Top 10 Best Movie Series of All TimeThere's nothing quite like the thrill of following a saga unfold on the big screen, from its jaw-dropping origin story to its grand finale. Whether it's the classic allure of old Hollywood or the mind-bending effects of today's blockbusters, movie series have been a cornerstone of cinematic brilliance for generations.
So, what elevates a movie series from good to legendary? First off, it's not just about a killer storyline; it's about characters who feel real and evolve, keeping you invested throughout multiple films. We're talking about worlds that are so immersive and detailed, you wish you could hop right into the screen. And let's not forget the spectacle: heart-pounding action, eye-popping visuals, and state-of-the-art special effects that leave you on the edge of your seat.
From epic space odysseys like Star Wars to the gritty, emotional depths of The Godfather, movie series span a buffet of genres, serving up something for every film fanatic out there. These iconic franchises don't just make box office history; they become part of our collective consciousness, shaping the way we see and talk about cinema.
Being born in the mid-'90s and growing up watching the Star Wars movies as a kid, starting with Episode I in the theaters, has truly been an amazing experience over the years. I know people trash the prequels for their poor CGI, Jar Jar's annoyance, and Hayden Christensen's acting, but you have to see past that and enjoy the movies for what they're actually presenting.
Episode III is one of my favorite movies of all time, as it literally wraps up the entire prequel trilogy and explains why everything in Episodes 4, 5, and 6 happened at all. It also featured the most Jedi action and fighting, so you get to witness their potential at its peak before it all comes to an end when *spoiler alert* Anakin and the clone army slaughter everyone. I also believe the soundtrack for the prequel trilogy was the best.
The newest trilogy wasn't as good, and I feel it was just constantly poking at nostalgia, especially by bringing Palpatine back from the dead. I know they said this would be the last trilogy, but I'll always be down for more!
Harry Potter is number 1 for a reason. The fact that it is a global sensation and people want to be a part of it says something. A book series turned into a movie, with its own theme park in one of America's most famous theme parks, is also significant. The thoughts and beliefs within the Potter series will stay in your heads forever, and it also confronts controversial issues like racism (Draco saying Mudblood, and so on). This gives the film a unique edge.
Children, teens, adults, parents, and even grandparents all enjoy this film, regardless of their age. The film allows you to be a part of their world, and them to be a part of yours. And that's why Harry Potter is the best.
Harry Potter is the most phenomenal series of all time, and it always will be. Even though Star Wars is an all-time classic, nothing reaches the extreme depths this movie series reaches in every way. For example, in the scene where Aunt Marge blew up like a balloon, they actually did blow her up for the set. If you disagree with me, you have your answer right there. Oh, and Harry Potter delivers a faithful, true message.
Death is only the next pathway. Harry Potter will live forever in our hearts, as will the characters that may pass away before him. Harry Potter is the greatest series of all time, no further ado.
I totally think Lord of the Rings should be number 1. It is absolutely one of the best movie series of all time. The cast of characters is unbeatable. If it were changed, these movies would not be the same. They are some of my favorite movies and some of the best-selling movies of all time. This is a fantastic series.
One of my favorite aspects is the costumes. I can't get over how amazing the costumes were. The special effects were incredible as well. Thank you, Peter Jackson and crew, as well as all the fantastic authors, for making such an amazing movie series.
Return of the King is my favorite movie in the trilogy, even though Return of the King is my least favorite book in the trilogy.
There are no words for how great The Lord of the Rings is. Let me just point out a few things. First of all, the first Lord of the Rings movie and the first Harry Potter movie were filmed in the same year, yet the quality of that Harry Potter movie is so much worse than The Fellowship of the Ring.
Also, there is no competing with The Lord of the Rings, whether in quality, characters, cast, plot, or action. And it's obvious that Harry Potter was influenced by LOTR. Here are some examples: both have a dark lord, a wise old wizard, and an orphaned main protagonist (though it's only mentioned briefly that Frodo's parents are dead). Not to mention the angry willow trees.
Fans of the LOTR books will know that in the first book, Merry and Pippin are attacked by the Old Man Willow, only to be saved by Tom Bombadil. In Harry Potter, there is the infamous Whomping Willow, which tries to kill Harry, Ron, and Hermione on multiple occasions.
All in all, I will forever believe that The Lord of the Rings is the best movie series of all time, and no other movie series (be it Harry Potter, Star Wars, or anything similar) can hold a candle to the masterpiece called The Lord of the Rings.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is too shallow, Harry Potter not that much of a delight, the Terminator series is weighed down by a mindless string of sequels, and Star Wars has lost its shine and the power to captivate. The Dark Knight Trilogy, on the other hand, is an epic saga of massive proportions. The final part may definitely be the weakest, but it is well above the common summer blockbuster. The Dark Knight Trilogy must rule this list.
It's Batman like we've never seen him before. Not only is he a superhero, but a deeply flawed one, with his own inner demons, struggles, and battles, which make the storyline so much more intriguing. Not to mention all the other characters with their own rich stories. Heath Ledger rocked as Joker. It's a superb franchise.
To any MCU fan saying this franchise is horrible, it has had the most potential and the most effort put into it. The Dark Knight trilogy is even rated better than the MCU in almost every list of movie franchises. Stop hating it and enjoy it. Don't think about Iron Man or Captain America for once and try this franchise. I grew up with it and it's still the best superhero franchise I've ever watched.
I voted for this one because it was just so low. Sure, the 4th one sucked. The 1st and 2nd are two of my favorite films ever made, and the 3rd ranks just below them. Indiana Jones just has everything you want in an action movie: a vulnerable hero, sweet action, different storylines, and so much more!
Indiana Jones is at least in the top three. It beats out Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, James Bond, The Dark Knight Trilogy, and The Lord of the Rings, which are all spectacular films in their own right.
Some might argue that this is too high on the list, but this had the 4th highest amount of votes. Personally, I absolutely loved these films but thought they should maybe be around number 5 or 6.
The Pirates of the Caribbean series is well-planned. It has a bit of everything: comedy, romance, adventure, horror, and action. There's something for the whole family! The series isn't very complicated, has a good plot, and they always pick the perfect actors for the roles. I'm excited for the upcoming fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Savvy?
Over time, people have said the series has gotten worse, but I have to disagree. There's always some sort of unpredictability in each movie. I didn't really like the fourth one that much because it portrayed Jack Sparrow as some sort of scared fool, which everyone who's watched the first movie knows he's not. But the Pirates series is my favorite series ever, and Jack Sparrow is forever my favorite character.
The story, the actors, and the way it's presented with humor make me rate it as the best series ever. Doesn't the success of the second and third parts prove it? Well, Jack Sparrow's great mind and the pirates are loved by all. So, what are you all waiting for? Vote for it!
James Bond is a consistently original spy franchise which has gone on for nearly 25 films now, and not for no reason. Each Bond brings his own personality to the table, from well-known ones like Sean Connery and Roger Moore to the unjustly unrecognized Timothy Dalton and George Lazenby. The series continues to adapt to its audience's needs, and that's why it is going to be a very long time until it is finished, because it's so damn good.
How is James Bond this low on the list? There are so many twelve-year-olds on this list voting for nothing but Potter. Listen, watch at least the first three films and then express your opinion. The series has been running since the 1960s, while many of these have been going for only a decade. The hero, the villains, the love interests, the cars, the gadgets - everything is brilliant in this series. Anyone who mocks 007 deserves to die all alone.
Best original franchise from the start. It shows the big difference between American and British cinema. Constant development of the James Bond character through the years and decades, from Sean Connery to Roger Moore and Daniel Craig, gives each movie a new and often fresh look at the 007 series. That, along with the Bond women and new technology, makes every movie worthwhile to watch even decades later.
One of the greatest film series of all time (and the greatest animated film series ever). Each and every film in the series is great. Along with historical significance for being the first-ever CGI animated film series, it's entertaining, it's emotional, and it's a must-watch film trilogy for every film lover.
Who can say no to Toy Story, right? Actually, it was only the other day that I found out one of my favorite actors, Keanu Reeves, was in Toy Story 4. I like that one a lot more now, but the first one is still the best!
Classic and a pioneer for computer animation in general. Loved by a lot of people and extremely popular. I don't think I've ever seen someone who hasn't at least heard of these movies. Each movie was good on its own.
This list is stupid. The Godfather trilogy represents the pinnacle of the movie industry. Star Wars is rightfully higher up, but seeing The Godfather down here is a shame. The fact that the Twilight Saga ranks higher than these masterpieces is proof that most of the voters here are adolescent teens who've never seen a movie from the previous century. And if special effects and sheer entertainment are what they seek, where the hell is Chris Nolan's Batman? All in all, a pathetic list.
The Godfather is the greatest gangster film and also the greatest film series of all time. The first and second films of the series have both won Academy Awards for Best Picture. It's the only film series in the history of cinema thus far to achieve this. The Lord of the Rings series also has quite an achievement, but The Godfather is the only series in which two films have been awarded the Academy Award for Best Picture.
It has a story different from other superhero movies. In "X-Men," the superheroes (often called mutants) aren't given special treatment or recognized for what they are doing for the world. Instead, they are often hated or feared. This series shows the conflict of philosophy between Professor X (based on Martin Luther King Jr.) and Magneto (based on Malcolm X). Both want to "fit" in the world but use different methods. The series explores the ideas of hope, anger, hatred, hypocrisy, fear, corruption, inferiority, and innocence.
I can't believe this is lower than Twilight! X-Men comes so close to the truth of uncovering the fact that everyone feels odd at so many levels. Everyone feels left out. Moreover, it's an awesome series with great graphics and superb characters! Not to forget the storyline!
I am currently watching the whole movie series based on the year it was released. Right now, we're at Days of Future Past, and I'm totally hooked! We should have watched it differently so we wouldn't get lost, but anyhow, this series is awesome. It should be up higher!
1 - So good. The fact there was this good CGI back in the 19-2000?? It was amazing.
2 - It is a really great film, so exciting, amazing characters, and character development, and it has unthinkable twists.
One of, if not the best, film trilogy of all time. I loved these films, and I think that for the generation in which they were made, before the days of good CGI or possibly any CGI at all, they did a very good job with it all. The third is my favorite because I like the cowboy theme.
Why is this not in 3rd place?
1- Harry Potter
2- The Lord of the Rings
3- Back to the Future
Really, you think the Star Wars series is better than the Back to the Future series?
Honestly, I never believed that Andrew Garfield could represent Spider-Man after Tobey Maguire's success. However, I was blown away. I have loved Spider-Man since I was a little kid and think that it definitely deserves to be in the top 10 list of best movie franchises ever. Thank you to everyone involved in making the movies what they are!
I think Spider-Man is one of the best superhero movie franchises ever, and they are so stupid for rebooting the franchise. Until the new Batman movies, it was rated as the number-one best seller in superhero movies. Why would you reboot that?
The best one for me. A movie with a heart-touching story about a shy guy. This guy has the power to save the world and feels the responsibility for it.
This is by far the most inspirational movie series ever created. Being 14th on the list is just an insult to Sylvester Stallone, who never gave up his dream of becoming the Italian Stallion. It's the greatest movie series, in my opinion, and I'm sure in others' too.
I knew this wouldn't make the top 3 because it's overshadowed by films like Harry Potter nowadays. But #14?! I can't believe Twilight is even higher than this! This is the most inspiring movie series of all time. I will never forget the final moment when Rocky is walking away from the camera as it fades to black. It was the end of an era.
This is by far the best movie series ever. All athletes and sports fans can relate in some sort of way to Rocky. The movies just get you pumped. You can watch them over and over again, and they never get old. It's not about some stupid name some nerd yells when he casts a spell, like in Harry Potter. This is by far the best series out there.
I love all 4 movies so much! Sometimes I go on marathons and watch them all in one day. I know how nerdy that is, but I don't care. I just love them so much. And I think it's got to mean something if it has CGI that still holds up to this day and age. It even looks better than some other recent movies out there. Amazing!
Jurassic Park is one of the most well-written books in history and actually had a decent formula. The movie had somewhat crappy effects here and there, but the story was good. It's the highest-grossing film ever. Good job, Spielberg.
I made my girlfriend watch all three within a week just because they are the best series in the world. Light humor, packed action scenes, thrilling adventures. They are still good even though they are twenty years old!
I'm honestly pretty shocked that this series is so far down on the list. While it may not have gotten as much media attention as Harry Potter, Star Wars, or Lord of the Rings, I feel like this series holds its own in terms of a strong plot line. The fact that it ranks below Transformers seems pretty sad to me. The Transformer movies aren't terrible, but they really lack in character development. The female characters serve merely as sex symbols and are constantly in need of being rescued. The series is honestly pretty sexist. It's just a lot of stuff getting blown up without much substance.
This should make at least the top 10. The novels are amazing and epic, well-narrated, and can make you imagine the intense scenes that make your heart pound. The movies are cool and beautifully made. Why didn't this make the top 10? Someone please rate this better! This is obviously better than that stupid Dark Knight. Superheroes are foolish and messed up, not like this epic series.
Dang. Godzilla should be in the top 3. It's run longer than any of the ones on this list. The 1954 movie was supposed to be a standalone film. But it was such a success that the Big G has basically become an icon of giant monster movies alongside King Kong and Pacific Rim.
Come on, giant monsters fighting in cities. Many of its movies are very deep and complex. Also, some are very ridiculous and funny! It may not have the best effects, but they are awesome.
The longest-running franchise ever! Needs to be number 1!
The reason the Alien franchise is so great is that it created a different tone with each movie. The first was a suspenseful horror film. The second created an epic action film. The third made a depressing prison drama. The fourth was just a popcorn film and nothing more.
Great movies, really liked it. I voted for this because it deserves better. But I think Star Wars is the greatest movie franchise ever. Still, this series kicks ass. You should see it!
I just finished watching all six films, from Prometheus to Alien Resurrection. It's fascinating now that the mystery is solved regarding where they came from when you see part one and two of Prometheus: Prom + Cov.
With The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises out, the Batman series is so different and dark compared to other superhero movies. It actually has a great story with twists! It definitely deserves to be higher on the list.
These are the only movies that planned unrelated sequels. It's the only way to do it without directors making the sequel a cheap knock-off, like the Star Wars prequels.
This should be number one. The Dark Knight Rises just secured that spot. I almost laughed and cried myself to death after seeing Harry Potter as number one. The list is a joke.
By far the best. You would really appreciate the genius of the series when you read the following: There was a lot of confusion when a scene from the third movie in the franchise was repeated in the sixth movie's after-credits ending scene. I have come up with a solution to this problem. The actual order of the movies is: 1->2->4->5->6, and then the third. This means that there was a point in the series that gave us a glimpse of what would be there after three more parts. And that, my friend, is true genius.
No, this is not fair. Fast and Furious is the best. It's better than Harry Potter (though it's one of my favorites), Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Godfather, and others. I've watched 1 to 8, and they're amazing, especially 7, 5, and 8, and I'm still expecting part 9. Believe me, it's emotional, funny, and incredible. You guys should try and check this out.
Being a huge Harry Potter, X-Men, and Marvel fan, I still think FF is the best choice out of all. It has incredible graphics and fights. You never get a chance to rest. It feels like you are a part of all the breathtaking action scenes. The last movie is the best ending of a movie series ever. I could not stop my tears. It is just incredible.
This needs to be higher up. The first Terminator is a masterpiece in '80s sci-fi, horror, and violence. (Yes, it is a horror film. See it again if you don't believe me.) Terminator 2 has the best action I've ever seen in a movie, ever. Terminator 3 and 5 are mediocre, but I have to admit, Salvation kind of sucked.
This movie is a 1984 classic by James Cameron, which later became a hit. Arnold Schwarzenegger was an awesome actor at that time. This movie rules. "I'll be back" has to be the most deadly and funny movie line of all time!
This is the best of the best. Action, love, drama, comedy - it has it all and wraps it into one series of movies. I never felt compelled to watch one series of movies.
I have seen all the series on this page, and I believe Transformers deserves to be at least in the top 10. This movie has it all - romance, cars, and best of all, epic battles.
I just liked the first one. The sequels aren't that good, but not as bad as some people say. It's a divisive franchise. In a way, it's the original DCEU.
Transformers is better than Star Wars because it has more action and less plot.
Maybe these are the third-best films of all time. They are unfairly compared to Lord of the Rings, which nobody is beating. These were great films, and there's something for everyone in them.
I LOVED this movie series. It deserves to be at the top, just as good as the Lord of the Rings series. The music was phenomenal, and the story didn't stray too far from the book. I loved how at the very end, it's the start of the first movie in LOTR. It's just excellent. I can't believe it's so low on the list. It makes me want to see the Lord of the Rings series again. Also, there should have been a separate category for The Two Towers because I might have voted for that. Come on, people, 39th?
Ok, it may not have been as good as LOTR, but The Hobbit was still great! Some people will criticize it for not being exactly like the book, but in my opinion, it was actually better. The serious tone fits the story very well. Radagast is a very likable character, and Smaug has to be the best movie villain ever. Seriously, he needed more screen time.
Come out to the coast, we'll have a few laughs... Classic! Die Hard 2 is the best! The villains are amazing too. The Gruber brothers and that Army Ranger dude, plus the dad from Good Times!
I cried inside when I saw this below Twilight. Come on, guys.
Bruce is the best. He should have been a superhero. "Hent!"
In my opinion, this is the best movie I've ever seen in my life. It has a great story and, besides that, it is great in every way. Thank you!
The Avengers is also one of my favorites. Maybe because I just love action movies.
One of the best movies featuring all heroes together.
Non-stop action-packed enjoyment. Come on now, this movie is kick-ass. Sure, Star Wars was great and all, but it's old news. It leans a little too far on the fantasy side for me. I enjoy The Bourne Series a lot because the CIA could really have people like this.
I've never seen a movie like this before in my life. It should be number 1. The number 1 position suits this movie very well. I'm waiting to watch The Bourne Legacy. It's definitely a watchable movie. Matt Damon's action is a big plus to this movie. He is the only one who can suit the character of Jason Bourne.
Great trilogy. It thrills you, is entertaining, and well done. The filming was very professional, incorporating different languages, which makes it more realistic. I love it.