Special Report

Marvel Barely Makes Top 10 Best Movie Franchises of All Time

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49. X-Men
> Composite franchise index score: 2.17
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (3,784,388 votes)
> Avg. RT audience rating: 77% (2,156 reviews)
> Avg. RT Tomatometer rating: 62% (2,156 reviews)
> Highest rated film: X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
> Directed by: Bryan Singer

There have been 13 movies in the X-Men franchise, which according to movie box-office aggregator The Numbers is the eighth-highest-grossing franchise in motion-picture history based on inflation-adjusted domestic box office numbers. Various installments of the action-adventure series star Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Ryan Reynolds, Famke Janssen, Kelsey Grammer, James Marsden, and Michael Fassbender, among others. The highest-rated film in the franchise, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014), holds a 90% Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score.

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48. SpongeBob SquarePants
> Composite franchise index score: 2.17
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 6.7/10 (147,618 votes)
> Avg. RT audience rating: 74% (233 reviews)
> Avg. RT Tomatometer rating: 74% (233 reviews)
> Highest rated film: SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie (2004)
> Directed by: Stephen Hillenburg, Mark Osborne

One of the most successful animated television shows of all time – about the goofy adventures of marine life characters – also became a hit on the big screen. The first film, “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” (2004), led to two more motion pictures – “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water “(2015) and “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” (2020).

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47. Planet of the Apes
> Composite franchise index score: 2.19
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (1,775,587 votes)
> Avg. RT audience rating: 63% (1,279 reviews)
> Avg. RT Tomatometer rating: 80% (1,279 reviews)
> Highest rated film: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
> Directed by: Matt Reeves

The original “Planet of the Apes” – co-written by “Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling – about highly intelligent apes who surpass humans in nature’s pecking order after a nuclear apocalypse, launched the franchise in 1968, earning critical and audience acclaim. There are nine movies in the series – five in the original franchise group, and four in the reboot, starting in 2011.

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46. Kingsman
> Composite franchise index score: 2.20
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (991,451 votes)
> Avg. RT audience rating: 79% (574 reviews)
> Avg. RT Tomatometer rating: 62% (574 reviews)
> Highest rated film: Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
> Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

This action-comedy series about a fictional British spy organization, based on a comic series of the same name, has had three installments so far: “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2014), “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (2017), and “The King’s Man” (2021). A fourth, “Kingsman: The Blue Blood,” is due out in 2023. Taron Egerton, who later appeared as Elton John in “Rocketman,” starred in the first two films.

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45. Dirty Harry
> Composite franchise index score: 2.20
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 7.1/10 (357,219 votes)
> Avg. RT audience rating: 74% (186 reviews)
> Avg. RT Tomatometer rating: 70% (186 reviews)
> Highest rated film: Dirty Harry (1971)
> Directed by: Don Siegel

Clint Eastwood created the role of cynical San Francisco detective Harry Callahan, who administers justice against criminals, terrorists, and corrupt cops through the barrel of a gun. The movie resonated with audiences who believed crime had gotten out of control on America’s streets and it became the bane of civil libertarians. Eastwood starred in all five films of the franchise: “Dirty Harry” (1971), “Magnum Force” (1973), “The Enforcer” (1976). “Sudden Impact”(1983), and “The Dead Pool” (1988).

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