Film The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked  

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Yippee ki-yay, here are the best action movie series. Featuring martial arts movies, action comedies, spy thrillers, and more, the most popular action series are also some of the greatest action movies of all time. What are the best action film series? 

You can't rank the best action movie franchises without the Die Hard movies and the Mission: Impossible trilogy. Other good action film franchises include the Rush Hour trilogy, the Bourne movies, and The Matrix series. 

Vote up the best action film franchises. Feel free to add any action movies series missing from the list.

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Mission: Impossible Franchise is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

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)

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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Bourne Franchise is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

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

The Bourne films are a series of action/thriller spy films based on the character Jason Bourne, a CIA assassin suffering from extreme memory loss who must figure out who he is, created by author ...more

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Die Hard Franchise is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

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)

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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The Terminator Franchise is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

The Terminator (1984)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
Terminator Salvation (2009)
Terminator Genisys (2015)

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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Indiana Jones Franchise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

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

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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John Wick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked
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John Wick (2014)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

John Wick is a 2014 American action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean ...more

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James Bond Franchise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked
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Dr. No (1962)
From Russia with Love (1963)
Goldfinger (1964)
Thunderball (1965)
Casino Royale (1967)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Moonraker (1979)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983)
Never Say Never Again (1983)
A View to a Kill (1985)
The Living Daylights (1987)
Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Skyfall (2012)
Spectre (2015)

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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Lethal Weapon Franchise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

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

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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X-Men Franchise is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked
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X-Men (2000)
X2 (2003)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
The Wolverine (2013)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Logan (2017)

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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The Matrix Franchise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

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

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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Rocky Franchise is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

Rocky (1976)
Rocky II (1979)
Rocky III (1982)
Rocky IV (1985)
Rocky V (1990)
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Creed (2015)
Creed 2 (2018)

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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Rambo Franchise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

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

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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Alien Franchise is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

Alien (1979)
Aliens (1986)
Alien 3 (1992)
Alien Resurrection (1997)
Prometheus (2012)
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Alien: Covenant 2 (2019)

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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Fast and the Furious Franchise is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

The Fast and the Furious (2001)
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)

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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Mad Max Franchise is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

Mad Max (1979)
Mad Max 2 (1981)
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Mad Max is an Australian dystopian action multi-media franchise created by George Miller and Byron Kennedy. It began in 1979 with Mad Max, and was followed by three films: Mad Max 2 (1981), Mad ...more

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Men in Black Franchise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

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

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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Predator Franchise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

Predator (1987)
Predator 2 (1990)
Predators (2010)
The Predator (2018)

The Predator film series is a science fiction horror film franchise based on a race of fictional extraterrestrials created by Jim Thomas and John Thomas. Produced by 20th Century Fox, the series ...more

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Rush Hour Franchise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

Rush Hour (1998)
Rush Hour 2 (2001)
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Rush Hour (2016)

The Rush Hour franchise is a series of three Chinese-American martial arts/action-comedy buddy cop films created by Ross LaManna, directed by Brett Ratner, and distributed by New Line Cinema. ...more

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Beverly Hills Cop Franchise is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)

Beverly Hills Cop is a series of American action comedy films,with characters written by Daniel Petrie, Jr. and Danilo Bach. The films star Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop ...more

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Taken Franchise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

Taken (2008)
Taken 2 (2012)
Taken 3 (2015)

Taken is a series of English-language French action-thriller films beginning with Taken in 2008. All three films feature Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills. A prequel Taken (2017 TV series) starring ...more

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Jack Ryan Franchise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Patriot Games (1992)
Clear and Present Danger (1994)
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

The Jack Ryan film series is an American series of thriller films, based on the fictional character of Jack Ryan, who originally appeared in a series of books by Tom Clancy. In the series of ...more

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Underworld Franchise is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

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

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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Transformers Franchise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

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

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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The Hunger Games Franchise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

The Hunger Games (2012)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

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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The Mummy Franchise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

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

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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Resident Evil Franchise is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

Resident Evil (2002)
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

The Resident Evil film series consists of six science fiction action-horror films loosely based on the Capcom video games of the same name. Constantin Film bought the rights to the first film in ...more

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Spy Kids Franchise is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Round Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

Spy Kids (2001)
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002)
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011)

The Spy Kids series consists of four American/Spanish spy adventure comedy films in franchise comedy series produced by Troublemaker Studios and Dimension Films written and directed by Robert ...more