Reviewing The Jack Ryan Series


Jack Ryan #1: The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Release Date: March 2, 1990
Director: John McTiernan
Studio: Paramount Pictures

Jack Ryan #2: Patriot Games (1992)
Release Date: June 5, 1992
Director: Phillip Noyce
Studio: Paramount Pictures


Jack Ryan #3: Clear and Present Danger (1994)
Release Date: August 3, 1994
Director: Phillip Noyce
Studio: Paramount Pictures


Jack Ryan #4: The Sum of All Fears (2002)
Release Date: May 29, 2002
Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Studio: Paramount Pictures


Jack Ryan #5: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Release Date: January 17, 2014
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Studio: Paramount Pictures

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was followed with yet another reboot of the Jack Ryan series, this time an Amazon series starring John Krasinski as a new buff, skilled, action hero version of Jack Ryan. Season One dropped in 2018 and it concerns a Middle Eastern terror plot that takes Jack all over the world including Yemen, France, and Turkey while the villainous Islamic extremist named Suleiman as his family begins falling apart and his wife flees in the night. It is a terrific short series but it was followed up with a sub-par second season about a gang plot in Venezuela. As of the time I am writing this review a third and fourth season is also in the works.

Ranking My Favorite Jack Ryan Films

#1 The Hunt for Red October (1990)

#2 Patriot Games (1992)

#3 Clear and Present Danger (1994)

#4 Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Amazon Prime Series (2018-Present)

#5 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

#6 The Sum of All Fears (2002)

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