Choosing the best movie franchise is as opinionated as choosing the best movie of all time, but the lists I’ve seen are closely related. Articles about franchises are popping up everywhere with this summer’s franchise giants being shoved somewhere in between, proving how big this summer’s films really are when they can keep up with Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings. In order to be considered for a spot on the list, film enthusiast Neil Miller cites the following rules:

1. It must have at least two movies in a series, but, naturally, there is no limit to how many can be made, such as James Bond.

2. The rankings must factor in the following: box office gross, longevity, marketing, and fan base.

Miller’s top ten list includes the following:

10. Indiana Jones

9. Spider-Man

8. Shrek

7. Jurassic Park

6. Pirates of the Caribbean

5. Batman

4. The Lord of the Rings

3. Harry Potter

2. James Bond

1. Star Wars

The site filmschoolrejects.com has a top 25 list on their site with many similarities to Miller’s. Their top five reads:

5. Star Trek

4. Indiana Jones

3. The Lord of the Rings

2. James Bond

1. Star Wars

Spider-man, Shrek, Jurassic Park, and Pirates of the Caribbean were not on the list at all from what I could see, and Batman was in their number 6 spot. With a larger list, they were able to incorporate more horror films as well, such as Saw and The Night of the Living Dead. None of the Friday the Thirteenth, Halloweeen, Nightmare on Elm Street series, nor any other slasher movie was brought up. Fantasy and Sci-Fi films do the best on these lists as do comic book movies, though they limit the number of superheroes to only a select few. Movies based on books are not as worthy of the top spots, with the exception of the Potter, Rings, and Bond films which are often high up on the lists. I cannot agree with the top spot for either of the lists, though I can understand why it’s there. According to the rules, there is a difference between fact and preference.

andwere not on the list at all from what I could see, and was in their number 6 spot. With a larger list, they were able to incorporate more horror films as well, such as and . None of the Friday the , series, nor any other slasher movie was brought up. Fantasy and Sci-Fi films do the best on these lists as do comic book movies, though they limit the number of superheroes to only a select few. Movies based on books are not as worthy of the top spots, with the exception of the , and films which are often high up on the lists. I cannot agree with the top spot for either of the lists, though I can understand why it’s there. According to the rules, there is a difference between fact and preference.For the complete movie lists, visit http://movies.ign.com/articles/752/752159p1.html and http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/opinions/the-ten-most-powerful-movie-franchises-in-history.php.

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