Best Hollywood Movie Series

I have not done any filmy post from a long time now and I am having a headache in my stomach because of that. I saw “The Mummy” and “Singh is Kinnnnnng” but didn’t feel like writing a review for either of them. Both of them gave me a terrible headache. I have been watching a lot of Hollywood Movies lately and as the sequel fever is catching up with Bollywood movies too, I wonder if we will ever get a “Maine Phir pyar kiya” of a “Dilwale Dulhaniya phir le jayenge” ? I would really do anything to see what happened to Raj and Simran.

Putting an end to all the wishful thinking, here is the list of my all time favourite Hollywood Series. Its a very personal list and don’t be disheartened if I have not included one of your favourites. :)

10. Back to the Future

Back to the future was released in 1985 and it went ahead to become the highest grosser that year. It was followed by its sequel in 1989 and the last movie of the trilogy released in 1990. The Sequels were not as successful as the first movie, but I enjoyed all the three movies thoroughly.

The movie revolves around the concept of time travel. In a time machine invented by Dr. Brown, Marty travels back to 1955 where he meets his parents when they were teenagers. He interferes with their first meeting. Now he has to make sure that his parents fall in love so that he is born otherwise he would be erased from the future.

The movie was funny and engrossing. In the sequel, Marty goes to the future to deal with his children who are grown up and directionless.

The movie has a 95% tomatometer rating and is at the 10th position in AFI’s Top ten Science Fiction movies of all times.

9. X Men

This series consisted of three superhero movies based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name. Each movie outgrossed the last movie and each sequel was more expensive than the previous. Hugh Jackman was a relatively unknown actor when the series changed his fortunes overnight. He plays the lead character of Wolverine who is drawn into the conflict between two groups of mutants. One group is headed by Professor Xavier who runs a school for mutants where they are coached to understand and control their powers. The other group is headed by Magneto, the evil mutant who wants to destroy mankind before they destroy him.

And all those who are thinking that the fun is over, hold your bad breath, because X Men Origins series are on their way starting with Wolverine and Magneto next year.

8. Pirates of the Caribbean

The first part of this trilogy was first released in 2003 and its success was completely unexpected. Walt Disney revealed after its unexpected success that a trilogy was on the way. The second movie in the series – Dead Man’s Chest, was an instant success and broke box office records all over the world.

The first movie was based on a theme park ride in Disneyland and people were expecting it to be a big flop but Johnny Depp(who played Captain Jack Sparrow) completely turned the tables. The name of Captain Sparrow will always remain synonymous with the movie. The movie follows the journey of Captain Jack Sparrow and a blacksmith Will Turner(played by Orlando Bloom) as they rescue Elizabeth ( played by Keira Knightley) who is kidnapped by the cursed crew of the ghost ship named Black Pearl.

7. Spiderman

This three movie series of the Marvel Comic superhero directed by Sam Raimi changed the fortunes of Tobey Maguire. The series was immensely successful and the third movie broke the opening box office records in 29 countries. All the three movies grossed more than 800 million dollars each at the box office.

The rights of the motion picture on Spiderman were purchased in 1985 but the first movie came up in 2002. The rights moved through many hands before they ended up in the lap of Sony Entertainment. How the movie finally saw the light of the day after a wait of 17 years is another interesting story which you can read here.

The bad news is that even after the success of all the three movies, there are no indications of a fourth part.

6. Shrek

This series consist of a total of eight projects out of which three have been already released. The series is based on a picture book of the same name by William Steig. The movie follows the unusual story of an ogre who is sent by Lord Farquaad to rescue princess Fiona who is locked in a tower guarded by a dragon. Shrek rescues the princess with the help of a talking donkey. The most hilarious part of the movie is the love story of the donkey and the dragon(who is a female by the way). And yes, who can forget the adorable puss in boots?

The movie dazzled with brilliant animation and a unique storyline. The third part of the series was panned by the critics saying that it was a normal movie trying to be an animation, but I liked it nevertheless. The movie boasts of so many unforgettable characters like the frog king, Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother and so many fairy tale creatures.

5. Batman

Batman movies have been there since a long time but the series being mentioned here is the reboot series directed by Christopher Nolan which started with Batman Begins in 2005 and exploded the screens with The Dark Knight. The Dark Knight holds the record of the fastest film to reach the 400 million mark. It did that in just 18 days. Christian Bale does full justice to the role of Batman in both the series and infact when the wears the Batsuit, you have a feeling that no one else could have done it better.

In Dark Knight, Heath Ledger as The Joker gave another dimension to the villain in Cinema, which is hard to equal. Its a pity that he passed away without seeing his own success.

And yes, before you ask, there is no sign of a sequel announcement.

4. Star Wars

Star Wars was conceived by George Lucas in 1970 which finally went on to become a six film series. The first three movies came in 1977, 1980 and 1983. The story takes place in a fictional galaxy consisting of super developed planets interacting with each other. “Force” is an energy form which can be harnessed by those who have the ability. The creatures who can harness the force for good are called Jedi and there is an academy to train them. But there is a dark side too which consist of those who misuse the Force. The are called the Sith. The first three movies follow the story of Luke Skywalker who is the son of the Dark Lord called Darth Vader.

The next three movies came in 1999, 2002 and 2005 which followed the story of Anakin Skywalker who is trained to become a Jedi since childhood but finally turns towards the dark Force to become Darth Wader. The series were immensely successful and had spawned a plethora of franchise.

3. Harry Potter

No, its not a series of 7 movies. Its 8. The last book(Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) is been split into two movies. So, three more to go!!! :) Rowling sold the film rights for the first four movies to Warner Bros in 1999 for a reported 1 million pounds. She also insisted for keeping the primary cast as British and allowing casting of Irish actors as well. Steven Spielberg was supposed to direct the first movie but somehow that didn’t worked out. Apparently, Speilberg wanted the movie to be an animated series!!!!

All the five movies of the series released so far have been tremendous success and the next one ( Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) is slated to be released on July 17, 2009. Generally movies based on popular books divide the fans over the faithful creation of the movie adaptations and this series was no different. This is one reason I haven’t read the books yet. I don’t want to fall out of love with the movies.

2. Matrix

This series comprised of three movies in the science-fiction genre which were directed by the Wachowski Brothers. The first movie in the series came out in 1999 and I was verbally abused by my friends for choosing to watch Mann over this movie. I consider it the biggest mistake of my life.

All the three movies were critically acclaimed and successful but there are debates over the last movie of the series. The second movie( The Matrix Reloaded) is the highest grosser out of the three and set benchmarks as far action sequences were concerned. The series also inspired a new religious movement called Matrixism or “The path of one” by a group in 2004.

Personally, I don’t remember the number of times I have seen the movie. For days, I observed everything around me very minutely and was quite sure that we are living in a Matrix. Such was the influence of the movie on me. I used to think that the Matrix is mocking us by showing us this movie about what actually happened to us and still we could not make it out. An absolute favourite and a must watch.

1. The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings Triology consist of three live action fantasy epic films based on the book by the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien. The story is set in Middle Earth where a Hobbit named Frodo comes into possession of the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron. Frodo sets on an expedition to destroy the ring with 8 other companions with him.

The movie series is the Highest grossing series of all time right now and has grossed a total of $2.91 billions worldwide. The combined special effects of all the three movies stand at 3,420. The movie took 8 years in the making with a total budget cost of $280 million and was shot in New Zealand. In total, six million feet of film (over 1,100 miles) was edited down to the 11 hours and 23 minutes (683 minutes) of Extended DVD running time(and I am the proud owner of the extended DVD version). It won 17 Oscars out of the 30 it was nominated for.

I have seen all the three parts about 30 times each. So much that I can recite the dialogues while watching the movie and tell you the next scene in advance. My family was very concerned once because every time they used to see me watching a movie, it was LOTR. :) I don’t think any other movie series would be the number one for me.

Those left out

There are many movie series which are not included here for the simple reason that I did not liked them as a package. For e.g. you may not find Indiana Jones here because the movie “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” was the worst one I have ever seen. The way India is portrayed in the movie is nonsensical.

Another popular movie series which is not in the list is Saw. I did not liked the third part. It was too gory. There are numerous more examples like – Hannibal, Home Alone, Scary Movie, Hulk, Resident Evil, Jurassic Park Series, to name a few.

p.s. A lot of information for the post was obtained from Wikipedia.

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58 comments on “Best Hollywood Movie Series

  1. Good post. U missed out Terminator too. I have this hypothesis that the sequels are worse than the first one, except in few cases. Matrix is not one of them. The entire concept in part 3 sucks! I just like Matrix 1. As for Jurassic Park, 2&3 sucked ! But in Terminator 1 & 3 sucked! Harry Potter doesnt actually deserve because its based on the novel series so when the novel is good, the movie will ofcourse be good. Same with LOTR. would u believe I have not watched a single Star Wars movie yet. Hmm maybe someday I would. My top three would be SHREK, X MEN and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN.

  2. I saw the whole of Lord of the rings series continuously!!

    The initial Batman movie wasnt too good though…

    Spiderman, Harry Potter and Pirates are the best!! Yohooo!!

    Johnny Depp !! Sheeeeeeeesh.
    *-*

  3. DUDE!!
    YOU MISSED OUT GODFATHER!!!
    How could you not add Godfather to the list!! :D

    The others are quite good.. I wouldn’t have added Spiderman myself.. But still… YOU MISSED OUT GODFATHER!!!!!!!!!

  4. hey u missed out ‘the Mummy ‘ :D
    i luv Home Alone series!! ..
    my favz are pirates ,X men n HP .. :)
    well i dont like Spider man soo much… donno why ..i just dont like spiderman :P

  5. @Vishesh : hmmm…mine is LOTR. :)

    @Reema : I did not liked T3 at all. I have mentioned only those movies who worked for me as a whole package. And, if the novel is good that does not mean that the movie would be good too. Sphere was a good novel but the movie was pathetic. :) Star Wars is good but many people don’t like them. :(

    @Sulz : Hmmm…food for thought. :)

    @Priya : Why Sheeeesh to Johnney Depp. He is good. Was the a Sheeesh singularly for Pirates or was that a generalized Sheeeeesh?? :P

    @Anand : I too watch a lot of offbeat stuff but believe me this mainstream stuff is really relaxing at times. :)

    @Nikhil : I did not included Godfather because I did not liked the third part at all. I have only included movies whose all parts were good and I liked them. :) Sorry to disappoint you. :P

    @Allirekha : The latest addition to The Mummy series was a headache. That’s why I did not included it. :) I mentioned that in the beginning of the post. :P :P

  6. Dude…you missed out Terminator…and u included Pirates and Spiderman…Spiderman…Spiderman?? Unfair !!!

    Terminator was again an original idea picturised by one of the greatest filmmaker – James Cameroon.
    I agree the 3rd part was borin…but now lemme tell you that you can always look forward to the fourth installmnt coming next year….It’ll show John Connor grown up and leading the armies of humans… now thats one concept ;)

    The Pirates suck….The last Part – “Dead Man’s Chest” Davy Jones wala…that was too much to handle…I so wised it to end…i hav decided nevr to go near that movie again… :)

    You also missed out Final Destination…That was one of the most original ideas in movies…skippin death n it comes back full circle etc….The Third one however was comin 2day on HBO and IT SUCKS!!!

  7. if i was to make out such list 8 out of these 10 will be there for sure..
    2 missing because i have not seen star wars and i dint like batman much except the very recent one ….
    i would surely include independence day and jurassic park
    how can u forget it ..more than 90 percent of the world came to knew there were some creatures like dinosaurs where we are now :D
    ..remains empty as for now lot of thinking has to be done :P
    by the way i think back to the future 4 too came..
    they used to keep all parts in AXN every 3 months when i was in class 10-11

  8. And you don’t like any of the Bond movies? Yea sure they are no sequel but very good movies..at least the Sean Connery ones! Also what about Final Destination, Home Alone and Superman? I think Superman is the best of all heros

  9. Yeah, nowadays one doesn’t have so many good movies coming out. Out of these back to the future, matrix, pirates are my favourites. As for star wars, I am crazy about those movies!! potter series are interesting and so is lord of the rings but am not as crazy about them.

  10. It was a good analysis dude. I realized that I have to catch up on some stuff. But, Iam really surprised that you missed Godfather series from this list. Godfather I and II were absolutely marvelous ( perfect movies, I would say)..and even though part 3 surely failed to live up to the standards of earlier two, the genius of first two parts should be enough for the iconic Godfather series to find a place in your list… Just my opinion..

  11. Have hardly seen any movies out the list. one 1 each from Matrix & Batman series :D

    If we even think of planning such a series for Indian movies we will end hiding our faces :D

  12. Hey great Theme there!! :) and i probably would be the only one in your blogroll who havent seen any of the above movies… yeah yeah don’t rub your eyes, you have read correctly!! :( :( so can’t comment on anything!

  13. well i agree to the fast that the LOTR has been teh greatest and sest sequel hollywood has offered.i have myself watched the movie a lot of times ands i am read to see it once more as soon as i get the chance.i guess most of us here have alredy watched the movie a lot of times.. i remeber getting teh first original CDs for LOTR.

    i also like pirates, shrek,harry potter,xmen,spiderman and matrix series. though i had to watch it twice to actaully undrstand it.. hehe

    but personally i guess batman series doesnot fir the bill here. but yes dark knight is amonst the best movies i have seen lately..

  14. Thats a nice list man, now I know what I have missed (not much, actually :D )

    But why not Jurassic Park? It was worth adding to list in my opinion. And again, a HP news for me. 8 movies, damn, how can we survive only watching half Deathly Hallows and wait for next movie?

    Cheers

    P.S> Very nice theme, CSS upgrade I guess. Right?

  15. @Anurag : I did not liked Terminator 3 at all. And Spiderman is there. Look closely. :P For all the movies you have mentioned, you have given reasons for not including them in the list yourself. :P :P

    @Arvind : Hmmm…Independence Day was not a series if I remember correctly. Jurassic Park was good but I didn’t like the sequels. I have included only those series which were good in their totality. Nope, Back to the Future was a Trilogy.
    Yup, I got an upgrade. Thanks. :D

    @Maddie : Bond Movies are good timepass but nothing more than that. They remind me of our own masala movies. :) And FD, Home Alone and Superman ended quite badly. Initially they were good but degraded down the line. That is what I think. :)

    @Nita : Oh!! I am freaking crazy about LOTR. :) The last three Star Wars movies were amazing. They were completely amazing.

    @Lallopallo : Godfather I and II can act as Bible in Film making. But I did not include it here because part 3 was very bad. Well, I knew I would get beatings for not including them. :)

    @Smita : You really are missing something. Run to your nearest DVD shop and buy all of them. :)

    @Sakhi : Thanks a lot. :) And *faints with an expression of shock* after reading the second line. 8-O

    @Rajneesh : Remember how we collected the VCDs by pooling in the money? :lol: and them we were so desperate to get the third part from somewhere. :)
    The latest Mummy movie was really bad. :(

    @Suda : Umm…I did not liked the last movie in the Jurassic Park series. Thats why. :) I think the last two movies won’t have much of a gap in between their release time. It would be pretty much back to back. Yup, I got a CSS upgrade. It took me ages to select a color combination. :)

    @Smallstar : Well, because of my job, I generally make guest appearances on the web. :) *Hugs*

  16. After reading this post, i remembered many novels and movies instantly. I have not seen Back to the future series and Batman series. Except these two, i watched all others. Somehow i dont like Batman as full movie will be in dark. Recently i finished LOTR book including a prelude to the series called The Hobbit. I liked LOTR movie series rather than novel but I liked HP novel series rather than movies. As I am a lover of fantasy movies, I like most of them rather than Horrors. What about Spiderman series ?

  17. i look up to you for being able to write such detail! :) i agree with all film choices besides Harry potter. never been a fan. these days, i am into documentary watching. maybe i should write a post on that. u put one of your favorites first and then i will! :)

  18. Ooh, sexy theme. Funny how everyone manages to find nice themes with a CSS upgrade except me. And I call myself computer literate. Bah.

    Anyway, I like your list. I really loved Hugh Jackman. He’s one of my faves. But Kiefer Sutherland beats everyone hollow. Don’t know who he is? Watch out for a serial called 24. It’s ruddy brilliant.

    And LOL, watching Mann was one of the biggest mistakes of my life too. That song “Mera mann, kyun tujhe chahe? mera mannnn….”. Jesus. It was horrible.

  19. @Vijaya Bharat : Yes, Batman movies are dark and its one of the most gloomy superhero movies. Even the comics are like that. I haven’t read either LOTR or HP, so can’t comment. :P And Spiderman is there in the list. Watch carefully. :P

    @Roop Rai : You are the first person I have come across who is not a Potter fan. 8-O I haven’t seen any documentaries yet. It would be great if you do a post and list your favourite.

    @Balu : Yes, its really hard to maintain the integrity of a novel because a novel is much more explanatory than the movie. The first bed time story which my kids are going to hear is LOTR. :D

    @Ish : Well…I did not find the theme, I created it. I took the Misty theme and did some modifications. :) 24? This comes on Star World?
    And don’t talk about Mann. I am still embarrased about that mistake. :( One of my friend went to sleep while we watched the movie and asked me to wake him up when it was over. :|

  20. wow..good list of movies. I like Home alone too :)
    You likely ranked ord ofthe Rings as Numero Uno. I saw all the parts in one day :D Andyes! you missed out Terminator!! :) And how can you forget Lion king :(

  21. @Manasa : Hi and Welcome!!! Well, Pulp Fiction was not a series and neither was Kungfu Panda. :) Keep visiting. :)

    @Vijaya Bharat : Ok. :) Well, I don’t like Superman. :)

    @Dinesh Babu : Welcome to the blog. :) Yes, Back to the Future was great. I had a great time watching it. :)

    @Small Star : :)

    @Manoj : Yup. Home Alone was good but somehow it went down after the second movie. And Terminator 3 was bad. And Lion King was a series???

  22. 1. Awesome theme
    2. You missed out on Terminator
    3. There are no good animation movies- where’s Finding Nemo???? :(
    4.I am yet to see Back to the future!

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  24. fuck me and the ol man are have a disagreement aboutt batman is there anyone ehre who seenz scarecrow in any of his movies??????

  25. hi .. i would just like to ask .. i am a harry potter fanatic and i have read all books and have followed the movies as well. i would like to ask why do you think you would fall out of love with the movie series of harry potter if you read the book? because the book is in a completely different genre than the film .. please don’t get offended with my question, i just wanted to ask :)

    • Well, I always believe that a book is always better than a movie. Many people have told me that Harry Potter series is not an exception to this rule. I am just going by what people have told me.
      Anyways, be assured that once I see all the 8 movies, I’ll read all the 7 books! :)

    • @prem Its not twilet my frnd its twilight!U don’t know even the correct spelling of ur fav series lol………..

  26. This Anser from Headmara Pakistan, i just want to say Harry potter is one of the best movie in my life. There are good movie as well such as Narina, lord of the ring

  27. The top 3 for me personally-
    1. Toy Story 1,2,3. Just Perfect.
    2. LOTR.
    3. The Godfather 1,2,3. (the third one was not that great, but overall masterpieces)
    4. Harry Potter.

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