10 Reasons Why Mission: Impossible Is The Best Film Franchise Ever

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There's been no shortage of fantastic film series over the past twenty-five years and beyond. Harry Potter and Spider-Man captivated millions. The Lord of The Rings and Toy Story broke the much-vaunted awards season. The Dark Knight Trilogy changed the game and then the Marvel Cinematic Universe changed it again.

But there's one franchise that just about predates all of them, one that has woven itself just as much into the fabric of pop culture over the last few decades, a dark horse that has gradually built upon its star's initial charisma and appeal into a six-film beast that makes a credibly persuasive argument to be the finest action franchise of the twenty-first century - scratch that, perhaps the finest franchise of the twenty-first century, full stop.

It is of course Mission: Impossible - the building-climbing, plane-clinging, sky-jumping, heart-in-mouth exploits of one Ethan Hunt and the Impossible Missions Force as they battle darkness and disaster across the globe.

A rich hexalogy, helmed by five separate directors with distinct creative visions - Brian De Palma, John Woo, JJ Abrams, Brad Bird and Christoper McQuarrie - it's never quite reached the heady highs of consideration many of its rivals have over the years as the cornerstone of action cinema that it is.

We're here to restore some creed to the name of the IMF, to sing its praises and make a case that it's truly better than all of its rivals at the multiplexes.

For your mission, should you choose to accept it, read on...


Something of a culture vulture, Mr Steel can historically be found in three places; the local cinema, the local stadium or the local chip shop. He is an avowed fan of franchise films, amateur cricket and power-chords.