Out of all of the single digits, the number “6” gets the least love. (Yes, even if you include the zero “0.”) Not only that, the number six gets the least amount of respect. It is associated with “The Devil” and is the number of “The Beast” because… reasons?? It is the least distinguishable amongst the single digits. As a composite number, it loses the appeal that the “prime” numbers 2,3,5, and 7 have. It is not a square number like 4 and 9. Even the number eight has a more aesthetic appeal, with its double loop, vis-a-vis six’s single loop with a cowlick. And I shouldn’t have to explain the appeal of being #1. The only thing the number six can take pride is that it is the first counting number to incorporate the use of a second hand (unless you are one of those people who decides to use the first index finger twice. Come on – get some dexterity, dammit!)
When it comes to movies, the number “6” receives even less love. Most of it is due to the Law of Diminishing Returns. But if you think about it, a movie franchise has to be really successful if five sequels were greenlit. More props if all of them were released in theatres, and not direct-to-video.
To rectify some of this snobbery, I have composed the Top 6 “sixth” movies of a franchise. Heck, some of these movies are better than some of their earlier sequels. Some of you may remember that we have done a Top Ten list of movie sequels that surpass the original, and wonder what happened to the lists about the third, fourth, and fifth movies? Well, I promise nothing. Maybe one day I’ll get to them, but you know… Law of Diminishing Returns and all.
The Top Six Movies that are Sixth in their respective franchises
- The Return of The Jedi (Star Wars) – All right, I’m mostly cheating here, but “from a certain point of view,” it is the sixth movie of the series. It states it is “Episode VI” in the opening text crawl.
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter) – I’m not a Harry Potter fan, but it did succeed in advancing the overall story, and be entertaining enough as a stand-alone.
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (James Bond) – It is seriously underrated and underappreciated due to the fact that it is the only film that stars George Lazenby as 007. I have it higher than #6 on my Top Ten Bond films.
- Fast & Furious 6 – a.k.a. Furious 6 (The Fast & The Furious) – Want to have your 6th movie be considered better than your previous 4? Three words: add Dwayne Johnson.
- Rocky Balboa (Rocky) – The fight against Mason “The Line” Dixon is the worst part of this film. Everything else outside of the ring – Rocky coping with life after boxing, and not coping well, is what places this on this list.
- Friday the 13th, Part VI – Jason Lives (Friday the 13th) – The only movie in this franchise that is over 50% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics and fans alike love its sense of humor.
Honorable Mentions: Revenge of the Pink Panther; Star Trek VI, the Undiscovered Country; Horse Feathers (Marx Brothers); Clerks II (View Askewinverse); Muppet Treasure Island* (only if you consider Muppet*Vision 3D part of the list – otherwise this is movie #5)