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Top 24 Longest Running Film Franchises Of All Time

Longest Running Film Franchises

Updated on June 1st, 2019

Movie franchises are the jewel in the studio crown, but the constant search for the next Fast and Furious isn’t anything new.

Here are the longest-running movie franchises in history:

1. Carry On: 31 Movies

The Carry On series ran from 1958 to 1992 and birthed the famous catchphrase ‘Ooh Matron!’ Watch Online Here…


2. Godzilla: 35 Movies

The original Godzilla emerged from the Pacific Ocean in 1954 to level Tokyo — and has become one of the longest-running movie franchises of all time.In his nearly 60 years, the radioactively stirred lizard has battled everything, from the world’s greatest armies to King Kong and giant moths.

But what makes the Godzilla series so enduring isn’t its comical premise or even its mindless destruction, but rather the sustaining idea that when humanity is faced with seemingly impossible odds, it will persevere — even over giant destructive movie monsters. Watch Now Here…


3. James Bond: 26 Movies

It’s easy to forget that the Bond movies come as a package when they’ve been spread out over the course of nearly 60 years. from Dr. No way back in 1962 to the most recent Sam Mendes directed Spectre. Click Here For Movie…

 

4. Friday The 13th: 12 Movies

Despite releasing Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter back in 1984, Paramount Pictures and New Line Cinema collectively put out a further 8 movies, giving the franchise a whopping 12 films in total. Watch Know…


5. Star Trek: 11 Movies

Paramount Pictures have produced 12 Star Trek movies and there’s a further movie coming later this year. Between the original series, the next generation and the reboot series – which takes place in an alternate time line – the movies have captured fans imaginations for more than three decades. Watch Here…


6. The Pink Panther: 12 Movies

How long has the Pink Panther series been running? Let’s put it this way: when the first film came out, Lyndon Johnson was President. Though it’s been around forever, the comedy series about a bumbling French detective named Jacques Clouseau has not run regularly — sometimes as many as 13 years elapsed between movies.

Peter Sellers played Clouseau in five Panther movies before his death in 1980. Alan Arkin, Roger Moore and most recently Steve Martin have all donned the signature trench coat and mustache, but no one has ever matched Sellers’ pratfalls and refined mimicry.

Other actors may appear in future Panther installments, but there will be only one Clouseau. Click Here For Movie…


7. Halloween: 11 Movies

John Carpenter’s horror film gave bloody birth to the slasher-film genre of the 1980s. Michael Myers, the movie’s mute, slow-walking, unstoppable killer, directly inspired Jason Voorhees in the dozen-film strong Friday the 13th franchise.

Halloween‘s 10-entry series includes two remakes by heavy-metal rocker Rob Zombie and a sequel — Halloween III: Season of the Witch — that has absolutely nothing to do with any of the other films. It’s about creepy Halloween masks and Michael Myers is nowhere to be found. Watch Now…


8. A Nightmare on Elm Street: 9 Movies

Wes Craven directed and wrote the original movie in this classic horror franchise. Watch Online Here…


9. The Muppets: 8 Movies

The Muppets


Kermit came back for a staggering 7 movies after the original Muppet movie in 1979. That’s a lot of acting for a small frog. Watch Now…


10. X-Men:  11 Movies

On top of those already released, there are three more movies that take place in the X-Men universe either in the works, or set for release this year including X-Men: Apocalypse (U.S. release May 27.), Gambit which will star Channing Tatum and a third Wolverine movie that is as of yet untitled. Watch Here…


11. Harry Potter: 8 Movies

Taking J. K. Rowling’s books from page to screen, Warner Bros. successfully spawned 8 movies of magical madness, inspiring multiple generations of muggles and generating $7.7 billion worldwide. Available Here…


12. Rocky: 8 Movies

Sylvester Stallone goes from grasshopper to Miyagi in 2015’s Rocky sequel, where he trains an underdog boxer played by Michael B. Jordan. Watch Now…


13. Saw: 8 Movies

Saw will return for an eighth installment, titled Saw: Legacy, though it’s not confirmed whether Tobin Bell will star as the infamous Jigsaw. Online Available Here…


14. The Fast and the Furious: 8 Movies

Eight movies and still going. Yup, just last week it was confirmed that Universal will be rolling out a further three Fast and Furious movies, taking the series total up to 10 movies in 20 years. Click Here For Movie…


15. Batman: 12 Movies

In 1989, Tim Burton brought us the first Batman. The film was a darkly comedic, visionary version of the comic strip, starring Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight and Jack Nicholson as the Joker.

The movie was bad, but not as bad as Schumacher’s follow-up, Batman & Robin. Eight dark years went by before indie filmmaker Christopher Nolan rebooted the series with Batman Begins.

Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures recently released a teaser trailer for the film, which is said to be the final in the Nolan series, but given the success of the franchise, we wouldn’t be surprised to see another Batman come to life in the future. Click Here For Watching Online…


16. Planet of the Apes: 7 Movies

The original Planet of the Apes has one of the greatest twist endings of all time. But we’re not going to ruin it here for you. All we’ll say is that some astronauts — the most masculine of whom is played by Charlton Heston — land on a planet where apes rule and humans are enslaved.

A quartet of sequels followed , and an unwise remake of the original, directed by Tim Burton, came out in 2001. This summer’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco, is a reboot that reimagines the franchise’s origins. Check Out Here…

 

17. Hellraiser: 15 Movies

Hellraiser

On September 18, 1987, New World Pictures released Hellraiser, a horror film about a family who opens a puzzle box and invites hell in their lives in the form of pleasure-pain creatures known as Cenobites, who are lead by Pinhead (played by Doug Bradley). Click Here to Watch Online

 

18. Star Wars: 6 Movies

George Lucas’ 200-page script for Star Wars was more than any one movie could handle. He used one-third of it for the first movie, and based on the success of that film — which was the highest-grossing film of 1977 and won six Academy Awards — he created two additional films with the leftovers.

Twenty years later, eager to cash in on the continued popularity of his original trilogy, Lucas created a trio of prequel films that hit theaters from 1999 to 2005. Watch Online Here….

 

19. The Exorcist: 6 Movies

The Exorcist

This horror franchise, spawned from the William Peter Blatty novel and iconic film that followed, chronicles the eternal struggle between good and evil, as detectives and men of the cloth do battle with supernatural demons. Click Here To Watch Online

 

20. Death Wish: 5 Movies

Death Wish

The original Death Wish is drastically different from the various sequels that came out sporadically over a 20 year period. Click Here to Watch Online

 

21. National Lampoon: 6 Movies

National Lampoon

The first of the “National Lampoon” movies was a (not very successful) made-for-TV movie called Disco Beaver from Outer Space, broadcast in 1978.

The second, and by far the most successful film, was National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978). Starring John Belushi and written by Doug Kenney, Harold Ramis and Chris Miller, Animal House became one of the highest grossing comedy films of all time.

Produced on a low budget, it was so enormously profitable that from that point onward for the next two decades, the name “National Lampoon” applied to the title of a movie was considered to be a valuable selling point in and of itself. Watch More Online

 

22. Die Hard: 5 Movies

Die Hard

The ‘Die Hard’ franchise is a series of films that are based on ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’, a 1979 novel by Roderick Thorp. The first film ‘Die Hard’ was released in 1988 and ‘Die Hard 2’ followed in 1990. The third film in the series was ‘Die Hard with a Vengeance’ which was released in 1995. Watch More Online 

 

23. Resident Evil: 6 Movies

 Resident Evil

Resident Evil is an action horror science fiction film series loosely based on the Capcom survival horror video game series of the same name. German studio Constantin Film bought the rights to adapt the series to film in January 1997. In 2001, Screen Gems acquired distribution rights and hired Paul W. S. Anderson as writer and director for Resident Evil (2002).

Anderson continued as writer and producer for Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) and Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), and returned as the director for Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010), Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016). Watch More Online

 

24. Indiana Jones: 4 Movies

The very common mistake people make when talking about this series has to do with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Though it was released after the first film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom takes place one year earlier, which technically makes it a prequel. No one was using that word in 1984, though, so everyone considers it a sequel. Click Here For Movie…

source: time.com, metro.co.uk