Movie franchises to watch with your family

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Jade Pinkowitz

There are so many great movie franchises to watch during quarantine. Movie nights are a great opportunity to spend some quality family time.

For most people, if you’re not online learning or eating, you’re watching movies or television shows. I recently got into the Star Wars movie franchise and even though I never thought I would be interested in the movies, I am now somewhat obsessed.

Every night for ten days, my family and I sat down and watched a Star Wars movie together (including Rogue One and Solo) and even ended up watching two movies one of the nights.

But the best part of the binge-watching isn’t even the movies—it’s the time spent with family. I’ve really enjoyed curling up with food, a blanket, and then talking about the movie afterward. We usually sit and talk and laugh. It’s a great chance to make some memories and connect through something we’re all doing already during quarantine: watching movies.

Obviously though, you want to pick a movie franchise that you’ll be comfortable watching with your entire family (so definitely stay away from 50 Shades of Gray!).

So, although my family’s Star Wars franchise marathon is over, there are many more movie franchises to enjoy for family movie nights. Here are some franchises to binge during quarantine.

Star Wars

  • The Phantom Menace
  • Attack of the Clones
  • Revenge of the Sith
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • A New Hope
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Return of the Jedi
  • The Force Awakens
  • The Last Jedi
  • The Rise of Skywalker
  • The Mandalorian (technically a television show but still)

Indiana Jones

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Jurassic Park

  • Jurassic Park
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • Jurassic Park III
  • Jurassic World
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Mission Impossible

  • Mission Impossible
  • Mission Impossible 2
  • Mission Impossible III
  • Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  • Mission Impossible: Fallout

The Dark Knight Trilogy

  • Batman Begins
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises

Transformers

  • Transformers
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Bumblebee

X-Men (in order of release date)

  • X-Men
  • X2: X-Men United
  • X-Men: The Last Stand
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • X-Men: First Class
  • The Wolverine
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Deadpool
  • X-Men: Apocalypse
  • Logan
  • Deadpool 2
  • Dark Phoenix

Harry Potter

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two

Pitch Perfect

  • Pitch Perfect
  • Pitch Perfect 2
  • Pitch Perfect 3

John Wick

  • John Wick
  • John Wick: Chapter 2
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Fast and Furious

  • The Fast and the Furious
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
  • Fast and Furious
  • Fast Five
  • Fast and Furious 6
  • Furious 7
  • The Fate of the Furious
  • Hobbs and Shaw

Saw (not including Saw 3D)

  • Saw
  • Saw II
  • Saw III
  • Saw IV
  • Saw V
  • Saw VI
  • Jigsaw

Die Hard

  • Die Hard
  • Die Hard 2
  • Die Hard with a Vengeance
  • Live Free or Die Hard
  • A Good Day to Die Hard

Now You See Me

  • Now You See Me
  • Now You See Me 2

Obviously some of these movies are only available on certain streaming outlets (Star Wars is all on Disney+) but there are some collections available to order on Amazon or from other stores. If you can sit down with the family and watch a movie, or even a new television show together, I highly encourage you to do so.

The frequent movie nights can help ease tensions that might arise while you’re stuck together for quarantine and it offers an opportunity for laughter, memories, and a little bit of an escape from the real world.

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