblebee review.
2. Transformers: Rise of the Monsters (2023)
Where to watch: Ah ha! You can’t see this yet. Gotta move on to the next movie…
Described as a sequel/follow-up to Bumblebee (again, if we treat all of this as a rebooted timeline), Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is said to take place in 1994 and features a pair of Brooklyn archaeologists who come into an ancient conflict through an adventure that links Three factions of Transformers: Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons. Rise of the Beasts will be the first live Transformers action movie based on the Beast Wars animation. Anthony Ramos and Dominic Fishback are set to star, with Peter Cullen voicing Optimus Prime and Ron Perlman voicing Optimus Primal.
3 – Transformers (2007)
Where do you watch: HBO, HBO Max, Cinemax, Cinemax Go, or rentable on most platforms.
The blockbuster that started it all, Transformers Michael Bay brought the war of the Autobots against the Decepticons to Earth in a sinister way, putting Sam Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox’s Mikaela, and the US Armed Forces in the middle of an ancient galactic conflict that traces everything back to the Transformers home planet Cybertron. For the first time, Transformers fans have been able to watch favorites Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Jazz, Megatron, Starscream and more interact with human stars and battle through real explosions.
Read Transformers review.
4. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Where do you watch: rentable on most platforms.
The first installment of the series, Revenge of the Fallen, brought back Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, and Therese Gibson while introducing Tony Todd as The Fallen, the master of Megatron and founder of the Decepticons. As the Autobots work with a secret military organization and attempt to create a home for themselves on Earth, The Fallen returns to wreak havoc, calling on the Constructicons to combine and form the giant enemy Devastator.
Read Transformers Review: Revenge of the Fallen.
5. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Where do you watch: Paramount +, Pluto TV (with ads), or rentable on most platforms.
Megan Fox was out and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as Shea LeBeouf’s new girlfriend, in Michael Bay’s third Transformers movie, Dark of the Moon, which runs on the premise that the US space program was developed to investigate the moon crash – the location of the downed spacecraft Ark, from Cybertron. A new evil plot involving the Decepticons and former Autobot leader, Sentinel Prime (voiced by Leonard Nimoy), hatches and it’s once again up to Optimus Prime and his team to save the situation and prevent Cybertron himself from becoming a wormhole in our own solar system.
Read Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie review.
6. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
Where do you watch: Paramount +, or rentable on most platforms.
Mark Wahlberg joins the Transformers franchise in the Age of Extinction, where Cade Yeager, a struggling father and inventor is engulfed in the latest feud between the Autobots and the Decepticons. Dinobots were first introduced, in addition to the reincarnation of Megatron, better known as Galvatron. Help Kidd and his daughter Optimus Prime protect Earth from an ancient and powerful menace and a mysterious new group bent on conquest of the world.
Read Transformers Review: Age of Extinction.
7. Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
Where do you watch: Paramount +, Fubo, or rentable on most platforms.
Michael Bay was still aboard the fifth Transformers movie, which was the final act of live action in that particular timeline. The Last Knight saw Mark Wahlberg return from Age of Extinction and join Josh Duhamel, John Turturro and Glenn Morshower, who all returned from the first three films. The brainwashed Optimus Prime, renamed Nemesis Prime, is sent to Earth to retrieve Merlin’s crew, which can absorb Earth’s energy and restore Cybertron. Oh, and best to join the saga in the Bay-helmed final part of…Sir Anthony Hopkins!
Read Transformers Review: The Last Knight.
How to watch Transformers movies by release date
If you are looking to watch all the movies in theatrical release order, the correct list is below:
- Transformers (2007)
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
- Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
- Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
- Bumblebee (2018)
- Transformers: Rise of the Monsters (2023)