10 Greatest Movie Series and Film Franchise of All Time: Cinema is something that creates curiosity in our mind. The art form is a complicated mass media which entertains us, sometimes informs or even miss informs us. But in general we can say that cinema is a reel world that reflects the real world and our society. But there is no single answer of what cinema stands for. Some feel it’s an art form while others suggest it’s just hard core entertainment. And other sections believe it’s just another business. But one thing is sure that cinema has the power to drive our emotions, mentality, trends and taste. All this is possible because movies are an experience. We remember the dialogues, the action, the storyline and even the dressing style of actors.
The characters of the film appear real to us because of the connection. This is the impact of a single movie, so just think what a movie series or film franchise can do. Movie series or film franchises are one of the most celebrated events in the entertainment and media world. Their reach and power can be understood, as these movies have an impact over generations and can pull back masses into theatres again and again. Now let’s talk about the greatest movie franchises of all time. However, we haven’t added any superhero film franchise in the list as it requires its own separate list. So, here are our top 10 picks.
10 Greatest Movie Series and Film Franchise of All Time
The first film franchise in our list has to be James Bond. Bond Movies have been one of the longest running film franchises of all time. They have ruled the box office for more than half a century. The super detective movie series is one of the iconic franchises in the world. The franchise’s popularity is unmatched. The 007 brand has 27 movies and only 6 actors have portrayed the iconic role of James Bond over the course of 60 years. Bond Films are considered a cult classic and are an important part of pop culture.
The Godfather Trilogy
The trilogy is one of the greatest in the history of world cinema. The crime drama saga has its own place amongst the cinema lovers. The Godfather is a highly critically acclaimed film and has featured in several prestigious lists of ‘Top Films’. The movie has legendary actors like Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, delivering stellar performances. The Trilogy also has 9 academy awards to its name.
Harry Potter is arguably the most popular and successful venture in the media and entertainment industry in recent times. From books to movies, from video games to merchandise. The Movie Series (inspired from J.K Rowling’s novel) has also seen immense success. Overall Harry Potter has been a huge success in all the fields. But more than the success, the legacy of the character and world makes it so special.
Final Destination is the most renowned movie series when it comes to the horror genre. The 2000 (year) started film series has created waves by its depiction. The movie brings horror and nightmares to the people. Over time it has established itself as one of the most loved horror film series. The American horror franchise has 5 films, 2 comics and 9 novels.
Fast and Furious
Curious about cars, then this movie series must be your favourite. The Fast and Furious series is known for its over the top action, thrilling stunts and of course for the iconic team. The film franchise has entertained the masses for more than two decades with 9 movies starring actors like Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and John Cena. The tenth instalment of the action adventure franchise is scheduled to release on 19th of May 2023.
The American action movie series ‘Die Hard’ is our next pick. The storyline of the film series has been originated from Roderick Thorp’s novel (Nothing Lasts Forever). All the 5 films of the action series revolves around John McClane (Bruce Willis) who is a New York City/Los Angeles police detective. The officer somehow always finds himself in the middle of a crisis situation where he is the only hope against disaster. The iconic action film series has grossed 1.4 billion dollars worldwide.
The movie series is a pure mass entertainer and is known for its action, stunts and Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise is one of the main ingredients of the action thriller and plays the role of Ethan Hunt. The action thriller movie franchise started in the 90’s and still is running strong on the box office (with its latest instalments). Cruise carries the film on his shoulders and is always in the spotlight. The movie series is also a celebration of the superstar’s action and stunts.
Pirates of the Caribbean
The film franchise is an American fantasy swashbuckler movie series produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and is based on Walt Disney’s theme park attraction. Pirates of the Caribbean is best known for Johnny Deep’s iconic portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow. The film series started in 2003 with the first film of the franchise named ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’. The movie was well received by both the masses and critics. From there on there has been no looking back for the fantastic franchise. And people wish to see Deep back as Captain Sparrow.
Now let’s welcome the dinosaurs, Jurassic World/Park is a Sci Fi film franchise. In the initial days (years) the movie was called Jurassic Park and later it was referred to as Jurassic World. The iconic dinosaur movie series started in the 90’s. Steven Spielberg’s 1993 movie was a box office blockbuster and also saw a theatrical 3D re-release in 2013. In 2015, the fourth film in the series Jurassic World was released and it grossed more than 1.6 billion dollars at the box office. The move series has been a sure shot box office winner over the course of time. Even the recently released 2022 Jurassic World Dominion grossed over a billion dollars on the box office.
Next on the list is Sly’s Rocky. This movie made Sylvester Stallone a superstar or Stallone made Rocky one of the greatest sports drama movie series, will be a question for some other day. The storyline of Rocky and the performance of Sylvester Stallone was a perfect match for each other. The franchise’s first movie was released in 1976. With almost a dozen of movies the series is one of the most popular and successful non-super hero ventures of Hollywood. Rocky is a 90’s nostalgia which still remains relevant.
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10 Greatest Movie Series and Film Franchise of All Time