The Very Best Movie Franchises

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List Criteria: 3 or more movies of the same characters or story.

The best movie franchises of all time have brought us some of the best movies ever as well as some billion dollar films and many of them are still cranking out classics (Toy Story 4?? Yes, folks, Pixar has confirmed that it's happening!) This is your chance to vote for what you think is the greatest movie franchise ever and see how your favorite movie franchises rank against other movie enthusiasts' choices.

Some people will judge a franchise based on its best parts (*cough*Star Wars*cough*) while others will take all the parts of a franchise into account when ranking the top movie series, so don't get offended if you see The Lord of the Rings further down this list than you think it should be (FYI- The Hobbit counts as part of that franchise). Also try to keep in mind that movie franchises that will have three or more movies but don't yet (like The Hunger Games) do not yet qualify for this list of the best movie franchises of all time.

Vote on these top movie franchises based on the series as a whole, or just because one or two of the movies mean something special to you. If you don't see your favorite movie franchise on the list, make sure to add it so you can see where it shakes out among the greatest movie franchises ever.
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    The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    The Lord of the Rings

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    Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    Toy Story

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    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    Back to the Future

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    Batman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


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    The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

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    The Godfather

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    X-Men is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    X-Men

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    The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    The Avengers

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    Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

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    Spider-Man

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    Rocky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    Rocky

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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    Jurassic Park

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    Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    Iron Man

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    Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

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    Die Hard

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    Shrek is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    Shrek

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    Marvel Cinematic Universe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    Marvel Cinematic Universe

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    Alien is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    Alien

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    Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    Star Trek

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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    The Matrix

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    Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    Lethal Weapon

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    Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

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    Despicable Me

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    Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

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    Men in Black

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    Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

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    Planet of the Apes

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    Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

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    Mission: Impossible

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    Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    Ice Age

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    The Fast and the Furious is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    The Fast and the Furious

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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

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    The Man With No Name is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

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    The Man With No Name

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    Vacation is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    Vacation

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    American Pie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    American Pie

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    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    The Silence of the Lambs

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    Austin Powers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

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    Austin Powers

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    Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    Dirty Harry

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    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

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    The Lion King

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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jour... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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    Underworld is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


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    The Naked Gun: From the Files ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

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    Rambo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    Rambo

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    Superman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    Superman

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    Transformers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    Transformers

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    Scream is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    Scream

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    The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    The Mummy

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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    The Karate Kid

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    A Nightmare on Elm Street

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    The Hangover is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    The Hangover

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    Scary Movie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises


    Scary Movie

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