Longest-Running Movie Franchises in History

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On 7 July 2011, thousands of fans waiting overnight in heavy rain to meet the cast members and filmmakers of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” at the world premiere of the final installment. The last movie also earned “Harry Potter” a spot in the list of longest-running movie franchise.

 

1. Godzilla

Year Began: 1954

Number of Entries: 29


The “Godzilla”, whose original version emerged from the Pacific Ocean in 1954, is one of the longest-running movie franchises of all time

The “Godzilla”, whose original version emerged from the Pacific Ocean in 1954, is one of the longest-running movie franchises of all time

 

2. James Bond

Year Began: 1962

Number of Entries: 22


Throughout nearly 40 years of the franchise since the first Bond film, “Dr. No,” made it debut, the lead character’s mission remains the same, including fighting against evil, saving the world, and kissing the girl

Throughout nearly 40 years of the franchise since the first Bond film, “Dr. No” made it debut, the lead character’s mission remains the same, including fighting against evil, saving the world, and kissing the girl

 

3. The Pink Panther

Year Began: 1964

Number of Entries: 11


The comedy series about French detective Jacques Clouseau has run irregularly, sometimes 13 years elapsed between movies

The comedy series about French detective Jacques Clouseau has run irregularly, sometimes 13 years elapsed between movies

 

4. Star Trek

Year Began: 1979

Number of Entries: 11


One interesting thing about the franchise is that the even-numbered films are good, but the odd-numbered ones are terrible

One interesting thing about the franchise is that the even-numbered films are good, but the odd-numbered ones are terrible

 

5. Halloween

Year Began: 1978

Number of Entries: 10


John Carpenter’s Halloween” gave birth to the slasher-film genre, a type of horror film typically involving one psychopathic mass killer with a graphically violent manner, in 1980s

John Carpenter’s Halloween”gave birth to the slasher-film genre, a type of horror film typically involving one psychopathic mass killer with a graphically violent manner in the 1980s

 

6. Harry Potter

Year Began: 2001

Number of Entries: 8


“Harry Potter” fans around the world say goodbye to the franchise after its final installment, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” was released on July 14. The “Harry Potter” is the highest-grossing film series of all time with more than $6 billion in box-office sales

“Harry Potter” fans around the world say goodbye to the franchise after its final installment, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” was released on July 14. The “Harry Potter” is the highest-grossing film series of all time with more than $6 billion in box-office sales

 

7. Planet of the Apes

Year Began: 1968

Number of Entries: 7


Being released this summer, the “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” movie Franco is a remake of the franchise’s original, which has one of the greatest twist endings of all time

Released this summer, the “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” movie Franco is a remake of the franchise’s original, which has one of the greatest twist endings of all time

 

8. Batman

Year Began: 1989

Number of Entries: 7


The first “Batman” movie emerged in 1989 and audiences all over the world will welcome “The Dark Knight Rises”, which is said to be the final in the Nolan series, next year

The first “Batman” movie emerged in 1989 and audiences all over the world will welcome “The Dark Knight Rises”, which is said to be the final in the Nolan series, next year

 

9. Star Wars

Year Began: 1977

Number of Entries: 6


George Lucas used one-third of his 200-page script for Star Wars to make the first movie, which was the highest-grossing film in 1977 and won six Academy Awards. After its success, he continued to create two additional films. Twenty years later, Lucas launched a trio of prequel films that hit theaters from 1999 to 2005

George Lucas used one-third of his 200-page script for Star Wars to make the first movie, which was the highest-grossing film in 1977 and won six Academy Awards. After its success, he continued to create two additional films. Twenty years later, Lucas launched a trio of prequel films that hit theaters from 1999 to 2005

 

10. Indiana Jones

Year Began: 1981

Number of Entries: 4


More than a decade after the success of “Indiana Jones” trio movies, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg decided to make the fourth film, titled “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

More than a decade after the success of “Indiana Jones” trio movies, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg decided to make the fourth film, titled “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

 

Godzilla 1954 Trailer

 

Related links:

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”: World Premiere in Pictures

“The Dark Knight Rises ”: Newest On-Set Photos Released

Best Hollywood Futuristic Movie Settings

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