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!!
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
- 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
- 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.
- Hand Drawn Ultra Marathon – Like the hand-drawn Disney movies? Try watching 18 in 24-hours!
- 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?
- 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
- 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 – 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?
- 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
- My horror movie marathon picks – Horror fans are the most enthusiastic movie marathoners. Why not try a tour of the best horror films through the years?
- Director Eli Roth’s movie picks and schedule
- Voiceover artist Brendon Small’s movie picks and schedule
- Director Edgar Wright’s movie picks and schedule
- Director Joe Dante’s movie picks and schedule
- Slayer’s Kerry King’s movie picks and schedule
- My comedy movie marathon picks – A tour of the best comedy every era in movie history had to offer.
- Comedian Scott Aukerman’s picks and schedule
- Director Paul Feig’s picks and schedule
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
- The 1990s
- The 1980s
- 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.
- Hayao Miyazaki – Watch the entire filmography of “Japan’s Walt Disney” in 24 hours.
Best Foreign Films
- Around the World in a 24-Hour Movie Marathon – The best of world cinema in only 24 hours.
- “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?
- Film Noir
- Road Trip
- 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