Top 10 Movie Series That Went On Way Too Long

Movie studios have a problem of taking something successful, and milking it as long as they can, sometimes even shaming a once great series' name! Once you make it to straight-to-DVD, you know it's time to stop. And I can't stop you from adding Indiana Jones or Star Wars, but please, be gentle.

The Top Ten

1 The Land Before Time

You may not realize it, but there are now FOURTEEN films in The Land Before Time franchise. You remember them right? That one wonderful children's movie all those years ago? Well after that came a steady flow of animated musical direct-to-VHS sequels. - higgsboson2142

Ah, the memories of the first one, the big freeze, and the one where they met the little t rex. Should've stopped there.

Seriously? Fourteen? Isn't that going just a little overboard?

Nows there's 15 - ikerevievs

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2 Home Alone

This series was great after the first 2 movies, but they should have stopped after the 2nd movie. - nintendofan126

The first two were awesome but it went downhill from there. The worst was home alone 4 - Ajkloth

Well 1 and 2 was great! Then they made a third one. That was a good movie too, but then they made 2 more! I would of kept it at 3. But 5 was good. - micahisthebest

I loved the first 2. If they could get the same actors, they shouldve made a third one and then left it like a trilogy, but unfortunately there were different actors and there were 5 movies. - PeeledBanana

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3 Jaws

Jaws is one of my favorite movies. The second one? It's okay, a bit of a rehash of the first film, but it still stars Roy Schneider as Brody. Unfortunately, the third film is where it gets bad. The third wasn't labeled as Jaws 3, but Jaws 3D. YEAH. Plastic cyan/red glasses 3D, too! I don't even WANT to talk about the fourth film. - higgsboson2142

4 Police Academy

I remember one time my mom used to show me and my sister one of the movies from this franchise when it was airing on T.V. late at night. I used to legitimately laugh at it back in the day, but now it's evolved into more of a So Bad, It's Good vibe for me. But considering how many movies were made after the first one, I can see why it deserves its place on this list. The acting was subpar even for its time and most of the humor is derived from all the cops being incompetent idiots who can't do their job right until the climax of the movie, which can be more frustrating than entertaining at worst. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

5 RoboCop

They couldn't even get the guy who played robocop in the first two to come back for the third one. - Jackamalio

6 Saw

Shut up. - BeatlesFan1964

Everyone was just fed up with it after 5. 6 was okay, but 7 (Saw 3D) was a trainwreck!

7 Air Bud

Had a ton of movies and didn't deserve one of them. - RalphBob

There's like 3 air bud movies, and 7 air buddies movies about his pups - Jackamalio

I used to like these movies about 5-7 years ago when I was a huge fans of dogs. It's pretty cringeworthy to look back at, but this movie series has way too much of them and most of them are plain weird. - Swellow

Pup Star was good! Keep Air Bud comin'!

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8 The Terminator

When he said "I'll Be Back", I didn't think he meant it like this. - PositronWildhawk

9 Ice Age

The first one was good, and the second one. Then 3 more, they were good and I understand cause they were good at the box office - micahisthebest

Just two much. The first one was good and I understand a sequel, but 3 more! and possibly another! Just two much.

10 Transformers

The first one was okay. It had amazing effects, but a confusing plot and bad acting toned it down. Then the 2nd movie came out, it was a disaster.

This was OK, just the horrible acting. Sequels however proved Michael Bay has a lack of talent. - Swellow

The Contenders

11 Scooby-Doo

You thought The Land Before Time was the franchise with the most pointless direct-to-video installments? Well, I guess you forgot about the mountainous amount of DTV movies Barbie and Scooby-Doo have... - PerfectImpulseX

12 The Swan Princess

Whoever thought that giving this movie SIX sequels was a good idea needs to fired immediately! Especially the CGI movies where Odette doesn't even turn into a swan at all except for near the end of The Swan Princess Christmas and the main character is now Odette's and Derek's adopted daughter Elise (no not the Elise/Elize from Tales of Xillia, but an more annoying Elise). - PerfectImpulseX

13 Barbie

Why do they keep making Barbie movies? I understand they want to entertain young girls but could they just put a end to the over 9000 Barbie movies? - PerfectImpulseX

14 A Nightmare on Elm Street
15 Alien
16 Friday the 13th

They even had one where Jason ends up in space. Enough said!

It was great up until the 4th one, then it just went all downhill from there.

17 Die Hard
18 Dr. Dolittle

I liked the Eddie Murphy version. - RalphBob

19 Open Season

They made 4 of them. - Discord1

The first one wasn't even that good. - Jackamalio

20 Alpha and Omega

This film series has to end. The first movie, wasn't even good, so how the hell did it get so many sequels?!

The furry equivalent to The Swan Princess - PerfectImpulseX

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1. The Land Before Time
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