We are currently living in an age of reboots, remakes, and cinematic franchises. This is a fact, and while many people hate it, the movie industry and most of the major studios now depend on massive franchises to keep them afloat. With that in mind, what are the greatest franchises we’ve seen on the big screen?
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Below you will find my top five movie franchises of all-time. For this piece, I have decided to only include franchises that have more than three instalments.
Check out my ranking below:
5. James Bond
Films: Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Live And Let Die, The Man With The Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, Never Say Never Again, View To A Kill, The Living Daylights, License To Kill, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre.
Franchise Rating: 8/10
Favourite Instalment: Skyfall
Looking at the history of cinema, it’s difficult to find many franchises that have had a larger impact than James Bond aka. 007. Starting in 1962, the James Bond franchise has been a consistent stream of entertainment and badassery. Of course, as with any franchise that has lasted decades, there have been a few bumps along the way, but overall, the James Bond franchise deserves this spot among the greatest franchises of all-time.
4. The Tolkien-verse
Films: Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.
Franchise Rating: 8.9/10
Favourite Instalment: Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Despite one or two less than stellar films, I can’t imagine a world where Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth movies aren’t on this list. Beginning with the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and then expanding Middle Earth with The Hobbit movies, Peter Jackson created one of the most enjoyable and epic franchises of all-time, one which will continue with a recently announced TV series.
3. Marvel Cinematic Universe
Films: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok.
Franchise Rating: 9/10
Favourite Instalment: Captain America: Civil War
When Iron Man was released in 2008, no one could have expected the monumental success the Marvel Cinematic Universe has found. Let’s not forget that before Marvel emerged, a shared superhero universe had never been discussed or attempted, but here we are in 2017 with a string of seventeen successful adventures, with some of the most popular superheroes in the world.
I’m not blind to the issues within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and at times certain Marvel films can be repetitive, but overall this is a franchise that has completely changed the landscape of cinema, and it’s hard to not have fun watching each and every one of the films on that list.
2. Star Wars
Films: Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones, Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Franchise Rating: 9/10
Favourite Instalment: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
I know many fans are currently wondering why Star Wars isn’t at number one, but there are a few reasons. First of all, I wasn’t exposed to the Star Wars franchise until I was in my early twenties. While this didn’t stop me from loving the films, I don’t have the memories of watching these movies as a kid and experiencing that joy. Secondly, the prequel trilogy is a significant reason why Star Wars didn’t land higher on this list. I don’t hate the prequels, and on occasion, I will be seen defending the story that George Lucas was trying to tell, but on the grand scale of things, those three movies really hold back the franchise.
If the Star Wars franchise consisted of the original trilogy and the newer films, I have no doubt that it would be at number one in this ranking, but we can’t ignore those pesky prequels.
1. The Wizarding World
Films: Harry Potter And The Philosophers Stone, Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Pt.1, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Pt.2, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
Franchise Rating: 9.5/10
Favourite Instalment: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Pt.2
Just like the books, the Harry Potter franchise is absolutely massive and turned out to be nothing short of magic at the box-office. The Harry Potter movies had the rare opportunity to grow up an audience, creating one of the most unique cinematic experiences in history and thankfully, we don’t have to ever worry about a world without Harry Potter films. J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World is filled with potential stories and the recent Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them spin-off proves that the eight Harry Potter movies weren’t a fluke.
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