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The Best Mission: Impossible Movies, Ranked

Updated July 27, 2018 1.0k votes 265 voters 6.0k views6 items

With six action-packed installments, what do you think is the best Mission: Impossible movie? The film series got started back in 1996, and with the release of 2018's Mission: Impossible - Fallout, that's over 20 years of Ethan Hunt fighting off rogue agents and performing thrilling, death-defying stunts. While Hunt may have plenty of fight left in him for another mission, the list below features all the Mission: Impossible movies ranked by you fans.

Though the first Mission: Impossible started what's become one of the top movie franchises, the installments to follow always take things up a notch—bringing even more action and suspense than the last. However, scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat don't make or break a film. Did Tom Cruise outdo himself with Ghost Protocol, getting himself imprisoned, only to slyly slip away as we expect Ethan Hunt would? Or was 2015's Rogue Nation the greatest Mission: Impossible film? That's up to you decide.

Vote up your favorites from the list of Mission: Impossible movies below to help decide just which film is best of the series. If you still can't get enough of the franchise, check out some Mission: Impossible trivia.

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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    Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

    Box office gross: (now playing in theaters)

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout is a 2018 American action spy film directed by Christopher McQuarrie, and the sixth installment in the film series. When IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) tries to fulfill his original briefing, he finds himself in a race against time, hunted by assassins and former allies while trying to prevent a global catastrophe....  more
    • Actors: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Michelle Monaghan
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
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  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
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    Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

    Box office gross: $682.7 million

    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is a 2015 American action spy film directed by Christopher McQuarrie, and the fifth film in the series. IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is on the run from the CIA, following the IMF's disbandment as he tries to prove the existence of the Syndicate, a mysterious international terrorist consortium....  more
    • Actors: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
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  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
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    Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

    Box office gross: $694.7 million

    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a 2011 American action spy film directed by Brad Bird, and the fourth film in the Mission: Impossible series. The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the attack of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name...  more
    • Actors: Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, Michelle Monaghan, Simon Pegg
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Brad Bird
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  • Mission: Impossible
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    Rotten Tomatoes score: 62%

    Box office gross: $457.7 million

    Mission: Impossible is a 1996 American action spy film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the 1960s television series. IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) must uncover the mole who has framed him....  more
    • Actors: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave, Emmanuelle Béart, Emilio Estevez
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Brian De Palma
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