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List Rules 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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1
4,105 2,662
Star Wars Franchise is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

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)

2
4,009 2,459
The Lord of the Rings film tri... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

2001-2003

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

3
3,220 2,371
Toy Story Franchise is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1995-2019

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

4
2,759 2,647
Back to the Future Franchise is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1985-1990

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

5
3,367 2,230
Dark Knight Franchise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

2005-2012

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

6
3,830 1,134
Harry Potter Franchise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
DylanMcCracken added

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)

7
3,403 1,329
Avengers Franchise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

2008-present

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

8
2,183 2,385
James Bond Franchise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1962-present

9
1,964 1,952
The Godfather Franchise is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1972-1990

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

10
2,952 1,000
Marvel Cinematic Universe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

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)
 

11
2,742 1,597
Pirates of the Caribbean Franc... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

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)

12
2,270 1,602
X-Men Franchise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

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 (2018)

13
2,330 1,234
Jurassic Park Franchise is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1993-present

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

14
1,590 1,566
Rocky Franchise is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1976-present

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

15
1,657 1,621
Spider-Man Franchise is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

2002-2007

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

16
2,044 1,257
Iron Man Franchise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

2008-2013

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

17
1,429 1,510
Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

2002-2016

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

18
1,496 1,287
Die Hard Franchise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
bojanthebest added

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)

19
1,721 617
Indiana Jones Franchise is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1981-2008

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

20
1,692 1,409
Shrek Franchise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

2001-present

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

21
1,201 1,428
Alien Franchise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1979-present

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

22
1,299 1,367
The Matrix Franchise is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1999-2003

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

23
1,174 1,427
Star Trek Franchise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

24
1,407 1,021
Men in Black Franchise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1997-2012

Men in Black (1997)
Men in Black II (2002)
Men in Black 3 (2012)

25
1,070 1,194
Mission: Impossible Franchise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1996-present

Mission: Impossible (1996)
Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)
Mission: Impossible 6 (2018)

26
1,374 1,144
The Hunger Games Franchise is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
SandDawn3344 added

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)

27
1,137 916
The Hobbit trilogy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

2012-2014

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

28
905 1,239
Lethal Weapon Franchise is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1987-1998

Lethal Weapon (1987)
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

29
1,387 1,238
Fast and the Furious Franchise is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

2001- present

The Fast and the Furious (2001)
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Fast & Furious (2009)
Fast Five (2011)
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Furious 7 (2015)
The Fate of the Furious (2017)
Hobbs and Shaw (2019)

30
878 1,238
Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

31
1,212 876
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1994-2004

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

32
1,323 855
Despicable Me Franchise is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
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2010-present

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

33
1,072 1,156
Ice Age Franchise is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

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)

34
880 520
The Terminator Franchise is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
LanaYoshii added

1984-present

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

35
698 1,062
Vacation Franchise is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1983-present

Vacation (1983)
European Vacation (1985)
Christmas Vacation (1989)
Vegas Vacation (1997)
Vacation (2015)

36
797 955
Ocean's 11 Franchise is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

2001-2007

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

37
699 1,003
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1991-2007

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Hannibal (2001)
Red Dragon (2002)
Hannibal Rising (2007)

38
692 1,009
Underworld Franchise is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

2003-present

Underworld (2003)
Underworld: Evolution (2006)
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)
Underworld: Awakening (2012)
Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

39
499 118
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

40
751 1,030
American Pie Franchise is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1999-2012

American Pie (1999)
American Pie 2 (2001)
American Wedding (2003)
American Reunion (2012)

41
726 680
The Chronicles of Narnia Franc... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

2005-present

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

42
792 825
Austin Powers Franchise is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1997-2002

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

43
855 919
Transformers Franchise is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

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)

44
618 812
Rambo Franchise is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1982-present

First Blood (1982)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Rambo III (1988)
Rambo (2008)
Rambo (2018)

45
670 821
The Hangover Franchise is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

2009-2013

The Hangover (2009)
The Hangover Part II (2011)
The Hangover Part III (2013)

46
627 762
The Karate Kid Franchise is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1984-1989

The Karate Kid (1984)
The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
The Karate Kid Part III (1989)

47
177 234
The Man With No Name is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
The Man With No Name

48
441 904
Dirty Harry Franchise is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1971-1988

Dirty Harry (1971)
Magnum Force (1973)
The Enforcer (1976)
Sudden Impact (1983)
The Dead Pool (1988)

49
616 842
A Nightmare on Elm Street Fran... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1984-2010

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child(1989)
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

50
464 863
The Naked Gun Franchise is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

1988-1994

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994)