Starting with a blockbuster movie about genetically modified dinosaurs in the modern world, jurassic park has become one of the most lucrative pop culture properties of the past three decades. Here’s how to stream the jurassic park franchise.
Update, 08/09/22: We’ve updated our guide to include movie streaming options Jurassic World Dominion.
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The franchise began with this adaptation of Michael Crichton’s bestselling novel, a sci-fi thriller about a wealthy tycoon (Richard Attenborough’s John Hammond) who creates an island attraction filled with cloned dinosaurs. Director Steven Spielberg gives the film a sense of grand adventure, balancing the human element via science characters played by Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum with the spectacle of attacking dinosaurs. One of the first major films to use extensive CGI effects, jurassic park is a technical and narrative marvel.
jurassic park is streaming on HBO Max ($9.99+ per month).
Steven Spielberg returns to direct the only sequel he’s done outside of the Indiana Jones franchise, loosely adapting Michael Crichton’s follow-up novel. Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough are the only main stars to reprise their roles, joining a cast that includes Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethewaite and Vince Vaughn. John Hammond reveals the existence of a second island, where the dinosaurs were allowed to roam freely. An expedition led by Dr. Ian Malcolm of Goldblum travels to the island, attempting to stop plans to bring these dinosaurs to the mainland where they can wreak havoc.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park is streaming on HBO Max ($9.99+ per month).
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Steven Spielberg bows out, replaced by director Joe Johnston for the first time jurassic park film not based directly on a novel by Michael Crichton. After sitting out the second film, Laura Dern and Sam Neill return, as Neill’s Dr. Alan Grant is tricked into joining a rescue mission on the abandoned island of wild dinosaurs. New additions to the cast include William H. Macy, Téa Leoni and Alessandro Nivola, providing more fodder for dangerous dinosaur attacks. Jurassic Park 3 wraps up the original trilogy, leaving the franchise dormant for nearly 15 years.
Jurassic Park 3 is streaming on HBO Max ($9.99+ per month).
This revival of the franchise from director and co-writer Colin Trevorrow returns to the idea of the dinosaur theme park, on a much grander scale. Here, the park has been thriving for years, but a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur has escaped and is setting off a chain reaction of chaos. Soon, the park is overrun with free-roaming dinosaurs, putting all day visitors at risk. Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt play park employees who must contain the dinosaurs and keep visitors safe, while uncovering a corporate plot to weaponize the most dangerous beasts.
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The island of the former Jurassic World theme park has been abandoned to the dinosaurs, but a volcanic eruption threatens to wipe out the animals that remained there. Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt return as former park workers who now lead a mission to rescue the remaining dinosaurs and save them from further extinction. Of course, what John Hammond’s sleazy former partner really wants is to bring the dinosaurs to his estate to auction them off on the black market. Jeff Goldblum returns as Dr. Ian Malcolm to once again warn the world of the dangers.
The jurassic world the trilogy ends by reconnecting to the original Jurassic films, with the return of Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum as their jurassic park characters. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard also return, and the five characters team up to take on the greedy head of tech company Biosyn Genetics. As dinosaurs once again roam the Earth, Biosyn attempts to find ways to exploit them, while genetically modifying other dangerous new creatures. Characters and dinosaurs eventually collide at the isolated Biosyn Dinosaur Reserve.
Set during and immediately after the events of jurassic world, this animated series focuses on a group of teenagers participating in a dinosaur-themed camp experience elsewhere on the same island. They get stranded when the dinosaurs escape and must fend for themselves to stay safe and ultimately escape the island. The show combines the danger and suspense of the jurassic park films with a more family-oriented tone and a focus on younger characters.
Seasons 1–5 of Jurassic World: Cretaceous Camp are streaming on netflix ($9.99+ per month).