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Best part 8 films in movie franchises

Posted April 16

THE LAND OF EIGHTS — This weekend “The Fate of the Furious” will roll into theaters and will mark the release of the eighth "The Fast and the Furious" movie. Yes, eight. That seems insane and let’s be honest, it kind of is. Not many franchises have made it to eight films, but for those rare few, we say, “job well done.” That’s quite an accomplishment.

Granted, many eighth installments in a movie series aren’t exactly fantastic movies, but some aren’t half bad and others are actually fantastic. Here is a list of great number eights in movie franchises:

Diamonds are Forever

Preproduction on the 25th James Bond film is now underway, but back when the franchise was just a little guy, the eighth movie in the franchise was released: “Diamonds are Forever.”

George Lazenby took over as Bond, but he was out after one movie, and for the next film, the producers decided to go with a sure thing and brought Sean Connery back. “Diamonds are Forever” isn’t the best film in the series, but it’s still a fun Bond flick and a solid eighth installment.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

There were seven Harry Potter books which clearly means there has to be eight Harry Potter movies. That’s how things work. Who cares how bad the seventh movie was — come on people, it wasn’t good — but the last movie was fantastic. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” finally gave us the epic conclusion to the Harry Potter franchise, and this may be the best No. 8 of any franchise.

Muppets Most Wanted

The Muppets have made about 13,000 movies, but “Muppets Most Wanted” was their eighth trip to the theater. The movie was packed with movie star cameos, but still wasn’t as good as its predecessor “The Muppets.”

“Muppets Most Wanted” isn’t the best Muppet movie by a long shot, but one of the other best options for this list was “Space Buddies,” so cut me some slack.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Out of all the numbers eights out there, this one is my favorite— and it’s kind of cheating. There have been seven Star Wars “episodes” with the eighth coming out this Christmas. If we counted all the Star Wars movies, there are quite a few because you have to count the animated movies and the Christmas special (which is horrendous by the way.) But I’m just counting theatrical releases which makes “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” the eighth Star Wars movie to hit theaters.

I loved this movie and I think it could be argued it’s one of the best Star Wars movies ever made. Yes, I know people are about to threaten my life with violence for that comment, but it’s true.

Honorable mention

Ernest Goes to Africa

I couldn’t in good conscience do this list and not give a shoutout to the eighth Ernest P. Worrell movie, “Ernest Goes to Africa.”

Ernest doesn’t get enough credit. I mean, without this cinematic icon, we wouldn’t have “Ernest Goes to Camp,” “Ernest Saves Christmas” and one of the best movies of all time, “Ernest Scared Stupid.”

Unfortunately, the eighth movie “Ernest Goes to Africa” isn’t Mr. Worrell’s “Citizen Kane,” but it’s still an Ernest movie, which means the world is better for it.

Conclusion

Part eights are rare these days and good part eights are like a needle in a haystack.

What are your favorite part eights? Should I have added “Space Buddies"? Let us know on the comment boards.

John has grown up around movies and annoys friends and family with his movie facts and knowledge. John also has a passion for sports and pretty much anything awesome and it just so happens that these are the three things he writes about.

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