Movie franchises rarely end well. More to the point, movie franchises rarely end. The Harry Potter films -- thanks to the unshakable template provided by J.K. Rowling’s novels -- might ultimately form a series rather than a franchise, but regardless of how they’re classified, the imminent and ostensibly final chapter is poised to remind us that even the most insanely profitable cash-cows can be put to pasture with grace.
So with franchise-ending movies on the mind, here are 8 great currently inactive franchises that last left us with something to smile about. 8 great movie chronicles that didn’t share Harry Potter’s blessedly pre-determined lifespan, and yet still managed to get out while the getting was good.