1. Lord of the Rings
One franchise to rule them all. This adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books remains loyal to book fans and its translation to the big screen does not disappoint. The amazing costumes, sets, makeup and effects create a believable universe and the epic story with passionate battles and emotional struggles keeps you engaged.
2. Harry Potter
A young boy with a great destiny into wizardry proves his worth in this massively popular story based off the books of J.K. Rowling. This series puts the fantastical universe of witches and wizards on the screen, giving fans and newcomers the feeling that they’re a part of the world. This 8-movie series gets darker and more intense as you go.
This superhero series is full of people with evolved special powers. Their struggle against human oppression is a theme everyone can relate to in some way. Plus, Hugh Jackman’s interpretation of Wolverine doesn’t hurt its popularity. And this series is continuing with new tales.
4. Star Wars
George Lucas’ epic space opera includes a good versus evil tale with sci-fi and fantasy elements. This series shows no signs of slowing down now that Disney has taken charge of it. Big plans are in the works with a new trilogy and solo spin-off movies. Will Boba Fett finally get his own movie?
5. James Bond
With a charming and alluring character that that will never die, this franchise will only stop when they stop making movies. It is constantly reinvented with fresh plots and action sequences for a new era and audience.
6. Indiana Jones
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas join forces to bring us this series of wild and exciting adventures. Harrison Ford plays the heroic and fearless professor of archeology, Indiana Jones. This story was refreshed for a new audience by introducing Indiana’s son, played by Shia LaBeouf, and there are plans to continue with the franchise.
7. Back to the Future
In this fun series, a teenager goes time travelling in a Delorean car that was turned into a time machine by his wacky friend Dr. Emmitt Brown. If you’re from the 80s, this movie will give you nostalgia.
Francis Ford Coppola’s film about an aging crime boss transferring his power to his son completely changed the movie industry. This series is a classic American tragedy that will never be equaled.
9. Dollars Trilogy
Sergio Leone’s western trilogy instantly propelled Clint Eastwood to mega stardom while completely reinvigorating the western genre. His “spaghetti westerns” are in a league of their own with a unique style. Ennio Morricone’s fantastic score adds to the drama and beauty of the films.
Everybody knows the story of struggling boxer Rocky Balboa. This is a story of Americana at its best. Knowing there is no shot to win but continuing to go the distance has a universal human appeal. Great performances by Sylvester Stallone and the entire supporting cast keep this franchise fresh.