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Film Series
Film series are created when a film becomes a success. Sequels, prequels and spinoffs can turn a group of films into a real Cash Cow Franchise. Sometimes the makers choose not to make another movie based on the success of the first one. This can be due to lack of interest or the knowledge that they'll never be able to duplicate everything the original made great.

Many others simply go for the quick buck and mass produce new movies. Though a huge flop or critically panned film can halt the sequel frenzy, there have been cases when sequels continue to be made long after audiences and critics gave up.


  • Abbott and Costello: 35 films since 1940.
  • The Adventures of Antoine Doinel, although none of them is quite as well-known as The 400 Blows.
  • Alien — Four films, two crossovers with Predator, and one prequel since 1979.
  • American Pie — Raunchy teen comedy, with seven installments as of now since 1999.
  • The Amityville Horror — Film of the Based on a Great Big Lie book. Somehow got turned into a franchise since 1979 with eight films and a remake of the original.
  • Andy Hardy — 16 films between 1937 and 1958.
  • Astérix — Based off the popular comic strip series. Nine animated film adaptations since 1967 and four live-action since 1999.
  • Austin Powers — Three films since 1997.
  • Back to the Future — Three films since 1985.
  • Batman — All in all the character's been to the theaters 8 times (with three continuities) and on home video (without going into the DC Universe Animated Original Movies) four times, since 1966. One was based on the sixties TV series, and another was an animated theatrical release.
  • Betty Boop — Many shorts since the 1930s.
  • Bring It On — Films centering around cheerleading. Five since 2000.
  • Bugs Bunny — Hundreds of shorts since 1940.
  • Carry On — Hugely popular British comedy film series, with 31 films in their catalogue between 1958 and 1992.
  • Casper the Friendly Ghost — 55 films, a TV series spinoff, and a live-action film since 1946.
  • Charlie Chan — The Chinese detective created by Earl Derr Biggers has been featured in nearly sixty films between 1926 and 1997 — but only four times by an actual Chinese actor, starting in 1989.
  • Cheech And Chong — Six feature films since 1978 and one animated movie in 2013.
  • Children of the Corn — Another Stephen King short story which was turned into a movie. Spawned a sequel-ridden franchise with seven films and a remake.
  • The Crow
  • Daffy Duck — Hundreds of shorts since 1937.
  • DC Cinematic Universe — A joint movie adaptation of the DC comic book setting, with multiple movies/movie series occurring in the same world. One film released, one officially in development, six in the planning stages, and more to come, all since 2013.
  • Death Wish — Charles Bronson plays Paul Kersey, who movie after movie loses his loved ones to criminals, which in turn leads to vigilante mayhem. Five films since 1974.
  • Die Hard — Five films since 1988.
  • Dirty Harry — Five films since 1971.
  • Don Camillo — Five movies from 1953–1965, and some non-canonical entries afterwards in the seventies and eighties.
  • Donald Duck — Hundreds of shorts since 1934.
  • Dracula — Despite the repeated stakings and sunlight baskings, this eponymous vampire count just keeps coming back.
  • Dr. Kildare — Sixteen films between 1937 and 1947. Spawned a popular television series in The Sixties.
  • Droopy — Dozens of shorts since 1942.
  • Emmanuelle — 37 official films and various ripoffs by other studios since 1973.
  • Ernest P. Worrell — Nine "Ernest" films have been made until the death of the main actor.
  • The ExorcistReligious Horror movie series about Demonic Possession. Five films, including two prequels, since 1973.
  • The Falcon — a once famous, now rather obscure detective character who was the hero of sixteen different features made between 1940 and 1949.
  • The Fast and the Furious — Heists and fast cars that are needed to pull them off. Six films since 2001.
  • Felix the Cat — Dozens of shorts since 1919, a 1950s TV series and a 1992 animated film.
  • Final Destination — People evade death, only to be killed afterwards by a malignant force. Five films since 2000.
  • The Fly — Famous tragedy where a testing of a teleporter goes horribly wrong, and the scientist doing it switches his head with a fly. Original series in the fifties and sixties and a remake series in the eighties.
  • Flodder, a Dutch comedy series consisting of three films and one TV series spinoff.
  • Francis The Talking Mule — Series about a man and his talking donkey, spawned seven films since 1950.
  • Frankenstein — Various adaptations since 1910.
  • Free Willy — Four films since 1993 and an animated TV series.
  • Friday the 13th — Slasher film series debuted in 1980 and revolving around hockey-masked Jason Voorhees. Ten films, a crossover with A Nightmare on Elm Street, and a 2010 remake.
  • Fu Manchu — He has been played in over forty films (beginning in 1923) by over a dozen different actors, including H. Agar Lyons (an Irishman), Warner Oland (a Swede), Boris Karloff (with Myrna Loy as his daughter, here called Fah Lo), Christopher Lee, and Peter Sellers (three Englishmen) and Nicholas Cage — but never yet by an actual Asian actor.
  • Gamera — The most successful Follow the Leader of Godzilla; a dozen films have been made between 1965 and 2006.
  • Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez — Six films between 1964 and 1982.
  • Godzilla — The Japanese series about the rampaging mutant is one of if not THE longest running feature film series ever, at a current total of 30 films made over 50 years (1954–2004). Of these, all but the American remake from 1998 were made by Toho Studios, who have made dozens of other films set in the same 'verse. A Japanese-American co-production was made in 2014.
  • Godfrey Ho Ninja Movies — More than eighty.
  • Goofy — First a central character in the Mickey Mouse cartoons, then got his own succesful spinoff cartoon series from 1939 on and in the 1990s a TV series.
  • Halloween — Slasher film debuted in 1980 that inspired countless slasher movies. An original series of eight films and a remake series of two.
  • Hammer Horror — Defined vampire and gothic horror cinema of the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Harry Potter — Film adaptation of J. K. Rowling's children's/young adults' fantasy novels. Eight films since 2001.note 
  • Hellraiser — Surreal and gory horror film about extreme S/M enthusiasts from an another dimension. Eight films since 1987.
  • The Howling — Series of seven werewolf films since 1981.
  • Ice Age — Four films since 2002.
  • Indiana Jones — Four films since 1981. Inspired a prequel TV series.
  • Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS — Four exploitation films since 1974.
  • Iron Eagle — Four films since 1986.
  • James Bond — 20 films in the original continuity since 1962 and a reboot series of three films with Daniel Craig as Bond, and two 'unofficial' films not produced by Eon/United Artists.
  • Jay And Silent Bob — Have appeared in five films since 1994.
  • The Keystone Cops — Made hundreds of films in the 1910s and 1920s.
  • Laurel and Hardy — Made more than 105 comedy films around themselves, both shorts and full length films between 1927 and 1950.
  • Lethal Weapon — Four films since 1987.
  • The Little Rascals — 220 short films between 1922 and 1944.
  • Looney Tunes — Hundreds of shorts since 1936 (counting the Merrie Melodies ones as well).
  • Maciste — One the oldest film franchises in existence: dozens of films since 1914.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe — A joint movie adaptation of the Marvel comic book setting, with multiple movies/movie series occurring in the same world. Ten films have been released since 2008, with many more in progress.
  • The Marx Brothers — Starred in 13 films as a group since 1929.
  • The Matrix — Three live-action theatrical features, a Direct-to-Video collection of short anime films, and three video games (one of which essentially recreates the live-action movies' storyline) since 1999.
  • Mickey Mouse — Starred in dozens of cartoons since 1927.
  • Mondo — Numerous films, sometimes from different companies. First one being Mondo Cane (1965).
  • Monty Python — Comedy series inspired by sketch TV series. Spawned five theatrical films since 1971.
  • The Naked Gun — Three films since 1988, derived from the TV series Police Squad!
  • Night of the Demons — Four films since 1988 (an original trilogy and a remake of the first film therein).
  • Night of the Living Dead — George A. Romero's famous zombie film from 1968. The franchise has become rather complex, giving birth to three different in-progress franchises.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street — Seven films since 1984, a crossover with Friday the 13th, a remake, plus a loosely connected TV show.
  • Olsen-banden — 14 movies, the first from 1968 and the last from 1998.
  • The Omen — Horror film series debuted in 1976, inspired three theatrical films and two TV films.
  • The Phantom of the Opera — Over a dozen adaptations ranging from the early silent films to modern Hollywood movies.
  • The Pink Panther — Seven films featuring Peter Sellers since 1963, three more without, and a two-film reboot with Steve Martin.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean — Four films since 2003.
  • Pluto — Dozens of shorts. Got his own series in 1937.
  • Pokémon — 13 movies and two TV specials.
  • Police Academy — Seven official films and two TV spinoff series since 1984.
  • Poltergeist — Three films since 1982.
  • Popeye — Based on the already popular comic strip, spawned dozens of cartoon shorts since 1933, TV series and one live-action film in 1980.
  • The Prisoner of Zenda — Six separate versions: 1913, 1915, 1922, 1937, 1952, 1979, and two sequels: 1916 and 1923
  • Prom Night (1980) — Series of Slasher Movies which takes their place on the titular celebration. Four films and one remake since 1980.
  • Psycho — Classic psychological proto-slasher horror film by Alfred Hitchcock from 1960. Slasher craze of the '80s turned it into a franchise. Also had an almost shot-for-shot remake in 1998. And a Prequel TV series in 2013.
  • Rambo — Four films and an animated film series spinoff since 1982.
  • Return of the Living Dead — Second zombie franchise spawned since 1985 from Romero's Night of the Living Dead.
  • Rin Tin Tin: 15 films with the original dog since 1922. Several more after that.
  • The Ritz Brothers: 22 films with the original trio since 1934.
  • Road to ... — Seven films starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope since 1940.
  • Rocky — Six films since 1976.
  • Saw — Six films and two video games since 2003.
  • Sherlock Holmes — Detective series of which the first film was made as early as 1900. Spawned countless adaptations (some of them true to the original novels, others hardly at all) and, according to the Guinness Book of Records, is the most portrayed movie character of all time.
  • Shrek — Four films since 2001 and one spinoff film (Puss in Boots).
  • Silent Night, Deadly Night — Horror film series that started out as Christmas-themed Slasher Movies. Five films since 1984.
  • Sleepaway Camp — Series of Slasher Movies. First film (1983) was a serious offering, the rest are more comedic on their subject matter. Four films in total.
  • St. Trinian's: An original continuity of five movies, since 1954, followed by a reboot series of two more.
  • Star Trek — Twelve films since 1979, including a semi-sequel-Alternate Universe-Continuity Reboot-Prequel-restart-whatever (and a sequel to that), recasting the cast of the first six films.
  • Star Wars — Six live-action films divided into two trilogies, one computer-animated film since 1977, with another sequel trilogy (or two) in the works.
  • Subspecies
  • Superman — Serials starring George Reeves, four films with Christopher Reeve, an alternative "third" movie with Brandon Routh and a reboot with Henry Cavill.
  • Tales For All
  • Tarzans — FAR too many to list, although the most famous were those with Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan in the 1930s and 1940s. Also: Greystoke in 1984.
  • Taxi — Four French movies from 1998 to 2007 and one 2004 Hollywood remake so far, all by Luc Besson.
  • The Terminator — Five films, four with Arnold Schwarzenegger, since 1984.
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre — 1974 Film that cemented Chainsaw Good into horror iconography. Five films and a remake series of two more.
  • The Thin Man — Six mystery dramas from The Thirties and The Forties about a witty, wisecracking detective and his Deadpan Snarker wife.
  • The Three Stooges — Probably the longest comedy film franchise in existence, continued from the end of the 1930s until the early 1960s.
  • Thumbs — A series of short films using the Thumbation process, created by Steve Oedekirk.
  • Tom and Jerry — Made hundreds of shorts since 1940 and one full length animated movie.
  • Violent ShitNo Budget German gorefest featuring the misadventures of rotting serial killer Karl Berger, aka K. the Butcher Shitter. Followed by three sequels, with the character of K. appearing in two other films (Angel of Death 2: The Prison Island Massacre and Unrated: The Movie).
  • Die wilden Kerle — German series about a kids' team of soccer players.
  • The Wolf Man — Horror series. Four movies and one remake since 1941.
  • Woody Woodpecker — Appeared in dozens of films since 1940.
  • Zatoichi — Blind swordsman fights people. There are currently over 20 films to date.
  • Zombi — A really confusingly-titled series. The original Zombi is technically the same film as Dawn of the Dead.
  • Zorro — Also far too many to list here, with numerous film, TV and literary appearances.

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