Special Report

Best Movie Franchises to Marathon From Home

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10. The Lion King
> No. of films: 4
> Top rated film according to audiences: The Lion King (1994)
> Top rated film according to critics: The Lion King (1994)

“The Lion King,” the first of the four movies in the franchise, was a tremendous hit for Disney, ultimately becoming the highest grossing movie of 1994 in the U.S. The film, about a young lion named Simba, has become a family classic because of its moving storyline and exceptional music, for which it won two Oscars.

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9. Bourne
> No. of films: 5
> Top rated film according to audiences: The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
> Top rated film according to critics: The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Of the five installments in the spy series that stars Matt Damon, “The Bourne Ultimatum” (2007) has the highest gross, at more than $227.4 million, and has the highest Freshness score among critics. The Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes says the film “is an intelligent, finely tuned non-stop thrill ride.” Critics gave the movie a Freshness rating of 92%, and 91% of audiences liked it. The series is based on the Robert Ludlum books.

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8. Marvel Cinematic Universe
> No. of films: 23
> Top rated film according to audiences: Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
> Top rated film according to critics: Black Panther (2018)

With 23 movies to date, viewers looking to watch the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise have their work cut out for them. However, fans of superhero films have much to enjoy here, including highlights such as “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018), which received a rating of 91% from users on Rotten Tomatoes, and “Black Panther” (2018), which received a rating of 97% from critics on the site.

While none of the films received horrible ratings, 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk,” starring Edward Norton did not receive as stellar marks as many of the best Marvel movies.

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7. Indiana Jones
> No. of films: 4
> Top rated film according to audiences: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
> Top rated film according to critics: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

The Indiana Jones franchise is Steven Spielberg’s homage to action/adventure movies from Hollywood’s golden age. Harrison Ford plays the swashbuckling archeologist Indiana Jones. In “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” the film that launched the franchise, Jones has to prevent Nazis from finding the Ark of the Covenant, whose powers could make them invincible. The prototypical summer movie, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” received 95% Freshness rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, the highest of any film in the franchise.

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6. Mad Max
> No. of films: 4
> Top rated film according to audiences: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
> Top rated film according to critics: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Australian filmmaker George Miller co-wrote and directed the first Mad Max film in 1979. The flick about roving highway gangs in a dystopian future was a hit, and Miller proceeded to direct two follow-ups: “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior” (1981) and “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” (1985). All three feature Mel Gibson in the lead.

Thirty years after the release of “Beyond Thunderdome,” Miller returned with “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015) — the highest rated of the entire series. Teeming with apocalyptic energy, the flick received a 97% rating from critics and 85% from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes.

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