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The Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

Updated February 24, 2021 28.5k votes 2.7k voters 58.1k views45 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 Wick1
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    John Wick

    Keanu Reeves

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

  • Star Wars Franchise2
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    Star Wars Franchise

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977 - Present

    Directed byGeorge Lucas, JJ Abrams, Rian Johnson, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand

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  • Indiana Jones Franchise3
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    Indiana Jones Franchise

    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery

    Released1981 - Present

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    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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  • Die Hard Franchise4

    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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  • The Terminator Franchise5

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

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  • The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy6
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    The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy

    Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan

    Released2001 - 2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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

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  • James Bond7
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    James Bond

    Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1962 - Present

    Directed byTerence Young, Guy Hamilton, Lewis Gilbert, Sam Mendes, Peter R. Hunt

    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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  • Bourne8
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    Bourne

    Matt Damon, Brian Cox

    Released2002 - Present

    Directed byDoug 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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  • Mission: Impossible9
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    Mission: Impossible

    Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg

    Released1996 – Present

    Directed byChristopher McQuarrie, Brad Bird, J. J. Abrams, John Woo, Brian De Palma

    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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  • The Matrix Franchise10

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

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  • Lethal Weapon Franchise11

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

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  • X-Men Franchise12
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    X-Men Franchise

    Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan

    Released2000 - Present

    Directed byBryan Singer, Brett Ratner, Gavin Hood, James Mangold, Matthew Vaughn

    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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  • Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise13
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    Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise

    Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom

    Released2003 - Present

    Directed byGore Verbinski, Rob Marshall

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  • Batman Franchise14
    The fictional superhero Batman, who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics,...  more

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  • Rocky Franchise15

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

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  • Fast and Furious Franchise16
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    Fast and Furious Franchise

    Vin Diesel, Paul Walker

    Released2001 - Present

    Directed byRob Cohen, John Singleton, Justin Lin, James Wan

    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)

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  • Rambo Franchise17

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

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  • Men in Black Franchise18
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    Men in Black Franchise

    Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1997 - Present

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld, F Gary Gary

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

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  • Harold Potter Franchise19
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    Harold Potter Franchise

    Danielle Radcliffe, Rupert Grint

    Released2001 - 2011

    Directed byChris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, David Yates

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  • The Expendables Franchise 20
    The Expendables is an American series of action films written by and starring Sylvester...  more

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  • Mad Max Franchise21

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

  • Alien Franchise22
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    Alien Franchise

    Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright Harry Dean Stanton

    Released1979 - Present

    Directed byRidley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher

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

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  • Taken Franchise23

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

  • Dirty Harry Franchise24
    Dirty Harry is an American film series featuring fictional San Francisco Police Department...  more
  • Kill Bill Saga25
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    Kill Bill Saga

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2003, 2004

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)
    Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)

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