10 Movie Franchise We Wish Hollywood Would Just Leave Alone

While sequels and prequels can certainly add depth and expansion to beloved stories, there are some franchises that many argue have been over-milked to the point of exhaustion. Here’s our list of 10 movie franchises that, in our humble opinion, might benefit from a graceful retirement.

The Mummy

While Brendan Fraser’s rendition was beloved by many, attempts to reboot the franchise – particularly within Universal’s “Dark Universe” – haven’t been as warmly received. Some wish that Hollywood would let this one remain buried.

Die Hard

John McClane’s first skyscraper escapade is iconic, but the sequels have seen diminishing returns in terms of critical acclaim. It might be time for McClane to finally enjoy some retirement.


Liam Neeson’s particular set of skills was thrilling in the first movie, but with each subsequent “kidnapping,” the premise has become more and more strained. Fans might prefer if this series wasn’t taken any further.


Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror classic has spawned a wide array of sequels, prequels, and crossovers. While some entries are cherished, others have diluted the franchise’s mystique. Some fans wish for a return to the series’ atmospheric and suspenseful roots.

The Terminator

“Terminator 2: Judgment Day” is a hard act to follow. And while the franchise has tried to reignite that spark with various sequels and reboots, many believe it’s time for the machines to power down for good.


Though Michael Bay’s explosive adaptation initially drew fans in, many feel that the numerous sequels have watered down the franchise. Instead of the captivating Autobot-Decepticon battles, we’ve been served an overabundance of visual effects, and some fans wish for a return to the series’ roots or a pause altogether.

The Fast and the Furious

What started as a street-racing saga has now ventured into espionage, global heists, and even outer space. While it’s laudable how the franchise evolved, some fans believe that it might be time to pump the brakes.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Captain Jack Sparrow stole our hearts in the first film, but the many sequels have left some fans feeling adrift. With convoluted plots and receding originality, some argue that this ship has sailed.

Ice Age

While the initial tales of Manny, Sid, and Diego were endearing, the constant extensions to their saga have made the franchise feel more like a prolonged glacial period. A thaw might be in order.

Resident Evil

This adaptation of the popular video game series started strong but has been criticized for deviating from its source material with each subsequent entry. Some fans wish the zombies would finally be laid to rest.

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