The Franchise League

For well over a decade now almost everything big budget related in Hollywood has been about franchises. As if the tentpole mania wasn't enough, the prevailing school of thought is to string them together into cinematic universes. Talk about delusions of fucking grandeur. What happened to just making a good film, and then taking it from there?

Like The Directors League, the ranking does not necessarily show how much I enjoy or love a particular franchise.

This is not 'Nam, hence there are rules:

• To qualify as a franchise there must be at least three films.
• Every film counts (including reboots, remakes, and spin-offs).*
• Not included are short films and animated films from usually live-action franchises (e.g.…

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  • Captain America: The First Avenger

    1

  • The Avengers

    2

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    3

  • Lethal Weapon

    4

  • Before Sunrise

    5

  • Bad Boys

    6

  • The Hunt for Red October

    7

  • Avengers: Endgame

    8

  • Planet of the Apes

    9

  • John Wick

    10

  • The Bourne Identity

    11

  • Iron Man

    12

  • Mad Max

    13

  • Star Wars

    14

  • Dampfnudelblues

    15

  • Ice Age

    16

  • The Godfather

    17

  • The Terminator

    18

  • Alien

    19

  • Thor

    20

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    21

  • The Hunger Games

    22

  • Toy Story

    23

  • Back to the Future

    24

  • The Fast and the Furious

    25

  • King Kong

    26

  • Hotel Transylvania

    27

  • Rocky

    28

  • X-Men

    29

  • Despicable Me

    30

  • Men in Black

    31

  • Batman

    32

  • Mission: Impossible

    33

  • The Matrix

    34

  • Spider-Man

    35

  • Ocean's Eleven

    36

  • First Blood

    37

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    38

  • Dr. No

    39

  • Olympus Has Fallen

    40

  • Die Hard

    41

  • Dirty Harry

    42

  • Godzilla

    43

  • Underworld

    44

  • The Evil Dead

    45

  • RoboCop

    46

  • Cloverfield

    47

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    48

  • The Hangover

    49

  • Saw

    50

  • Ghostbusters

    51

  • Beverly Hills Cop

    52

  • Manhunter

    53

  • Charlie's Angels

    54

  • Divergent

    55

  • Jurassic Park

    56

  • The Da Vinci Code

    57

  • Man of Steel

    58

  • Final Destination

    59

  • Halloween

    60

  • The Purge

    61

  • Resident Evil

    62

  • The Transporter

    63

  • Godzilla

    64

  • Transformers

    65

  • Taken

    66

  • Jaws

    67

  • Blade

    68

  • Superman

    69

  • The Expendables

    70

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    71

  • Predator

    72

  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

    73

  • Deep Blue Sea

    74

  • Twilight

    75

  • Paranormal Activity

    76