Top 5 Film Franchisesby christophershobris | last updated - 19 Nov 2013 | Public
One of my shortest lists but a very good topic. Film franchises, or series (depending on what you call it) are films that have numerous sequels following the original. Any film that has a second film becomes a franchise. But only a handful are legendary. About 5 film franchises can be considered some of the best films ever. So, here are the top 5 film franchises. Enjoy!
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1. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,013,239 | Gross: $322.74M
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.
Votes: 731,775 | Gross: $248.16M
AKA Indiana Jones. But these two can arguably intertwine. It depends on what you enjoy. But Star Wars barely wins my vote for the top spot.
PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.
Votes: 1,367,383 | Gross: $315.54M
It's ironic that HP and LOFR came out in 2001. LOFR didn't take as long to win our hearts with the very first film to the very last. Unfortunately, this is over too. Unless you count the Hobbit films, and that might become a famous franchise in it's own right.
4. Batman Begins (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.
Votes: 1,088,122 | Gross: $206.85M
A franchise that was literally brought back from the grave. No Batman film since Batman & Robin, and Nolan had a big project on this shoulders, and he pulled it off beautifully. Each Nolan Batman film was fantastic, and we can forget about B&R.
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Votes: 506,009 | Gross: $317.58M
Perhaps the greatest series since Star Wars. Harry Potter consists of 7 films and each are good. None of them are a letdown. I'm sad to say it's over.