Amid the glitz and glamor of blockbuster franchises, we may not have noticed several hidden, under-the-radar gems. These franchises are a storehouse of creative juice, but for this or that reason, audiences failed to give them good reviews or have entirely forgotten about them. A community of movie lovers considers these franchises highly undervalued and deserving more attention than they get.
1. Pusher Film Trilogy (1996-2005)
The Pusher trilogy offers an unflinching look at the criminal underworld, and a couple of thread participants would easily give it the golden buzzer of the most underrated film franchises. One person thinks this franchise is brilliant in that each sequel focuses on a different character that wasn’t a central point in the prequel. A second user says they “personally love the third one best.” Surprised by the recommendation of a third sequel, a final contributor thinks they’ll “have to check them out because the third movie is never the best.”
2. Before Trilogy (1995-2013)
Someone explains, “Before movies have some of the interesting movie-to-movie character developments of any trilogy, as the actors aged several years between each, making their characters’ changes especially believable.” A second commenter says Before Trilogy should easily be a “staple’ franchise and is” not sure why they’d be underrated.
3. District 13 Series (2004-2009)
A user describes the District 13 series as a “pair of movies with some great parkour” but highly undervalued. A second thread participant is surprised that there was a second movie on the District 13 line. Responding to the doubt of the second user, the first commenter describes the sequel as “unironically even better.”
4. Vengeance Trilogy (2002-2005)
Hailing from South Korea, Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance trilogy consists of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Lady Vengeance. One commenter says they do not understand why films with such visceral storytelling, intricate plots, and stunning visuals shouldn’t get the attention they deserve.
5. Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile (1985)
According to one user, Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile “were a pair of ’80s adventures starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner.” The movies were too great to go into obscurity, he argues, suggesting they were adequately fulfilling for retro movie fans. A second user says Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile featured Danny Devito in his signature Devito scumbag and, therefore, worthy of attention.
6. Unbreakable Trilogy (2000)
One avid movie fan notes that the Unbreakable trilogy is his favorite superhero movie series of all time, suggesting they are worth more than their weight on the list of favorite franchises. A second commenter says they consider the franchise at the top level with the Marvel and Star Wars franchises. A final contributor says they feel relieved they aren’t alone in the thought that the Unbreakable trilogy tops every other superhero movie.
7. Planet of the Apes (2001)
Someone says they think the Apes trilogy deserves more love, franchise-wise. Another person thinks they are pretty acclaimed and shouldn’t make the list of underrated. Buttressing his initial stand, the first contributor explains he “knows they have many fans, but I don’t think the Apes movies ever had the same reach as Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, and some of the other big franchises.”
8. The Collection (2016)
A first user tips The Collection series as highly undervalued and deserving of attention. Someone else agrees with him, wondering why they scrapped the third sequel in the series. A final thread participant says he “loved the franchise; it was an integral part of my personal movie collection.”
9. The Librarian (2014)
One user says The Librarian Series is one franchise more deserving of attention than it currently gets. Another person concurs, describing the series as a newer age Indiana Jones full of indescribable fun.
10. How to Train Your Dragon (2014)
Explaining the masterful delivery of the franchise, a user describes How to Train Your Dragon as “really good and doesn’t get talked about enough as the likes of Kung Fu Panda and Toy Story.” A second commenter agrees, adding that the trilogy was very touching and suggesting it deserves more attention.
11. Maze Runner (2014)
One user says he always enjoyed the Maze Runner series and thinks it deserves more recognition. A second user doesn’t understand why anyone would downvote The Maze Runner because the series was a masterclass worthy of elite repute.
12. Carry on Sergeant (1958)
The Carry On series from England is one thread participant’s pick for the most undervalued franchise. He claims no one talks about them anymore. A second person says it’s because most people who watched them are dead, suggesting that new-generation viewers may be oblivious to how good the franchise was.
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