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A Complete List of Twilight Movies in Chronological Order

The Twilight series consists of five movies depicted through the eyes of Bella Swan, one of the three leading characters in the books. Buzzle provides you a complete list of Twilight movies in chronological order, along with some fun trivia about the characters, cast, and films.
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List of Twilight movies in chronological order
The Twilight Saga has had four different directors, one for each movie, but only one screenwriter―Melissa Rosenberg.
The five fantasy-romance film series is based on the Twilight novels, written by American author Stephenie Meyer. All four books were published between 2005―2008, and with their immense popularity and commercial success around the world, came the film adaptations.

If you are one of the millions of fans obsessed with the series, here's a list of Twilight movies in order from first to last, with some cools facts along the way.

Twilight Movies in Chronological Order
  1. Twilight
  2. The Twilight Saga: New Moon
  3. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  4. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
  5. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
The films are based on the lives of three main characters―Bella Swan, a teenage girl, Edward Cullen, a 104-year-old vampire, and Jacob Black, a werewolf. Taking the world by storm, the Twilight series didn't just become a huge commercial success for the people involved in the project, but also changed their lives forever. Let's take a look at the film series, starting from the very beginning.

The Main Cast

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner

From left to right:
  • Taylor Lautner - Plays Jacob Black, who is a Quileute Native American and a werewolf in the film series, and is Bella's best friend.
  • Kristen Stewart - Plays Isabella Marie "Bella" Swan, the protagonist, who primarily narrates the entire film series from her point-of-view.
  • Robert Pattinson - Plays Edward Cullen, born on June 20, 1901, who was frozen at the age of 17 when he was transformed into a vampire by Dr. Carlisle Cullen.
Principal Cast in The Twilight Saga

Peter Facinelli
Peter Facinelli as Dr. Carlisle Cullen
Billy Burke
Billy Burke as Charlie Swan
Elizabeth Reaser
Elizabeth Reaser as Esme Cullen
Ashley Greene
Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen
Kellan Lutz
Kellan Lutz as Emmett Cullen
Nikki Reed
Nikki Reed as Rosalie Hale
Jackson Rathbone
Jackson Rathbone as Jasper Hale

* All the above mentioned cast members have pivotal roles throughout the series, and hence have been listed here.

Twilight

Release Date - November 17, 2008
Director - Catherine Hardwicke

Synopsis
The movie focuses on a clumsy, yet kind-hearted 17-year-old Isabella "Bella" Swan who moves to a small town named Forks to live with her father, Charlie Swan. At her new high school, Bella becomes mesmerized by the mysterious and handsome Edward Cullen (and of course, his family). Although everyone at school likes to keep a distance from the Cullens, and vice versa, Bella strangely finds herself getting drawn towards Edward. One thing leads to another, and she soon finds out that the Cullens are vampires. Even though she knows the truth, Bella falls for Edward.

As their love grows for one another, the arrival of the American Nomads―James, Victoria, and Laurent, stirs things up for all the wrong reasons. As James becomes fascinated by Edward's protectiveness towards Bella, he becomes obsessed with killing her. Now, Edward and his family have to find a way to keep Bella safe, no matter what.

Supporting Cast in Twilight

Cam Gigandet
Cam Gigandet as James
Rachelle Lefevre
Rachelle Lefevre as Victoria
Edi Gathegi
Edi Gathegi as Laurent Da Revin
Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick as Jessica Stanley
Michael Welch
Michael Welch as Mike Newton
Gil Birmingham
Gil Birmingham as Billy Black

Christian Serratos
as
Angela Weber
Gregory Tyree Boyce
as
Tyler Crowley
Justin Chon
as
Eric Yorkie

Fun Facts
▶ For the baseball scene, Nikki Reed and Jackson Rathbone are shown playing the game left-handed. Both had to learn to play it like that.

▶ The dress worn by Bella for prom cost only USD 20. On the other hand, the suit Edward wears was the most expensive clothing item in the movie.

▶ The coveted role of Edward Cullen was first thought to be portrayed by Henry Cavill, as he was Stephenie Meyer's first choice. However, being 24 years old at the time, he was considered too old to play the part; and British heartthrob Robert Pattinson was cast for the role instead.

▶ The only reason Robert Pattinson auditioned for Twilight was because he had appreciated Kristen Stewart's work in "Into the Wild". Before auditioning, he had never even heard of Twilight.

▶ When the American Nomads―James, Victoria, and Laurent, first appear in the movie, they have little slippers on that are painted like bare feet.


The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Release Date - November 20, 2009
Director - Chris Weitz

Synopsis
In the second film, the entire Cullen family leaves Forks after Bella is almost attacked by Jasper on her birthday party. Thinking that Edward himself is endangering her life, he decides to leave Forks along with his family, and let her live in peace. After leaving town, the movie shifts focus on Bella and Jacob's friendship/bonding/romance, and Jacob's transformation into a werewolf.

Even though most of the storyline is focused on the werewolves, and how they came into existence, the second half of the movie does bring back the beloved vampires along with some not-so-good ones, the Volturi.

Supporting Cast in New Moon

Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen as Aro
Dakota Fanning
Dakota Fanning as Jane

Gil Birmingham
as
Billy Black
Rachelle Lefevre
as
Victoria
Edi Gathegi
as
Laurent
Jamie Campbell Bower
as
Caius
Christopher Heyerdahl
as
Marcus
Cameron Bright
as
Alec
Charlie Bewley
as
Demetri
Daniel Cudmore
as
Felix
Anna Kendrick
as
Jessica Stanley
Michael Welch
as
Mike Newton

Fun Fact
▶ Of all four books, New Moon is Robert Pattinson's favorite.

▶ Although the movie was released on November 20, 2009 in most countries, the Los Angeles premiere was on November 16, 2009; which in the lunar cycle was a new moon.

▶ For the coveted role of Edward Cullen, even Jamie Campbell Bower (who plays one of the three ancient leaders of the Volturi) auditioned for the part.

▶ Bella's cliff diving scene was shot in a swimming pool in Vancouver. Both Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson had to put weights in their pockets for the scene.

▶ Each member of the wolf pack had to submit papers as proof that they were of Native American descent.


The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Release Date - June 30, 2010
Director - David Slade

Synopsis
After making a deal with the Volturi―Bella should be "changed" as soon as possible―Edward and the entire Cullen family is back in Forks. Edward now knows that he and Bella are meant to be together, and the only way he can keep her safe is by being close to her, always. However, Edward's return hasn't stopped Jacob from trying to win Bella over. But as Bella is trying to keep both men in her life happy, a revenge-hungry vampire from the past has come back to stir things up again.

Supporting Cast in Eclipse

Bryce Dallas Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard as Victoria
Xavier Samuel
Xavier Samuel as Riley Biers
Jodelle Ferland
Jodelle Ferland as Bree Tanner
Catalina Sandino Moreno
Catalina Sandino Moreno as Maria

Dakota Fanning
as
Jane
Cameron Bright
as
Alec
Daniel Cudmore
as
Felix
Anna Kendrick
as
Jessica Stanley
Michael Welch
as
Mike Newton
Gil Birmingham
as
Billy Black

Fun Fact
▶ Kristen Stewart had to wear a wig in the film as she had cut her hair quite short for the movie "The Runaways".

▶ Actors Tom Felton and Channing Tatum were considered for the part of Riley Biers.

▶ Actresses Vanessa Hudgens and Miranda Kerr were considered for the part of Lean Clearwater.

▶ In the previous two installments―Twilight and New Moon―Robert Pattinson had to pluck and wax his eyebrows. However, he refused to do so in this film.

▶ September 13 is Bella's birthday. The movie was re-released on September 13, 2010 in theaters to celebrate it.


The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
Release Date - November 8, 2011
Director - Bill Condon

Synopsis
Film studio Summit Entertainment decided to split the fourth novel into a two-part film, and in the first part, we see Bella and Edward getting married. All seems amazing until they leave for their honeymoon where they consummate their marriage, and Bella discovers that she's pregnant.

With the baby growing at an accelerated rate, they rush back home so that Carlisle can fix things. But Bella wants to keep the baby despite being frail and unable to take care of herself. Now the werewolves are on the alert that a vampire baby is about to born, and want to nip this issue in the bud. Will they be successful, or can the Cullens and Jacob save Bella and her baby?

Supporting Cast in Breaking Dawn - Part 1

Sarah Clarke
Sarah Clarke as Renée Dwyer
Booboo Stewart
Booboo Stewart as Seth Clearwater
Christian Camargo
Christian Camargo as Eleazar

MyAnna Buring
as
Tanya
Maggie Grace
as
Irina
Casey LaBow
as
Kate
Mía Maestro
as
Carmen
Christian Camargo
as
Eleazar
Chaske Spencer
as
Sam Uley
Julia Jones
as
Leah Clearwater
Gil Birmingham
as
Billy Black
Anna Kendrick
as
Jessica Stanley
Michael Welch
as
Mike Newton
Christian Serratos
as
Angela Weber
Justin Chon
as
Eric Yorkie

Fun Fact
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer personally chose Carolina Herrera to make Bella's wedding gown. It took Herrera and four seamstresses 6 months to complete the gown.

▶ The back of Bella's wedding gown has 152 buttons along with 17 buttons on each sleeve.

▶ Even though Robert Pattinson was provided boat driving lessons, he crashed it not just during the lessons, but while filming the scene in Brazil.

▶ While filming the birth scene, both Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner would struggle to keep themselves from laughing; especially when their characters Edward and Jacob, respectively tried to bring Bella back to life.

▶ It took director Bill Condon 100 days to shoot both Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and Part 2.


The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

Release Date - November 16, 2012
Director - Bill Condon

Synopsis
In the fifth and final installment, we see that Bella has transformed from a human to a vampire, and is stronger than ever. With her new family by her side, there's nothing she can't handle. Things seem normal, and Renesmee (Edward and Bella's daughter) is growing at a rapid pace. All seems well until one day, out in the woods, Irina sees Bella and Jacob with Renesmee, and instantly believes that she's an immortal child. She runs to the Volturi and reports to them about what she saw. Seeing their chance, the Volutri decide to pay the Cullens a visit.

The Cullens decide not to fight with the Volturi, but gather witnesses to prove that Renesmee is not an immortal child. As the arrival of the Volturi nears, so does the tension as to what will happen in the end.

Supporting Cast in Breaking Dawn - Part 2

Jamie Campbell Bower
Jamie Campbell Bower as Caius
Mía Maestro
Mía Maestro as Carmen
Maggie Grace
Maggie Grace as Irina
MyAnna Buring
MyAnna Buring as Tanya
J. D. Pardo
J. D. Pardo as Nahuel

* Including the characters in the previous installments, some new characters made an appearance.

Mackenzie Foy
as
Renesmee Cullen
Lee Pace
as
Garrett
Noel Fisher
as
Vladimir
Joe Anderson
as
Alistair
Angela Sarafyan
as
Tia
Aldo Quintino
as
Sena
Rami Malek
as
Benjamin
Judith Shekoni
as
Zafrina
Wendell Pierce
as
J. Jenks
Alex Meraz
as
Paul
Lateef Crowder
as
Santiago
Andrea Powell
as
Sasha
Toni Trucks
as
Mary
Andrea Gabriel
as
Kebi
Kiowa Gordon
as
Embry Call
Bronson Pelletier
as
Jared
Marisa Quinn
as
Huilen
Omar Metwally
as
Amun
Valorie Curry
as
Charlotte
Tracey Heggins
as
Senna
Marlane Barnes
as
Maggie
Guri Weinberg
as
Stefan
Erik Odom
as
Peter
Lisa Howard
as
Siobhan
Bill Tangradi
as
Randall
Patrick Brennan
as
Liam
Amadou Ly
as
Henri
Janelle Froehlich
as
Yvette

Fun Fact
▶ Apart from Mackenzie Foy, there were 10 other child actresses and a CGI-animated baby who portrayed Renesmee to show her at different growth stages.

▶ In order to protect Mackenzie Foy, director Bill Condon had a "swear jar" for the cast and crew members. Whoever uttered profanities or used cuss words in front of her would have to put money in the jar. All the money collected was donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

▶ In Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Dakota Fanning says only one word in the movie―pain.

▶ From the entire Twilight series, this is the only installment that has a complete opening credit sequence.

▶ The final word shown in the end credits of Breaking Dawn - Part 2―forever―is also the final word in the novel.

If you haven't seen the movies yet, we'd urge you to read the books before catching up with the film series. Although the films have gained massive success, some alterations were made while making each of the films. As for the Twilight loyalists, we hope that this article was an acceptable summation of the series.
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Published: April 3, 2014
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