Hollywood doesn't know to stop when it's ahead Studios try to keep the money train going by making more and more sequels. Audiences wish the franchise had stopped when it was at its best, though some sequels turn out great or even better than the first one. Here is a list of films that should have ended the franchise.

15. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo in Christmas Vacation

The third movie in the series, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation", had the Griswolds stay at home for Christmas. It was the most profitable film in the franchise. There was nothing else to do after that.

Many people seem to have forgotten about the flop Vegas Vacation. When it was a half-baked repeat of the first film, the remake led by Ed Helms and Christina Applegate didn't breathe new life into the franchise.

14. The Hangover

the hangover

The trilogy has become the butt of a lot of jokes despite being a series of comedies. The success of the first film made it inevitable that there would be more.

The follow-up films were basically the same as the original, except they made the characters darker and more unlikeable. The magic ended after the first film as the story got less interesting and the Wolfpack got hung over.

13. The Purge: Election Year


The Purge films were never a hit with critics, but the franchise's intriguing concept and potential in the horror genre necessitated multiple films to show audiences. When it broke free from the home-invasion genre, it took to the streets with The Purge. The series ended when the U.S. president decided to end the Purge in the election year.

The new founding fathers of America brought back the Purge after revealing that they had reclaimed control of the country. The perfect conclusion to the franchise was ruined by the way The Forever Purge ruined the heroes' victory after they had fought so hard to survive.

12. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

It seemed like Home Alone 2 was the only one that could top it and it was time for the franchise to come to an end. Macaulay Culkin, director Chris Columbus, and composer John Williams weren't included in the sequel.

The Home Alone franchise has lost its Christmas movie magic after four more sequels were made after Home Alone 2.

11. 1982’s Poltergeist


The sequel to Poltergeist shows Carol Anne and her family being pursued by the beast, who is revealed to be the spirit of an evil cult leader. The films never achieved the same level of artistry as the first one, because they were not supervised by Tobe and Steven.

The first film did not need to be explained any further in the sequel. The mystery surrounding the Beast and his origins were better left unanswered as they made him all the more frightening.

10. Toy Story 3


Many people agree that Toy Story 4 was the weakest film in the series. It introduced new characters like Forky and focused on Woody and Buzz who seem to act out of character. The biggest issue fans had with the film was the way Woody left the group and Bonnie forgot about him after she promised to take care of him.

The perfect ending to Toy Story 3 was that Andy gave Bonnie his toys so she wouldn't have to worry about them. Toy Story 4 wasn't a bad movie but it felt more like an epilogue centered on Woody that audiences didn't need to see

9. Furious 7

The filmmakers were able to give all the characters a happy ending despite the death of Paul Walker. It made sense for the franchise to end on a high note since the film received glowing reviews.

The franchise lost its appeal after more sequels were made and the seventh film failed to impress. It seems like the sequel to Fast X will not be any better since the director left when production started.

8. Die Hard

The issue with this franchise was picked up by Michael Scott. In the first Die Hard, John McClane was a cop struggling to take down bad guys, but in the fourth he became an unstoppable action hero.

The films became less believable and engaging as a result. Unless Hollywood decides to remake the franchise with a new lead, it looks like it will be the last one.

7. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Johnny Depp Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Carribean

After the third movie, Jack Sparrow became the focus of the movie. Will and Elizabeth should have been the studio's top priority since they were the franchise's true main characters.

Jack was an overhyped character that got more attention than was needed for the fourth and fifth films. Even though Johnny Depp may have saved his career, it is clear that this franchise should not have moved to a different location.

6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones is one of the most beloved movie franchises of all time, but it hasn't been immune to the trend of lackluster sequels. The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull made a whole new level out of the nuking the fridge scene. This fourth film was a sign that the franchise had run out of steam. The fifth Indiana Jones film is on the way and Disney didn't see it that way.

It would have been better if the franchise ended with The Last Crusade. The third film brought the franchise back to what it was before, which was a good thing. This film had a sense of finality because it revealed Indy's origins, his relationship with his father, and his triumph over his near-death desire for ancient artifacts by leaving the Holy Grail behind.

5. Jurassic Park

A T-Rex roaring triumphantly as a banner falls in Jurassic Park.

The franchise should have died a long time ago. When it was better to be left alone, the studio kept trying to make money from the movie.

The message of the original film was undermined by the filmmakers' attempts to make bigger dinosaurs with bigger set pieces. Audiences lose interest when characters try to exploit dinosaurs after they break free and kill people.

4. Jaws

Roy Scheider in a scene from Jaws.

There wasn't anything to expand upon the basic premise of Jaws. The sequel didn't add anything new that justified their existence

The sequels didn't achieve the cinematic genius of the original film without Spielberg. Jaws: The Revenge is considered to be one of the worst movies of all time.

3. X-Men: Days of Future Past

The cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The movie could have been the end of the X-men universe if the post-credits scene hadn't been so bad. All the fan-favorite characters who were killed off in The Last Stand were revived in Days of Future Past. Since audiences knew that most people are alive in the future, there was less suspense in the prequels.

As the story jumped to the ’80s and ’90s, the filmmakers were lazy and didn't bother to make their cast look old. After the timelines were re-booted, audiences were able to see the films, but they didn't work out well as stand-alone films.

2. Aliens

Newt and Ripley in Aliens.

It would have been better if the franchise was put to sleep after the second film did well. The franchise couldn't have topped itself in the third film if the studio hadn't shown the aliens in the first place. The film didn't add anything new to the franchise, but it did kill off two of the main characters.

Ripley was brought back as a clone in Alien Resurrection even though she sacrificed herself to destroy the Xenomorphs in Alien 3. Alien: Covenant shows how little direction there has been for the Alien saga after the second movie because the filmmakers struggled to please audiences.

1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

The studio could not go back in time to fix the mess they made. John and Sarah were able to survive Skynet's attacks and prevent the A.I. from taking over the world in the Judgement Day finale. After Judgment Day, the franchise has only gotten worse and the studio failed to make a sequel.

An alternate ending that showed an elderly Sarah enjoying her life free from Skynet would have left the franchise with a bright future. Instead, the sequel left the door open for more sequel and remakes that may tarnish the legacy of the franchise.