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The Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked 

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Updated February 5, 2020 15.6k votes 2k voters 46.6k views 45 items

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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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John Wick Franchise is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked
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John Wick (2014)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

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Mission: Impossible Fran... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 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 – Fallout (2018)

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Bourne Franchise is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

Directed by: Doug Liman, Paul Greengrass

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

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James Bond Franchise is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 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)

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Die Hard Franchise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 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)

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Indiana Jones Franchise ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 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)

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The Terminator Franchise... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 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)

8
The Matrix Franchise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

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

9
Lethal Weapon Franchise ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

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

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X-Men Franchise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 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)
Dark Phoenix (2019)

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The Lord of the Rings fi... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked
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The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Two Towers (2002)
The Return of the King (2003)

12
Fast and the Furious Fra... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 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)
Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

13
Rambo Franchise is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

First Blood (1982)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Rambo III (1988)
Rambo (2008)
Rambo Last Blood (2019)

14
Rocky Franchise is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 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)

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

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

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

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

17
Alien Franchise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

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

18
Taken Franchise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

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

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Predator Franchise is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

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

20
Rush Hour Franchise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

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

21
Jack Ryan Franchise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 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)

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

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

23
Beverly Hills Cop Franch... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

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

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The Hunger Games Franchi... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked
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 ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 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)