Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One has just premiered at cinemas across the UAE, and according to those lucky enough to have seen it, the film is an action masterpiece and probably the best 2023 release so far.
Tom Cruise started playing the world-renowned spy Ethan Hunt in 1996 and has since appeared in all seven Mission Impossible films. While most movies in the franchise are very entertaining, some movies are better than others.
To celebrate the launch of the newest movie, we’ve taken a step back in time and made a list of all six Mission Impossible Movies ranked from Worst to Best.
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Mission Impossible Movies ranked from Worst to Best
6. Mission: Impossible 2
Year: 2000 | Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 56% | IMDB rating: 6.1/10
What is it about: The second movie has Ethan Hunt trying to stop a dangerous organization from unleashing a lab-created virus on the planet.
Why we like it: Mission: Impossible’s first sequel was probably the least liked in the franchise. It’s hard to say what went wrong, but we’re glad Tom Cruise continued making these movies after a mild setback.
5. Mission: Impossible III
Year: 2006 | Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71% | IMDB rating: 6.9/10
What is it about: Chapter three finds Ethan Hunt retired and engaged to his fiance, Julie. But he must return to the field when an arms dealer threatens Julie’s life.
Why we like it: While this movie was better received than the second one, it seemed like the franchise was yet to find its footing fully. It’s still a solid action flick with a great story.
4. Mission: Impossible
Year: 1996 | Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 66% | IMDB rating: 7.1/10
What is it about: The first film in the franchise introduces Ethan Hunt as he’s trying hard to clear his name after he comes under suspicion of working as a double agent.
Why we like it: While the first Mission: Impossible isn’t the best the franchise has offered so far, we get clear glimpses of Tom Cruise’s potential. The special effects still look pretty fantastic almost three decades later.
3. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Year: 2011 | Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93% | IMDB rating: 7.1/10
What is it about: In the fourth Mission: Impossible movie, the Impossible Missions Force need to clean their name after being accused of an explosion at the Kremlin.
Why we like it: The IMF team seemed pretty much untouchable in the first few movies. In Ghost Protocol, they finally find themselves in the type of trouble that seems… well, impossible to get out of. The film gives fresh energy and new challenges to the unstoppable team of spies.
2. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Year: 2015 | Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94% | IMDB rating: 7.4/10
What is it about: In Rogue Nation, the tight-knit Impossible Missions Force led by Ethan Hunt have been disbanded and forced to go rogue. They need to figure out a way to prove the highly secretive Syndicate even exists before they can unleash further chaos on the world.
Why we like it: Rogue Nation had everything a good action movie should and firmly cementer Cruise among the world’s best action stars.
1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Year: 2018 | Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 97% | IMDB rating: 7.2/10
What is it about: In Fallout, Ethan Hunt and his team are working against the clock to stop a bioterrorist group connected to the Syndicate from getting their hands on deadly nuclear weapons.
Why we like it: Mission: Impossible is that rare movie franchise that keeps getting better by the decade. The sixth film didn’t just get the highest ratings from critics, but it also made the studio the most money so far.
BONUS: Mission: Impossible, the TV series
Year: 1966 | IMDB rating: 7.9/10
What is it about: The original TV series follows a team of elite agents from the Impossible Missions Force as they take on the most dangerous missions.
Why we like it: None of the Mission: Impossible films would exist without the original series from the 60s. The popular series had a seven-season run, and it was briefly revived in the 80s. Unsurprisingly, the iconic theme is still used in the film franchise to this day.
Lori C. is an entertainment writer who studied Film and Television at University. She watches and reviews films and series from most genres, but some of her favourites include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, The Handmaid’s Tale, Westworld, and True Blood.