Jurassic Park films & Jurassic World movies in order

film still from Jurassic World Dominion featuring Laura Dern and DeWanda Wise

 

Three decades ago, Steven Spielberg launched the ultimate chomp romp.

With the Jurassic World 3 release date set for June 10th, we look back at the Jurassic Park films and Jurassic World movies in order, complete with unforgettable scenes, little-known trivia and classic quotes. Read our guide – then snap up your Jurassic World: Dominion tickets.

Jurassic World: Dominion release date: 10 June 2022

 

Jurassic Park (1993) Poster

 

Jurassic Park (1993)

The immortal chomp romp that started it all. Two decades after he ruined a generation’s summer holidays with Jaws, director Steven Spielberg reminded us that nobody wrangled a creature feature better. The masterstroke of the first Jurassic Park is that it’s the ultimate slow-burner, taking its time to establish characters like Dr Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Dr Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), and giving us a fun-filled, incident-free afternoon in John Hammond’s living theme park. We started to relax. This wasn’t so bad.

Then the weather turns, the mood darkens and the showstopping second act begins, as suddenly system failures are flashing on the park’s control console, electric fences are pinging like rubber bands and ripples are spreading ominously on glasses of water. We could point you to any number of classic moments, from the jeep-tossing first encounter with the T-Rex to Dennis Nedry’s brutal, acid-blinded death. But for sheer don’t-breathe tension, it has to be the scene where two Velociraptors prowl a kitchen in search of child flesh. Three decades later, Jurassic Park is an absolute, undeniable classic.

 

Need-To-Know Trivia

The unmistakable T-Rex roar combined the sounds of a dog, penguin, tiger, alligator and elephant.

 

Essential Quote

“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.” - Ian Malcolm

 


The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) Poster

 

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

With the original film grossing over $912 million at the global box office, a Jurassic Park sequel was a formality, and four years later, Spielberg returned for The Lost World, roping in Goldblum to reprise his rock ‘n’ roll mathematician Ian Malcolm. The plot sees Malcolm leading an expedition to John Hammond’s top-secret second island, Isla Sorna, where the Park’s cloning process took place. It’s a mission further complicated by Malcolm having to keep up with his plucky girlfriend Sarah (Julianne Moore) and contend with a squad of meathead mercenaries led by Pete Postlethwaite’s big-game hunter.

The Lost World wasn’t quite the phenomenon of Jurassic Park – how could it be? But rewatch this sequel now without the weight of expectation and you’ll be impressed by how Spielberg expertly works through the gears of tension. The creepy opener that sees a little girl’s wonder turn to horror as she’s swarmed by pint-sized Compsognathus. The nail-biting scene where Moore finds herself dangling over a cliff on a sheet of slowly cracking glass. The Raptors carving through the long grass. The Lost World is better than you remember.

 

Need-To-Know Trivia

The T-Rex models each weighed nine tons – so heavy that the crew were forced to construct the sets around them.

 

Essential Quote

“Ooh, ahh – that’s how it always starts. Then later, there’s running, and screaming.” - Ian Malcolm

Jurassic Park III (2001) Poster

 

Jurassic Park III (2001)

Goldblum ducked out and Spielberg handed the reins to director Joe Johnston for this third movie, but familiar Jurassic Park DNA came with the return of Sam Neill as Dr Alan Grant. Despite his misgivings, the paleontologist is tricked into returning to Isla Sorna by a wealthy couple searching for their son, and the carnage duly begins, starting with a spectacular attack by the island’s all-new alpha, the Spinosaurus.

With the iconic T-Rex killed off early in proceedings, Jurassic Park III instead shone a welcome spotlight on the Velociraptors, while the most blood-chilling scene comes when Grant’s survivors wander into a giant mist-shrouded cage and realise they’re birdseed for the terrifying airborne Pteranodons. Despite these highlights, there was no mistaking the sense that this once-indomitable franchise was nearing extinction, and it would be 14 long years before the Jurassic saga roared again.

 

Need-To-Know Trivia

The crew used 250 gallons of oatmeal to create the Spinosaurus dung.

 

Essential Quote

“On this island, there’s no such thing as safe.” - Dr Alan Grant

 


Jurassic World (2015) Poster

 

Jurassic World (2015)

Set 22 years after the events of the first movie, the late John Hammond’s dream has finally come to pass, with the Jurassic World theme park open for business on the original island of Isla Nublar. As tourists browse the gift shops and watch the aquatic Mosasaurus snatch a dangling shark, it seems like Disney World for dino-lovers. But there’s shady dealing going on behind the scenes, with the park’s operators pressuring dino-handler Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to weaponise his Velociraptors, and a DNA-splicing project that results in an uncontrollable new hybrid known as the Indominus Rex.

Directed with vision and flair by Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World was a thrilling return to form for the franchise. In his star-making role, Pratt gave us a hero to root for and a love interest to invest in (with Bryce Dallas Howard’s conflicted park manager, Claire Dearing). It didn’t hurt, either, that Jurassic World offered some of the best set-pieces in the franchise’s history: try the scene where Grady hides beneath a jeep and douses himself in petrol to mask his scent, while the escaped Indominus Rex hungrily sniffs the air. 

 

Need-To-Know Trivia

At the end of the Jurassic World shoot, Chris Pratt was gifted the Triumph motorbike that he rides during the movie.

 

Essential Quote

“Monster is a relative term. To a canary, a cat is a monster. We're just used to being the cat.” - Henry Wu

 


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Trailer

 

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

When a volcanic eruption threatens to wipe out the dinosaurs left behind in the wreckage of the Isla Nublar park, Claire Dearing and Owen Grady lead the mission to relocate the super lizards to an island sanctuary. Of course, the pair’s shadowy financial backers have a darker plan, and the dinosaurs are soon up for sale on the black market – including the deadly new genetic-hybrid Indoraptor marketed as the ultimate military weapon. 

Exploring the ethics of human cloning, a darker tone pervades director J.A. Bayona’s sequel, and at points, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom almost feels more like a horror movie. Most chilling of all is the scene in which the Indoraptor steals into a little girl’s bedroom, claws inching towards her as she cowers beneath the sheets. The finale was tantalising, too, with the dinosaurs escaping into the wild and Ian Malcolm declaring the neo-Jurassic age. And that’s how we find ourselves at the crunch point picked up by Jurassic World Dominion.

 

Need-To-Know Trivia

To film the scene in which she sinks in a gyroscope, Bryce Dallas Howard had to learn to scuba dive.

 

Essential Quote

“These creatures were here before us. And if we're not careful, they're gonna be here after.” - Ian Malcolm

Jurassic World: Dominion (2022) Poster

 

Jurassic World: Dominion (2022)

As Colin Trevorrow’s second film in the director’s chair begins, the entire planet is a Jurassic World – without the fences. Packs of Raptors hunt unwary hikers. T-Rexes trample drive-in movie-goers. Fishing boats are greedily gobbled down by the Mosasaurus. Ian Malcolm hates to say he told us so, but in the first Jurassic World 3 trailer, the mathematician can’t help himself. “We’re racing towards the extinction of our series. We not only lack dominion over nature. We’re subordinate to it.

Time to send in the big guns. If the anticipation around Jurassic World 3 is sky-high, that’s partly because this movie – for the first time – brings together the ‘classic’ and ‘modern’ casts. Owen Grady and Claire Dearing will be a big strand of the story, with the raptor-wrangler sworn to protect his semi-tame dinos from destruction. But we’ll be watching closely, too, for the dynamic between Ian Malcolm, Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler, as the original Jurassic Park trio tie a bow on the saga they launched three decades ago.

Same character, but different world, different times,Sam Neill told Variety. “Dr. Grant and Dr. Sattler haven’t seen each other for some time, so you’ll see how that pans out.

But enough about humans. Trevorrow says he was “shamelessly going for it with this movie”, and the new Jurassic World: Dominion trailer-drop proves this latest movie will bring the teeth and claws. Of course, there are Raptors and T-Rexes galore, running amok in the cities of Europe. But you’ll also find old favourites like the frill-faced Dilophosaurus, alongside all-new nasties like the feathered Pyroraptor, which we discover in the new trailer is capable of diving below the ice.

Six movies into Steven Spielberg’s epic dino saga, Jurassic World: Dominion promises to bite harder than ever. Book your tickets for June 10th now.

 

Jurassic World: Dominion release date - June 10th