Top 5 Film Franchises

by 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

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92 Metascore

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.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,013,239 | Gross: $322.74M

2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

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85 Metascore

Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

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.

3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

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92 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

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

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70 Metascore

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.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

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

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64 Metascore

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.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

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.