We rated the movies in the biggest Film Franchises
Lord of the Rings
1. The Return of the King
2. The Fellowship of the Ring
3. The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings trilogy still goes down today as one of the best fantasy adaptations on the big screen. While it was an incredibly difficult task, Peter Jackson absolutely did it justice, and we can’t imagine it being any other way. While all three films are phenomenal, The Return of the King takes the top spot for us. Although many see the army of the dead and the eagles as a deus ex machina, we still think it had that bitter-sweet moment at the end as Frodo left with the Elves. He would never see Sam again, and that would be something that both would have to live with. Coming in at second place is The Fellowship of the Ring, as we are first introduced to the characters and the Shire, we come to love them before we learn of a great evil that will inevitably separate them from their happy lives. There’s plenty of adventure in all three stories, and arguably one of the best battle scenes is from The Two Towers, though we’ve placed it last, we feel it deserves better, so we’re calling it a draw with The Fellowship of the Ring!
Pirates of the Caribbean
1. Dead Man’s Chest
2. The Curse of the Black Pearl
3. At World’s End
4. Dead Men Tell No Tales
5. On Stranger Tides
Johnny Depp’s portrayal of the lucky pirate Captain Jack Sparrow will go down in Disney history as one of the greatest performances of his life. But it wasn’t just Depp that carried the franchise, though some may argue he did in later movies, the original trilogy held up well with a myriad of exciting characters, our favourite being the villainous Davy Jones who made an eerie first impression in Dead Man’s Chest. In second place is The Curse of the Black Pearl, for introducing us to this magical world of pirates, and the chemistry between Bloom and Knightley is perfection. At World’s End wrapped up the franchise as we knew it, with plenty of fantastic action scenes and an emotional ending as we learn that Bloom’s character Will Turner must now take the place of Davy Jones. We placed Dead Men Tell No Tales next, as it skips a few years ahead, with Will and Elizabeth’s son, Henry, all grown up. He goes on a mission with Jack to find his father and break the curse, but with Jack’s ghosts haunting them, things go awry and there’s plenty of comedic relief that Disney films always provide. On Stranger Tides is placed last due to its inconsistencies with the rest of the story. To us this feels like a spin-off film that should have been made after Dead Men Tell No Tales, or perhaps not made at all.
1. Toy Story 1
2. Toy Story 2
3. Toy Story 3
4. Toy Story 4
Practically everybody loves Toy Story, and this animated franchise never fails to disappoint. And that’s really the reason we’ve left it in place of its release dates. Toy Story was the first feature film to be wholly computer animated, which meant that a new academy award genre was added in order to appoint it the winner. The Best Animated Feature Academy Award was born in 2002, and the rest is history. Do you agree with our order?
1. The Dark Knight
2. Batman Begins
3. The Dark Knight Rises
Focusing solely on the Christian Bale Batman trilogy, we’ve chosen The Dark Knight for first place due to Heath Ledger’s astonishing performance as the Joker. It really changed our perception of the character, and brought in fans who weren’t fans of Batman at all – it was a real game changer for DC. Batman Begins is next, as we’re taken to Paro Taktsang, where Bruce initially becomes Batman, he’s more relatable as a superhero as he doesn’t have any magical abilities, although it does help that he's super rich. Although we did enjoy The Dark Knight Rises, and Tom Hardy as Bane was iconic, it feels a little disjointed with the time-jumps. We were also hoping Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character would get some sort of spin-off as Robin after he revealed it to be his birth name, but nevermind...
1. Spider-Man: Far From Home
2. Spider-Man 2
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming
5. Spider-Man 3
6. The Amazing Spider-Man
7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
We decided to focus on more than one Spider-Man franchise here, since the MCU movies are incomplete and the Sony movies didn’t get a third installation. Spider-Man has always been in the limelight. He’s been a favourite for many over the years as one of the more relatable superheroes. He’s an awkward kid in high school, which just happens to be the main superhero comic-book demographic. The marriage was a dream, and still rings true now, as Spider-Man: Far From Home places 9th in the MCU’s highest ranking films out of 24. For us, Far From Home is the best Spider-Man movie. It sits above Tobey Maguire’s interpretation because it rings truer to the real lives of teens and how they interact with one another. Compared to this movie, the Sam Raimi Trilogy looks like it was made in the 2000s. Which it was, but it’s timestamped, and since we’re in 2021, Holland’s interpretation wins. However his first film Homecoming doesn’t feel like second place to us. Maguire’s portrayal of Peter Parker will always be our first memory of Spider-Man on the silver screen, and perhaps the greatest portrayal of the individual character. He was stronger, and the Raimi films were filled with more emotion than the MCU versions, so Spider-Man 2 comes in second place. Doctor Octopus is still one of our all-time favourite villains, and that train scene is irreplaceable. Do you agree with the rest of our list? Apologies to Andrew Garfield’s interpretation...
James Bond (Daniel Craig)
1. Casino Royale
2. Sky Fall
4. Quantum of Solace
The James Bond franchise is huge, so we’ve narrowed it down to the game-changing Daniel Craig era, with Casino Royale easily taking the top spot for that literal heart-stopping moment, and Sky Fall comes in second since it gave us an insight into Bond’s backstory. Spectre takes third place for its impeccable opening credits and its portrayal of Mexico City’s vibrant Day of the Dead festivities. The uneven plot unfortunately lets this one down, and Quantum of Solace falls short due to its inability to uncover Bond’s emotional complexity. But who knows where No Time to Die will fit in to the franchise? Check out the trailer for the upcoming Bond movie below:
1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
6. Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
We couldn’t leave the Wizarding World off our franchise list, and while this list may be controversial to some, this is well-thought-out! For us, the Prisoner of Azkaban is the winner – unusual for the only film with barely a whisper of the Dark Lord, but Sirius Black as a known serial killer coming after our hero Harry Potter really made us feel for the first time that Hogwarts castle wasn’t safe. This might be because this threat was more realistic than a face on the back of a head or a secret chamber that nobody had seen, but it was also better because the kids were growing up, and clearly things were getting more dangerous. This should have been the turning point for darkness in the wizarding world, but it felt like the films got much darker as the kids grew older. The adventures felt like that of people in their twenties or thirties, not their late teens. One of the later films we did love was the Half-Blood Prince. Though many argue this felt disjointed from the rest, there were certain scenes in the film that made us remember their age. After this, school was pretty much a write-off. Do you agree with our list?
Star Wars (the original trilogy)
1. The Empire Strikes Back
2. A New Hope
3. Return of the Jedi
The Star Wars original trilogy really revolutionised and paved the way for more exciting space adventures, and The Empire Strikes Back is our favourite. It was a sequel that didn’t play by the rules, and gave us some of the best scenes of the franchise, including the Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader lightsaber battle, as well as Han Solo’s uncertain fate. A New Hope takes second place, and introduces to us a fantastic female heroine, Princess Leia, who totally changed the game and often saved the lives of many of her male companions. Do the newer movies compare?
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