Not many film franchises get the distinction of hitting number four. It's even more impressive when they're actually good. This 4th of July, we're counting down from worst to best some of the most notable "fourth" films in their respective franchises.
31. "Jaws IV: The Revenge" (1987)
"I have never seen it ('Jaws 4') but by all accounts it is terrible," star Michael Caine said about the movie. "However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."
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30. "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (2009)
Thank the heavens that "Logan" and "Deadpool" happened.
29. "Batman & Robin" (1997)
Between George Clooney's bat suit nipples, Mr. Freeze's groan-worthy puns and Poison Ivy's garish costume, they should've put this franchise on ice.
28. "Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol" (1987)
Did you know the Razzies had a "Worst Original Song" category? The one from this film was called "Let's Go to Heaven in My Car."
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27. "A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" (1988)
This sequel is easily confused with the third film, and far superior, "Dream Warriors."
26. "Superman IV: The Quest For Peace" (1987)
Folks, just because there's a fire hydrant doesn't mean it's New York. Also, Lennie Luthor. Lennie.
25. "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter" (1984)
"The Final Chapter." That's hilarious.
24. "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" (1988)
After "Season of the Witch," we'll take anything.
23. "Sudden Impact" (1983)
"Go ahead," Dirty Harry would say, "Make my day..." No please, make our day. This movie is not great.
22. "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008)
It's a shame when the highlight of your movie is when Harrison Ford crawls out of a refrigerator. This is the movie that got "Jump the Shark" replaced with "Nuke the Fridge."
21. "Transformers: Age of Extinction" (2014)
This is the "Transformers" movie with dinosaurs/dinofours.
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20. "Alien Resurrection" (1997)
It's probably aged better than a lot of the other fourth films, but "Resurrection" suffers from a thin plot and an obvious attempt to keep a franchise alive.
18. "Vegas Vacation" (1997)
Why would we watch "Vegas Vacation" when "Christmas" and the original exist?
17. "Saw IV" (2007)
Might as well have been "Saw IV: The Final Chapter."
16. "Shrek Forever After" (2010)
It's "Shrek FORever After." Like "FOURever." Get it? GET IT?
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15. "Live Free or Die Hard" (2007)
We didn't need another "Die Hard" movie, but considering the 12-year break between the third and fourth ones, this isn't half bad.
14. "Bourne Legacy" (2012)
Remember when Jeremy Renner starred in a Bourne film? No? Just us then?
13. "Bride of Chucky" (1998)
One of Jennifer Tilly's best roles, without a doubt.
12. "Lethal Weapon IV" (1998)
Fun yes, and Jet Li is awesome. But, by this point, the franchise was getting too old for this sh--.
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11. "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" (1972)
Fans of the "Planet of the Apes" prequels should check out Caesar's original origins -- although, in our opinion, the new films do the character more justice.
10. "Thunderball" (1965)
But what if James Bond went underwater?
9. "Scream 4" (2011)
It's easily a cash grab, but it's one of the most fun horror movies to come out in recent years and is way better than it has any right to be.
8. "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" (2011)
We thought we'd get bored of watching Tom Cruise jump out of things. We were wrong.
7. "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986)
They made us really care about those whales in this fish out of water sci-fi.
6. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005)
The third and last films in the franchise are probably the best in terms of quality and how successfully it adapted the source material... but "Goblet of Fire" killed off Robert Pattinson and broke our hearts.
5. "The First Purge" (2008)
You know the dystopian premise of "The Purge" -- in the near future, all crime including murder is legal for one day a year. Supposedly meant to 'purge' people of their pent-up aggression, it's actually a convoluted kill-the-poor scheme. This film tells the story of the experiment that made that day possible. Like the previous entries in the franchise, it ably satirizes and comments on some rather pressing real world problems. It also contains, hands-down, the series' best action scenes.
4. "Fast & Furious" (2009)
You have this film to thank for your favorite, average, drag racing, action flicks getting turned into what is ostensibly a superhero film with cars. We're not complaining.
3. "Rocky IV" (1985)
Yes, the "Rocky" movies became incredibly corny after the first two installments, but Rocky vs. the Russians might be the most quintessentially '80s concept ever put to film, and it hasn't been topped since.
2. "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" (1977)
Technically, this is the first "Star Wars" movie made, so it can't possibly be number one on our "fourth movies" list. But because George Lucas gave us a sequential order that we have to stick by, we'll give it the distinction.
1. "Mad Max Fury Road" (2015)
George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" managed to reboot a dead franchise, making it explosively modern and fresh, and it stands as one of the best action movies of the 21st Century. It lives. It dies. It lives again. Shiny and chrome.