Top 10 Favourite Film Franchises

My Favourite film franchises, all the films on here have at least 5 films in the franchise and I have never seen Harry Potter so that will not be on the list.

10. The Avengers

10Films in the series

  • Iron Man
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Iron Man 2
  • Thor
  • Captain America The First Avenger
  • Avengers
  • Iron Man 3
  • Thor The Dark World
  • Captain America The Winter Soldier

This restart button on the Marvel comic book movies has created a full range of the best superhero characters. Having each Superhero having an origin film before the grand battle where they unite also adds some great character development against the usual dull created characters in the past.

9. Die Hard

9Films in the series

  • Die Hard
  • Die Hard 2 Die Harder
  • Die Hard With A Vengeance
  • Die Hard 4.0
  • A Good Day To Die Hard

John McClane has a lot of bad days, with Die Hard being one of the best action films ever made, the franchise has being able to put John in more and more ridiculous situations over the years. After the last outing which was awful these films need to either end or get a real re-boot no more sequels please.

8. Aliens & Predator

8Films in the series

  • Alien
  • Aliens
  • Predator
  • Predator 2
  • Alien 3
  • Alien: Resurrection
  • Alien vs Predator
  • Aliens vs Predator: Requiem
  • Predators
  • Prometheus

As the two franchises ended up going head to head I will put them together as one on the list. Alien was ground breaking film with the shock kill of John Hurt’s character in one of the most memorable deaths in screen history. Aliens is one of the best sci-fi films ever made and even though the next two sequels try to go in different directions. Predator was a great survival horror sci-fi film and with the first set in the woods and the second in the city they both create a very good atmospheric film. Once they joined together both franchises got killed off as the standard drops dramatically. But with new re-boots in Predators which was very good and Prometheus which isn’t a direct prequel but to the standard of film we are expecting to see.

7. Saw

7Films in the series

  • Saw
  • Saw 2
  • Saw 3
  • Saw 4
  • Saw 5
  • Saw 6
  • Saw 3D: The Final Chapter

The Saw films where do you start? Saw was one of the best twist riddled film ever made, it came nowhere and made mega money, unfortunately the studio wanted to make more money and the sequels start. Each sequel pushes the limits of the torture porn explosion and each sequel tried but failed to ever match the twist in the original. With Saw 6 being the low point in the series by throwing out all the rules set up in the previous films it was up to Saw 3D to finish the series on a high, it did with a very nice twist which people did see coming but it was more when. Rumour is they want to reboot the franchise hopefully they won’t though.

6. Friday The 13th

logoFilms in the series

  • Friday The 13th
  • Friday The 13th Part 2
  • Friday The 13th Part 3
  • Friday The 13th The Final Chapter
  • Friday The 13th A New Beginning
  • Jason Lives Friday The 13th Part 6
  • Friday The 13th Part 7 The New Blood
  • Friday The 13th Part 8 Jason Takes Manhattan
  • Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday
  • Jason X

This is one of my favourite horror franchises most of the films are not the greatest things made, I prefer these over Halloween but it is very hard to split this from A Nightmare On Elm Street. I picked this one because of its longevity and Jason is just nonstop brutality. It is another on the list that got rebooted but this one’s reboot was awful.

5. Batman

5Films in the series

  • Batman
  • Batman Returns
  • Batman Forever
  • Batman & Robin
  • Batman Begins
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises

With two separate takes on the Batman universe a dark comic book like world created by Tim Burton before that got ruined by Batman & Robin. Christopher Nolan recreated a dark real world that Batman would be part of with the endless discussions about which Joker was the best this franchise will always have people talking and keep people entertained.

4. X-Men

5Films in the series

  • X-Men
  • X-Men 2
  • X-Men The Last Stand
  • X-Men Origins Wolverine
  • X-Men First Class
  • The Wolverine
  • X-Men Days Of Futures Past

X-Men lead the way in the new wave of comic book adaptations making everything happen in a real world scenario. We have had sequels, prequels, spin offs in an attempt to keep things fresh and it has worked. With the upcoming Days of Futures Past which combines all of them together this could end up giving us the best in the franchise so far.

3. Resident Evil

10Films In the series

  • Resident Evil
  • Resident Evil : Apocalypse
  • Resident Evil: Extinction
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife
  • Resident Evil: Retribution
  • Resident Evil 6

The video game that turned into one of the most profitable film franchises. Disliked by the gamers but as I never played the games I enjoy the films, they are easy to watch. Alice has become an icon of the franchise despite never appearing in the games. This franchise is unlike many as it is the 3rd entry which is the weakest and the latest two being the high points since the original. It usually creates a cast of disposable characters in which no one seems to be safe to survive to the next film.

2. Fast & Furious

2Films in the series

  • The Fast and The Furious
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious
  • The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift
  • Fast & Furious
  • Fast & Furious 5
  • Fast & Furious 6
  • Fast & Furious 7

Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker juggernaut that just keeps picking up pace as it continued. The roots in the film are about friendship and family but with all the outrageous races will keep you very much entertained. With 5 and 6 having the addition of Dwayne Johnson the muscle got increased, but it is the two stories that add something to the franchise where it is not just about the cars it has heist aspects in one and working for the authorities in the other.

1.       Of The Dead

1Films in the series

  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Dawn Of The Dead
  • Day of the Dead
  • Land of the Dead
  • Diary of the Dead
  • Survival of the Dead

George Romero directs every single one of these films each with a different message. With the exception of a small cameo in each other’s films for Diary and Survival each film introduces us to new characters facing up against the endless hordes of zombies. Each film also shows different times passing and how people have dealt with the outbreaks.

Honourable Mentions

  • Halloween
  • Nightmare On Elm Street
  • Chucky
  • American Pie
  • Lord Of The Rings
  • Final Destination
  • James Bond
  • Jack Ryan
  • Spiderman
  • Planet Of The Apes

2 comments

  1. Matrix. Should always be #1 on account it changed the landscape of cinematic entertainment for good, layers of perceptions and cinematography that set the new standard.

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