11 times the 4th movie in a franchise was actually good

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Before I saw this piece, I don’t think I would have been able to come up with eleven franchises that contained at least 4 or more different movies. The list, however, gave my mind a refresh and I am seeing a lot of great picks included here (unsurprisingly my favorite being The Muppet Christmas Carol). It was also a pleasant surprise to see Land of the Dead listed as I’ve always enjoyed that movie. John Leguizamo — what a gem!

Are there any others you can think of that could work here?

It’s hard for any long-running franchises to stay consistent.

Good sequels? Rare, but possible.

Threequels? Even rarer, but still possible.

But the fourth movie in a franchise? Most don’t make it that far, and many that do are unrecognizable from the original.

With the fourth Thor (Thourth?) movie now out in theaters (read our review), what better time to go over some of the rare instances of successful fourth entries in a franchise? From late reboots to early franchises to long-running genre series, here are our picks for the best ones you can watch at home.

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