How to Watch The Conjuring Movies in Chronological Order - IGN (2024)

You'd think it would be enough for filmmaker James Wan (Furious 7, Aquaman) to have two hugely successful horror franchises under his belt — with Saw and Insidious (both co-created with writing partner Leigh Whannell). But then he also went and created The Conjuring, which since its debut in 2013 has produced eight films in total, grossing over $2 billion at the box office.

Starting as a 1970s ghost series, based on the real life investigations of married paranormal snoops Lorraine and Ed Warren, The Conjuring Universe has sprawled into a franchise that not only keeps track of the Warrens' demon-busting adventures, but also delves further into the haunted backstories of these cases with prequel installments set decades before the Warrens show up.

So are you looking to watch these Conjuring films as they were released - or do you want to absorb all the spookiness via chronological binge, kicking things off in 1950s Romania with The Nun? Whatever the case, you'll find both Conjuring Movies in Order lists below while we wait for The Conjuring 4.

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The Conjuring Movies in (Chronological) Order

How Many The Conjuring Movies Are There?

There are 9 total movies set within The Conjuring universe — three Conjuring movies, three Annabelle movies, The Nun and The Nun 2, and The Curse of La Llorna. Two future movies have been confirmed: The Conjuring 4 (TBA) and The Crooked Man (TBA).

The Conjuring Movies in Chronological Order

1. The Nun (2018)

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Prequel frightfest The Nun takes place in 1952 Romania, and stars Demián Bichir and Taissa Farmiga (sister of franchise star Vera Farmiga) as a Roman Catholic priest and a nun uncovering an unholy secret involving Bonnie Aaron's evil Nun from The Conjuring 2.

Read our review of The Nun.

2. Annabelle: Creation (2017)

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Taking place after The Nun, in 1955 California, Annabelle Creation was the fourth installment in the Conjuring Universe, but the second chronologically, depicting the origin of franchise breakout star -- Annabelle, the creep haunted dolll. It's the story of a story of a doll-maker who opens his home to six orphans and a nun, only to have an ancient evil released in his own house.

Read our review of Annabelle: Creation.

3. The Nun 2

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The Nun 2 is currently in theaters, and although it takes place after the events of The Nun, it's actually the third movie in the timeline. The events of The Nun 2 take place in 1956, taking place four years after Sister Irene's first encounter with Valak and one year after the events of Annabelle: Creation.

Check out our guide on how to watch The Nun 2 for more information about the film.

4. Annabelle (2014)

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The second film made in the Conjuring Universe, even before The Conjuring 2, was prequel Annabelle, taking place in 1967 in Southern California, 12 years after the official origin of the doll. Annabelle tells the story of a young doctor and his wife who bring the doll into their home (to reside amongst other scary-looking dolls) only to have it make their life a living hell.

Read our review of Annabelle.

5. The Conjuring (2013)

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The movie that started it all, The Conjuring, starred Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as real-life paranormal investigators/ghost hunters Lorraine and Ed Warren (whose exploits reportedly inspired The Amityville Horror), as they aid the besieged Perron family in 1971, on Rhode Island. Series creator James Wan directed this first outing, marking the third official blockbuster horror franchise he'd created.

Read our review of The Conjuring.

6. Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

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Next up is Annabelle Comes Home. Taking place only one year later in the story, in 1972, the Warrens' young daughter, Judy (McKenna Grace), must contend with Annabelle and other demons who escape the Warrens’ artifact room while the couple is away. Conjuring Universe (and It: Chapter One and Two) writer Gary Dauberman makes his directorial debut here.

Read our review of Annabelle Comes Home.

7. The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

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Based on the Latin American folklore of La Llorona, this Conjuring Universe spinoff follows a mother in 1973 Los Angeles who must save her children from a malevolent spirit trying to steal them. Starring Linda Cardellini and Raymond Cruz, The Curse of La Llorona is the most detached and removed tale from the franchise's ongoing story, only featuring Tony Amendola's Father Perez from Annabelle as a connecting character.

Read our review of The Curse of La Llorona.

8. The Conjuring 2 (2016)

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Based on the events of the Enfield Poltergeist in England, The Conjuring 2 brings back Lorraine and Ed Warren, now notrious from the Amityville case, as they help a family being haunted by a malevolent spirit in 1977. Whereas the first Conjuring movie brought about the Annabelle films, this one originally introduced The Nun, who would go on to receive her own prequel. James Wan also returned to direct.

Read our review of The Conjuring 2.

9. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)

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The actual eighth film made in the franchise is also the eighth film you should watch if you're doing a chronological binge. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It brings us into the '80s with a ghoulish tale based on the real life trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, who claimed "demonic possession" after murdering his landlord. Lorraine and Ed Warren are drawn into the case after they'd apparently exorcised a demon out of a young boy's body... accidentally causing it to flee into Arne.

Read our review of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.

How to Watch The Conjuring Movies by Release Date

If you're looking to watch all the movies in theatrical release order, the correct list is below:

  • The Conjuring (2013)
  • Annabelle (2014)
  • The Conjuring 2 (2016)
  • Annabelle: Creation (2017)
  • The Nun (2018)
  • The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
  • Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)
  • The Nun 2 (2023)

How to Watch The Annabelle Movies in Order

Within The Conjuring Universe exists two separate film trilogies: The Conjuring and Annabelle. The narrative chronology of the Annabelle movies differs from their theatrical release order, so we've created this quick viewing guide to help you out.


  • Annabelle: Creation (1955)
  • Annabelle (1967)
  • Annabelle: Comes Home (1972)

By Release Date

  • Annabelle (2014)
  • Annabelle: Creation (2017)
  • Annabelle: Comes Home (2019)

Future of The Conjuring Movies

For those patiently waiting for more Conjuring films, have no fear, The Conjuring 4 is already in the works. However, this film could possibly be the last. Though not directly confirmed, James Wan did make mention of "potentially wrapping up" the Warrens' stories in an interview with Collider.

A TV series set in The Conjuring universe was also recently greenlit for the streaming service Max, and spinning out from the main Conjuring movies, fans also have The Nun 2 to look forward to, which is in theaters right now.

Looking to watch more of the best Horror movies? Take a look at our guides to Netflix Horror and Horror movies on HBO Max for IGN's top picks.

Matt Fowler is a freelance entertainment writer/critic, covering TV news, reviews, interviews and features on IGN for 13+ years.

How to Watch The Conjuring Movies in Chronological Order - IGN (2024)


How do I watch The Conjuring chronologically? ›

The Conjuring Movies in Chronological Order
  1. The Nun (2018) ...
  2. Annabelle: Creation (2017) ...
  3. The Nun 2. ...
  4. Annabelle (2014) ...
  5. The Conjuring (2013) ...
  6. Annabelle Comes Home (2019) ...
  7. The Curse of La Llorona (2019) ...
  8. The Conjuring 2 (2016)
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How are The Conjuring movies connected? ›

The films belong to the same universe. They are separate but connected through the Warrens, both of whom are demonologists, and the Annabelle doll. Annabelle 1 and Annabelle 2 are not connected to the Conjuring series. Annabelle 3, or Annabelle Comes Home, was made as a tribute to the late Mrs.

How is La Llorona connected to Conjuring? ›

The Curse of La Llorona isn't actually a part of The Conjuring Universe despite its two Annabelle-related cameos, says director Michael Chaves. It only became known as the eighth installment in the hit horror franchise, apparently, because of a presenter's unfortunate misunderstanding at a film festival.

Do I need to see the first Conjuring? ›

I know you're eager to watch The Conjuring, but if you want to fully understand the story, you'll have to start with its prequel.

Where does The Nun 2 fit in The Conjuring timeline? ›

The events in "The Nun 2" unfold four years after the original film, placing them in 1956. This situates The Nun 2 as the third movie in the Conjuring timeline. This sequel follows Annabelle: Creation, which occurs in 1955, creating a one-year gap within the franchise timeline.

What Conjuring is the scariest? ›

1. The Conjuring (2013) The movie that started it all remains the tightest, scariest, and most creative of the bunch. In their cinematic debut, the Warrens investigate a disturbing possession at a remote family home in Rhode Island.

Is there 4 Conjuring movies? ›

The Conjuring 4 has been confirmed, but we still don't have a confirmed release date as of March 2024. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie is set to start filming this summer in Atlanta. If filming starts as planned, it means we could expect to see it in cinemas in June or July 2025.

What comes first in The Conjuring movies? ›

Image via Warner Bros. The Conjuring is the first installment in The Conjuring Universe and the fourth chronologically. James Wan's film first introduced audiences to married ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren, takes place four years after Annabelle, in 1971.

Is The Nun and Conjuring connected? ›

The Nun movies are actually prequels to The Conjuring series. While The Nun and its sequel take part in the 1950s, The Conjuring is set in the 1970s. Valak torments a young nun throughout the series, and it's only when Lorraine encounters Valak two decades after that we see the demon defeated.

Is Annabelle and The Nun connected to The Conjuring? ›

The Conjuring Universe: 11 Connections Between Annabelle & The Nun - IMDb. The characters in The Conjuring franchise, including The Nun and Annabelle, are interconnected through various films, with ties to the main Conjuring movies.

Are Conjuring 1 and 2 linked? ›

The conjuring 2 is based on another completely different case handled by Warren couple (Ed and Lorraine Warren). There is no connection to the story of the first movie. If you have watched first movie, you would have advantage of knowing the characters of the protagonists a little better. But that is all.

Are all The Conjuring connected? ›

"The Nun" is just one of several spin-off franchises that have come out of "The Conjuring." The others are the "Anabelle" franchise and "The Curse of La Llorona." In total, there are nine films that are part of this shared universe.

How to watch Annabelle and Conjuring in order? ›

How to watch The Conjuring and Annabelle movies in release order
  1. The Conjuring (2013)
  2. Annabelle (2014)
  3. The Conjuring 2 (2016)
  4. Annabelle: Creation (2017)
  5. The Nun (2018)
  6. The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
  7. Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
  8. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)
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How is Annabelle connected to The Nun? ›

The nun and Annabelle have only one connection: they are both part of the Conjuring universe but have no significant relation at all. The nun is a prequel to Annabelle this a spoiler but the man at the end of the nun movie who is driving the people away is possessed & in a film that the Warrens are showing to a class .

Can I watch Conjuring 2 before Conjuring 1? ›

Well Conjuring (Part 1 ) is indubitably a good horror, but if you are looking forward to watch Part 2 without knowing even the bleak of the previous part then you should go ahead as there are no such any interlinking that could make it cumbersome to understand the story.

Do you have to watch The Nun before the nun 2? ›

Viewers should rewatch key Conjuring Universe movies before seeing The Nun 2 to fully understand the franchise's overarching narrative. The character Valak, the demon nun, makes their first appearance in The Conjuring 2 and receives an origin story in The Nun.

In which order should I watch insidious? ›

Here's how to watch the story unfold.
  • Insidious Movies in Chronological Order.
  • Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)
  • Insidious: The Last Key (2018)
  • Insidious (2011)
  • Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
  • Insidious: The Red Door (2023)
  • TBD: Thread: An Insidious Tale (2024)
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