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07.11.2014by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Greatest Movie Franchises of All Time

As movie studios continue to develop films solely for the purpose of turning them into franchises we have seen a drop in quality over the years. Every now and then, a new series of films strikes a chord with fans and stands the test of time. But, in an age of mediocre franchises and countless reboots, which franchises are truly the best? Here is our ranking of the ten best movie franchises of all time. Now, sheer quantity didn't get some series a spot on this list. Instead, we looked only at series with 3 or more films of which the vast majority are actually goof movies on their own. If you disagree or if you feel a franchise was erroneously missed, please add it to the talk back below.

#10 - LETHAL WEAPON

While there are only four films to the franchise, LETHAL WEAPON represents a series that knew exactly what it wanted to be and it never deviated from that formula. That may sound bad, but the dynamic between Mel Gibson and Danny Glover was phenomenal. Throwing in Joe Pesci and then Rene Russo made no ripples in the smooth sailing for this series. In fact, if they were to get together and make a fifth film, I have no doubt it would be one hell of a ride.

#9 - X-Men

This summer showcased the phenomenal X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST which was able to combine every X-MEN film released to date into a single continuity and featuring a mega-cast. With five main series films, two Wolverine spin-offs, and at least two more movies on the way, X-MEN may be the most consistent of all Marvel franchises. Looking past a couple of weak entries, the overall series is one we all anticipate each time a new film is announced. Top notch acting talent and quality filmmakers makes this a top caliber franchise.

#8 - Middle Earth

While Peter Jackson may have lost a few fans who didn't like THE HOBBIT films, there is no question that THE LORD OF THE RINGS is a singular achievement in filmmaking. The only franchise on this list to boast an Academy Award-winning Best Picture, Jackson's films are going to stand the test of time. While THE HOBBIT is not quite up to the same par as the original trilogy, the whole franchise still represents one of the most fully realized worlds ever put to film.

#7 - Indiana Jones

There are only four films featuring Indiana Jones but Disney is planning to make more. Who amongst us will argue with seeing Harrison Ford don the fedora again if the stars align? I know I won't. Even factoring in the highly enjoyable YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas made a film franchise that will last forever even if they never make another.

#6 - Harry Potter

Like THE LORD OF THE RINGS, the Harry Potter films already had an existing base of material to adapt from, but the teen wizard went the extra mile of using multiple filmmakers to tell the seven volume story of the Boy Who Lived. Chris Columbus imbued the first pair of movies with a childlike wonder while Alfonso Cuaron helped the series grow up before Mike Newell and David Yates drove it home. All eight films are incredibly realized and enhance the novels in the best ways possible. Consistent cast, excellent screenwriting, astounding effects, and stirring scores help make this a powerful franchise. Who knows, maybe the upcoming spin-off films will drive this series further up the list.

#5 - STAR WARS

Shocked to see STAR WARS this low? Thank the prequels. While I enjoyed the prequels for what they were, the lack of films over such a long period has prevented STAR WARS from being the best franchise in film. Taking into account the expanded universe of novels, games, cartoons, and more, STAR WARS would have been higher. But, with the upcoming seventh film being a big question mark, STAR WARS remains at the middle of this list. It is easy to overlook potential for what is actually out there.

#4 - STAR TREK

Twelve films in, STAR TREK is still going strong. Forget the odd number myth that would discount half of the films in the franchise. STAR TREK is the rare example of a TV show that has had more longevity on the big screen than the small. Even the recent reboot was able to retain a connection to the original series and therefore enhances it. STAR TREK has a bright future ahead of it and a dozen reasons why.

#3 - Marvel Cinematic Universe

A rare feat, Disney and Marvel were actually able to take four distinct franchises and combine them into a super-franchise with THE AVENGERS. Each character can stand alone in their own series of films while coming together for a team film the likes of which we had never seen before. Marvel shows no signs of slowing down and may actually be adding more franchises to their roster. The films themselves may not all be winners, but the master plan at play here takes those individual parts and makes an even brighter combined product.

#2 - BATMAN

Two series already in the books, one of which is a modern masterpiece of filmmaking. Tim Burton ushered in the first truly faithful take on Batman in 1989 while Joel Schumacher took it down the campy route of the 1960s television series. Christopher Nolan brought it to a more realistc world and Zach Snyder may be doing another reinvention that will blow us away. In the end, Batman is a character who can endure any number of reboots or reinventions and still be a must see on the big screen.

#1 - James Bond

No franchise has been around longer or more consistently than James Bond. Multiple actors, numerous directors, tons of villains, bountiful babes, and he is still going strong. Bond exists out of time and yet changes with it in each new film. Whatever world politics shift or change, Bond stays cool and fights for God and Country. No matter what year it is, James Bond is still the single coolest character on the big screen. Here we are talking about the 24th entry in the franchise and no one ever thinks it is time to end the run. James Bond is the greatest franchise of all time.

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10:33AM on 07/14/2014
I'll say they've improved this franchise quite a bit. Everyone thought it was over when Ratner killed x3 and the out comes first class and boom the franchise is restored. Not to mention days of futures past is one of the best movies of the summer
I'll say they've improved this franchise quite a bit. Everyone thought it was over when Ratner killed x3 and the out comes first class and boom the franchise is restored. Not to mention days of futures past is one of the best movies of the summer
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4:31AM on 07/13/2014

HEY!!!!!

1)I know... that is exactly what I said..... there are more Godzilla flicks than James Bond movies....
PLUS where is Friday the 13th, Freddy and Halloween?????
I think he missed MORE than a few.

also isnt your "Submit Reply" button suppose to work? I cant comment to anybody because the button does nothing.
1)I know... that is exactly what I said..... there are more Godzilla flicks than James Bond movies....
PLUS where is Friday the 13th, Freddy and Halloween?????
I think he missed MORE than a few.

also isnt your "Submit Reply" button suppose to work? I cant comment to anybody because the button does nothing.
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10:22PM on 07/12/2014
No Godfather? The only franchise to boast TWO Best Picture Oscars. The third movie isn't THAT bad . . . I'm okay with excluding Die Hard due to its weak endings, and no Dirty Harry is okay too because those movies are a bit dated. . But excluding The Godfather is just downright criminal.
No Godfather? The only franchise to boast TWO Best Picture Oscars. The third movie isn't THAT bad . . . I'm okay with excluding Die Hard due to its weak endings, and no Dirty Harry is okay too because those movies are a bit dated. . But excluding The Godfather is just downright criminal.
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8:13PM on 07/12/2014
Harry Potter 2 is the only movie I saw out of the franchise, and it's also the only movie that I fell asleep in the theater. One of the most boring movies I've ever seen.
Harry Potter 2 is the only movie I saw out of the franchise, and it's also the only movie that I fell asleep in the theater. One of the most boring movies I've ever seen.
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5:05PM on 07/12/2014
Would be higher on mine. Probably #1. Not a weak film in the bunch.
Would be higher on mine. Probably #1. Not a weak film in the bunch.
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1:50PM on 07/12/2014
I think Harry Potter should have been higher. It's the only franchise that grew up with it's target audience. It must have been amazing to be 11 years old and see Harry Potter in the theaters in 2001 and 10 years later that part of your childhood ended. I know it's hard to relate to when you were a 20 something back when the Potter franchise started, but for all the gaga people go for 80's childhood cartoons, Harry Potter is so much more.
I think Harry Potter should have been higher. It's the only franchise that grew up with it's target audience. It must have been amazing to be 11 years old and see Harry Potter in the theaters in 2001 and 10 years later that part of your childhood ended. I know it's hard to relate to when you were a 20 something back when the Potter franchise started, but for all the gaga people go for 80's childhood cartoons, Harry Potter is so much more.
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1:31AM on 07/12/2014

One Batman film (live action)

There is only one worth repeat viewing really and if you take Ledger's performance out of it then it is not that great either. The rest of the films are either mediocre or pure crap. The animated films are far superior for the most part.
There is only one worth repeat viewing really and if you take Ledger's performance out of it then it is not that great either. The rest of the films are either mediocre or pure crap. The animated films are far superior for the most part.
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1:24AM on 07/12/2014
Damn, a lot of folks just need to sit back and breathe deeply for a bit.
Damn, a lot of folks just need to sit back and breathe deeply for a bit.
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9:13PM on 07/11/2014

This list has no credibility

Wait, you don't include the "Die Hard" franchise...the franchise that basically started the "one man against an army" genre, and no "Rocky"?? The "Rocky" franchise which is THE underdong story that all other underdog movies copy?? Sorry, this list is null and void.
Wait, you don't include the "Die Hard" franchise...the franchise that basically started the "one man against an army" genre, and no "Rocky"?? The "Rocky" franchise which is THE underdong story that all other underdog movies copy?? Sorry, this list is null and void.
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8:15PM on 07/11/2014

I only made it to the very first one without completely disagreeing with Maidy yet again.

The Lethal Weapon series started out gritty and tough, with Riggs being a suicidal badass who took no shit, and kicked mucho ass. The sequels went downhill quick, neutering Riggs and adding comedy relief to what should have been a awesome revenge plot against the men who killed Victoria. By the third and fourth film, Riggs was no longer a "Lethal Weapon", but instead had his chick fighting his battles, which left him more time to be a dick to Leo. Number one was a classic... the rest went
The Lethal Weapon series started out gritty and tough, with Riggs being a suicidal badass who took no shit, and kicked mucho ass. The sequels went downhill quick, neutering Riggs and adding comedy relief to what should have been a awesome revenge plot against the men who killed Victoria. By the third and fourth film, Riggs was no longer a "Lethal Weapon", but instead had his chick fighting his battles, which left him more time to be a dick to Leo. Number one was a classic... the rest went downhill fast.
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7:47PM on 07/11/2014
I guess Sherlock Holmes doesn't count as a franchise because the movies are unrelated. I would have put Superman ahead of Lethal Weapon though.
I guess Sherlock Holmes doesn't count as a franchise because the movies are unrelated. I would have put Superman ahead of Lethal Weapon though.
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6:30PM on 07/11/2014

Sorry, I forgot to write my favorites.

#3 SPIDER-MAN: 7.8/10
#2 BACK TO THE FUTURE: 8/10
#1 TOY STORY: 9/10
#3 SPIDER-MAN: 7.8/10
#2 BACK TO THE FUTURE: 8/10
#1 TOY STORY: 9/10
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6:25PM on 07/11/2014

LETHAL WEAPON: 5.5/10; X-MEN: 6.3/10; MIDDLE EARTH: 6.4/10; MARVEL: 6.3/10; BATMAN: 5.3/10

The reason why the average ratings are so low is because all of those franchises have at least 1 bad installment (I included CATWOMAN as part of the BATMAN franchise).

By the way, the ones I didn't put are the ones I haven't finished and/or have to re-watch after many years. The only exception is STAR TREK. I don't wanna watch it because I'm one of those who feel the urge to watch everything that's canon. That would include the 10+ movies and the 10+ series.
The reason why the average ratings are so low is because all of those franchises have at least 1 bad installment (I included CATWOMAN as part of the BATMAN franchise).

By the way, the ones I didn't put are the ones I haven't finished and/or have to re-watch after many years. The only exception is STAR TREK. I don't wanna watch it because I'm one of those who feel the urge to watch everything that's canon. That would include the 10+ movies and the 10+ series.
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5:59PM on 07/11/2014

Three good films out of seven doesn't qualify as great.

You have three good, and four not good films out of six. The Spider-Man franchise has only one bad film, Spider-Man 3, out of five films!
You have three good, and four not good films out of six. The Spider-Man franchise has only one bad film, Spider-Man 3, out of five films!
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5:52PM on 07/11/2014
I'm not sure how the writer is defining franchise vs. a series, but this list is shameful. Where's the Godfather trilogy. Even with the weaker third movie, the first 2 won best picture and are fantastic. And what about Toy Story and Back to the Future. Those are more consistent in quality than half of the list.
I'm not sure how the writer is defining franchise vs. a series, but this list is shameful. Where's the Godfather trilogy. Even with the weaker third movie, the first 2 won best picture and are fantastic. And what about Toy Story and Back to the Future. Those are more consistent in quality than half of the list.
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5:48PM on 07/11/2014

WARNING: This list is pure shit.

Harry Potter is ranked higher than Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones????
Marvel films (which is mostly a bunch of so-so films) is higher than Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars????
Star Trek is ranked higher than Star Wars?????
Where's the Alien franchise, Die Hard franchise, the Spider-Man franchise, Rambo, the Jason Bourne franchise????
Since when did great classic film franchise get surpassed by sometimes mildly enjoyable newer films?
Look I get it, you have franchises
Harry Potter is ranked higher than Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones????
Marvel films (which is mostly a bunch of so-so films) is higher than Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars????
Star Trek is ranked higher than Star Wars?????
Where's the Alien franchise, Die Hard franchise, the Spider-Man franchise, Rambo, the Jason Bourne franchise????
Since when did great classic film franchise get surpassed by sometimes mildly enjoyable newer films?
Look I get it, you have franchises that have been around longer and they are not as new. In years to come, you'll look back on Marvel Studio films which will be 35 years old and you'll think, "These are not better franchises than Star Wars or Indiana Jones? The hell was I thinking."
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5:44PM on 07/11/2014

WFT!?!?!?!

Better than Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars???????????? Alex, its like your f**king 13 years old.
Better than Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars???????????? Alex, its like your f**king 13 years old.
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4:46PM on 07/11/2014
why no love for Godzilla who's been around longer and has more films?
why no love for Godzilla who's been around longer and has more films?
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4:09PM on 07/11/2014

WTH?

I don't get it? Is the opinion based due to longevity or financial? Personally, I agree with Number 1, But will put Star Wars at Number 2 and Middle earth at Number 3. However? How is Lethal Weapon even on this list? I love the films, but I am surprised The Rocky Series was not in this list at all... which is the one I would have placed in the Number 10 spot.
I don't get it? Is the opinion based due to longevity or financial? Personally, I agree with Number 1, But will put Star Wars at Number 2 and Middle earth at Number 3. However? How is Lethal Weapon even on this list? I love the films, but I am surprised The Rocky Series was not in this list at all... which is the one I would have placed in the Number 10 spot.
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3:53PM on 07/11/2014
In my opinion, Harry Potter is the best movie franchise of all time.
In my opinion, Harry Potter is the best movie franchise of all time.
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2:52PM on 07/11/2014
LOTR,Starwars,James Bond,Harrypotter should be the top 4 in order,IMHO
LOTR,Starwars,James Bond,Harrypotter should be the top 4 in order,IMHO
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2:17PM on 07/11/2014
Just wondering where Fast & Furious was??

Also, no love for Police Academy?
Just wondering where Fast & Furious was??

Also, no love for Police Academy?
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1:39PM on 07/11/2014

Absolute crap

Have you actually watched all Bond films? Quantum of Crap actually looks good compared to most. Knocking Star Wars due to half it's franchise being questionable yet allowing Bond to get away with it is just bollocks. Having the Marvel films so highly ranked shows just how poor/biased this article really is.
Have you actually watched all Bond films? Quantum of Crap actually looks good compared to most. Knocking Star Wars due to half it's franchise being questionable yet allowing Bond to get away with it is just bollocks. Having the Marvel films so highly ranked shows just how poor/biased this article really is.
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1:01PM on 07/11/2014

I love this series but...

The author of this article states, "LETHAL WEAPON represents a series that knew exactly what it wanted to be and it never deviated from that formula." However, that is nor entirely accurate because the series started off as a drama and then the subsequent films continued on as comedies. That being said, I feel like they made this transition very smoothly and I am glad it made the list!
The author of this article states, "LETHAL WEAPON represents a series that knew exactly what it wanted to be and it never deviated from that formula." However, that is nor entirely accurate because the series started off as a drama and then the subsequent films continued on as comedies. That being said, I feel like they made this transition very smoothly and I am glad it made the list!
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12:55PM on 07/11/2014

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Sorry this list isn't accurate at all,

So many other film franchises have been around longer, and have had more impact.. Half of this List is correct by being on it, not necessarily the order in which you have them.. But the other films on this list shouldn't be on it at all. How Marvel is on here and ahead of others is beyond me.
Sorry this list isn't accurate at all,

So many other film franchises have been around longer, and have had more impact.. Half of this List is correct by being on it, not necessarily the order in which you have them.. But the other films on this list shouldn't be on it at all. How Marvel is on here and ahead of others is beyond me.
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12:52PM on 07/11/2014

Warp Speed Ahead

Absolutely agree with this assessment of the Star Trek film franchise. The only truly disappointing installment was Star Trek: Generations which botched the opportunity for a kickass time-travel adventure that could have involved the entire casts of the original and next generation in a meaningful way. Instead of Kirk and crew returning to help the new crew fight off a Borg attack with the return of Picard as Locutus, we got Kirk being killed off by some half-assed new villain that robbed
Absolutely agree with this assessment of the Star Trek film franchise. The only truly disappointing installment was Star Trek: Generations which botched the opportunity for a kickass time-travel adventure that could have involved the entire casts of the original and next generation in a meaningful way. Instead of Kirk and crew returning to help the new crew fight off a Borg attack with the return of Picard as Locutus, we got Kirk being killed off by some half-assed new villain that robbed audiences of a meaningful death to one of the greatest heroes to grace the small and big screen. That said, Star Trek as a whole has gotten way more right than wrong and the new cast and timeline are fantastic!
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12:51PM on 07/11/2014
Indiana Jones should have been much higher on that list. And how the hell is Harry Potter above Lord of the Rings? Harry fucking Potter?! Really?
Indiana Jones should have been much higher on that list. And how the hell is Harry Potter above Lord of the Rings? Harry fucking Potter?! Really?
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12:32PM on 07/11/2014

Indy Is Timeless

While there are many idiots willing to throw hate at Harrison Ford for his age or at the last Indy film because it wasn't as good as the first (what sequel is?), the fact remains that Indiana Jones is still a vibrant and viable franchise. Harrison IS Indy, period. All that is needed to successfully return this franchise to its former heights is a screenplay that keeps the edge and thrills of the first 3 films while keeping Indy front and center instead of passing off the action to a secondary
While there are many idiots willing to throw hate at Harrison Ford for his age or at the last Indy film because it wasn't as good as the first (what sequel is?), the fact remains that Indiana Jones is still a vibrant and viable franchise. Harrison IS Indy, period. All that is needed to successfully return this franchise to its former heights is a screenplay that keeps the edge and thrills of the first 3 films while keeping Indy front and center instead of passing off the action to a secondary character like his son. Indy and Ford can age without a new film suffering one bit, but the script has to service Indy instead of being a pilot for future spin-offs of secondary characters. Follow the lead of Star Wars VII and bring back Lawrence Kasdan to write the screenplay, or Frank Darabont. Thankfully most of the moviegoing public agree that Harrison Ford and Indiana Jones are always welcome to serve up a new adventure. Respect the hat!
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12:02PM on 07/11/2014
The first three movies automatically earn this series a top spot on the all time list. Even though the new ones suck, the lasting legacy of the original trilogy have had an effect on film like no other series. Here's to hoping JJ Abrhams and Rian Johnson do the original trilogy justice!
The first three movies automatically earn this series a top spot on the all time list. Even though the new ones suck, the lasting legacy of the original trilogy have had an effect on film like no other series. Here's to hoping JJ Abrhams and Rian Johnson do the original trilogy justice!
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12:00PM on 07/11/2014
Probably higher on my list, but this is easily the most consistent of the list. The first two movies are well made, but many aspects to them are a bit hard to go back to (ie. the acting, bad early 2000's CGI) but they're still great. As a fan of the books I don't hate Azkaban like many of them do. I know and accept that the books are movies are two different things and I enjoy each of them separately. As for the final three, they're easily three of my favorite movies ever made. Atmospheric and
Probably higher on my list, but this is easily the most consistent of the list. The first two movies are well made, but many aspects to them are a bit hard to go back to (ie. the acting, bad early 2000's CGI) but they're still great. As a fan of the books I don't hate Azkaban like many of them do. I know and accept that the books are movies are two different things and I enjoy each of them separately. As for the final three, they're easily three of my favorite movies ever made. Atmospheric and beautiful. This franchise is easily the best book adaptation series and I am so happy it turned out as well as it did.
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11:59AM on 07/11/2014

Was hoping they put Bond first, right call!

This was a good list. Everyone will disagree here and there or move one up or down but overall this was a good list.
This was a good list. Everyone will disagree here and there or move one up or down but overall this was a good list.
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11:55AM on 07/11/2014
If you ignore X3, Wolverine Origins, and the final act of The Wolverine, yes this is one of the greatest franchises of all time.
If you ignore X3, Wolverine Origins, and the final act of The Wolverine, yes this is one of the greatest franchises of all time.
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11:49AM on 07/11/2014
There are other franchises I like more, but you'll get no argument from me over this deserving to be #1. Fingers crossed that the rest of Craig's movies are as awesome as Casino Royale and Skyfall were.
There are other franchises I like more, but you'll get no argument from me over this deserving to be #1. Fingers crossed that the rest of Craig's movies are as awesome as Casino Royale and Skyfall were.
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11:48AM on 07/11/2014
Sure, the MCU has been pretty great so far, but I fear for the future of the U. Antman of course has us all worried, and despite the amazing spy movie vibe of Cap 2, it seems like creative control is being really regulated by the studio at this point and thats when these things start to suck. My fingers are crossed for the future though.
Sure, the MCU has been pretty great so far, but I fear for the future of the U. Antman of course has us all worried, and despite the amazing spy movie vibe of Cap 2, it seems like creative control is being really regulated by the studio at this point and thats when these things start to suck. My fingers are crossed for the future though.
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11:46AM on 07/11/2014
First Burton was good, 2nd was mediocre. Schumacher's were pure dreck. And two of Nolan's were nearly perfect, and his third was just good. You can say this doesn't deserve to be high on the list because it's all not the same continuity, but the list is Top 10 FRANCHISES of all time not Top Ten SERIES of all Time. It's been a really uneven franchise, but you gotta admit that Nolan made the Batman film a huge and culturally important thing again.
First Burton was good, 2nd was mediocre. Schumacher's were pure dreck. And two of Nolan's were nearly perfect, and his third was just good. You can say this doesn't deserve to be high on the list because it's all not the same continuity, but the list is Top 10 FRANCHISES of all time not Top Ten SERIES of all Time. It's been a really uneven franchise, but you gotta admit that Nolan made the Batman film a huge and culturally important thing again.
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11:44AM on 07/11/2014
I have always been more of a Star Wars than Star Trek fan, but when you're right, you're right. SW prequels were weak, and while Trek has its fair share of bad apples too, the last 2 were great IMO and some of the Trek movies were downright intelligent. Wrath of Khan, The Undiscovered Country, and First Contact are really some rewatchable movies.
I have always been more of a Star Wars than Star Trek fan, but when you're right, you're right. SW prequels were weak, and while Trek has its fair share of bad apples too, the last 2 were great IMO and some of the Trek movies were downright intelligent. Wrath of Khan, The Undiscovered Country, and First Contact are really some rewatchable movies.
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11:39AM on 07/11/2014
We did get to see him don the fedora again after a long time...and it was FUCKING AWFUL. I only want to remember young Harrison as Indy. I've only seen Crystal Skull twice when it was in theaters and if I keep it like that my memory of Indy will only be the original 3 movies!
We did get to see him don the fedora again after a long time...and it was FUCKING AWFUL. I only want to remember young Harrison as Indy. I've only seen Crystal Skull twice when it was in theaters and if I keep it like that my memory of Indy will only be the original 3 movies!
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11:38AM on 07/11/2014
Yea, I don't want to really see an old man swinging around with a whip anymore. He might hurt himself again. HF should be used in strictly an old mentor or narrator type of capacity in future Indy films.
Yea, I don't want to really see an old man swinging around with a whip anymore. He might hurt himself again. HF should be used in strictly an old mentor or narrator type of capacity in future Indy films.
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11:37AM on 07/11/2014
Star Wars and Middle Earth should be right next to each other with your arguments. 3 great films and 3 prequels that not everyone liked.
Star Wars and Middle Earth should be right next to each other with your arguments. 3 great films and 3 prequels that not everyone liked.
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11:35AM on 07/11/2014
This was a pretty good list overall. Some of my favorites were lower than I wanted, but when you explained yourself, I couldn't really argue too much. Lethal Weapon kind of confuses me though. I mean, sure, its a decent set of movies, but you are going to put it ahead of Terminator or Alien? Bourne, Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible, Planet of the Apes, Spiderman?? Lethal Weapon is a questionable entry when compared to these others I think.
This was a pretty good list overall. Some of my favorites were lower than I wanted, but when you explained yourself, I couldn't really argue too much. Lethal Weapon kind of confuses me though. I mean, sure, its a decent set of movies, but you are going to put it ahead of Terminator or Alien? Bourne, Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible, Planet of the Apes, Spiderman?? Lethal Weapon is a questionable entry when compared to these others I think.
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11:33AM on 07/11/2014

YOU ARE WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!

when you say:
#1 - James Bond
No franchise has been around longer or more consistently than James Bond. Multiple actors, numerous directors, tons of villains, bountiful babes, and he is still going strong.

you are wrong.... GODZILLA has been around longer than James Bond AND has MORE MOVIES!!! why isnt IT on this list?
also um.... Friday the 13th doesnt even make it on your top ten? CRAPPY
when you say:
#1 - James Bond
No franchise has been around longer or more consistently than James Bond. Multiple actors, numerous directors, tons of villains, bountiful babes, and he is still going strong.

you are wrong.... GODZILLA has been around longer than James Bond AND has MORE MOVIES!!! why isnt IT on this list?
also um.... Friday the 13th doesnt even make it on your top ten? CRAPPY
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11:24AM on 07/11/2014
Well I'm biased here but this is certainly my favorite franchise ever.
Bond being second.
Well I'm biased here but this is certainly my favorite franchise ever.
Bond being second.
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11:19AM on 07/11/2014
The Batman love is sometimes crazy. I wouldnt put it over Star Wars, regardless of the prequel. Alien should be here as well, I know alot of people dont like the 3rd and 4th entry, but I think the directors cut of 3 should make up for it. Wheres Diehard? Does the Tom Clancy films count? Terminator? Not even a honorable mention?
The Batman love is sometimes crazy. I wouldnt put it over Star Wars, regardless of the prequel. Alien should be here as well, I know alot of people dont like the 3rd and 4th entry, but I think the directors cut of 3 should make up for it. Wheres Diehard? Does the Tom Clancy films count? Terminator? Not even a honorable mention?
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11:19AM on 07/11/2014
The Batman love is sometimes crazy. I wouldnt put it over Star Wars, regardless of the prequel. Alien should be here as well, I know alot of people dont like the 3rd and 4th entry, but I think the directors cut of 3 should make up for it. Wheres Diehard? Does the Tom Clancy films count? Terminator? Not even a honorable mention?
The Batman love is sometimes crazy. I wouldnt put it over Star Wars, regardless of the prequel. Alien should be here as well, I know alot of people dont like the 3rd and 4th entry, but I think the directors cut of 3 should make up for it. Wheres Diehard? Does the Tom Clancy films count? Terminator? Not even a honorable mention?
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10:59AM on 07/11/2014
Pretty poor list, I must say. Star Wars gets dumped because you didn't like 3 of the movies. Yet Star Trek (which has a lot more shitty entries than Star Wars) and Batman (which features one of the worst movies of all-time in Batman & Robin) STILL ranks higher just because you don't like the prequels. Wow. Brutal.
Pretty poor list, I must say. Star Wars gets dumped because you didn't like 3 of the movies. Yet Star Trek (which has a lot more shitty entries than Star Wars) and Batman (which features one of the worst movies of all-time in Batman & Robin) STILL ranks higher just because you don't like the prequels. Wow. Brutal.
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10:57AM on 07/11/2014
Yeah. This list has gone to shit. It's bogus now that they are using reboots. I guess bond is number 1 and man that series has been so uneven. Batman is one of my favorite characters ever, and while I certainly like SOME of these movies way better, I don't see how you can say that this "franchise" is better than Harry potter
Yeah. This list has gone to shit. It's bogus now that they are using reboots. I guess bond is number 1 and man that series has been so uneven. Batman is one of my favorite characters ever, and while I certainly like SOME of these movies way better, I don't see how you can say that this "franchise" is better than Harry potter
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10:54AM on 07/11/2014
Love this universe and most of these films, but I don't feel like all of it is really a franchise. It's almost more than that. If this counts, then so does Kevin Smiths first 5 or so films - everything with Jay and Silent Bob. I know ppl are annoyed at him recently, and he's made some bad movies, but I loved his first films. Of course, I don't think it's anywhere near as good as the MCU, but i think it deserves a spot.
Love this universe and most of these films, but I don't feel like all of it is really a franchise. It's almost more than that. If this counts, then so does Kevin Smiths first 5 or so films - everything with Jay and Silent Bob. I know ppl are annoyed at him recently, and he's made some bad movies, but I loved his first films. Of course, I don't think it's anywhere near as good as the MCU, but i think it deserves a spot.
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10:45AM on 07/11/2014
I was wondering where this would be (isn't it the highest grossing franchise of all time?). It's not my favorite, but pound for pound it's the best franchise of all time I think. I only disliked one film. It's essentially one story. To me, that beats the hell out of Bond, which is longer (I think), but goes up and down in quality, and isn't one story. It's really amazing they were able to keep the entire cast for HP, how lucky they got with the child actors, and how AMAZING the adult
I was wondering where this would be (isn't it the highest grossing franchise of all time?). It's not my favorite, but pound for pound it's the best franchise of all time I think. I only disliked one film. It's essentially one story. To me, that beats the hell out of Bond, which is longer (I think), but goes up and down in quality, and isn't one story. It's really amazing they were able to keep the entire cast for HP, how lucky they got with the child actors, and how AMAZING the adult actors are. They were going to make it animated bc they thought it was impossible. I like the original Star Wars trilogy, and other films here and there, but that's why I think this one is unbeatable. Nothing like it has ever really been done before.
Also, I know a lotof ppl hated it, but I'd throw matrix as #10 or an honorable mention
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10:37AM on 07/11/2014

Not liking this list at all

Star wars is definitely a better franchise than Star trek and MCU. Harry potter also needs to be higher. How is Lethal Weapon even on this list? Die hard is better than LW series.
Star wars is definitely a better franchise than Star trek and MCU. Harry potter also needs to be higher. How is Lethal Weapon even on this list? Die hard is better than LW series.
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10:19AM on 07/11/2014

Awful list

Don't agree with over half
Don't agree with over half
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10:09AM on 07/11/2014
Would add the "Alien" franchise (does that technically include the "Predator" series as well?) and the "Mission: Impossible" series too. The latter is way too underrated and better than the mediocre Harry Potter franchise.
Would add the "Alien" franchise (does that technically include the "Predator" series as well?) and the "Mission: Impossible" series too. The latter is way too underrated and better than the mediocre Harry Potter franchise.
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10:05AM on 07/11/2014
"Who amongst us will argue with seeing Harrison Ford don the fedora again if the stars align?" ummmm I will. The last one was horrible.
"Who amongst us will argue with seeing Harrison Ford don the fedora again if the stars align?" ummmm I will. The last one was horrible.
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9:53AM on 07/11/2014
Number 8!I`m not going to bother clicking on number seven and so on.Surely you jest!
Number 8!I`m not going to bother clicking on number seven and so on.Surely you jest!
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9:47AM on 07/11/2014
'Diplomatic immunity."
"Its just been revoked."
Pew.
'Diplomatic immunity."
"Its just been revoked."
Pew.
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9:46AM on 07/11/2014
Why does Disney get credit for the Avengers? Marvel knew what they were doing before they were bought, Disney just collecting paycheck from Marvel movies.
Why does Disney get credit for the Avengers? Marvel knew what they were doing before they were bought, Disney just collecting paycheck from Marvel movies.
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9:45AM on 07/11/2014
A lot of nope on that list.
A lot of nope on that list.
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9:31AM on 07/11/2014
Mission impossible > lethal weapon.
Mission impossible > lethal weapon.
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9:29AM on 07/11/2014
'Franchise' is such a shitty word.
'Franchise' is such a shitty word.
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9:26AM on 07/11/2014
Okay. Star Wars should have been #2. But I agree with James Bond being #1. So true!
Okay. Star Wars should have been #2. But I agree with James Bond being #1. So true!
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9:23AM on 07/11/2014
At this point, I don't know what franchises are on #1,2,3,4, but I don't care. Star Wars IS the ultimate franchise. No mater how many not-so-great movies it has, it'll always be the most famous of them all. You'll know a franchise is famous when everyday people can even recognize the sound effects of than film!
At this point, I don't know what franchises are on #1,2,3,4, but I don't care. Star Wars IS the ultimate franchise. No mater how many not-so-great movies it has, it'll always be the most famous of them all. You'll know a franchise is famous when everyday people can even recognize the sound effects of than film!
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9:22AM on 07/11/2014

Middle Earth should have been higher on this list

Many filmmakers (including Disney) tried to bring LOTR and THE HOBBIT to the big screen only to decide Tolkien's novels were "unfilmable." Ralph Bakshi's penny-pinching attempt was another sizable argument why. But Peter Jackson not only filmed those movies and did them in fine style. And there are fewer HOBBIT haters than you might think; they're just a lot louder.
Many filmmakers (including Disney) tried to bring LOTR and THE HOBBIT to the big screen only to decide Tolkien's novels were "unfilmable." Ralph Bakshi's penny-pinching attempt was another sizable argument why. But Peter Jackson not only filmed those movies and did them in fine style. And there are fewer HOBBIT haters than you might think; they're just a lot louder.
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