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06.19.2015by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Action Movie Franchises of All Time

With JURASSIC WORLD supplanting THE AVENGERS as the top opening weekend of all time, it brings the dinosaur franchise back to the forefront of popularity. With a second stellar weekend expected, we have decided to rank the greatest action movie franchises of all time. Keep in mind, we are looking at longevity, quality, and overall continuity in these series rather than just sheer volume. So, if you disagree with our ranking, feel free to voice your opinion and own rankings in the talk backs below.

#10 - Indiana Jones

Technically, this is a trilogy and a fourth movie. Most want to discount KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL even though it was still a pretty fun movie. Until a fifth movie is made, this will maintain a low ranking on this chart. A stellar trilogy with a lost of open potential for more.

#9 - Star Wars

While STAR WARS may not strictly be action movies, the George Lucas sextet of films rank as some of the best of all time. While I am a fan of the prequels, this series gets a lower ranking until we can see if Episodes VII and beyond can live up to the magic of the Original Trilogy.

#8 - The Terminator

With two classic films and two not so classic, this series is aiming for a resurgence with Alan Taylor's TERMINATOR: GENISYS. Currently, fans seem lukewarm to the revisionist sequel but the quality of James Cameron's first two movies holds this series at a higher level than most others.

#7 - The Bourne Series

Each Bourne film seemed to improve over it's predecessors until the Jeremy Renner led spin-off. While it was still a pretty damn good action movie, the impending return of director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon, plus a potential cross-over with the two super-spies, could make for one hell of an event picture.

#6 - X-Men

With eight movies in, including two spin-offs and a pair of rebooted movies, the X-Men series is still as fresh and enjoyable as it has ever been. Only two of the films would be considered subpar but the future is looking very bright with several spin-offs coming after a third WOLVERINE and X-MEN: APOCALYPSE.

#5 - Die Hard

Another series with three great entries and a couple of really bad ones, DIE HARD still remains a top tier franchise with a lot of potential. I mean, is it really that hard to figure out? Combine McClane and Jack Bauer and you have a movie worthy of the classic trilogy.

#4 - Lethal Weapon

There are only four LETHAL WEAPON movies but they are all really, really good. Even now, with the cast and crew at retirement age, they could still make a phenomenal fifth film. There are really no missed beats in this entire series and that is why it gets such a high ranking here. LETHAL WEAPON is the template for many movies to come.

#3 - Jurassic Park

I was ready to write off Steven Spielberg's series after two lackluster sequels, but last week's JURASSIC WORLD showed that it could still be resurrected by a new generation on screen and off and still be a worthy summer blockbuster.

#2 - Marvel Cinematic Universe

Based on the fact that they have been able to make a dozen films, all interconnected, with plans for a heck of a lot more, plus TV series and other media, all while delivering movies better than a heck of a lot other films out there, earns Marvel the right to be this high on the list.

#1 - James Bond

Over twenty films spanning five decades, Ian Fleming's 007 is the grand champion of movie action franchises. Ranging from thrilling suspense sequences to over the top gadgets, characters, and one-liners, the Bond movies have always been a unified yet fluid continuity that has delivered everything from top tier studio blockbusters to cheesy B-level movies. But, every one of them is a treasure worth watching over and over again.

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8:14AM on 06/29/2015
1) The Dark Knight (all of them are great)
2) Die Hard (1,2 and 3 are fantastic)
3) Lethal Weapon (all of them are really good)
4) Terminator (1 and 2 are amazing)
5) Mission: Impossible (all of them are good)
6) Mad Max (Road Warrior, Fury Road and parts of Thunderdome are really good)
7) Bourne (all of them are real good)
8) X-Men (DOFP, First Class and X2 are the highlights)
9) Rambo (all of them are good)
10) Beverly Hills Cop (1 and 2 are great)
I didn't count Star Wars or
1) The Dark Knight (all of them are great)
2) Die Hard (1,2 and 3 are fantastic)
3) Lethal Weapon (all of them are really good)
4) Terminator (1 and 2 are amazing)
5) Mission: Impossible (all of them are good)
6) Mad Max (Road Warrior, Fury Road and parts of Thunderdome are really good)
7) Bourne (all of them are real good)
8) X-Men (DOFP, First Class and X2 are the highlights)
9) Rambo (all of them are good)
10) Beverly Hills Cop (1 and 2 are great)
I didn't count Star Wars or Indiana Jones as "action" franchises but they would have been on the list if I had
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3:21PM on 06/20/2015
Ridiculous list.
Ridiculous list.
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3:20PM on 06/20/2015
This list is a flat out JOKE. Indy series at #10? LOL
This list is a flat out JOKE. Indy series at #10? LOL
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8:44AM on 06/20/2015

MI ????

Action list and no MI ?
And Mister Jones far away...
Sorry I ont like this list at all.
Action list and no MI ?
And Mister Jones far away...
Sorry I ont like this list at all.
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10:18PM on 06/19/2015
This list is way too broad. It needs sub categories like straight action, science fiction action, and fantasy action.
This list is way too broad. It needs sub categories like straight action, science fiction action, and fantasy action.
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10:10PM on 06/19/2015
Is this like reverse day or something. Should I have my clothes on backwards? This is number 2 after Dr. Jones.
Is this like reverse day or something. Should I have my clothes on backwards? This is number 2 after Dr. Jones.
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10:08PM on 06/19/2015
You must be making this up as you go...and this came to mind first. Because there is no way this is 10, this series is number 1 regardless of the fourth film.
You must be making this up as you go...and this came to mind first. Because there is no way this is 10, this series is number 1 regardless of the fourth film.
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9:16PM on 06/19/2015
Dude, if you're gonna have a list of top action franchises do action franchises. If you wanna make a list of top franchises than do top franchises. Any list where Star Wars and Indiana Jones are below the likes Die Hard, Jason Bourne, Jurassic Park, Lethal Weapon, or even Terminator makes zero sense.
Dude, if you're gonna have a list of top action franchises do action franchises. If you wanna make a list of top franchises than do top franchises. Any list where Star Wars and Indiana Jones are below the likes Die Hard, Jason Bourne, Jurassic Park, Lethal Weapon, or even Terminator makes zero sense.
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5:05PM on 06/19/2015

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4:08PM on 06/19/2015
Bourne will be forgotten. Indy and Star Wars never will. I'm sorry but this is BS
Bourne will be forgotten. Indy and Star Wars never will. I'm sorry but this is BS
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4:02PM on 06/19/2015
And Star Wars 9?!? I understand episode I through III sucked but c'mon man!!!
And Star Wars 9?!? I understand episode I through III sucked but c'mon man!!!
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4:02PM on 06/19/2015
WTF?!?! 10? that's kinda ridiculous. IMO, this is number 1, but I know others don't share my opinion. This should have been at least in the top 2. The first 3 movies are gold. I don't consider Crystal skull a Indy movie. I prefer to think that it doesn't exist
WTF?!?! 10? that's kinda ridiculous. IMO, this is number 1, but I know others don't share my opinion. This should have been at least in the top 2. The first 3 movies are gold. I don't consider Crystal skull a Indy movie. I prefer to think that it doesn't exist
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10:07PM on 06/19/2015
There is no equal. Number 1 all the way.
There is no equal. Number 1 all the way.
2:48PM on 06/19/2015

Bond, James Bond

There is Bond...
And then there is EVERYONE else...
There is Bond...
And then there is EVERYONE else...
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2:46PM on 06/19/2015

Bond, James Bond

There is Bond...
And then there is EVERYONE else....
There is Bond...
And then there is EVERYONE else....
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12:52PM on 06/19/2015

MAD FREAKIN' MAX ANYONE?!?!?!?!

Your list is null and void.
Your list is null and void.
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12:47PM on 06/19/2015
I am sorry Alex but that's just a terrible list. Here is my TOP Five in no particular order
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
James Bond
Die Hard (I am ignoring 5th part as a bad dream)
Terminator
Bourne
I am sorry Alex but that's just a terrible list. Here is my TOP Five in no particular order
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
James Bond
Die Hard (I am ignoring 5th part as a bad dream)
Terminator
Bourne
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12:04PM on 06/19/2015
Bourne is barely better than Mission Impossible, let alone Star Wars, The Terminator and Indiana Jones!
Bourne is barely better than Mission Impossible, let alone Star Wars, The Terminator and Indiana Jones!
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12:02PM on 06/19/2015

I agree with Bond...

But Jurassic Park had ONE good movie to its quadrilogy. How is it ranked better than Indiana Jones?
But Jurassic Park had ONE good movie to its quadrilogy. How is it ranked better than Indiana Jones?
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12:02PM on 06/19/2015
NO BATMAN!?!?

Here's my list:
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NO BATMAN!?!?

Here's my list:
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11:55AM on 06/19/2015
Yeah, Bond is the best.
If for no other reason than the fact it's lasted as long as it has and has adapted itself when audience tastes change.
Yeah, Bond is the best.
If for no other reason than the fact it's lasted as long as it has and has adapted itself when audience tastes change.
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11:37AM on 06/19/2015
Episodes I and II are terrible but I actually like Revenge of the SIth. And of course the original trilogy is pretty great (aside from those damn Ewoks.)
Episodes I and II are terrible but I actually like Revenge of the SIth. And of course the original trilogy is pretty great (aside from those damn Ewoks.)
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11:36AM on 06/19/2015
I really like the first and third movies of the series but Temple of Doom was pretty bad. I really have no interest in seeing the fourth movie either - I haven't heard anything good about it.
I really like the first and third movies of the series but Temple of Doom was pretty bad. I really have no interest in seeing the fourth movie either - I haven't heard anything good about it.
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4:00PM on 06/19/2015
Temple of Doom is awesome! Opening sequence, the bug and spike room scene, mine cart, and the bridge sequence. all fantastic!
Temple of Doom is awesome! Opening sequence, the bug and spike room scene, mine cart, and the bridge sequence. all fantastic!
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11:35AM on 06/19/2015
M.C.U.: 6.8/10
X-MEN: 6.3/10
JURASSIC PARK (not counting JURASSIC WORLD, which I haven't seen): 5.7/10
LETHAL WEAPON: 5.5/10
DIE HARD: 4/10
BOURNE: 3.3/10

As for the other franchises, I have to re-watch a lot of their installments before grading them.
M.C.U.: 6.8/10
X-MEN: 6.3/10
JURASSIC PARK (not counting JURASSIC WORLD, which I haven't seen): 5.7/10
LETHAL WEAPON: 5.5/10
DIE HARD: 4/10
BOURNE: 3.3/10

As for the other franchises, I have to re-watch a lot of their installments before grading them.
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11:14AM on 06/19/2015
I was very surprised to see Jurassic Park on here. I don't consider those movies action movies at all. Like brewsky99 said, I guess you define an action movie differently than I do.
I was very surprised to see Jurassic Park on here. I don't consider those movies action movies at all. Like brewsky99 said, I guess you define an action movie differently than I do.
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11:05AM on 06/19/2015
I give up
I give up
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11:04AM on 06/19/2015
Damn.. first one in and I'm already upset about this list. Number 10??!.. Really?.. This should be way higher.
Damn.. first one in and I'm already upset about this list. Number 10??!.. Really?.. This should be way higher.
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10:36AM on 06/19/2015

I guess I define a action movie differently

Fast and the Furious and Rambo have more reasons for being there than Star Wars (sci-fi) and Jurassic Park (Family Adventure) .I mean if your going to include Star Wars wheres Star Trek or Alien?
Fast and the Furious and Rambo have more reasons for being there than Star Wars (sci-fi) and Jurassic Park (Family Adventure) .I mean if your going to include Star Wars wheres Star Trek or Alien?
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10:34AM on 06/19/2015

"Most want to discount KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL even though it was still a pretty fun movie."????

I actually did i spit take when i read that. That aside, love the other three.
I actually did i spit take when i read that. That aside, love the other three.
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10:23AM on 06/19/2015
Yep, I'd say this is rightly #1.
Yep, I'd say this is rightly #1.
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