How To Watch The Ring In Chronological Order: All 14 Movies

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  • The Ring falls in the supernatural genre, and while it is a franchise, there have been several remakes as well
  • From movies to video games to short films, TV shows, radio programs, etc., the franchise consists of everything
  • You can choose to watch the movie in the order of release date or in the order of sequence of events

The Ring is a multimedia franchise which is based on the same-name novel series written by Koji Suzuki. The franchise comprises eight Japanese movies, eight manga adaptations, three English film remakes, two television series, a Korean film remake, and two video games: The Ring: Terror’s Realm (2000) and Ring: Infinity (2000). While most franchise instalments are of the dramatic horror supernatural fiction genre, other genres like science fiction are explored in some. For the ardent followers of the franchise, here are The Ring movies to watch listed in order.

The Ring Movies In Order of release date

Movie Title Language Year Of Release IMDb Rating
Ring Japanese 1995 6.3
Ring Japanese 1998 7.2
Rasen/ Spiral Japanese 1998 5.2
Ring 2 Japanese 1999 5.9
The Ring Virus Korean 1999 5.9
Ring 0: Birthday Japanese 2000 6
The Ring English 2002 7.1
The Ring Two English 2005 5.4
Sadako 3D Japanese 2012 3.7
Sadako 3D 2 Japanese 2013 4.2
Sadako vs. Kayako Japanese 2016 5.1
Rings English 2017 4.5
Sadako Japanese 2019 4.3
Sadako DX Japanese 2022 3.7


Ring is a horror television movie. It is based on Ring by Koji Suzuki. Four young, seemingly healthy people in separate sections of Tokyo unexpectedly pass away from heart failure in the same instant. When reporter Kazuyuki Asakawa looks into the murders, he finds that just a week prior, the four had stayed at a small inn together. He finds an odd video in the inn that ends with a warning that anyone who watches it will pass away precisely seven days later. For Asakawa, the time is running out. Can he eventually break the curse? The film was released in 1995, and Joji Iida was at the helm of its screenplay.

Ring Release Year: 1995

Ring Release Date: August 11

Where to Watch Ring: 

IMDb Rating: 6.3

Original Language: Japanese

Director: Chisui Takigawa

Cast: Katsunori Takahashi, Yoshio Harada, Ayane Miura, Kyōko Dōnowaki, Mai Tachihara, Akiko Hinagata, Maha Hamada, Tadayoshi Ueda, and Tomorowo Taguchi


The 1998 movie was released theatrically with the title Ringu in North America and The Ring (stylized as the Ring) in English when it was released in Japan. It was a box office hit in Japan and was lauded by critics. The film Ring was the impetus for other Ring sequels and advanced Japanese horror, or J-horror, globally. It started a trend of Western remakes of J-horror movies, which included the 2002 American release The Ring.

Ring Year Release Year: 1998

Ring Release Date: January 31

Where to Watch Ring: Apple TV/ Dark Matter TV/ Tubi

IMDb Rating: 7.2

Original Language: Japanese

Director: Hideo Nakata

Cast: Nanako Matsushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rikiya Otaka, Miki Nakatani, Yuko Takeuchi, Hitomi Sato, Yutaka Matsushige, and others

Rasen/ Spiral

The film’s writers are Kôji Suzuki and Jôji Iida. In Rasen/Spiral, the main character is a young pathologist who is investigating the unexplained death of a friend. Eventually discovers that the friend’s wife and son perished due to a cursed videotape possessed by the obstinate spirit Sadako.

Rasen/ Spiral Release Year: 1998

Rasen/ Spiral Release Date: January 31

Where to Watch Rasen/ Spiral: Apple TV/ Tubi

IMDb Rating: 5.2

Original Language: Japanese

Director: Hideo Nakata

Cast: Kōichi Satō, Miki Nakatani, Shingo Tsurumi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hinako Saeki, and others

Ring 2

As her kid starts to exhibit terrifying abilities, Reiko takes Yôichi into hiding. As the enigmatic Ring curse spreads, Mai Takano and the authorities launch a desperate search for them. It is the crux of the supernatural horror film Ring 2. It is a sequel to Spiral.

Ring 2 Release Year: 1999

Ring 2 Release Date: January 31

Where to Watch Ring 2: Amazon Prime Video/Tubi

IMDb Rating: 5.9

Original Language: Japanese

Director: Hideo Nakata

Cast: Rikiya Otaka, Miki Nakatani, Fumiyo Kohinata, Yoichi Numata, Hitomi Satō, and Nanako Matsushima

The Ring Virus

Alongside directing the Korean language film The Ring Virus, Kim Dong-bin wrote it with Kong Su-chang. It is a collaborative Korea-Japan project. The creator of the cursed videotape in this version is Park Eun-Suh.

The Ring Virus Release Year: 1999

The Ring Virus Release Date: June 12

Where to Watch The Ring Virus:  YouTube

IMDb Rating: 5.9

Original Language: Korean

Director: Kim Dong-bin

Cast: Shin Eun-Kung, Jung Jin-young, Kim Chang-wan, Lee Seung-Hyeon, Bae Doona, Yu Yeon-su, and Kim Ggoch-ji

Ring 0: Birthday

A journalist chases down a young Sadako Yamamura in Ring 0: Birthday after she murders members of an acting group with the help of her supernatural abilities. Ring 0 Production Group Production is its production banner. It is based on Lemon Heart by Koji Suzuki.

Ring 0: Birthday Release Year: 2000

Ring 0: Birthday Release Date: January 22

Where to Watch Ring 0: Birthday:  Amazon Prime Video/Apple TV

IMDb Rating: 6

Original Language: Japanese

Director: Norio Tsuruta

Cast: Yukie Nakama Seiichi Tanabe, Kumiko Asō, and others

The Ring

The streaming website sheds light on the storyline of the English film The Ring. It Reads, “It begins as just another urban legend – the whispered tale of a nightmarish videotape that causes anyone who watches it to die seven days later.” It was made on a budget of $48 million and earned $249.3 million at the box office.

The Ring Release Year: 2002

The Ring Release Date: October 18

Where to Watch The Ring:  Amazon Prime Video

IMDb Rating: 7.1

Original Language: English

Director: Gore Verbinski

Cast: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman, Daveigh Chase, and others

The Ring Two

The Ring Two is the second film from the American Ring series. Ehren Kruger is the writer of the film. It was made on a budget of $50 million and earned $164 million. In the movie, Rachel discovers that Samara has returned and is more determined than ever to carry on her unrelenting horror cycle when evidence from a nearby crime site shows an enigmatic, unlabeled recording.

The Ring Two Release Year: 2005

The Ring Two Release Date: March 18

Where to Watch The Ring Two:  Amazon Prime Video

IMDb Rating: 5.4

Original Language: English

Director: Hideo Nakata

Cast: Naomi Watts, David Dorfman, Simon Baker, Elizabeth Perkins, and Sissy Spacek

Sadako 3D

The resentful ghost of Sadako enters the virtual world in this instalment of the Ringu series, looking for a host to allow him to resurrect. The screenplay credit goes to Koji Suzuki and Tsutomu Takahashi. Atsuyuki Shimoda is the producer.

Sadako 3D Release Year: 2012

Sadako 3D Release Date: May 12

Where to Watch Sadako 3D:  Tubi 

IMDb Rating: 3.7

Original Language: Japanese

Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa

Cast: Koji Seto, Satomi Ishihara, Yusuke Yamamoto, and others

Sadako 3D 2

Kadokawa Shoten and Tohokushinsha Film are the production banners of Sadako 3D 2. It earned $8.4 million at the box office. Fuko Ando, a 24-year-old psychology graduate, starts feeling a ghostly presence after being entrusted with looking after her niece, all due to a cursed video. Kadokawa Shoten are its distribution partner.

Sadako 3D 2 Release Year: 2013

Sadako 3D 2 Release Date: August 30

Where to Watch Sadako 3D 2: 

IMDb Rating: 4.2

Original Language: Japanese

Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa

Cast: Miori Takimoto, Kōji Seto, Itsumi Osawa, Kokoro Hirasawa, Takeshi Onishi, Yusuke Yamamoto, Ryosei Tayama, and Satomi Ishihara

Sadako vs. Kayako

The streamer description of the film reads, “The vengeful spirits of the Ring and Grudge series face off.” It is marketed as eerie, terrifying, and thrilling. Kadokawa Shoten and Tohokushinsha Film are the production banners of Sadako vs. Kayako. It earned $9.3 million at the box office.

Sadako vs. Kayako Release Year: 2016

Sadako vs. Kayako Release Date: June 18

Where to Watch Sadako vs. Kayako: Amazon Prime Video

IMDb Rating: 5.1

Original Language: Japanese

Director: Kōji Shiraishi

Cast: Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, and others


Rings, the American film, was released theatrically on February 3, 2017. It revolves around a college professor and his pupils attempting to unravel the mysteries of the Samara mythology when they come upon a video that is supposed to kill viewers seven days after they watch it. But before it’s too late, they need to figure out how to beat Samara after the video goes viral.

Rings Year Release Year: 2017

Rings Release Date: February 3

Where to Watch Rings: Amazon Prime Video/ Apple TV/ YouTube

IMDb Rating: 4.5

Original Language: English

Director: F. Javier Gutiérrez

Cast: Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan, Vincent D’Onofrio, and others


The 2019 horror film follows a group of people trying to stop a lethal ghost unintentionally captured on camera by a YouTuber, which resulted in it becoming viral. It is written by Noriaki Sugihara and Kôji Suzuki. It made $5.6 million at the box office.

Sadako Release Year: 2019

Sadako Release Date: May 24

Where to Watch Sadako: —   

IMDb Rating: 4.3

Original Language: Japanese

Director: Hideo Nakata

Cast: Hiroya Shimizu, Elaiza Ikeda, and others

Sadako DX

The Sadako DX screenplay is by Yuya. Directed by Hisashi Kimura, it earned $3.1 million at the box office. In Sadako DX, those who watch a cursed video unexpectedly pass away. These fatalities occur throughout Japan. Ayaka Ichijo is a 200-IQ graduate student who is exceptionally intelligent. It so happens that her younger sister watches the cursed video. It premiered at the Fantasia International Film Festival 2022.

Sadako DX Release Year: 2022

Sadako DX Release Date: July 30 (Fantasia Fest)/ October 28

Where to Watch Sadako DX: —   

IMDb Rating: 3.7

Original Language: Japanese

Director: Hisashi Kimura

Cast:  Fuka Koshiba, Kazuma Kawamura, Mario Kuroba, and others

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