Weekend watchlists are easy to fill with binge-able series, but if a viewer is in more of a movie mood, where do they start? Movie franchises are a great filler if they are used to watching a series in one complete weekend. Plus, movie franchises create a magical viewer experience, especially if the movie always seems to end on a cliffhanger. Viewers become invested in the characters journeys and want to see how their stories end. Watching them back-to-back without interruption is the movie experience that most movie goers would love to experience.
Movie franchises also seem to hold a power over viewers as they want to watch every film until they know that their favorite characters have made it to a satisfying conclusion. No fan of Harry Potter starts the first film not willing to watch all films and seeing the boy wizard take out he who shall not be named. Viewers also need to know if Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky’s relationship will be able to make it to the end of their high school careers. Netflix has given the world the art of binge-watching, and these 10 movie franchises are totally worth making a marathon of.
10 Fear Street
Gore and nostalgia make up the Fear Street franchise, which follows the cast of teenage rebels through three different time periods. Fear Street feels more like a mini-franchise that gives viewers the feeling of watching Scream mixed with Stranger Things. The series is based on the books by R.L. Stine, where he compares two nearby towns throughout the specified decades. Shadyside is drab and full of dejected kids while Sunnyvale is the richer side of town. Every few decades, Shadyside has a mass murder where the killer is a stable resident just ready to snap.
9 Bad Boys
Bad Boys is a buddy cop movie franchise, featuring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as Miami detectives. The first movie follows $100 million worth of heroin that was heisted from police headquarters. The following films continue with a different case for the two detectives to solve. Each film, Smith’s character only gets cockier while Lawrence maintains his worrywart status. The two detectives are known for leaving a lot of carnage in their wake to get the bad guys by any means necessary. The Sydney Morning Herald calls the Boys’ banter always cheesy with their leisurewear fit with a neon glow.
8 The Kissing Booth
The Kissing Booth follows Elle Evans and her best friend Lee Flynn. Lee is always in the shadow of his older and more popular brother Noah. Lee and Elle make a pact for their friendship where Elle cannot fall in love with Noah. This pact comes into question after Lee and Elle create a kissing booth for school. Noah becomes one of Elle’s paying patrons, and her pact with Lee no longer holds up. The Kissing Booth franchise is entertaining and funny with a cliché and predictable plot, but easy to get sucked into with all the high school drama.
7 Austin Powers
Mike Myers delves into the ’60s as the psychedelic spy Austin Powers. The Austin Powers franchise follows the titular character with bad teeth, hairy chest, and the amazing ability of getting any woman in his bed. In every film, Austin is repeatedly saving the day from Dr. Evil’s world-ending schemes. Myers plays both the hero and the villain of the movies with a variety of jokes poking at different decades. The Austin Powers films also give a Bond-esque nod with the titular spy’s escapades and Dr. Evil’s world domination plans.
Vin Diesel becomes the futuristic fugitive Richard Riddick in the Riddick series. These movies have become a cult classic for sci-fi and action movies as it’s a blast to watch from beginning to end. Riddick is a dangerous criminal being transported to a prison but escapes when the ship is hit by a comet which sends him to a desolate planet. Now stranded on a planet with predatory creatures, Riddick and the survivors need to work together if they want to survive. The magic of the movie comes from the characters along with the lore of the universe which has been beautifully executed by everyone involved in the franchise.
5 Resident Evil
The Resident Evil franchise is based on a video game series. The movies took liberties by creating new characters to introduce to the world that the games have already created. In the first film, Alice is a security operative working for the Umbrella Corporation and has to escape an underground facility that happens to be filled with zombies. The film kills it in the action genre as what Screen Rant calls a “shoot-em-up” film. At times, these films can come off as cheesy survival stories with the expected cliché survival horror story characters.
Rocky has developed the reputation of being one of the greatest sports films of all time. The character of Rocky is a professional boxer that has been picked to take on the heavyweight champion Apollo Creed. The film becomes montage sequences of training while also falling in love with Adrian. Rocky is a gritty melodrama about a true underdog story that becomes more about feelings than the punches Rocky dishes out. Each film follows the tale of a man who is only seen as one thing to the world, but wants to be more.
3 Enola Holmes
Enola Holmes is the sister to the great Sherlock Holmes, and who’s sleuthing skills could give her brother a run for his money. In Enola Holmes, she heads into her first case, which is finding her missing mother. These films follow the girl detective on the different mysteries she gets involved in along with the people she meets along the way. They also are able to balance broad themes for the heroine’s journey along with the creative world that is Sherlock Holmes. The Enola Holmes franchise may have started out as a girl trying to find herself, but has grown into the risks Enola takes to change the world.
2 To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a teen romantic comedy movie franchise that will make anyone swoon for Peter Kavinsky and Lara Jean Covey to make it as a couple. The series starts with the two creating a pact to solve both of their relationship issues but grows into the two falling for one another. The next two films follow the ups and downs in Peter and Lara Jean’s relationship. These films have brought back the romantic comedy genre, and the best teen movies to hit screens in years.
1 Knives Out
The Knives Out series is a murder mystery compared to Agatha Christie and staring Daniel Craig as the great Detective Blanc. The movies are a cat and mouse game that begins with mysterious deaths. The secret behind the films are the many plots twists and challenges that each character is faced with. Knives Out is filled with a stuffed famous cast while everyone is pointing fingers at who they think did it. New York Times calls Knives Out series mysterious, suspenseful, entertaining with a bunch of shifty subjects viewers are hoping will slip up.