39. Ocean’s Eleven
> Composite franchise index score: 2.23
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 7.0/10 (1,528,580 votes)
> Avg. RT audience rating: 79% (932 reviews)
> Avg. RT Tomatometer rating: 69% (932 reviews)
> Highest rated film: Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
> Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
The original “Ocean’s 11” starred Rat Packers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford in a heist flick set in Las Vegas. The franchise got new life with the release of four films: “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001), “Ocean’s Twelve” (2004), “Ocean’s Thirteen” (2007), which were male-dominated casts that included George Clooney and Andy Garcia, and “Ocean’s 8” (2018), featuring female stars Sandra Bullock, Helen Bonham Carter, and Mindy Kaling.
> Composite franchise index score: 2.25
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (3,028,853 votes)
> Avg. RT audience rating: 72% (1,071 reviews)
> Avg. RT Tomatometer rating: 72% (1,071 reviews)
> Highest rated film: Alien (1979)
> Directed by: Ridley Scott
The sci-fi series set between the 21st and 24th centuries pits humankind, led by the Ellen Ripley character portrayed by Sigourney Weaver, against lethal creatures whose horrifying form was based on the art of Swiss artist H.R. Giger. The series began with “Alien” in 1979 and was followed by the sequels “Aliens” (1986), “Alien 3” (1992), and “Alien Resurrection” (1997). Weaver starred in the first three. Those movies were followed by two prequels, “Prometheus” (2012) and “Alien: Covenant” (2017).
37. George A. Romero’s Dead Series
> Composite franchise index score: 2.27
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 7.0/10 (486,922 votes)
> Avg. RT audience rating: 76% (480 reviews)
> Avg. RT Tomatometer rating: 77% (480 reviews)
> Highest rated film: Night of the Living Dead (1968)
> Directed by: George A. Romero
George A. Romero directed a series of zombie films beginning with “Night of the Living Dead” in 1968 on small budgets that spared no expense on violence, gore, and bleak vision of the future, mixing in black comedy and a sly poke at American culture. “Night of the Living Dead” holds a 96% Rotten Tomatoes score among critics. “Dawn of the Dead” (1978) and “Day of the Dead” (1985) were other notable entries in the franchise.
36. Mission: Impossible
> Composite franchise index score: 2.28
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 7.1/10 (2,321,010 votes)
> Avg. RT audience rating: 67% (1,455 reviews)
> Avg. RT Tomatometer rating: 86% (1,455 reviews)
> Highest rated film: Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
> Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
The Mission: Impossible franchise grew out of the television series of the same name. Six films, all starring Tom Cruise, have amassed box-office gross of $1.6 billion since the franchise’s debut in 1996, with another film set to be released in either 2023 or 2024. Cruise plays special agent Ethan Hunt, who leads a team tasked with thwarting various plots for world domination. The series is famous for its extensive chase scenes, in many of which Cruise himself performs. “Mission: Impossible 2” was the top-grossing film in 2000.
35. Star Wars
> Composite franchise index score: 2.28
> Avg. IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (8,577,606 votes)
> Avg. RT audience rating: 68% (3,181 reviews)
> Avg. RT Tomatometer rating: 77% (3,181 reviews)
> Highest rated film: Star Wars Ep. V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
> Directed by: Irvin Kershner
Based on The Numbers data for box-office gross, the Star Wars franchise, begun in 1977, is the second-biggest movie franchise ever. The franchise that launched Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford among others into stardom, includes 15 films – sequels and prequels – and has box-office gross of $8.09 billion. Four Star Wars movies hold a Rotten Tomatoes critics score of 90% or above. Six Star Wars movies have been the top-grossing film for their year of release.
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