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The Best Movies and Series in the Flash Gordon Franchise

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These are the best movies and TV shows that feature Flash Gordon. There are both live-action and animated films and series and they are all classics or at least memorable. That being said, one of them has to be the best of the Flash Gordon franchise. Will it be the 1954 Flash Gordon series or maybe one of the follow-ups films such as Flash Gordon starring Sam J. Jones that will make it to the top of the list? Or could one of the animated series beat them all?

If you've ever asked yourself, how many Flash Gordon movies are there? Look below to see all the films and series featuring your favorite space opera hero listed with the year they were released so you can watch them chronologically or in order of best to worst.

Your votes will help determine the best movies and series in the Flash Gordon franchise. Vote up the movies and series you loved and vote down the ones you didn't like to ensure the right film or TV show makes it to the top of the list.

  • Photo: Flash Gordon / DuMont Television Network
    Flash Gordon is a science fiction television series based on the characters of the Alex Raymond-created comic strip of the same name. Diverging from the storyline of the comics, the series set Flash, Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov in the year 3203. As agents of the Galactic Bureau of Investigation, the team travels the galaxy in their ship the Sky Flash, battling cosmic villains under the order of Commander Paul Richards. The series was filmed in West Berlin and Marseille as a West German, French and American co-production by Intercontinental Television Films and Telediffusion. The series aired in syndication throughout most of the U.S. but also aired on the east coast on the DuMont Television...  more
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    Flash Gordon is a 1936 science fiction film serial. Told in 13 installments, it was the first screen adventure for the comic-strip character Flash Gordon, and tells the story of his first visit to the planet Mongo and his encounter with the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless. Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles B. Middleton, Priscilla Lawson and Frank Shannon played the central roles. In 1996, Flash Gordon was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant"....  more
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  • Photo: Flash Gordon / Universal Pictures
    Flash Gordon is a 1980 British science fiction action film, based on the comic strip of the same name created by Alex Raymond. The film was directed by Mike Hodges, and produced by Dino De Laurentiis. It stars Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Topol, Max von Sydow, Timothy Dalton, Brian Blessed, and Ornella Muti. The screenplay was written by Lorenzo Semple, Jr., with a story adaptation by Michael Allin. It intentionally uses a camp style similar to the 1960s TV series Batman in an attempt to appeal to fans of the original comics and serial films. Although a box office success in the UK, it performed poorly overseas. The film is notable for its soundtrack composed, performed and produced by...  more
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  • Photo: The New Adventures of Flash Gordon / NBC
    The New Adventures of Flash Gordon, also known as The Adventures of Flash Gordon, is an animated television series. The series is actually called Flash Gordon but the expanded title is used in official records to distinguish it from previous versions. Filmation produced the series in 1979, partly as a reaction to the mammoth success of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1977. The series was a homage to the original Flash Gordon comic strip and featured most of the original characters, including Flash's girlfriend Dale Arden, and the scientist Hans Zarkov. The series is still regarded as one of the most faithful adaptations, and one of Filmation's finest overall efforts. The basic story...  more
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