Ranking The Purge Films (From Least To Overall Favorite)

The first Purge movie was released in 2013, which then kicked off a few sequels, a prequel, and a tv series. The following films make up The Purge film franchise: The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy, The Purge: Election Year, The First Purge, and The Forever Purge. If you are not familiar with The Purge films, the movies take place during the purge, which is an annual holiday where all crime is legal, including murder for 12 hours. To The New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA), which is a political organization in the films, the purge is to help stabilize American society, like the economy, etc., which the films goes more into detail about. The Purge films are one of my favorite horror film franchises and so of course with the latest Purge film being released, I wanted to rank the films in the franchise from my least to overall favorite. The rankings does not mean I didn’t like that specific movie, but there were some I enjoyed more than others. The rankings will be based on entertainment (how entertained I was), the storyline/plot, action, and thrills. Keep on reading to see my rankings on The Purge films.

5. The Purge (2013)

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Summary: In an America ravaged by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government sanctions an annual 12-hour period during which all criminal activity — including murder — is legal. James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) and his family face the ultimate test when an intruder drags the vicious outside world into their home. James, Mary (Lena Headey) and their two children struggle to survive the night while trying not to turn into monsters like the ones they are striving to avoid. (from Rotten Tomatoes)

My Thoughts: Being that this is the first film in the franchise I feel like they did a good job with this one as far as introducing us to the purge. While this is the only movie in the franchise where the film takes place at just one location, it works well for it. This movie turns into a home invasion with the arrival of the those creepy mask wearing intruders. The cast was great. I thought Ethan Hawke did a good job. I loved how Lena Headey put those neighbors in their place at the end of the movie. It does starts off a little slow, but it’s just prepping you for what’s about to come when the purging commences. The Purge is a solid, and thrilling movie that kicked off the franchise.

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4. The First Purge (2018)

Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Summary: To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America try a radical sociological experiment that allows citizens to vent their aggression for one night in an isolated community. The idea soon explodes across the nation when the violence of the oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized. (from Rotten Tomatoes)

My Thoughts: This fourth film in the Purge franchise is also a prequel to the films, so we see how the purge began. It started off as an experiment on Staten Island and we see that the low income /poverty areas are more affected and targeted. It feels a bit too realistic because this is something the government would do (target these areas). We also see some of lengths that the NFFA go to to make sure this experiment is “successful”. The setting for the film was in multiple locations on Staten Island, which is always ideal for the Purge films. The cast was good and so were their performances. One thing I liked seeing was the start of how the purgers began wearing masks while purging because they are worn a lot, which we see in the other Purge films. The neighborhood sticking together and fighting was so great to see. I also enjoyed the music in the film. The First Purge is entertaining, action packed, and a great addition to the Purge films.

3. The Forever Purge (2021)

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Summary: Adela (Ana de la Reguera, Cowboys & Aliens) and her husband Juan (Tenoch Huerta, Days of Grace) live in Texas, where Juan is working as a ranch hand for the wealthy Tucker family. Juan impresses the Tucker patriarch, Caleb (Will Patton, Halloween), but that fuels the jealous anger of Caleb’s son, Dylan (Josh Lucas, Ford v Ferrari). On the morning after The Purge, a masked gang of killers attacks the Tucker family–including Dylan’s wife (Cassidy Freeman, HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones), and his sister (Leven Rambin, The Hunger Games), forcing both families to band together and fight back as the country spirals into chaos and the United States begins to disintegrate around them. (from Rotten Tomatoes)

My Thoughts: I thought the setting of the movie was interesting and a good choice, because we’re so used to the Purge films taking place in the suburbs and in cities, but with the film taking place in Texas, it gave it a western/Wild West feel. In this film the ever after purgers and a large white supremist group who goes by the name the Purge Purification Force, wants to get rid of people who they consider non American, so you can imagine many minority groups are terrified and are trying to survive this chaos as are the main characters of the film. The Forever Purge touches up on many current event topics that are happening in the world, especially in America including racism, immigration, xenophobia, and white supremacy. I’m a huge fan of the Purge films and while the idea of the Purge is scary, the films have been great and this is the final film, but I’m hoping for at least one more lol. The Forever Purge is thrilling, action-packed, and a must watch.

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2. The Purge: Election Year (2016)

Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Summary: As a young woman, Sen. Charlie Roan survived the annual night of lawlessness that took the lives of her family members. As a presidential candidate, Roan is determined to end the yearly tradition of blood lust once and for all. When her opponents hatch a deadly scheme, the senator finds herself trapped on the streets of Washington, D.C., just as the latest Purge gets underway. Now, it’s up to Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo), her head of security, to keep her alive during the next 12 hours of mayhem. (from Rotten Tomatoes)

My Thoughts: Frank Grillo returns as Leo, where he’s a security chief for presidential candidate Senator Ronan. I don’t know about y’all but I was excited to see Frank Grillo returns, I really like his character and of course he can kick some butt. Leo has to survive the purge night protecting Senator Ronan after an assassination attempt which brings the two together with other characters in the movie who all aim to protect the senator. This is another purge film that takes place at different locations in Washington DC.  The cast was great and so were the characters, the main characters I really liked and enjoyed. Two characters who I’ll call the candy girls, were annoying, and doing a bit too much for a chocolate bar lol. There’s more creepy masks and the kills were insane. There were people tied to the roof of the car while it was speeding and then there was a guillotine. (Yikes) Just like The Purge: Anarchy, I really enjoyed this one. The Purge: Election Year is action packed, thrilling, and another great movie in The Purge franchise.

1. The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Summary: One night per year, the government sanctions a 12-hour period in which citizens can commit any crime they wish — including murder — without fear of punishment or imprisonment. Leo, a sergeant who lost his son, plans a vigilante mission of revenge during the mayhem. However, instead of a death-dealing avenger, he becomes the unexpected protector of four innocent strangers who desperately need his help if they are to survive the night. (from Rotten Tomatoes)

My Thoughts: Loved that this movie took place within the city and that the film didn’t take place in one location. We got to see how the streets would be when the purge commenced.  We also have a slightly bigger cast than the first Purge film and a variety of characters. Also if you’ve watched the first Purge film, then you’ll see a familiar face. Frank Grillo (Leo) was just awesome in this movie and I love how he was like the protector of the group, protecting the four people who were with him. I did the find the mom and the daughter to be annoying especially the daughter. The movie also has a few plot twists/ unexpected turns and let’s not forget creepy masks, something I think these films are known for. The Purge: Anarchy has always been my favorite of the franchise and still is. It’s a thrill ride, action packed, entertaining, and a must watch of the Purge films. 

Streaming On: Peacock (Free)

This wraps up my rankings of The Purge films. Have you watched any of these ? If so which film is your favorite and which one is your least favorite ? As always thanks for reading, and see you next time.


  1. Love the order you placed the films in, my favorites are The Purge and The Purge Anarchy. 🙌🏾 The Purge Anarchy definitely kept me entertained although I was upset at the couple in the beginning for being out so late on the evening the purge started. 🤦🏾‍♀️

    I was hesitant about seeing the Forever Purge but now that you’ve ranked it so highly I’ll definitely check it out especially since it examines so many different themes.

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    • Thank you Hannah ! I’ve enjoyed the Purge films although the idea of the purging is scary. And yes let me know your thoughts about The Forever Purge whenever you hatch it.


      • I’m back with my thoughts on the Forever Purge. I gotta admit- this movie was pretty entertaining although it didn’t have the same atmosphere as the other movies that I liked. The fact that the purge was going on forever was terrifying and I couldn’t stand the Purge Purification Force🤦🏾‍♀️

        I’m glad they discussed difficult themes such as racism and the prevalence of white supremacy though. This definitely wasn’t my favorite film in the franchise but I’ll watch anything in this franchise.

        As you were saying, I wouldn’t mind one last film either. 😅

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