Movie Marathon Themes

Movie Marathon Themes

Do you need some movie marathon theme ideas? It’s your lucky day! Below is a list of a ton of movie marathon themes. Some of them are just ideas, but some of them link to another page. Some of these links go to pages on this site containing a complete suggested movie marathon schedule! Score!

Other links go to external webpages with good movie marathon theme ideas. Typically the authors on other sites aren’t quite as obsessive-compulsive as me, so you may not get an entire sample schedule laid out. It helps to remember that you can’t always get what you want – but if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need.

So without further ado: movie marathon theme ideas!!

Film Franchises

Most people first movie marathon experience is watching a film franchise in its entirety. The handy thing about film franchises, is many of them come in convenient box sets.

Action / Adventure Franchises

Casino Royale Movie Poster

  • James Bond – The quintessential action hero, with over 48 hours of movies to marathon to.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe   – The best comic book movies available, all set in the same universe and telling a continuous story.
  • X-men – Another popular comic book movie franchise, with some highs and lows in quality. That’s what they make reboots for, right?
  • Batman – The caped crusader has two recent trilogies and the Justice League movies just starting up.
  • Superman – The man of steel has been vanquishing enemies since the 1980s, and has gotten considerably more moody since then.
  • Fast and Furious – With seven movies released and more on the way, you can get you fill of car chases and things that go boom at a fast and furious movie marathon.
  • Rocky – Rocky has been the boxing underdog for a couple decades now. That’s a lot of hours of Sly Stallone taking punches.

Family Friendly Franchises

Inside Out Poster

  • Disney – Disney has a staggering catalog of movies. So many in fact, you can’t fit them all in a single 24-hour movie marathon. Try focusing on the Pre-Renaissance Era and Post-Renaissance Era of Disney Animation Studios to get started.
  • Pixar – The new storyteller on the block, Pixar consistently delivers emotionally moving kids films.
  • The Muppets – If animation isn’t your thing, how about a 24-hour movie marathon of hand puppets?

Fantasy Franchises

The Lord of the Rings Movie Poster

  • The Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit – The story that spawned a thousand dungeon and dragon games, told over six movies and 20 hours of extended edition glory.
  • Harry Potter – Learn all about “the boy who lived” and in eight movies and 20 hours. Tell your TV to Lumos!

Science Fiction Franchises

Star Trek Movie Poster

  • Godzilla – The big G defined the monster movie genre with a career spanning 60 years and 30 films. Thank you nuclear accidents!
  • Star Trek – The original, the next generation, and now the reboot in 13 films. Engage!
  • Star Wars – A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a film franchise was born that would that would spawn a million action figures. Enjoy the space opera in seven movies and counting.
  • The Planet of the Apes – there must be something pretty compelling about a world in which apes are the dominant species. They made nine movies on the subject!

Horror Film Franchises

Friday the 13th Movie Poster

  • Friday the 13th – It has been a bad few decades for horny teenagers camping on crystal lake. Slash your way through 12 films!
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street – Everyone’s favorite wise-cracking child murderer has infiltrated dreams for nine movies. Don’t fall asleep during this movie marathon!
  • Night of the Living Dead – George Romero created the zombie that we know and love today. You have six films in this series to devour.
  • Halloween – The serial killer Mike Myers sure keeps busy. He single-handedly invented the slasher film as we know it today, and stars in ten films.
  • Saw – watch people get tortured in eight films. Sounds like…fun?

Comedy Franchises

Police Academy Poster

  • The Pink Panther – Inspector Jacques Clouseau tries to find the pink panther diamond in eleven Pink Panther movies. That’s 19 hours of hilarious police incompetence.
  • Police Academy – Speaking of police incompetence, a somewhat funny concept of citizens being recruited as police was successfully spread out across seven movies. Will you accept the 10.5 hour Police Academy challenge.

Best Movies of a Genre





Other Movie Marathon Genre Ideas

  • Action (or how about Action Movie Sequels Better than the originals)
  • Apocalyptic – Because don’t we all fantasize about starting civilization over after a fiery nuclear holocaust? (answer: no – not me).
  • Car Chase – If you have a need for speed, check out all of the best car chases put on film in one movie marathon.
  • High School / College Movies – Formal schooling takes up about a quarter of our lives. Bring it all back with these movies.
  • Martial Arts – The landscape of martial arts on film is vast. Watch a sampling of the best martial arts films in 24 hours.
  • Monsters – Movie monsters! Some giant, some not. All scary.
  • Movies About Movies – While I’m a little tired of Hollywood movies depicting how great Hollywood is, its impossible not to love Ed Wood.
  • Political – Don’t get enough politics from 24-hour cable news? Have a 24-hour movie marathon of American politics!
  • Science Fiction
  • Stephen King – Is Stephen King a genre? Regardless, he is a prolific writer with 65 movies to his name. Check out some of his best in one movie marathon.
  • Trippy – A mind-blowing movie marathon tailor made for recreational drugs.
  • Vampire – 24 hours of our favorite blood-sucking undead monsters!

Best Movies of a Decade

Best Actors

  • Jackie Chan – Arguably the most famous movie martial artist who does his own stunts with humor and style.
  • Liam Neeson – The sensitive yet strong Irish kicker of butt.
  • Kevin Costner – The king of movie dramas, Kevin Coster, in 24 hours.
  • Tom Hanks – Everyone loves Tom Hanks, in part because of the ridiculously long list of excellent movies he made. This movie marathon is shooting fish in a barrel.
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme – John Claude Van Damme does seem to have one of the longest and most underappreciated movie careers among the action stars.
  • Kurt Russell Movies – He has done more than Escape from New York you know. Like, Escape from L.A.

Best Directors

  • Hayao Miyazaki – Watch the entire filmography of “Japan’s Walt Disney” in 24 hours.

Best Foreign Films

Other Ideas

  • “Before They Were Famous” Movies – A great collection featuring early work by Scarlet Johansson, Jeff Goldblum, Sylvester Stallone, and many others.
  • The longest films – Have a movie marathon consisting of the fewest possible movies.
  • Best Picture Oscar Winners – Take a look at the list of best picture Oscar winners and find something you like.
  • Highest Body Count – If action and adventure is not enough, have a movie marathon that boasts the highest on-screen kills!
  • Biggest Flops – Revel in the most expensive movie marathon ever made – with the biggest studio flops ever!
  • Movies in Alphabetical Order – Because why not do a movie marathon that plays out like a radio phone call prank?

List of Other Potential Movie Marathons

Hey – you made it this far! Check out this to-do list of other ideas I don’t have links for. Maybe it’ll inspire you or me to create a movie marathon out of one these ideas?

  • Adventure
  • Animation
  • Art
  • Biography
  • Blaxploitation
  • Crime
  • Cult
  • Disaster
  • Documentary
  • Drama
  • Family
  • Epic
  • Fantasy
  • Film Noir
  • Foreign
  • History
  • Independent
  • LGBT
  • Mockumentaries
  • Musical
  • Mystery
  • Religious
  • Road Trip
  • Romance
  • Sports
  • Superhero
  • Teen
  • Thriller
  • War
  • Western
  • Zombie
  • The 1970s
  • The 1960s
  • The 1950s
  • The 1940s
  • The 1930s
  • The 1920s
  • Henry Fonda
  • Jimmy Stewart
  • Robert De Niro
  • Al Pachino
  • Marlon Brando
  • Bette Davis
  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Ingrid Bergman
  • Meryl Streep
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Kate Winslet
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Akira Kurosawa
  • Woody Allen
  • John Ford
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Sergio Leone
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Francis Ford Coppola
  • Billy Wilder
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • India

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