Every Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Movie (In Release Order)

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Movie Series narrates the story of Lisbeth Salander, a hacker and a private detective who works for Milton Security. Here is the list of all Girl With the Dragon tattoo movies in order of release

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web (2018)

About Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Movie Series

A novel with the title ‘Men Who Hate Women’ written by a Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson gets published in 2005 and becomes a best seller. Inspired by the book, Niels Arden Oplev directs The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) and in 2009 the film hits the Swedish screen.

The film becomes a huge success which results in two direct sequels in the same year, making it one of success Swedish trilogies. Further the franchise also produces English remakes.

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Movies In Order Of Release

How Many The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Movies Are There?

To, date there are five Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Movies that are based on novels in the Millennium book series which was written by Stieg Larsson and later continued by David Lagercrantz.

Do You Need To Watch Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Movies In Order?

The first three Dragon Tattoo movies are connected and pick the story from where it ends in the previous film. In order to properly understand the story, you need to watch the first three films in order. The fourth film is a remake of the first instalment while the fifth instalment is standalone.

What is The Order Of The Movies With The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo?

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movies follows a linear timeline without any Jumps and prequels, hence the best way to watch Girl With The Dragon Tattoo films is to watch them in release order. Here is the list of all Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movies in order of release

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

  • Director: Niels Arden Oplev
  • Writers: Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg
  • Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling
  • Runtime: 2h 32min

The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)

  • Director: Daniel Alfredson
  • Writers: Jonas Frykberg, Stieg Larsson
  • Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre
  • Runtime: 2h 27min

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009)

  • Director: Daniel Alfredson
  • Writers: Jonas Frykberg, Stieg Larsson
  • Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre
  • Runtime: 2h 27min

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

  • Director: David Fincher
  • Writers: Steven Zaillian, Stieg Larsson
  • Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer
  • Runtime: 2h 38min

The Girl in the Spider’s Web (2018)

  • Director: Fede Alvarez
  • Writers: David Lagercrant, Stieg Larsson
  • Stars: Claire Foy, Beau Gadsdon, Sverrir Gudnason
  • Runtime: 1h 55min
A still from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009). it is the first film on the list of all Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in order of release
A still from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) | ©sony pictures

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

Henrik Vanger, the patriarch of the wealthy Vanger family hires Lisbeth Salander, a private detective to do a background check on journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Lisbeth, after completing her investigation informs Vanger that Mikael is honest and is a guy to work with.

Vanger calls, Mikael and explains him about her lost granddaughter and asks him to investigate and find out about her and in exchange he will give him evidences which will help him to prove that billionaire financier Hans-Erik Wennerström is corrupt.

A still from The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009). it is the second film on the list of all Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in order of release
A still from The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009) | ©sony pictures

The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)

After the events in the previous film, Lisbeth purchases an apartment in Stockholm and meets her best friend, Miriam Wu and asks him to forward her mails. Later, Lisbeth hacks into Nils mail and learns that he has an appointment with tattoo removal specialist.

Lisbeth further confronts Nils and asks him not to remove the tattoo which she made on his abdomen. Meanwhile, Millennium magazine hires Dag Svensson to expose all the human trafficking activates in Sweden.

A still fromThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009). it is the third film on the list of all Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in order of release
A still from The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009) | ©sony pictures

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009)

the film continues the story from the end of the previous film. After getting inflicted by Alexander’s gunshot, Lisbeth is airlifted to a hospital. meanwhile, Mikael tries to clear her name from several murder charges in which she was framed by the “Section”.

knowing that Lisbeth is still alive, one of section member, Fredrik Clinton decides to kill her because she knows about all of their secrets.

A still from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011). it is the fourth  film on the list of all Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in order of release
A still from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) | ©sony pictures

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

42-year-old Mikael Blomkvist, a financial journalist and managing editor of Millennium magazine is sentenced to 3-month jail and a huge penalty for writing offensive things about Hans-Erik without any proof.

Meanwhile 24-year-old, Lisbeth Salander, a private detective who works for Milton Security and is assigned to investigate and learn about Mikael Blomkvist.

Mikael goes to meet Henrik where he learns about Henrik’s granddaughter who has gone missing for 40 years. Henrik asks Mikael to investigate her granddaughter and in exchange, he will help him to expose Hans-Erik.

A still from The Girl in the Spider’s Web (2018). it is the fifth film on the list of all Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in order of release
A still from The Girl in the Spider’s Web (2018) | ©sony pictures

The Girl in the Spider’s Web (2018)

the movie starts by showing Lisbeth’s childhood where she hells down the hill. After many years of the incident, Lisbeth has grown up now and has become a computer hacker and a Spy. A computer scientist Franz call Lisbeth for help when he gets threatened.

Lisbeth starts her investigation which leads her to an nuclear software which if goes in wrong hands can cause nuclear war.

Is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo 2009 The Same As 2011?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) is the English version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009). Both the films have the same plot but are different in terms of tone. The English version film involves more research and is much more complex than the original film released in 2009.

Should I Watch The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Before The girl In The Spider’s Web?

The Girl In The Spider’s Web film is based on the fourth book in the Millennium series which is written by David Lagercrantz after the death of Stieg Larsson. According to the director, Spider’s Web film is standalone and can be watched even if you haven’t watched any one of the previous films.

Are All Of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Movies Part Of The Same Series?

Initially, Dragon Tattoo Trilogy was released in Swedish Cinema with Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace in lead roles.

In the year 2011, an English version of the Girl with The Dragon Tattoo Movie was released in which the lead role of Lisbeth Salander was played by Rooney Mara. Hence there are two categories of the Dragon Tattoo series.

Swedish language movies:

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009)

English language movies:

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web (2018)

Which Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Movie Is The Best?

Dragon Tattoo was released as a trilogy in 2009 Swedish cinemas. In 2011, a reboot of the first film was produced which was received well by the audience. In 2018, another movie was released in the same series with a completely new cast which is the weakest film in the series!

But, Which Dragon Tattoo film is the best? Here is the list of all Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movies ranked from worst to best based on audience ratings on IMDb.

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo MoviesIMDb Ratings
The Girl in the Spider’s Web6.1/10
The Girl Who Played with Fire7.2/10
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo7.3/10
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest7.8/10
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo7.8/10

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