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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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  • Harry Potter 
    1

    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)

  • 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)
     

  • John Wick 
    3

    2014-Present

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

  • The Avengers 
    4

    2008-2019

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

  • Indiana Jones
    5

    1981-2008

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

  • 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)

  • 2001-2003

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

  • Thor 
    8

    2011-Present

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

  • 2005-2012

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

  • Jurassic Park 
    10

    1993-Present

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

  • 2004-Present

    The Incredibles (2004)
    Incredibles 2 (2018)

  • Star Wars 
    12

    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)

  • Iron Man Trilogy
    13

    2008-2013

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

  • The Terminator 
    14

    1984-Present

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

  • Men in Black 
    15

    1997-2019

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

  • The Hunger Games 
    16

    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)

  • 2001-2013

    Monsters, Inc. (2001)
    Monsters University (2013)

  • The Hobbit Trilogy
    18

    2012-2014

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

  • X-Men 
    19

    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)

  • Shrek 
    20

    2001-Present

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

  • 2002-2007

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

  • 2011-2016

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

  • Fast & Furious 
    23

    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)

  • 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)

  • The Matrix
    25

    1999-2003

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