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Top Film Franchises

This page lists the top film franchises of all time based on all films in the franchise, including films not on the Mater list. To appear on this list below, a franchise must have at least three films that appear on lists analyzed by this site, including at least two films on the Master List.

The term, "Franchise," is used very broadly. Reboots are often included with the original franchise. Other franchises contain unrelated films that happen to include the same iconic character. There are also a handful of informal trilogies included in the list.

1. Star Wars

6) Star Wars (1977)
43) The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
264) Return of the Jedi (1983)
1070) Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
1288) Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
1423) Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
2887) Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

2. Godfather

2) The Godfather (1972)
20) The Godfather: Part II (1974)
615) The Godfather: Part III (1990)

3. Middle Earth

35) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
42) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
57) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
2312) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
2539) The Lord of the Rings (1978)
3284) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

4. The Little Tramp

60) City Lights (1931)
88) Modern Times (1936)
127) The Gold Rush (1925)
439) The Kid (1921)
1224) The Circus (1928)
3462) Easy Street (1917)
6174) Mabel's Strange Predicament (1914)
7407) The Tramp (1915)
7802) A Dog's Life (1918)

5. Alien(s)

27) Alien (1979)
77) Aliens (1986)
1553) Alien³ (1992)
1687) Alien: Resurrection (1997)

6. Frankenstein

128) Frankenstein (1931)
137) Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
251) Young Frankenstein (1974)
1484) Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
2400) Son of Frankenstein (1939)
2458) The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
3460) The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
3684) Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
3985) House of Frankenstein (1944)
4273) Frankenstein (1910)
4650) Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)
4850) Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
6547) Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
8375) Frankenstein - 1970 (1958)

7. Indiana Jones

31) Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
417) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
723) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
3759) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

8. Toy Story

47) Toy Story (1995)
297) Toy Story 2 (1999)
549) Toy Story 3 (2010)

9. Marx Brothers

82) Duck Soup (1933)
299) A Night at the Opera (1935)
1283) Horse Feathers (1932)
1610) A Day at the Races (1937)
1744) Animal Crackers (1930)
1841) Monkey Business (1931)
5224) The Cocoanuts (1929)
5338) A Night in Casablanca (1946)
6912) Go West (1940)

10. Oz

7) The Wizard of Oz (1939)
2402) Return to Oz (1985)
6188) The Wizard of Oz (1925)
9220) The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914)

11. Terminator

78) Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
106) The Terminator (1984)
4311) Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

12. James Bond

241) Goldfinger (1964)
660) Casino Royale (2006)
742) From Russia with Love (1963)
770) Dr. No (1962)
1649) Skyfall (2012)
1762) On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
1777) GoldenEye (1995)
1969) Thunderball (1965)
2234) The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
3077) You Only Live Twice (1967)
4680) For Your Eyes Only (1981)
4700) Casino Royale (1967)
4727) Live and Let Die (1973)
5049) Diamonds are Forever (1971)
5148) Die Another Day (2002)
5959) The World Is Not Enough (1999)
7742) Moonraker (1979)
8348) Licence to Kill (1989)
8396) Octopussy (1983)
9821) Never Say Never Again (1983)
10193) Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
10409) The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
10591) Quantum of Solace (2008)
10607) Spectre (2015)
10618) The Living Daylights (1987)

13. Monty Python

99) Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
141) Life of Brian (1979)
2020) Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983)
4710) Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)
4888) And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)
10229) Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's Cut (2009)

14. Batman

177) The Dark Knight (2008)
481) Batman Begins (2005)
569) Batman (1989)
1049) Batman Returns (1992)
1607) The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
2980) Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
3108) Batman (1966)
3405) Batman Forever (1995)
5681) Batman & Robin (1997)
5689) Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000)
10620) Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)

15. Romero's Living Dead

93) Night of the Living Dead (1968)
232) Dawn of the Dead (1978)
1555) Day of the Dead (1985)

16. Hannibal Lecter/Lecktor

33) The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
1337) Manhunter (1986)
2730) Hannibal (2001)
5996) Red Dragon (2002)

17. Man with No Name Trilogy (a.k.a Dollars Trilogy)

69) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
525) A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
799) For a Few Dollars More (1965)

18. Matrix

39) The Matrix (1999)
1255) The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
1911) The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

19. Back to the Future

56) Back to the Future (1985)
975) Back to the Future Part II (1989)
1266) Back to the Future Part III (1990)

20. Apu Trilogy

155) Pather Panchali (1955)
384) The World of Apu (1959)
543) Aparajito (1956)

21. Antoine Doinel

48) The 400 Blows (1959)
1505) Stolen Kisses (1968)
3306) Love on the Run (1979)
3466) Bed and Board (1970)
5433) Antoine and Colette (1962)

22. King Kong

49) King Kong (1933)
905) King Kong (2005)
4721) The Son of Kong (1933)
7508) King Kong (1976)

23. Three Colors Trilogy

246) Three Colors: Red (1994)
294) Three Colors: Blue (1993)
548) Three Colors: White (1994)

24. Ozu's Noriko Trilogy

73) Tokyo Story (1953)
572) Late Spring (1949)
4211) Early Summer (1951)

25. Harry Potter

639) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
673) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
906) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
979) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
1536) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
1707) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
1834) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
1873) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

26. Rocky

109) Rocky (1976)
1866) Rocky IV (1985)
2044) Rocky III (1982)
2274) Rocky II (1979)
4357) Rocky Balboa (2006)
4673) Rocky V (1990)
5570) Creed (2015)

27. Mr. Hulot

300) Playtime (1967)
420) Mr. Hulot's Holiday (1953)
749) Mon Oncle (1958)
4387) Traffic (1971)

28. Dracula

424) Dracula (1931)
690) Horror of Dracula (1958)
1484) Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
1698) Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
2990) Son of Dracula (1943)
3461) Dracula's Daughter (1936)
3589) Drácula (1931)
3985) House of Frankenstein (1944)
4717) The Brides of Dracula (1960)
4783) House of Dracula (1945)
4859) Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002)
5501) Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
6824) Blacula (1972)
6836.5) Zoltan, Hound of Dracula (1978)
7722) Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
8823) The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)
10158) Blood for Dracula (1974)
10303) Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)

29. Die Hard

104) Die Hard (1988)
1679) Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
2329) Die Hard 2 (1990)
4420) Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

30. Alienation Trilogy

186) L'Avventura (1960)
640) L'Eclisse (1962)
1104) La Notte (1961)

31. Star Trek

414) Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
945) Star Trek (2009)
1563) Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
1772) Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
2014) Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
2146) Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
3437) Star Trek into Darkness (2013)
4075) Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
4885) Star Trek: Generations (1994)
5053) Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
5557) Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
6465) Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

32. The Red Curtain Trilogy

203) Moulin Rouge! (2001)
610) Romeo + Juliet (1996)
1113) Strictly Ballroom (1992)

33. Evil Dead

391) Evil Dead II (1987)
322) The Evil Dead (1981)
1247) Army of Darkness (1992)

34. Before Trilogy/Céline-Jesse Saga

329) Before Sunset (2004)
380) Before Sunrise (1995)
2074) Before Midnight (2013)

35. Chow Mo-wan

148) In the Mood for Love (2000)
1385) 2046 (2004)
1890) Days of Being Wild (1990)

36. Up Series

1312) 28 Up (1984)
1376) 42: Forty Two Up (1998)
1493) Seven Up! (1964)
1569) 21 Up (1977)
1656) 49 Up (2005)
1743) 35 Up (1991)
1749) Seven Plus Seven (1970)
2636) 56 Up (2012)

37. Mad Max

342) The Road Warrior (1981)
672) Mad Max (1979)
2078) Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
2782) Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

38. View Askewniverse

343) Clerks. (1994)
1171) Chasing Amy (1997)
2315) Dogma (1999)
2500) Mallrats (1995)
4101) Clerks II (2006)
4665) Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

39. Superman

339) Superman (1978)
1287) Superman II (1980)
4231) Man of Steel (2013)
4245) Superman Returns (2006)
5199) Superman III (1983)
7077) Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
7078) Superman Cartoons: The Complete Collection (1941-43)

40. Jason Bourne

603) The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
822) The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
922) The Bourne Identity (2002)

41. Shrek

304) Shrek (2001)
1183) Shrek 2 (2004)
10311) Shrek the Third (2007)

42. Pirates of the Caribbean

296) Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
2095) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
3196) Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
5611) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

43. Spider-Man

520) Spider-Man (2002)
636) Spider-Man 2 (2004)
5950) Spider-Man 3 (2007)
6298) The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

44. Marvel Cinematic Universe

1122) Iron Man (2008)
1155) The Avengers (2012)
1939) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
2811) Thor (2011)
3934) Hulk (2003)
4052) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
4408) Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
4908) Iron Man 3 (2013)
5738) Iron Man 2 (2010)
7852) Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
10220) The Incredible Hulk (2008)
10289) Ant-Man (2015)
10571) Thor: The Dark World (2013)

45. Rohmer's Six Moral Tales

697) My Night at Maud's (1969)
1032) Claire's Knee (1970)
2398) La Collectionneuse (1967)
3608) Chloe in the Afternoon (1972)
5202) The Girl at the Monceau Bakery (1963)
7235) Suzanne's Career (1963)

46. X-Men

729) X2 (2003)
1158) X-Men (2000)
2885) X-Men: First Class (2011)
4733) Deadpool (2016)
5457) X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
5724) X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
7736) X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

47. Trilogy of Faith

809) Winter Light (1963)
1166) The Silence (1963)
1419) Through a Glass Darkly (1961)

48. Wallace & Gromit

655) Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
1614) The Wrong Trousers (1993)
2335) A Close Shave (1995)
2596) A Grand Day Out (1989)

49. Scream

527) Scream (1996)
2391) Scream 2 (1997)
5204) Scream 3 (2000)

50. Austin Powers

567) Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
2099) Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
4192) Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

51. The Mummy

991) The Mummy (1932)
2104) The Mummy (1999)
3964) The Mummy Returns (2001)
4097) The Mummy's Hand (1940)
4098) The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
4914.5) The Mummy’s Curse (1944)
4914.5) The Mummy’s Ghost (1944)
7710) The Mummy (1959)
8324) Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

52. BRD Trilogy

646) The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
2382) Veronika Voss (1982)
2474) Lola (1981)

53. Ford's Cavalry Trilogy

1107) Fort Apache (1948)
1236) She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
2090) Rio Grande (1950)

54. Koker Trilogy

1196) Where is the Friend's Home? (1987)
1381) Through the Olive Trees (1994)
1987) And Life Goes on (1992)

55. Visconti's German Trilogy

728) Death in Venice (1971)
1798) The Damned (1969)
4585) Ludwig (1972)

56. The Pink Panther

1018) The Pink Panther (1963)
1334) A Shot in the Dark (1964)
3341) The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
8320) Return of the Pink Panther (1974)

57. Dr. Mabuse

863) Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)
1482) The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
5527) The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)

58. Abraham Lincoln

857) Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
2419) Lincoln (2012)
3915) Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)

59. Wenders's Road Movie Trilogy

1232) Alice in the Cities (1974)
1292) Kings of the Road (1976)
6157) The Wrong Move (1975)

60. Dog Star Man

2243) Prelude: Dog Star Man (1962)
2384) Dog Star Man: Part IV (1964)
2536) Dog Star Man: Part I (1962)
2659) Dog Star Man: Part II (1963)
2826) Dog Star Man: Part III (1964)

61. Rambo

1199) First Blood (1982)
2138) Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
3323) Rambo (2008)
5776) Rambo III (1988)

62. The Battle of Chile

1948) The Battle of Chile: Part 2 (1976)
1954) The Battle of Chile: Part 1 (1975)
1955) The Battle of Chile: Part 3 (1979)

63. Mexico Trilogy

1401) El Mariachi (1992)
1654) Desperado (1995)
5452) Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

64. Heimat

1409) Heimat (1984)
2291) Heimat 2 (1992)
3499) Heimat 3 (2004)
7213) Home from Home - Chronicle of a Vision (2013)

65. Flash Gordon

1641) Flash Gordon (1980)
2144) Flash Gordon (1936)
7462.5) Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)
7462.5) Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)

66. The Human Condition

2047) The Human Condition: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
2304) The Human Condition: No Greater Love (1959)
2950) The Human Condition: Road to Eternity (1959)

67. Jack Ryan

2016) The Hunt for Red October (1990)
2111) Clear and Present Danger (1994)
3642) Patriot Games (1992)

68. The Decline of Western Civilization

2310) The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
2314) The Decline of Western Civilization II, The Metal Years (1988)
7300) The Decline of Western Civilization, Part III (1998)

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