Kids Movies The Best Live Action Film Franchises for Kids  

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Here are the best live action series for kids and the whole family. Featuring kids comedies, action movies, adventure series, and sports movies, the most popular live action kids series are also some of the best movies for kids. What are the best live action kids series? 

You can't rank the best film series for kids without the Home Alone movies and the 3 Ninjas series. Other good film franchises for kids include the Spy Kids franchise, The Bad News Bears movies, and the Air Bud series. 

Vote up the best kids film franchises. Feel free to add any live action children's film series missing from the list. No animated movies! 

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Home Alone Franchise is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Live Action Film Franchises for Kids

Home Alone (1990)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Home Alone 3 (1997)
Home Alone 4 (2002)
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (2012)

Home Alone (stylized as HOME ALONe) is a series of family comedy films directed by Chris Columbus (1 & 2), Raja Gosnell (3), Rod Daniel (4) and Peter Hewitt (5). The first two films, Home ...more

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The Muppets Franchise is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Live Action Film Franchises for Kids

The Muppet Movie (1979)
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
Muppets from Space (1999)
The Muppets (2011)
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

The Muppets is a 2011 American musical comedy film and the seventh theatrical film featuring the Muppets.The film is directed by James Bobin, written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, ...more

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Spy Kids Franchise is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Live Action Film Franchises for Kids

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

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The NeverEnding Story Franchis... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Live Action Film Franchises for Kids
The NeverEnding Story Franchise

The NeverEnding Story (1984)
The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (1990)
The NeverEnding Story III (1994)

The NeverEnding Story (German: Die unendliche Geschichte) is a 1984 West German-produced English language epic fantasy film series based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ende.

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Franc... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Live Action Film Franchises for Kids
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Franchise

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997)

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Air Bud Franchise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Live Action Film Franchises for Kids
Air Bud Franchise

Air Bud (1997)
Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998)
Air Bud: World Pup (2000)
Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch (2002)
Air Bud: Spikes Back (2003) 

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Beethoven Franchise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Live Action Film Franchises for Kids
Beethoven Franchise

Beethoven (1992)
Beethoven's 2nd (1993)
Beethoven's 3rd (2000)
Beethoven's 4th (2001)
Beethoven's 5th (2003)
Beethoven's Big Break (2008)
Beethoven's Christmas Adventure (2011)
Beethoven's Treasure Tail (2014)

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Witch Mountain Franchise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Live Action Film Franchises for Kids
Witch Mountain Franchise

Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
Return from Witch Mountain (1978)
Beyond Witch Mountain (1982)
Escape to Witch Mountain (1995)
Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

Escape to Witch Mountain is a 1995 American made-for-television fantasy-adventure film and a remake of the 1975 film of the same name produced by Walt Disney Television which premiered on April ...more

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The Mighty Ducks Franchise is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Live Action Film Franchises for Kids

The Mighty Ducks (1992)
D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)
D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)

The Mighty Ducks is a series of three live-action films released in the 1990s by Walt Disney Pictures. The movies revolve around a Twin Cities ice hockey team, composed of young players that ...more

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Benji Franchise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Live Action Film Franchises for Kids

Benji (1974)
For the Love of Benji (1977)
Benji's Very Own Christmas Story (1978)
Oh! Heavenly Dog (1980)
Benji the Hunted (1987)
Benji: Off the Leash! (2004)

Benji is the first film in a series of five theatrical features about the golden mixed breed dog named Benji. It was written, produced, and directed by Joe Camp and filmed in and around Denton, ...more

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Herbie the Love Bug Franchise is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Live Action Film Franchises for Kids

The Love Bug (1968)
Herbie Rides Again (1974)
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)
Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)
The Love Bug (1997)
Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)

Herbie the Love Bug is a sentient anthropomorphic 1963 Volkswagen Beetle, a character that is featured in several Walt Disney motion pictures starting with the 1968 feature film The Love Bug. He ...more

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Free Willy Franchise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Live Action Film Franchises for Kids

Free Willy (1993)
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995)
Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997)
Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove (2010)

Free Willy is a series of family films from Warner Bros. The first installment, Free Willy, was released on July 16, 1993, the second, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, was released on July 19, ...more

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The Bad News Bears Franchise is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Live Action Film Franchises for Kids
The Bad News Bears Franchise

The Bad News Bears (1976)
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977)
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (1978)
Bad News Bears (2005)

The Bad News Bears is a 1976 American sports comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal. The film was followed by two sequels, The Bad News Bears in ...more

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3 Ninjas Franchise is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Live Action Film Franchises for Kids
3 Ninjas Franchise

3 Ninjas (1992)
3 Ninjas Kick Back (1994)
3 Ninjas Knuckle Up (1995)
3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain (1998)

3 Ninjas is a series of action comedy films directed towards the pre-teen audience about the adventures of three young brothers who are trained by their Japanese grandfather in the art of ...more