Are you done with binging web series, and need some good movies to watch?
We may be living in the Zenith age of web series, but nothing is better than the magic of movies, right? Fortuitously for us, there are tons of films that have gone on to become large movie franchises, with films after films bringing back some of the most beloved characters of all time.
So, if you want to take a break from binging “Friends” for the 10th time and want to dig into some classics, consider watching these movie franchises from front to back.
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
Runtime: 19 Hours 20 Mins
The saga is the adventures of Harry Potter, The boy who lived. Harry lives in a cupboard under the stairs, wears old retired clothes. Yes, he’s just about as miserable as you can get. Harry’s world gets turned upside down on his 11th birthday, however.
A giant, Hagrid, informs Harry that he’s a wizard, and will soon be attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But, his life is about to change as he is the subject of a prophecy.
Harry is the only wizard who can stop Lord Voldemort, a sinful wizard. This journey of an orphan boy living a miserable life and becoming the most fearless wizard of all time is what the saga is all about.
Some remarkable dialogues that never fail to give goosebumps to the audience:
- “Yer a wizard Harry.” ― Rubeus Hagrid
- “After all this time? Always”, – Snape
- “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” ― Albus Dumbledor”
- If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” — Sirius Black
So, dive into this larger than life adventure and fall in love with the world of witchcraft. This adventure will leave you shocked, mesmerized and thrilled all along. Along the road, some characters will make you giggle, some cry, some will teach that true love lives in you, Always.
The Godfather Trilogy
Crime | Drama | Thriller
Runtime: 8 Hours 57 Minutes
The trilogy begins with The Young Vito Corleone (Robert DeNiro) and his rise to power in New York, this originally being a prologue to “The Godfather, Part II” is now placed right at the start of the saga, making the later flashbacks of DeNiro much more effective and it sets the scene beautifully for the following wedding scene at the beginning of the original “Godfather” film.
With ageing Vito Corleone(Marlon Brando), sons: Sonny (James Caan), Fredo (John Cazale) and Michael (Al Pacino) along with the adopted Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall), soon we are presented with the familiar though very interesting plot, including severed horse’s heads, a lot of gunfire and various questions of morality.
The final scene of the first film is followed by the continuation of the same plot in “The Godfather, Part II,” this being another masterful act of editing. The consequences at the end of the second film (particularly the death of Fredo) are therefore a lot more harrowing and effective.
Soon, we are elegantly taken to the events surrounding the ageing Michael Corleone, including the surviving members of the original films and also introducing a whole new generation of people including Sonny’s illegitimate son Vincent (Andy Garcia) and Michael’s own daughter (Sofia Coppola), and there is another opposition character in the form of Joey Zasa (Joe Mantegna) and so the story continues, this with an even more grim and equally powerful finale.
On a whole, this is simply a masterpiece among movie franchises, the story exceedingly effective (being based on Mario Puzo’s successful novels) and the acting (particularly in the first two films) impeccable.
The Dark Knight trilogy
Crime | Action | Thriller
Runtime: 7 Hours 37 Minutes
After Batman had been flapping around without any real sense of direction, Christopher Nolan took the helm for The Dark Knight Trilogy and was a huge success, with Christian Bale steadying the ship as the Caped Crusader. But a hero is only as good as his villains, and Batman’s iconic adversaries such as the Joker and Bane just enhance the franchise’s appeal.
The announcement of the sequel was met with some controversy, mostly due to the casting of Heath Ledger as the Joker. But as everyone knows, Ledger not only went on to prove his worth but also won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the role of Joker. Sadly Heath never got to witness the popularity of his character and died before the release of the film. Today his legacy continues as one of the best actors in a comic book film.
It will be a sin to omit this:
“Wanna know how I got these scars? My father was…a drinker. And a fiend. And one night he goes off crazier than usual. Mommy gets the kitchen knife to defend herself. He doesn’t like that. Not one bit. So—me watching—he takes the knife to her, laughing while he does it! Turns to me, and he says, “Why so serious, son?” Comes at me with the knife…“Why so serious?” He sticks the blade in my mouth…“Let’s put a smile on that face!”
It’s just a shame Ben Affleck’s Batman crashed and burned, and it still remains to be seen whether his replacement, Robert Pattinson, is good enough to lace Batman’s boots and revive one of the most successful movie franchises of the past.
Action | Sci-fi
Runtime: 12 hours 25 minutes
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a time-travelling cyborg sent to kill John Conner and hence ensure the rise of the machines. The Terminator (1984) was an impressively gritty affair that made Arnie a household name.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day came out to be a much bigger success than the pilot movie. Arnold Schwarzenegger, featured as a time-travelling cyborg sent to save John Conner. This transformation of character resulted in setting all the records in 1991. T2 allowed director James Cameron to go wild with impressive special effects and give the Terminator character just the right amount of depth to deliver the film’s emotional climax.
It’s a shame that the following four films couldn’t make such an impact on the audience. But we’re pretty much guaranteed, one of the most famous movie franchises will be back.
007: James Bond
Action | Adventure | Thriller
Runtime: 50 Hours 52 Minutes
Bond – James Bond – and his gadgets have been fascinating us for well over 50 years, with 26 movies in the list till date. Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig have all played the world’s most famous and fictional MI6 agent, leaving us shaken and stirred in the process.
All of Bond’s tailored suits, fancy cocktail parties, gadgets and garages reserve a different aura, for the one of the most renowned spy movie franchises of all time. The thrill of a James Bond movie is always in the theme song. From Adele’s “Skyfall” to Sam Smith’s “Writings on the wall”, there are some heavy-hitters.
Fast and Furious
Action | Crime | Thriller
Runtime: 18 Hours 13 Minutes
Pure, nitrous oxide-injected adrenaline meets street-smart bravado.
Star-cast like Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Gal Gaddot, Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson makes this one of the most popular franchises of all times.
The latest addition, Hobbs and Shaw didn’t disappoint the fans. The movie with its jaw-dropping action sequences, comic elements and amazing CGI helps this film fit seamlessly in the franchise.
If fast cars, high-octane heists and crazy stunts are your thing, look no further in the popular movie franchises list.
Action | Adventure | Sci-fi
Runtime: 10 Hours 28 Minutes
The Avengers films include all the heavy-hitters: Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Black Widow, Thor.
MCU built this series for over a decade. Every superhero has a very crucial role to play in the series. The idea of Nick Fury assembling a team of the greatest superheroes of MCU resonated with the audience to the highest possible level.
The clashing personalities of Iron Man, a self-described “Playboy billionaire” who doesn’t play by the rules and Captain America, a man thrust forward in time from the 1940s who still has his sense of values and morals from his time adds more depth to the narrative.
The duels between Thanos and Captain America and between Thanos and Iron Man were the grandest duels one may ever ask for. Thanos’ anti-hero dialogues: “You could not live with your own Failure, and where did that bring you? Back to me.” and the iconic dialogue “I am Iron Man” sends chills down the spine of the audience.
Action | Adventure | Thriller
Runtime: 13 Hours 02 Minutes
All the films in this franchise are major on the action, entertainment and high-tech gadgetry, and their explosive soundtracks are a serious workout for any audio system.
Whenever someone brings up Mission: Impossible, my go-to response is “You know Tom Cruise does his stunts?” So here I go: Did you know Tom Cruise does his stunts? Seriously. That alone makes these dazzling action films worth the watch.
Comedy | Crime
Runtime: 5 Hours 02 Minutes
The Hangover series is a typical example of Todd Phillip filmography. Movie has a very simple plot in all the three movies one of the friends either gets lost or gets kidnapped.
The characters keep the audience giggling throughout the series. Zach Galifianakis, himself is craziness personified, and when he Ken Jeong joins the cast the craziness gets to its peak.
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
Runtime: 6 Hours 15 Minutes
The series starts with a question. What is a toy’s greatest fear? That a newer toy may become the child’s most affectionate toy, thus condemning the one-time favourite toy to a lonely shelf or a darkened closet.
In case you didn’t know, the original Toy Story was the first feature-length film to be made entirely from CGI. It’s not only entertaining and colourful enough for kids to enjoy but it’s also packed with plenty of nostalgia and childhood memories which are more than capable of reducing grown adults to tears.
There’s never a bad time to relive your childhood. Take a stroll down memory lane with Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie, and all your favourite toys from Andy’s seriously impressive collection.
P.S. Finished watching movies from this list. Don’t forget to check our another recommendation on 10 Movies Worth Watching in Quarantine.