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The Very Best Movie Franchises

List Rules
Vote up the favorite franchise with the best story arc.

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. Also, try to keep in mind that movie franchises that will have three or more movies but don't yet 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. When you're done, check out the best television franchises for more expanded universe goodness.

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  • 2008-Present

    Iron Man Series (2008-2013)
    The Incredible Hulk (2008)
    Thor Series (2011-2017)
    Captain America Series (2011-2016)
    Avengers Series (2012-2019)
    Guardians of the Galaxy Series (2014-2020)
    Ant-Man Series (2015-2018)
    Doctor Strange (2016)
    Black Panther (2018)
    Captain Marvel (2019)
    Spider-Man Series (2017-2019)
     

  • 2001-2011

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)

  • 2001-2003

    The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    The Two Towers (2002)
    The Return of the King (2003)

  • 2008-2019

    The Avengers (2012)
    Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
    Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

  • 2005-2012

    Batman Begins (2005)
    The Dark Knight (2008)
    The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

  • 1977-Present

    Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
    Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
    Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
    Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)

  • 2003-Present

    The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
    Dead Man's Chest (2006)
    At World's End (2007)
    On Stranger Tides (2011)
    Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

  • 1993-Present

    Jurassic Park (1993)
    The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
    Jurassic Park III (2001)
    Jurassic World (2015)
    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

  • 1981-2008

    Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    Temple of Doom (1984)
    The Last Crusade (1989)
    Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

  • 2000-Present

    X-Men (2000)
    X2 (2003)
    X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
    X-Men: First Class (2011)
    X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
    X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
    X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

  • 1984-Present

    The Terminator (1984)
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    Rise of the Machines (2003)
    Salvation (2009)
    Genisys (2015)
    Dark Fate (2019)

  • 2008-2013

    Iron Man (2008)
    Iron Man 2 (2010)
    Iron Man 3 (2013)

  • 2014-Present

    John Wick (2014)
    John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)

  • 2002-2007

    Spider-Man (2002)
    Spider-Man 2 (2004)
    Spider-Man 3 (2007)

  • 2001-Present

    Shrek (2001)
    Shrek 2 (2004)
    Shrek the Third (2007)
    Shrek Forever After (2010)

  • 2012-2015

    The Hunger Games (2012)
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

  • 1996-Present

    Mission: Impossible (1996)
    Mission: Impossible II (2000)
    Mission: Impossible III (2006)
    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
    Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

  • 1995-2019

    Toy Story (1995)
    Toy Story 2 (1999)
    Toy Story 3 (2010)
    Toy Story 4 (2019)

  • 2012-2014

    An Unexpected Journey (2012)
    ​​​​​​The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
    The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

  • 1976-Present

    Rocky (1976)
    Rocky II (1979)
    Rocky III (1982)
    Rocky IV (1985)
    Rocky V (1990)
    Rocky Balboa (2006)
    Creed (2015)
    Creed II (2018)

  • 1997-2019

    Men in Black (1997)
    Men in Black II (2002)
    Men in Black 3 (2012)
    Men in Black: International (2019)

  • 1999-2003

    The Matrix (1999)
    The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
    The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

  • 2011-2016

    Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
    Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014)
    Captain America: Civil War (2016)

  • 1985-1990

    Back to the Future (1985)
    Back to the Future Part II (1989)
    Back to the Future Part III (1990)

  • 2011-Present

    Thor (2011)
    Thor: The Dark World (2013)
    Thor: Ragnarok (2017)