Ranking The Mission Impossible Franchise

Ranking The Mission Impossible Franchise

From Wikipedia:

The Mission: Impossible films are a series of action spy films based on the television series of the same name, produced by and starring Tom Cruise as IMF agent Ethan Hunt. The series is the 19th highest grossing film series of all time with over $2 billion worth of worldwide gross.

I (Joey Finnegan) feel really lazy for going with the Wikipedia quote, but I hate writing intros for these articles. I want to get right into it and start talking about the movies. I don’t want to be stuck trying to think of ways to introduce the idea of me talking about these movies.

See my dilemma?


I like this film, and I hate it, at the same time. It’s an action packed adventure directed by John Woo. That sentence alone should tell you everything you need to know. John Woo movies tend to follow a similar formula – let’s just say, there are a lot of explosions. In comparison to the first flick, this one is terrible. When you take all five of them into account, it becomes clear that this was the transitional period. JJ Abrams really figured out the perfect balance of espionage and action for the next installment.


This one is totally different from the rest of the franchise. It’s more of an espionage thriller, than it is an action movie. It’s a slow burn, full of tight, well paced sequences. The highlight, of course, being the one where Ethan Hunt was suspended from the ceiling.

Bump, bump, bump, bump – okay, well, I don’t really know how to spell out the Mission: Impossible theme song.


Take the espionage elements of the first movie, and the action from the second movie, and what do you get? You get M-I-III.

This one also had the scariest villain, by a long shot, as played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He added such intensity to the franchise. The opening scene where he interrogates Hunt, while he holds his wife at gun point, is incredible.


To be honest, this placement is all personal preference. The third one may be a better film. I’m not sure that’s an argument I want to get into.

Instead, I’ll focus on how cool this movie was. HOW CRAZY WAS THAT SEQUENCE IN DUBAI?!? Tom Cruise is a crazy person.

Absolutely crazy
Absolutely crazy (© 2011 – Paramount Pictures)

He was wearing a harness, sure, but that’s it! If the harness snapped, Tom Cruise would have died. I saw this in IMAX and that portion was breathtaking.

How do you guys feel about the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise? Do you agree with my ranking? Should M-I-III be in first?


Sorry, I didn’t mean to freak out like that. I just get so scared – scared of being alone.

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Paramount Pictures.

PS: This was originally written before the fifth film came out. Now that it has, and I’ve seen it – I would have to rank it first. For some reason, ever since M:I:3, these movies have been getting better and better, and I, for one, am not complaining.