How & Where to Watch the Conjuring Movies in Order [2024]

Key Takeaways
  • The series begins with "The Nun" (2018), set in 1952, and continues with "Annabelle: Creation" (2017), and ends with "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It" (2021) with 6 other movies in between.
  • The series revolves around the Warren family and their encounters with various demonic entities. Movies like "The Nun" and "Annabelle" series are spin-offs that explore the backstory of these entities.
  • Warner Bros has announced a fourth Conjuring movie titled "The Conjuring: Last Rites" and a TV series in development. The franchise is set to expand further beyond the current movies.

With the recent launch of the Nun II movie along with announcements about another core film, there’s no better time to revisit or get into the Conjuring Cinematic Universe for the first time. However, watching all the conjuring movies in the right order can be a little confusing with different timelines scattered across several spin-offs and sequels.

To help you make the most, we have curated a list breaking down every one of the movies the Conjuring-verse has to offer. While some parts are crucial to the main plot of the Warrens, others are simply extensions that help us understand the demonic entities encountered in the movies. So let’s dive into the creepy world of Conjuring!

The Conjuring Movies in Chronological Order

The simplest order and the most preferred one by franchise fans is the chronological order. This watch order not only gives you the backstory behind the cursed world of The Conjuring but also sets up the terrifying villains who soon meet with the Warren family. Here’s a quick spoiler-free breakdown of the Conjuring movies in chronological order:

  1. The Nun
  2. Annabelle: Creation
  3. The Nun II
  4. Annabelle
  5. The Conjuring
  6. The Curse of La Llorona
  7. Annabelle Comes Home
  8. The Conjuring 2

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1. The Nun — 2018

The Nun

Although The Nun was released five years after the first Conjuring movie it takes the first spot chronologically. Set way back in 1952, the movie explores the demonic entity “Valak” who supposedly is behind the suspicious death of two nuns in Romania. To investigate the incident Sister Irene and Lorraine Warren team up to uncover the demon’s works.

2. Annabelle: Creation — 2017

Conjuring Universe Timeline: 1955

Annabelle Creation

Fans of the Conjuring movies know Annabelle, whose appearance at the start of The Conjuring made it a fan favorite with her bone-chilling smile and real-life origin story. Annabelle Creation takes place after The Nun in 1955 California and was the fourth movie in the Conjuring Universe but second chronologically.

It follows the story of a doll-maker who is met with an ancient evil in his own house when he opens his home to six orphans and a nun who now have to fight for their lives.

Fun Fact: While the Annabelle origin story in The Conjuring is a work of Hollywood fiction, the doll is inspired by an actual object from the Warrens’ Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut.

3. The Nun 2 — 2023

Conjuring Universe Timeline: 1956

The Nun II

The Nun 2 takes a four-year jump and is set in 1956 after the event of the first film and one year after Annabelle: Creation. The movie serves as a sequel to the worldwide smash hit The Nun and follows the story of Sister Irene and her one-to-one encounter with the Demon Nun — Valak once again.

4. Annabelle — 2014

Conjuring Universe Timeline: 1967


With the origin already uncovered in Annabelle: Creations, the 2014 Annabelle levels up the horrors and antics of the demon. Released just one year after the first Conjuring film, Annabelle serves as a spin-off that takes place in 1967 Southern California and tells the story about a young doctor and his wife who bring the doll into their home only to find out it’s not just an ordinary doll.

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5. The Conjuring — 2013

Conjuring Universe Timeline: 1971

The Conjuring

The movie that started it all (chronologically the fourth film), The Conjuring, starred Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson who play the real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The film follows the true story of a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse where the Warrens arrive to help the Perron Family in 1971 to uncover the mysteries behind the poltergeist activities in their house.

6. Annabelle Comes Home — 2019

Conjuring Universe Timeline: 1972

Annabelle Comes Home

Next up in the chronological order is Annabelle Come Home which takes place in 1972 and depicts the aftermath of the Warrens acquiring Annabelle and having it in their home. In the film, the Warrens leave town for another case and they hire a babysitter for their daughter, Judy. However, things soon take a haunting turn and Judy and her babysitter must fight off the evil spirits while the couple is away.

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7. The Curse of La Llorona — 2019

Conjuring Universe Timeline: 1977

The Curse of La Llorana

The Curse of La Llorona is not quite related to other Conjuring movies and is based on the Mexican Legend of La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) who drowns children out of revenge. The movie is set in 1977 and centers around Anna Gracia who is investigating the tragic death of two young boys only to be caught up in the mess of La Llorona targeting her children.

The one thing that seemed like a connection between the film and the Conjuring universe was the appearance of Father Perez who was also seen in Annabelle. However, Michael ChavezDirector of The Curse of La Llorona — confirmed to Dread Central that La Llorana isn’t part of the Conjuring universe;

The very simple reason [why La Llorona] isn’t [part of The Conjuring Universe is because] it was made without one of the [Conjuring franchise] producers, so technically it can not be fully embraced. That’s the very simple reason. Originally, there was only supposed to be a playful nod [to The Conjuring franchise in La Llorona], by putting The Father in and having the Annabelle flash. But it wasn’t supposed to be marketed that way. The plan was, you would get into it, and then it’s like, ‘Oh my God, they’re connected!’ We weren’t, from the beginning, supposed to be doing that. And that’s why it has this outsider status.

Michael Chavez

8. The Conjuring 2 — 2016

Conjuring Universe Timeline: 1976-1977

The Conjuring 2

Once again the story kicks off with Ed and Lorraine Warren back in action as they help a family being haunted by a vengeful spirit in 1977. In the film, we get to know that the demon Valak was behind it all, but off-screen, the real-life case that came to be known as the Enfield Poltergeist was considered an elaborate hoax by some and one of the most witnessed cases of supernatural activity by others.

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9. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It — 2021

Conjuring Universe Timeline: 1981

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

The eighth film in the franchise, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, is also the eighth one to watch in chronological order. Set in 1981, it tells the true story of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, who claimed “demonic possession” when he was on trial for murdering his landlord.

The infamous murder case stayed in the spotlight for quite some time and was covered in multiple TV specials and detailed in the 1983 book, The Devil in Connecticut.

↪ Where to Watch The Conjuring Movies?

Since most of the Conjuring movies are produced by Warner Bros, you can watch some of the movies online on Max or you can also rent or buy them on platforms like Prime Video.

The Conjuring on Max

The Conjuring Movies in Release Date Order

The release order is likely the sequence in which fans of the series originally watched the films during their first viewing. While the storytelling may seem a bit scattered, the movies do have hints and callbacks that fit into the overall progression and help in understanding the plot. Here are the conjuring movies in release date order:

  • The Conjuring (2013)
  • Annabelle (2014)
  • The Conjuring 2 (2016)
  • Annabelle: Creation (2017)
  • The Nun (2018)
  • The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
  • Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)
  • The Nun 2 (2023)
Release Date Order

However, this order is a little more direct than the chronological one, and if you are stuck deciding between the two we suggest going with the chronological one as it’s a lot more fun and easier to grasp.

Bonus: The Conjuring Movies Order

While the release date and chronological order can help you get the most out of your weekend horror binge, we have two more fun and silly versions that you should try out.

1. Origin Story Order

First off we have the origin story order that’s best suited for anyone who is rewatching the series again as with this order each movie unfolds events about the next one. This means that you begin with The Conjuring which introduces the character of Annabelle who gets her backstory in the Annabelle movie. Similarly, the Annabelle movie introduces Father Perez whom we next meet in The Curse of La Llorana.

Here’s a quick rundown of The Conjuring movies origin story order:

  • The Conjuring
  • Annabelle
  • The Curse of La Llorona
  • The Conjuring 2
  • The Nun
  • Annabelle Comes Home
  • Annabelle: Creation
  • The Nun II
  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
Origin Story Order

2. The Conjuring Order

Another way to explore the Conjuring universe is to kick off and conclude with the three Conjuring movies. The Conjuring Order ensures that viewers absorb the storyline of the Conjuring trilogy first before moving on to the Annabelle trilogy and The Curse of La Llorona. Next, watch The Nun, then proceed to The Conjuring 2, The Nun 2, and wrap it up with the third Conjuring movie.

Here’s a quick rundown of The Conjuring movies in order:

  • The Conjuring
  • Annabelle: Creation
  • Annabelle
  • Annabelle Comes Home
  • The Curse of La Llorona
  • The Nun
  • The Conjuring 2
  • The Nun 2
  • The Conjuring 3/The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

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What is Next in The Conjuring Universe?

If you are done with the Conjuring Universe and still want some spooks, the filmmakers have heard you as Warner Bros recently announced the 4th upcoming Conjuring movie titled: The Conjuring: Last Rites at the Cinema Con convention. Additionally, we also know that “The Conjuring” TV series is also in the works with James Wan reprising his role as the executive producer.

However, we still don’t have any solid information regarding when we will receive the next installment but it’s safe to say that The Conjuring Universe is far from over.

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How successful were the Conjuring movies?

With a combined budget of only $208 million, the three main movies and their five spin-offs raked in a whopping $2.1 billion worldwide. This makes The Conjuring Universe the most successful horror franchise ever and highly praised by critics.

Are the conjuring movies based on real life?

Yes, the Conjuring movies are based on real-life cases investigated by Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were paranormal investigators. The stories are inspired by the Warrens’ actual experiences, although some details are changed and added for the cinematic purpose of the movies.

What was the Conjuring Shorts contest?

When Annabelle: Creation came out in 2017, Warner Bros Pictures held a contest for people to make their own short films in The Conjuring Universe. You can watch the winning entries on YouTube.


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