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10 Great Movie Franchises

With winter at its peak, what a better way to wait for spring then movie marathons made up of some of the best movie series ever made. These series range from sports to superheroes, vampires to mobsters, toys to outer space. The greatest thing about these films is even if you have already seen them before, they are just as great today. Enjoy!


Harry Potter (8 films: 2001-11) This film series is based on the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling.


Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit (6 films: 2001-14) Eight years after the final installment of the Lord of the Rings, a film adaptation of The Hobbit was released in 2012.


Batman (6 films: 1989-2012)
In 2005, Christopher Nolan re-energized the franchise. Heath Ledger’s Joker was instantly iconic. “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” opens in 2016.


Rocky (6 films: 1976-2006)
Widely considered the best boxing movie of all time. The original film won 3 Oscars® including best picture.


Toy Story (3 films: 1995-2010) The third installment was a contender to be first animated film to ever win Best Picture Oscar®. “Toy Story 4” to be released in 2017.


The Godfather (3 films: 1972-90) The only franchise to have won 2 best picture Oscars®.


James Bond (23 films: 1962-2012) Based on the fictional character Agent 007, this is one of the longest running film series in history. The 24th film “Spectre” opens October 2015.


Indiana Jones (4 films: 1981-2008) Based on the adventures of Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones, a fictional archaeologist. The series created by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford.


Star Wars (6 films: 1977-2005) George Lucas’s iconic series had the highest average gross of all film franchises. The highly anticipated “Episode VII: The Force Awakens” opens later this year.


Twilight (5 films: 2008-2012)A series of five romance fantasy films based on four novels by American Stephenie Meyer.