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The Very Best Movie Franchises

Updated March 23, 2020 347.3k votes 30.3k voters 523.1k views103 items

List RulesVote 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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    1984-Present

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

  • 27
    1,680
    716

    2011-Present

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

  • 28

    2014 - 2018

    The Maze Runner (2014)
    Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)
    Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)

  • 29

    1972-1990

    The Godfather (1972)
    The Godfather Part II (1974)
    The Godfather Part III (1990)

  • 30
    2,110
    1,600

    1994-2004

    The Lion King (1994)
    The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998)
    The Lion King 1½ (2004)

  • 31

    1985-1990

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

  • 32
    2,118
    1,462

    Despicable Me 

    2010-Present

    Despicable Me (2010)
    Despicable Me 2 (2013)
    Minions (2015)
    Despicable Me 3 (2017)
    Minions 2 (2020)

  • 33

    2015 - Present

    Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
    Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
    The King's Man (2020)

  • 34
    2,503
    2,164

    1988-2013

    Die Hard (1988)
    Die Hard 2 (1990)
    Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
    Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
    A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

  • 35

    1999-2008

    The Mummy (1999)
    The Mummy Returns (2001)
    The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emporer (2008)

  • 36
    1,973
    1,642

    2002-Present

    Ice Age (2002)
    Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
    Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
    Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

  • 37
    2,520
    2,267

    2002-2016

    The Bourne Identity (2002)
    The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
    The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
    The Bourne Legacy (2012)
    Jason Bourne (2016)

  • 38
    3,659
    3,535

    1962-Present

    Sean Connery Series (1962 - 1983)
    David Niven Series (1967)
    George Lazenby Series (1969)
    Roger Moore Series (1972 - 1985)
    Timothy Dalton Series (1987 - 1989)
    Pierce Brosnan Series (1995 - 2002)
    Daniel Craig Series (2006 - 2020)

     

  • 39
    1,014
    936

    1998-2006

    Rush Hour (1998)
    Rush Hour 2 (2001)
    Rush Hour 3 (2006)

  • 40
    1,733
    1,593

    2007-Present

    Transformers (2007)
    Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
    Dark of the Moon (2011)
    Age of Extinction (2014)
    The Last Knight (2017)
    Bumblebee: The Movie (2018)

  • 41

    2013-2020

    Man of Steel (2013)
    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
    Suicide Squad (2016)
    Wonder Woman (2017)
    Justice League (2017)
    Aquaman (2018)
    Shazam! (2019)
    Birds of Prey (2020)

  • 42
    2,030
    2,063

    1979-Present

    Alien (1979)
    Aliens (1986)
    Alien 3 (1992)
    Alien Resurrection (1997)
    Prometheus (2012)
    Alien: Covenant (2017)

  • 43
    1,483
    1,389

    2001-2007

    Ocean's Eleven (2001)
    Ocean's Twelve (2004)
    Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
    Ocean's Eight (2013)

  • 44
    1,062
    920

    2005-Present

    Madagascar (2005)
    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
    Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

     

  • 45
    650
    517

    1975-1987

    Jaws (1975)
    Jaws 2 (1978)
    Jaws 3-D (1983)
    Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

  • 46

    2005-Present

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
    Prince Caspian (2008)
    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) 

  • 47
    1,317
    1,345

    1997-2002

    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
    Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
    Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

  • 48

    1986-2018

    Crocodile Dundee (1986)
    Crocodile Dundee II (1988)
    Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001)
    Dundee (2018)

  • 49
    477
    359

    1992 - 1996

    Aladdin (1992)
    The Return of Jafar (1994)
    Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996)

  • 50

    1964-1966

    A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
    For a Few Dollars More (1965)
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)