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The Best Live Action Film Franchises for Kids

Updated June 14, 2019 662 votes 109 voters 2.9k views14 items

List RulesRank each movie series as a whole.

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 Franchise1

    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)

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  • Beethoven Franchise2
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    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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  • The Muppets Franchise3

    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)

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  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Franchise4
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    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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  • Free Willy Franchise5

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

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  • Air Bud Franchise6
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    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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  • Spy Kids Franchise7
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    Spy Kids Franchise

    Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara

    Released2011 - Present

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    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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  • The Mighty Ducks Franchise8
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    The Mighty Ducks Franchise

    Emilio Estevez, Joshua Jackson

    Released1992 - 1996

    Directed byStephen Herek, Sam Weisman, Robert Lieberman

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

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  • Herbie the Love Bug Franchise9

    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)

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  • Witch Mountain Franchise10

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

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  • Benji Franchise11

    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)

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  • The NeverEnding Story Franchise12

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

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  • 3 Ninjas Franchise13

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

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  • The Bad News Bears Franchise14

    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)

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