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The Very Best Movie Franchises

Updated March 23, 2020 348.8k votes 28.2k voters 503.7k 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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  • 1
    Marvel Cinematic Universe is listed (or ranked) 1 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)
     

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  • 2
    Harry Potter  is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
    10,962
    3,245

    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)

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  • 3
    The Avengers  is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
    8,155
    2,934

    The Avengers 

    2008-2019

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

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  • 4
    Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
    4,688
    1,746

    1981-2008

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

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  • 5
    Jurassic Park  is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
    5,127
    2,623

    1993-Present

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

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  • 6
    The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 6 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)

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  • 7
    Pirates of the Caribbean  is listed (or ranked) 7 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)

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  • 8
    Star Wars  is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
    9,864
    5,792

    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)

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  • 9
    The Dark Knight Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

    2005-2012

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

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  • 10
    Iron Man Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

    2008-2013

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

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  • 11
    John Wick  is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
    1,635
    473

    2014-Present

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

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  • 12
    X-Men  is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
    4,590
    3,101

    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)

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  • 13
    The Terminator  is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

    1984-Present

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

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  • 14
    The Hobbit Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 14 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)

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  • 15
    Toy Story  is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
    5,970
    4,449

    1995-2019

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

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  • 16
    Shrek  is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
    3,545
    2,464

    2001-Present

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

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  • 17
    Spider-Man Trilogy (Sam Raimi) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

    2002-2007

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

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  • 18
    The Incredibles  is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

    2004-Present

    The Incredibles (2004)
    Incredibles 2 (2018)

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  • 19
    The Hunger Games  is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
    3,245
    2,034

    The Hunger Games 

    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)

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  • 20
    Rocky  is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
    3,411
    2,654

    1976-Present

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

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  • 21
    Monsters, Inc.  is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

    2001-2013

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

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  • 22
    Mission: Impossible  is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

    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)

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  • 23
    Men in Black  is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises
    2,776
    1,767

    1997-2019

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

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  • 24
    Captain America Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Movie Franchises

    2011-2016

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

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  • 25
    Fast & Furious  is listed (or ranked) 25 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)

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