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The Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

Updated February 5, 2020 27.6k votes 2.6k voters 55.5k views45 items

List RulesRank each movie series as a whole.

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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    Underworld Franchise

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

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    Rush Hour Franchise

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

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    Predator Franchise

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

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    Beverly Hills Cop Franchise

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

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    Star Trek Franchise
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    Star Trek Franchise

    The Star Trek film series is the cinematic branch of the Star Trek media franchise, which... more on Wikipedia

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    Jack Ryan Franchise

    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)

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    The Hunger Games Franchise
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    The Hunger Games Franchise

    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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    Transformers Franchise

    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)

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    Danny Ocean Franchise
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    Resident Evil Franchise
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    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)

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    The Mummy Franchise

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

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    Smokey and the Bandit Franchise
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    Smokey and the Bandit Franchise

    Smokey and the Bandit is a 1977 American action comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Sally... more on Wikipedia
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Franchise
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Franchise

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    Rush Hour Franchise 
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    Rush Hour Franchise 

    Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez

    Released1998

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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    Tomb Raider Franchise
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    Tomb Raider Franchise

    Angelina Jolie, Alicia Vikander
    Tomb Raider, also known as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider between 2001 and 2007, is a media franchise... more on Wikipedia
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    Fantastic Four Franchise
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    Zorro Franchise
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    Zorro Franchise

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    Spy Kids Franchise

    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)

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    Escape Plan Franchise 
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    Escape Plan Franchise 

    Sylvester Stallone
    Escape Plan film series, consists of American prison action thriller movies based on... more on Wikipedia
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    The Darkman Franchise
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    The Darkman Franchise