The Bourne Franchise Rankedby Pjtaylor-96-138044 | created - 19 Feb 2016 | updated - 30 Dec 2016 | Public
This is how I rank the movies in the Bourne series, from best (#1) to worst.
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1. The Bourne Identity (2002)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and attempting to regain his memory.
Votes: 474,232 | Gross: $121.66M
While the fight scenes are a little less realistic and gritty, instead being a little bit glossy and utilising slightly 'cartoon-y' sound effects, the story and set-pieces elevate this to being my favourite of the franchise. The plot is more compelling than the sequels, the character of Bourne is sufficiently developed and has more of an arc and the action is varied enough to keep you consistently entertained.
2. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless C.I.A. official and his Agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.
Votes: 578,807 | Gross: $227.47M
This is where Greengrass really grew into his style, providing edge-of-your seat action and suspense throughout. The story as a whole is pretty weak and Bourne isn't really developed, but the fights are visceral and frenzied and the espionage comes across as tangible.
3. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
When Jason Bourne is framed for a CIA operation gone awry, he is forced to resume his former life as a trained assassin to survive.
Votes: 406,530 | Gross: $176.24M
The original trilogy are all of a similar quality, but I think this is marginally the weakest of them. The story is still compelling and the government angle feels a little more cohesive, but Greengrass is still getting used to the style leading to a couple of action scenes that are slightly too shaky for their own good.
4. Jason Bourne (2016)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Thriller
The CIA's most dangerous former operative is drawn out of hiding to uncover more explosive truths about his past.
Votes: 189,969 | Gross: $162.43M
The return to the franchise that nobody expected, needed or wanted is just as you'd hope; not terrible, but it isn't great either. It is extremely unnecessary but a good time nevertheless, despite it's generally unmemorable and somewhat messy nature.
5. The Bourne Legacy (2012)
PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films.
Votes: 268,072 | Gross: $113.20M
This attempt to restart the franchise came across as just plain unnecessary, and the final film was a disappointment to say the least. It felt too long and was honestly quite boring, plus it ended seemingly before it even started - a cliffhanger that itself was dreary, leaving no-one pining to know what happens next and - due to the fact that the franchise seems to have regained Greengrass and Damon - we will probably never know what happens next.