Alex Cross Movies In Order

Like many successful movies, Alex Cross was initially a book series. Originally written and produced by James Patterson, the Alex Cross movie series has three book to movie adaptations over the last decade with the latest released in 2012. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, Detective Cross is an expert detective, who catches every criminal he crosses paths with. Even the most random ruthless serial killers are no match for Alex. In total the trilogy has earned around 200 million dollars, making it a relatively successful series. However, the critical reception was fairly negative, earning universally bad reviews across all three films. As someone who has read the Alex Cross books, I enjoyed the movies, perhaps they were geared towards fellow book readers.

It does not matter if you watch the Alex Cross series in order. Each film has its own separate plot and they are each standalones. However, as you know, the characters are kept consistent over the trilogy, and it does follow a chronological timeline. Because the movies are chronological, if you’re looking to watch the entire series, I recommend you watch them in the order by release date. If you’re looking to just get your feet wet, try “Along Came a Spider” which is the second movie in the series, and my personal favorite.

The book series of this bad to the bone detective has been wildly successful. There are currently 21 published books, and another one in the process of being written. The latest book is entitled “Hope to Die” and will be released at the end of this year. It will give an ending to the latest book, “Cross My Heart” which ended in a cliffhanger. The books in general have been warmly received by both critics and the general public as well. Almost every book release has been featured on the New York Times bestselling list, with the exception of just a few.

Movie OrderTrailersBook Order
Kiss the Girls (1997)Play TrailerAlong Came a Spider (1993)
Along Came a Spider (2001)Play TrailerKiss the Girls (1995)
Alex Cross (2012)Play TrailerJack & Jill (1996)
Cat and Mouse (1997)
Pop Goes the Weasel (1999)
Roses Are Red (2000)
Violets Are Blue (2001)
Four Blind Mice (2002)
The Big Bad Wolf (2003)
London Bridges (2004)
Mary, Mary (2005)
Cross (2006)
Double Cross (2007)
Cross Country (2008)
Alex Cross' Trial (2009)
I, Alex Cross (2009)
Cross Fire (2010)
Kill Alex Cross (2011)
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross (2012)
Alex Cross, Run (2013)
Cross My Heart (2013)
Hope to Die (2014)

Initially before the release of the 2012 movie “Alex Cross”, James Patterson had plans for a sequel. However, after the film was received negatively by the public and critics, the future is currently unknown. Despite the box office flop, James Patterson is vocal about wanting to adapt “Double Cross” to the big screen. However, despite his comments, nothing concrete is in the making.

If you enjoy the Alex Cross books, you’ll almost certainly enjoy the movies. The actors portray Alex and his partner John Sampson exactly how I had imagined. All of the movies were action packed, and had fun to watch plot twists towards the end. James Patterson did an excellent job of keeping viewers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

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  1. Marshall Coulson May 26, 2017

    Just watched Alex Cross and was very disappointed. Morgan Freeman has spoiled me to the point where I see him when reading the books. I see the character as much more cerebral than portrayed in Alex Cross by Tyler Perry. Above all, I don’t recall any of the books showing a “take the law into his own hands” style… ever. I don’t think Cross was ever that kind of cop.

  2. Ralph December 10, 2016

    To complete my note, the latest in the series, Double Cross, should be made to a movie. Other made for movies that “didn’t do well”, according to “the box office” have gone on to be great movies. Don’t stop now. Great stuff!!!

  3. Eddie December 3, 2016

    I honestly think they should make more movies based off of the series.

    • Ralph December 10, 2016

      Yes I agree with. they are great books, should be adapted to the big screen.

  4. val September 11, 2016

    I would love to see Morgan Freeman in many many more roles as Dr. Alex Cross! He is the best actor his calm voice , the way he moves, the way he gets us to think like him he is a fabulous well studied actor. James Patterson should beg for him to portray Alex Cross every day! ! Kudos to Morgan Freeman! !

  5. chris December 25, 2015

    Absolutely they should have put many more films together. All 3 movies were good Tyler perry was good he was more Aggressive Version of the character Morgan Freeman was the best.

  6. Mike Dagneau July 7, 2015

    I thought they were very thought provoking, intense, methodical and very attention getting. I’d like James to make some more movies as my wife and I are very disappointed we only got to see the 3 he put out.

  7. e.j May 31, 2015

    great! we need to see more movies an a t.v.series. soon

  8. Jennifer.Graves April 13, 2015

    I really like Tyler Perry but think Morgan Freeman did a better job of playing Alex Cross and in books Alex best friend Sampson was black.

What did you think of the series?