We're heading back into Tom Clancy's fictional world this weekend with the new Prime Video film "Without Remorse." This newest addition to his Jack Ryan universe has Michael B. Jordan playing an elite team leader of the U.S. Navy SEALs named John Kelly. Senior Chief Kelly is on a mission to get revenge for the murder of his pregnant wife. So, as you might guess, once his family gets involved, the rules tend to not matter as much anymore. John Kelly doesn't need anyone's help. He just needs you to stay out of his way. In anticipation of this new flick, we rounded up all the other Tom Clancy movies and put them in order of their release so that you can watch them and get up to speed. Enjoy!
The Hunt for Red October
Reigning in as the first Tom Clancy book-to-film adaptation, and still the highest-rated one, is this gem right here. This is our cinematic introduction to the legend that is Jack Ryan. Portrayed by a young Alec Baldwin, CIA analyst Jack Ryan is going from a desk job to a field job overnight. Originally, Ryan is only an analyst. But because the government believes in his plan and they want to double down, they're throwing him straight into the deep end.
This next film is second in the order of Tom Clancy movies, but it's the first film where Jack Ryan is played by the iconic Harrison Ford. Jack Ryan is just trying to enjoy his retirement by vacationing in London when he ends up in the wrong place at the right time. Ryan is known for being bold and not turning a blind eye to a hostile situation. So, what does he do? He intervenes. But now that Ryan has dipped his toe back into the game, there'll be some high-profile enemies tracking him down to seek retribution.
Clear and Present Danger
Acting as a direct sequel to "Patriot Games," Ford is back as Jack Ryan but this time he's the acting Deputy Director of Intelligence. When you have a man like Jack Ryan at the helm, it's not wise to keep him in the dark. And that's just what the President's National Security Advisor, James Cutter, is trying to do. This film also introduces the second most famous character of the "Ryanverse," John Clark (aka John Kelly). Here he's played by Willem Dafoe. Tom Clancy's "Without Remorse" will center around Kelly's origin story but is not connected to this film.
The Sum of All Fears
The fourth film on our list is still within the franchise but acts as more of a reboot. This time around a young Jack Ryan is played by Ben Affleck. In this flick, Ryan is back as a CIA analyst and this mission requires someone who pays great attention to detail. But Ryan's main task at hand, find out who was responsible for the Baltimore bombing to prevent an imminent nuclear war. No big deal. Also, this film marks another instance where we see Tom Clancy's character John Clark come into play, this time played by Liev Schreiber.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Finally, we reach the last film to date on Tom Clancy's list. Some believe this should be the first film you watch when considering the chronological order of films. The reason being that is more of an origin story for Jack Ryan. This film briefly outlines Ryan's time as student and as a U.S. Marine officer before he becomes a CIA analyst. This version of Ryan, portrayed by Chris Pine, is younger and more inexperienced. He's considered a covert CIA recruit. What makes this film unique among the others is that it's not actually based on a specific Tom Clancy novel like the others are.
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