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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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Star Wars Franchise is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Star Wars Franchise

1977-present

Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise centered on a film series created by George Lucas. The film series, consisting of two trilogies, has spawned an extensive media franchise ...more

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

1995-2019

Toy Story is a CGI animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the original 1995 film, Toy Story, produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more

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The Lord of the Rings film tri... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
The Lord of the Rings

2001-2003

The Lord of the Rings is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the novel The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The ...more

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

1985-1990

The Back to the Future franchise is an American science fiction–comedy film series written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, produced by Bob Gale and Neil Canton for Steven Spielberg's Amblin ...more

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Dark Knight Franchise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Dark Knight Trilogy

2005-2012

The Dark Knight Trilogy is a British-American superhero film trilogy based on the DC Comics character Batman. The trilogy consists of Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark ...more

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The Godfather Franchise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
The Godfather Trilogy

1972-1990

The Godfather film series consists of three crime films directed by Francis Ford Coppola inspired by the novel of the same name by Italian American author Mario Puzo. The series follows the ...more

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James Bond Franchise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
James Bond Franchise

1962-present

The James Bond film series is a British series of spy films based on the fictional character of MI6 agent James Bond, "007", who originally appeared in a series of books by Ian ...more

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Harry Potter Franchise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
DylanMcCracken added Harry Potter Franchise Harry Potter is a British-American film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling. The series is distributed by Warner Bros. and consists of eight fantasy films, beginning ...more

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Pirates of the Caribbean Franc... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean is a series of fantasy swashbuckler films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and based on Walt Disney's theme park ride of the same name. Directors of the series include Gore ...more

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Avengers Franchise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Avengers Franchise Marvel's The Avengers(classified under the name Marvel Avengers Assemble in the United Kingdom and Ireland), or simply The Avengers, is a 2012 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics ...more

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X-Men Franchise is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
X-Men Franchise The X-Men film series is an American series of superhero films based on the fictional superhero team of the same name, who originally appeared in a series of comic books created by Stan Lee and ...more

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Jurassic Park Franchise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Jurassic Park Franchise Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science-fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, it is based on the 1990 novel of the same name ...more

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Rocky Franchise is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Rocky Franchise Rocky is a boxing saga of popular films all starring Sylvester Stallone, who plays the eponymous character Rocky Balboa. The films by order of release date are: Rocky (1976), Rocky II (1979), ...more

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Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Jason Bourne Jason Bourne is a 2016 American action thriller film directed and written by Paul Greengrass and film editor Christopher Rouse. The fifth installment of the Bourne film series and the direct ...more

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Marvel Cinematic Universe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Iron Man Franchise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Iron Man Franchise Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures.It is the first film in the ...more

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Spider-Man Franchise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Spider-Man Franchise The fictional character Spider-Man, a comic book superhero created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and featured in Marvel Comics publications, has currently appeared in seven live-action films since ...more

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Die Hard Franchise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
bojanthebest added Die Hard Franchise The Die Hard series is an American action film series that began in 1988 with Die Hard, based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp. The series follows the adventures of John ...more

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Shrek Franchise is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Shrek Franchise The Shrek franchise from DreamWorks Animation, based on William Steig's picture book Shrek!, consists of four computer-animated films including: Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third ...more

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Indiana Jones Franchise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Indiana Jones Franchise The Indiana Jones franchise is an American media franchise based on the adventures of Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, a fictional archaeologist. It began in 1981 with the film Raiders of ...more

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Alien Franchise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Alien Franchise Alien is a science-fiction action horror franchise centered on a film series that depicts Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and her battles with an extraterrestrial lifeform, ...more

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Star Trek Franchise is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Star Trek Franchise The Star Trek film series is the cinematic branch of the Star Trek media franchise, which began in 1966 as a weekly television series on NBC, running for three seasons until it was canceled in ...more

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The Matrix Franchise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
The Matrix Franchise The Matrix is a science fiction action media franchise created by The Wachowskis and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The series began with the feature film The Matrix (1999), and continued ...more

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Despicable Me Franchise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
jsnungaray added Despicable Me Franchise Despicable Me is a computer-animated comedy film franchise distributed by Universal Pictures and produced by Illumination Entertainment. It consists of three feature films, ten short films and ...more

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Men in Black Franchise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Men in Black Franchise Men in Black is a series of American comic science fiction action spy films directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, and based on Malibu / Marvel comic book series The Men in Black by Lowell Cunningham. ...more

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The Hunger Games Franchise is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
SandDawn3344 added The Hunger Games Franchise The Hunger Games film series consists of four science fiction dystopian adventure films based on The Hunger Games trilogy of novels, by the American author Suzanne Collins. Distributed by ...more

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Lethal Weapon Franchise is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Lethal Weapon Franchise Lethal Weapon is an American buddy cop action franchise created by Shane Black that focuses on two Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) detectives, Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh. The franchise ...more

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
The Lion King The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Fast and the Furious Franchise is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Fast and the Furious Franchise The Fast and the Furious (also known as Fast & Furious) is an American franchise based on a series of action film that is largely concerned with illegal street racing and heists, and ...more

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Ice Age Franchise is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Ice Age Franchise The Ice Age franchise is produced by Blue Sky Studios, a division of 20th Century Fox, and featuring the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, and Chris Wedge. Five films have been ...more

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jour... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, with large portions of ...more

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Mission: Impossible Franchise is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Mission: Impossible Franchise Mission: Impossible is a series of action spy thriller films based on the television series of the same name, produced by and starring Tom Cruise as IMF agent Ethan Hunt.

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Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Planet of the Apes Planet of the Apes is a 2001 American science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and starring Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti, and Estella ...more

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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 The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott ...more

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Underworld Franchise is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Underworld Franchise Underworld is a series of action horror films directed by Len Wiseman, Patrick Tatopoulos, Måns Mårlind, and Björn Stein. The first film, Underworld, was released in 2003. It ...more

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The Man With No Name is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
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Vacation Franchise is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Vacation Franchise The National Lampoon's Vacation film series is a comedy film series initially based on John Hughes' short story "Vacation '58" that was originally published by National Lampoon ...more

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Ocean's 11 Franchise is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Ocean's 11 Franchise The Ocean's Trilogy is a series of three comedy heist films, released from 2001 to 2007, directed by Steven Soderbergh and produced by Jerry Weintraub for Warner Bros.

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The Terminator Franchise is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
LanaYoshii added The Terminator Franchise The Terminator series is a science-fiction franchise created by James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd. It encompasses a series of films, comics, novels, and additional media concerning battles ...more

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American Pie Franchise is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
American Pie Franchise American Pie is a series of sex comedy films conceived by Adam Herz. The first film in the series was released on July 9, 1999, by Universal Pictures, and became a worldwide pop culture ...more

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Transformers Franchise is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Transformers Franchise Transformers is a series of American science fiction action films based on the toys created by Hasbro and Tomy. The first four were directed by Michael Bay, including Transformers (2007), ...more

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Austin Powers Franchise is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Austin Powers The Austin Powers series is a series of three American action-comedy films: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in ...more

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Rambo Franchise is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Rambo Franchise Rambo is a film series based on the David Morrell novel First Blood and starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, a troubled Vietnam War veteran and former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier who ...more

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The Mummy Franchise is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
The Mummy Franchise The Mummy is the title of several horror-adventure film series centered on an ancient Egyptian priest who is accidentally resurrected, bringing with him a powerful curse, and the ensuing efforts ...more

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The Karate Kid Franchise is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
The Karate Kid Franchise The Karate Kid is an American martial arts drama multi-media franchise created by screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen. It began in 1984 with The Karate Kid, and was followed by three sequels and a ...more

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A Nightmare on Elm Street Fran... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
A Nightmare on Elm Street Franchise A Nightmare on Elm Street is an American horror franchise that consists of nine slasher films, a television series, novels, and comic books. The franchise began with the film A Nightmare on Elm ...more

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The Hangover Franchise is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
The Hangover Franchise The Hangover is a series of three American comedy films created by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and directed by Todd Phillips. All three films follows the misadventures of a quartet of friends ...more

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Dirty Harry Franchise is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Dirty Harry Franchise Dirty Harry is an American film series featuring fictional San Francisco Police Department Homicide Division Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan who is notorious for being extremely ...more

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The Chronicles of Narnia Franc... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Chronicles of Narnia movies The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of fantasy films from Walden Media, based on The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of novels by C. S. Lewis. From the seven novels, there have been three film ...more

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Marvel Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
Marvel Entertainment Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:MVL) is an American entertainment company. The company traces its origins to the May 1933 publication of Western Supernovel Magazine. That magazine was only ...more