Ranking “The Purge” movies from Best to Worst

“Commencing at the siren, any and all crime, including murder, will be legal for 12 continuous hours…”

Since The Forever Purge is premiering this weekend, I thought it would be the perfect time to go back and binge-watch all of The Purge films. I’m a huge fan of the franchise and I also absolutely loved the television series. I’m still disappointed that it was canceled, but I’m looking forward to seeing The Forever Purge.

There’s just something about these films. They are highly entertaining and addicting! The masks are creepy, the death scenes are cringe-worthy, and the characters truly make you want to root for them. Each film reveals another aspect of Purge Night, which prevents these movies from feeling repetitive while still keeping you on the edge of your seat.

Please note some spoilers are ahead.

Without any further delay, let’s find out exactly how I ranked The Purge films and why.


The Purge: Anarchy

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The sequel is rarely better than the original movie, but I absolutely adore the second film in the franchise and it is my absolute favorite one. Released in 2014, The Purge: Anarchy stars Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Kiele Sanchez, and Zoë Soul.

While the first movie focused on a home invasion, the second film gives us a chance to see Purge Night on the streets. We follow Frank Grillo’s character, Leo, who is the ultimate bad-ass of this franchise. Leo is looking to Purge after losing his son, but he runs into a group of strangers and decides to intervene to help save them.

Standout Purger:

Who can forget the Purger in the creepy God mask? The wave really seals the deal and makes you want to run for your life. I absolutely love that the mask later appeared in The Purge series (season 2), giving us a fun Easter Egg and a bit of an origin story.


The Purge

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The original Purge film really came out of nowhere. It was a lower budget film and it ended up being very successful. Released in 2013, The Purge stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Edwin Hodge, and Adelaide Kane.

Hawke’s character, James, designed the security system for their home, as he stays in with his family on Purge Night, confident that they will be safe. However, things take a drastic turn when his son lets a bloody stranger into their home to save him, which angers some local Purgers.

The original film has a completely different feel from the other films. We focus on one individual family and their fight for survival. The film is chilling and extremely entertaining and we really connect with this family.

Standout Purger:

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The leader of this group of twisted Purgers is quite sinister. He even takes off his mask and tries to reason with James and his family. However, once he doesn’t get what he wants, he proves to be quite ruthless and a worthy opponent.


The Purge: Election Year

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In the third film, we finally take some time to look into the mysterious NFFA and their ties with the government. Released in 2016, The Purge: Election Year stars Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, and Betty Gabriel.

Once again, the amazing Leo is back and better than ever. He has somehow landed a job as the head of security for Senator Charlie Roan, giving us even more bad-ass fight scenes. Seriously, he’s unstoppable. Senator Charlie Roan is running for presidency and wants to put an end to Purge Night, but the loyal followers of the NFFA refuse to give up without a fight.

After an assassination attempt is made on Charlie’s life, she and Leo end up on the streets and run into some characters who try to help protect her, recognizing what is at stake. The third film has quite a lot of action, but there is a lot going on and it gets carried away at some points.

Standout Purger:

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Who could forget the candy girls? I mean, it seems like a stretch for someone to Purge over a candy bar, but these girls are ready to seek out revenge on Joe’s deli and they show up dressed to the nines in a car covered in twinkling lights. Talk about making an entrance…

Fun fact: Elizabeth Mitchell starred in my favorite show, Lost, and the infamous Apollo Bar is the candy bar in question. Gotta love a great Easter Egg!


The First Purge

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The annual Purge had to start somewhere, right? The First Purge is a prequel to the franchise, allowing us to witness the first actual Purge that took place. Released in 2018, the film stars Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, and Marisa Tomei.

The prequel focuses on an experiment in Staten Island. Residents are offered $5000 to stay home on Purge Night and others are given incentive to actually participate. After the dismal results, The NFFA decides to send in some guns for hire to make it appear that Purge Night is more successful than it actually is, as a group of characters fight for survival throuhgout the night.

The film has a lot of set-up, which gives it a much slower feel. However, the main action sequence toward the end of the movie featuring a raid on the apartment is extremely well done and may be my favorite scene of the entire franchise.

Standout Purger:

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They really nailed the creepy vibe and then some with Skeletor. He is the first official Purger in history and let’s just say that he is having the time of his life…

So, what’s next for The Purge? Well, the television series has been canceled, but I highly recommend that you watch it. It was a lot of fun! The Forever Purge is supposed to take place after Election Year, so hopefully it will bring something new to the table. I’ve heard rumors that this may not be the last Purge film after all and I’m hopefully that a certain vigilante named Leo Barnes returns!

Stay tuned for my review of The Forever Purge! (in theaters July 2nd 2021)

Where to watch The Purge films: As of July 2021, films 1-2 can be streamed on Peacock. Films 3-4 can be watched on FXM or on Hulu with live TV. The Purge television series can be watched on Peacock and Hulu.

Which films did YOU enjoy most?

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Purge films in the comments section below. Thank you so much for reading and happy viewing!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl


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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 2 episode 8: Candy Girls Just Want To Have Fun

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching USA network’s The Purge season 2 episode 8 last night, I realized that a girl’s gotta look her best for Purge Night.  The right tutu, the right accessories, and of course the right weapons to really give you a killer look!

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In last night’s episode, “Before the Sirens,” we approach Purge Night, as Ryan and Esme begin to execute their plan to make things right.  Meanwhile, Ben embraces his inner psycho and Marcus and Michelle get some last minute visitors before the annual Purge begins.

My top 5 moments from The Purge season 2 episode 8 are:


“We gotta get through the night.”

Easier said than done, especially when we see how many citizens are getting ready to release their inner Purge.  I absolutely loved the opening sequence and thought it was a really fun Easter egg, bringing us back to the “Candy Girls” from The Purge:  Election Year I mean, she just wants her candy bar…

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It seems like a lot of kids are inspired by The Campus Killer as well, wearing his God mask with pride, but the NFFA wants to be careful about promoting “off Purge violence.”

Either way, this should be a fun night filled with killer festivities, but I’m anxious to see how our main characters handle the pressure!


“No matter what happens tonight, I gotta keep you safe.”

Kind words from Marcus to his son, Darren, right before he breaks his arm.  Marcus explains that the only way to keep his son safe from the NFFA is to get him into the hospital with a real injury.  Hospitals are off limits during Purge Night, but we know that the NFFA is used to cutting corners to eliminate any threats to their vision and operation.

Marcus seems to have gotten over the shock and revelation from last week’s episode and is now ready to stand up to everyone, realizing that they will never stop until he does.

Go Marcus!


“So if this is our last meal, we should clear the air.”

Marcus and Michelle take a quick moment to have one last meal together, as Michelle prepares Marcus a sushi dinner to bring them back to their first date.  Marcus and Michelle seem to be getting along quite well now, but did anyone else wonder if Michelle might have just poisoned Marcus?

I guess I’ve never really trusted her from the start even though I want to!  But there’s always another twist…

Marcus’s ex-wife shows up at the door, claiming that she wants to help out on this Purge Night and Marcus seems to appreciate the gesture, but is surprised when he notices that the hit on him has been taken down.

Only things aren’t that simple, as we realize that the neighbors want to Purge Marcus themselves, so this should be interesting.


“I don’t think he’s sad anymore…”

No, it seems like Ben has embraced full on psycho mode, as he shaves his head and rocks out to death metal music to prepare for Purge Night. This is Ben’s night, but his fraternity brothers start to realize that perhaps Ben is acting a little bit too strange.

Did it really take you guys this long to notice this?

Turner leads the group and reminds them not to let Ben back in the house…only Ben’s already inside and decides to take his rage out on his fraternity brothers, leading to a deadly game of Beer Pong that may make you think twice about drinking on campus…

It looks like Ben has bigger plans for the cowardly Turner, so we will have to see how this goes, but I think it’s safe to say that Ben has completely stepped over to the dark side now.


“Let’s go get our boy!”

Ryan and Esme continue to be adorable together, but it looks like Esme is hiding her ultimate plan from Ryan.  Esme understands that she is putting everything on the line to take down the NFFA and it’s clear that she doesn’t want Ryan to get caught in the crossfire, but she’s going to need some serious backup, even though I love my girl Vivian!

Ryan’s double cross with the Jackals works like a charm and the corrupt captain is killed after they jam the plane signal too early, so it looks like his plan is working.  But now they need to break out Tommy, so we’ll have to see how this goes.

And as for Esme, well she needs to worry about this $500,000 bounty on her head.  Watch out girl!  The NFFA is coming for you!

It looks like our last two episodes of the season will focus completely on Purge Night, so our main characters will need to pull out all the stops if they want to survive.

Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Purge below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


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