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Movie Franchises You Need To Stop Watching

Updated February 24, 2021 3.1k votes 256 voters 1.9k views20 items

List RulesVote up the movie franchises that just need to stop.

Hollywood is a well-oiled machine when it comes to producing expansive cinematic universes and film franchises. Some of the highest grossing movie franchises are also, unfortunately, film series that aren't good anymore. They may have started out strong, but these movie franchises jumped the shark, which audiences might see Captain Jack Sparrow literally do if the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is allowed to continue.

Many film series only have one good movie, and yet, people still keep watching. We are creatures of habit. But enough is enough. There's no reason to keep watching film franchises that used to be good. We deserve better. We have to stop watching these disappointing film franchises, just like audiences are giving up on The Walking Dead and other shows we should just quit.

  • Underworld Franchise1
    • Underworld (2003): 31% on Rotten Tomatoes
    • Underworld: Evolution (2006): 16%
    • Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009): 29%
    • Underworld: Awakening (2012): 27%
    • Underworld: Blood Wars (2017): 21%

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  • Transformers Franchise2
    • Transformers (2007): 57% on Rotten Tomatoes
    • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009): 19%
    • Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011): 35%
    • Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014): 18%
    • Transformers: The Last Knight (2016): 16%

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  • The Mummy Franchise3
    • The Mummy (1999): 59% on Rotten Tomatoes
    • The Mummy Returns (2001): 47%
    • The Scorpion King (2002): 41%
    • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008): 13%
    • The Mummy (2017): 15%
  • Fast And The Furious Franchise4
    • The Fast and the Furious (2001): 53% on Rotten Tomatoes
    • 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003): 36%
    • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006): 37%
    • Fast & Furious (2009): 29%
    • Fast Five (2011): 77%
    • Fast & Furious 6 (2013): 69%
    • Furious 7 (2015): 80%
    • The Fate of the Furious (2017): 66%

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  • Madea Franchise5
    • Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005): 16% on Rotten Tomatoes 
    • Madea's Family Reunion (2006): 25%
    • Madea Goes to Jail (2009): 28%
    • I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009): 63%
    • Madea's Big Happy Family (2011): 37%
    • Madea's Witness Protection (2012): 20%
    • Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013): 20%
    • Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016): 23%
    • Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017): 6%
  • James Bond Franchise6
    • Dr. No (1962): 96% on Rotten Tomatoes
    • From Russia With Love (1964): 96%
    • Goldfinger (1964): 97%
    • Thunderball (1965): 86%
    • Casino Royale (1967): 28%
    • You Only Live Twice (1967): 73%
    • On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969): 82%
    • Diamonds Are Forever (1971): 67%
    • Live and Let Die (1973): 66%
    • The Man with the Golden Gun (1974): 45%
    • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977): 79%
    • Moonraker (1979): 62%
    • For Your Eyes Only (1981): 72%
    • Octopussy (1983): 42%
    • Never Say Never Again (1983): 64%
    • A View to a Kill (1985): 36%
    • The Living Daylights (1987): 71%
    • License to Kill (1989): 77%
    • GoldenEye (1995): 78%
    • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997): 57%
    • The World Is Not Enough (1999): 51%
    • Die Another Day (2002): 58%
    • Casino Royale (2006): 94%
    • Quantum of Solace (2008): 65%
    • Skyfall (2012): 92%
    • Spectre (2015): 63%

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  • Pirates Of The Caribbean Franchise7
    • The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003): 79% on Rotten Tomatoes
    • Dead Man's Chest (2006): 54%
    • At World's End (2007): 45%
    • On Stranger Tides (2011): 32%
    • Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017): 30%

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  • Resident Evil Franchise8
    • Resident Evil (2002): 34% on Rotten Tomatoes
    • Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004): 21%
    • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007): 23%
    • Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010): 22%
    • Resident Evil: Retribution (2012): 30%
    • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017): 36%

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  • The Terminator Franchise9
    • The Terminator (1984): 100% on Rotten Tomatoes
    • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991): 92%
    • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003): 70%
    • Terminator Salvation (2009): 33%
    • Terminator Genisys (2015): 26%

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  • The Nut Job Franchise10
    • The Nut Job (2014): 11% on Rotten Tomatoes
    • The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017): 13%
  • Ice Age Franchise11
    • Ice Age (2002): 77% on Rotten Tomatoes
    • Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2006): 57%
    • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009): 46%
    • Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012): 38%
    • Ice Age: Collision Course (2016): 16%

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  • Madagascar Franchise12
    • Madagascar (2005): 55% on Rotten Tomatoes
    • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008): 64%
    • Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012): 79%
    • Penguins of Madagascar (2014): 73%

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  • Shrek Franchise13
    • Shrek (2001): 88% on Rotten Tomatoes
    • Shrek 2 (2004): 88%
    • Shrek the Third (2007): 41%
    • Shrek Forever After (2010): 58%
    • Puss in Boots (2011): 84%

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  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre Franchise14
    • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974): 88% on Rotten Tomatoes
    • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986): 43%
    • Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 (1990): 19%
    • Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994): 16%
    • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003): 37%
    • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006): 12%
    • Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013): 18%
    • Leatherface (2017): 31%
  • Indiana Jones Franchise15
    • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981): 94% on Rotten Tomatoes
    • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984): 85%
    • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989): 88%
    • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008): 77%

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  • Saw Franchise16
    • Saw (2004): 49% on Rotten Tomatoes
    • Saw II (2005): 37%
    • Saw III (2006): 28%
    • Saw IV (2007): 17%
    • Saw V (2008): 13%
    • Saw VI (2009): 39%
    • Saw 3D (2010): 9%
    • Jigsaw (2017): 35%

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  • Men In Black Franchise17
    • Men in Black (1997): 92% on Rotten Tomatoes
    • Men in Black II (2002): 39%
    • Men in Black III (2012): 68%

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  • Despicable Me Franchise18
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    Despicable Me Franchise

    • Despicable Me (2010): 81% on Rotten Tomatoes
    • Despicable Me 2 (2013): 74%
    • Minions (2015): 56%
    • Despicable Me 3 (2017): 59%

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  • Friday The 13th Franchise19
    • Friday the 13th (1980): 61% on Rotten Tomatoes
    • Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981): 34%
    • Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982): 12%
    • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984): 25%
    • Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985): 16%
    • Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986): 52%
    • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988): 30%
    • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989): 8%
    • Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993): 24%
    • Jason X (2002): 19%
    • Freddy vs. Jason (2003): 41%
    • Friday the 13th (2009): 25%

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  • Die Hard Franchise20
    • Die Hard (1988): 93% on Rotten Tomatoes
    • Die Hard 2 (1990): 70%
    • Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995): 52%
    • Live Free or Die Hard (2007): 82%
    • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): 14%

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